One of these days, time will be more valuable than money. Maybe, I'll have streamlined the couponing process so I can save money and not spend hours doing it.
But, even when I plan my shopping trips, check multiple blogs, and clip every coupon, things don't always go as they are meant to. I choose to take the good with the bad.
Just this week, I have had several such occasions!
Bad: Target had a deal on Tostitos. Buy 2 for $2.50 and get a salsa free. Then, $.55 coupons came out in Sunday's paper AND Target had a printable coupon for a $1 off too. In theory, I could get 2 chips and 1 salsa for $2.35 (2.50 x 2 - .55 x 2 - 2.50 - 2.50 - .55 - 1... confusing, I know). Unfortunately, the Target $1 printable didn't work... suddenly it wasn't a great deal. Bummer. I didn't (and won't) take it back because it's a hassle and it was my mistake. And since they accidentally didn't ring up a package of cheese I bought last week, I figure it makes us even. Yes, I did ask them if they wanted me to pay for the cheese and they said "no".
Good: I found $1/1 coupons for Tostitos today at Albertson's and they're on sale at Safeway on Sunday. I'll be able to get 3 bags for 44 cents each. Not too shabby.
Bad: I was at Safeway today and I bought their 2 lbs of Lucerne cheese for $3.99. I thought all varieties $3.99. I thought it was labeled that way. It wasn't until I checked my receipt in the parking lot after I buckled the kids in that I realized that I paid $6.99... why would I do that? Tillamook had a coupon for 2 lbs for $4.99, but I refuse to pay more than $2/lb. (If you knew how much cheese my munchkins ate, you'd understand.) Also, I picked up two packages of Ranchers Reserve Cube Steak and *tried to* use my $2/1 Safeway coupon. Alas, they were just under $2 per package. The cashier wouldn't adjust the coupons down (they can do that, you know). I had her take the beef off. So now I have to think of something for dinner... ugh.
Good: I got 4 - 12 packs of soda for $7.50 and two boxes of Wheat Thins for $.98. And, when I go back to return the cheese (heck yeah, I'm taking it back and if I find that it's mis-labeled, they'll probably give it to me for free), I'll find the super cheap meat that costs more than $2/package and get more Wheat Thins! Take that! (I also forgot onions.)
Bad: Shopping 4 different stores in 1 day with 4, 3, and 2 year olds.
Good: The 10 month old stayed home with Daddy doing paperwork.
Bad: Being unable to find Orville Redenbocker with Red Box codes so I could get 2 boxes of popcorn, 2 movie rentals and 2 sodas for less than $2. And they were out of Palmolive Antibacterial that I could've gotten for free.
Good: Free Hawaiian bread and free Zone Bars. And free after rebate Veggie Burgers and Snapple.
Just think, most of (good:) that was because (bad:) I forgot my coupon folder at Target the other day.
I'm sure that there are Couponaires out there that never make mistakes or misunderstand the sale or forget a coupon in their pocket. Alas, I am not she.
And... I was able to find the cheap Johnson's Head to Toe Baby Wash and Bubbles for $1.19 that I couldn't find the other day ($2.19 - $1/1)!