Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Q & A

From an email...

Coupon Clipper: Although I still don't have my coupon stash stocked as well as I would like yet, I did my first big run to Super Kroger last Saturday and used coupons to bring my $190 grocery bill down to $110, I was thrilled!!

Two weeks before, my husband was laid off and we only had $20 to spend on groceries for two weeks. I had some meat, cereals, and pantry staples such as flour and sugar stockpiled, but not much else. By transferring a prescription to Meijer's and getting $20 towards groceries, and using coupons of course, I was able to get $80 worth of groceries for a little more than $17. Since that was the 10- for $10 week I was able to get a lot for that amount and the kids never even noticed our extra lean grocery budget -- Woo Hoo!!

I have been having great luck at CVS the last couple of months also, but today I ran into something I had not heard of before. I used some Extra Care Bucks to purchase some items, then rolled those Extra Care Bucks into another purchase, which I should have received $4.99 in Extra Care Bucks from also, but didn't.

The cashier told me that they should print out next time I shop. Have you ever heard of this before?

This particular cashier has been very helpful and nice to me in the past, and a long line had formed behind me so I figured I would let it go and just return the item if I didn't get my bucks.

I was wondering if this happens sometimes when you are rolling care bucks in multiple purchases or something. I have not done that in the past, this was a tip I had picked up in your class.

Me: I am so glad that you have worked hard to trim your grocery budget... you are doing a great job!

As far as the CVS issue, it was most likely a computer error, NOT your rolling of your store rewards. (KEEP ROLLING!!! See Rolling Rewards under Snippets on my right hand column.)

Instead of returning the item, take your receipt in and talk to a manager. The manager will need to scan your receipt and (s)he will be able to manually enter information into the register and force your ECB's to print. This happened to me just a few weeks ago. It's not a problem, just a hassle.

Keep up the good work!!!