Making the Most of My Not So "Hip" Day…
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So…I decided to take a break this afternoon and headed out for a little shopping trip. I stopped in Walgreens first and heard the dreaded words “You can’t use this coupon for that item since it’s not pictured on the coupon.” Yep, that’s exactly what happened when I tried to purchase the Tylenol Precise Patches at Walgreens. The $6/2 Tylenol Precise coupon found in the 1/9 SS had a picture of the Tylenol Precise cream… so I then proceeded to nicely explain that this coupon was actually valid to use on this product, but I got shut down. There are days when I want to fight it and prove my point… and then there are days, like today, when getting the Tylenol Precise for free was not worth the argument or the time.
I am a very, very positive person… so I am not writing this post to complain about my experience. I am writing it so you know that I have these experiences on a regular basis. I don’t want you all to ever think that when I go out and shop that somehow the stars align and every single transaction at every single store goes smoothly. That just doesn’t happen. However, when these “Coupon Battle” situations do arise, I try to keep positive and remain calm. I personally feel that all the amazing experiences I have when I’m out couponing far outweigh the bad ones. I have met so many great people when I’m out shopping, including many helpful and very coupon friendly cashiers!
…And that brings me to another point. After leaving Walgreens and feeling a bit down, I headed to Walmart. I snagged 4 boxes of Gain Fabric Softener Sheets priced at $3.12, which made them just $0.12 after the $3/1 coupon found in the 2/13 RP. Well, I had some extra coupons so I asked a stranger if she’d like the rest of my coupons. I told her she could snag some fabric softener sheets for $0.12. A huge smile flashed across her face as she said “Really?!” A little later, I walked out of Walmart with an enormous smile plastered across my face… not because I scored fabric softener sheets for $0.12, but because a stranger did!
So as you can see, being upset when you are couponing never lasts long. I mean how can it?! It’s so simple to turn a lousy day of shopping into a very positive and fun one!
Oh and on a side note, I also headed over to Kmart to check out the Kmart Doubles Event and see what kind of sweet deals I could snag. The Kmart doubles event was advertised on the last page of the weekly ad. You can check your ad here to see if your local store is participating. While shopping there, I quickly discovered that the prices at Kmart (or at least mine) are very high! I mean some prices were almost $2 higher than items I had seen at Walmart …ummmm hello, what happened to all the blue light specials? I did end up purchasing a few Dial NutriSkin lotions with the $2/1 coupons available in the 2/20 RP. The lotion was priced at $4.29, so after the $2/1 coupon doubled, I payed $0.29 per lotion. *Note: You need to use your Shop Your Way rewards card (you can sign up in-store at the customer service counter), you also have to spend at least $25 in grocery and drugstore merchandise (before the coupons have been applied) and only 5 coupons will be doubled per day.
And that wraps up my day… oh wait, I forgot to mention the lovely ending to my day. My 4 year old daughter, who absolutely loves to help me clean, decided that it was time to empty the vacuum canister that holds all the oh so wonderful dirt. …AND, well, the canister opened before she made it to the trash can. It was a beautiful sight and a fantastic ending to my day! 😉