Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Sometimes Being an Inattentive Idiot Pays!...and Sometimes it Just Makes You an Idiot

First let me share my 1st trip to Weis Markets this week.
I took advantage of the Nestle Catalina Deal--Buy $30(reg. retail shelf not sale price)in select Nestle products & Get an $8 Catalina Q.
My teens love this stuff but I only buy it when it's part of a Cat Deal or at a great sale price.   This Catalina wasn't a great deal since I had no Qs to bring the cost down even more, but we deal with what we have to work with around here. ;-)

I got.....

1 Instant Coffee(for Hubs)
5 Nesquick Powder Mix
Total Reg. Shelf price was $31.74, the sale prices brought the total for this stuff to $27.94 and garnered me an $8 Cat Q.

I also bought....
3 x Burrito packs on sale for $3 each
2 x FreshExpress Salad on sale BOGO=$3.79 for both
1 x head of Lettuce on sale $1.99
My grand total for all came to $41.72...and I received that $8 Catalina Q.

The Savings was only 21% for this order but with that Cat to roll, the rest of my orders this week should improve in the savings percentage.

So I went back Tuesday evening and that's when I lost my mind and became a shopping idiot.
I picked up....

1 x Taster Choice instant coffee(again, for Hubs)
3 x Nesquick Powder
4 x Nesquick Liquid(turns out the liquid is a better value than the powder-sometimes it pays to actually read a
Since I was chatting with the cashier I didn't figure out that I had picked up the WRONG SIZE COFFEE container until after she handed me the receipt.
So off to Customer Service I trotted to explain that I bought the wrong coffee thing and my whole transaction got screwed up because of it and I needed it fixed so I could get my $8 Cat.  ;-)

Since they don't have a Catalina machine at the CS register(now THAT is stupid!), they couldn't just rering stuff and produce an $8 Cat instead of the $5 Cat I had gotten buying this stuff the first time.
The teenage CS gal was confused about what to do, so the manager got involved and he was even more confused....he wanted to refund me the cash I paid but NOT for the $8 Cat I had used and then have me rebuy everything(with the lower priced correct coffee item)back at the register....this would have had me pay that $8 again in more cash, cash that he wasn't going to give me back for the Cat.
Now y'all are all confused to, aren't you?

The solution was to return EVERYTHING, give me a refund(+ $8 to reuse in lieu of the Cat I had used that they didn't return)and go rebuy everything at the register.
Sounds like a colossal PITA but doable, right?

Except the CS register wouldn't let me return some items for what I had paid(the sale prices) insisted on giving me back reg. retail price on them.
Crazy, huh?
In the end the manager said just give her back the full reg. retail price for everything AND $8 for the $8 Cat I had used to pay.  And they also let me keep the $5 Cat the original transaction had generated.
So I spent $23.12 & an $8 Cat, then I got $34.02 cash back & a $5 Cat. so I gained $7.90-$2.90 cash and $5 in Cat. for doing the return.
I rebought everything(using the $5 free Cat)and paid $21.52 of the $34.02 they gave me back & got Another $8 Cat.
So I am OOP $10.62 for this transaction.
I should have paid $26.52 + $8 Cat for an OOP of $18.52.
Instead I paid $31.12 + $8 Cat for an OOP of $23.12.
Take $2.90 for the extra cash the return gave me from my final OOP and it's $15.62.
Then take the value of the 'free' $5 Cat off of my final OOP and I've spent $10.62 cash for this transaction.

Is everyone still with me here?lol

So I ended up getting a great deal on this transaction all because I was inattentive and picked up the wrong sized container.

But after wards, being an idiot didn't help my trip to Rite-Aid go as well.....

I went to pick up a prescription for #2 son, so I did a little shopping since I was there.

3 x Revlon Emery Boards @ 40% off=$3.03
1 x Revlon Crazy Shine Buffer @ 40% off=$2.09
1 x Breathe Right Strips $5.99 w/wellness discount=$4.79

I was going to add a filler item so I could use $10 in +Ups but.....
I forgot to bring my stash of +Ups with me!!!
Double UGH!

And I didn't have time to run home and get them before the store closed.

So I used 1 $1 off any Purchase AdPerks/VV Q and a $5.99/1 R-A Breathe Right Q for a Q total of $6.99.
$9.91-$6.99=$2.92 + $.28 tax=$3.20 OOP
I had to put the whole amount on my free Rite-Aid gift card so Zero OOP.
I so disliked using so much money off my gift card.
It usually takes me a MONTH to go through $3.20 of gift card money.

I did receive 2 x $4 +Ups wyb 2 Revlon Tools, so $8 in +Up Rewards.
The nail buffer also qualified for a $2 SCR #34.

I STILL can't believe I left the house without my +Ups......GAAAH!

I also had Hubs pick up 3 newspapers for me on Sunday at Rite-Aid since I was not up to leaving the house that day.  He followed directions well and added a small filler so I could use a $3 +Ups to pay, and put the .62¢ change on my Rite-Aid gift card.
And he KEPT the candy filler for himself!
The nerve of him.....
He was under great pressure to get this right after his trip to Lowe's on Saturday.

I just mention this newspaper acquiring trip since I need to include it in the Rite-Aid tallies below.

Number of Transactions.....2
Total Spent....$3.82 (put on free Rite-Aid gift card)
Value of Items....$19.18
SCR qualified for...$2.00
Other Rebates earned...$0.00
Gift Cards earned....$0.00
+Up Rewards earned...$8.00
+Up Rewards spent.....$3.00
+Up Rewards left to spend.....$60.52 And I have $43.20 left on my gift card.

GRAND TOTALS--MAY Rebate Period so far

Number of Transactions......5
Total Spent....$4.30 put on free Gift Cards/Certificates so ZERO OOP
Value of Items purchased....$226.31
SCR qualified for....$2.00
Other Cash....$0.00

Additional Rebates....$0.00
Additional Non-Cash Rewards....$0.00

+UPS Totals for May SCR period
+Up Rewards carryover from 4/30.....$55.52

+Up Rewards spent....$5.00
+Up Rewards earned....$14.52
+Up Rewards left....$60.52  includes ALL +Ups not just ones from this SCR period



  1. LOL! Oh... you are so making my head hurt with that whole Weis cat thing. But I'm glad you got a better deal in the end than it would've been otherwise. At least that makes up for some of the hassle factor.

    You... YOU... forgot your +Ups!? Wow. Bet that never happens again, huh? ;) At least hubs learned his lesson!

  2. Yah, my head hurt too.....I love to

    And seriously...can you believe I forgot the +Ups!?!?


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