Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Always check the receipt

With this blog, I'd love to share some tips and tricks that I've learned living on one income.

One of those tips is to always, always, always check your receipt. I know you've got your hands full, most likely with a cart full of food... and probably are towing around your kiddos, but it's so important!

Yesterday I went on my big grocery trip. I went to five different stores, with two kids, by myself. (Yes, I wanted to give myself a heart attack and a few gray hairs, thanks for asking!) I have shopping down to a science, basically. Anyway, so I was leaving Giant and so I checked out my receipt. Yep, a big error. They charged me 4.99 for a 5 lb bag of potatoes that were only supposed to be .99 cents! So I walked back in, checked out the potatoes and realized they were out of the .99 cent potatoes. I went up to the customer service counter and asked for a refund and a rain check. The lady was nice enough about it, and I ended up getting a nicer bag of potatoes for .99 cents. She offered me the rain check still, and I should have taken it, but silly me wasn't thinking clearly, because the entire time my boys were grabbing things off the shelves at customer service. I was thisclose to buying them a box of candy to quiet them, but I stood strong and didn't give in!

Then, at Safeway, they had a great deal on yogurt. Buy 4 get 4 free. Currently the Safeways in our area, they have "new" flavors that are marked down to 40 cents a piece. So I picked up 8 yogurt cups in the "new" flavors of Blueberry Cobbler and Apple Gogiberry. I went through the line, and saw the error that they were not taking off the 4. I asked the cashier and she went to look, then came back and said she didn't know why it wouldn't take them off. I took my receipt straight up to customer service and within minutes I had an additional 1.60 back! Woohoo!

It almost always pays to check out your receipt!

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