Wednesday, September 9

Wednesday Wisdom

Wednesday Wisdom is full of facts and tales!

Come by each week to learn something that I learned and want to share with you.

This week I went to Target to use my target coupons to buy Johnson bar soap and baby q-tips (I only buy when I need them or can get them close to free). I saw that the Johnson bar soap was on sale for 1.26 and 1-tips for 1.46 (or close to it). I planned on getting two of each even though I only had two $1 off Johnson toiletries. When i got to the register the cashier scanned both coupons, one beeped (it didn't go through), he looked at it and sort of looked my way and told me my total and put both coupons in the coupon accordion! I was astonished! He didn't tell me nor attempt to see why it didn't go through. I got so upset, but said nothing because I didn't want to get him fired or anything. So I paid him and then kindly asked him if he could give me back the coupon that didn't go through. He stood there for a second, looking at me, not knowing what to say while I was looking at the receipt to double check. I then showed him the receipt and said, "See? Only one coupon scanned because I only got one $1.00 off here on the receipt." I offered him the receipt and he looked at it, even though he knew I was right, and said, "Oh, you're right." He didn't offer to try to re-scan and I said thank you and that I didn't appreciate him trying to fool a coupon mom like that. I walked out the store proudly! When I got home I emailed Target and have yet to receive a response. I will update when I do.

Here are some shopping tips for you gals & guys from Eversave.

Are You Supermarket Savvy? Test Your Grocery Smarts
By Julia Gaynor

How smart of a shopper are you? There are certain “supermarket tricks” that savvy shoppers use to save big, but what are they – and do you know the fact from fiction? Test your supermarket smarts in this true or false test.

True or False? To get the freshest milk and other products out of the refrigerated dairy case, reach towards the back because that’s where they put the newest (aka freshest) items.

True. Whether they stock from the front or back of the case, the best way to tell if something’s fresh is to check the expiration date. But, if all of the dates are the same, the items in the back will be “freshest” because they’re furthest from the door – which is always being open and shut by customers.

True or False? To get extra savings, wait to buy products the day they expire.

False. Unless you plan on using them within hours, you’re taking a pretty big risk buying soon-to-expire food. If the groceries rot before you have a chance to eat them, you’ve wasted the entire cost of your purchase.

True or False? The “end cap” items at the end of supermarket aisles are always the best buys.

False. Sometimes, those items are on sale, but sometimes, they’re just the ones the store managers want you to buy. Look carefully to make sure they’re really on sale before adding those items to your cart.

True or False? The cheapest items are usually on the lowest shelves.

True. This is a supermarket tactic is tried and true, and even if your store doesn’t use it, it’s used often enough for us to suggest that you don’t ignore those bottom shelves! You never know what you’d find down there…

True or False? Even though they’re on sale, dented cans should be avoided.

True. It’s tempting to look at a dented can of tuna that’s over half off and think, “What harm could a little dent do?” The truth is, a little dent could do a lot of harm, potentially letting air into your food and causing food-borne botulism. So, to be on the safe side, steer clear of dented cans and find your bargins elsewhere.

True or False? It’s always cheaper to buy in bulk.

True. Of course, this is definitely true when buying non-perishable items, and particularly if your family includes more than one person. But don’t buy perishables in bulk or you could be wasting – not savings.

Please feel free to offer your shopping tips and advice you use when visiting your local supermarket.

My tip is to visit your deli regularly and make nice with the Deli Man! On occasion he/she will put an extra slice or two after he's already measured... he cut too much anyways and he/she
knows I'll be back to buy more. Always say thank you and take his suggestions! Thanks HEB.

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