Happy...er...Saturday? This post was SUPPOSED to go out yesterday (Friday) but I'm having a huge slumber party at my house with my husband's best friends and their families. It's an absolute blast, so I've been a bit distracted :)
BUT...amidst the chaos and fun I have a quiet second and had to feature a few of my favorite comments, tips, emails, and questions from this week. Thanks for the love, keep it all comin'!
From my "How I grocery shop" page:
Chriss - First of all, I'm so happy that you've been price matching, I hope it's been saving you tons! As for your question...all I have to say is, EVERY WALMART IS DIFFERENT, and more importantly, every checker is different. I know that shouldn't be the case, but it is. There is a Neighborhood Walmart by me that is super super super laid back. They will let me price-match anything, and I mean anything. They say outright "we are really flexible here so it's no problem" when I ask them about something that I figure they won't match for whatever reason. That being said, there are likewise Walmarts that are much stricter and don't love price-matching as much, or simply do things differently. So if you end up having a weird experience then try again. Don't let one certain checker or store keep you from price-matching. It's their POLICY; it's a huge part of their business model. They make plenty of money from price-matching items, otherwise they wouldn't do it! Ok, now that that is out of the way...
In this case, it seems like the other store jacked up their price to $4.99/jar and was selling them BOGO, making them $2.50/jar, which is $0.48 less. They should've given you the jar for $2.50 each.
Here's another thing I've learned...
Price-matching takes some quick (and sometimes complicated) mental math...which some checkers are not comfortable doing. I know that I personally am TERRIBLE at mental math. Here's what I recommend: keep a calculator (you should have one on your phone) handy and do that math for them. Just say, "Smiths has these for BOGO at $4.99, so I did the math and it looks like it should be price-matched at 2 jars for $4.99 making them $2.50 each, does that sound right?"
Always ask them to verify, but do the math for them. You will have much more luck in getting correct price-matching. Also, buy some of those blank round garage sale stickers and stick the price-matched price to your items to keep things easier for you and the checker.
So, try again! Don't let that stop you, and yes, you should've been able to match that just fine. :)
From my "10 overlooked discounts" post:
From my "What to buy from Costco" post:
From my "FACTs of Saving" Page:
Posted on my Facebook wall:
Um...first of all...BEST MUSICAL. EVER. I cried. Literally. Where are you wanting to see it? Are you in UT? There are ALWAYS ways to get a deal :) For one, enter every contest possible. Radio stations will be giving them away like crazy. Enter enough, and you might just win! Last minute tickets are also a great way to go. Call the box office directly, rather than going through a SmithTix type site. Ask them for any last-minute deals. If you're really gutsy, just show up and ask. My husband and I went to Wicked and found out that an hour before the show they were giving away 10 free tickets. You had to wait in line forever, but we tried. We didn't win and ended up having to pay for the ticket, but we just cut out date night for the rest of the month to make it work, and did free dates instead. And hey, it was worth a shot! On Broadway they sell discounted tickets at a booth outside the theater last-minute. Also, if they offer Matinee shows, you would probably get a cheaper price there. Does that help?
Thanks for all the tips and comments, keep them coming!