Another week of shopping the sales at two different grocery stores, and the results are still inconclusive. We spent $88 this week, which is about what we’ve spent per week in the past at just one store. Yikes.
However, we did stock up on some meat (a pork tenderloin at $2.84/pound that will serve as three meals and two Porterhouse steaks at an amazing $5.60/pound that will serve as two separate meals). In the past, we’ve spent closer to $100 on weeks when we purchased meat, so this could be a slight improvement.
I’m disappointed that we’re not doing better, but I’ve decided to put in more effort to find manufacturer’s coupons. This is a learning process, and I’m trying not to beat myself up too much this early in the game.
I did discover another great use for the price book today, though. When I ordered 3/4 a pound of turkey at the deli today, the guy told me about a crazy deal. When you buy 1 pound of turkey, you get a half-pound of deli American cheese, a bag of tortilla chips, 4 deli-style sub rolls, and a 2-liter bottle of soda.
So you’re telling me if I add an extra quarter-pound of turkey to my order, all of that is free? OK, I’m sold.
Since I wouldn’t have bought any of that stuff if it wasn’t free, I asked the cashier to double check the receipt before I paid to make sure it came off. He assured me that it did. But when I got home and started adding entries to my price book, I realized that the cheese had not been discounted. It was only $3.25, but that’s not the point. I only took it because I was told it would be free with the turkey, so I wasn’t about to pay for it.
When I went back to the store, they were happy to give me a refund … but not without telling me that it “wasn’t really their fault.” The deal was for yellow American cheese and the nice guy at the deli had sliced white American for me. The fact remains that I didn’t order either. He was kind enough to inform me of the deal, and he gave me what he believed was free. Just because he was mistaken doesn’t mean I should have to pay for it. Whatever, I’m happy to grin and bear their excuses as long as I get my refund. :)
Before I started studying my receipts for my price book, I might not have looked that intently and probably would have missed something like that. Just one more reason I’m glad I started a price book!