I give grocery stores a lot of credit. They do seem to come up with new and exciting ways to get you to spend more money while giving you the impressing that you’re saving money.
As I was going through my receipts to enter things in Quicken to track our spending, I ran across what looked like an in-store coupon for Mio Water Enhancers. It was good for $1.00 off two, $2.00 off three, or $3.00 off four or more.
What I missed initially was the “Not A Redeemable Coupon” in light letters at the top of the slip. So when I handed the coupon to the checkout person, she told me it wasn’t a coupon and explained what it actually was. After I paid for the products (full price), I received an in-store coupon good for the specified amount.
On my next visit. Not right then, like I had thought.
The coupon, of course, has an expiration date. (I’ve found that even if a store says that something doesn’t expire, it actually can expire.) The grocery store really would be quite happy if I forgot to redeem the coupon by the expiration date. They likely got some bounty for delivering the coupon to me, so they’ve won already.
So, upon receiving the coupon — finally — I took my groceries out to the car, and went right back in for my next visit. I found two containers of dishwashing soap that cost $3.00, plus $0.15 tax. Cost after applying the coupon: $0.15. (I didn’t use a credit card for that transaction. They could have refused it anyway if they wanted to.)
The best time to redeem an in-store coupon is as soon as possible. Cash the coupon in and get real value from it before it goes away, which it usually does quickly. Don’t give yourself any leeway to forget about it.