Operator error

irobotI was at the checkout counter at my own fave Plum Market grocery store. The one that’s a few blocks and one annoying intersection away from the Landfill. I almost always walk there but this morning, I drove over there before work, grabbed a turkey, took it home, stashed in the refrigimatator, and high-tailed it for work. I knew I would be back there in the early evening after work and I knew I would want to walk to the store then and I did not want to carry a turkey home with me, along with a bunch of other stuff.

So, yes, I was at the checkout counter again after work, and the cashier was one of the young men that often checks me out. I had a coupon in my purse for $10 off any purchase of $50 or more. I wasn’t sure if it was expired or not. I wasn’t sure if I had spent over $50 or not. As it turned out, I had spent over $50 but the coupon had expired. When did it get to be after November 21st anyway? But the cashier said that they honored coupons a week after they expired. I didn’t really care. I could afford to buy what I had in my cart without a coupon. And so, he swiped the coupon. It didn’t work. He asked, “Did you buy alcohol?” Well yes, there was a bottle of Beaujolais Nouveau. 2009. The coupon wasn’t good for wine. I didn’t care. It was my error for not reading the fine print on the coupon. We laughed and I hoisted my shopping bags and walked home, in the dark afternoon that is the western edge of the Eastern Standard time zone.

I feel very fortunate that I can walk to an upscale-type grocery store in my neighborhood and not pay *too* much attention to the prices. I do have my limits. We eat well here at the Landfill but we don’t eat a lot, at least not most of the time. Potato chips are my downfall and if I allow them into the Landfill, they don’t last long. The stupid thing about all of this is that I have walked over to the Plum Market a number of times during the time that the coupon would’ve worked and spent $44 or $40 or whatever. If I were better organized, I would’ve managed to consolidate some of those grokkery lists a bit better and my coupon would’ve maybe saved some money.

6 Responses to “Operator error”

  1. gg Says:

    Yeah. You could have saved some money! Yeah.

  2. Margaret Says:

    I’m terrible with coupons and don’t even bother with them. I forget them, find them at the bottom of my purse, don’t remember which ones I have for which stores. It’s hopeless.

  3. grandmothertrucker Says:

    I never use coupons, because I never go to the grokery store… at all. I have been to the grokery store by my house twice this year. Kroger does send a coupon book to my house… I wonder where it is?

    I save money cause I don’t go there.

  4. grandmothertrucker Says:

    Correction….. I will pull into Michigan around 1 AM, get to Flint, then Sterling Heights, ( I after E and it’s NOT after C… ) then Imlay City, THEN I get to drive home… and go to Kroger to get what I need to actually cook in my kitchen for the first time in years. Dave 7 Jennie & Christina & Dennis and ME.

  5. Uncly Uncle Says:

    Macy’s coupons are the worst. You need to take your attorney shopping with you. However, Macy’s can scan your coupons after ringing up you purchases and it automatically tells which items qualify. Still, they make it very confusing.

  6. Tonya Says:

    My mom was the Coupon Queen with her handy-dandy little “coupon purse” with tabs and yes, she kept it up-to-date and knew every single expiration date by heart. She’d travel from store to store to use them (likely spending whatever savings on gas). Other than when I look in the mirror, I am NOT my mother’s daughter….