I am a stay at home mom who is fed up with spending a large portion of income on grocery bills. It is my job, according to God, to be a good help mate for my husband. I am trying to live up to my job description. I am starting a journey into the grocery coupon world and invite you to come with me. I have never used coupons for grocery shopping and as of January 1st 2008 I am diving in. I will be using http://www.thegrocerygame/ , http://www.moneysavingmom.com and the http://www.couponmom.com/ website to guide me on how to save money. I am going to treat this adventure as a part time job and put in the hours necessary to make it work. I am excited and nervous to get started.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

I am Sooo Over Wal-Mart

I went to
Wal-Mart today to get a friend 2 boxes of Zantac. She is going on a missions trip next month and I wanted to help out. I had 2-$5 coupons and the Zantac was $3.87 which would have given me overage on both. I had more items to cover the overage. When I got up to check out the woman first said, "We only take printables if they will scan." Then she realized that they were more than what the Zantac costs. I told her about the overage and that I have used coupons like this before etc... blah blah blah. Anyway she would not let me use them unless she put them down to the $3.87 price. I told her that Wal-Mart store policy is to take them with the overage and that I could use these coupons. She told me that she had worked there for 11 years and had never done that. I told her that she was wrong and that her and the other lady were not following Wal-Mart policy. I also said, "Thank you, I will take my coupons and use them at another store." Sorry Emily, I will get some Zantac for you and I will be able to use these coupons elsewhere.

I am done with Wal-Mart. My mother will be so happy and Sherri you now have a partner in your boycott.


Suze said...

I had the same problem with those coupons. The first time they wouldn't take them at all and the cashier accussed me of stealing. So I contacted corporate. I was told that they will take the coupons but they will not give me an overage. That they will mark the coupon down to the amount of the coupon. Do you happen to have a copy of their coupon policy that states that they give overage? Lately it's been such a drag going there because they give me such a hassle about coupons.

My Boaz's Ruth said...

You expect a store to take a coupon for $X off Y product and allow you to put some of that amount on something other than Y product?

The reason coupons work is that manufacturers give the company money for accepting the coupons. The manufacturers don't want to pay for some item in your cart that they did not make. So I think Wal-mart's policy on overages (to give the item free, but no money back, not even if it is just to cover other things in the cart) is the correct and honest one.

Sara said...

Good job for boycotting Walmart! There are about a million reasons to do so. I always cringe when "frugal" people shop at Walmart - there are many other places where you can shop, still live frugally, and also live with your conscience. I know that's harsh, but I personally feel it's not worth the savings to patronize Walmart.