We’ve been managing to get by with one car while the car that was rear-ended is being repaired, but predictably, I haven’t been shopping as much. I can walk to CVS, but yesterday was only the second time I’ve been to Walgreens since we dropped the car off at the body shop before Thanksgiving.
You’d think that since I’m not shopping as much, I’d have more time to get my coupons organized and plan my deals, but the opposite seems to have happened. Partly it’s because December is just a crazy month, and I’m overwhelmed with all that I have to do.
But partly it’s that I’m out of practice. What used to come naturally now requires a lot of thought. I have no rhythm when I go into a store.
For example, I’d written down all the deals that I wanted to get. But I neglected to write down all the details, or calculate my exact total. And somehow I neglected to note that the $3.99 case of Aquafina (which I need for a Christmas party this weekend) required a 7-day ad coupon. The regular price was $7.99, and that’s what I paid because I didn’t hand over the coupon, costing me $4.
Now, $4 isn’t much in the great scheme of things, but it’s huge for a coupon error. It’s not quite like forgetting to hand over a 40-cent coupon that would have doubled to 80 cents, like I did a couple of weeks ago at Ralphs. And $4 makes the price of the water twice what I’m willing to pay for a 24-pack.
So I’ll probably stop by the store on Saturday on our way to the Christmas party and ask to have the coupon refunded. I don’t know if they’ll do it, but it’s worth a try.