I had a rather interesting trip to Winn-Dixie today. First, my store didn’t have any tags up for the new sale (AT NOON.) Second, the Dove Advanced Care was a size match to ones listed in the weekly ad’s Unilever personal care promotion (Buy four participating items, save $4 instantly), but it did not ring up on sale and the register did not count it towards the promotion. They looked at the ad and made the necessary price adjustment on the item, plus deducted the $4 for the final group of four participating items I purchased.
But then it got interesting. The register decided that certain coupons weren’t a match to items (like the Suave Professionals coupon that was obviously a match.) My cashier decided she needed some help from a manager. Either the cashier or the manager (I can’t remember which) started pulling out coupons that were already scanned and ended up losing track of what had already been done.
The manager decided she didn’t want to take coupons that were obviously a match – like the Suave and one or two other beepers. That’s when I got a bit irritated and gave a store employee some attitude for the first time in years. I told her that I would stand in this line and call their corporate office if she refused to take coupons that were obviously a match. I put a lot of time into planning this trip and all of my coupons were matches for the items I purchased. After a team huddle, they decided to take the coupons.
At this point, they had no idea what had been scanned and what had not. They were also too stubborn to start over. I decided to graciously tell them that I had done the math beforehand and that they should stop scanning coupons when they got down to the correct amount. Of course, this manager seemed to be a know-it-all and she didn’t want my help, but she was too lazy to start over after she made a mess of everything. She ignored the number and kept scanning coupons. At this point, I didn’t feel like doing them any more favors. I paid the way-too-low amount and told them to have a wonderful day.
I used a $5 off $40 Winn-Dixie coupon that I received in a home mailer, so there’s an extra $5 of savings beyond what is listed with the items below. FYI – If you want a printable $5 off $40 Winn-Dixie coupon, go buy anything (even just a banana) and you will get a link to a survey on your receipt. Complete the survey and you can print the coupon.
I tried to note the beepers, but these guys were such a mess with their scanning, I am not sure if things beeped because they tried to scan them too many times. Here’s what I bought, along with the coupons used:
ONE SIMPLY ORANGE JUICE 59 OZ, on sale $2.99 (reg. $4.49)
Used one $1/1 Simply Beverage 59 or 89 oz printable coupon (preclipped)
NET PRICE: $1.99!
TWO TYSON ANY’TIZERS 25.5 OZ, on sale 2/$14.98 (reg. $8.99)
ONE PICTSWEET STEAMABLE GREEN BEANS, FREE with Meal Deal promo (reg. $2.39)
ONE COLE’S MINI LOAF BREAD, FREE with Meal Deal promo (reg. $1.69)
ONE KEMP’S FROZEN YOGURT 48 OZ, FREE with Meal Deal promo (reg. $5.99)
ONE JIMMY DEAN BREAKFAST BOWL, reg. $2.49 (bought this to get over $15 of included items for my Publix competitor coupon)
Used the $5/$15 Tyson, State Fair, Sara Lee, or Jimmy Dean Frozen Items Purchase Publix competitor coupon, Grocery Advantage Flyer (exp 3/31)
and used one $1.50/1 Tyson Chicken Strips or Tyson Anytizers Snacks coupon, 3/12 RP insert – limit 1
and used one $1/1 Tyson Chicken Strips or Tyson Anytizers Snacks printable coupon (no longer available) – limit 1
and used one $0.55/1 Jimmy Dean Frozen Breakfast Item *excluding single sandwiches* coupon, 3/19 RP insert
NET PRICE FOR ALL: $9.42 (like paying $4.71 per Tyson and getting the rest for FREE!)
FOUR SUAVE PROFESSIONALS GREEN HAIR CARE, on sale $0.99 each when you buy four participating items after $4 instant savings (reg. $2.49)
Used two $2/2 Suave Professionals Hair Care coupons, 3/19 RP insert (note: these are not the ones for the Gold hair care; there are two coupons in the insert) – these beeped
NET PRICE FOR ALL: FREE + $0.04 OVERAGE!
TWO SUAVE LOTIONS 18 OZ, on sale $0.99 each when you buy four participating items after $4 instant savings (reg. $3.29)
Used two $1/1 Suave Lotion coupons, 3/19 RP insert
NET PRICE FOR ALL: FREE + $0.02 OVERAGE!
TWO ST. IVES BODY WASHES, on sale $0.99 each when you buy four participating items after $4 instant savings (reg. $2.99)
Used two $1/1 St. Ives Body Wash, Scrub, Lotion or Face Care coupons, 3/19 RP insert (I think the second one of these beeped too)
NET PRICE FOR ALL: FREE + $0.02 OVERAGE!
TWO DOVE MEN+CARE BODY WASHES, on sale $2.99 each when you buy four participating items after $4 instant savings (reg. $5.49)
Used one $2/2 Dove Body Wash 13.5-34 oz or Dove Bar 6 ct or larger Publix store coupon, Publix Health & Beauty Advantage Flyer (exp 3/24; NOTE: This coupon does not picture Dove Men+Care, but it isn’t excluded and it is a size match)
and used two $1.50/1 Dove Men+Care Body Wash or Bar Soap 6 ct or larger coupons, 3/19 RP insert
NET PRICE FOR ALL: $0.98 (or 49 cents each!)
ONE AXE SHAMPOO/CONDITIONER, on sale $2.99 each when you buy four participating items after $4 instant savings (reg. $4.49)
Used one $2.50/1 Axe Hair Care coupon, 3/19 RP insert (I think this beeped too)
NET PRICE: $0.49!
ONE DOVE ADVANCED CARE DEODORANT 2.6 OZ, on sale $2.99 each when you buy four participating items after $4 instant savings (reg. $6.29)***
***THIS WAS MANUALLY DONE BECAUSE REGISTER DID NOT LIST IT IN THE SALE; THEY ALSO HAD TO MANUALLY GIVE ME MY UNILEVER DISCOUNT FOR THE LAST FOUR ITEMS
Used one $1.50/1 Dove Advanced Care Publix store coupon, Publix Health & Beauty Advantage Flyer (exp 3/24)
and used one $1.25/1 Dove Advanced Care Deodorant coupon, 3/19 RP insert (regional; some got $1/1)
NET PRICE: $0.24!
So…my math shows I should’ve paid $8.04 plus tax, but their ineptitude caused them to double scan $4.50 of coupons, making my net final price just $3.54 plus tax.
Total Retail Value of All Merchandise: $74.33
Net Price Paid for Everything: $3.54
Savings Rate (excluding tax): 95.2%
If they hadn’t messed up, my savings rate would have been 89.2%