My Winn-Dixie Trip (Steve) – Paid $3.54 for $74.33 of Merchandise (95.2% Saved)

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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%


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Comments

  1. Ann-Marie says:

    Check Ibotta, there is a $2/2 St Ives rebate too.

  2. I hate to deal with the not coupon-friendly stores. It seems to be a good deal for all of that. However, I think I’m gonna skip. Otherwise, I will be very frustrated and running around the store screaming (Nah, I’m just kidding on this part). But seriously, I wouldn’t want to try. Thanks for sharing, Steve!

    • Steve Pinski says:

      Yeah, it was a total pain. Out of curiosity, I may try the other W-D in my area with the few coupons I have left. I had four sets of inserts from that week. I want to know if they are coupon friendly, and this deal will put them to the test.

  3. Great trip. Good for you standing your ground.

  4. So you basically took part in coupon fraud and are now pleased by that? Please other individuals who are reading this stay in school so you don’t have to be this desperate. These situations are why more and more stores are limiting or removing coupons.

    • Steve Pinski says:

      Excuse me? All of my coupons matched the items I bought. Did you not read the article?

  5. Which location were you at

    • Steve Pinski says:

      The horrible trip was at the store on MLK St. N & approximately 34th Ave N.

      • That’s my local store I find the staff to be very friendly. I think I was behind you actually. The young lady was not the manager as she works at the front counter. I don’t believe she was being lazy she just couldn’t figure out why they wouldn’t go through. Before I walked to a different line she explained to you she did not want to get into trouble for accepting them if the computer was declining them. Although towards the end she did become a bit sassy I think it was from frustration. She is usually nice when I go into do some shopping.

        • Steve Pinski says:

          She told me that I didn’t buy the right product on a few different coupons. All my coupons were obvious matches. That pissed me off. When people accuse me of being a fraudster, that really annoys me.

          The other day at PetSmart the lady tried to tell me my BOGO coupons for Bella were copies. As irritated as that makes me, I politely educated her about the unique serial numbers on coupons.com coupons so that she can catch a real copier and not accuse legitimate couponers.

  6. My local WD used to be great, but they have become a bigger hassle that WalMart. Their cash register sometimes matches the advertisement and sometimes doesn’t, meaning that I have to deal with an inept customer service rep to get everything corrected. Same with coupons, lots of obviously matching coupons won’t scan. Too bad the nearest Publix is an hour drive away.

    • Steve Pinski says:

      Winn-Dixie seems tough. The second store I tried last night was great, but I think I just had an easygoing cashier that already knew the beeping coupons matched the items.

  7. I have more trouble with Publix and Winn Dixie bends over backwards, all depends on Manager and cashiers.

    • Steve Pinski says:

      That’s great that you have a nice store. The second store I went to last night was a much better experience.

  8. Theola Williams says:

    Last week they closed a wd they have some good deals.