There was another first for me today, however, which I wasn't quite so delighted about. It related to the number of items I was purchasing in one of my transactions (pictured above) as compared to the number of manufacturer's coupons I was using. I had calculated it out as an exact match of 16 items and 16 manufacturer coupons (seven of which were register rewards from my prior transactions). The register would not allow the last 3 of my register reward coupons ($5 total) to go through, despite the fact that I still had a subtotal of $7.72 (+ tax). I've never had this problem before (or if I had, maybe the stores had just pushed it through?...there are problems with register reward beeps frequently, it seems). Have you ever had a similar issue? Maybe you can help me figure out this puzzle?
The cashier called the store manager over to take a look & the manager said she thought they weren't working because three of my coupons had applied to two items each (the three Blue Diamond $0.60/2 coupons). She said because they did this, I'd need to add three additional items to my order if I wanted to use my last three register rewards (this would make 19 items & 16 manufacturer's coupons). I'm still a little confused by this, actually. I don't recall ever having an issue with a coupon that applied to two items & my # of items count before. I've usually been glad to have a coupon apply to two items in order to help meet or exceed the Walgreens # of items vs. # of manufacturer coupons ratio rule.
Looking at the receipt, I see the Blue Diamond Almonds buy one (at $3.59), get one free offer looked like this (I had purchased six total so the receipt repeated this three times):
B/DIAM WAS/SOY 6OZ 3.59 SALE
B/DIAM WAS/SOY 6OZ .00 SALE
+ $0.60/2 coupon: MFG Coupon .60-MFGC
I wonder whether the register wasn't accepting the three free (.00) almonds as "items" for my # of items total???
I had another buy one get one free item in the same transaction. It was two Got2B styling products. This B1G1FREE offer appeared differently on the receipt, however:
GOT2B IRON 6.8OZ 5.99
GOT2B BLW DRY6.8OZ 5.99
GOT2B BLW DRY6.8OZ 5.99-FREE
+ two $2/1 coupons. Both showed as: MFG Coupon 2.00-MFGC
It seemed that when the register listed the buy one get one free sale as in the second example (free item being subtracted in full), there wasn't a problem. However, when it listed the buy one get one free sale as in the first example (free item being .00), there was. If the issue was the register not counting the .00 items in the total # of items, I don't know how to predict which way the B1G1FREE sale will show on the register in order to prevent this. It might be best to just be sure to add an additional item in place of each "free" item (from B1G1FREE offer) to prevent possible beeps?
The cashier and manager were both very pleasant to deal with and the cashier even offered me additional coupons she had at the desk, etc. We ended up having an interesting conversation about couponing, in general. Even with this puzzle, it was an enjoyable trip, overall.
Here's my full transaction:4-Soda 12 packs (one 7-up & three Dr. Peppers), $2.50 each
+ used in ad store coupon to get sale price
= $2.50 each
2-Got2B Styling products, $5.99 each, B1G1FREE = $3.00 each
+ used two $2/1 coupons
= $1.00 each
4-Tampax tampons, 20 ct., three were $3.99 each, one was $5.79 (these were a buy one, get one 50% off), so $5.79 + $3.99 + $1.99 + $2.00 = $13.77 (or $3.44 each)
+ used four $1/1 coupons
= $2.44 each
6-Blue Diamond Almonds, 6 oz., $3.59 each, B1G1FREE = $1.80 each
+ used three $0.60/2 coupons
= $1.50 each
~Planned to use 7 RRs (from prior transactions), which totaled $28. Only four of the RRs were accepted ~I'd love to more fully understand why. (the four totaled $23)
Total Spent: $7.72 + tax ($9.72 total)
Total Saved: $63.52 (89% OFF)
~still have three RRs left for future use which total $5.00
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