Stupid mistake – Make sure you really KNOW the policy!

I went to a local grocer today to get some items that were loss leaders. These were items that my family will use, so why not save the money and buy them when they are at a VERY low price – even without a coupon?

While at the store, I was walking up and down the aisles and saw items on sale that I did have coupons for. After doing the math in my head, (thinking I UNDERSTOOD the coupon policy at this store) I threw the extra things in the cart, thinking I was making REALLY good purchases.

Well, it turns out I wasn’t. Not that the purchases were bad – they weren’t – but they weren’t AS good as I projected them to be.

My stupid mistake ended up costing me $25.

*sigh*

I could have been crazy at the checkout lane and decide that I didn’t want those items afterall, but I didn’t feel like going through the hassle.

But now I know that *if* I go into this particular store because I am enticed by some really awesome loss leader sales, that is all I am going to buy. I will stick with Dillon’s for my coupon shopping, because 1) I understand their policies and 2) they have the best coupon policy in town.

On the bright side, I have enough Coca-Cola to last me until the next sale cycle – saving me a nifty $27 overall in Coca Cola costs. So I guess that averages out to still saving $2 overall instead of losing $25.

Really. I have to justify this some kind of way.

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