One of the first things I tell people when starting to “coupon,’ is to check their receipts before leaving a store. Shopping can be exhausting, and with coupons, it can be even more draining. It is difficult to resist the urge to just hurry up, pay, and leave. However, after this week’s shopping, I realized just how important it truly is.
This last week I kept track of my 20 receipts from trips I made between Target, CVS, Walgreens, and Walmart. Of the 20, 12 receipts had at least one error, and some had more. I had a total of 14 coupons that were not deducted. Total value of those 14 coupons was $46.50. At Target, I had 6 Littlest Pet Shop Toys, and was charged for 7. During another Target trip, my Cartwheel bar code did not scan properly and it didn’t take anything off. I watched her scan it too. At Walmart, half of my coupon stack somehow was completely left off, but put in the register drawer to redeem from the manufacturer. At CVS, a B1G1 FREE coupon with a value of $13.99 was not deducted, but since I caught it right away, I didn’t count it.
Last night however, I had a really difficult shopping trip at Walgreens in Jenks. I went in to purchase the Fragrance Gift Sets on sale. My family and I are going to a Women’s Shelter on Christmas Eve to spend the evening, and bring gifts. I thought these would be great to bring as presents for the women. I asked the sales associate for help, as the sets were not tagged, and it was hard to tell which ones were included in the sale. When my items were rung up, it was off by a lot. At first we thought it was the Revlon nail polish I was purchasing as they were supposed to be free. She called the manager over, and come to find out the sets I had asked her specifically about, were not on sale. After 40 minutes in the store, three failed transactions, a manager who was not any more help than the sales associate, and a poor woman waiting behind me patiently, I ended up leaving without purchasing anything. I was so frustrated, and I knew at that point, the receipt was not going to be correct, and I just didn’t have the energy left to stay and make sure it was right. Sometimes, it really is best to try again at a different time, and particularly with a different sales associate.
This time of year employees and managers are really busy. Everyone seems to be tired and frazzled, and it is so easy for mistakes to be made. But, even small mistakes add up. After this week, I realized just how much. After my week of debacles, I went online to check my “cashback” transactions. Sure enough, many were missing!! I ended up having to pull my invoices and send support tickets for each one. Little bits of money here and there that are never noticed until you look for them. But when combined all together, add up to a lot! Whether you are shopping online, or in a store, make sure you double check your receipts.