Sunday, October 19, 2008

Another Duh Moment...

We're working on creating a budget--and I've set an amount for spending on food.

I'm trying to keep to that--even though I blew 2/3rds of the food budget before I'd read up on Dave Ramsey, reacquainted myself with Ms. Hunt, etc...

Last night I had to go out for dog food and a couple of other things.

For the first time in YEARS, I looked at the receipt when I got home.

There it was: $30.85 for the bag of dog food and $17.85 for a six pack of paper towels. In both cases, I had simply grabbed the wrong package.

So, I took them back to the store again. With tax, I was refunded $50.52

You know what I bought, then?
Tiny baking M&M's to decorate my son's upcoming Birthday cake.
A small bulk food bag of chocolate almonds.
A big brick of cheese.
Two 750g containers of yogurt.
6 Paper towels
dog food
a package of 12 buns
Grand Total: $41.19

It's always a good idea to check the receipt. (Duh.) I don't even want to think about what I may have missed over the years.


drwende said...

Do Canadian supermarkets do the loyalty cards that give you money off food purchases? All the stores here in Arizona have them, and paying attention to the special loyalty-card pricing can knock about 30% off your total bill.

Many food manufacturers who used to rely on newspaper coupons now put their coupons online to be printed, too.

Alana in Canada said...

Yep, we have the loyalty card! Since dh works for the company--we even get teeny tiny discounts when we buy store brands, too. I'm going to do a bit of research into couponing--but there's no doubling or tripling or anything like that! All the coupons I've ever seen are for items I wouldn't buy--and still wouldn't because they aren't any cheaper than another product without one.

Thanks for the suggestion, though.

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