Price Matching

My supply of necessities was getting slim so I ventured forth to Shop this afternoon. Twinkle was down to one can of her canned food, too. I’d called the other day to order a case and it was at the vet’s. It had been dreary a lot of yesterday but cleared off today. The temperature was 49 when I left the house and the wind was blowing.

My cousin had called earlier to check on me. I felt better today than I did yesterday. I’d washed a load of clothes and put them in the dryer besides doing a few other things. One of those was looking up grocery ads online. I’d printed off some from the Aldi site.

When I got to Walmart, I discovered they had some beautiful pink grapefruit for 82 cents each. One of my Aldi finds was pink grapefruit for 33 cents each. Bananas were 57 cents a lub but Aldi’s price was 44 cents. I asked the produce guy if they had a box of grapefruit. He went to the back and came out with a bin full. Turns out that’s the way they get them. He counted them and there were 41 in the bin. I took them all. He set the bin in my cart and I turned around to go find the avocados.

A lady was picking out avocados and I had to wait for her to get through. When I was able to reach them, I tried to find the price. I wondered out loud how much they were and she said it didn’t matter to her. She had a Piggly Wiggly ad and they were 79 cents there. I selected four.

Said lady was all excited. She had never done price match before and hadn’t even known it existed. I told her about the grapefruit and bananas and she said, “Think of the thousands of dollars I could have saved over the years!” Another lady walked up and we had a price match meeting right there. Seems she’s a Walmart employee but she does it, too. I don’t know if they get a discount but if they do, that could really rack up the savings.

I asked if they had email and the lady’s husband gave me his on a slip of paper and the Walmart lady wrote hers on it. I promised to send them links for the area supermarkets, wished the first lady good luck on her new adventure and went on.

Getting to the checkout counter, I saved over $20 on the grapefruit and 32 cents on the bananas. The avocados came in at 76 cents less. I had a coupon for $2 off any White Cloud product (I’d emailed the company because I bought a box of tissue that had an expired coupon for the next purchase). My savings added up to a nice chunk o’ change and I didn’t have to drive 30 miles each way to buy my food.

Yucca Root

Yucca Root

I’d heard about a Mexican grocery from some of my Facebook friends so I stopped there. Communication was a challenge but I ended up with a bottle of hot sauce and a yucca root. (He wrote it down for me and spelled it “yuca”.) The man was excitedly educating me about the different foods they carry. He was surprised I am familiar with chayote and nopal. I had some coconut ice cream in the car so I had to tell him I’d be back when I had more time.

The Mexican grocery was on the way to the animal hospital so I continued. The waiting room wasn’t full but there were several people in line so I sat down. More people came in but I stayed sitting. When the line started thinning out, I got up but one of the latecomers went on ahead of me. I didn’t pull her hair or anything but I did think it was rather rude.

Finally, it was my turn. The bill for Twinkle’s food came to a few cents over $57. I halfway joked, “Does this ever go on sale?” The lady at the window glanced over at a paper and said, “Wait a minute. These came today.” She picked up a sheet of—coupons! Studying them, she figured out she could take $5 off my total which brought it down to $52.05. I gave her my heartfelt thanks. Counting that in, all told, I saved $28.17 today. Not extreme couponing but close enough for me.

I’m going to have to call Walmart tomorrow and find out if they want their bin back. Rather than bag all those grapefruit (and I had enough bags with me), I was allowed to bring it home. I got everything unloaded and was in the process of putting it away when DS1 called. He said to call him back when I got done so I did and we talked for more than 40 minutes.

The HTML expert has a lot of formatting done on the lessons. There’s quite a bit more to do and that may fall to me. The lesson study guides are at the church and, if I don’t forget, I’ll get one Sabbath so I can make sure everything matches.

Genese got all four of her teeth pulled. They put her on a stretcher from the hospital ER and took her out to the mobile dental clinic. She posted a couple of times after that on Facebook but I’m sure she’s in LaLa Land about now.

Twinkle is curled up and sound asleep. It’s feeling chilly in here so the temperature outside is probably falling. My nice warm bed will feel good tonight.

4 Responses to Price Matching

  1. Lila November 8, 2013 at 8:42 am #

    Won’t mention what I thought the yucca root might be, will leave that to your imagination.

    I don’t eat that many grapefruit in a year! Congratulations on the savings! We could all use more of that.

    • Tommie November 8, 2013 at 8:52 am #

      I know. It ain’t purty. I’ll try to find a better picture to display. (And I did.)

      I eat some of them and juice some. The 40’s are small enough to juice. The produce guy kept insisting the label meant 40 in the bin while I stood my ground that CT/SZ 40 indicated the size of the fruit (Count/Size 40).

  2. Mary Jane November 8, 2013 at 3:18 pm #

    Glad you saved so much with your price matching–I’ve never tried that, but “my” grocery stores are not far apart, so I check ads and go where what I need is the best buy.

    Wish I could eat grapefruit, but can’t because of a medicine I take. We used to have it just about daily during the winter, but no more.

    • Tommie November 8, 2013 at 3:46 pm #

      Walmart and Bi-Lo aren’t too far apart but the other supermarket is at the other end of town. Save A Lot is on the way to Walmart as is United Grocery Outlet (the “used food store” as Mother would have called it). I like to make one stop take care of everything unless I need something I can’t get there.

      I’m sorry you can’t enjoy grapefruit any more. I’ll eat my share and yours, too.

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