Posted by: thesavinghabit | September 23, 2010

Save Money: Know Your Store Policies – Weekly Deals 9/23-9/29/2010

One important tip in saving money is to be aware. You need to be aware of the prices of products and aware of your store’s policies. For example, if you shop at Publix, and an item rings up for the wrong price, they will give you the item for FREE. All you have to do is take your receipt to the customer service desk and they will verify the price posted on the shelf or in one of their sales flyers. If the item did, in fact, ring up for the wrong price, they will refund you the entire purchase amount. In addition, if you are getting more than one of the item, you get the additional ones at the sale price that was marked. However, you have to be aware of the prices or you will never know an error was made. It may not be worth it to you to wait in line for an error of $0.50, but what if that meant it was $4.99 instead? Just this week I had an item ring up for $1.49 instead of $1.00. I happened to be purchasing three of them. They ended up refunding me $2.47 ($1.49 for the first and $0.49 each for the additional two). Granted, this is not a lot of money, but if your store makes many errors, it could add up to a considerable amount.

In addition, it’s important to be aware of your store’s coupon policies. I suggest you contact the store’s corporate office for a written policy, as oftentimes even store employees, including managers, don’t know. I would also ask the store manager’s as well. I know some stores will accept coupons if they expired during that week, as they only send coupons to corporate once a week. Many stores will accept competitor’s coupons. And most will allow you to use a store coupon and a manufacturer coupon together.

And don’t forget to ask for rainchecks if your store runs out of sale items. Always ask them to write the raincheck for the maximum number of items allowed. You may think you only need two of the item, but by the time the item is back in stock you may want to purchase more of them. You won’t be required to purchase more than you want, but this just leaves it open for you to purchase more.

Now, on to the deals this week!

Know the Lingo
BOGO – Buy one, get one free
SS – Smart Source (coupon inserts in Sunday’s papers)
RP – Red Plum (coupon inserts in Sunday’s papers)
PG – Proctor & Gamble (coupon inserts in Sunday’s papers)
GM – General Mills (occasional coupon inserts in Sunday’s papers)
Blinkie – coupon dispensers in stores
Peelie – coupons found on products that you peel off
Hangtag – coupons found hanging on bottles
All You – Magazine sold at Walmart or via subscription

Whole Foods: Click here for their coupons. If you prefer to shop at Publix, they should accept these as competitor coupons.

Publix Greenwise: Click here for their weekly ads.

Many thanks to IHeartPublix.com for their great tips on shopping at Publix!

For Publix “super deals” for 9/23-9/29 please click here.

For Publix full sale list with coupon match-ups for 9/23-9/29, please click here.

For Publix ongoing sale list, please click here.

For Publix Advantage Buy Flyer sales, please click here.

Renita’s Favorite Money-Saving Sites
http://www.simplycvsshopping.com
http://www.specials.publix.com
http://www.iheartpublix.com
http://www.iheartwags.com
http://www.iheartcvs.com
http://www.cvsdeals.gather.com
http://www.grocerydeals.gather.com
http://publixpennypincher.blogspot.com
http://www.southernsavers.com

http://freefrugality.blogspot.com
http://getadealdude.com

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Renita is a resident of Palm Beach County, and author of “Wow! You Saved How Much?” For more information, visit her website at http://wowyousavedhowmuch.com.

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