Grocery Geek Presents: A Universal Money Saving Method

One way that I saved money this week is a way that anyone can. No need to clip coupons. No rebate forms. No special equipment. My six year old could do it. And thanks to Johann Gutenburg, it’s a universal money saving method.

It involves the ability to read.

This week was rather a dud in my neck of the woods as far as great sales are concerned. I did head over to Albertsons one night for their 8-hour sale. And dud it was. There were supposed to be great deals on cereal, one thing that I won’t pay much for. Kelloggs cereals were 3 for $4.98 and I had $1 off coupons on several types, making them potentially $.66/box. Of course, the details in the sales flyer were rather cryptic; “select varieties” was some of the wording. So, I just had to take my chances that they had in stock what they had pictured in the ad as well as others that were in my coupon stash.

When I saw the tag “Krispies with Strawberries – 3/$4.98” I was particularly pleased since I had coupons for those. And I headed out with a fun cereal for the kids. As I was walking to the parking lot, I glanced at the receipt. It read, “Rice Krispies – $4.99.” Huh?

As it turned out, the sale “krispies” were the store brand. Very clever marketing since it was the same price as Kelloggs. Makes you wonder if someone sits in a cubicle all day trying to figure out ways to trick frugal shoppers.

Needless, to say, I returned the Rice Krispies. No way I’m paying 5 bucks for a box of cereal!

Lesson learned: Checking your receipt could save you money.

To see more ways that other people saved money this week, visit Super Savings Saturday.

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  1. I hear ya on the wording of the sale ads sometimes they can be ambiguous.

    Great job on catching it on the receipt. 🙂

  2. Sugar Coma says:

    I check my receipts often but I don’t know why…I usually don’t ever go back in to fix the problem. By the time we walk out the door my kids are done shopping and going back in would be a death sentence. I think they (the ones sitting in the little offices planning our financial demise) plan on this also.

  3. Good for you!! I am the same exact way. I just cannot bring myself to pay more than I think I am going to pay. One day I unloaded almost everything in my entire buggy at the register at Walmart because they wouldn’t take my online coupons and wouldn’t match the price on several items because of ridiculous, fine printed, reasons. I don’t care how ridiculous I look, IM NOT PAYING FOR IT!!

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