I have been in couponing distress over Albertsons for the past six days.
Last Wednesday, the diaper deal looked so promising that my friend Melinda & I purchased 40 Pampers coupons off ebay. By the time they arrived in the mail, it was clear that the deal was falling apart and was not nearly as good as was initially reported.
Because I bought the coupons, I felt obligated to do the deal. I paid $3 for these stinking pieces of paper and I needed to put them to use! I felt the same pull I felt when I first started couponing last winter–it’s like the coupons were burning a whole in my pocket and I HAD TO USE THEM! This constant urge was keeping me from thinking rationally about the deal and if it was really worth it.
I decided Sunday that I was not going to attempt to roll the diaper deal. I didn’t want to spend the next three days in and out of Albertsons and honestly, I was afraid of the possible rejection. I HATE it when a deal doesn’t work out and I feel like an idiot. And I still feel like a fool, even after a year of doing this and scoring great deals consistently.
But today I realized that I was out of butter and I do not pay retail for butter. I decided to do the diaper deal one time and use the catalinas to pay for the Albertsons loss-leader butter and the Darigold deal. Here’s a picture of my two transactions:
3 jumbo packs of diapers ($24 after coupons & doubles), 2 packs of wipes ($10), 4 Darigold butters ($5.60 after coupons & doubles), 2 Albertsons butters ($2.98), Golden Grahams ($2–yummy), 2 Yo-Plus yogurts (free after coupons & doubles), and a couple of bananas for filler ($1.65).
I paid $31.23 out of pocket (and used $15 in catalinas) and still have one $5 cat for a future purchase. OK, I know it’s not a great deal. But what do you think? Did I get a good deal?
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