Recently, I was looking to score a great deal on air freshener (the spray can variety) by combining a few penny-pinching shopping skills at once. My husband was kindly reading the scent options that were available. One of the selections was Hawaiian Breeze. Since I have never been to Hawaii this description meant nothing to me. As I was saying, “I wonder what that smells like”, my husband was grabbing the can off the shelf and giving the trigger a squeeze. I couldn’t help but wonder why they don’t have sample cans of air freshener like they do for perfume. Nonetheless, once we decided which scents we wanted to purchase, I asked my husband to get the cans from the back of the shelf. After all, I think it is safe to assume that we weren’t the only ones testing the scents from the cans at the front. Even though I was getting a terrific deal on this product, I wanted to make sure to get that great deal on a full can of air freshener. Something to think about to make sure you are getting the most out of your pennies.
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Vigilance is key for effective penny pinching. This is especially true at the checkout. Computers make mistakes. People make mistakes. And this can add up to you paying more than you should. Ideally, you should keep your eye on the screen and compare this to your shopping list as you are being checked out. However, this is not always possible. Often the cashier begins scanning before you have placed all your items on the belt. Even if you watch the screen line by line as your transaction is completed, it can be difficult to decipher actual prices and coupon deductions. I do the majority of my grocery shopping at Kroger and a degree in computer programming would go a long way in being able to read their receipt. So, unless you are able to keep up with the transaction as it happens and you feel 100% confident that item prices scanned correctly and all sale and coupon deductions are accurate, take a few minutes before you leave the store and compare your receipt to your shopping list. If you have any questions or find any discrepancies, get back in line or go to customer service. I am finding mistakes on receipts much more frequently these days. A dollar here, a dollar there starts to add up fast. Check that receipt to keep those pennies pinched!
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