Monday, December 30, 2013

The "good buys" and "good-byes" at Wal-Mart

Last night I made a Wal-Mart trip and I scored big time on some things. As most know, Christmas is over which means...CLEARANCE! Currently, everything red and green, actually anything involving Christmas at all, is marked down to 50% off. Here are the best deals that I found. I was able to get a Pyrex 2.5qt glass mixing bowl (great for a double boiler), a bag of Gingerbread M&M's, 3 boxes of "Christmas themed" Pillsbury sugar cookies and a box of Vidal Sassoon hair color. Before any sales/discounts on these products, they were valued at $23.22 before tax. After the markdowns, their total together came to $13.44. After coupons and Ibotta deposit though? I spent a whopping $4.44. That's the equivalent of spending $.74 on each item!

How did I do it? Well Pyrex was marked down from $4.97 to $3 and there were a few different things to choose from. You could get a 2c measuring cup, a 2.5qt bowl, an 8X8 pan or even a pie dish. There was a $1/1 any Pyrex product from SS 11/17 (x 1/31) and also an Ibotta deposit of $1 wyb a Pyrex baking product. So I ultimately paid $1 for the dish! The M&M's (exclusively at Wal-Mart) were $2.88 during the holiday season but on the 26th they hit the clearance shelves and the price dropped down to $1.44. There's a MQ on for $1/1 bag of gingerbread M&M's printable. After coupon...yes, just $0.44 for a bag! I have never tried this flavor and will not guarantee I will like it, but anything is worth trying for $0.44 right??
Next I found the cookies. They were $2.50 then dropped down to $1.50. I found a printable online for $1.50/2 but decided to look through my coupon binder for another Pillsbury cookie coupon and I'm glad I did. I found a coupon for $1/1 Refrigerated cookie dough from SS 12/15 (x 3.08) making each package just $0.50 each! They expire on January 4 but that's no big deal, you just take them out of the box and put them on a cookie sheet, no prep work needed. (Sometimes I do enjoy all the work being done for me for a change *wink*).
Lastly, I came across hair color. There were a few different brands to choose from, Garnier Fructis, Clairol, Revlon and Vidal Sassoon. I opted for the Vidal Sassoon because I had the highest value coupon for them, $3/1 box of hair coloring from yesterday 12/29 P&G. It was nearly $8 for the coloring and was marked down to $4.50 which means after coupon I paid $1.50 for a decent box of coloring!

As I noted, these were all great finds at Wal-Mart but I almost decided to just shove my cart somewhere and leave when it came time to check out. Of course it was 10:04P.M. when I decided to check out and imagine that...they shut every cash register down and were FORCING customers to use the self-checkout. I consider this to be forcing because I would never use the self-checkout during the day. People who work at Wal-Mart, A.K.A. employees, are paid to stand at a register and help their customers check out. If I wanted to be a cashier, I'd work at a store; I merely would like to be a consumer. The whole time I was checking out, it was dreadful. I would scan something and the stupid machine would tell me I didn't put it in the bag or something was on the scale that wasn't supposed to be. I fought with it for at least 15 minutes.
 To make matters worse, there was at least 1 register out of order and HALF of the machines can only be used if you have a credit card. How moronic? You force people to check themselves out then tell them they can't check out on half the registers because they prefer to carry cash rather than charge everything to a card?!?! Seriously.
Not to mention the fact that there were probably 10 people in line waiting to use the self check out, with two of the registers being left open continuously because no one had a card to pay with. Two different people needed  help (from a Wal-Mart Employee) while I was checking out and then I needed assistance because the machine wouldn't take one of my coupons which ultimately led to my removing the product from my purchase.
The employee who assisted me was rude and arrogant and really got under my skin when one of her "friends" asked her if she would go to the express lane and check him out because he didn't like to use self check out. That's probably what made me the most upset about this whole process. Sorry I didn't realize being someone's favorite got you out of the torture process of scanning and bagging your own cart.This is what I consider a "good-bye" to night time shopping at Wal-Mart.
In conclusion. Don't shop after 10 P.M. at Wal-Mart. Or, maybe make best friends with the night shift so you can get special treatment and opt out of having to waste your time checking yourself out. (Good clearance though.)