(Not so) Extreme Price Matching!
Posted by Beckie | Filed under Beckie
I can’t watch the Extreme Couponing television show anymore. For one, it drives me absolutely bonkers that the “stars” of the show think nothing of clearing the shelves and back rooms of every single item, leaving zip, zero and nada for the next person who comes along (probably just searching for a couple of deodorants, not a HUNDRED). My other issue is that despite several Canadian coupon sites and coupon newspaper inserts, we just don’t have the same coupon supply available in Canada. Dumpster diving for newspaper inserts might only yield a handful of personally relevant coupons. Usually I feel pretty excited if I’m able to use two coupons, for a savings of a couple of dollars.
Plan B. Well, I get a stack of flyers on my driveway every week left with the free local newspaper. I usually have every other Friday free (no work, which makes it “chore day”). The plan? Extreme Price Matching starring the well…looking a little tired, clad in jeans and a sweatshirt… moi. At least two stores near me offer price matching, where they will match an advertised price in the flyer from a local competitor grocery store.
In advance of doing this for the first time, I gave myself two “rules” for causing “trouble” at the checkout. One, I decided not to go during rush hour (I assume this is right around 5pm but I really don’t know for sure). I went early in the morning. My second rule was to attempt to be organized. I had my flyers ready and sorted, with items I wanted to look for circled in black marker, as well as taped pieces of scrap paper for really obvious “bookmarks”.
How many items did I price match? About 15. I couldn’t find a bunch of items, and I purchased duplicates of a few items.
Any problems? No, the cashier was so nice and told me stories about recent customers that saved a lot of money (one woman the previous week had managed to drop her grocery bill by $70, I wish I had been there). Also, it was my lucky day and no one was behind me huffing and puffing while waiting in the lineup.
Total amount of time investing in perusing flyers and making the shopping list? About an hour (time is $ right? I imagine if I had a lot more free time, I would make price matching part of my regular shopping routine)
Total amount of money “saved” by Price Matching? About $17
So as you can see, although I had lofty ambitions it wasn’t an extreme experience. It is still nice though to save money that I can use for other things we need. Like diapers. We flush about $800/year down the toilet, so to speak (luckily our municipality allows us to put diapers in green bins). I see toilet training my two year old in my imminent future.