I am not really what I would consider an "Extreme Couponer" but I am relatively good and generally save at least 75% to 100%. Even relatively savy couponers have a bad day sometimes.
I went to Walmart for two items (a) Schick disposable razors, priced at $1.97 with $2.00 off coupons and (b) Bic pens, priced at $0.97 with $1.00 off coupons. I planned to buy 10 of each and my whole trip would have been free. The razors were going in our donation box that we put together for the troops and then pens were partially for home use, with the remainder being donated to school for teacher/office use.
So I head out with my 6 year old and we get to the razor isle to find that they are completely sold out of the Schick razors we wanted to buy - strike 1...we go to gravb the pens and they did have them so I had my trusty helper count out 10 for me and put them in the cart. I double checked the razor isle (and came to the same conclusion - sold out, so we headed to check out.
The woman scans our items and takes the Bic pen coupons. The coupon says "Only one coupon is redeemable per purchase on Bic stationary products". I interpreted that to be the standard one coupon per item as stated on many coupons. She interpreted it to be one coupon per transaction. I pushed back a bit, but she disagreed with my rationale so I asked her to cancel the order and I would take one. I actually planned to do a couple transactions and get two or three but we didn't get that far.
She called her manager over to void the order, rescanned one item and scanned the coupon. It beeped and would work. The coupon was not expired and stated that it was for any 1 Bic Stationary product and actual had a picture of the specific pen packs that I was buying. She agreed that the coupon should work and that she didn't know why it wasn't scanning correctly. Then she went on to tell me what a fiasco I wass causing for a couple of pens.
I was furious, there was no line that I was holding up and this coupon was 100% valid. Normally I would have had her call her manager over who would have agreed that the coupon was valid and probably would have agreed that I could buy all 10 as well. However, as I said I had my 6 year old with me and I really didn't need the pens bad enough to wait to call a manager. So I left Walmart empty handed.
I will go back to Walmart and get both my razors and pens tomorrow or some day during the week, but today was one sad couponing day for me. I guess all couponers have a bad day sometimes!!!
Now it's your turn...tell me about your coupon fails!!!