Thursday, April 12, 2012

Check Your Receipt!

Tim called the other day, wanting to know if he could grab lunch out at Burger King.  I know what you're wondering- "Why does he have to ask permission to go out to lunch?"  Because, we're on a budget people.  It's less asking for permission and more of checking in to make sure the money is available (since he doesn't do anything with the budget).  He also knew I'd say yes because we have a booklet of BK coupons, so he could go get lunch for half price or less.

Anyway, he brought home the receipt so I could enter it in to my budget spreadsheet (I love you excel) and I flipped it over to see the survey offer.  "Get a Free Whopper with purchase of fries and a drink at regular price, when you complete this survey online."  Since I know that it is a pretty reasonable price to buy the smallest drink and smallest fry (we're looking at $2.00 vs. $5 for a Whopper Value Meal), I went online and did the survey.  Poof- coupon code for a free Whopper.

PetSmart, Bath & Body Works and Chickfila often do "random" surveys for money off your next purchase, or a free item, etc. 

Always make sure to check your receipt to see if you received one that is offering coupons.  It's a great way to save some extra money.  In the case of PetSmart, I recently used my receipt-coupon in conjunction with a manufacturer's coupon to score a free item!  The surveys usually take just a few minutes and tell you in advance what the discount will be, so you can judge if it is worth your time or not.

Likewise, always check your receipt to make sure your coupon(s) came off total correctly.  I've been overcharged by several dollars before.  It's kind of a pain to go back in and get the totals fixed, but I look at it this way- if it takes 10 minutes for you to get your $3 back...that's like making $18 an hour.  Worth it!

So, always remember to glance at your receipt!


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