A few months ago, a Von’s opened up in our neighborhood (that’s Safeway for anyone not from Southern California). I went to the grand opening and got a booklet loaded with coupons and free items. I also ended up winning a $25 gift card.
So I’m totally in love with grand openings.
This past week, a Sprout’s grocery store was going to open. I had received a notice in the mail and marked it on our calendar to make sure we attended, just in case they offered any coupons. Then on Sunday, I was reading the newspaper (am I the only 20-something who still reads the Sunday newspaper? and has a subscription?) and saw an ad for the Sprouts grand opening saying they were going to be giving away coupons good for 10 free sandwiches to the first 500 people who made a purchase! This had NOT been printed in the notice I received.
What if I hadn’t seen the ad? I would have never known about these free sandwiches!
The store opened at 7, and I didn’t have to be at work until 7:30–just enough time to squeeze in a purchase. So, I got up at 6 a.m. and woke Eric up so he could go with me.
Before you go thinking I’m a bad wife for waking up my husband from his slumber, let me mention that I knew exactly what I was going to be using these 10 free sandwiches for–Eric’s lunch. For the next 4 months, he’s going to have to take lunch and snacks to the fire academy every day. That’s a lot of food. This will at least help supplement the cost of all those lunches.
Anyway, apparently I wasn’t the only person who saw the ad…
By the time we got there, at 6:55 a.m. there was already a line!
I made Eric park super fast and rushed the line to make sure I got a spot. I felt like it was Black Friday (something I’ve never done, btw) except instead of rushing to get a deal on a washing machine, a flat screen tv, or you know, something of high value, I was fighting for 10 free sandwiches. Everyone’s got priorities, right?
Luckily, we were given our vouchers as soon as we made it into the line. Now all we had to do was make a purchase.
Eric bought two loaves of bread, for a total of $3. I bought two pints of Clemmy’s Sugar Free Ice Cream, which were on sale for 2 for $4 and I had a coupon for $1.50 off 2, so my total came out to $2.50 for 2 pints of ice cream. What, you thought I wouldn’t use a coupon? Shame on you and not appreciating my mad couponing skills.
And we both turned in our vouchers and each got booklets with 10 free sandwich coupons. Each booklet is worth $40 in sandwiches. AND they gave us free reusable bags for our purchases. It was just too much for my little coupon heart’s delight.
It was a really, really good day. The whole day I kept texting Eric how happy I was.
I think I have a problem.
What’s the wackiest thing you’ve done to score a good deal?