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Disappointing Experience

9 Jun

Last night I ran out to do a little grocery shopping at Harris Teeter and The Market, which is a Farm Fresh chain.  As usual, I circled the items I wanted in the flyer, gathered coupons and was on my way.

At Harris Teeter, I ended up picking up things that were not on my list and spending slightly more I anticipated.  The cashier was so shocked that I didn’t have a handful of coupons and that my bill was over $20.  But I did save a little and was on my way to The Market at Harbour Heights.  This particular grocery store is in downtown Norfolk bypass another Market to shop at the downtown store.  I have been shopping there ever since I learned that they doubled dollar coupons daily!  That was such a plus and made driving a little further out worth the trip.

I browsed the store, picked up some items and headed for the cash register.  75% of the items in my basket were only picked up because I had coupons that would double.  I was talking with the cashier and looking for a $5 off coupon and didn’t pay much attention to the coupons nor the total, which is uncharacteristic of me, but I was distracted.  When I was on the elevator heading to the parking garage, I was hit with the reality that I paid $39, more than the estimated total that was in my head for my purchases.

I went back to the store and asked the cashier about the coupons and why they didn’t double.  She then informed me that they stopped doubling $1 coupons almost 2 weeks ago.  My heart broke!  I couldn’t believe it.  I was actually contemplating returning everything except for the two or three things that I had on my list to get from that store, but I did not.  This morning I am again contemplating taking things back and getting a refund.  My sister jokes me all of the time, saying that I am the only person she knows that takes things back to a grocery store.  The customer service agent ended up giving a 10% discount and 2 items rang up wrong, so they credited me for those items.  I still ended up paying several dollars more than I would have with the double coupons.

Unfortunately, I will not be shopping at the downtown store much anymore.  There is no point.  I pass a Market that is less than 5 minutes from my house to shop downtown.  Now there is no point in driving downtown.  I think I am back to Wednesday shopping if I must buy something from Farm Fresh…that is when they double dollar coupons.

With the economy the way it is, you would think that the grocery store chain would be doing everything possible to keep and build customer clientele.  I am going to write the company and share my frustrations.  I know I am not the only one.  I think I will be doing my shopping at Kroger and Harris Teeter now.  I am starting to feel as if Farm Fresh doesn’t want my business, nor do they value me as a customer.  I also would like to have their policies in writing.  First it was the price matching at the Market in Ghent, now the double coupons downtown…I’m not a happy shopper!

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Farm Fresh Specials 6/9-6/15

9 Jun
  • $0.88lb Perdue Oven Stuffer Roasters
  • $1.99lb Asparagus
  • BOGO Cantalope
  • $3.98 Seedless Watermelons
  • Free Fresh Express Salad (Sign-up at www.farmfreshsupermarkets.com/email Enter Promo code: FREESALAD)
  • BOGO Arm & Hammer Detergent
  • BOGO Doritos Chips
  • 2/$1 Libby’s Veggies
  • $1.48lb Peaches
  • $0.98lb Yellow Squash or Zucchini
  • $0.98lb Fresh Green Beans
  • $0.38lb Fresh Cabbage
  • $0.69lb Sweet Potatoes
  • Offer for Save $10 on your next shopping trip with the purchase of $25 in participating items (see flyer)

Take Advantage of Reduced Items

8 Jun

On Friday I had a great experience at Harris Teeter.  After a rehearsal at church, my daughter and I ran into Target and Harris Teeter.  As we strolled through the store I noticed yellow stickers on some of the meat, so I took a closer look.  The meat was turkey breast tenderloin and they were marked for reduced sale because their sell date was quickly approaching.  The yellow sticker was for $4 off of the price, which was $8.99.  I picked one up because $4.99 isn’t a bad price for a tenderloin.  When we checked out, the turkey rang up $8.99, but the Vic card took $5 off, making it $3.99.  Once the $4 coupon was applied, Harris Teeter owed me a penny back!  Not bad!  Needless to say, I went back and cleared the shelf of all turkey breast tenderloins with the yellow sticker.  After all was said and done, I purchased 9 turkey tenderloins which would have been $81 for around $0.14…Yes, 14 cents!!!  I just paid tax!

Several weeks ago while visiting my mother, I went to Farm Fresh to pick up items for breakfast.  They had reduced pork chops.  I got a family pack of pork chops for less than $3.  Again, a wonderful buy!  Not as good as free, but still good!

The earlier or later you go to the store, depending on the store,  the more likely you are to take advantage of manager mark downs.  Check the dates, make sure the meat still looks fresh and then buy it.  I froze all 9 of the turkey tenderloins and will bake them over the next few months.

Military Family Freebie

1 Jun

Good Morning!  I hope that you enjoyed Memorial Day!  For many it is a time to visit family and friends, cook out, shop and enjoy a day off, but for others they took= a moment to stop and recognize all of the people that gave their lives for our country.  Personally, I hold dear the memory of my late grandfather James A. Bowman who passed away in 1981.  He was a U.S. Army veteran and a wonderful man!  I love you Papa!

Since I am writing about military, I thought I would share this timely freebie.   With the summer break quickly approaching for school children across the country, military families will hopefully take advantage of this offer.

Blue Star Museums is a partnership among Blue Star Families, the National Endowment for the Arts, and more than 700 museums in all 50 states to offer free admission to active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day, May 31, 2010, through Labor Day, September 6, 2010.

  • If you are active duty military personnel and/or an immediate family member, all you need to do is show either a Geneva Conventions CAC Card, a DD Form 1173, or a DD Form 1173-1 at the museum admissions desk. Immediate family members under the age of 10 must be accompanied by an appropriate ID holder.

Explore as many museums as possible this summer. Find the participating museums nearest you by clicking HERE.  They have created a blog for you to share your experience.   Blue Star Museums Blog.

Virginia Museums include:

  • Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum
    Williamsburg, VA
  • Atlantic Wildfowl Heritage Museum
    Virginia Beach, VA
  • Baron and Ellin Gordon Art Galleries
    Norfolk, VA
  • Boykin’s Tavern/Isle of Wight County Museum
    Smithfield, VA
  • Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre
    Bristow, VA
  • Carlyle House Historic Park
    Alexandria, VA
  • Chesterfield County Museum
    Chesterfield, VA
  • Chrysler Museum of Art
    Norfolk, VA
  • Colonial Williamsburg
    Williamsburg, VA
  • Colonial Williamsburg
    Williamsburg, VA
  • Contemporary Art Center of Virginia
    Virginia Beach, VA
  • Deltaville Maritime Museum
    Deltaville, VA
  • DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum
    Williamsburg, VA
  • Edith Bolling Wilson Birthplace Foundation and Museum
    Wyethville, VA
  • Eleanor D. Wilson Museum at Hollins University
    Roanoke, VA
  • Ferry Plantation House Historic Museum
    Virginia Beach, VA
  • Foundation for Historic Christ Church
    Irvington, VA
  • Frontier Culture Museum of Virginia
    Staunton, VA
  • Gadsby’s Tavern Museum
    Alexandria, VA
  • Hatton Ferry
    Scottsville, VA
  • Historic Hopewell Foundation
    Hopewell, VA
  • Historic St. Luke’s Church
    Smithfield, VA
  • Historical Museum of Western Virginia
    Roanoke, VA
  • Hugh Mercer Apothecary Shop
    Fredericksburg, VA
  • James Monroe Museum and Memorial Library
    Fredericksburg, VA
  • Lightship Portsmouth Museum
    Portsmouth, VA
  • Lynchburg Museum System
    Lynchburg, VA
  • Mary Washington House
    Fredericksburg, VA
  • McCallum More Museum and Gardens
    Chase City, VA
  • Meadow Farm Museum
    Henrico, VA
  • Morven Park
    Leesburg, VA
  • Muscarelle Museum of Art
    Williamsburg, VA
  • Museum of Culpeper History
    Culpeper, VA
  • Museum of the Confederacy
    Richmond, VA
  • Museum of the Middle Appalachians
    Saltville, VA
  • National D-Day Memorial
    Bedord, VA
  • O. Winston Link Museum
    Roanoke, VA
  • Old Coast Guard Station
    Virginia Beach, VA
  • Old Court House Civil War Museum
    Winchester, VA
  • Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum
    Portsmouth, VA
  • Rising Sun Tavern
    Fredericksburg, VA
  • Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum
    Alexandria, VA
  • Tangier History Museum and Interpretive Cultural Center
    Tangier, VA
  • Taubman Museum of Art
    Roanoke, VA
  • The Town of Wytheville Dept of Museums
    Wytheville, VA
  • Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest
    Forest, VA
  • US Army Quartermaster Museum
    Fort Lee, VA
  • US Army Women’s Museum
    Fort Lee, VA
  • Virginia Discovery Museum
    Charlottesville, VA
  • Virginia Historical Society
    Richmond, VA
  • Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
    Richmond, VA
  • Virginia Museum of Transporation
    Roanoke, VA
  • Weems-Botts Museum
    Dumfries, VA
  • William King Museum
    Abingdon, VA
  • Wilton House Museum
    Richmond, VA
  • Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum
    Staunton, VA

Hurricane Preparation Tax Free Holiday-VA

26 May

May 25-31, 2010: Hurricane and Emergency Preparedness Equipment

During this seven-day period, purchases of items designated by the Department of Taxation as hurricane preparedness equipment, including portable generators, will be exempt from the Virginia sales tax. Portable generators must be priced at $1,000 or less, and other eligible items must be priced at $60 or less for each item. For details, visit the Hurricane Preparedness Equipment Holiday page.

Qualifying items include:  Batteries, coolers, flashlights, rope, smoke detectors, ice packs, bottled water, first aid kits, gas/fuel containers, duct tape, cell phone chargers, manual can openers, weather radios, generators, carbon monoxide detectors.  For a full list of tax exempt items click HERE.

Spotlight on Savings! Kroger

26 May

4 Day- Crazy 8 Sale (May 26-May 29)

  • $1.28 Big K Soft Drinks 12pk (Limit 6)
  • $0.88 Cook Whip
  • $0.88 Kroger Tortilla Chips
  • $0.88 Play Balls 10 inch
  • $1.98 Cheetos, Fritos, Doritos, Lay’s
  • $2.48 Tombstone Pizza
  • $1.98 Turkey Hill Ice Cream
  • $3.98 Red Cherries (I am excited about this because I missed the cherry sale last week at Harris Teeter and Farm Fresh)
  • $2.98 Apple & Cherry Pie
  • $0.88 RC Soft Drinks (Limit 8)

Box Tops for Education Giveaway!!!

25 May

I am very excited about this giveaway!  MyBlogSpark, General Mills and SuperValu are sponsoring this giveaway!  If you have school age children, you are probably familiar with Box Tops for Education.  Clipping box tops from participating products earns money for your local schools.  Over $10 million was earned during the 2008-2009 school year!  That is awesome!!

So MyBlogSpark sent a $25 American Express to me and I challenged myself to see how many box tops I could collect while shopping with my card.  I shopped at my local Farm Fresh (Market) and scored over 70 box tops to send to my daughter’s school, but the best part is that I got lots of great stuff for my kids like Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Toaster Strudels, Chex, Fiber One Bars and Progresso Soups, just to name a few.   Farm Fresh was running a promotion where you got 50 bonus box tops when you purchased $20 in participating items.

The SuperValu family of stores includes ACME, Albertsons, Cub, Farm Fresh and Jewel-Osco.  They have created a website that tracks your Box Tops contribution and the school’s redemption.  The site also offers recipes, coupons, store promotions and much more!

Want to win your own $25 American Express gift card?  How many Box Tops can you get with $25?   Click HERE for a full list of participating products and brands.  All entries must be submitted by 11:59p.m.(ET) on May 27, 2010.  To enter, leave a comment below with your name and favorite Box Top product.  The winner will be posted on May28, 2010 and will be notified via email and will have 48 hours to respond.

Earn extra entries by:

  • Joining me on Facebook
  • Following me on Twitter
  • Subscribing to this blog (be sure to complete the verification by following the emailed link)
  • Entering the SuperValu Sweepstakes {Box Tops for Education is giving you a chance to win 50,000 bonus tops for your school.  All you have to do is register  HERE and click the link to the 50,000 bonus box tops sweepstakes.}

(Leave a separate comment for each entry)

**SuperValu and General Mills provided the gift card, information, and giveaway through MyBlogSpark