Grocery Budget Buster: Forgetting the Groceries

January 18, 2010 by Chelsea  
Filed under Deals, Frugality

4284982291_59f1e33b55 Grocery Budget Buster: Forgetting the Groceries

I poured over the ads, coupons and multiple couponing blogs to put together an awesome list for Meijers and Kroger last week. I was stoked that I found multiple items for free and had survived the five hours of errands with my two children.

I quickly unloaded my bags of groceries for pictures and found I was missing a bag. Somehow I had left all of the Healthy Choice entrees at the store that I had gotten on sale for about $6 total. A whole week’s worth of lunches for Tim were either sitting in some forlorn cart or abandoned at the customer service center, where I had to visit to use my high-value $5/5 coupon.

I called Krogers and there was no trace of my bag. They offered to let me bring in my receipt and get new boxes, but I declined as nap-time was approaching and we had plans for the rest of the day. I doubted whether they would let me bring in my receipt the next day, and I was too timid to go back, thinking that they might not trust me.

Although I scored some great deals, especially at Meijer’s, I was a little bummed that I had forgotten food at the store and wasted money. The best way to stretch your grocery dollars is to use your food up, and that’s hard to do if you leave the food you’ve paid for at the grocery store.

Chock this to a lesson learned in frugality. To see more frugal posts check out Life As Mom’s Frugal Friday.

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7 Comments on "Grocery Budget Buster: Forgetting the Groceries"

  1. Jennifer on Fri, 22nd Jan 2010 10:01 am 

    Ouch! I think most of us have been there done that though. I would have just asked if I could stop by the next day though while I had them on the phone. Better luck next time.

  2. mom2fur on Fri, 22nd Jan 2010 4:22 pm 

    Don’t kick yourself, okay? I’m just glad you didn’t forget a bag of meat, LOL! Oh, and I’d go back to the store even now…just ask to speak to the manager and tell him/her that you were the lady that called about the bag the other day. They want to keep a good customer, so I’m sure you could get some compensation. It’s worth a try!

  3. Jan on Fri, 22nd Jan 2010 4:24 pm 

    Don’t feel timid. I have done this three times lately and many times in the past. I even got sick for 3 weeks and then asked.
    Just ask the next time you are in Kroger’s but be bold. Tell them what happened.

  4. Toni on Fri, 22nd Jan 2010 5:22 pm 

    D’oh!! We’ve all done it. It’s especially easy to do when you are dealing with children on the shopping trip. Between, “can I have a dollar?” and “are we almost done?” - I usually grab the wrong “flavor” of something that I had a coupon for, which is ALWAYS the flavor that was NOT on sale - and never notice until I get home.

    I would have asked them if you could come in the next day as well. Have them take down your name and situation and give it to the opening manager so everything was understood. They will almost always accommodate.

  5. Sara on Fri, 22nd Jan 2010 9:33 pm 

    I hate coming home after shopping only to realize I forgot a bag. Seriously I would just take your receipt in next time and tell them what happened. It can’t hurt. Unfortunately we’ve all done it!

  6. Chelsea on Fri, 22nd Jan 2010 9:56 pm 

    Thanks for all the advice. Next time I will definitely be more bold. Now hopefully I can find my receipt and talk to customer service when I’m there again.

  7. jeanne on Sat, 23rd Jan 2010 9:26 am 

    When this has happened to me in the past . . . I have told the customer service person I will not be back until the next day. I write the person’s name on my reciept and the time of the call. I have never had a problem.

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