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Dominick's: Clearance Alert, Coupon Alert, Multiple Alert Alert!

 

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I know you're on the edge of your seats waiting to find out about the sales that start tomorrow morning at Dominick's, but before I even begin to type them up, I have to tell you about my great visits to that very store today.

First order of business: O Organics whole wheat pasta for 69 cents. Both linguine and elbow macaroni, possibly other varieties too, are clearanced at 69 cents for a 16 oz. box. My "buy it" price for whole wheat pasta is usually $1.25 for 12 oz., although I did manage to get a bunch for a quarter a box like a year ago that we have been eating ever since.

But wait, it gets better:

O Organics whole wheat pasta for 55 cents each when you buy 5. When I purchased five boxes of this in one transaction, it rang up as 4@$.69, 1@$0. So there may be some "buy 4, get 1 free" thing going on, or maybe mine just rung up weird.

BUT WAIT, it gets better: O Organics whole wheat pasta for FREE. I found the clearanced pasta while roaming the store looking for inexpensive O Organics items on which to use this $1/1 coupon, which I found by the pharmacy. Here is a craptastic photo that I can't replace right now because my camera ran out of battery:

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So if your store doesn't mind reducing a coupon, you'll get the pasta free. You might even get overage but, you know ... it's Dominick's. Here's the twisted tale of how it went down for me:

I bought four boxes of the pasta along with one bag of O Organics freeze dried fruit bites for babies (reduced to $2.50 for one ounce), and a package of O Organics chicken thighs reduced 50% to about $4.50 for almost 2 lbs. because it expires today. I handed over six of the $1/1 coupons and I didn't hear any complaint from the cashier.

Due to the ever-present distractions of my small children, I wasn't able to look over my receipt until I was partway home, and then I realized that there were no $1 coupon deductions on my receipt at all. Should have been six, but there were 0. Not even a little -$.01 crazy thing that Dom's registers sometimes do. Nothing.

So tonight I waited for the late-working Epu to get home and drove over to Dominick's. I wouldn't normally make a special trip, but I was thinking that I'd sure like to get some more of that clearanced pasta. The nice staff there took my word for it that I'd had six coupons -- actually I showed them the six cards I'd torn them from -- and gave me $6 cash.

I got some more $1/1 coupons from the display and went back for more O Organics products -- 2 more bags of the freeze-dried fruit because Toth loooooved them, and five more boxes of pasta.

This time around, the register first tried to ring up my first $1/1 coupon as -$.01, but then the chashier somehow got it to ring up at -$.69. But then she had trouble using any more and noticed that the coupon actually says "one per customer." I said, oh, sorry, then I'll just keep the other six coupons and pay the full 69 cents apiece for these. But she offered to just take off all six coupons. She rang up two at -$.99 for the fruit bags and five at -$.69. When I got to the car I discovered that "4@$.69, 1@$0" thing, so I actually got 69 cents overage there.

So, sadly, next time I go to Dominick's I'll only grab one cheap O Organics item to try and get free. If the pasta's gone, here are some more ideas:

  • O Organics baby food jars are about 65 cents
  • Half gallon milk
  • 3 heads of romaine in an O Organics bag is $3
  • Even the non-clearanced O Oranics pasta was only $1.79 -- 79 cents after coupon

The coupon is good until 12/31/2010, so if you are able to pick up a few one each visit (no, I didn't clean them out, my store had plenty) you could use them throughout the year.

Coming soon: More coupon booklets I found at Dominick's.

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