THIS is How it Began
It's another shopping day at Harris Teeter like any other day but I saw the word Clearance so naturally, I stopped and focused. To a food allergy mother, this word is like finding money on the ground.These Ian's Natural Foods Gluten Free Chicken Patty Fritters were $3 less than the normal price. There were four boxes. I didn't have a coupon with me but because there were only four boxes, I bought two to be safe. It all sounds nice and normal and not at all a little obsessive, right? WRONG! It begins the moment I leave the store and I begin to do the math inside of my head. I begin to pull out calculators and add up just how many I could have tucked away for pennies on the dollar. My children ask me what I am doing as I am grabbing my car keys and heading out the door in a frenzy as if people outside know that I am on my way to get more- like they are driving faster and they will beat me to the store and buy them all up. This is the beginning of the pattern- this is what sends me off the deep end into the hoarding abyss. Luckily, this is never a bad thing.
There is actually a process to food allergy hoarding. After you have found a specific product, you then search every single discount/coupon/money-saving options that are available.
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- Check store policy- many stores will double or even triple coupons but always ask beforehand since these policies tend to change from week to week. They may or may not double or triple on clearance items since they are already marked down. Always ask- it will help you figure out how to get the most product at the cheapest price.
- Check the product sites- most companies will have either a printable coupon, a down loadable coupon or some type of money-saving offer if you sign up for something (like a newsletter). In this case, I was able to scope out an awesome $2 off any Ian's Natural Foods product by signing up for their newsletter. Not only am I saving money but I also get a bunch of future information and promos/discounts that they will send out so that's an added bonus.
- How Many Can You Print- This also varies from company to company. Some companies have a limit of 2 coupons per person to print. Others you can actually save and print out as needed.
- Get Help- If there is a limit to what you can print for coupons, use all of your abilities. This includes: A) Those multiple email accounts, use them. Extra email addresses means extra coupons. B) Ask family and friends to do the same- this equals more coupons. C) Allergy magazines- helloooo, these always have a coupon or two somewhere, leaf through them, NOW! Gluten Free & More is notorious for having coupons D) Competitor coupons- (most) stores now accept other stores' coupons .....get my drift? Pretty soon you have a nice little stockpile of coupons
Although my day ended on a bit of a budgeting high, I was a bit sad that Harris Teeter would be discontinuing these delicious gluten free morsels. Because, as I mentioned earlier, they will quickly be eaten. If I (may) send a plea out to the peeps at Harris Teeter- please restock these for our families. Take a customer survey and I guarantee you that your allergic families need to have their favorite foods in stock at all times since it takes us so very long to find products that our families love. And, if you need any help with products, ask me- that's why I'm here :)
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