Friday, July 24, 2009

Overage at...Wal-Mart!

Mel over at The Great Coupon Experiment alerted me to a great moneymaker at Wal-Mart with the Adams Flea collars. These are $.97 regular price, and there are coupons for $3 off ANY Adams product. These were in the July All You, 5/17 and 6/28 Red Plum inserts. Between those three sources, I found 21 coupons in my possession. Little did I know I was holding $42 and change in my hands.

You see, Wal-Mart never wants to give overage- they'll adjust the darn coupons for a PENNY! So today, when my husband started whining that he wanted some beer, and we are 45 minutes away from a Publix, I started thinking what I have and what's on sale at Kroger and Wal-Mart that I might be able to reduce my cost. I had already used all my good Kroger coupons with the mega sale, so I was thinking about Wal-Mart and thought I'd give these q's a go. I ALWAYS have trouble at Wal-Mart. With The Family is Its Own Reward booklets, the coupon barcodes started with 9 and I had problems with them taking those. I had to tell the cashier every time, and they still had to read the q's carefully and inspect them.
At any rate, I went in, leaving hub and kids in the car and went to get the collars- picked up three, thinking that would give me $6.09 overage. As I walked along the front of the store, I checked out the cashiers, trying to assess and decide which one looked the most coupon-friendly. Out of the twenty or so cashiers working, ONE was a young male. The rest were older women. I knew which line I was getting in.
I grabbed a few packs of Kotex pads $1, to use my $1/1 q's on, and then went for the beer. I got a 6-pack of Killians for $5.97, and needed another $.12 of something to fill the rest of the overage. Kool-Aid it is. So a pack of Kool-Aid for $.20 got added to the total.

I got in line, and was behind two ladies with a full cart. The cashier in front of him waved her arms and said, you can come up here. "No thanks, I'm good". (Stick with the young male). So I waited, then when it was my turn, he scanned the beer, asked for my ID, scanned the kotex and collars, and kool-aid. Your total is $12.xx. I handed him my q's. He scanned a $3/1 Any Adams Flea and Tick product. Beep. "Please verify coupon amount" the cash register informs him. He looks at the coupon, then right back at the register and hits a button. No problem. Then he does the same for the next two, and scans my Kotex q's.

No problem.

If only it was always that simple.


3 Adams Flea Collars: $.97/ea
$1/1 Adams mq= -$2.03/ea
1 6 pack Killian's $5.97
no q's
1 pack Kool-Aid $.20
no q's
2 Kotex $1
$1/1 mq= Free
total tax: $1.05
Total oop: $1.13
Total saved: $11.00 (90%)


  1. Yay! That was great! I'm glad it worked for you.

    I hope your hubby was suitably impressed with his free beer, lol.

    We maybe should have kept this one to ourselves, though...I went and found my Walmart cleaned out of the collars tonight. boohoo!

  2. Good job!! I wish I had as much luck with wal-mart I all but stopped going their after starting couponing because they had a problem with everything!

  3. What would you have done if he said no? Is Walmart's policy usually no overage.

  4. Mel- I am so sorry!! I don't think a lot of people coupon around here, so hopefully the secret is safe. :) At least the q's don't expire until December, so plenty of time to use them! I also found some in the May All You (or June?) So maybe they'll be in future issues... He was pretty impressed- and very happy with having something that wasn't the "cheap beer".

    cheap- I know! That's me too. I haven't bought anything there in ages. Recently I have been stopping in to use a few of the family is its own reward q's that made freebies (Q-Tips and Popsicles) as well as the Kotex. I thought I'd give it a whirl since they were busy, I was counting on finding a coupon-friendly-looking cashier. LOL.

    Leisa- in this case, I would have argued a bit, since the q says plainly "ANY" with no restrictions. But had they still refused to take them, I would have asked them to remove the collars from my total and I would have gone ahead and gotten the beer. Since DH all but begged. :) I went in visualizing an easy checkout experience and hoped for the best. I am not sure that they have a policy on overage. In the past, I've found that if the coupon beeps and the register says "Item not found" or something, they are less likely to take it than if it says "Verify coupon amount". For whatever reason. Although, those 9 barcode q's all said "item not found" and I was able to get all of those pushed through. Honestly, I think it all depends on the cashier. I also try to use the strategy of buying condoms, tampons or pads and going to the checkout line with a teenage guy. They usually don't want to call over a CSM when one of those items is present. LOL.