Yesterday I received a weekly ad flyer from Albertson’s grocery store. I was flipping through it to see what types of sales they were having. I grabbed a pen and a pad of paper to write down some of the items. We usually shop at Publix but on the rare occasion Albertson’s has a good deal I will go there.
“What are you doing?” Lauren asked.
“I am making a list for Albertson’s.”
“Why? Is there anything good?”
“Not really, but look at this.” I held up the paper. “They have these items for sale at a dollar a piece. But if you buy 20 you get an instant five-dollar rebate so it will only cost 15 bucks. And it is not 20 of the same item, you can mix and match.”
“What type of items are we talking about?”
“David’s Sunflower seeds, you know I like them. And Crunch and Munch, Ketchup, Chef Boyardee Ravioli, Manwich stuff. Oh and look, Hunt's diced tomatoes andTomato paste.” I threw the last two in to make a case that I was actually planning on food shopping and not snack shopping.
“We can get tomato paste at Publix cheaper.” She said trying to take the wind out of my sails.
“But look Lauren, they have Microwave popcorn.”
“Bill, we do not need any of that stuff.”
“But Lauren they have Giant Slim Jims for less than a dollar.” Catching myself I added, “Not that I would buy 20.”
“But it is all stuff we would not normally use. It is to get you to buy the name brands when the store brand is just as good and cheaper.”
“I know,” I hung my head and said under my breath, “but they have Giant Slim Jims for sale.”
Lauren rolled her eyes and took a sip of her coffee. “You are such a sucker. YOU are the exact person they try to reach with those ads.”