I had 2 RR (Register Rewards or Catalina's-basically coupons you earn from a store when you purchase certain items that can be used on your next visit to get money off) from Walgreen's that were expiring today. So, I had to go out there, and since the Hollywood Video that is closing today is right next door, I thought I would check out the last minute deals there as well. My kids are 7, 5, 3, & 1. Usually my 7-year-old is a major helper, but today all she did was start fights with the 5-y-o, the 3-y-o is basically always "on one" and saves up his worst behavior for store trips, and my 1-y-o is just grumpy and feeling sick from ear infections. So, right off I was screwed. (Did I mention that my husband is a resident physician and is on a 24 hour call?!)
I went to Hollywood Video first, and found nothing, NOTHING worth getting (and really not great prices for a close-out sale). So, after browsing for 10 minutes I was more than ready to go-but had to pry movies out of the children's hands to leave behind before we left.
On to Walgreen's where the oldest 2 were fighting and the 3yo was just all over. I went to pick up my stupid free 8X10 picture from a special the other day, but guess what-I do not still have my photo release from the photo shoot from 6 years ago and did not even think about bringing it anyway-so I could not get the photo. I was annoyed and mad at this point so I told the idiot photo girl that I want to see her shred the already printed photo so no creeps end up with the pics. She says she can't-against policy (I wrote to corporate about that one already).
On to using the expiring RR-I needed envelopes and thought I would buy a couple other things that would give me new RRs so I could "roll" my current RR (Meaning I could use the one I had to purchase something that would give me a new one to use on my next purchase/trip). So, I decided on the 2 boxes of envelopes I needed, some lip stuff that was $2.99, but you get a $2 RR back when you purchase it, and 3 new candy bars that are on sale 3 for $2, but you get a $1 RR when you purchase them. So, I went to check out, rang up my order, and gave the guy my 2 RR-each worth $3, which brought my Out of Pocket cost to $1.96, and I should have gotten back $3 in RR (one for $2 and one for $1).
As I grabbed my reciept, the 3yo, who has emptied many shelves of merchandise while we were in the store (which I will note I did clean up), now decided that he cannot wait another minute to run out the door into the giant mud puddle in the parking lot (on the edge). I sent 7yo after him so I can get 1yo out of cart. The 7yo refuses to go after 3yo as she is still mad and pouting about getting in trouble for her earlier fight/tantrum. So, 5yo goes after 3yo. Both 3yo & 5yo end up in puddle before I run out with 1yo & 7yo. Great...muddy boys.
I get everyone buckled in the van, and think-well at least I made money on this trip ($1.96 out of pocket with $3 back in RR) then I look at my receipt and change still clutched in one hand and realize-they did not give me the $1RR! DANG!
So, at this point I think, is it worth going back in for a buck?
In the end I still "made" money (4 cents) which makes me happy like cutie 1, but it was a major hassle, so I left feeling a bit like cutie 2!
Ever have days like that?!