Saturday, February 16, 2013

My Walmart Ad Match Experience...or why Walmart lost my business!

I have a long history with Walmart. I was a an associate back in the late 80's and early 90's. My father is currently an associate in another state. While all the world complains about Walmart's corporate practices, I remember Walmart when Sam Walton was alive. I remember a store that cared about its customers, one built on the principal of putting the customer first and being a light in the community. Sadly, that Walmart is no longer in existence. The new Walmart is focused on profit and expansion. 

I was in the Slidell at Northshore Blvd. store yesterday purchasing groceries. I wanted to use Walmart's  ad match guarantee to purchase a couple of items. The first item was boneless, skinless chicken breasts from Albertsons.Walmart's price was $1.99/lb. while Albertson's was $1.48. When I told the cashier, she had to go check the price. She was gone for about 3 minutes and came back and charged me $1.78/lb. When I told her that she put it in wrong, she sighed and said "That is what they told me it was." I showed her the ad and she begrudgingly changed it. Then I wanted to purchase Purex from Winn-Dixie's ad. The ad said, "Buy one Get one Free up to $6.49." She told me that they didn't do Winn-Dixie ads, because it says "up to" and doesn't have the price printed "really big". I asked to speak to a manager and Mary came over. She told me that not only was the BOGO not valid, but since Winn-Dixie requires a shopping card, Walmart doesn't honor any of their ads. If this is true, then they don't honor Walgreens, CVS, Rite Aid, or several other competitors either. What is the point of having an ad match guarantee if they won't honor any of the competitor's ads? I have shopped at all 4 Walmarts in the surrounding area and have never been treated this way. Other Walmarts honor competitor's ads with no question especially when I have the ad in hand. I am not one of those crazy couponers and don't feel that I was asking for anything above or beyond what is in their ad match policy. I feel I was treated like I was trying to cheat the company by this cashier and manager. This is the second time that this has happened to me. Last time when I called 1-800-WALMART, the manager was supposed to call me to explain the policy. He did not. Honestly, I don't trust this store not to embarrass me at the check-out and treat me like a criminal. I won't shop there any longer. I will go to Winn-Dixie, Rouses, Albertsons, Lishman's and Target. As a former Walmart employee, I expect better from the company that I once loved to work for.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Honey Bunches of Oats Tropical Blends

Do you have your favorite cereals that you buy every week? My daughter and husband like Fruity Dinobites the best and I am a Wheat Chex girl with a box of Cocoa Pebbles thrown in for times when I need a sugar fix. It is funny, because I remember spending great amounts of time searching the cereal aisle for just the right cereal when I was a child. Now, I search the cereal aisle for my cereal and go. I have bought lots of different types over the years, but normally end up tossing a half a box of cereal that just wasn't a hit in my home. So, I was hesitant to sign up for the Honey Bunches of Oats Tropical Blends sample offer.

When I got the box, I tried it dry. It was pretty good, a little on the sweet side for my personal taste. Milk cut the sweetness of it and made it better. Looking at the box, I see that they have a cinnamon version that might suit my tastes better.

Post gave me coupons to share. If you would like to try it for yourself, do these 3 things:
1) Like the Honey Bunches of Oats Facebook page
2) Tweet my post @HBOats #HoneyBunchesOfOats.
3) Give me some love on Facebook too.

Once you have finished my contest, here is another one that I am super excited about! Purex and Post are holding an Escape to the Tropics, Tropical Trio contest. The grand prize is a 4 night stay at Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach for 2 people! There will also be 5 first prize winners for a one year supply of Purex Natural Elements Tropical Splash and Honey Bunches of Oats Tropical Blends! And 100 second prize winners will receive coupons for free Purex Natural Elements Tropical Splash Detergent and Honey Bunches of Oats Tropical Blends! Visit the website to enter! This contest ends April 19th, so hurry!

Post provided a box of cereal so that I could review it. Also provided was information on the Tropical Trio Sweepstakes and I may qualify for a prize. All opinions expressed are my own.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Unexpected Love

Book Description

How would you characterize Jesus in his interactions with women? Gracious? Preachy? Aloof? Kind? Dismissive?
Unexpected Love is an essential read for anyone eager to understand Jesus Christ’s true heart for women. We ache for a satisfying relationship with him and crave his healing touch. So did the women of the first century. Each approached him with something they wanted. They left with more than they could have imagined.
Writer and teacher Julie Coleman carefully walks readers through the gospel narratives, offering evidence of a perceptive Savior deeply concerned about the women he met. Through vivid descriptions, thoughtful questions, and empowering applications, she brings a fresh perspective to these sometimes puzzling stories.
Unexpected Love offers a compelling vision of a Savior who meets us where we are and will take us where we need to go. Discover his passion for women. What you read will impact your own relationship with him. You will fall in love with the dynamic, beautiful, and unexpectedly personal Jesus.

My Take.....

This is a beautiful book. The author brings the stories that we have heard so many times to a lovingly personal account. It made me desire a more intimate relationship with my Heavenly Father. I highly recommend reading this book and sharing it with women who are hurting!

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