Thank you to Julie, who commented yesterday on using gift cards to pay for items at Shopper’s Drug Mart. There are a few details you should know.
Today I went to Shopper’s (yes, again). I asked the cashier to buy a $30 gift card for the store. That is important because they sell many other cards for other stores. At the Shopper’s I went to they don’t keep their own store cards at the check out (hmm..someone needs to speak to the marketing department on that one) and she had to go look through 4 racks of cards before she found one for SDM.
I bought the card and she didn’t ask for my Optimum Card. Since there were 3 people behind me and only this cashier, I let it go and bought my $30 reloadable SDM gift card. I thought maybe Julie was mistaken, but when I looked at my receipt it clearly said if I had used my Optimum Card I would have received 300 points. I would be asking for those points when I checked out.
John decided he was buying pop, chips, chocolate mini eggs and the garbage bags he had put on the shopping list. None of these items did we have coupons for.
I went to the hair care section and chose my 6 LOreal products and got the right number of coupons off the tear pad and also got 2 more Soft Lips Balms.
When I went back to the check out there was no one else in line so we had a bit of time. I presented the receipt so I could get my 300 Optimum Points. Apparently the misunderstanding the cashier had was gift cards for other stores do not give you the points. The manager came over and corrected it and put the points on my card.
I then bought my 3 shampoos and 1 soft lips in one transaction since the lip coupon and the coupon for 5000 bonus points said I couldn’t use duplicates in the same transaction. I bought everything else in a second transaction. I used 5 coupons for $3 off and 1 for $2 off the hair products, 2 for $2 off the soft lips (got them FREE), and redeemed the $10 gift card I received on Sunday. Then I paid with the $30 gift card and because of John’s extra shopping we paid cash for the remainder.
If I’d known he was shopping, I would have bought a $50 Gift Card. The cashier and manager were fantastic and the cashier I could tell doesn’t get too many people shopping with coupons. She was surprised I knew so much about planning to shop in order to get the best deal and the bonus points.