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bubbacoupon 80 August 25, 2008 at 01:54 PM
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Being a military spouse has its many challenges. One of the challenges is trying to feed your family on a limited income. I thought it would be helpful to the many of us SD'rs out there that are military or military spouses to have an official Deca/ Commissary thread. There are so many great deals and YMMV by store, but at least here you may be able to look for a deal that you might not have known about before. I HTH someone save a little for thier family!! Enjoy! Smilie
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Another Ft. Hood spouse here Smilie

I haven't been to the commissary in a couple of weeks but I will check out the deals when I go.

Oh also a heads up, case lot sales are going to be starting again. Here is a link to find when you base will be having one:
http://www.commissaries.com/store..._lot_dates
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Quote from Tmonkey View Post :
....hey now! Putting you on the naughty list nowFrown

Stick Out Tongue
HEY! I even followed you to the RA thread and gave you a pat on the back HERE
Smilie
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My daughter is stationed in Fayetteville and would like to start couponing. I have started reading this thread to try to help her. She did purchase a paper yesterday and said there were only a few coupons in it. Does anyone have a suggestion for which Sunday paper in that area would be the best. Thank you.
Welcome!!
For couponing at the commissary - the commissary also has coupon booklets - usually at the entrance - and quite a few tear pads by the products.

If you see a good coupon for something you use - TAKE it. Then when the item goes on sale - you already have the coupon.

I have gone to the commissary one day and bought some things with the tear pad coupons - and went back the next day to get more - and not a coupon in sight.

So they are very much a grab them while you can type thing - Don't expect for them to still be there later.

Quote from lovefashion View Post :
If she can find the Raleigh News & observer in Fayetteville tell her to get that. The Raleigh inserts have all the good qs most of the time. I am not sure if the paraglide does or not.

I am from Raleigh/Durham and my dad sends me inserts from that paper every week and its a lot better than the paper where I am located.

Is there any type of free paper in Texas? I have heard some cities have them but cannot remember.
Not sure about Texas. We used to get coupon inserts in the free paper here, but they stopped putting them in Frown
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Welcome
You are lucky that you waited to join this thread after Tmonkey has made us start being nice to the newbies...nod

It was quite brutal in here before...Numchucks

And now Tmonkey has just moved up the seniority list...Thumbup

Quote from Buckswife View Post :
My daughter is stationed in Fayetteville and would like to start couponing. I have started reading this thread to try to help her. She did purchase a paper yesterday and said there were only a few coupons in it. Does anyone have a suggestion for which Sunday paper in that area would be the best. Thank you.
Quote from Erdbeere View Post :
Well if you mean Fayetteville NC, the sunday paper coupons here are not the greatest. We never get any of the good ones Frown

Sad but, if she is military tell her to get the military paper which is free and comes out every thursday. You can get it anywhere on post.
Quote from robandmel1 View Post :
"newbie" to this forum but have been couponing for almost a year here in Fayetteville, NC I get most of my papers "Paraglide" at the PX they are all free at the entrence of the building. Fayetteveille Observer also has the coupons in it. but yes the "good" coupons rarely are in the papers here. I usually just order mine from a clipping site.

oh and Hi everyone found this site awhile ago but kept forgetting about it. Head Bang
saved now LOL
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Hope you get better soon
Quote from jteef1 View Post :
Sorry you feel bad!
Thanks girls. hug It's starting to break up now.
Quote from jteef1 View Post :
But that is GREAT news!! Too bad I don't have Schick Qs... Not sure what *I* did - except to say they need to read the policies...(I was a law school wannabe...) YOU did all the work on the issue.
WARNING! Long post ahead...

No. Tha'ts not true. You really did make the difference.

I am telling ya'll something is rotten in Denmark. And by that I mean DECA Denmark. Coverlaugh

First, I sent an email to DECA. Then, being the impatient person I am, I called anyway. laugh out loud Danna was out for a few days. So I spoke with Mr Andres. The one noted in the memo above. He was not helpful AT ALL. He strikes me as one of those "rubber stamp" gov't workers. And guess what ladies?? He is your new DECA rep. Have fun with that. I can only say I hope he truly tries to improve.

I was getting frustrated with asking questions and not getting any answers except for "That's the way it is." So I asked to speak to his supervisor. That's when I got Mr Bunch on the phone. We thoroughly went over this issue and he told me that Schick and the coupon redemption center were in contact with each other and DECA would NOT receive full face value of the coupon. No matter what the front of the coupon says. Crazy

With JT here egging me on, I just had a persistent nagging feeling. Then on Monday, Courtney Rogers from DECA contacted me with regards to my email. At that point, I was armed with JT's question regarding distinguishing the pricing for the reimbursement AND the link to the Schick site that JT provided regarding their policy on coupons. I discussed my concerns with Courtney. Note the important difference here: She said did not have the answers but she said she would investigate it. She did ask me to scan the coupon and email her a copy of it. (That was hard for me to do. I felt like I was breaking the law by scanning that thing. Coverlaugh)

I decided to call the DeCA legal department anyway. I spoke with a lawyer there who sounded like he semi-agreed with me. He said that "Lawyers like words." But he deferred to answer definitively. He said he would have another lawyer call me who was more equipped to deal with this.

Tuesday, Courtney called me to say she had received my email and she had no answers yet but she was working some angles. I felt it was best to be up-front about my call to DeCA legal so I told her. At that point she told me that she had contacted legal too. Her point of contact had believed more in intent that words. Crazylaugh

Then on Thursday Courtney called again to say they had reversed their decision. She said that seeing the coupon, contacting Schick with the coupon so they knew exactly which one it was helped. Also the Schick webpage was a big influence.

So yes, JTeef, it was you. hug

However, I can't help but feel decision to disregard the overage really had nothing to do with Schick at all. First Mr Bunch had said that they had talked to Schick about this q and that no overage was going to be paid to DeCA. Then he said that the clearing house was in contact with Schick to tell them how many had been redeemed and Schick was not going to pay anything but .62 cents. Plus the fact that he told me to "google it" when it came to contact information for Schick. Honestly, if you really had a contact person at Schick that you had been dealing with over this, wouldn't it be easier for everyone to speak with the same Schick contact?

My spidey senses tells me there was a bunch of smoke and mirrors in this situation. I am not sure I believe that Schick ever really was contacted at all by Mr Bunch. I think when DeCA legal and the Schick webpage became relevant that that is what changed policy towards this coupon. Mr Bunch also said that he wasn't aware of the wording on the face of the coupon. shake head shake head Liar. Liar. Pants on fire. If I said it once during our conversation, I said it three times.

Back to Mr. Andres and what I mentioned earlier that may be of interest to ya'll. There has been a little restructuring at HQ and Danna will not be handling the responses for the Action Line emails. Mr Andres will be doing this. It is still ok to contact Danna regarding your issues. But if you use the page on DeCA's website you're probably going to get a reply from Mr Andres. So hang on to that contact info for Danna!!

Thanks for reading all this. Smilie It took me three days to finish typing this up!



The lawyer told me something else but that's a story for another day.....
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Quote from hawaiiandawn View Post :
SnipSnipidySnipSnipThe lawyer told me something else but that's a story for another day.....
Phew hug thank you hug for all of that information and Considerable leg work!!!!!

Hope that other day comes soon
suspense ---
need chocolate
sounds bad
LMAO
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Quote from BadMoonRising64 View Post :
Phew hug thank you hug for all of that information and Considerable leg work!!!!!

Hope that other day comes soon
suspense ---
need chocolate
sounds bad
LMAO
It is bad. laugh out loud But it's nothing but DeCA chatter at this point. So I dare not comment on it publicly because someone will disregard the part where I say it is chatter and quote it as fact. We'll let it go for now... Smilie
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Quote from hawaiiandawn View Post :
Thanks girls. hug It's starting to break up now.


WARNING! Long post ahead...

No. Tha'ts not true. You really did make the difference.

I am telling ya'll something is rotten in Denmark. And by that I mean DECA Denmark. Coverlaugh

First, I sent an email to DECA. Then, being the impatient person I am, I called anyway. laugh out loud Danna was out for a few days. So I spoke with Mr Andres. The one noted in the memo above. He was not helpful AT ALL. He strikes me as one of those "rubber stamp" gov't workers. And guess what ladies?? He is your new DECA rep. Have fun with that. I can only say I hope he truly tries to improve.

I was getting frustrated with asking questions and not getting any answers except for "That's the way it is." So I asked to speak to his supervisor. That's when I got Mr Bunch on the phone. We thoroughly went over this issue and he told me that Schick and the coupon redemption center were in contact with each other and DECA would NOT receive full face value of the coupon. No matter what the front of the coupon says. Crazy

With JT here egging me on, I just had a persistent nagging feeling. Then on Monday, Courtney Rogers from DECA contacted me with regards to my email. At that point, I was armed with JT's question regarding distinguishing the pricing for the reimbursement AND the link to the Schick site that JT provided regarding their policy on coupons. I discussed my concerns with Courtney. Note the important difference here: She said did not have the answers but she said she would investigate it. She did ask me to scan the coupon and email her a copy of it. (That was hard for me to do. I felt like I was breaking the law by scanning that thing. Coverlaugh)

I decided to call the DeCA legal department anyway. I spoke with a lawyer there who sounded like he semi-agreed with me. He said that "Lawyers like words." But he deferred to answer definitively. He said he would have another lawyer call me who was more equipped to deal with this.

Tuesday, Courtney called me to say she had received my email and she had no answers yet but she was working some angles. I felt it was best to be up-front about my call to DeCA legal so I told her. At that point she told me that she had contacted legal too. Her point of contact had believed more in intent that words. Crazylaugh

Then on Thursday Courtney called again to say they had reversed their decision. She said that seeing the coupon, contacting Schick with the coupon so they knew exactly which one it was helped. Also the Schick webpage was a big influence.

So yes, JTeef, it was you. hug

However, I can't help but feel decision to disregard the overage really had nothing to do with Schick at all. First Mr Bunch had said that they had talked to Schick about this q and that no overage was going to be paid to DeCA. Then he said that the clearing house was in contact with Schick to tell them how many had been redeemed and Schick was not going to pay anything but .62 cents. Plus the fact that he told me to "google it" when it came to contact information for Schick. Honestly, if you really had a contact person at Schick that you had been dealing with over this, wouldn't it be easier for everyone to speak with the same Schick contact?

My spidey senses tells me there was a bunch of smoke and mirrors in this situation. I am not sure I believe that Schick ever really was contacted at all by Mr Bunch. I think when DeCA legal and the Schick webpage became relevant that that is what changed policy towards this coupon. Mr Bunch also said that he wasn't aware of the wording on the face of the coupon. shake head shake head Liar. Liar. Pants on fire. If I said it once during our conversation, I said it three times.

Back to Mr. Andres and what I mentioned earlier that may be of interest to ya'll. There has been a little restructuring at HQ and Danna will not be handling the responses for the Action Line emails. Mr Andres will be doing this. It is still ok to contact Danna regarding your issues. But if you use the page on DeCA's website you're probably going to get a reply from Mr Andres. So hang on to that contact info for Danna!!

Thanks for reading all this. Smilie It took me three days to finish typing this up!



The lawyer told me something else but that's a story for another day.....

so .... Should the stores now be aware we can receive overage on this coupon? I am assuming we can receive overage but not cashback from this correct?
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so .... Should the stores now be aware we can receive overage on this coupon? I am assuming we can receive overage but not cashback from this correct?
MmmmK
Did I miss something????
These are all expired right
Or are we talking about the peelies
Must be
Shhhheeeeessssshhhhherrrrs
No wonder why jteef wanted to know who i was --- so she could put me back on ignore OMG
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Quote from BadMoonRising64 View Post :
So stopped in 2 commissaries today, no small maalox.... even asked the guy in charge of ordering and he's never seen them.... ohhhh well...
Did get some gas x..... and when the cashier was ringing up my order.....she had my eggs in her hand and was looking back and forth at the q's and price of the gas x.... she slams the eggs down Really hard.... then she opens them up and 4 were completely smashed & she's like.... "I bet you're gonna want a different one now" ..... hmmmmpppphhhhh ya think..
Sigh
No, cupcake. I was planning on scrambling them when I got home. You just saved me the trouble. Got a hot plate behind that counter? We can just cook 'em up right now too. Roll Eyes (Sarcastic)

Quote from jteef1 View Post :
Hey! About the Gas-X Q - There is a product that is actually called Gas-X Prevention. But there are other Gas-X products. I asked at CVS the other night - and was told that all Gas-X products are considered Gas-X prevention products. So I used a Q there - and it worked. So is this coupon product specific, or good for any Gas-X product?
My argument here is that aren't all Gas-X product designed for prevention. Or are there some I am unaware of that are designed for expulsion. Coverlaugh

Quote from MsGal View Post :
Well guys, I guess they are ending the RR program at commissaries nationwide.....





...and MY store is the only one that got the memo. Roll
Well they are a tad ego-centric aren't they? laugh out loud
Quote from vrmontstr View Post :
I would think since the RR is actually a MQ, that you would need to have some items without coupons in order to use them, otherwise you're going over the "one coupon per purchase"..
Welcome
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Quote from jteef1 View Post :
You said you were using 10 RRs. Did you have at least 10 items that you didn't have other coupons for?
Quote from MsGal View Post :
Oh yeah, definitely. Smilie
Sounds like you did everything right to me. Dontknow




Quote from MsGal View Post :
But for future reference, do you think I could get away with bagging 12 bananas separately? laugh out loud
Bananas hell! Separately bagged single grapes FTW! Rock
Quote from lovefashion View Post :
I see you have trouble with this commissary as well Frown I had the same issue a few weeks ago with RRs. The CS lady came out and said they do not accpet them. The cashier one lane over said I tell all my customers we do not take any RRs. They both had never heard of the memo and would not go check. I then asked for the mgr. I got the asst. He was a guy with shaggy blonde hair and he finally accepted them. I then go in last week and try to use my lactaid coupon and he did not let me because the pic did not match but the coupon said ANY His mgr came out and said the same along with the cashier. I wrote daana about the issue and will let you know when I hear back. I included a pic of the coupon. You may want to write back including the coupon as an attachment. There is one cashier who is a good one. He is the tall guy with brown spiky hair sort of punk looking. He will always scan my coupons with no problem.
Here's what I don't get. Look at the date of your post. Then look at the date of the emails sent by Lahaie. The should freakin' know better by now! Mad

Quote from BadMoonRising64 View Post :
Good price... but I highly recommend you try it before you go filling up that new freezer of yours... I actually really like the turkey sausage and things like that but the bacon was .... idk bland - funny - strange --- and it doesnt get crispy --- just cooked or --- burnt --- not "good eats" imo laugh out loud
Yuk I don't eat meat that poses as other meat. Crossdressing meat is not for me. laugh out loud
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Quote from Tmonkey View Post :
Really...really OT

Alright guys I know a lot of you are over in the RA thread too.....I get the idea of martial law and everything, but the last post from HH seemed to stir up something. Is that really the sentiment from all of the "oldies"? I never really felt like a newb till now. I used to post more but that was on a different account--got rid of it because it was too close to my real name. Kinda felt weird lol.

Is it kinda like time to just lay low?

Any response is appreciated........and like I said really OT.

And not sure who moderates this thread but I'm not trying to offend anyone, I just know this thread has a few "older" ones Wink

.......and seriously NOT trying to stir any kind of pot---because I know how irritating S&Gers are grrr
Welcome Our little thread here is pretty much drama free. We save our fighting for the stores. Chairbash or people who use the term S&G. Evillaugh
Quote from mmoodies View Post :
So, my question is did I do something wrong? If so, it wasn't my intention. And is this something I need to be on the look out for in the future - make sure my duplicate coupons all have different numbers on them?

Thanks!!
Welcome Doesn't sound wrong to me. Sometimes a little knowledge can be a dangerous thing. I am wondering if the cashier didn't look at the barcode and see all the numbers are the same? Because of course, the barcode will stay the same.
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HH was saying that regulars should not post new found deals-they should PM other oldies and not share with the lurkers and newbies. I think she was really focused on the lurkers-like the stupid coupon guy on the TLC coupon show.
I have thought that before. No disrespect to anyone here. It's just like JTeef said. I want to share my finds with contributors that will share their finds with me. I used to teach and share with anyone who wanted to know. But the term no good deed goes unpunished comes to mind. Lesson learned. Let me make this distinction though...I have no problem teaching someone how to SD. I do have a problem spoon feeding our exact deals to people that lurk, don't contribute or aren't even registered members! EDIT: Three lurky loos here right now. Smilie

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Can somebody define "oldie"? Sadwalk
Comfort You're an oldie.
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Quote from BadMoonRising64 View Post :
MmmmK
Did I miss something????
These are all expired right
Or are we talking about the peelies
Must be
Shhhheeeeessssshhhhherrrrs
No wonder why jteef wanted to know who i was --- so she could put me back on ignore OMG

I do not have any more 2.00 schick coupons. I used mine the same week they came out and got overage so I do not know if they are expired. I have been able to use peelies with no problem.


So I am lost. Going forward is it ok to use 2.00 coupons on trial size? If so it means we can only get overage no cash back right?

About the chatter I hope its not stopping the overage or RRs Frown


Ohh and turkey bacon is all I eat these days. I like the OM brand but would not mind trying butterball. I just found 1.00 off bacon winetags I used on the OM to get it for 50 cents. I try to stick to lower fat meats most of the time since too much fat aggrevates medical problems.
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Quote from mandiex4 View Post :
hello, I am a newbie on slickdeals.com....but, have been using coupons at the commissary for a long time. i have a family of 6 and love saving money....look forward to learning and sharing deals on here. thanks, Mandie
Welcome Mandie!!
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"Also I noticed that the Olay bars (2 pack) that were $1.59 (overage with the Olay $2/1 coupon) are now over $2 (can't remember exactly how much but I think in the $2.5? range)
Yea. I don't even have my q's yet and the price went up. Mad They did this same crap last month with the deodorant. Anyone remember?
Quote from ponycal View Post :
Our commissary finally got it in after being wiped out (not by me, I only got 2 packs) and it was $2.26. Hopefully I can find some of the trial size single bars at Target before it expires. Have a wonderful evening!
This brings up an interesting point. In some of these larger stores, how the heck are they getting wiped out?? I guess I already know the answer. I saw a lady in Pearl before Christmas with a buggy full of the soap and a fistful of the coupons. No wonder I never got any. Mad
Quote from jteef1 View Post :
Good point. When the Scotch-Brite Q was out (The $1/1) I usually kept it to about 6 per trip. Same reason - to not set off alarms. But when they questioned my q (or more correctly REFUSED to accept it and CALLED it a FRAUDULENT coupon EEK!) they Ticked Me Off!!! So I emailed 3-M AND DeCa - and then they HAD to accept the coupon - so I used as MANY as I WANTED!!!
Evillaugh Gawd, I really loved that coupon.
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For lurking jerks like that, I can understand it. Otherwise, I think everyone deserves to be treated politely until they show that they need to be treated otherwise. Then, they go on the ignore list. Big Grin.
Iagree There were two reason's why I made that stickied thread at the top of the forum. One was someone I shall not name was taking information that received from SD and charging people on their site to learn to q shop with it. Another was to have a place for n00blets to ask questions without fear of ridicule.
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I remember when I first joined the DS forum. I had been on SD for several months and had quite a few posts and a few hundred reps but they were mostly from HD. I spent a LOT of time in the Lounge back then, too.

Anyhow, I started posting in the DS forum and had several problems with some of the regulars. They were snarky and mean and condescending at times. One even had the brass cojenes to ask me to leave the site because "I'm a smartass". I let her know I wasn't going anywhere. We're both still here ... we just don't speak to each other in the threads. Big Grin
That just goes to show ya. One person's smartass is another person's loveable comedienne. Blowkiss
Quote from BadMoonRising64 View Post :
Yeppers
I know
Dont you hate it when people change their names
Just kept getting asked if I was in Japan still
Actually I like your name change. Not a fan of the red letters though. Stick Out Tongue
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