In our home we often talk to our kids about choosing the narrow road. This concept comes from Matthew 7:13, 14 NIV:
Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.
Yes, walking the narrow road can be hard. But it is the challenge of the journey that “leads to life”.
What does this have to do with Couponing? Over the last couple days there has been some buzz around here about a certain $1 off coupon that was being used incorrectly. I changed all my posts to reflect my mistake. That could have been enough. But then I thought about the store where I used it, they will not get reimbursed for that coupon. This could have ramifications on how they decide to restrict coupons in the future.
So, I went back to the store today. I spoke with the manager and told him what happend. I explained I would either like to return the items (3) and not be given anything in return. OR would like to pay them the $3 owed (that will not be reimbursed from the manufacturer). He was very kind and siad not to worry about it. He seemed to think there was a way for the company to still be paid for the coupon. I told him probably not and I wanted to make it right. He insisted that I not worry about it and that is would be a good “learning opportunity” for his cashiers. I admitted that even “seasoned couponers” had trouble with the details on this one. In the end, we was very gracious and thanked me for being honest. He also said he would forward the info on to corporate.
Moral of this story- We are all human and make mistakes. But even a $3 mistake needs addressed. Will I accidently make this mistake again, maybe. But in my zeal to find a deal (and share it with you all) I will definetely be getting out my magnifying glass to read that fine(est) print.