I just can't seem to get into a rhythm with coupons and store deals lately. I have been couponing for years now but the past couple of months has just been annoying. Every time I try to use coupons or attempt to get a deal with store rewards something goes wrong. Today, for instance, I pay $2 for a newspaper and it is missing the Red Plum inserts. The deals I am trying to work list what insert the coupon is in - I go to find them in my stack of inserts and my inserts do not seem to have the coupons. I never used to have this problem and my newspaper is from a major city paper.
Then I go to RiteAid to take advantage of the $20 UP Reward when you spend $100 in participating items. According to several coupon blogs I read regularly, the Visa Vanilla $100 card, with $5.95 activation fee qualifies. There was even a sign at the display of the Visa Vanilla gift card stating this! So, for $105.95 I get a $100 Visa gift card and a $20 UP Reward coupon to use on future purchase at Rite Aid (a $14.05 Money Maker). But, NO $20 UP reward prints out on my receipt. GRRRR!! The manager had no idea why and corporate office was closed when she tried to call. I give up! It's getting disheartening to spend so much time trying to find these deals and then either the coupons did not come in my inserts or the deal just doesn't work right for some reason.