Tuesday, June 24, 2008

It was a Safeway Cluster ....

...you fill in the blank.

Wendy's (Shayne's mom) friend, Randee, from Moose Jaw was in to run in the Manitoba Marathon over Father's Day weekend. She told us that she hasn't paid for a flight in who knows when by using her Air Miles points. That is the great thing about Canada, you can collect air miles here just by shopping at the places you always do. They swipe your card, and you collect air miles....simple as that. The only problem is, you might spend $1000 and only get 1.5 points. At least that's how it seems sometimes. Then other times, you shop on the right day and you spend $15 and collect 80 points.

Back to the story... So Randee told us that she shops at Safeway during the Air Miles coupon events and racks up outrageous amounts of Air Miles. I was looking in the flyer yesterday and saw that this week was one such Air Miles event. Spend $100 and redeem coupon for an additional 100 points. Then buy 4 of this, get 40 points, buy 2 of that get 15 points, so on and so forth.

We planned it out so that Shayne and I each had a 100 point coupon. We would monitor the total and keep tally so that we could seperate our order just at $100. No problem, nice check out lady who was also "all about the air miles points". We start our second half of the purchase and we're about $10 short...crap! So, Shayne goes over and picks up more soft drinks (we'd already purchased about six 12-packs for Nalley's party)...we're good to go...until the check out lady scans my Safeway card...we're down to $79. That's GREAT, I saved that much money, just for having a Safeway card. I'm stoked until I remember we're trying to get our bill UP to $100 so we can collect 100 more of these damn Air Miles points. So Shayne grabs MORE soft drinks...we're still short. I start picking up skittles, scan....short...more skittles....scan...short... here's the whole freakin' box....short...OMG...the people behind us are just standing there, watching in amazement at the circus that's going on before their eyes! (Did I mention that Nalley is screaming and Maybel is pushing her around the store, trying to calm her down...oh, I forgot that part, didn't I?!????)

End of story...we got our precious Air Miles. Where are we going, you ask? Oh, we don't have a trip planned, we don't have any money left to spend on ANY trip, because we now have a pantry full of skittles and soft drinks...

2 comments:

Laura said...

OMG - that was good for a laugh. Skittles? How funny.
I think it was all worth it - I've heard flying is getting very expensive AND you have to pay extra for luggage, if you want an aisle seat, and if you have that Oprah arm flab....

So, $25 in Skittles probably saved you a ton.

Jaimie said...

This story is hilarious!! You Murrays are awesome! I especially love the part at the end about Maybel pushing a screaming Nalley around the store as you and Shayne have a skittle scramble at the checkout. Not only would that make a great airmiles commercial, I could also imagine that scene fading out and a voice whispering 'taste the rainbow'!