OK, OK, I'll fess up.
Here's the story about the cat treats.
As Orah figured, it had to be some type of money making scheme. Why else would I be buying treats for animals (dogs as well as cats!) that I do not own? Seriously. I'm not that insane. Well ok I sort of am. I did buy cat and dog treats.
But here's the story. This week at Jewel (well it ends tonight) is the ever lovely "spend $10 get $3 off instantly" promotion. For every $10 in participating products that you buy, you get $3 off instantly at checkout. And the deal stacks-which means that you can buy $20 of participating products and get $6 off, $30 and get $9 off, and so on and so forth.
I can't believe I'm spelling this out for you, I'm embarrassing myself with my insanity.
The cat and dog treats are included. The dog treats are $2.50 and the cat treats are $2.00. But after the discount, the dog treats are $1.75 and the cat treats are $1.40. And, like Orah hypothesized, there are $2.00 coupons out for these items. Which scan at $2.00, even though, after the instant, I only "paid" $1.75 and $1.60 for the items. So for each box that I bought, I got either $.60 or $.25 cents in "overage" towards the other items that I bought.
And here's how it gets even better-on the back of those little cat treat packages are little survey cards-for a $10 gift card!
Let me tell you, those little coins add up.
In the past week, let me tell you what I've gotten during this loverly sale:
36 boxes pasta
21 boxes dunkin hines mixes
10 boxes chewy granola bars (different sale but all bought together)
12 boxes instant oatmeal
4 large canisters quick oats
4 bottles syrup
10 boxes Life cereal
2 4 pound packages sugar
4 4 packs of yo-crunch
4 bags cat treats (hee hee)
8 boxes dog treats (hee hee again)
3 boxes horizon yogurt tubes
2 bags pretzels
2 bottles soda
And I have paid a whopping $45 ($35 after you take into account my expected gift card!) for it all. That averages out to about $.40 ($.30) per item.
So there. Mock my cat treats.
They got me lots and lots of almost free food.