As my husband Bob searched through the weekend circulars, his eyes lit up with delight. Seems our local supermarket offered quite the tantalizing deal. If you purchased a certain amount in gift cards, the supermarket would generously bestow upon you $20 to be used towards your next purchase.
But alas, the offer came with caveats, as most great offers do.
The gift cards had to be purchased on either Friday or Saturday, and the $20 could only be redeemed during the following week.
But wait, there was more.
The savvy shopper had to purchase at least $20 worth of groceries in addition to the gift cards, or else.....no deal.
But wait, there was still more.
A quick look at the fine print (using our "old folk" reading glasses of course) revealed yet one more pesky rule:
Limit one per person.
Bob and I were technically two people, yet the supermarket savings cards we each carried on our key chain featured an identical account number.
Would we be able to beat the system and save $40 instead of $20?
(Cue the theme from "Mission Impossible")
Our weekend plans were set!
On Friday, we put our conniving scheme into action. We entered the supermarket and each took a cart. Bob placed $20 worth of groceries into his cart, while I did the same. Bob grabbed the required amount of gift cards, while I did the same.
With phase one of our plan complete, we nonchalantly meandered over to the checkout, Bob choosing register 5 while I stayed far away at register 12, lest our actions raise suspicion.
After paying, I thought the cashier would simply hand me a coupon for $20 - but nooooo - the store had other plans. At the bottom of my receipt, in the tiniest of type (yes, reading glasses again) I discovered a numerical code. Seems I had to give this code to the cashier when I came back to redeem my $20 worth of free groceries.
But wait, the plot thickens.
Upon careful examination we discovered that Bob's receipt featured the identical numerical code.
Would our carefully constructed plan backfire?
Two days later we found ourselves back at the supermarket, ready to put phase two of our mission into action. Once again we grabbed separate carts. Once again, we each filled said carts with $20+ worth of groceries. Once again, he chose register 5 while I strolled over to register 12, trying not to raise any alarms.
I gave the cashier the code, and with a sigh of relief, she subtracted $20 from my total.
The plan, thus far, had gone off without a hitch!
But our mission had not yet come to completion. Bob still lingered in line back at register 5. Would his code work? Would he get through the check out process without blowing our cover? Would he be questioned by the cashier...or worse yet, by the manager. Would he be denied his $20 in savings? Would he be escorted from the store, never to be welcomed again?
I waited at the other end of the supermarket, holding my breath. Bob completed his transaction and wheeled his cart in my direction. I followed him out of the store and into the parking lot, not daring to speak lest our secret plans were overheard.
Once safely tucked into the car, Bob pulled out his receipt to reveal to me that yes - indeed - his code had worked too! Together we had saved $40 on our grocery bill!
As we drove home I came to the realization that my husband, who celebrates his milestone 60th birthday tomorrow, is a giant goober. And the kicker is, so am I.
We are two goobers who have been married for 22 years, together for 26. We are two goobers who raised two daughters, married off the oldest, welcomed a grandson, and sent the youngest to college. We are two goobers who are now empty nesters, whose life has come full circle - who are now, as we were in the beginning - living together with only each other for company.
We are two goobers who would rather spend a milestone birthday weekend plotting against the supermarket rather than celebrating with a wild night on the town.
And you know what? I wouldn't have it any other way.
Happy 60th birthday Bob. You are my love, my best friend, my everything, and most of all...my favorite goober.
I love you!
|My birthday boy and me!|
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