I have been debating for the last month whether I should write this or not. I haven’t done much with Target and the Swiss Miss deal where I could get the boxes for free was my first time really shopping there.
I came across a Target that had just gotten in a large shipment of the Swiss Miss boxes to fill up an entire end aisle. A quick count showed they had about 200 boxes. I had coupons for about 300 boxes, but not wanting to clear them out, I asked to talk to the section manager. I explained about penny experiment and that I wanted to buy 300 boxes of the Swiss Miss, but didn’t want to deplete their current stock. I asked if they would be willing to make a special order for me of 300 boxes.
They readily agreed and promised to have them in before the sale price went up. I asked if it was OK for me to buy some of the 200 they had in stock, but they said they would prefer I not since they were doing the special order. I said no problem.
The day before the sale was set to end, I received a phone call saying that it was a hectic time of the year and they had not placed my order and they were planning to get the Swiss Miss in a couple of weeks. To make a long story short, I ended up not getting any of the Swiss Miss even though they had promised — I was upset to say the least since I had told the food bank that I would be getting it for them and they had planned to make it part of their Christmas boxes for those in need.
Although greatly disappointed, I still think I did the right thing. If I hadn’t explained, I could have purchased 200 boxes for the food bank, but that would have left nothing for others who wanted to take advantage of the deal. It’s just sad that doing the right thing ended up meaning that the food bank lost 200 boxes of Swiss Miss.
I was able to get 40 boxes from other Target stores before the sale ended at a cost of $0.00 after coupon, but unfortunately that was all I could obtain:
The 40 boxes of Swiss Miss hot chocolate were worth $65.60 and cost for $0.00. Readers and I have now donated over $29,000 worth of food to local food banks. If you would like to participate, I’d love to have you join. Not only will you be able to help your local food bank, you will learn to save quite a bit of money on your own grocery shopping.