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Blown tire = Mark vs Wal-Mart Auto Dept.

If you have been following my personal FB page you already know that I have been groveling, begging, hinting really big time, etc how tires for my car would be a great upcoming birthday gift.

Well, yesterday one of the tires finally gave out as I was pulling into a parking spot. I can change my own tires, as will both of our children know how to do before they get behind the wheel, even with a learner’s permit. But I went to get out the lug wrench, and I remembered exactly where it was, at home, in the garage. Say hello to my AAA card.

The mechanic came out and chuckled because it seems I am not the only guy that forgets to put back his lug wrench after using it for some other unintended use.

Hunting for tires. All of the quotes I was getting over the phone were in the mid $200s FOR TWO TIRES! MOUNTED & Out the door. Then I called Wal-Mart. They were just under $100 LESS. The real fun began when I took the car in to Wal-Mart. The mechanic could not figure out how I was quoted the price I was quoted. He tried to replicate the $163.17 several different was. He finally told me that “Sir, the cheapest tire we have in your size is 97 bucks”. Good, please have your manager meet me in the shop.

All I have to say is Thank God that the employee I had talked to was nearby. The manager started to tell me that there was no way I was quoted the price I was quoted. The employee spoke up and said mentioned that the tires are $57 something, I forget the exact figure at this point. The dept manager was confused. The employee took her notes out of the trash and thank God she had written the proper size, because she typed in the wrong size when she was quoting me. 1 digit saved me over $70.00 had she typed the proper size. It took a few minutes of being POLITE yet firm, and listening to “We can’t honor this” to asking for the store manager. They got a person claiming to be the store manager on the phone, explained what had happened, and then hung up. They are deciding how to handle this. Most likely they called Bentonville. Well, the phone rang a few minutes later and all I heard was, are you sure, and OK. Next works were, “Do it, at the price she gave him”. For whatever reason the employee had written everything down, stems, road warranty, balancing, etc. The manager could not believe how all of a sudden she was very thorough. We left to go eat dinner.

My car was in the lot waiting for me when we got back. The cashier rang me up and it came to just under $233 I told her that the price was wrong and that it should be $163 something. She was VERY confused. Called the dept manager, NOT the same person as earlier. Great. Explained over again after being told everyone, employee and manager were on break. Would not call the store manager. After 15 minutes or so, the employee who gave me the phone quote came back from dinner. She mentioned her notes and they were still confused. Eventually the original dept manager returned from her break, and settled the entire ordeal. The employees were stunned as to what had took place.

No, I am not defending Wal-Mart, because God knows they has some surly customer service people, but in this one incident, Wal-Mart DID make good on their quote. I just thank God that the employee owned up to the error.

5 Minute GMC/Buick Test Drive = $15.00 Lowe’s Gift Card

Kathy and I loaded up the kids this morning and after going to the Winter Garden Farmer’s Market for our weekly veggies. We then headed on over to the Lowe’s at the Winter Garden Village at Fowler’s Grove to pick up some supplies for our veggie garden.

We picked a great day to go to Lowe’s because it is annual test drive time again. Al you have to do is fill out a liability waiver, and show your Driver’s License and chose which vehicle you want to test drive. The kicker to the deal is this, A $15.00 LOWE’S GIFT CARD. Yes, I said that right, fill out a liability waiver, test drive a vehicle around the parking lot, and after that get your gift card. We did this last year and there was never a post test drive phone call. So no pressure. Since Kathy and I both did a test drive we got our pine bark mulch for FREE!

The test drives last until 4pm today, and then until 6PM on Sunday, October 31st. We will be buying top soil with the cards tomorrow. Limit one card per person per day.

Have fun taking your test day.

2 Wonderful Events in Winter Garden on Saturday, October 9th.

There are two wonderful events happening really close to each other on Saturday, October 9th, at Winter Garden Village at Fowler Groves (near the 429 and 535).

First event is a 5K Run at 7:30AM, with race day registration beginning at 6:30AM followed by a Fun Walk at 10AM. Please go HERE for more info.

Then, from 10AM – 2PM is an adoption drive by the group at PetSmart, which is also in the Village. In fact, if you are participating in either of the earlier events (which are being held to raise money for women’s health education), the course goes right in front of PetSmart. Visit their website tonight, so that you can get an idea of which rescued dog you would be interested in possibly adopting. Also, while on their website, you can apply so you can be pre-approved before tomorrow.

So, they you go, two events, both of which support wonderful causes. You can help fund women’s health education as you run, walk, stroll or roll through the village, or welcome a new furry friend into your home.

5K and Fun Walk on October 9th. in Winter Garden.

UPDATE: Race Day Registration Begins at 6:30AM Saturday, October 9th at Winter Garden Village at Fowler Groves.

If you have never been to the Winter Garden Village at Fowler Groves, this is a wonderful way to get an overview as you help raise money to promote women’s health in our area. The very easy course goes through most of the Village, plus a portion winds through a neighborhood just North of the Village.

Advance registration for the Community in Pink 5K and Fun Walk in Winter Garden, FL ends at 12PM EDT TODAY. Race Day registration begins at 6:30AM at Winter Garden Village at Fowler Groves. 5K starts at 7:30AM, followed by the Fun Walk at 10AM. More Info:

September 9th Groupon Deals for Orlando, Tampa, Miami, Jacksonville, and Fort Lauderdale

Orlando: $10 for $20 Worth of American Casual Fare at Beef ‘O’ Brady’s. Choose from Four Locations (Orlando, St. Cloud, Apopka, or Winter Garden).

Tampa: $35 Wine Tasting and One Bottle of Wine from StoneChef Caterers

Miami: Tickets to a Florida Marlins Game. Three Dates Available.

Jacksonville: $25 for a Two-Month Membership at Curves ($199 Value))

Fort Lauderdale$15 for a Four-Hour “Reef Drift Fishing” Trip with Fishing Headquarters ($30 Value)

Even if you don’t live in these areas, you can still purchase them and send them as gifts to people that can take advantage of them. Just make sure that they use the Groupon before the expiration date (usually 6 months from the date that it was purchased).

Anyone make it to the Aldi this morning?

I took Anna and Sammy to the Aldi that opened this morning in West Orange County. I was more interested in seeing if they were giving anything away, even coupons, but wasn’t expecting to find any. With that mind set, I was not disappointed when the only handouts were this week’s special’s flier. However, it seemed that they had all of their employees in the store, which by the way, was jammed packed with a mixture of curiosity seekers and shopper pushing their half to full cart along the aisles.

I met a person in the parking lot who forgot to use her $5.00/$30.00 coupon. With my prodding, she turned around and we walked back to the store. She admitted that she wouldn’t give up her regular shopping habit, and only came here to get $30.00 in products so she could get the discount. She asked one of the greeters at the front door and they said to talk to the manager, and pointed the person out. I tagged along but far enough away to not be “right there”. The manager had no problem giving her a $5.00 bill out of the drawer.

Because of the packed aisles and the fact that I had both Sammy and Anna in tow, I decided to get out of there.

For the people that are curious, based on the amount of people that have asked, the sign shown in the photo is an “Opening Soon” and job info banner. The banner has now been fixed and the “Opening Soon” portion has been removed and the “Now Open” underneath it is now showing.

Aldi $5/$30 Coupon in August 18 Orlando Sentinel

If not for the Albertsons $5/$50 coupon, here is another reason to head on down to the corner market, which around here usually means the 7-Eleven, CVS, or Wags, and look at today’s Orlando Sentinel.

If you are lucky enough to live near one of these Aldi stores:

Leesburg: 2241 North Citrus Blvd
Winter Garden: 14001 West Colonial Drive
Orlando: 7031 Narcoossee Road

there should be a $5.00/$30.00 coupon on the back page of their insert. This coupon is valid 8/19-8/28.

If you are tired of driving to the corner market just to purchase the Orlando Sentinel, why not sign up for home delivery (at up to 65% OFF)?

Read this POST from the other day for all the details.

Have a great day today, and I will have Albertsons, Winn-Dixie, Publix deals with match-ups online soon.

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