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  •  I usually used fake names and info (9+ / 0-)

    on everything.   But then life happened and I started getting unorganized and couldn't remember the number I used (I moved around at the time too).   Sometimes I would redo the card, partly because I didn't want them to track me and study me under any name.

    But then life happened in the past few years and I got very busy, struggling kind of busy.  I just gave up and started using my real name.  One, I could remember my own number if I lost my card.  Two, it was apparent they had all the info on all of us no matter what we tried.  I gave up.  

    The thing is if you don't have a club card, you pay higher prices in a lot of places.  Rite aid even overcharged me for hair clips and then gave me a coupon to redeem the cost in a certain amount of days.  I forgot to get my money back.

    •  I used to use fake numbers, (5+ / 0-)

      until that became annoying. For a number of years I've given my current phone number because that one I can remember and because I definitely want those lower prices. Now I can't remember why I ever used fake numbers. The only difference between then and now is less annoyance.

      “We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children” ― Chief Seattle

      by SoCalSal on Sat Aug 24, 2013 at 05:42:53 PM PDT

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      •  Yeah, to pay regular price you have to stick with (4+ / 0-)
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        the same stores, in a sense, to get a portion of your money back (they overcharge you if you don't play the game).

        Ultimately I want to break free of the major chains, but that takes time and I'm very busy right now like you.

        In Los Angeles you could go to ethnic markets and escape the corporations (those chains will probably change too), but all this takes time.

        But I can relate ;)

        •  I hate all of this about shopping for groceries. (2+ / 0-)
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          In Texas the worst offender is Randalls.

          I swear, they hike their rates almost 40% just to cut it down to within $.25 of a reasonable price, ofter erring on the side of charging more, not less.

          Ethnic markets are always the way to go for me if possible, even if they cost more. I miss that about living in Metro Boston.

          The place was utterly dark—the oubliette, as I suppose, of their accursed convent.

          by bastrop on Sat Aug 24, 2013 at 10:22:49 PM PDT

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