March 30, 2008
I bought $49.93 + tax worth of products.
Went to the store on Military and used the $3 off $10
Used $27 worth of coupons, including 2 x $5 RR from previous trip
Spent $22.51 OOP, but received $17 in RR for next trip and will receive $7.48 + 10% =$8.22 from the EasySaver Rebate
Basically, they will pay me $2.71 to buy all of these products.
I actually made 2 transactions. The second one was better than the first, but both good. Sorry, I don't have any pictures.
2 pkgs CVS diapers 2/$12 (I needed some diapers, not necessarily a good deal)
1 Softsoap $4.99
Total = $16.99+tax
Less: $5 off $15 coupon
Less $3 of $10 CVS product coupon
Less $1.50 off Softsoap (coupon found in Chicago Tribune newspaper today)
New total: $7.49+ tax
Used $5 ECB
Total OOP: $2.71 (could have brought it lower, but most of my ECBs were for higher amounts.)
Received $4.99 ECBs back
4 Speed Stick deodorants $2/$5 = $10
1 Softsoap = $4.99
Total: $14.99 + tax
Less $5 off $15 coupon
Less 4x$1 Speed Stick deodorant coupons = $4
Less $1 Softsoap coupon (found in Milwaukee Journal paper from Sunday)
Less $4.99 ECB received from first transaction
Total OOP $.28 which was all just tax!!
Received $10.99 ECBs back!!
Total spent for the day = $2.99 for $31.98 worth of products.
March 20, 2008
March 17, 2008
March 13, 2008
Don't forget it is free Jane makeup week at Walgreens again this week!
I did find this one coupon link that I thought you could use. It is for the Listerine Smart Rinse that is free after rebate at Walgreens this month. Since it is a new product I had a feeling they would put out some coupons. Looks like it will be free after ECBs next week. So make $1 ECB if you have the coupon. Looks like it will be limit 2 and I was able to get two coupons to print. The Venus offer continues next week as well if you haven't been able to get one. My CVS is very well stocked on these right now!
CVS has emailed several of the big coupon deal websites and asked them not to put their coupons on their website anymore. So stay on the up and up when using the CVS coupons! Both Sara and I got $5 off $30 coupons out of the red box this week so they aren't stopping them all together, maybe just trying to control them a bit more. If you still have the $5 off $15 from Wellness360 it is good through the end of March and you should still be able to use those.
My Piggly Wiggly put up a sign this week that they are no longer accepting internet coupons. I am very disappointed about that and will be let them know about it when I have a minute. I really hope this is not a new trend in the area because that would really limit our savings. My informal comparison of coupons in different markets (here and AZ) has shown that we get a bum deal on the coupons in the paper. This last week there were $1 off Garnier Fructis coupons in the AZ paper that we didn't get here. These made the CVS deal items this week free. Nothing we can do about that I guess. Theresa mentioned the Milwaukee paper did have better coupons than ours so if you are buying a paper it might be worth it to buy the Milwaukee paper every once in awhile if you know it's a good coupon week.
That's all I have for now...if you miss my shopping list go check out MoneySavingMom she has great lists and deal ideas. If you don't have anything going on the 27th and 28th we are still looking for more help to load and unload for the move!! :)
March 8, 2008
12 bottles of shampoo/conditioner
10 bars of soap
3 bottles of mouthwash
3 tubes of toothpaste
4 bags of candy (only 2 are shown in picture)
4 lip balms (only 3 are shown)
3 bottles of vitamins
4 pkgs. razors
1 face moisturizer
When all is said and done (meaning after store rewards and rebates are recieved) I will have paid NOTHING for all of the above. In fact, the stores/companies will have paid me $23.50 (in gift cards, rebates, RRs, and ECBs). This is so FUN!
So how about you guys? Any pictures?
Hi Ladies - I came home from my trip to Pig very excited today; I bought 14 large boxes of Kelloggs cereal (by going to the regular aisle - instead of the sale aisle to get them) at 50% off - and checked them out in two different transactions and got $20 off my next shopping orders. Now the swell fella that checked me out said after I checked out the first order, "do you want to use this $10 on the second order?" - what a great idea - I said YES.
They had so many sales at the Pig that I saved $40 plus got $20 more to spend. YAY!!!!
Think Savings - Vivian
Hi Again - I don't know how you all keep up with this stuff...anyway, I thought I'd share with you my proceedings :) . I reallize that I had on my list some items that were not on other peoples(such as Swiffer refills and Tresemme products) - and when I left I wondered if I need to not buy certain things because I feel like I am stockpiling at the moment....anyway....
I spent $52.60 and got back $29.74 in ECB's. I had $3.50 in manufacturer's coupons, a CVS rebater from a previous sale, a .99 free CVS candy coupon that came out of the red box, my $4 off $20 internet coupon and $17 in ECB's to use. Everything I bought was on sale or I had coupons for it.
I haven't been able to get a Venus razor at either Walgreens or CVS - they are always out, they had no Vit C, no Colgate Total, no Garnier and I couldn't find the Lypsyl. I took the last 2 out of three toothbrushes on the shelf.
I keep finding that freebies are often "out" when I go - is the trick to go on Sunday or Monday to avoid this or do they just have such limited quantitiesL? Vivian
March 7, 2008
Hi GB Savers:
Well, the other night on my way somewhere I walked into the Walgreens with only 13 minutes until closing - all of the employees looked at us with a bit of a groan. I had my three oldest children with me. Courtney was ready - "what do you want me to get mom?" and we set out to divide and conquer. This and that product were out and I was discouraged and we had to ask where things were (in a hurry) because we don't know the store very well. They made two announcements that the store was closing. Being that I was armed with information regarding how cashiers handle "us" and the printing of RR's I was on the lookout. I bought something - can't remember at the moment, that had the full value in RR's back plus I had a coupon (so I was making money!). I have never gotten any RR's so after my transaction I asked if my RR's printed and the cashier said NO and then asked "did you use a coupon?" and I said YES. He said well, that's why you didn't get your RR's. I said "I know that's not right - what's the 800 number to the company". I was rather bold for me but they had already locked the door and the manager was standing there. The manager gave me the number but then showed me that the RR did print. I left with a bold and nervewracked feeling in my step! Vivian - how hopes to use that RR on her next trip and not forget it.
I just got my first Walgreens gift card (from last month's rebate) yesterday. I was a bit worried it would take too long and I wouldn't get it before we moved but I checked online and saw it was sent 2-25 and then it came yesterday. (Still took awhile to get from Minnesota to here though!)
Did you know once you have your Walgreens rebate gift card you can just choose to have the new rebate amount added to that same card so you don't have to wait for them to mail another one? I think that is a good idea, especially if you happen to be moving!
March 6, 2008
MoneySavingMom also said they pulled the coupon off Wellness360 but if you have them they can still be used through the expiration date. From all this I would guess that CVS is "on to us" and has decided to tighten the control over the coupons that they issue. But that's just a guess.
March 4, 2008
March 3, 2008
March 2, 2008
- Gillette Mach 3 Razor $7.99 get 5 ECBs use coupon from today's paper and get it free
- Venus Embrace Razor at $9.99 get $6 ECBs free with coupon from today's paper
- Gillette Fusion Phenom $9.99 get $6 ECBs free with coupon from 2/10 paper
- Buy $10 worth of Hershey's products get $5 ECBs...Kisses are $.99 and there is a coupon in today's paper for $1.50 off 3 bags and there is also a printable available but I can't remember where I found it! (Anyone else see it?) Theresa added - Yes, but don't remember where either :(
- Colgate Total $2.99 get $2.99 ECBs more than free with coupon
- Oral B Cross Action Pro Toothbrush at $4.99 get $4.99 ECBs more than free with coupon from paper
- LypSyl Lypmoisturizer $2.99 free after you get $2.99 ECBs
- CVS Brand Vitamin C $2.99 get $2.99 ECBs more than free if you get 5 and use a $3 off $10 CVS brand coupon from you receipt or the red box.
- Crest Pro Health Night Rinse 250 ml $3.49 free after $3.49 ECBs (Unadvertised) Anyone try this yet? Theresa added: Yes, this does work and it also worked to use the $.75 coupon on a bigger bottle from paper (don't remember which one).
This week is going to be great at Walgreens and for some reason I ended up with 5 sets of coupons from the week of 2/10! Remember at Walgreens you can do the deals repeatedly but you cannot use RRs from the same deal to pay for the next deal if you do it again. Hope that makes sense!
- Olay bar soap 2/$4 get a $4 RR use two $2 coupons and make a $4 profit!
- Zest 3 packs 2/$4 get a $4 RR use two $1 coupons and make a $2 profit!
- Herbal Essence shampoo/conditioner 6 for $20 use two Buy 2 Get 1 coupons so you spend $13.34 and get $12 RR back (That's $1.34 for 6 items!)
- Garnier Fructis Hair Stylers free after rebate (more than free if you have a coupon)
- Colgate Total free after rebate (more than free if you have a coupon)
- Thera Dent Oral Rinse free after rebate
- Garnier Nutritioniste Skin Renew free after rebate (more than free if you have a coupon and there is a printable but I can't get it to print)
- Nature Made Liquid Softgels (various) more than free after coupon in today's paper
- Boxed Greeting cards-2 for $2 with coupon-good deal if you need assorted cards
- Dawn dish soap $.99 with coupon, even less if you have a coupon from today's paper
March 1, 2008
Campbell's soup at hand (2)
Kids Yoplait Yogurt-6 pk.
Dial Complete handsoap refill bottle
Dunkin Donuts 4 cup coffee sample
Pads-of various brands including a coupon for a free pkg. of Always
3 reams of paper, 1 box file folders from Office Max
10 jars Gerber baby food
Travel bag including tons of samples and lots of coupons from Colgate-Palmolive
Various other samples: tampons, shampoo, etc
Juicy Juice Sippy Cup
Coffemate (full size)
Comic books (2)
Post-it like notepad
I may be forgetting a few things but you get the idea. I LOVE getting the mail now! It seems I forget that I sign up for stuff and I'm always surprised! I've started using my mom's address for now since I don't know where I will be in 6-8 weeks.
For most of the freebies it was just a quick form to fill out. I obviously put my correct address but I usually leave off my phone number (if possible) and fill in only the minimum amount of information. Just look for the info they really are asking for and don't give them extra. First, this saves time and also keeps some info private. I always use my junk email, just in case, but most big companies do stand by their policy not to share your info. Use one (easy to remember) password for all these company websites and freebies. This makes it much easier to remember if you have to access the sight again. And one last thing I do is adjust my birth date by one except for the year (example: if your birthday is 3-11-68 type it in as 4-12-68) for the most part they just want to know the year anyway. If they ask for the kids birth dates I do the same and when they ask for kids names I just use their initials. I would doubt anyone would want to steal MY identity buy better safe than sorry!