walgreens paid me to take home conditioner

March 9th, 2009

I had a very successful lunchtime run to Wal-Greens and CVS today. Let’s begin with Wal-Greens, which is where I began my saving spree. I forgot my handy dandy list so I grabbed a weekly flyer and the March coupon book to guide me.

I didn’t need any help finding the huge endcap of Granier Fructis shampoos and conditioners though! They’re on sale for $2.99 and there’s a $2 off store coupon in the March coupon booklet. PLUS, I had two coupons, each for $1 off a shampoo or conditioner. I also snagged a bottle of Garnier Fructis spray gel that was good in the sale as well and used a $1 off coupon for a Garnier Fructis styling product. $2.99 – $2.00 (store coupon) = $.99 – $1.00 (manufacturers coupon) = 2 bottles of free conditioner and a bottle of free spray gel for ME! My next stop was the toothpaste aisle. Crest Pro-Health is on sale for $2.49 – Register Rewards* Good on Next Purchase $1 = Like Paying $1.49…except that I had a $.75 coupon so I paid $.74!

Still browsing toothpaste I spotted the Colgate Total Advanced on sale for $3.49 with a $2.50 off store coupon in the March Easy Saver Catalog. $3.49 – $2.50 = $.99 and I had a $1.00 off coupon, so not to be outdone by CVS….Wal-Greens paid me a penny to take home toothpaste.

My out of pocket total at Wal-Greens this afternoon was $2.68, and $.98 of that is tax! I also earned a $1 RR for next time.

Onward to CVS, where my savings weren’t as huge but I did use several ExtraCare Bucks I had accumulated over the past few weeks. I got:

4 Coke 12-packs – on sale for 4/$13 with $3 in ECB back
3 boxes of Cinnamin Toast Crunch – on sale for 3 for $10 with $5 in ECB back, plus I had a $1 off coupon
1 Big Red Gum in the new slim pack – coupon for a free package!
1 bottle of Palmolive dish soap – on sale for $1.49 with $1 in ECB back
1 Secret Flawless deoderant – on sale for $3.99 with $1 in ECB back plus I had a $2 off coupon
I used $17.98 in ECB I had previously earned and my total out of pocket was $7.60 including tax, plus I earned $10 in ECB!

cvs paid me to buy toothpaste!

February 18th, 2009

Let’s talk about CVS and all of the deals that can be found there.

For months, friends have been trying to convince me to shop the deals at CVS with the ExtraCare card in hand, claiming they are actually MAKING money off shopping at CVS. Say what? I keep seeing references to the deals at CVS popping up on more and more blogs (like Money Saving Mom and Thrifty Florida Mama, and I used those blogs as a guide this week to the deals I wanted to try and snag. With time, you can perfect the methods explained on those sites so that you are never using a PENNY of your own money to shop at CVS! You just keep earning ExtraCare Bucks (ECB) with each transaction and rolling them into new deals since they’re accepted as currency at CVS!

I started out by walking into my local store and asking for a new CVS ExtraCare card. I had one years ago but who knows what happened to it. After I got my new card, I scanned it at the in store coupon kiosk. Occasionally it will print out special offers and extra coupons for you – no such luck for me on this day, so it was off to the savings.

I had my coupons from the Sunday paper with me, so I was shopping smart. I bought all of the following items in a single transaction, but I’m going to break them down here for you item by item so you can see the savings:

6 twelve packs of Coke, priced at 4/$14, or $3.50 each. When you buy more than $20 worth of Coke or Diet Coke twelve packs this week you earn $10 back in ECB! I spent $21 on the Coke, but I received $10 in ECB back on a future purchase, which brings my cost down to $10 if you count the “free money” I earned on a future purchase. $10 for 6 twelve packs?? I was instantly hooked on CVS deals.

I also bought 3 bottles of Suave body wash on sale for $2 each. When you buy $6 worth you get $2 back in ECB. I also had a $2 off 3 bottles coupon. $6 – $2 coupon = $4 – $2 in ECB = $2 overall cost for 3 bottles of body wash./

Moving onto the toothpaste – I bought 2 tubes of Colgate Advanced toothpaste on sale for $2.99 each. I had $1 off coupons for each tube, bringing my cost per tube to $1.99, and I EARNED $2.99 in ECB for each tube purchased! CVS PAID ME TO BUY TOOTHPASTE!!

How about some shampoo? With 5 heads to wash, and 3 of those heads belonging to kids who tend to overindulge in health and beauty items…well, we go through a lot of shampoo and conditioner. I bought 4 bottles of Herbal Essences shampoo and conditioner for $2.99 each – total of 11.96. I had two manufacturer coupons, each for $3 off bringing my cost to $5.96. By purchasing those products, I earned $4 in ECB making my final cost $1.96 for 4 bottles of product.

Did I mention my kids are sick? Of course I needed some cold medicine and Triaminic and Theraflu are on sale! I purchased 2 bottles of Triaminic at $6.99 each for a cost of $13.98. No coupons, but I earned $5 in ECB for buying 2 bottles, making my final cost $8.98 or $4.49 per bottle.

After all was said and done, I walked out of the store having spent $61.40 before tax and with $30.98 in ECB to spend on future purchases – effectively spending only $30.42 for all of that product! And now I can roll over all of those ECB’s I accumulated into other purchases that give me ECB’s back!

the inside joke on 30 rock

February 13th, 2009

Did anyone catch the inside joke Jack Donaghy (as played by Alec Baldwin) made last night during his confession scene on 30 Rock? He said, “I once stated that I was God in a deposition”…I nearly fell off my couch laughing! Maybe you sit in front of the idiot box less than I do, so you’re clueless…I’ll fill you in. In the movie Malice, Alec played a doctor with a God complex, and he gives a disposition in which he states “I am God!”

Here’s the scene in case you don’t recall it. You can also enjoy Alec’s youthful appearance – slim build and face, dark hair, practically wrinkle free….sigh. Those were the good old days, weren’t they?

norm freaking macdonald

February 8th, 2009

About a month or so ago I got an email from a club mailing list I belong to letting me know that Norm MacDonald would be in town doing stand-up this weekend. I immediately booked 2 tickets to his show as a pre-Valentine’s date night for the husband and myself. norm macdonaldWe both remember watching Norm as the Weekend Update anchor on Saturday Night Live, and we loved him in the movie Dirty Work (which happens to be one of, if not the last film Chris Farley ever made.) Norm has also been the voice of “Death” on Family Guy, another favorite of ours.

Anyway, I ended up scoring 2nd row seats in this little club, and we sat with 2 ladies from out of town who were enjoying their first visit to the club. Jim was a little worried about the show, never having seen Norm do stand-up bits, and I got that – funny in a movie or on TV doesn’t always translate to funny in person. I’m happy to report that Norm MacDonald is hilarious in person. His dead pan delivery, the sarcastic style – he has this way about him that says “I’m not trying to be funny, but it just happens.” And sitting 6 feet away from him while he did that? Magical.

wii fit + frugal = does not compute

January 26th, 2009

So in my new 2009 quest to save more and spend less, I’m holding off on buying a Wii Fit. We bought a Wii weeks ago at Wal-Mart for a mere $250 for Christmas. The kids were so surprised on Christmas morning – I really set the stage before the holidays by telling them repeatedly that one gaming system in the house was enough! A friend at work let me borrow her Jillian Michaels game for the Wii even though I don’t have the Wii Fit balance board – just so I could try it out. I was hooked, and I can only imagine how much more fun it would be WITH the balance board. Problem is, the Wii Fit and all of the toys that go with a Wii aren’t exactly on clearance right now, nor are they on sale. I’m going to hold off until I can find a deal or the Wii Fit comes down just a bit in price…OR until I have gift cards to fund my purchase.

I’m being frugal ’til it hurts.

saturday savings

January 24th, 2009

I went off to Publix this afternoon armed with a list, coupons, AND an eleven year old willing to go grab items on distant aisles for me. I ONLY bought items that were:

1. On sale
2. That I had a coupon for

In some cases, I bought things that I had a coupon for that were also on sale, making my savings quite awesome. How about buy one get one free Keebler cookies, plus my 2 coupons for $1 off each package? Same thing for the buy one get one free A1 steak sauce I snagged. In the end, I had $34 (!!!!) in coupon savings and another $50 in savings on items that were on sale. I spent $93 out of pocket but I SAVED $86 with buying on sale and using my coupons. By stockpiling on things we frequently buy (yogurt, cereal, condiments, and snacks) I’ve guaranteed that our grocery bills for the next few weeks will be much smaller. We’ll only need to buy the things we NEED (milk, bread, fresh fruits and veggies, meat) for a month or so!

Special thanks to TheGroceryGame.com and Fiddledeedee for the coupon help and inspiration!

coupon – free bath & body works signature item

January 19th, 2009

Coupon for a FREE Bath & Body Works Signature Item w/ any purchase! (Click to print, and yes, you can print MULTIPLE COUPONS!)

I’m a new reader of the Thrifty Florida Mama blog, but she’s lured me in with her deals. This Bath & Body Works deal is no exception! I stumbled across the deal on Angie’s blog during my morning blog rounds and quickly printed out my own copies of the coupon and emailed the link to 73 of my closest friends. Since I don’t have emails for all of you, I decided to share it here and publicly thank Angie for sharing it first.

I stopped at Bath & Body Works this afternoon (my first of many trips this week) and the reason for the super duper coupon deal? New packaging on all of their signature products. The “old” packaging is on a deep clearance, and I found lotion that normal retails for $14.50 marked down to $5. I chose that as my “free” item and then snagged a sample size of the same set that was priced at $1 as my “paid” item. (The sample size previously retailed for $3.50!) Out of pocket? $1.06 with tax, and I have a sample size lotion (perfect for a purse) and a full sized lotion too! Before the sale, I would have spent over $18 for those two items, and that doesn’t include the tax!

I’ll definitely be making several more trips back this week, coupon in hand (you can print multiples!) to snag more – they’re perfect items to put in my gift closet!

why, are you fat?

January 16th, 2009

This is just what I needed to start off my weekend…I’m almost crying from laughing so hard. This guy spent Black Friday at WalMart answering phones in the store and “helping” customers. If they made a weekly sitcom out of this, I’d DVR it religiously!

“Can you tell me if you have any of the Wii fits?”

“Why, are you fat?”

free bottle of suave on january 14th (free chicken too!)

January 13th, 2009

Today is the 13th of January, which makes tomorrow the 14th, which means that tomorrow is free Suave day! To celebrate the Suave line of low cost (but quality) hair products, everyone who visits the SUAVENOMICS website tomorrow (January 15th 2009) will be able to claim a FREE bottle of Suave!

On a related freebie note, my sister informed me that for the rest of the month, on Wednesdays, Chick-Fil-A will give customers visiting during breakfast hours a free sandwich. Tomorrow is Wednesday, so be sure to claim your free sammich and your free Suave!

*Special thanks to my friend Ang for turning me on to the Suave deal!

just call me thrifty!

January 12th, 2009

Today I’m taking a page out of my sister’s book and doing thrifty things. I’ve added a few frugal blogs to my Google reader and in doing so, discovered some fabulous deals. I went to Wal-Greens on my lunch break to scoop up one such deal. The store has Aquafresh toothpaste on sale for $.99 as long as you grab one of the $2 off coupons in their rebate book at the front of the store. AND…as long as you present the Wal-Greens coupon first, you can also use a manufacturer’s coupon as well, and it just so happens I had TWENTY I printed online, each for $1 off.

So to recap, $2.99 toothpaste, $2 Wal-Greens coupon, $1 store coupon…hey, they owe ME money now! (Not quite that good you see…I had to pay tax!)

Tonight on my way home I stopped by Publix. Again, coupons in hand, this time for $1 off a box of Pepperidge Farm Texas Toast and $1 off packages of Barber stuffed chicken breasts. The Texas toast was on sale and rang up at .35 a box after the coupons. The chicken was Buy One Get One Free at $4.99, and since Publix allows you to use one coupon on each item purchased (regardless if it is “free” or not) I was able to use a $1 off coupon on each box. $4.99 for two boxes – $2 in coupons = $2.99 for two boxes = $1.50 or so per box. Phew!

I set a New Years Resolution to really try to save money at the grocery store this year and I think I’m on my way!