Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Yeesh!

Recently a tiny, four legged tenant moved into my apartment building, specifically my garage stockpile room. After devouring a bag of kitty treats and leaving me little presents, DBF and I decided it was time to serve our little friend with an eviction notice via a mouse trap. I found the little guy last night, dead from the poison. I was perfectly happy to leave him there until my boyfriend could come over and dispose of him for me. But unfortunately, its been pretty hot and muggy in NJ lately and as my boyfriend pointed out to me, it was better to dispose of the mouse now before other creatures found him. (shudder) So I bucked up, stuck my hand inside three (yes, three) plastic bags, grabbed the trap, turned the bag inside out, tied it shut and scurried over to the dumpster. My boyfriend was thoughtful enough to mention to me to make sure he was dead before I picked him up to avoid getting bitten. Thanks for putting that awful thought into my head honey! When my fingers made contact with the trap through my protective layers of plastic, a shudder went through my whole body and I had to resist the urge to let out a girly-girl shreik. Yeeeeeessssshhhhhhh.

Walgreens
  • 4 Pepsi 12 packs $3.25 each (four for $13), got back $5 RR = four for $8 or $2 each
  • Airplus Aloe Infused Socks for Her $3, got back $3 RR = FREE
  • $20 gift card
  • Used two $10 RR's and two $7.50 RR's, total was $1.91

At another store

  • Celsius Green Tea (4 pack, 12 oz) $3.99, used $2 coupon and got back $3 RR = $1.01 profit *Was going to use this towards a $5 Heineken NBPR rebate on a four pack energy drink but the package doesn't actually say its an energy drink so I don't think I'll risk wasting the rebate form.
  • Noxzema Triple Blade Disposable Razor (4 pack) $3.99, use $2 coupon (5/23 RP) and get back $3 RR = $1.01 profit
  • Airplus Aloe Infused Socks for Her $3, got back $3 RR = FREE
  • $15 gift card
  • 2 knee highs clearanced to $0.40 each
  • Used three $7.50 RR's, total was $0.56

At another store

  • Celsius Green Tea (4 pack, 12 oz) $3.99, used $2 coupon and got back $3 RR = $1.01 profit
  • Noxzema Triple Blade Disposable Razor (4 pack) $3.99, use $2 coupon (5/23 RP) and get back $3 RR = $1.01 profit
  • 2 Tostitos $2.50 each - was hoping to buy socks or Blistex but this store was out of both. I'll use these towards a Newcastle NBPR rebate for $10 WYB $15 of snacks. It only occured to me after I'd done this transaction that I can either submit for the chips or the energy drink rebate, not both. I figure I'm better off buying another Celsius.
  • $15 gift card
  • Used three $7.50 RR's, total was $2.04
CVS - did this on DBF's card
  • 3 Aveeno sham/cond/stylers $6.49 each and one Aveeno Ultra Calming lotion $6.99, used two $1.50 coupons (can use three, I only printed enough to use two) and one $2 coupon, got back $10 EB (Limit 1) and will submit for $10 rebate = $1.46
  • Used $1 EB, $2 EB, $2.97 EB, $4 EB, $5 EB and $5 EB, total was $3.34

Finally, a Quieter Week 7/4 - 7/10

As always, my deals all come from the wonderful folks at HCW, Slick Deals and Erica at iheartcvs.com, iheartriteaid.com and iheartwags.com.

CVS

CVS Monthly Deals - valid until 7/31

  • Bausch & Lomb Biotrue Multi-Purpose Solution (2 oz) $2.99, get back $2.99 EB (Limit 2) = FREE
  • CVS Pantiliners (22 count) $0.50, buy two and get back $1 EB (Limit 3 - but only buy two at a time, buying more may mean you don't get the right amount of EB's) = FREE
  • Milk Deal - buy 5 gallons, get one free (Limit 3) Valid until 7/24. Void in CT, LA, MA, PA, and WI.

Rite Aid - don't forget about the $1 off $10 Oral Care Purchase CRT that's been printing lately. It will come in handy this week! $5 off $20 coupon available. Looks like this coupon is now one-time use only, so use it wisely! Here's a $5 off $25 coupon good until 9/25, another that's good until 7/31.

  • ReNu Sensitive $7.29, use $2 coupon (or 6/6 SS) and $2 RA coupon and get back $7.49 (SCR #13) = $4 profit
  • Poise Pads or Pantiliners two for $11, use two $2 coupons, $2 off 2 RA coupon, get back $2 UP Rewards (WYB 2), $2 (SCR #4, WYB 2) and submit for $1.50 rebate via Caregiver's Marketplace = $2.50 profit
  • Blink Tears Preservative Free Eye Drops (0.4 mL) $7.99, use $2 coupon (5/16 RP), get back $2 UP Rewards and get back $5 (SCR #28) = $1.01 profit
  • Oral-B Cross Action Power Toothbrush $5.99, use $3 coupon (6/27 RP) and get back $4 (SCR #6) OR Oral-B Refill Heads (2 ct) $5.99, use $3 coupon (6/27 RP) and get back $4 (SCR #6) = $1.01 profit on either
  • Crest Toothpaste (5.8 - 6.2 oz) $2.49, use $1 coupon (6/27 RP) and get back $2 UP Reward = $0.51 profit
  • Crest Pro-Health Rinse (1 liter) or Enamel Shield Rinse (440 mL) $4.99, use $1 coupon (6/6 P&G), get back $1 UP Reward and may qualify for $3 (SCR #127) = FREE
  • Ecotools Items - some reported as being $1.99 (loofahs, scrubbers, etc), use $2 in-circular coupon = FREE/$0.01 profit depending on price
  • Philips Univeral 3 Device Remote $4.99, get back $4.99 (SCR #169) = FREE
  • No Doz (60 ct) $5.99, use $1 coupon (4/25 SS) and get back $5 (SCR #12) = FREE/$0.01 profit
  • Compound W $6.99 (Gel 0.25 oz, Liquid 0.31 oz or One Step Strips 14 ct), get back $6 (SCR#16) = $0.99
  • Comtrex (20 ct) $5.99, get back $5 (SCR #11) = $0.99
  • Legatrin PM (50 ct) $6.99, get back $6 (SCR #106) = $0.99
  • Sinus Buster or Allergy Buster (20 mL) $9.99, get back $9 (SCR #77) = $0.99

Monthly Deals

  • Darice Art/Craft Products - found for $2.29 at some stores, buy two and get back $4 (SCR #144 Valid until 7/24) = $0.58 - good filler!

Walgreens

  • Zegerid OTC (28 ct) $19.99, use $4 coupon (6/20 SS), get back $3 RR and submit for TMF rebate (price minus coupons used, 6/20 SS) = $3 profit
  • Oral B Advantage 1-2-3 Toothbrush $2.99, use $2 coupon (7/4 P&G) and get back $1 RR = FREE/$0.01 profit

Walgreens Monthly Deals - valid until 7/31

  • Celsius Green Tea (4 pack, 12 oz) $4.99 (your price may vary), use $3 coupon (4/25 SS) or $2 coupon and get back $3 RR = $1.01 profit - FREE
  • Gillette Fusion Proglide Razor $9.89, use $4 coupon (6/6 P&G) and get back $5 RR = $0.89 Valid until 8/8

Printable Rebate Offers

Monday, June 28, 2010

Rebates are a Girl's Best Friend

Rite Aid - FYI - reports are coming in that next month's Video Values coupons will be one-use only. Bummer! If you can get your shopping done by 6/30, you can use last month's coupon which is fine to use multiple times.
  • 4 John Frieda Root Awakening Sham/Cond/Stylers $5 each, used four $3 coupons (6/6 SS) and got back $10 UP Rewards = $7 profit
  • Style Science Sunglasses $12.99, used $10 coupon (*Expires 6/30) and will get back $5 (SCR #40) = $2.01 profit *I'm hoping I can find another NBPR rebate on sunglasses to use along with this moneymaker.
  • $15 Papa Johns Gift Card
  • Used $5 off $20 coupon and two $10 UP Rewards, total was $2.95, overall profit = $7.05

CVS - done on my new card. I've been getting so many $4 off $20 coupons on this card that I wish I'd signed up for a new card sooner! I could have bought the Tena at Rite Aid instead ($6 profit there too) but I wanted to use up some EB's. With the lack-luster deals there lately, I've had a lot of EB's just sitting around.

  • 3 Aveeno sham/cond/stylers $6.49 each and one Aveeno Ultra Calming lotion $6.99, used three $1.50 coupons and one $2 coupon, got back $10 EB (Limit 1) and will submit for $10 rebate = $0.04 profit
  • Used $4 off $20 coupon, $1 EB, $2.97 EB, $5 EB and $5 EB, total was $3.49, overall profit = $2.54

Separately, I bought:

  • 2 Tena Ultra Thins $12.99 each, BOGO sale, used two $3 peelie coupons (found at RA, also $2.50 coupons available) and will submit for TMF rebate (6/6 SS - regional) = $6 profit
  • 2 Stayfree Pads $3.69 each, BOGO sale and used two $2 coupons = $0.31 profit
  • 2 Milky Way bars $0.89 each, BOGO sale = $0.89
  • Pepsi $1.79 and Rold Gold Pretzels $0.99 - if I buy a second set of these, I'll get back $1 EB
  • Used $4 off $20 coupon, total was $6.46, overall profit = $6.54

Was only going to buy the Tena and Stayfree but the cashier vetoed my $4 off $20 coupon when my post-sale total was below $20. Bummer. Also had to listen to his little sermon about how companies put out all these coupons only to jack the prices of the items up, fooling all us stupid consumers. I just smiled and nodded as I used my "stupid coupons," making a quick and easy six dollars. Ok buddy. :)

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Green on My Table = Green in my Wallet

Woo, look at all those John Frieda's! There are 44 in total (four leaked and are drying in the sink), bought from 7 different stores. I didn't clean out any one store, leaving plenty for other couponers. I did two transactions in most of the stores. I got my $5 and $25 gift cards for completing the skincare rebates yesterday, so I was able to use them today to cover a lot of my OOP. Here's my main transaction, short and simple:
  • 4 John Frieda Root Awakening Sham/Cond/Stylers $5 each, used four $3 coupons (6/6 SS) and got back $10 UP Rewards
  • Used $5 off $20 coupon, total was $4.05, overall profit = $5.95

Then I whipped up some other items to buy along with the JF so that I could use a $5 off $25 coupon (Expires 6/30). I figured the cashiers might be more willing to let me do back to back transactions if I used a different coupon on the second one. I would have been better off if I'd bought some of the free rebate items, but I didn't have the right coupons with me. I have some more JF coupons to use up, so I'll buy those items later this week.

  • 4 John Frieda Root Awakening Sham/Cond/Stylers $5 each, used four $3 coupons (6/6 SS) and got back $10 UP Rewards
  • Tresemme Fresh Start or Naturals Sham/Cond $3.99, used $1 coupon and $2 RA coupon (Exp. 6/30) and got back $1 UP Rewards = FREE/$0.01 profit
  • Welch's Grape Juice $3, used $2 coupon (printable from Facebook, no longer available) = $1
  • Used $5 off $25 coupon, total was $6.32, overall profit = $4.68

Here's another transaction - did this one twice

  • 4 John Frieda Root Awakening Sham/Cond/Stylers $5 each, used four $3 coupons (6/6 SS) and got back $10 UP Rewards
  • Huggies Pure and Natural Diapers $8.99, used $2.50 coupon, $1 RA coupon (Expires 6/30) and will get back $2 (SCR #42) = $3.49
  • Used $5 off $25 coupon, $2 UP Reward and $3 UP Reward, total was $4.54, overall profit = $2.46

Another one

  • 4 John Frieda Root Awakening Sham/Cond/Stylers $5 each, used four $3 coupons (6/6 SS) and got back $10 UP Rewards
  • Paper Pro Nano Stapler $6.99, will get back $3 (SCR #134) = $3.99
  • $15 Wendy's Gift card - wanted to try using an UP Reward on a gift card
  • Used $5 off $25 coupon, $10 UP Reward, total was $16.53, overall profit = $1.47
Another
  • 4 John Frieda Root Awakening Sham/Cond/Stylers $5 each, used four $3 coupons (6/6 SS) and got back $10 UP Rewards
  • Tresemme Fresh Start or Naturals Sham/Cond $3.99, used $1 coupon and $2 RA coupon (Exp. 6/30) and got back $1 UP Rewards = FREE/$0.01 profit
  • EDIT - its $1 when you buy two, so I'll have to pick up a second to get this rebate -Toblerone Bar $2.49, will get back $1 (SCR #158) = $1.49
  • Used $5 off $25 coupon, total was $7.99, overall profit = $4.01

Friday, June 25, 2010

Chicken Rebate

Acme - had two $10 catalinas expiring and just received a NBPR rebate for chicken from a houndfriend that expires 6/30. What a perfect combo
  • Perdue Chicken Cutlets $4.99 and Weaver Chicken Patties $6.99 - will submit for $6 Bud Light NBPR rebate (WYB $10.01 of fresh/frozen chicken, offer #28360) = $5.98
  • 4 Vitamin Waters $1 each, used four $0.50 coupons (tearpad found at CVS) = FREE
  • Used $10 catalina, total was $1.98

Repeated this same transaction for a second rebate. This is the first time I'm submitting for a NBPR rebate when my OOP is less than the required purchase amount. In the past, I would have made sure to pay at least $10 total, but I'm betting this will still go through even though I used the $10 cats. Fingers crossed!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Brain Fart

Rite Aid - don't ask me why I bought two toothpastes on each transaction! I must be in CVS mode. I'll probably return the duplicates. Duh!
  • Zegerid OTC Caplets (14 ct) $11.99, used $4 coupon (6/20 SS), $3 RA coupon (page 7), will get back $2 (SCR #35) and I'll submit for TMF rebate (6/20 SS) = $9 profit *Circular coupon available in some areas. Satisfaction guarantee available here. The rebate form says you'll get back your purchase price minus coupons, so you may be better off with the guarantee.
  • Motrin PM (20 ct) $3, used $3 coupon (4/18 RP) and got back $3 +UP Rewards = $3 profit
  • 2 Colgate Total Toothpastes (4 oz) $2.99 each, used two $1 coupons (6/6 SS) and got back $2 +UP Rewards = $1.98 but should have been FREE/$0.01 profit if I'd only bought one
  • 2 U by Kotex $3.50 each, used two $1 coupons, two $1 RA coupons and will get back $3 (SCR #11, WYB 2) = FREE
  • Bounty Basic Paper Towels $0.99, used $1 coupon (P&G home mailer coupon booklet) = FREE/$0.01 profit
  • Used $5 off $20 coupon and two $3 UP rewards, total was $1.03

At another store I bought a second set of items for DBF's rebates. I'm 99% sure the Pantene rebate won't go through, but I thought I'd give it a try. Some folks have received emails inviting them to participate in a $3 rebate for Pantene. I didn't get the email, but thought it was worth a shot. After the overage from the Everlast, they were free anyway.

  • Zegerid OTC Caplets (14 ct) $11.99, used $4 coupon (6/20 SS), $3 RA coupon (page 7), will get back $2 (SCR #35) and I'll submit for TMF rebate (6/20 SS) = $9 profit
  • Everlast E-drenaline Energy Shot $5.99, used $10 coupon = $4.01 profit
  • 2 Colgate Pro Clinical Toothpastes (4 oz) $2.99, used two $1 Pro Clinical coupon (or 6/13 SS or July All You magazine) and got back $2 +UP Rewards = $1.98 but should have been FREE/$0.01 profit if I'd only bought one
  • 2 Kotex Pads (14-24 ct) $3.50 each, used $2 off 2 coupon (5/16 SS) and two $1 RA coupons and will get back $3 (SCR #11, WYB 2) = FREE
  • Bounty Basic Paper Towels $0.99, used $1 coupon (P&G home mailer coupon booklet) = FREE/$0.01 profit
  • 2 Pantene Sham/Cond $3.50 each, used $1 off 2 coupon (6/6 P&G) and got back $3 UP Reward = $3 - may get back $3 SCR
  • Used $5 off $20 coupon, two $2 UP Rewards and two $1 UP Rewards, total was $4.51

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Sparklies


CVS - found this bracelet while poking around looking for a filler. I had planned on getting CVS ibuprofen ($3.99 with $3 EB) but this is much more sparkly! :)
  • 2 Colgate Total Advanced or Enamel Strenth Toothpastes (4 oz) $2.99 each, used two $1 coupons (6/6 SS) and got back $4 EB ($2 each, Limit 2) = FREE/$0.02 profit
  • Gillette ProGlide Power or Manual Razor $9.97, used $4 coupon (6/6 P&G) and got back $5 EB (Limit 2 - buy them separately otherwise you may only get one EB) = $0.97
  • Bracelet $6.99
  • Used $4 off $20 coupon, $1 EB, $2 EB, $3 EB and $8 EB, total was $0.20

Hoorah for John Frieda! 6/27 - 7/3

As always, my deals all come from the wonderful folks at HCW, Slick Deals and Erica at iheartcvs.com, iheartriteaid.com and iheartwags.com.

CVS
  • Tena Ultra Thins $12.99, BOGO sale, use two $2.50 coupons and submit for TMF rebate (6/6 SS) = $5 profit
  • M&M's $0.89 (single bags) BOGO sale, use BOGO coupon (6/27 RP) = two for FREE
  • Kodak Picture Movie DVD $9.99, get back $9.99 EB (Limit 1) = FREE
  • Aveeno Products - spend $25, get back $10 EB (Limit 1). Includes Sham/Cond/Stylers $6.49 ($1 coupon in 6/20 SS or $1.50 coupons), Facial Moisturizer (2.5-4 oz) or Night Cream (1.7 oz) $14.99, Body Wash (12-16 oz) or Lotion (8 oz) $5.99 ($2 coupon) and Ageless Vitality Day, Night or Eye Recharging System $44.99. There's also a $10 rebate WYB $25 of Aveeno products (excludes trial sizes and Vitality products).

DEAL IDEA: Buy three sham/cond/stylers and one Ultra Calming lotion = $25.46. Use three $1.50 coupons for hair items and one $2 coupon for lotion, get back $10 EB and submit for $10 rebate = $1.04 profit - even better if you have a X off X coupon! **Items have to be purchased in ONE transaction, so don't split these purchases up.

  • Schick and Playtex Products - spend $20, get back $10 EB (Limit 1). DEAL IDEA: buy two Schick Hydro razors for $9.99 each and use two $5 coupons (6/13 SS) = $9.98 and get back $10 EB = FREE *Reports are confirming the EB's will print with a $9.98 total
  • Stayfree Pads $3.79, BOGO sale, use two $2 coupons (3/28 RP) = two for FREE or profit if store doesn't adjust coupons down *Stayfree BOGO coupon coming in 6/27 paper!

CVS Monthly Deals - Valid until 7/3

  • Limit increased to five! Powerbar (Pure & Simple, Cranberry Oatmeal and Peanut Butter Flavor) $0.99, get back $0.99 EB (Limit 5) = FREE
  • Gillette ProGlide Power or Manual Razor $9.97, use $4 coupon (6/6 P&G) and get back $5 EB (Limit 2 - buy them separately otherwise you may only get one EB) = $0.97
  • Milk Deal - buy 5 gallons, get one free (Limit 3) Valid until 7/24. Void in CT, LA, MA, PA, and WI.

Rite Aid - first week of July SCR's. $5 off $20 here and $5 off $25 here. Here's a link to all the current Video Values coupons.

  • John Frieda Sham/Cond/Stylers $5 each, buy four, use four $3 coupons for Root Awakening (6/6 SS) and $5 off $20 and get back $10 UP Rewards = $7 profit OR use four $2 coupons for any variety (6/6 SS) along with $1 RA coupon for Sheer Blonde variety = $4 - $7 profit depending on how many VV coupons store lets you use
  • Tena Ultra Thins $12.99, use $3 peelie coupon or $2.50 coupon and $3 in-circular coupon and submit for TMF rebate (6/6 SS) = $6 profit
  • *This deal is part of a wrap-around ad in the circular. If you didn't get the wrap-around, you won't get the UP Rewards for this. Crest 3D Vivid White Strips $22.99, use $10 coupon (6/27 RP), $1 off $10 oral care CRT coupon (printed on previous RA receipts) plus $5 off $20/$25 coupon and get back $10 UP Rewards = $3.01 profit
  • Style Science (Regular Retail 12.99 or higher) use $10 coupon (*Valid only until 6/30) and get back $5 (SCR #40) = $2.01 profit
  • Crest Prohealth Toothpaste $2.99, use $0.50 coupon (6/6 P&G) or $1 coupon (6/27 RP) and get back $2.99 (SCR #131) = $1 - $0.50 profit
  • Tresemme Fresh Start or Naturals Sham/Cond $3.99, use $1 coupon and $2 RA coupon (Exp. 6/30) and get back $2 UP Rewards = FREE/$0.01 profit
  • M&M's (single bags) BOGO sale, use BOGO coupon (6/27 RP) = two for FREE
  • *This deal is part of a wrap-around ad in the circular. If you didn't get the wrap-around, you won't get the UP Rewards for this. Gillette Venus Razor $5.99, use $2 coupon (6/6 P&G) plus $2 RA coupon (from P&G coupon book via previous rebate) and get back $2 UP Reward = FREE
  • Stayfree Pads (16 - 24 ct) $3.99, BOGO sale, use two $2 coupons (3/28 RP) = two for FREE *Stayfree BOGO coupon coming in 6/27 paper!

Monthly Deals

  • Darice Art/Craft Products - found for $2.29 at some stores, buy two and get back $4 (SCR #144 Valid until 7/24) = $0.58 - good filler!

Walgreens

  • Starting 7/1: Reach Crystal Clean Toothbrushes $1.59 each, buy four and use four $1 coupons (or 4/11 or 5/16 RP) and in-circular coupon (will take off $2.40) and get back $4 RR (monthly deal, $1 RR WYB 2, $2 RR WYB 3 or $4 RR WYB 4+) = $3.96 profit
  • Finesse Sham/Cond $3.99, BOGO sale, buy two and use two $1 coupons (5/16 SS) and submit for $3 rebate (5/16 SS) = $1.01 profit *If store won't allow two coupons = FREE
  • Dr. Scholls for Her Insoles $5.99 - $6.99, use $2 coupon and $5 Walgreens coupon (monthly coupon book) = $1.01 profit - FREE
  • Dentyne Gum three for $0.98 with in-circular coupon (give second), use $1 coupon (6/13 SS) = FREE/$0.02 profit Or buy six and use three $1 coupons (regular price is three for $1.98, so $3.96 - three $1 coupons) and then circular coupon = $1.01 profit
  • Blistex Lip Balm Smoothies (3 pack) $2.99, get back $3 RR = FREE/$0.01 profit
  • Airplus Aloe Infused Socks for Her $3, get back $3 RR = FREE
  • Flexitol Blistop $5, get back $5 RR = FREE
  • Pepsi 12 packs four for $13, get back $5 RR = $2 each
  • Twizzlers (11-16 oz) $1.50, buy two and get back $2 RR = $1 or $0.50 each *Coupon coming in Sunday's paper? (listed in CVS circular)

Four Day Sale Items - 6/30-7/3

  • Celsius Green Tea (4 pack, 12 oz) $3.99, use $3 coupon (4/25 SS) or $2 coupon and get back $3 RR = $2.01 - $1.01 profit
  • Noxzema Triple Blade Disposable Razor (4 pack) $3.99, use $2 coupon (5/23 RP) and get back $3 RR = $1.01 profit
  • Crest Extra White Plus Scope Outlast Toothpaste (5.8 oz) $3, use $0.75 coupon (6/6 P&G) and get back $3 RR = $0.75 profit
  • Efferdent Denture Cleanser Tablets (40 pack) $2.99, use $1 coupon (5/2 SS) and get back $2 RR = FREE/$0.01 profit
  • Sure or Brut Deodorant $1.99, use $1.50 Sure coupon (5/2 SS), $1 Sure coupon (5/2 SS) or $1 Brut coupon (June or July issue All You magazine) and get back $1 RR = $0.50 profit - FREE

Printable Rebate Offers - a lot of these rebates expire 6/30.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Spring/Summer Cleaning

Guess what my boyfriend and I did this weekend? Went on an exotic vacation? Rocked out to a ear-splitting concert? Had a fancy dinner in NYC? Nope! We cleaned my apartment! And I loved every minute of it! haha It started out as steam cleaning the carpets. We moved all the furniture from one area to another, I vacuumed with the regular machine (got all those spiderwebs and dust bunnies lurking in corners) and then DBF went through with the steam clean machine. While he was doing that (it takes a while), I cleaned, dusted and organized. Then I started looking around and thinking - hmm, wonder how those bookshelves would look on the other side of the room near my desk? Then we could move that armchair into the corner where the bookshelves were. By the time he shut off the machine, I had a whole plan worked out. Poor guy, signed on for some carpet cleaning and got a whole redecoration instead! :)

Once we got going, we started throwing away some old stuff that I'd been meaning to get rid of for a while. I think we made 5-6 trips out to the dumpster. There's something about taking everything out of its "spot" to make you reevaluate it and whether or not its worth keeping. Some stuff was very old and shabby, like the two lamps I had on either side of my entertainment center. I picked one up to move it out of the way and the base totally disintegrated.

About six hours after we started, the carpets in the living room, dining room, hallway and bedroom were clean and smelling fresh. Everything had been dusted and scrubbed. We grabbed dinner at Ruby Tuesday and did some home decor shopping - throw rug and wire basket for mail and circulars at Home Goods, table lamp, white board and kitchen decor at Target, beautiful painting from Bed, Bath and Beyond and a new lamp from Walmart. Combined with the couple of decorations I got in Virginia last weekend and moving some furniture around, I feel like I'm living in a whole new apartment!

I love this whole desk/office area now. It makes more sense to have the bookshelves in this corner and opens up the space a bit. My armchair used to be here and it took up the whole corner. Don't worry, that's not a dead mouse or anything by the plant in the first pic. Just the kitties' skunk toy.
My mom picked up this country star for me on a recent trip to Lancaster, PA. Such a beautiful shade of blue.
Love this white board/cork board set we found at Target. DBF made them happy boards for me. Happy boards with quite the uni-brow.
Another Target find. DBF spotted them and we both loved their older feel. I think he's trying to encourage me to cook more. HA!
Picked up this baby in Virginia at the Kirkland Home store. The pieces are smooth metal and I love the mix of the burgandy and brown. This was my second find from Virginia. We hung it above my couch and I feel like it ties in the colors from my armchair really well.
This painting is living right above the armchair and I'm crazy about it! The light below adds a cozy touch to the space, but its a little dimmer than I expected since the shade is a dark brown. If I want to do any late-night reading in the chair, I may have to flip on the dreaded overhead light. Oh the agony.
Another cozy corner, this light is so cool! We found it at Walmart of all places. I love the wire basket on top of the tiny shelf (found it at CVS on clearance! The shelf that is, found the basket at Home Goods). I stole the idea from my sister who has something similar where she keeps her mail.

That's all for now folks. Thanks for stopping by for a visit! :)

Monday, June 21, 2010

Everybody Wang Chung Tonight!

Much better finish to my Rite Aid transactions today. I had no problems using all my coupons, other than one cashier not accepting my in-circular coupon for the Clairol. Can't fault him though, I gave him one for L'oreal! Duh. I also found out that one store that I love to shop at is also a GNC location, which means they stock the Everlast items.

Just realized I could have used a $1 off $10 household items CRT on these transactions. Duh
Rite Aid - I read online that the UP Rewards for the Purex sheets weren't printing but they must have fixed it because mine printed just fine.
  • Everlast Energy Drink $5.99, used $10 coupon = $4.01 profit
  • Motrin PM (20 ct) $3, used $3 coupon (4/18 RP) and got back $3 +UP Rewards = $3 profit
  • Finish Quantumatic Detergent Dispenser System $10.99 - 50% off sale so $5.49, used $3 coupon and $4 RA coupon = $1.51 profit
  • Clairol Nice 'n Easy Hair Color $7.49, used $2.50 circular coupon, $1 coupon (6/6 P&G), got $2 UP Reward will get back get back $3 (SCR) = $1.01 profit *This SCR seems to be only valid if RA sends you an email about it. I've never seen them do a rebate like this before
  • 2 Purex 3 in 1 Sheets $3 each, used two $1 coupons, two $2 RA coupons and got back $1 UP Reward (WYB 2) = $1 profit
  • Resolve Carpet Spray $5.99, used $1.50 coupon and will get back $0.50 (SCR #108) = $3.99
  • John Frieda Root Awakening Shampoo $6.99, used $2 coupon (6/6 SS) and will get back $1 (SCR #77) = $3.99 - needed a filler to eat up the overage from the Everlast. Save your $3 coupons for next week - FABULOUS sale coming!
  • Used $5 off $20 coupon, total was $4.84, overall profit $5.66
At another friendly store:
  • Finish Quantumatic Detergent Dispenser System $10.99 - 50% off sale so $5.49, used $3 coupon and $4 RA coupon = $1.51 profit
  • Clairol Nice 'n Easy Hair Color $7.49, used $2.50 circular coupon, $1 coupon (6/6 P&G), got $2 UP Reward will get back get back $3 (SCR) = $1.01 profit
  • 2 Purex 3 in 1 Sheets $3 each, used two $1 coupons, two $2 RA coupons and got back $1 UP Reward (WYB 2) = $1 profit
  • Rite Aid light bulbs $2.24 - can't believe I paid for these but I was out
  • Used $5 off $20 coupon, total was $0.30, overall profit $5.70
CVS
  • 2 Colgate Total Advanced or Enamel Strenth Toothpastes (4 oz) $2.99 each, used two $1 coupons (6/6 SS) and $1.50 CRT and got back $4 EB ($2 each, Limit 2) = $1.52 profit
  • Blade 5 Razor $6.99, got back $1 EB (monthly deal?) and used raincheck to get this for free - got back $7 EB = $1 profit
  • Huggies Snug & Dry or Little Movers Diapers (56-96 ct) $19.99, used $3 coupon and got back $10 EB (Limit 1) = $6.99
  • Used $5 off $30 coupon (from Recycle Bank), $8 EB and $10 EB, total was $4.23
Walgreens
  • Bausch & Lomb Renu Multipurpose Sensitive Solution (12 oz) $7.49, used $2 coupon (or regional coupon 6/6 SS or in June Safeway coupon booklet) and got back $7.50 RR = $2.01 profit
  • Hunts Tomato Sauce $0.33 with in-circular coupon
  • $10 Walgreens gift card
  • Used $4 RR and $10 RR, total was $2.36

Repeated without gift card - total was $2.36 again

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Frustrating

UPDATE - I called RA Customer Service today and spoke to a wonderfully friendly gent who assured me that I was trying to use my coupons correctly. He called this store (and another I've had this issue with) and spoke to the manager to correct them on the policy. As I suspected, it was the same District Manager in both stores. I hope this fixes the problem.
Walgreens - did this transaction twice
  • Bausch & Lomb Renu Multipurpose Sensitive Solution (12 oz) $7.49, used $2 coupon (or regional coupon 6/6 SS or in June Safeway coupon booklet) and got back $7.50 RR = $2.01 profit
  • Hunts Tomato Sauce $0.33 with in-circular coupon
  • Used $5 RR, total was $1.36

Used $4 RR on second transaction. Total was $2.36

Also stopped by Staples to drop off some used ink cartridges - will get back $6 in Staples Rewards for each one. I had six, so that definitely works for me! I had a $1 Staples Reward that was expiring soon, so I picked up a pack of paper clips for $1.29.

Rite Aid - forgot to put this in the pic. Its somewhere in the depths of my purse.

  • Motrin PM (20 ct) $3, used $3 coupon (4/18 RP) and got back $3 +UP Rewards = $3 profit

Tried to do a transaction at a different RA using a $5 off $20 coupon. The cashier said she had to scan it last, which is fine with me because it will still scan if your total ends up being less than $20. Then the Asst. Mgr. came over, started questioning everything (ie. using Video Values coupon with a manu coupon - she was saying they were both manu coupons), voided the order and re-rang everything. She actually told me (told me, the customer!) to get all the coupons in order. I did nothing since they were already all on the counter and she could look for the one she wanted. She scanned each item, found the corresponding coupons, scanned them and then scanned the next item.

At the end of this long ordeal, she tells me I can't use the $5 off $20 coupon because my total was $6. I showed her the RA coupon policy that I carry with me that says you can use this (she had a copy of the same thing) but said her District Manager said they can't do that. A lot of the stores in my area have recently been saying this, so I bet its the same guy/gal for the area. I said I'd like to cancel the order and get my coupons back, to which she replied - "but your total is only $6." Yeah, I realize that. I got my coupons back and DBF and I left.

The whole thing really ticked me off. She had an attitude towards me right from the start. Sometimes, situations like this make me want to throw my hands up and give up. But you know I won't! :) I'll hit another store tomorrow and see if I have better luck. I'm very thankful that I live in an area with so many stores to choose from.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Loving that Neutrogena Profit!

Bought most of this yesterday but didn't feel like posting it all. I also dropped off a large donation of food and household items to a local food pantry. They have a drop off box in the supermarket, so I can make donations after hours. I love it!
Rite Aid - decided to make the best use of the Everlast sale this week. The vitamins are free after sale and coupons and make it easy to get up to $20 to use a $5 off $20 coupon. I was trying to figure out the best way to use the $5 off $20 coupon. Here's a tip for finding stores that stock these - search for RA locations and check off the GNC box on the search filter.
  • 2 Everlast Supplements (only at GNC locations) $19.99 each, BOGO sale, used two $10 coupons = FREE
  • 2 Herbal Essence Sham/Cond/Stylers $2.49 each, used two $1 coupons (5/16 RP) and will get back $3 (SCR #75, $1.50 each, Limit 2) = FREE
  • 2 Old Spice Deodorants (3-3.25 oz) $2.49 each, should have used $1 off 2 coupon but I must have left it at home (5/2 or 6/6 P&G) and will get back $3 (SCR #73, $1.50 each, Limit 2 rebates) = $1.98
  • Used $5 off $20 coupon, total was $3.30, overall profit $2.70

At another store:

  • 2 Everlast Supplements (only at GNC locations) $19.99 each, BOGO sale, used two $10 coupons = FREE
  • Resolve Carpet Spray $5.99, used $1.50 coupon and will get back $0.50 (SCR #108) = $3.99 - really needed this so I was so happy to work out a deal on it
  • Travel size Secret Deodorant $1.29 - probably won't work, but I'm hoping this might count for SCR #81. Someone bought a travel size Secret Clinical and it counted towards one of the rebates. I couldn't find those, so I got this one instead. If it doesn't count, its ok b/c I needed a filler anyway.
  • Used $5 off $20 coupon, total was $0.93
Bought this separately and did same transaction at another store.
  • 2 Everlast Supplements (only at GNC locations) $19.99 each, BOGO sale, used two $10 coupons = FREE
  • Tim McGraw Cologne Gift Set $15.99, used $5 coupon = $10.99 - thought I could get back $5 for this, but the rebate was only good last week. Combined with the $5 coupon, $5.99 is a fine-by-me price!
  • Used $5 off $20 coupon and $1 UP Reward, total was $5.75
CVS - DBF's card
  • 2 Old Spice Body Washes $4 each, used BOGO coupon (cashier took off $5.29, 6/6 P&G) and got back $8 EB ($4 each, Limit 2) = $5.29 profit
  • 3 Powerbars (Pure & Simple, Cranberry Oatmeal and Peanut Butter Flavor) $0.99 each, got back $2.97 EB (monthly deal, Limit 3) = FREE
  • Used $5 EB, total was $1.24

Walgreens - bought a whole lotta razors. I asked the cashiers at a couple stores if they'd mind if I bought a whole bunch. Each store had a ton of stock and the cashiers didn't mind at all.

  • Schick Hydro 3 or 5 Blade Razor $7.99, used $5 coupon (6/13 SS), got back $4 RR and will submit for TMF rebate = $9 profit - will do this rebate three times. The other transactions were a $0.45 profit each (after tax)

Separately, I bought:

  • Schick Hydro 3 or 5 Blade Razor $7.99, used $5 coupon (6/13 SS) and got back $4 RR = $1.01 profit
  • Neutrogena Lip Moisturizer $2.16 (mine rang up with the 25% off sale, but I've heard that this isn't happening in all locations) and two Neutrogena cleansers $4.11 each. Used $2 coupon and two $1 coupons (6/6 SS) and got back $10 RR (WYB 3) = $3.62 profit
  • 100 Grand Candy bar $0.39
  • Used $5 RR, total was $4.05

Then I hit gold and found a store that not only had a ton of the lip moisturizers, but also had a teenage guy cashier who could have cared less how many I bought. I did two transactions, asked him if I could do some more and he said sure. I used up my $2 coupons and even left a bunch on the shelf!

  • 3 Neutrogena Lip Moisturizers $2.24 each (weird how prices vary from store to store!), used three $2 coupons (6/6 SS) and got back $10 RR (WYB 3) = $8.81 profit

Repeated three more times. On the last transaction, I used two $2 coupons and one $1 coupon for a sunscreen item = $7.81 profit

Think these might count towards the $10 Neutrogena rebate?

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Driving, Dogs and Decor

Well, I'm very belatedly posting these pics from my weekend trip. What a busy week its been! I got home Sunday night around 7, fed the kitties, fed myself, took a shower, unpacked the essentials, called my hunny and then collapsed in bed. Isn't it strange how driving is so tiring? We left Virginia around noon and were making fabulous time until an end-of-the-world rainstorm decided to slow us down. Traffic was crawling around 30 mph and I could barely see out the window even with the wipers on high.


Anyway, I'm getting ahead of myself. My youngest sister and I left Friday afternoon to visit my middle sister in Virginia. She moved there around Christmas and we hadn't seen her condo since we helped her move in. I was excited to see how she'd decorated everything. I love her sense of style and she didn't disappoint. My parents were also going away for the weekend, so with no one to watch Riley (Bootz and Freckles are clearly unfit to supervise), he came along for the ride. I was a little worried about how my new car would fare with Sir Slobbery in the backseat, but the only thing I had to clean were the windows. Phew! We hit some traffic on the ride down and got there around 8. My sister whipped up some homemade pizza (delish) and Riley and Rocky happily rough-housed and knocked into stuff (and us). Shall we be nosy and poke around her condo a bit? Lets!Love these! The colors are so rich and its a great centerpiece on her table.
The previous tenant had painted this one wall red and I think it works. Its bold, colorful and vibrant. And a bitch to paint over, so red it is!
Saturday night, we visited the home decor store where she got all these goodies. Its called Kirkland Home or something like that and is basically a cheaper Pier One. I was in heaven! I restrained myself and only got two pieces - I'll show you how they look once my hunny puts them up for me.
Love the open and airy design of her kitchen shelves.
The honeycomb is such a cute touch.
She has a huge balcony right off her living room with a set of sliding glass doors. She inherited a green thumb from my dad and has some nice flowers and herbs growing out there.
Oblivious to the homey decorative touches, the dogs were happy to see each other and catch up.
On Saturday, we took the dogs to a nearby dog park. I don't bring my camera to dog parks for fear of being tripped and having the camera smushed or trampled on, so I have no photos to share with you. It was a toasty day and the dogs quickly discovered the two plastic swimming pools at the back of the park. At first, they were content with standing in the pools to cool their paws off. Quickly bored with that, first Riley and then Rocky laid down in the murky water and then emerged totally soaked. Rocky wasn't satisfied with just that and decided to roll around in the woodchips and mud. Imagine our delight at the thought of transporting these two soggy dogs back in our cars (both are new) to my sister's condo! Luckily, they both dried off pretty fast and our cars were saved.
After we dropped the pooches off, we headed off to the day's main event: Washington, DC. I hadn't been to DC in years and was looking forward to some sight-seeing. It didn't take too long to find a parking spot by the water and started our walking tour.The Jefferson Memorial was our first stop. The marble columns are beautiful and delightfully cool. At this point in our trip, I was already pretty darn'd hot. I am NOT a summer person. My skin burns within 10-15 minutes of being outside and I hate, hate, hate being sweaty and sticky. I don't mind baking in the sun, so long as there is a pool nearby to jump into. Alas, no pools at this memorial.

Continuing on our journey, I safely stowed my camera within my purse instead of carrying it. I was afraid it was going to slip out of my sweaty fingers! We stopped for a quick lunch and then hiked on to the Smithsonian Museum. I loved the exhibits and how close you can get to everything. As we were stopped at a crosswalk outside the museum, I felt a shiver go through my whole body. Definitely not a good sign! I bought some juice from a vendor and took a breather. At this point, I was way beyond taking pictures since that would involve ungluing my bag from my shoulder, opening the bag, taking out the camera, holding it up to my sweaty face and clicking a button. No way jose, too much effort involved there.


The Washington Monument loomed in front of us and my middle sister asked us if we wanted to walk up and take the tour. After I grunted in response, both sisters looked at me and said, hmm, maybe we'd better not - you don't look so good! We detoured around the monument and headed back to the car. Four or so hours after we arrived, I collapsed in a puddle in my sister's car and pumped those air vents up as high as they could go. After a drink and a shower, I was back to normal, just a little sunburned. I slept well that night!
We woke on Sunday morning to a lovely 95 degree sticky day. I just can't stand that weather! The humidity totally drains me. We hung around in our pj's, had lunch together and then headed back to Jersey. My sister comes home pretty often, but it was great to see her place and spend time with her. Next time, I'm visiting in cooler weather!

Not More Free Body Wash! 6/20 - 6/26

As always, my deals all come from the wonderful folks at HCW, Slick Deals and Erica at iheartcvs.com, iheartriteaid.com and iheartwags.com.

CVS
  • Colgate Total Advanced or Enamel Strenth Toothpaste (4 oz) $2.99, use $1 coupon (6/6 SS) and get back $2 EB (Limit 2) = FREE/$0.01 profit
  • Huggies Snug & Dry or Little Movers Diapers (56-96 ct) $19.99, use $3 coupon and get back $10 EB (Limit 1) = $6.99 *Some folks have been getting $3 CRT's, so keep an eye out for these

CVS Monthly Deals - Valid until 7/3

  • Powerbar (Pure & Simple, Cranberry Oatmeal and Peanut Butter Flavor) $0.99, get back $0.99 EB (Limit 3) = FREE
  • Gillette ProGlide Power or Manual Razor $9.97, use $4 coupon (6/6 P&G) and get back $5 EB (Limit 2 - buy them separately otherwise you may only get one EB) = $0.97
  • Milk Deal - buy 5 gallons, get one free (Limit 3) Valid until 7/24. Void in CT, LA, MA, PA, and WI.

Rite Aid - last week of the June SCR's. $5 off $20 here and $5 off $25 here. Here's a link to all the current Video Values coupons.

  • Zegerid OTC Caplets (14 ct) $11.99 (online price, store price may differ), use $4 coupon (6/20 SS), $3 RA coupon (page 7), get back $2 (SCR #35) and submit for TMF rebate (6/20 SS) = $9 profit *Circular coupon available in some areas. Satisfaction guarantee available here
  • Clairol Nice 'n Easy Hair Color $7.49, use $2.50 circular coupon, $1 coupon (6/6 P&G), get $2 UP Reward and if you got the email from RA about this, get back $3 (SCR) = $1.01 profit *RA seems to be emailing certain folks about this rebate and the email says it can't be forwarded. I got the email on both of my accounts. Also a $2 RA coupon if you did the rebate for a P&G coupon booklet (from RA, not from P&G directly, there were 2 separate rebates floating around)
  • Motrin PM (20 ct) $3, use $1 coupon (or 3/14 RP) or $3 coupon (4/18 RP) and get back $3 +UP Rewards = $1 or $3 profit
  • Purex 3 in 1 Sheets $3, buy two and use two $1 coupons, two $2 RA coupons and get back $1 UP Reward (WYB 2) = $1 profit
  • Finish Quantumatic Detergent Dispenser System $11.99 (online price, store may differ slightly) 50% off sale so $6, use $3 coupon and $4 RA coupon = $1 profit or FREE if store adjusts coupons down
  • Colgate Total (7.8 oz), Total Advanced (5.8 oz) or Pro Clinical Toothpaste (4 oz) $2.99, use $1 Total coupon (6/6 SS) or $1 Pro Clinical coupon (or 6/13 SS or July All You magazine) and get back $2 +UP Rewards = FREE/$0.01 profit
  • Kotex Pads (14-24 ct) $3.50, buy two and use $2 off 2 coupon (5/16 SS) and two $1 RA coupons and get back $3 (SCR #11, WYB 2) = FREE OR buy two U by Kotex items $3.50 each, use two $1 coupons (RA also sent out home mailers of these coupons) and two $1 RA coupons and get back $3 (SCR #11, WYB 2) = FREE
  • Bounty Basic Paper Towels $0.99, use $1 coupon (P&G home mailer coupon booklet) = FREE/$0.01 profit

Walgreens

  • Always Liners (72 or 120 ct) $5.49, buy two and use two FREE catalinas (valid up to $5, received from buying U by Kotex items a couple weeks ago) and get back $3 RR (WYB 2) = $2.02 profit
  • Bausch & Lomb Renu Multipurpose Sensitive Solution (12 oz) $7.49, use $2 coupon (or regional coupon 6/6 SS or in June Safeway coupon booklet) or $1 coupon (or 12/13/09 or 3/7 SS) and get back $7.50 RR = $2.01 or $1.01 profit
  • Rephresh Brilliant pH Tamponns (18 ct) $5.99, use $1 coupon and get back $5 RR = FREE/$0.01 profit
  • Herbal Essences Sham/Cond/Stylers $2.99, use $1 coupon (5/16 RP) and get back $2 RR = FREE/$0.01 profit
  • Gillette or Old Spice Body Wash $4.49, get back $4.50 RR = FREE/$0.01 profit *Lots of BOGO coupons to get two for FREE (5/2 & 6/6 P&G) DEAL IDEA - buy the regular size bottle along with a travel size for $0.99, use $4 off 2 coupon (5/2 P&G) and pay $1.48 and get back $4.50 RR = $3.02 profit

Walgreens Monthly Deals 5/30 - 6/26

  • Gillette ProGlide Power or Manual Razor $9.89, use $4 coupon (6/6 P&G) and get back $5 RR = $0.89
  • John Frieda Sham/Cond/Stylers (33% more bottles not working) $5, buy three and use three $3 coupons (6/6 SS) and get back $5 RR = $1 or $0.33 each

Printable Rebate Offers

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

WAGging the Day Away

Just Walgreens today. I never thought I'd pay for a shampoo/conditioner again, but I am so in love with these John Frieda Root Awakening products! I figure the profit from the Nivea cancelled out the cost of them, so its all good. Three of the bottles aren't in the pic. I was shopping in my stockpile/garage and brought some Febreze upstairs in one of the bags. It leaked over the shampoos and a $5 RR, so now I have a lovely scented RR to use.
  • Nivea for Men Active 3 Body Wash (16.9 oz) $5.99, used $3 coupon (5/2 RP) and got back $6 RR = $3 profit - bought another one separately
Another store:
  • 3 John Frieda Sham/Cond $5 each, used three $3 coupons (6/6 SS) and got back $5 RR (WYB 3, monthly deal) = $1 or $0.33 each
  • 10 Keebler Cookies/Crackers $0.99 each, will submit for $10 rebate (WYB 10 items in single transaction, from calendar that was released ages ago, found form on ebay) = FREE
  • $15 WAG gift card
  • Candy Bar $0.39
  • Used $4 RR and four $6 RR's, total was $4.34

Another store:

  • 3 John Frieda Sham/Cond $5 each, used two $3 coupons (6/6 SS) and $2.50 coupon (take survey) and got back $5 RR (WYB 3, monthly deal) = $1.50 or $0.50 each
  • 10 Keebler Cookies/Crackers $0.99 each, will submit for $10 rebate (WYB 10 items in single transaction, from calendar that was released ages ago, found form on ebay) = FREE
  • Used two $6 RR's, total was $5.45

And finally:

  • 3 John Frieda Sham/Cond $5 each, used $2.50 coupon (take survey) and two $2 coupons and got back $5 RR (WYB 3, monthly deal) = $3.50 or $1.66 each
  • Nestle Crunch bar $0.39
  • Used $6 RR, total was $3.94

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Two Stores Done for the Week

Stop & Shop - I love the long life on these string cheeses. The rebate is limit 5 per household, so I've been slowly buying them here and there.
  • 3 Sorrento String Cheeses $2.99 each (shelf price $3.79), used $3 off 2 coupon (5/2 SS) and will submit for $5 rebate (peelie found on package, WYB 2, Limit 5 rebates) = $0.97 Got catalina for a free 1/2 gallon of S&S milk for buying $10 of qualifying items (based on shelf prices)
  • 6 Vitamin Waters $1 each, used six $0.50 tearpad coupons (found these at CVS) = FREE
  • Total was $6.18

Repeated this same transaction with a half gallon of milk (used freebie cat, no beeps at self check-out) and minus the Vitamin Waters. Total was $5.97 and got back another cat for more free milk.

Rite Aid - these are for DBF's rebates
  • 2 Everlast Supplements (only at GNC locations) $19.99 each, BOGO sale, used two $10 coupons = FREE/$0.02 profit
  • Huggies Diapers (got the jeans - aren't these adorable?) $8.99, used $3 coupon, $1 RA coupon and got back $1 +UP Rewards = $3.99 - this should finish out my rebate for a coupon for a FREE pack of Huggies (SCR #800)
  • Diet Coke $1.69 - this will finish out SCR #125 - $1.69 WYB Diet Coke and Caffeine Free Diet Coke
  • Used $5 off $20 coupon, total was $1.67

One last transaction and now I'm done for the week! The deals at RA have been fantabulous lately but I'm wiped out and looking forward to the break.

  • Old Spice Body Wash $2.99, get back $2.99 (SCR #96) = FREE *Last day for this SCR
  • 2 Herbal Essence Sham/Cond/Stylers $2.49 each, used two $1 coupons (5/16 RP) and will get back $1.50 for each (SCR #75, Limit 2!) = FREE
  • 2 Everlast Supplements (only at GNC locations) $19.99 each, BOGO sale, used two $10 coupons = FREE/$0.02 profit
  • Used $5 off $20 coupon, total was $1.17
Acme - finished out my shopping here too. Phew! Did this transaction twice.
  • 6 Orville Redenbacher Popcorns $1.89 each (shelf price $3.39), used six $0.75 coupons (5/16 SS) and 6 pack Snapple $5 (shelf price $6.79) = $7.34. Got back $10 cat for buying $25 worth of qualifying items (based on shelf price) and will submit for Try Me Free rebate on Snapple (peelie rebate) = $7.66 profit
  • Acme Sponges $2.79 - these are always my go-to filler item
  • Used $10 cat, total was $0.68
CVS - my oldest card. Bought one body wash already, otherwise I would have used a BOGO coupon to get two.
  • Old Spice Deodorant $2.99 and Old Spice Body Wash $4, used buy deo, get body wash free coupon (cashier took off $5.29, 6/6 P&G) and got back $4 EB (Limit 2) = $2.30 profit
  • Used $1 EB, total was $1.12

Monday, June 14, 2010

Ooh Boy, That's a Whole Lotta Shopping

I'm tired! My youngest sister and I trekked to Virginia this weekend to visit our other sister who moved down there. We had a wonderful time and I'll post some pics soon. The ride home was ok until we hit an awful rain storm, so we got home later than expected. What with unpacking, grabbing a quick dinner and dealing with a painful sunburn, last night was a bit hectic and I had to drag myself out of bed today. I had some catalinas/EB's expiring today, so I bucked up and got a ton of shopping done in-between yawns.
ShopRite
  • 4 Olay Total Effects $4.99 each, used four $4 coupons (6/6 P&G) and 2 Herbal Essences $2.99 each, used two $1 coupons (5/16 RP) and got back $10 catalina (WYB $25 worth of qualifying items) = $2.04 profit
  • Peaches $0.79/lb = $3.09 - will submit for $3 Absolut NBPR rebate (WYB $3 of produce) = FREE
  • Used $10 catalina, total was $2.10
Acme
  • 8 Orville Redenbacher Popcorns $1.89 each (shelf price $3.39), used eight $0.75 coupons (5/16 SS - I didn't get these in my inserts, bought on ebay) = $3.12 - got back $10 cat for buying $25 worth of qualifying items (based on shelf price) = $6.88 profit
  • Canteloupe $3, will submit for $3 Absolut NBPR rebate (WYB $3 of produce) = FREE
  • Mission Tortillas $3.19
  • Wrigley's Gum $1
  • Used $10 catalina, total was $0.38 - repeated this same transaction again

CVS - bought this Sunday before I realized the EB limit was two

  • Old Spice Deo $2.79 and Body Wash $4, used BOGO coupon (free body wash - cashier entered in as $4.49, 6/6 P&G) and got back $4 EB (Limit 2) = $1.70 profit
  • Used $2 EB - freebie that printed on previous receipt, total was $0.54

Bought today:

  • 2 Old Spice Body Washes $4 each, used BOGO coupon (cashier entered in as $5.29, 6/6 P&G) and got back $8 EB ($4 each, Limit 2) = $5.29 profit
  • 2 M&M's $0.89 each - needed fillers so I could this EB which was expiring
  • Used $4 EB, total was $1.06

Walgreens - bought this stuff Sunday so I can't send away for the Schick TMF rebate with this receipt (rebate starts 6/14). I'll buy more during the week and use those receipts instead.

  • Schick Hydro 3 or 5 Blade Razor $7.99, used $5 coupon (6/13 SS) and got back $4 RR = $1.01 profit
  • Nivea for Men Active 3 Body Wash (16.9 oz) $5.99, used $3 coupon (5/2 RP) and got back $6 RR = $3 profit
  • 2 Diet Cokes $1.59 each, used $1 off 2 peelie = $2.18
  • 2 M&M's pretzels $0.89 and $0.70 each - needed snacks for the ride home from VA!
  • Butterfinger candy $0.39 - filler
  • Used two $5 RR's, total was $0.97

Today's purchases: 3 Nivea's on their own = $9 profit and...

  • Nivea for Men Active 3 Body Wash (16.9 oz) $5.99, used $3 coupon (5/2 RP) and got back $6 RR = $3 profit
  • 10 Keebler Cookies/Crackers $0.99 each, will submit for $10 rebate (WYB 10 items in single transaction, from calendar that was released ages ago, found form on ebay) = FREE
  • Used $2 RR, $2.50 RR and $5 RR, total was $3.81

RiteAid - was planning to buy the OS deo that was $2.49 but had to get the Fresh Collection deo as per cashier. That's what the fine print on the coupon says, so of course he was right. Threw off my scenario a bit.

  • Old Spice Deodorant $5.49 and Body Wash $2.99, used buy deodorant, get body wash free coupon (6/6 P&G) and will get back $2.99 (for body wash, SCR #96) = FREE *Deo will count towards SCR #101 - $5 WYB $25 of select P&G items. UPDATE - this rebate was only good last week, thanks for catching that Jamie! Although I cleared this rebate on DBF's account with some items that weren't in the monthly book, it didn't work for my account so I'm a smidge short. If you aren't working on this deal, you're better off buying the body wash on its own or using another coupon. If I buy a second Fresh Collection deo, I'll qualify for a $2 rebate (SCR #81). I have to do the math to see if that's worth it.
  • 2 Everlast Supplements (only at GNC locations) $19.99 each, BOGO sale, used two $10 coupons = FREE/$0.02 profit
  • Huggies Diapers $8.99, used $3 coupon or $2.50 coupon (for Naturals), $1 RA coupon and got back $1 +UP Rewards = $3.99 - this should finish out my rebate for a coupon for a FREE pack of Huggies (SCR #800). There's also a $2 SCR on these, but I've already done that deal for this month
  • Used $5 off $20 coupon and one $4 +UP Reward, total was $1.72

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Finally Done with RA


Rite Aid - think I'm finally finished for the week!
  • Biore Steam Activated Cleanser $7.99, will send away for $15 survey = $7.01 profit
  • Everlast E-drenaline Energy Shot $5.99 (regular price), used $10 coupon (no beeps!) = $4.01 profit *FYI these are only found at Rite Aid's with GNC items. You can search on RA's website for locations that have GNC products before you go searching the whole store for them. Thanks Monica for the fabulous tip about that!
  • 2 Old Spice Red Zone Body Sprays $3.50 each, used BOGO coupon (P&G home mailer) and got $4 in +UP rewards (RA cash that prints at the end of your receipt - like CVS's EB's) = $0.50 profit *Will count towards SCR #101 - spend $25 on P&G items, get back $5
  • Listerine Total Care Rinse (500 mL) $3.99, used $1 coupon (5/16 RP) and will get back $3 (SCR #89) = FREE/$0.01 profit
  • Gillette Fusion ProGlide Razor $9.99, used $4 coupon (6/6 P&G) and will get back $5 (SCR #102) = $0.99
  • Gillette Fusion ProSeries Skin Care Item $5.99, used $2 coupon (6/6 P&G) and will get back $2 (SCR #98), also used $1 off $10 of shaving accessories CRT = $0.99
  • Used $5 off $20 coupon and three $4 +UP Rewards, total was $3.48
I have now bought four Old Spice Body Sprays and the items above for my rebates. These same items cleared me for SCR #101 on DBF's account, so I'm thinking that either the razor or the Gillette skincare stuff is secretly counting towards the rebate (like a ninja!). This should finish out all the rebates I wanted to do this week.

CVS - got the $5/$15 coupon on my oldest card after my last purchases. Bought the ice cream on DBF's card, but no coupons on that one. Nothing on my newest card either.
  • 4 Skinny Cow ice creams $1 each, used four $1 Facebook coupon = FREE
  • Gillette ProGlide Power or Manual Razor $9.97, used $4 coupon (6/6 P&G) and got back $5 EB (monthly deal, Limit 2 - buy them separately otherwise you may only get one EB) = $0.97
  • 2 John Frieda sham/cond $5 each, used two $3 coupons (6/6 SS) and got back $3 EB (monthly deal, limit at least 2) = $1 or $0.50 each
  • Used $5 off $15 purchase coupon, $2 EB and $2 EB, total was $2.02, overall profit = $2.98
Acme
  • 4 more Snapple cases $3.99 each
  • Used $10 catalina, total was $7.08 - got back another $10 cat for spending $25 on qualifying items (based on shelf prices)
Had two $1 peelie coupons in my bag, totally forgot to use them! I wonder if I bring the receipt back, would they give me back $2 cash? Can't hurt to ask.