Sunday, January 2, 2011

December and 2010 Yearly Totals

December Monthly Totals
  • Merchandise Total (before coupons): $2,311.41
  • Value of Coupons/Store Sales: $909.43
  • Rewards/Gift Cards/EB's Used: $781.94
  • Rewards/Gift Cards/EB's Earned: $1,120.99
  • Rebates $514.83
  • Cost for the whole month negative $179.91
  • Number of Items 688, Number of Free Items 518
I'm so excited! Let's see how I did for the year:

2010 Year-Long Totals
  • Merchandise Total (before coupons): $22,594.10
  • Value of Coupons/Store Sales: $11,406.02
  • Rewards/Gift Cards/EB's Used: $7,870.33
  • Rewards/Gift Cards/EB's Earned: $8,366.73
  • Rebates $4,312.73
  • Cost for the whole year negative $962.90
  • Number of Items 5,359, Number of Free Items 4,043
This means that every item I purchased this year, every piece of food, every toiletry item, every household cleanser, paper towel, tissue, pack of toilet paper, mascara, lip stick, razor, battery, etc. was FREE! In fact, I earned almost $1,000 by buying them. What a lucrative part-time job this is!

Rebates Purchased
  • 2 Stella Artois $6 off $10 gourmet cheese and/or crackers Exp. 12/31/10 $2.73
  • 2 Smirnoff NBPR rebates for $20 off $20.01 of ham/turkey/deli platters Exp. 12/31 $3.13
  • 3 Heineken $15 off $20 of Christmas trees or decorations (or $20 off $80 of groceries) Exp. 1/14/11 $3.96
Rebates Received
  • $2.49 Pepperidge Farm Rolls rebate - my address
  • $2.49 Dickinson's Witch Hazel - my address & DBF's address
  • $2.99 Pepperidge Farm Rolls rebate - DBF's address
  • $3 Ronzoni Pasta rebate - my address, DBF's address & parents' address
  • $3.49 Planters Nuts rebate from Walgreens - my address
  • $3.99 Dishwasher Magic rebate - my address
  • $4.99 Humphrey's Teething Relief - DBF's address
  • $5.99 Humphrey's Teething Relief - my address
  • $6 Budweiser NBPR rebate on pizza - DBF's address & parents' address
  • $6 Budweiser NBPR rebate on pasta - DBF's address
  • $6 Shock Top NBPR on baking items - my address
  • $6.49 Humphrey's Teething Relief - parents' address
  • $11.99 Tena rebate - my address & DBF's address
  • $20 Olay rebate for $50 facial stuff - my address
  • $20 P&G rebate for $50 of various items - my address, DBF's address & parents' address
  • $26 Staples Rewards (for Duracell batteries) - DBF's address
  • $42.97 RiteAid rebate - my address
  • $52 Staples Rewards (for Duracell batteries) - my address


Jamie @ I Am A Money Magnet said...

Wow, that is really incredible!! What's the secret to your success? I'm guessing that it really helps that you do multiple mail in rebates. When you submit multiple rebates to different addresses do you submit them all in your name? Or do you use you BF/Parents name? Thanks for sharing all your deals with us!

Barbara said...

Frugal Suz, how and where do you buy rebates? How did you find out about these rebates? Thanks for your help

slugmama said...

Great job!!
I sure wish I lived in a state where I could do those beer/wine rebates....

rsgtarte said...

Wow! Congratulations.

Deb said... are a SERIOUS hound! Truly, I am amazed, and I am really glad you share your info with us!

Sheila said...

WOW, amazing totals...rebates, over $4300?!? Mine were 1/10 of that, LOL but I will be doing more rebates this year. I don't like PAYING for them ...although I did buy the $5/$25 Coors Light GC ones ;) Thanks for the inspiration!

Anonymous said...


Do you use a spreadsheet? I would love to start tracking since it is the beginning of the year. Can you please advise how to start? Great job, btw!!

frugalsuz said...

No secret, I post what I buy on my blog. I just try to make the most of moneymakers and rebates throughout the year. I use my name at my parent's address but use my boyfriend's name at his. He cashes the checks for me.

Ebay my friend! I heard them mentioned on various message boards and did some research. They are amazing!

Thanks! I'm very thankful that I'm able to do these rebates.

Thanks rsgtarte and Deb!

I don't like paying for them either, but in the end, its worth it. I use the money I make from selling stuff online to pay for them anyway.

I sure do! If you email me at, I'll be happy to send you a copy of what I use.

Mary said...


Do you track ALL your expenses? Gas, eating out, etc? I've been doing that for a few years and it's an eye opener! Can't believe what I was spending on pop (soda here in WI...LOL).

If people only realized how easy it is to get the free toothpaste and stuff - to save even a quarter of their budget, they'd do it in a minute!

Love hearing of all your deals - please keep up the nice work!

Stephanie said...

I bow down to you : ) GREAT job!

Lori said...

Love love love your blog. You are truly an inspiration. Your totals are phenomenal. Thank you for posting all your deals.

Kerri said...

Hi! I'm blown away be these #'s. This inspires me to keep couponing & searching for deals. I really need to start tracking my savings/spending!! Do you add in tax? I'm not sure if I should include tax in my oop total....would like your thoughts!!

frugalsuz said...

I track just my grocery items (food, toiletries, household items) but I charge almost everything I buy so I can get credit card rewards. Every once and a while, I take a look at what I'm spending in various categories. Its usually pretty depressing!

Thanks so much Stephanie and Lori!!

Thanks! Any little bit of savings helps, we all do what we can. Since I have to pay tax, I always calculate it into my OOP costs.

Mrs. Smith said...

You rock! Nice job. I am trying to be just like you, even though I'm a few years older;).
Thanks for blogging. You are a great motivator!!!

frugalsuz said...

Mrs. Smith,
Thanks so much!

Precious said...

Wow SUZ! My mouth dropped open! You did great!

I guess I should study your rite aid posts every week. Between you and slugmama I could make out like a bandit.