Thursday, December 29, 2011

Clearanced Warmth

Target

  • Circo Flannel Sheet Set $17.49 (clearance price)
  • 2 Up & Up Dryer Sheets (35 ct) $1.36 (regular price), used two $1 coupons = $0.36 each
  • Total was $19.62

Da boyfriend and I have been trying to cut costs wherever we can.  Its hard to put together a realistic budget when we don't quite yet know what our average electric and oil bills are going to be.  Luckily, both of us don't mind a cooler house, so we've been keeping the thermostats low.  My sisters swung by for a visit last week and while one sis didn't even want to take her coat off, I was perfectly comfortable.  Lest you think I'm a terrible hostess, we were going right out for lunch and shopping, otherwise I would have happily cranked up the heat for her.  She lives in Virginia and is used to toastier climates.


These flannel sheets are going to help out a lot.  I was planning on buying a set before the winter temperatures really kick in and read a post from a fellow couponer that she found clearanced flannel sheets at Target.  I had to return some unused curtains anyway, so I headed over on my lunch break.  That store had a couple of sets clearanced for $14.99, but only in twin or king.  I hit up another store on my way home and found this set for $17 and change.  Aren't the bears cute?  I realize Circo produces kids' items, but these were too cute and too comfortable to pass up.  The $14.99 sets are manufactured by Target and have a red sign/postcard type of piece of paper on the front that tell you what size they are.  Be sure to scan them at a price scanner first to make sure that they're the price you want.


Both stores had a lot of Christmas/holiday clearance items, but they're only at 50%.  I poked around but didn't see anything that was worth buying.  I'm set on wrapping paper, tissue paper and bows, so the only thing I was really looking for was decorations for the house.  At 50%, the prices just weren't good enough for me.  Have you all found anything interesting?  

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

A Deal that's Head and Shoulders Above the Rest

(hardy har har har!)





CVS

  • Zyrtec 24-Hr Tablets (5 ct) $5.99, got back $5.99 EB (Limit 1) = FREE
  • 2 Dog/Cat Christmas stockings $3.49 each ($6.99 reg price, 50% clearance) - these didn't ring up automatically, cashier had to adjust price
  • Used $2 EB, total was $11.96
Then at another store and once I'd read about this deal online, I got:

  • 3 Head & Shoulders Shampoos (Ocean Lift or Extra Volume) $1.57 (clearanced from $6.29) and got back $2 EB for each (Limit 6 bottles total) = $1.29 profit

*I read on SD that you could buy up to three bottles at once for the EB, but I read somewhere else that someone bought four bottles and got $8 EB with no problems.  I bought mine three at a time just to be safe. 

I picked up another 6 bottles and another Zyrtec at a couple other stores.  There's also a $1 off 2 coupon in the 12/11 RP.  I'm going to try and find some more tomorrow and use the coupon for even higher profit!  


Rite Aid - this transaction is a little off because the cashier rang up one of the decorations twice.  I'm going to stop in tomorrow, explain what happened and hopefully I'll get a refund.

  • 2 RA Sugar Wafers $1.83 ($2.29 reg price, 20% discount), got back two $1 UP's (Limit 2) = $1.66 or $0.83 each
  • Campbells Cream of Mushroom Soup $1.27 ($1.59 reg price, 20% discount) - need for a recipe
  • Santa/Snowman Wall Sign $7.49 ($14.99 reg price, 50% clearance)
  • Merry Christmas Wall Pocket thingie $9.99 ($19.99 reg price, 50% clearance)
  • 2 Christmas Cards $2.49 each ($4.99 reg price, 50% clearance)
  • Used $33 in UP's, total was around $4 - less once I get a refund for the double charge
Now I only have $10 in UP's to use up.  Thank goodness!  I think I'll spend it on another free-after-rebate item and maybe some De-Icer spray for the car.

1/1 - 1/7

Staples - looks like there's a $5 off $25 coupon in the circular too.  This will reduce the amount of Staples Rewards that you get back, not make these deals moneymakers.  But its less cash spent out of pocket!
  • Avery Heavy Duty View Binders $6.99 - $32.99, get 100% of purchase price back in Staples Rewards (Limit 4) = FREE
  • Staples Legal/Letter Plastic Storage Tote $12.99 - $13.99, get 100% of purchase price back in Staples Rewards (Limit 2) = FREE *Bought these last year and I love them!  Will definitely be stopping in to get another two.
  • Staples Economy Storage Box (1o pk) $16.79, get 100% of purchase price back in Staples Rewards (Limit 2) = FREE

CVS
  • Nivea Lip Care $2.50, buy four and use two $3 off 2 coupons (coming in Sunday's paper) and get back $5 EB (WYB $10, Limit 1) = $1 profit
  • Colgate Total Advanced Toothpaste (4 - 4.2 oz) $2.74, use $1 coupon (Dec. All You magazine), $1 CVS coupon (Reinventing Beauty magazine with JLO on the cover) and get back $1 EB (Limit 2) = $0.26 profit
  • Skinny Cow Candy BOGO, buy two and use BOGO coupon = two for FREE
Rite Aid - Resolution Rewards Promo - spend $100 on qualifying items, get back $20 UP (Valid through 1/28, Limit ?)
  • THIS IS REPORTED AS NO LONGER WORKING - Visa Vanilla Gift Card (don't buy the "One Vanilla" cards - these are reported as not working) - buy one for $100 plus $6.95 activation fee and get back $20 Resolution Reward UP = $13.05 profit  *Variable amount cards are reported as working for this deal (put $20 - $500 on the card, vs fixed amount cards) and the activation fee on these is only $4.95!
  • Carefree Pantiliners (18 - 22 ct) $1, buy two and use two $0.50 coupons and get back $1 UP (Limit 4) = FREE
Walgreens
  • Lichi Super Probiotic (30 ct) $9.99, get back $10 RR = FREE/$0.01 profit
  • Muscletech Smart Protein Bar (2.2 oz) $1.99, get back $2 RR = FREE/$0.01 profit
  • Nutralife SAMe Mood, Joint and Liver Health (30 ct) $10, get back $10 RR = FREE
Printable Rebate Offers 

Hangtag/Peelie/Tearpad Rebates to Look For - please let me know what you find as well! 

  • Dickinson's Original Witch Hazel Hangtag TMF Exp. 3/1/12 
  • Kedem Sparkling Juices Hangtag $1.50 rebate per bottle, up to 6 bottles/$9 per 12 month period, no expiration date - found at Acme  

Monday, December 26, 2011

Some PC Deals

Price Chopper - did three quick transactions at self checkout

  • 2 Dole Celery $2.49, BOGO sale = $1.24 each
  • 2 PC Baby Carrots $1.99, BOGO sale = $0.99 each

Will use these towards a $6 Shock Top NBPR rebate on $10+ of produce


PC Swiss Cheese $3 - will use towards $6 Stella Artois NBPR rebate on cheese/crackers


Then I bought - 

  • Boneless Pork Chops $1.06 ($0.99/lb) - this was the only package on the shelf for this price.  Maybe it was a holdover from the weekend?  Didn't see this price in the circular
  • 2 Egglands Best Eggs $2.50 each, used $0.55 coupon (11/13 SS) = $2.80 or $1.40 each *There was a $2 coupon in the circular (limit 1) that I totally missed.  That would have saved me another $0.50 but I was too lazy to head back in once I realized my mistake.
  • Filippo Berio Extra Virgin Olive Oil $3.99, used $1 coupon = $2.99
  • Total was $6.85

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas!

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas, full of happy time with your families!  I am ashamed to admit that I was not finished with my Christmas shopping until yesterday afternoon.  That is a first for me and I didn't like the feeling of having to rush to the store for a last minute present.  As DBF and I were poking around in Kohl's, I spotted this ornament holder on 70% clearance.  It was regularly $60+, down to $18.99 and then I had a 30% off coupon to boot.  The balls all came with it and are secured, so curious kitties can't knock them down.  


Have I shown you our fireplace yet?  The plan is to take out this woodburning stove and use the fireplace that's behind it.  We're waiting for DBF's friend to have a free weekend to come up and help haul it out of the living room.  Then da boyfriend is going to rip down the paneling and put up nice, red brick paneling instead.  I can't wait until its finished and my hunny builds us a nice little mantel.  Right now, we're displaying the flag he earned when he became an Eagle Scout and some candles.  It makes me nervous to burn much up there, its still sort of within kitty and puppy reach.
We had such a nice Christmas.  We spent Christmas Eve with da boyfriend's mom and extended family and then today with my family.  Our tradition is to open presents, have a late breakfast, hang out for a while and let our stomachs digest (we watched Santa Claus, The Movie today - have you seen that?  Totally brought me back to being a kid again!) and then munch on appetizers for the rest of the afternoon.  My mom always picks us up some lotto tickets and we had a lot of fun scratching them off and seeing if we won anything.  Without fail, my mom always wins.  This year, my crafty mom made my sisters and I aprons!  She found the material in Lancaster, PA and said it screamed my name.  Isn't this the cutest thing you've ever seen?  I love chocolate covered pretzels, so she put mine in a gift bag with some actual pretzels.   
One of my favorite gifts ever - my second quilt!  I love the first one she made me two years ago and this one is even bigger, so we can use it as a blanket in bed.   
Gigi and Shadow got new toys too.  Shadow couldn't wait for me to take the tags off her duck and Gigi was batting around her toy mice for hours.  
She's such a good momma dog.  She's always watching and sniffing Gigi to make sure she's ok.  If I pick Gigi up, Shadow runs right over to make sure I'm not hurting her.  Its so sweet!  And they're really starting to play comfortably with each other.  DBF took Shadow outside through the sliding glass doors yesterday.  While they were outside, Gigi watched them from behind the curtain.  Shadow ran back inside, not realizing Gigi was right there.  Gigi scampered out from the curtain, smacked Shadow in the butt with her paw and then took off!  Our kitchen, dining room and living room are all connected, so they chased each other from one room to the next to the next, two times!  Its so funny to watch.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Gotta Get a Better Backdrop

All my kitchen stuff on the counter is very distracting.  Anyhoo, I had a $10 S&S catalina that expired today to use up.  I've had this for ages and almost forgot about it


Stop & Shop

  • Bartlett Pears $4.72 ($1.49/lb) and Apples $4.96 ($1.49/lb) - will use these towards a $6 Shock Top NBPR rebate on $10.01 of produce
  • 2 loaves Friehofer bread $3.99 each - there was a sign in the aisle saying these were BOGO.  They didn't ring up this way, but I brought the receipt to CS and they gave me the money back.  I'm not sure if its a programming error with the register or the sign was just wrong.
  • Used $10 catalina, total was $13.67 - paid with a gift card

As I was waiting in line at CS, an older gent shuffled over to me and started telling me how his grandfather smoked all his life until he was 74 and then died in his 80's.  Then his father smoked until he was 60 something and lived to be 109!  "Wow," I said (wondering why he was telling me this).  Then he says to me - so dear, how old do you think I am?  (oh boy)  "You can't be a day over 60," I replied.  "Nope, I'm eighty!" he happily proclaimed.  At this point, another customer caught his attention and he started chattin' him up.  Don't you love how some people just start telling you things as if they've known you their whole lives?


CVS

  • 3 bags Hershey Candies $2.50 each, used B2G1 free coupon (12/11 SS) and got back $2 EB (WYB 2, Limit 1) = $3 or $1 each - will use these towards a $6 Amber Bock NBPR rebate on various holiday items including chocolate
  • CVS candy $0.99
  • Used $2.99 EB and $3 EB, total was $0.59 - paid with CVS gift card I got from promo last week
Rite Aid

  • 3 Orbit Gums $1 each, got back three $1 UP's (Limit 3) = FREE
  • Lysol Neutra Air Fabric Mist $3.19 ($3.99 reg price, 20% discount), will send away for  TMF Rebate = FREE
  • RA Digital Thermometer $7.19 ($8.99 reg price, 20% discount)
  • RA Nail Clippers $1.19 ($1.49 reg price, 20% discount)
  • Used two $2 UP's and $10 UP, total was $1.59
I figure its always good to have a thermometer around the house!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

12/26 - 12/31

CVS

  • Theraflu Warming Relief Syrup (8.3 oz) or Caplets (24 ct) $4.77, buy two and use two $3 coupons (12/4 SS), get back $3 EB (WYB 2, Limit 1) and submit for $5 gift card rebate (says can't be combined with other offers so who knows how much you'll actually get back) = $4.46 profit
  • Zyrtec 24-Hr Tablets (5 ct) $5.99, use $3 coupon (My Allergy Guide coupon booklet) or $2 coupon and get back $5.99 EB (Limit 1) = $3 - $2 profit

Rite Aid
  • Theraflu Caplets (24 ct) or Warming Relief Syrup (8.3 oz) $4.99, use $3 coupon (12/4 SS), $1 RA coupon (Dec. Video Values) and get back $1 UP (Limit 4) and submit for $5 gift card rebate (says can't be combined with other offers so who knows how much you'll actually get back) = $5.01 profit
  • John Frieda Precise Foam Hair Color - get back $2 UP (Limit ?)  If you have the FREE homemailer coupon from RA, great time to use it!
Walgreens
  • Lichi Super Fruit Probiotic $9.99, get back $9.99 RR = FREE
Mid-Week Ad Running from 12/27 - 12/31:
  • Lifestyles Skyn Condoms (3 pk) $4.99, get back $4.99 RR = FREE
Printable Rebate Offers 
Hangtag/Peelie/Tearpad Rebates to Look For - please let me know what you find as well! 
  • Dickinson's Original Witch Hazel Hangtag TMF Exp. 3/1/12 
  • Kedem Sparkling Juices Hangtag $1.50 rebate per bottle, up to 6 bottles/$9 per 12 month period, no expiration date - found at Acme  
  • Nexcare Bandages - Active Waterproof, Soft n’ Flex and Waterproof. Peelie TMF for one, two or all three varieties, up to $3.99 per box. Exp. 12/31/11

Monday, December 19, 2011

Made it to 1000!

I meant to make another RA trip late last week but it just didn't happen.  I went in today, wishin' and hopin' and prayin' that my points level would have increased to where I thought it should be.  Miracle of all miracles, it did!  I'm now at 1000+ points on DBF's card, so I'll keep my 20% discount through next year.  Now I just have to spend all those UP's I've accumulated...


RA

  • Renuzit Crystal Elements Air Freshening Crystals $5.59 ($6.99 reg price, 20% discount), will get back $5.59 TMF rebate = FREE
  • 3 Orbit Gums $1 each, got back three $1 UP's (Limit 3) = FREE
  • Birthday Candles $1.43 ($1.79 reg price, 20% discount)
  • Used $10 UP, total was $0.02
At another store, I bought:
  • Renuzit Crystal Elements Air Freshening Crystals $5.59 ($6.99 reg price, 20% discount), will get back $5.59 TMF rebate = FREE
  • 4 Andes Mints $1.50 each - going to make PW's peppermint ice cream
  • Used $10 UP, total was $2.40


I also found these fall decorative signs at CVS.  They were 75% off, so $1.25 each.  Aren't they cute?

Saturday, December 17, 2011

The Stockpile!

Well, its not 100% yet, but here goes.  Let me tell you, moving all this stuff was NOT fun.  At least most of the items were stored in the garage at my apartment, so they were already on the ground floor.  
We have an extra room off the first floor of the house that's our dedicated stockpile room.  Da boyfriend built the small shelf you see there for the paper towels.  We had some minor flooding a couple weeks ago from a backed up drainage pipe outside and I didn't want to take the chance of losing anything should it happen again.  DBF cleaned out the pipe and put up a new one at a sharper angle, so there shouldn't be any water coming in, but you never know.  


I've had these white plastic shelves since college.  They're awesome!  The bottom shelf is pasta sauce, then up from that are oils, mayo, gravy, cooking sprays, etc.  Go up one more for canned fruit and mushrooms.  I used to have food on the top shelf until I discovered that some mice had taken up residence in this room.  Now all the food is in the room over (see below) so I have some random odds and ends on the top shelf until I figure out what I want to keep there.
The two black shelves on the left hand side of the pic were clearanced finds from CVS.  I've got tissues in the left and Ziploc bags of all sizes in the right.  These aren't the sturdiest shelves, so I didn't want to put anything too heavy on them. The nice thing about this room is the built in shelf running across two of the walls.  It gives me extra space for stuff - sponges, napkins, foil and toilet paper.


I got the set of wooden drawers on the right from outside the dumpster at my apartment years ago.  Stuff is shoved into them right now, but I'd like to get them set up with all our vitamins, cold medicine and little stuff like that.
I am in love with these metal shelves!  They are a gift from DBF's mom.  They're super strong and on wheels, which is so handy.  She has another set of three shelves that goes on top of this but has to move some things around at her place before we can add them to our stockpile room.


I've got all our canned soup, tomatoes, trash bags, dishwasher detergent, juice and soda on this bad boy.  The plastic container on the top right is full of Crystal Lite and the containers in the corner are full of pads and tampons.
This shelf was going to be all food, but after the mice incident, I moved a lot of stuff out.  Now its home to peanut butter & jelly, tampons and pantiliners, loofahs (in the bag), candy and some toilet paper.  Fun combination, huh?
All of the animals' treats are behind the door on this lightweight over-the-door shelf.  I've also got some Jello and granola bars on there.  
This is the room adjacent to the stockpile room.  For now, I'm storing all the food in plastic containers that I hope are mouse-proof.  I tried to keep everything together - one for cereal, one for crackers, one for chips, one for flour and sugar, one for baking mixes (brownies, muffins), one for snacks and one for cooking stuff - rice, boxed potatoes, etc.  
The upstairs bathroom has this amazing closet.  The shelves are really deep and I decided to store all the personal care stuff here, right in the bathroom.  I have a tension rod and a curtain I may put up to cover this.  There was a door, but it opened up into the bathroom door and was a huge pain the ass.   
Shampoo & body wash.  Those darn JF bottles are so wobbly, I decided to keep them towards the front.   
Conditioner and DBF's soap.  Gotta get him some more body wash! 
I know I have more shaving cream for DBF somewhere, but the women's shaving cream is two rows deep.  I've got all of his razors here in the storage bins, 
...and mine too plus some lotion.
Its hard to see (and take pictures of) but these bins have all my face lotion, face wipes, Biore strips, etc.  In front is the open stuff and things I use on a daily basis.  I wanted to keep them within easy reach. 
That top shelf is pretty high, so I only put light things up there.  Toothbrushes, mouthwash and toothpaste are on the second highest shelf.  I left lots of space open for expansion too.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

12/18- 12/24


CVS
  • American Express Gift Card $50 + $5.95 activation fee, get back $10 EB (Limit 1) = $4.05 profit
  • Band-Aid Brand Decorative bandages (20-25 ct) $2.99, use $1 coupon and get back $2 EB (Limit 1) = FREE/$0.01 profit
  • Crest Complete Toothpaste $2.99, use $2 coupon (9/11 SS) and get back $1 EB (Limit 2) = FREE/$0.01 profit
  • Ricola Cough Drops $1.50, buy two and use two $1 coupons (10/30 SS) and get back $1 EB (WYB 2, Limit 1) = FREE
  • Hershey's Holiday Assorted Candy (7.8 - 8.5 oz) $2.50, buy two and use $1 off 2 Kisses coupon or $1 off 2 various coupon (11/20 SS) and get back $2 EB (Limit 1) = $2 or $1 each
Rite Aid
  • Bayer Advanced Aspirin (40 ct) $7.49 ($5.99 with 20% or $6.74 with 10%), use $3 circular coupon and $2 coupon (9/11 RP) or $1.50 coupon (10/23 RP) = $0.99 - $2.99 depending on coupon and/or discount level
If you have no discount, repeat this transaction six more times (seven transactions total).  If at 10%, repeat seven more times (eight transactions total).  If at 20%, repeat eight more times (nine transactions total) and you'll get back $10 UP for Season of Savings promo (WYB $50 of qualifying items, new items each week, Limit 1 per week) and $10 Wellness + Diabetes promo (WYB $50 of qualifying items, appears to be unlimited, sign-up required) = $11.09 profit - $0.93 cost (depending on coupons and/or discount)  If your store is super friendly, you may be able to buy more than one at a time.  You'll need a separate circular coupon for each Bayer and they do say limit one.  YMMV
  • Big Red, Juicy Fruit, Doublemint or Orbit Gum $1, use $0.25 RA coupon for Orbit (Dec. Video Values) and get back $1 UP (Limit 3) = $0.25 profit - FREE
Walgreens - nuthin yet

Printable Rebate Offers

Hangtag/Peelie/Tearpad Rebates to Look For - please let me know what you find as well!

  • Dickinson's Original Witch Hazel Hangtag TMF Exp. 3/1/12 
  • Kedem Sparkling Juices Hangtag $1.50 rebate per bottle, up to 6 bottles/$9 per 12 month period, no expiration date - found at Acme  
  • Nexcare Bandages - Active Waterproof, Soft n’ Flex and Waterproof. Peelie TMF for one, two or all three varieties, up to $3.99 per box. Exp. 12/31/11

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

You Guessed It - Rebatin' Yet Again

For anyone else that may have bought the Tim McGraw cologne like I did the other day, if your receipt says GS at the end of the line, that means it was a gift set and won't qualify for the SCR.  I called CS the other day and they researched it for me.  I just got an email back saying that since it was a gift set (even though the ounces match exactly what the rebate booklet says), its a no-go on the rebate.  
CVS - I bought three bags of CVS chips the other day, so I only needed another $24 to qualify for a $10 gift card.  We needed soda anyway, so...

  • 3 cases Diet Coke $4 each, used $1 off 2 coupon (printable - it went so fast I didn't even get a chance to put the link up in my weekly deal post) and will use these for a $5 Heineken NBPR rebate WYB $10.01 of party essentials (fresh and hot foods, soda and/or ice, HKNNA023)
  • Used $2.49 EB, $2.77 EB ($3 adjusted down) and $5.74 EB, paid rest $0.84 with CVS gift card

Then I bought another three cases separately so I could use them towards another Heineken rebate.  I qualified for a $10 gift card (got a CVS one) so all in all, I spent $6 on the chips (I'm going to use those plus chips I bought last week for a $6 Budweiser NBPR rebate on $10.01 chips and other stuff) and $22 ($24 - two $1 coupons) on the soda.  I'm going to get back $16 in rebates and got a $10 gift card.  That's $2 total for all those goodies!  And it gave me a chance to convert EB's to a CVS giftcard.  Man, do I love beer rebates!
Rite Aid - I'm already getting pretty sick of stepping into RA.  Here's what I got today - 

  • 2 Visine Advanced Relief (15 mL) $4.23 ($5.29 reg price, 20% discount), used $1 in-circular coupon, $3 coupon and got back $2 UP for each (Limit 2) = $1.77 profit for each
  • Nexxus Therappe Luxurious Moisturizing Shampoo (5.1 oz) $4.79 ($5.99 reg price, 20% discount), used $5 circular coupon (no beeps) = $0.21 profit
  • Olay ProX Advanced Cleansing System $23.99 ($29.99 reg price, 20% discount) and two replacement brush heads $8.79 each ($10.99 reg price, 20% discount), used $3 coupon (12/11 RP *This beeped), got back $10 UP (WYB $40, Limit 2) and will submit for $10 rebate (WYB $30) = $18.57 for all three
When carrying over a balance from one transaction to the next, the system rounds up.  So I spent $41.57 but the system recorded it as $42.  This gave me $2 towards my second trip.  There are ProX items for $46.99/$37.59 with 20% discount and it got me thinking -- if it rounded up my $41.57 to $42, would it round up $37.59 to $38?  YES IT DID!

  • Olay ProX Hydra Firming Cream $37.59 ($46.99 reg price, 20% discount), got back second $10 UP and will submit for second $10 rebate (WYB $30) = $17.59
  • RA 6 foot Douglas Fir Pre-Lit Tree $31.99 ($39.99 reg price, 20% discount), will use towards $15 Heineken NBPR rebate (WYB $20 of trees, lights or bulbs, HKNNA022) = $16.99
  • Pet Bed $4.99 ($9.99 reg price, 50% off sale)
  • Hartz Quackers Dog Toy $5.99 and Hartz Cat Toys $1.79 ($3.59 reg price, BOGO 50% off sale) - Gigi and Shadow's Christmas presents
  • 4 RA security envelopes $2.39 each, BOGO sale = $4.78 or $1.19 each
I bought all the rebate items on their own receipts.  I also picked up a second Woolite Oxy Deep to use for a second TMF rebate.


So now here's my question for all you RA experts.  Since the $3 Olay coupon beeped, does that mean I don't get ANY points for the Olay ProX items on that receipt, or just the price minus the $3 coupon?  I haven't been using UP's to pay, so my out of pocket costs on all these transactions has been just the price of the items minus any coupons I might have.


My points balance increased from yesterday to today by five measly points.  I spent about $5 out of pocket on the Centrum vitamins, so I'm assuming the increase is from that.  Going by that logic, I should be credited for the amount of the Olay items minus $3, right?
Price Chopper - big thanks to Sheila for her PC posts!

  • 2 Sparkle Paper Towels (8 pk) $5 each, used $2 off 2 iSave coupon, two $1 coupons (doubled using doubler coupon in circular)
  • Total was $4.49 - $2.25 per pack!

Then I bought:

  • 2 Pub Cheeses $6.49, BOGO sale - will use towards a $6 Stella Artois NBPR rebate on $10.01 of cheese/crackers (#30618)
  • BC Cake Mix $0.49 with iSave coupon and BC Frosting $1.99, used $1 off both coupon (12/11 SS) and doubler coupon from circular = $0.48 for both
  • Andy Boy Romaine Lettuce (3 pk) $2.99
  • Total was $9.96

Monday, December 12, 2011

A Rebate Bonanza

Rite Aid - I'm in a mad dash to get my Wellness points up on DBF's card.  My latest receipt says I'm around 820 points, but that was before Sunday's shopping kicked in.  Hopefully I'll get "something" for those purchases, but I'm not holding my breath since the coupons I used beeped.  According to "unknown" in yesterday's post's comments, beepers equals no points.  Bummer!  So the new game plan is to see how many TMF items I can get, and then see how many points I end up with.  Hopefully I won't be too far off and can get some food or household stuff to bring me up to 1,000.  I really wish the points total would update after each purchase!  I didn't use UP's to pay for these items, for fear that they would negate the points.   Since I didn't really have a strategy for buying these items or use many coupons, I'm just going to list them all together.


Did I miss any TMF rebates floating around out there?  I'd sure love to know if I did!  Every little bit helps.  I'm going to buy a couple more of the Woolite and Progresso's, since I submit for rebates at multiple addresses.  I'm also going to buy an Arm & Hammer Neti Pot that's free after rebate.  A&H pulled the rebate form from their site, but a fellow couponer was kind enough to send it to me as a PDF.  If you'd like a copy, just email me at frugalsuz at hotmail.com and I'll send it along to you.

  • Woolite Oxy Deep Carpet Stain & Odor Remover $4.79 ($5.99 reg price, 20% discount), used $1 peelie coupon and will submit for TMF rebate = $1 profit
  • Nexxus Therappe Luxurious Moisturizing Shampoo (5.1 oz) $4.79 ($5.99 reg price, 20% discount), used $5 circular coupon (no beeps) = $0.21 profit
  • Nexxus Humectress Ultimate Moisturizing Conditioner (5.1 oz) $5.99, used $5 circular coupon = $0.99 *This was tagged on the shelf as $5.99 but rang up as $9.99.  The cashier modified it to $5.99, but I guess you don't get a Wellness discount on price modified items.
  • Progresso Rich & Hearty Chicken Soup $2.55 ($3.19 reg price, 20% discount), will send away for TMF rebate = FREE
  • Dasani Water (1 L) $1, used $1 RA coupon (Dec. Video Values) = FREE 
  • 2 Packages LED Lights $6.39 each ($7.99 reg price, 20% discount) - will use these plus $11.28 of lights I bought on Black Friday at CVS for a $15 Heineken NBPR rebate (off $20.01 of holiday decorations - lights, bulbs or trees, HKNNA022)
  • Pet Zoom Loungee $11.99 ($14.99 reg price, 20% discount) - we've been looking for these and were planning on getting them at Walgreens.  Even better to buy them here, get my discount and have them count for more points!
I'm thinking of picking up one of the six foot $39.99 Christmas trees to use towards a second Heineken rebate.  They don't look half bad!  After the discount and rebate, it would only cost me $17.   


CVS - wanted to buy some Diet Coke for the gift card promo, but this store was out.  I'll check another tomorrow
  • 3 Bags CVS Chips $2 each - count towards the spend $30, get $10 gift card promo this week
  • Used $2 EB and $2.99 EB, total was $1.01

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Wonderful Morning

Its a bright, sunny day here in NY and a great morning to do some driving.  First I hit up CVS to buy 6 papers ($2 each).  I sat in the car, clipping the $7 Centrum coupons and then hit up Rite Aid -  
Rite Aid

  • 6 Centrum ProNutrients Fruit & Veggies Vitamins $9.59 each ($11.99 reg price, 20% discount), used six $7 coupons (12/11 SS *These beeped), got back two $10 UP's (WYB 3, Limit 2), $10 UP for Season of Savings promo (WYB $50 of qualifying items, new items each week), $10 Wellness + Diabetes promo (WYB $50 of qualifying items, sign-up required) and will get back two $2 SCR's (Limit 2, #19) = $28.46 profit
  • 6 more papers $1.60 each ($2 reg price, 20% discount) = $9.60
  • Used two $10 UP's, total was $5.14

The RA's in NJ never carried papers (in my area anyway) so I was very happy to see papers in the store, and then to get the discount on top of that!  Unfortunately, two of the papers didn't have the SS coupon insert in them.  You should always check before leaving the store, but its such a hassle and I was in a rush.


I went to two more RA's that were wiped out of the vitamins.  Finally at a third store, I hit the jackpot again!

  •  6 Centrum ProNutrients Fruit & Veggies Vitamins $9.59 each ($11.99 reg price, 20% discount), used four $7 coupons (12/11 SS *These beeped) and two $5 coupons (11/13 RP *These beeped too), got back two $10 UP's (WYB 3, Limit 2), $10 UP for Season of Savings promo (WYB $50 of qualifying items, new items each week), $10 Wellness + Diabetes promo (WYB $50 of qualifying items, sign-up required) and will get back two $2 SCR's (Limit 2, #19) = $24.46 profit
  • Hershey's candy bar $0.97 - bought so I could use a second $10 UP to pay
  • Used two $10 UP's, total was $0.55
With this being such a huge moneymaker, I didn't want to waste any time with my shopping this week.  I'm so glad I was able to find these!


Does anyone know how the Wellness points track?  I'm trying to get to 1,000 points on DBF's card and it seems like its not counting all my purchases.  Does it only count the out of pocket cost or something? 
Then off to Price Chopper -

  • 8 PC pizza doughs $0.88 each, B1G3 FREE! so $1.76 for all eight or $0.22 each
  • 4 Triscuits $2 each, used two $1 off 2 coupons (from a tearpad) and doubler coupons from circular (double one $1 coupon, two coupons were in this circular) = $4 or $1 each
  • New York Garlic Knots $2, used $0.50 coupon (Dec. All You magazine) = $1
  • 2 New York Texas Toasts $2 each
  • Dole Celery $1.88 
  • Weaver Chicken Patties $4
  • 12 pack PC rolls $1 
  • McCormick Ground Cloves $6.99
  • PC Crispy Rice Cereal (aka Rice Krispies) $3 - need these for a batch of peanut butter balls I'm going to make next weekend
  • Total was $26.75