Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Another Big Profit Day at RA

Rite Aid - finally found the accessory boxes!  Not every store carries these.  I found them in the seasonal aisle with a bunch of other Gracious Living items (laundry baskets, plastic totes, etc.)


First trip - 

  • Revlon Tweezers $2.49 and three emery boards $1.25 each, BOGO 50% off sale so two emery boards were $0.62 each, used $2 eye beauty tools RA coupon and four $1 coupons (6/24 or 7/29 SS) and got back two $4 UP's ($4 WYB 2 tools, Limit 2) = $9.02 profit
  • 2 Bob's Mints $5 each, got back three $3 UP's (one weekly deal, other two from monthly deal ending 7/31) = $1 or $0.50 each 
  • Used two $4 UP's, total was $2.03 

Repeated this same transaction on another card.  The mints are really tasty!  I left a bag at work to keep in a candy dish for students and I'll save the other bags for Halloween.


Third trip -

  • 2 Gracious Living Accessory Boxes $2.39 each ($2.99 reg price, 20% discount), will get back $5 (July SCR #86, $5 WYB 2, Limit 3, valid through today 7/31) = $0.22 profit
  • Snapple 6 pack $4.79 ($5.99 reg price, 20% discount), will send away for TMF peelie rebate = FREE
  • Visine for Contacts $4.23 ($5.29 reg price, 20% discount), used $2 circular coupon and $2 coupon (7/29 RP) = $0.23 *Counts towards spend $30, get $10 promo this week
  • Used two $4 UP's, total was $2.77
Fourth trip of the day - 
  • 2 Crest Pro Health Rinses $5 each (one 946 mL or larger, one 473 mL), used BOGO coupon (7/1 P&G) and got back two $3 UP's ($3 each, Limit 2) = $1 profit
  • 2 Gracious Living Accessory Boxes $2.39 each ($2.99 reg price, 20% discount), will get back $5 (July SCR #86, $5 WYB 2, Limit 3, valid through today 7/31) = $0.22 profit
  • Visine for Contacts $4.23 ($5.29 reg price, 20% discount), used $2 circular coupon and $2 coupon (7/29 RP) = $0.23 *Counts towards spend $30, get $10 promo this week
  • 2 Bob's Mints $5 each, got back three $3 UP's (one weekly deal, other two from monthly deal ending 7/31) = $1 or $0.50 each 
  • Used six $3 UP's, total was $4.02
If you can't find the accessory boxes right away, never fear.  There's another SCR for these in August (#44, $5 WYB 2, Limit 3).  I found the Oral Health coupon booklet in the store too.  There's a coupon inside for Crest Pro Health items that I'll use on another set of mouthwash.
Here's the UPC in case that helps.  Other folks (like Sheila) have found green ones too.
This is where I always seem to find Gigi nowadays, stretched out in front of the slider, gazing outside at the birds and bugs.  Thank goodness she has no interest in actually going outside, we'd never be able to use the door!

Monday, July 30, 2012

ShopRite Trip

ShopRite - got four coupons in my circular and I used all but one - $0.38 for a cantaloupe.  Figured I should play that one safe with the recall going on.

  • 4 Turkey Hill Ice Creams $2.50 each, used two $1 off 2 coupons (7/29 SS) = $8 or $2 each
  • 2 Hebrew National Hot Dogs $1.77 each, used two $1 printable coupons (no longer available) = $0.77 each
  • $12.64 of cold cuts, will use towards $10 Heineken NBPR rebate on fresh/prepared foods (HKNNA038) = $2.64
  • 7 Crystal Lites $2.49 each, used $1 off 2 tearpad coupon and four $0.50 tearpad coupons (found these at Walgreens) and got back $3 catalina and catalina for FREE reusable bag = $9.43 or $1.34 each
  • Pepsi 2 Liter $0.38 with super coupon
  • SR Dozen Eggs $0.98 with super coupon
  • SR Tuna $0.28 with super coupon
  • Milk $2.29
  • Shaving soap $1.09
  • Used $10 catalina from chips purchase yesterday, total was $29.46

We were totally out of bread so da boyfriend and I drove to a nearby Entenmann's/Arnold outlet.  We got six loaves of bread and three Entenmann's desserts for $9 total!  I love this outlet.  They have a great selection every time I've gone.  Its hard to beat $1 for a loaf of Arnold bread.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Rebate Trading Post


Wanna trade rebates with me?  

Here are the rebates that I have:
  • Heineken $10 off $10.01 Fresh and/or Prepared Foods HKNNA038 NBPR in AL, AR, CT, HI, KY, ME, MO, NC, NJ, NY, PA, UT and WV Exp. 7/31/12  (Postmark by 8/15/12)
  • NEW! Budweiser $4 off $4.01 water or ice #32763 NBPR in AL, AR, HI, KY, ME, MN, MO, NC, NY, SD, UT, VA and WV. Exp 8/18/12  (Postmark by 9/1/12)
  • NEW! Snapple 6 pack of bottles Try Me Free (up to $6.99) peelie rebate Exp. 8/15/12
  • Hefty and/or Reynold's $5 off $15 of Hefty Slider Bags, Hefty Waste Bags, Reynolds Wrap Foil and/or Hefty Plates, Cups or Bowls Exp. 8/31/12 
  • NEW! Shock Top $4 off $4.01 of oranges NBPR in AL, AR, CT, HI, KY, MA, ME, MO, NC, NJ, NY, RI, UT and WV Exp. 8/31/12
  • NEW! Heineken $10 off $10.01 Nonalcoholic Beverages and/or Ice HKNNA040 NBPR in: AL, AR, CT, HI, KY, ME, MO, NC, NJ, NY, PA, UT and WV Exp. 9/30/12 *Found more of these!  Gone
  • NEW! Kellogg's $2.50 off any two Sunshine Cheez-It Baked Snack Crackers (6 oz or larger, any flavor, mix or match) or any salty snack purchase (min. $5 salty snack purchase) Valid in following states: AL, AR, HI, ME, MO, MN, NC, NJ, NY, UT, VA or WV Valid 8/1 - 10/3/12 Gone
Here are the rebates that I'm looking for:
  • Newcastle Brown Ale $10 on $15.01 Fresh Produce Exp. 8/31/12  
  • Guinness $4 off $4.01 Deli Products NBPR in AR, HI, KY, ME, MN, MO, NC, NJ, NY, PA and VT Exp. 9/4/12 
  • Smirnoff $4 off Salsa, Chips or Hot Dogs Offer # DGUSA0335 NBPR in AR, HI, KY, ME, MN, MO, NJ,NY, NC, PA, VT Exp. 9/4/12
  • Pabst Summer Essentials $5 off $5.01 of  Water, Ice, Salty Snacks, Chips, Disposable Cups and/or Napkins Offer #PBR001 and/or #PBR002 NBPR in AL, AR, CT, HI, IN, KY, ME, MO, NC, NJ, NY, UT and WV Exp. 9/30/12  Got it!
  • Heineken $20 off $70 of Groceries (nonalcoholic items only)  HKNNA041 NBPR in AL, AR, CT, HI, IN, KY, ME, MO, NC, NJ, NY, UT and WV Exp. 9/30/12   Got it!
  • Dos Equis $6 off $6.01 Deli Sandwiches and/or Ice DOSNA015 Exp. 9/30/12 
  • Dos Equis $10 of $15.01 Prime Cuts of Beef and/or Pork DOSNA016 NPBR in AL, AR, CT, HI, KY, ME, MO, NC, NJ, NY, PA, UT, and WV  Exp. 9/30/12 
If you don't have any rebates to trade but are interested in the ones I have, never to fear.  Cash is always king.  Send me 10% of the rebate's value (ie. $1 for a $10 rebate, $0.50 for a $5 one) plus $0.45 for a stamp via Paypal and the rebate is all yours.  

If you're new to NBPR rebates or heard the term floating around but never knew what it meant (I did that for a couple years!), let me run this down for you.  NBPR stands for "no beer purchase required" meaning that if you live in one of the NBPR states, you don't need to purchase beer to qualify for the rebate.  The valid states vary a bit from rebate to rebate.  If you look on ebay for "NBPR" or "beer rebates" you'll find tons of various forms.  Here are a couple I have right now: Heineken $10 off $10.01 of fresh/prepared foods (with purchase of Heineken), Smirnoff $4 off $4.01 frozen dinners (with purchase of Smirnoff) Busch $5 off $5.01 of water, ice, coolers or salty snacks (with purchase of Busch).  But here's the fun part - since I live in NY, I don't need to purchase the beer to qualify for these rebates!  So they become $10 off $10.01 of fresh food, $4 off a $4.01 frozen dinner, $5 off $5.01 of water (and so on).  

These rebates are a wonderful way to buy groceries for free or cheap.  And they're often very open-ended, so you can usually purchase whatever brands you like.  Now that I've moved to NY, I'm able to find a lot of these rebates in my grocery stores (never found them in Jersey), but you can buy them on ebay or trade for them here or other places. 


Helpful Tips 
  • Make sure to note the rebate ID number (ie. HKNNA040) so when you get your check, you'll know what its for (they write this # on the check).  
  • Always make a copy of your documentation (receipt, completed rebate form, UPC's if required) before mailing.  
  • Most rebates don't require the UPC's of the items, just the rebate form and the receipt(s).  Pabst rebates and the printable Pyramid Ale rebates are the exceptions to this rule.
  • Always read the fine print.  Some rebates require that your purchases be made all on one receipt, some just require the same day.

Sunday Shopping

Rite Aid
  • 4 Revlon Emery Boards $1.25 each, BOGO 50% sale so two were $0.62 each, got back two $4 UP's ($4 WYB 2 items, Limit 2) = $4.26 profit *Will also submit these for $4 (SCR #79, $4 WYB 2 items, Limit 2 offers, valid until 7/31)
  • 2 Crest Toothpastes $3 each, used $1 off 2 coupon (7/1 P&G) and got back two $3 UP's (Limit 2) = $1 profit
  • U by Kotex Liners (18 ct) $1.19 ($1.49 reg price, 20% discount), used $1 coupon (7/8 SS) and will get back $1 (SCR #30, valid until 7/31) = $0.81 profit
  • 2 Duck Rugged Mailers $1.19 each ($1.49 reg price, 20% discount) and will get back $3 (SCR #93, $3 WYB 2, Limit 2 offers, valid until 7/31) = $0.62 profit
  • 3 Office Expert Thumbtacks $0.29 each, will get back $1 (SCR #91, WYB 3, valid until 7/31) = $0.13 profit
Bought all this stuff again on a separate card.  The single Revlon nail files were $1.99 each, so $2.04 profit before coupons.


There are $1 Revlon beauty tools coupons in today's paper and the 6/24 SS.  There's also two $2 Video Value coupons as well (one for nails and one for eyes), but my printer is out of ink and I didn't want to wait to buy these until I get some.  The stores in my area sell out quickly on big moneymakers like this.


Walgreens
  • Vitali-T-Aid Caps (60 ct) $20, will get back $22 WAG rebate ($20 + 10% bonus for getting the rebate money back on a WAG gift card) = $2 profit
  • Cortaid Max Strength 1% Cream (0.5 oz) $2.99, used $1 coupon (or here or here or 6/10 RP *Expires 7/31) and will get back $3.28 WAG rebate ($2.99 + 10% bonus for getting the rebate money back on a WAG gift card) = $1.29 profit 
  • Paid with $19.80 gift card from previous rebate and $2.19 cash
The offer code for these rebates is W0812.  The Vitali is #11 and the Cortaid is #10.
ShopRite
  • 8 Bags Ruffles Chips and 2 Bags Rold Gold Pretzels $2.50 each, used four $1 off 2 Ruffles coupons (7/22 Moments to Save coupon insert) and got back $10 catalina (WYB 10 qualifying items) and catalina for FREE reusable bag = $11 or $1.10 each
I don't have the rebate form in hand yet, but I'm going to save this receipt for a $5 Pabst NBPR rebate on $5.01 of salty snacks.  That will bring the cost down to $0.60 a bag!  Pabst rebates require UPC's (one of the very few beer rebates that do) so I'll have to be sure to save them.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Halloween in July

 
Just doing a quick post in between thunderstorms. Its been so hard to get anything done lately, we've had a storm almost every day this week. A $1 off 2 Mars bars coupon was printing every day this week at CVS from the coupon machine.  I stopped in every day to get my coupons and saved them to make one big trip per card so I could combine them with other deals and use a $4 off $20 coupon (from ebay).  Here's a condensed list of what I got:

  • A whole lotta Mars candy bars $0.50 each, used $0.50 off 2 tearpad coupons and $0.75 off 2 Milky Way coupons = FREE or profit 
  • Revlon Nail Polish $4.99, used $1 coupon (6/24 SS) and got back $3 EB each (Limit 6) *Combined with $5 off $15 beauty CRT on one card for $2.03 profit 
  • Infusium 23 $3.67 (clearance price), got back $4 EB (Limit 1) = $0.33 profit 
  • 2 AMP Energy (16 oz) or Starbucks Refreshers (12 oz) $1.50 each, got back $3 EB (WYB 2, Limit 1) = FREE 
  • Stayfree Pads (14-24 ct) $2, used $2 coupon (7/22 SS) = FREE
  • Conair Bobby Pins $2.19, used $2 hair accessories CRT = $0.19
  • CVS Men's Body Wash $3.99, used $3 CRT for CVS body wash
  • Cheez Its $3.59 each
  • 5 Vitamin Waters $1 each, got back $1 EB (WYB 5, monthly deal) - had to get a manual print on this
Rolled a bunch of soon to be expiring EB's and got a huge stash of Halloween candy for free!  
Stop & Shop - there's a gas promo this week where you get $0.30 off a gallon when you buy four Revlon beauty tools.  They're on sale for $1 less than normal price.

  • Emery Boards $1.29 and $1.49 each
  • Nail Clippers $0.89 and $1.49 each
  • Tweezers $1.49 and $1.99 each
Your store's selection will obviously dictate which ones you buy, but keep to the cheapest ones you can find.  I used the $1 off beauty tools coupon from the 6/24 SS to make this an even better deal.

$0.30 a gallon for 35 gallons is $10.50 - so as long as your four items are less than this, you've made a profit!

Happy shopping dear friends

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

7/29 - 8/4


There's a $2 coupon and a $5 rebate coming in Sunday's paper for Allegra - should make this free or cheap


CVS
  • Accu-Chek Nano SmartView Blood Glucose Monitoring System $9.99, use $9.99 coupon (coming in Sunday's paper) = FREE
  • Playtex or Schick (any, excluding clearance) - spend $25 and get back $10 EB (Limit 1).  Use the $8 Schick Silk cartridge coupon from a couple weeks ago if you printed it! 
Rite Aid
  • Bayer Aspirin (32 ct) BOGO 50% off and $3.29 each ($1.65 for 50% one), buy 14, use 14 $3 coupons (6/24 SS) and get back $10 UP ($5 UP WYB $15, Limit 2) = $17.42 profit 
  • Visine $4.23 with 20% discount ($5.29 reg price), buy eight, use eight $2 coupons (7/29 RP) and eight $2 circular coupons and get back $10 UP (WYB $30, Limit 2) = $8.16 profit
  • Super Poligrip Denture Adhesive Cream (0.75 oz) $1.99, use $1 coupon and get back $1.99 (August SCR #585) = $1 profit *$2 August Video Values coupon just came out - $3 profit
  • Crest Pro Health Rinse $5, buy two (one 946 mL or larger, one 473 mL) and use BOGO coupon (7/1 P&G) and get back two $3 UP's ($3 each, Limit 2) = $1 profit
  • Oral B Indicator Manual Toothbrush $1, buy three, use $1 off 2 coupon (7/1 P&G) and get back $2 UP (WYB 3, Limit 2 offers) = FREE or $1 profit if you buy 6 toothbrushes and use three $1 coupons 
  • Crest Toothpaste $3, use $0.75 coupon (7/1 P&G) and get back $3 UP (Limit 2) = $0.75 profit
  • Lanacane Maximum Strength Cream (1 oz) or Spray (3.5 oz) $5, get back $5 UP (Limit 2) = FREE
  • Revlon Beauty Tools BOGO 50% off and $4 UP WYB 2 (Limit 2).  $1 coupons (6/24 SS) and $4 SCR WYB 2 (July SCR #79, Limit 2 - valid until 7/31).  Depending on what's included, could be FREE or moneymaker!
  • iTunes Gift Cards - spend $50, get back $10 UP (Limit 2) = $10 profit
Rite Aid Monthly Deal - valid starting 8/1

  • Dex 4 Liquid Berry Blast (2 oz) $2.99, buy two, use BOGO coupon (click on special offers) and get back $4 (SCR #8) = $1.01 profit

Walgreens *10% Bonus on Walgreens rebates if you get the money back on a Walgreens gift card - makes all the rebates below moneymakers!

  • Cortaid Max Strength 1% Cream (0.5 oz) $2.99, use $1 coupon (or here or here or 6/10 RP *Expires 7/31) and get back $2.99 WAG rebate = $1 profit (or $1.29 profit)
  • Accu-Chek Nano SmartView Blood Glucose Monitoring System $9.99, use $9.99 coupon (coming in Sunday's paper) = FREE 
  • Arctic Naturals Daily Omega-3 Softgel (60 ct) or Ultra $15, get back $15 WAG rebate = FREE (or $1.50 profit)
  • Mueller Kinesiology Tape (5.47 yd) $6.99, get back $6.99 WAG rebate = FREE (or $0.69 profit)
  • Vitali-T-Aid Caps (60 ct) $20, get back $20 WAG rebate = FREE (or $2 profit)
Printable Rebate Offers
Hangtag/Peelie/Tearpad Rebates to Look For - please let me know what you find as well!

Monday, July 23, 2012

Rockin at Rite Aid

Rite Aid - back for more!
  • Revlon Clippers $2.55 ($3.19 reg price, 20% discount), used $3 RA coupon (type in your email where it says "insert email here") and will get back $4 (SCR #79, $4 WYB 2 beauty tools, Limit 2 rebates) = $5.05 profit *Bought tweezers yesterday so that was my second item 
  • St. Joseph's Enteric Coated Asprin (200 ct.) $5.99, used $3 off $9.99 coupon and got back $5 UP (Limit 1) = $2.01 profit *Might get back $2 (SCR #66, tagged this way in some stores but the rebate catalog says 300 ct. so we'll have to see if it clears) *The regular price is $9.99 so YMMV on using the $3 coupon too (no beeps)
  • Crest Pro-Health Sensitive Enamel Shield Smooth Mint Toothpaste (4.2 oz) $2.99, used $0.50 coupon (got this from my Dentist's office) and will get back $2.99 (SCR #37) = $0.50 profit 
  • 2 Stayfree Maxi Pads $3 each, used two $2 coupons (7/22 SS) and got back two $1 UP's (Limit 2) = FREE
  • 2 Chex Mix $1.50 each, used two $0.50 coupons and $1 RA coupon = FREE
  • Used $3 UP, total was $5.42
On another card
  • St. Joseph's Enteric Coated Asprin (200 ct.) $5.99, used $3 off $9.99 coupon and got back $5 UP (Limit 1) = $2.01 profit *Might get back $2 (SCR #66, tagged this way in some stores but the rebate catalog says 300 ct. so we'll have to see if it clears) *The regular price is $9.99 so YMMV on using the $3 coupon too (no beeps)
  • 2 Microfiber Auto Cloths $0.79 each, got back $2 UP for each (Limit 2) = $1.21 profit    
  • Used two $1 UP's, total was $2.68
Then my final stop of the day - 
  • 2 Kendall Telfa or Curity Bandages $4.99 each, BOGO sale (on Telfa or Curity items) and will get back $5 (SCR #18, WYB 2) = FREE/$0.01 profit
  • 2 Extra Gums $1 each, used $0.50 off 2 coupon$0.50 RA coupon and got back $1 UP (Limit 4) = FREE 
  • Duck Rugged Mailer $1.19 ($1.49 reg price, 20% discount), should get back $3 once I buy a second one (SCR #93, WYB 2, Limit 2 rebates), will be $0.62 profit
  • Used $2 UP and $5 UP, total was $0.44
The mailers aren't listed as part of the SCR but folks on SD have reported they've cleared.  
Keep an eye out for these Coors NBPR rebates - $2.50 off two Cheez-Its (6 oz or larger, any flavor) or any salty snacks (minimum $5 salty snack purchase).  They haven't even started yet - 8/1 - 10/3/12 but I found them in Rite Aid today.  What's your interpretation of the wording - if you wanted to buy the Cheez-Its, do you think they have to cost over $5 or is that only if you're buying salty snacks?  

Sunday, July 22, 2012

More Freebies at Rite Aid

Rite Aid - thanks to the folks on SD, found some great deals for the week
  • Stim-U-Dent Plaque Removers (200 ct) $3.99 ($4.99 reg price, 20% discount), used $0.50 coupon, will get back  $1 (SCR #53) and will submit for TMF rebate$1.50 profit 
  • Revlon Splinter Tweezers $2.40 ($3 reg price, 20% discount), used $3 RA coupon (type in your email where it says "insert email here") = $0.60 profit *I'm going to buy a second and submit for the $4 rebate (SCR #79, $4 WYB 2 beauty items).  There's a $1 coupon in the 6/24 SS but I used mine up already
  • Buddha Auto Light-up Thingie $2.64 (clearance from $5.29), got back $3 UP (Limit 2?, monthly deal) = $0.36 profit 
  • Sky Energy Drink $2.39 ($2.99 reg price, 20% discount), used $1 RA coupon and $1.50 coupon = $0.11 profit 
  • 2 Kendall Telfa or Curity Bandages $4.99 each, BOGO sale (on Telfa or Curity items) and will get back $5 (SCR #18, WYB 2) = FREE/$0.01 profit
  • 2 Chex Mix $1.50 each, used two $0.50 coupons and $1 RA coupon = FREE
  • Schick Hydro 3 Razor $7.67 ($9.59 reg price, 20% discount), used $4 coupon (6/10 SS *Expires TODAY!) and $3 RA coupon (type in your email where it says "insert email here") = $0.67
Bought another razor at a separate store.  None of these coupons beeped, so I should get lots of Wellness points for all these goodies!  


CVS 
  • 2 Snickers Bars $0.50 each, used $1 off 2 Mars bars CRT (got today) = FREE
  • 2 Starbucks Refreshers (12 oz) $1.50 each, got back $3 EB (WYB 2, Limit 1) = FREE 
  • 6 papers $2 each
  • Used $5 EB and $10 EB, total was $0.32
ShopRite
  • 3 Arnold Sandwich Thins $2 each (must buy three), used three $0.55 coupons (say $1 off 2 but print as $0.55 off 1, I think they actually are $1 off 2 b/c the second one beeped but the cashier put them through manually) = $2.70
Have $7.47 counting towards the spend $75, get $20 promo this week.  Haven't decided yet whether I'm going to do it.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Finishing the Week's Shopping

Back to Rite Aid again!  On two cards, here's what I got:
  • Marc Anthony Easy-Lites $5.99, got back $2 UP (Limit 2) and will submit for TMF peelie rebate, Valid "before 8/31/12" so I assume that means buy it on or before 8/30) = $2 profit  
  • 4 Microfiber Auto Cloths two at $0.79 each and two at $1.59 each (clearance from $3.19), got back $2 UP for each (Limit 2 per card) = $1.21 profit each ($0.79 ones) and $0.49 profit each ($1.51 ones)
  • Stim-U-Dent Plaque Removers (200 ct) $3.99 ($4.99 reg price, 20% discount), will get back  $1 (SCR #53) and will submit for TMF rebate = $1 profit *There's a $0.50 coupon here too, forgot to bring it with me
  • Buddha Auto Light-up Thingie $2.64 (clearance from $5.29), got back $3 UP (Limit 2?, monthly deal) = $0.36 profit 
  • Sky Energy Drink $2.39 ($2.99 reg price, 20% discount), used $1 RA coupon and $1.50 coupon = $0.11 profit *found these in the vitamin section with the other energy drinks 
  • Gillette Custom Plus 3 Razor $5.99 ($7.49 reg price, 20% discount), used $2 coupon (7/1 P&G) and got back $4 UP (Limit 2) = FREE/$0.02 profit *This is the same deal as the Venus razors this week
  • 4 Milky Way Bars $0.50 each, used two $1 off 2 coupons = FREE   
  • 3 Schick Hydro Shave Gels $2.50 each, used $1 coupon and two $0.75 coupons (6/10 SS) and got back $7 UP (WYB $15) = $2.50 or $0.41 each *I bought three the other day
What a busy week this has been at Rite Aid, huh?  I realized today that the microfiber cloth deal is a monthly deal so I'll hit up a store next week that has tons of them at $0.79 each.  Pays to have extra cards sometimes.  :)
Much to my surprise, guess what's growing in the little flower garden?  Flowers!  When I planted them, it was super hot and I hurriedly scattered the seeds around and smushed them into the dirt a bit.  I didn't have high hopes.
Now I could just remember what it is that I planted here....
And if I'd bought enough seeds to fully spread around the garden.  Got a big old empty spot there, don't I?  I'm thinking next year I'm going to get some kind of shrub for this space instead of trying to do flowers.  Its just too large for me to handle with flowers.  I need something low maintenance.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Grillin' Hot Deals

So da boyfriend and I have been watching what we've been spending, trying to build up our savings.  I went to Target today on the hunt for some clearance finds and came across a fantastic deal on a barbecue.  I just couldn't pass it up, so I bought it, wrangled it into the car and drove it home.


I came home to find DBF making dinner (love that) and calmly asked him not to be mad that I'd bought something we didn't need.  I explained to him that it was on clearance and we got a huge markdown.  "How much?" he asked warily.  "One forty seven" I replied softly.  He groaned, "babe we can't afford that much money right now!"  Me - "I know, I know, but it was such a great deal, I just couldn't let it go."  He started asking some details - "is it propane or charcoal?"  Me - "charcoal".  Him - "we could have bought one at Lowes or somewhere for a lot cheaper than one forty seven, but ok, we'll figure something out."  See why I love this guy?  Me - "do you want to see it at least?"  Him - "yeah ok, let me just finish up making this chicken."  


He told me about his day, the goofy stuff Gigi and Shadow were doing this afternoon and we gabbed while he finished breading the chicken.  Then I brought him downstairs to check out the BBQ...
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GOTCHA!  Its a tabletop charcoal BBQ that I got on clearance for (wait for it)....$1.47!!!!  Got him good this time!  hahahahahahahaha  I love that he had all that time while finishing up the cooking to think about how foolish I was to spend all that money on a grill.  Hilarious!

I literally did a little happy dance in the store when I found this.  The blue and green ones are on clearance according to other folks who've found them too.  As always, clearance varies from store to store, but many are getting rid of their summer stuff.  Be on the lookout for Reynolds Grill foil - deep clearance on that if you can find it.
Target - here's what I also picked up:

  • McCormick Pure Vanilla Extract $1.64 (clearance)
  • Market Pantry Pure Vanilla Extract $1.48 (clearance)
  • 4 Nestle Chocolate Chips $1.14 each (clearance)

 I found brown sugar clearanced at a different store a week or so ago.  Many stores have been marking down baking items and spices.


Rite Aid 

  • Marc Anthony Easy-Lites $5.99, got back $2 UP (Limit 2) and will submit for TMF peelie rebate, Valid "before 8/31/12" so I assume that means buy it on or before 8/30) = $2 profit  
  • Thumb Tacks $0.67 ($2.69, 75% clearance), got back $1 UP (household items, Limit 2) = $0.33 profit
  • Assorted Small Screws $0.72 ($2.89, 75% clearance), got back $1 UP (household items, Limit 2) = $0.28 profit
  • Used $3 UP and $4 UP, total was $0.90
Separately and on another card, I bought:

  • 2 Gillette Custom Plus 3 Razors $5.99 each ($7.49 reg price, 20% discount), used two $2 coupons (7/1 P&G) and got back two $4 UP's (Limit 2) = FREE/$0.02 profit *This is the same deal as the Venus razors this week
  • 2 Assorted Small Screws $0.72 each ($2.89, 75% clearance), got back two $1 UP's (household items, Limit 2) = $0.56 profit
  • 3 Schick Hydro Shave Gels $2.50 each, used three $1 coupons (6/10 SS) *Counts towards a spend $15, get $7 UP promo this week.  Once I buy another three, I'll have spent $9.50 (I have four $1 coupons and two $0.75 ones from the paper) and I'll get back $7 UP - making this $2.50 or $0.41 each
  • Used a whole mess of UP's, total was $3.61

Price Chopper

  • Edy's Itty Bitty Ice Cream $1.29, used FREE coupon = FREE
  • 2 Snapple 12 packs $6.99, used $2 off 2 iSave coupon and will use towards $10 Heineken NBPR rebate on $10.01 of nonalcoholic drinks (HKNNA040) = $1.98
  • 3 Pizza Doughs $1.99 each, BOG2 free = $1.99 or $0.66 each
  • Ronzoni Garden Delight Pasta $1.99, $0.25 with coupon = $0.25
  • Strawberries $2.99, used $1 Hannaford coupon = $1.99
  • Used $2 off $20 coupon, total was $14.21
Had an awesome cashier who was very happy to see my free Edy's coupon.  She said they don't actually need the coupons, just the code to enter into the system.  She mentioned there was a coupon out there for free PC cookies and that I could go grab some if I wanted and she'd enter in the code.  Isn't that so sweet?  The cookies were $1 regular price, anyone seen that coupon out there?

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

7/22 - 7/28



This puppy totally reminds me of Riley!  


CVS - if you have little ones, I've seen CVS diapers at 75% clearance at several stores
  • AMP Energy (16 oz) or Starbucks Refreshers (12 oz) $1.50, buy two and get back $3 EB (WYB 2, Limit 1) = FREE *Look for $2 off 2 AMP and $1 Starbucks tearpad coupons to make this a moneymaker!
  • Stayfree Pads (14-24 ct) $2, use $2 coupon (7/22 SS) = FREE
  • Revlon Nail Products $4.99, get back $3 EB (Limit 6) *Look for $2 tearpad coupons at CVS to make this FREE (or use $1 coupon from the 6/24 SS to get one for $0.99)
  • Gillette Venus Razor $9.99, use $4 Venus & Olay coupon (6/17 SS) and get back $4 EB (Limit 1) = $1.99
Rite Aid
  • St. Joseph's Enteric Coated Asprin (200 ct.) $5.99, get back $5 UP (Limit 1) and might get back $2 (SCR #66, tagged this way in some stores but the rebate catalog says 300 ct. so we'll have to see if it clears) = $1.01 profit *$3 off $9.99 coupon here The regular price is $9.99 so YMMV on using this coupon too
  • Kendall Telfa or Curity Bandages $4.99 each, BOGO sale (on Telfa or Curity items) and get back $5 (SCR #18, WYB 2) = FREE/$0.01 profit
  • Crest Pro-Health Sensitive Enamel Shield Smooth Mint Toothpaste (4.2 oz) $2.99, get back $2.99 (SCR #37) = FREE
  • Burt's Bees Throat Drops $1.50, use $1.50 RA coupon = FREE
  • Chex Mix, Bugles or Gardettos $1.50, use two $0.50 coupons and two $1 RA coupons = FREE
  • Stayfree Maxi Pads $3, use $2 coupon (7/22 SS) and get back $1 UP (Limit 2) = FREE
  • Extra Gum $1, buy two, use $0.50 off 2 coupon, $0.50 RA coupon and get back $1 UP (Limit 4) = FREE *If your store allows, use two RA coupons for a $0.50 profit
  • Belvita Breakfast Biscuits $3, buy two and use two $0.75 coupons (6/3 SS) and $1 RA coupon and get back $2 UP (WYB 2, Limit 3) = $1.50 *If store allows you to use two RA coupons = $0.50 or $0.25 each
Walgreens
  • Right Guard Total Defense 5 Antiperspirant/Deodorant $2.99, use $1 coupon and get back $2 RR = FREE/$0.01 profit 
  • Gillette Venus Razor $8.99, use $4 Venus & Olay coupon (6/17 SS) and get back $4 RR = $0.99
Printable Rebate Offers
Hangtag/Peelie/Tearpad Rebates to Look For - please let me know what you find as well!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

My "Meh" CVS Trip

CVS - was determined to figure out some way to use the $4/$20 coupons that have been printing from the coupon machine.  Got an idea from Wild for CVS so off to the store I went:
  • Cremo Shave Cream $7.99, will submit for TMF rebate (have to include the orange TMF label from the package when you submit the form, must be postmarked by 12/31/14) = FREE 
  • Unreal Bar (1.3-1.7 oz) $0.75, get back $0.75 EB (Limit 1) = FREE
  • 4 Pepsi 12 packs $3 each, got back $2 EB (WYB 4, Limit 1) = $10 or $2.50 each
  • Sunchips $1.09 - forgot to bring lunch today
  • Used $4/$20 coupon, $8 EB (adjusted down to $7.83) and $10 EB, total was $1.19
Folks commented on Wild for CVS that when they got their rebate check, the company also included samples and more rebate forms to hand out to friends!


Rite Aid 
  • Marc Anthony Easy-Lites $5.99, got back $2 UP (Limit 2) and will submit for TMF peelie rebate, Valid "before 8/31/12" so I assume that means buy it on or before 8/30) = $2 profit 
  • Bayer Contour USB Meter $23.99 ($29.99 reg price, 20% discount), used $5 coupon and $20 RA coupon (type in your email where it says INSERT EMAIL HERE) = $1.01 profit *Now at $31.99 towards another $10 Diabetes UP (WYB $50)
  • Used two $2 UP's, total was $1.40
I found the Marc Anthony peelie at CVS but put it in the picture so you'd all know what to look for.
Guess what I'm listening to?  The new Zac Brown Band CD, I just love them.  I tried to get a copy for $10 at Target last week (sold out).  So then I went to Best Buy (sold out).  Found a seller on amazon selling it for $9.99 including shipping, so it was cheaper than in the store anyway (no tax).  They're so down to earth and make amazing music.  I've just about worn out my copies of their other CD's.  :)  Luvin this song


On another note, what's up with this picture guys?  She reminds me of Wednesday from the Addams Family movies.

Monday, July 16, 2012

30 G's

 Gatorade that is!  Snagged a great deal on these at Rite Aid -

  • 15 Gatorade Bottles (32 oz) $1 each, got back $5 UP (monthly UP, WYB $15, Limit ?) and two $1 UP's ($1 UP WYB 5 bottles, Limit 2, weekly deal) = $8 or $0.53 each
  • Helping Hand Utility Box (below) $4.24 (clearanced from $8.49), got back $4 UP (Limit ?) = $0.24
  • Used $18 in UP's, total was $1.33
I'll use the Gatorade for a $10 Heineken NBPR rebate on $10.01 of nonalcoholic beverages (HKNNA040) = $2 profit  Picked up another 15 bottles on DBF's card and I'll do a second rebate there as well.  
Stop & Shop
  • Poland Spring Case of Water $3.99 + 6 pack $2.19, will use towards $5 Busch NBPR rebate on $5.01 of water (offer #32634) = $1.18 or $0.03 a bottle
  • Barilla Tortellini $4.29 
  • 2 Softsoap Hand Soaps $1 each, used $0.40 homemailer coupon (got when I had trouble with a Colgate rebate) = $1.20
  • Used $10 catalina, total was $1.67

S&S

  • 6 Perdue Chicken Cutlets $3.99 each, BOGO sale and used two $1 off 2 peelie coupons, will use towards a $10 Pyramid Ale NBPR rebate = FREE/$0.03 profit
  • Milky Way $0.75
  • Used $10 catalina, total was $0.78

ShopRite - you guessed it, more chicken!  DBF and I love these cutlets for quick dinners

  • 3 Perdue Chicken Cutlets $2.99 each = $8.97 
  • Daisy Sour Cream $1.50
  • Total was $10.47
Will use towards $9 Magic Hat Summer Scene NBPR rebate on $9.01 of various stuff (no store brands in NY)

How's this for good coupon karma?  Last week, I was at ShopRite and the woman ahead of me at self checkout stopped to gab with a friend after checking out.  As I started ringing up my stuff, she says "oh my coupons," reaches over and grabs the six or seven catalinas that were on the machine.  Now, I'm almost positive I saw the coupons printing after I started ringing up my stuff but I wasn't sure, so I didn't say anything (but you better believe I was fuming).  Today at self checkout, the woman ahead of me left her long string of coupons behind and walked away.  I got those, plus the ones that printed on my order!  Here's what I got: $1 off 2 paper towels, $1 off fabric softener, $1 off 3 bottled juices, $1 off 2 household cleaning items, $1 off 6 yogurts, $1 off appy/deli purchase of $5+ and $1 off $5 of produce.  The woman's customers were a little different - $1 off 2 bath tissue, $1 off 2 facial tissue, $1 off 2 cereal, $1 off 1 bottled juice, $1 off frozen pizza and a couple repeats.

Now I remember why I don't take pictures of stuff on the floor!
Ah, there we go!