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I made my last shopping trip of the year on New Year’s Eve.  I had a number of coupons that were due to expire that day and I tried to use as many as possible w/o breaking my budget.

I did three transactions because I was using a lot of coupons. I have found that when I am using a lot of coupons there are less mistakes with my coupons and any mistakes that are made are easier to catch.   I had to make my bi-weekly baby purchases so that always drives up my bottomline. Otherwise, I think I got some pretty good deals. 

Transaction #1- Baby Stock-up

  • (2) Huggie Pull-ups-$8.99 ea.
  • (2) Enfagrow Toddler formula-$17.09 ea
    • used $3.00/1 MQ
    • used $5.00/1 MQ
  • (9) Canisters of Gerber cereal-$2.99 ea.
    • used (3) BOGO MQ
    • used (2) .55/1 MQ
  • Up & Up children’s antacid-$1.97
  • Tag Jr. Book (Curious George)-$7.68  (This price was a pleasant surprise at the register)
    • used $5.00/1 MQ

Total OOP= $46.76, including tax       Total Coupons used=$34.56         Total Savings (accordling to receipt) =$38.36  

I have learned that the reciept includes any sale savings in addition to any coupons used to calculate your total savings

Transcations #2-Holiday clearance decorations

  • (3) Large gift bags-$1.00 ea.
  • (1) Medium gift bag-$.37
  • (1) Smal gift bag -.25
  • (2) Packs of tissue paaper-.25 ea. (I discovered after I got home that I wasn’t charged for one pack.)
  • (1) Pack of small gift boxes-.50

Total OOP= $4.63, including tax    Total savings according to my reciept=$13.13

Transaction #3-Everything else

  • (2) Downy Wrinkle Releaser-$1.47 ea.
    • used (2) $1.00/1 MQ
  • Bounce dryer sheets $1.99
    • used .50/1  MQ
    • used $1.00/1 TQ
  • Tide Stain Release-$3.99
    • used $2.00/1 MQ
    • used $1.00/1 TQ
  • Tide laundry detergent-$8.99
    • used $2.00/1 MQ
    • used $1.00/1 TQ
  • (2) Wonka Chcolate bars-$1.38 ea.
    • used (2) $1.00/1
  • (2) Wonka Christmas candy-.74 ea.
    • used (2) $1.00/1 MQ  (.52 overage given)
  • (2) Hershey Kisses-$1.34 ea.
  • (2) Pepperidge Farms cookie canisters-$1.37 ea.
    • used $1.00/2 MQ
  • (4) Pepperidge Farms bag cookies-.84 ea
    • used (2) $1.00/2 MQ
  • (4) Market Pantry frozen mini chicken sandwiches (6ct. box)-$1.99 ea
  • 2ltr.Coke Classic-$1.00
  • 2ltr. Sprite Zero-$1.00
  • (2) bottle deposits-.10 ea.
  • (10) VitaminWater-$1.00 ea.
    • used (4) BOGO FB Q
  • (6) 1ltr. Smartwaters-1.49 ea.
    • Target Special  Get 6 pk free wyb 10 VitaminWater
  • (3) Kraft shredded cheese -$2.04 (Not shown in picture)
  • Armor All car wash-$2.99
    • used $2.00/1 MQ
  • Armor All car wipes-$3.49
    • used $2.00/1 MQ
  • Bounty Basic paper towel-.99
    • used $1.00/1 MQ
  • (4) Poise pads-$3.04
    • used (4) $2.00/1 MQ
    • used (4) $1.50/1 TQ printable  ($1.82 overage given)
  • (2) Up & Up pantyliners
  • Bic ink pens
    • used $1.00/1 MQ 

Total OOP=$24.31  Total Coupons Used =$64.69 Total Savings according to my reciept=$101.16

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This was a really short trip.  As I mentioned in my Target post I was not in a shopping mood.  I just popped in to get a couple of deals on some of the sales items. 

  • (2) Land O’ Lakes spreadable butter .99 ea.
  • (2) Heluva Dips $1.00 ea.
  • Capri Sun 100% Juice 10 ct. $2.99
    • Catalina coupon for free box
  • (2) Bell Peppers $1.00 ea.
  • (12) Hormel Chilli No Beans $1.25 ea
    • (3) $1/4 MMB
    • (4) $1.50/3 MQ
  • (4) Hormel pepperoni $1.00 ea.
    • (4) .55/1 MQ  11/7/10 SS
  • (2) Marie Callender frozen entrees $2.00 ea. (1 isn’t pictured) 
  • (2) Campbell Chunky Soup

OOP $12.13  Saved$38.42

Received a catalina for .50/1  Heluva dip. 

Yesterday’s trip was pretty good. especially since I was not in a shopping mood.  Before I hit the aisles, I stopped at Customer Service to return the Gas-X from last week’s trip. If you missed my last Target post, I mentioned that during my last trip, the store cheated me our of $9.00 in coupons.  I never keep items that I get cheated on, so I returned the merchandise and got my money back. That is easier than fighting with the store about missed coupons.  I got back $8.46 which just about covered the $9.00.

Target is infamous for cheating you out of your coupons, I can’t stress enough, the need to thoroughly review your receipt when shopping there.  Yesterday, they charged me for an unwanted item and they missed $1.50  in coupons. Thankfully, I caught the mistakes before I left the store and I was able to get my $2.59 back.    If you take in to account the $8.46 I got back,  I actually came out $6.06 ahead on this trip.  My OOP for this trip was only $2.40.

 

  • Energizer rechargeable battery $10.59
    • Free coupon (I do not remember where I requested it from)
  • (3)Hershey kisses $2.50 ea
  • (4) Planters sunflower kernels $1.67 ea.
  • Lipton green tea $2.19
    • $1/1 TQ (Pharmacy Mailer)
    • $1/1 printable MQ
  • (4) Skinny cow cups $1.22 ea.
    • $1/1 MQ
  • Up hand sanitizer .99
    • .50/1 TQ (Pharmacy Mailer)
  • (2) Halls cough drops $1.39 ea.
    • $1/1 TQ (Pharmacy Mailer)
    • $1/2 MQ
  • (2) Premium Saltine crackers $1.99 ea.
  • (2) Philly cream cheese $1.19 ea.
  • (4) Suave deodorant  .97 ea

OOP $2.40 Saved $45.90

Note: I have to thank my friend and colleague Val for the  Target Pharmacy coupon mailer.  I never get the Target mailers, so I was  really happy she gave me hers. 

I apologize for taking so long to finish this series. Initially, I was going to do two more parts, but because I am a few weeks behind, I have decided to wrap this series up. 

Once you make the decision to  submit for a rebate, you definitely need to read and understand the rebate requirements.  Every rebate has it own fulfillment requirements and if you fail to meet the requirements, you will not  get your rebate.   Following are some of the more common requirements for redeeming your rebates:

  1. The purchase -Nearly all rebates require you to make some kind of purchase.  You must ensure that you purchase the qualifying item(s) for the rebate.   Please read the  rebate form very carefully to ensure that you have purchased the correct items.
  2. The receiptMost rebates require that you submit your receipt.  Usually you must submit the original receipt, but there are rebates that allow for a copy of the receipt to be submitted.  Be mindful when you are shopping to either request a duplicate receipt or purchase your rebate items in a separate transaction.  There is nothing more frustrating than to discover that you have items for two different rebates on the same receipt and you need an original receipt for both.  Furthermore, you may need to return an item to the store, but you realize that you no longer have the receipt because you submitted the receipt with a rebate request. 
  3. Rebate fulfillment dates and postmark dates – It is imperative that you take note of the rebate fulfillment dates. That is the beginning and the ending dates to purchase your qualifying items.  The receipts that you submit must be dated for the  required  dates of the rebate.  Additionally, rebates must be postmarked by a specific date. 
  4. The rebate formIf a rebate form must be submitted, you must fill it out completely and accurately.  Most forms request your mailing information, but often you must provide additional information. i.e. UPC codes, brief survey answers, etc.   Always double-check the information you put on your form.

Once you are ready to mail your rebate, I strongly recommend that you make a copy of everything that you are submitting.  Rebates are usually handled through a clearinghouse that has contracted with the manufacturer and they handle a lot of mail.  Just in case your rebate is not received or if you rebate is rejected, having a copy of your submission will validate your claim. 

Often times the rebate form will have a website, an e-mail address or a telephone number for customers to follow-up on the status of their rebates.  Most rebates take between 4-12 weeks  to receive. The exact time frame will be listed on the rebate from.  If you have not receive your rebate within that time, contact the manufacturer to verify the status of your request. 

Rebate rejections are normally done in writing and contain some sort of contact information if you to dispute the rejection. If your request is rejected ask for an explanation for the rejection. If you are missing anything, ask if you still have the opportunity to resubmit the missing items.  Some companies will give you an oppotunity to (re)submit any missing documentation  

If you are certain that you submitted everything correctly, ask for your next line of recourse. If all else fails ask for a supervisor and be prepared to send (via mail or fax) copies of what you originally submitted. I have only had one rebate rejected (by Kraft), but I was eventually paid because I was able to prove that I had met all of the requirements.

I hope this series encourages you to start submitting rebates.  It is a good way to obtain products inexpensively or even for free.

 

Following is a list of the freebies I’ve received over the last couple of weeks. This picture was actually taken on Nov. 3, so it almost time for a new Freebie post.

  • Crest Pro-Health sample w/coupons
  • Crest Pro-Health For Me sample w/ coupons
  • Dr. Oz “Just 10 lbs” wristband
  • Kandoo wipe coupon
  • Shout Color Catcher w/ coupon
  • Jergens lotion sample
  • Nicorette Lozenge sample w/coupon
  • SeaPak cookbook w/ coupons
  • Earth’s Best w/coupon
  • Garnier Fructis Shampoo w/coupon
  • Garnier Moisture Rescue gel cream
  • Diesel Colonge sample
  • Coupons from Buy Buy Baby
  • $10.00 Rebate check from P&G
  • CoverGirl Wet Slick lip gloss sample
  • Glory Seasoned cooking base w/recipe cards
  • P&G Sampler
    • Coupons
    • Covergirl/Olay Ageless Serum sample
  • Sutter Breast CancerPack
    • Wristband
    • Button
    • 6 wine glass markers
    • Sutter wine rebate form
    • Breast cancer info. booklet

I had a pretty uneventful shopping trip this week. The cashier tried to tell me that “one per purchase” meant I could only use one coupon per transaction, but after I explained the difference, she grudgingly scanned all my coupons.  I am so tired of the “purchase vs. transaction” debate.  I didn’t purchse a lot because they didn’t have my daughter’s formula and a couple of other items  on my shopping list.  It was still a good trip. 

  • (1) Bag of Lays Baked Chips – $2.79
  • (4) Premium saltine crackers – $1.99/ea
  • (2) Quaker Life bars – $2.39/ea
    • used (2) $1/1 Manu. Qpon(Rec’d with sample)
    • used (2) $1/1 Target printable
  • (6) Quaker Instant Oatmeal – $2.50/ea
    • used (6) $2/2 Manu. printable ( no longer available)
    • find another $1/1 Quaker Qpon in the 9/12/10 RP
    • used (4) .75/1 Target Notebook Qpon
  • (12)  The Goodlife Recipe cat food  – .69/ea
    • used (12) $1/1 Manu.  (adjusted  to .69/ea) 9/19/10 RP
  • Little Debbie Oatmeal Pies – $1.44

Target’s registers are so wonky that half of the time I can’t understand their savings calculations.  I am going to list my out-of-pocket costs and savings according to my calculations.

Total product value=$40.25    Total OOP  cost=$8.41 including tax       Total Saved=$31.84 or 79%

I received a number of new freebies over the last week or so.  Here’s a list of what  I received: VIDEO LINK

  • (2) Coupons for a free tub of Cottonelle moist wipes
  • A coupon for a free bottle of Advil
  • (2)  Samples of Quaker life bars w/ coupons ( will be stacking these with the Target IP)
  • Sample of Wisk laundry detergent
  • Sample Gald trash bag
  • Sample box of Kleenex
  • Sample of Vaseline lotion
  • Sample of Nivea Happy Sensation lotion
  • Sample of Cold-Eeze cold medicine
  • Sample of Organix feminine pads
  • (2) Sample boxes from Roca la Vida ???
    • Box #1 included  samples of Bisquick, Fiber One Cereal, Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal, and Nature Valley granola bar
    • Box #2 included  a full size box of Hamburger Helper and samples of Fiber One Cereal and Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal.

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