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It is so good to be back. I actually started writing another post, but I wanted to get this posted while my daughter was  asleep.  I have had other shopping trips, but I just have not had the time or the energy to post any of my recent  trips.  Even this post is almost a week late.  This past weekend, I went to Meijer,  Rite-Aid and Bath and Body Works. 

I have not shopped at Rite-Aid in a while. I used to shop there quite often until they became to coupon-unfriendly. My last Rite-Aid experience was a nightmare.  After that, I just wrote them off. A couple of weeks ago they had some really good deals on Stayfree pads and Special K Cereal and the thought of letting  those deals pass me by was too unbearable, so I bit  the bullet and gave it another try.  I went to a different store than where I had previously shopped and thank the Lord, the cashier and the manager were really nice.  I was only able get 6 packs of the Stayfree, but they were out of the cereal, so I got rainchecks for both. I went back this past weekend and picked up 14 more packs of the Stayfree along with some other items.

Rite Aid 1/15/11

  • (6) Stayfree Pads-$2.50 ea.
    • used 3 BOGO MQ
    • used 3 $1/1 MQ 

 Total OOP Cost=$5.40 including tax (.90)~Total Up+Rewards Rec’d =$6.00~Total Savings=$19.44

Rite-Aid 1/22/11-transactions #1

  • (2) TGIF Snacks-.97 ea.
  • (2) Pepperidge Farms Goldfish-$1.50 ea.
  • (1) RA Tissue-$1.00
  • (2) Excedrin Extra Strength-$3.99 ea.
    • used (2) Free coupons
  • (2) Halls cough drops-$1.50 ea.
    • used (2) $1/1 MQ
    • used $6.00 Up+Rewards

Total OOP Cost=$1.66 including tax (.72)~Total UP+Rewards Rec’d=$5.00~Total Savings=$28.37

 

Transaction#2

  • (14) Stayfree Pads-$2.50 ea. w/raincheck
    • used (7) BOGO MQ
    • used (7) $1/1 MQ
    • used $5 UP+Rewards

Total OOP Cost=$$8.60 including tax ($2.10) (Final cost was actually$7.60 after I discovered a missed coupon)~UP+Rewards Rec’d=It should have been $14.00, but the  UP+ didn’t print because of the raincheck, so they gave me CASH.~ Total Savings=$50.36

Total for all 3 transactions  OOP=$14.66  Total UP+Rewards (CASH) Remaining $14.00~ Total Savings $98.17

At Bath and Body Works I was able to get 3 items for only .53 cents. Right now B&BW has a coupon available to get a free travel size item with any purchase.  To minimize my cost,  I purchased  a cover for the Pocket hand sanitizer for .53 (including .03 tax) and I was able to get a 3oz. bottle of Moonlight Path lotion for free.  This past weekend they were also offering a free bottle lotion of their newest scent “Carried Away”.  unfortunately but the time I got there they were sold out so, they were offering the body mist as a replacement.  Free is free and I was happy to get a free bottle of body mist.

Finally, on to my Meijer’s trip. 

Transaction #1

  • (2) Carefree pantyliners-$1.04 ea.
    • used (2) .50/1  MQ-doubled to$1 ea.
  • Benefiber-$3.49
    • used $4/1- overage given
  • Enfagrow formula-$18.99
    • used $5/1 MQ
  • (9) Old Orchard juice-3/$5.00
    • used 3 BOGO MQ
    • used (3) $1/1
    • used (3) .50/1- two were doubled to $1.00

Total OOP Cost=$14.82 including  tax (.26)~Total Savings $30.91

Transactions #2

  • (2) Carefree pantyliner-$1.04 ea.
    • used (2) .50/1-doubled to $1.00 ea.
  • (3) Old Orchard juice-3/$5.00
    • used (3) .50/1-two were doubled to a $1.00

Total OOP  Cost=$1.89 including tax (.07)~Total savings=$8.92

Transactions #3

  • (1) Carefree pantyliner-$1.04 ea.
    • used (1) .50/1-doubled to $1.00
  • (3) Old Orchard juice-3/$5.00
    • used (3) .50/1-two were doubled to a $1.00

Total OOP  Cost=$1.82 including tax (.03)~Total savings=$8.22

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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Before I started couponing, Walmart was my go-to store for  most of my groceries and household purchases.  Unfortunately, Walmart does not double coupons nor do they have their own store coupons.  Since Walmart lacks those two essential money-saving benefits, I do not shop there very often. Occasionally,  Walmart does offer the best deal on some items so, I make at least one or two visits per month.   In an effort to use some coupons before they expired I made an “emergency” trip on November 30 and then to my own surprise,  I made another trip on Saturday.  They were both good trips and I got a lot of free “stuff’.”

November 30 Trip

  • Pringles Extreme $1.67
    • Free coupon from FB
  • (6) Gain dish detergent  .97 ea.
    • (6) $1/1 MQ 
  • Sobe water $1.00
    • Free coupon from Heads or Tail contest
  • (4) Tide (travel size) .97 ea.
    • (4) $1/1 MQ 
  • (2) Ivory bar soap $1.02 ea.
    • (2) $1/1 from P&G Mailer
  • Campbell soup $2.08 (Not pictured)

OOP $1.82 Saved $14.67

December 4 Trip 

  • Poinsettia $3.50 (Not Pictured)
  • (2) Cottenelle Fresh wipes $2.48 ea.
    • (2) Free coupons (Snail Mail)
  • (2) Welchs Essentials juice $2.50 ea.
    • (2) Free coupons (Snail Mail)
  • (3) Old Spice body wash (travel size) .50 ea.
    • (3) $1/1 MQ P&G Mailer (The cashier wouldn’t give me the overage)
  • Mitten clips $2.00
  • Hat $2.50
  • Baby Toothpaste $2.97
  • Advil $3.62
    • Free coupon (Snail Mail)
  • (7) Morton sea salt $1.00 ea. 
    • $1/1 MQ 11/14/10 RP

OOP $12.23   Saved $22.08

Conagra Foods currently has  two rebates you can  submit.  FYI, one of the rebates end on October 31, 2010. 

The new  rebate includes $30.00 in coupons and a $5.00 Walmart gift card when you spend $25.00 on  participating brands. 

Participating Brands include:

  • Rotel
  • Hunts
  • Swiss Miss
  • Orville Redenbacher
  • Reddi-Wip
  • Pam
  • Parkay
  • Marie Callendar’s

You can go here  for details on the new rebate which doesn’t end until January 2, 2011

You can go here  to view the details  and print the form for the rebate that ends on October 31, 2010

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%

Bath and Body Works has been putting out some really good coupons lately.  One of the best is the “Buy any item and get a free travel size item.”  They have also been issuing coupons for  free 2 oz. samples of their new fragrance  The newest fragrance is Secret Wonderland.  I had a coupon for a free bottle, but unfortunately when I  went shopping, I  left the coupon at home (arghhhhh). 

I am also on BBW’s mailing list and they sent me two coupons for two free travel size items (no purchase necessary).  I found out from the  cashier that the company made a mistake with coupons, but they still honored them both.    So, despite the forgotten coupon I still managed to snag 6 travel size items for $2.65  including tax.

Transaction #1

  • 2 oz. Secret Wonderland lotion-$1.00 sale price (reg. $3.50)
  • 3 oz. Orange Sapphire lotion-$5.00
    • used BOGO coupon
  • 3 oz. Orange Sapphire body wash-$5.00
    • used free item coupon
  • Total $1.06 including tax

Transaction #2

  • 1 oz. White Citrus hand sanitizer
  • 3 oz. White Citrus Lotion
    • used BOGO coupon
  • 3 oz. White Citrus body wash
    • used free item coupon
  • Total $1.59 includdng tax

Total Value=$25.00  Total Savings=$22.50  Total Savings=90%

Of course, they sent me home with another coupon, although it is not nearly as good as the ones I used. There is also a coupon attached to the bottle of Secret Wonderland that I had to purchase  instead getting it for free.  (Darn that forgotten coupon)

In part one of the Rebate Rundown I covered the “why’s” of submitting rebates. This week  I will discuss the 5 Best Ways to Find Rebates.  I’m sure there are other ways to find rebates, but these are the Top 5 ways that I find rebates.

1. Frugal Blogs and Forums-My fellow frugal bloggers are a wealth of information when it comes to current rebates “Coupons Deals and More” has the most comprehensive list of available rebates that I have found. I have only found a couple of rebates that were not listed on this site.  This is usually my first stop when I am looking for a rebate for a particular  product.  Coupon forums are also a good place to find out about rebates  because they are full of like-minded people, knowledgable people who always on top of all things frugal.

2.  Sunday newspaper coupon inserts-Although coupons are the main interest in the Sunday paper  coupon inserts, there are more to the inserts than just coupons. They also contain rebate information, contests and sweepstakes information, recipes and an assortment of other information. It pays to look beyond the coupons.

3. Product packaging A lot of rebates are mentioned on the package of the products.  The package may not sate “rebate” explicitly, but statements such as “Try Me Free”  or “Money-Back Guaranteed” are essentially rebate offers.

4. Product Websites-If I want to know if a  product has a rebate available and I can’t find one on Coupons Deals and More, I check the product’s  website.  The rebate offer may be on the home page, but  if it doesn’t show up on the home page, it may be on the “Promotions” or “Special Offers” page.

5. Family and Friends-When your family and friends know that you are couponer and that you submit rebates, they will tell you about rebates and deals  they learn about even if they don’t use the information. Make your habits known and you will be surprised at how much information will find its way to you.

Although it didn’t make my Top 5 list, coupon.com  deserves an honorable mention. Recently the coupon site has been offering rebates right alongside the coupons.  You can print the rebate forms when you print coupons.  

These are the best ways that I have found for finding rebates if you have some additional ways to find rebates, I welcome your ideas and tips. 

Next on Rebate Rundown….”Fufilling the Rebate Requirements.”


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