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Sunday, February 24, 2013

It's Just a Little Snow...

Forget the snow, there are deals to be had! Besides, I never believe the 12-year old weather forecasters anyway (are they getting younger or am I just getting older?).
View from the deck this morning
The first stop today was Rite Aid. There are not many great deals this week, but Coupon Apprentice and I both had UP rewards that were expiring today so we decided to pick up a few bottles of hand soap. And by a few, I mean 13. Each. These are normally $2.99 (seriously?!) but were on sale today for $0.99, and if you buy 13 you get back $5.00 in UP rewards. 13 bottles rang up at $43, but after sale prices and UPs applied (we both had about $12 in UP rewards) we paid only sales tax and got back $5.00 UP. Why does anyone need 26 bottles of hand soap?! Believe it or not, these go fast. Not only do I wash my hands compulsively, several people are on the hand soap handout list.

Today's Trip
Next stop, CVS. Thermacare single count are $3.49, get back $3.49 in Extra Care Bucks, the 2.7 ounce toothpastes are $2.67, get back $3.00 in Extra Care Bucks, and the Mentos Gum were 2 for $2.00, get back $1.00 in Extra Care Bucks. Almost totally free, no coupons required! The last adventure was the "Wags Loop," where we hit all three Walgreens in Portland. At each we picked up a tube of Curacaine for $7.00 (regular price $11.49) and Melatonin for $4.00 (regular price $10.49). Both were FARR (free after register reward), and even better, we paid with register rewards from two weeks ago so we paid almost nothing out of pocket and ended up with $33 in register rewards for next week. You will notice the two lone Pine-sol, those were on sale 2 for $5.00, I used two $1.00 coupons and got back $1.75 so about $0.63 each - not bad since they are normally $3.59. That could have been 4 Pine-sol, but someone didn't want to like Pine-sol on Facebook, so we only had two coupons. By the second Walgreens the roads were actually getting pretty bad.
Walgreens #3
Ditched Subaru

It seems the weather forecasters were a bit more accurate than usual and the roads got progressively worse as we headed home. Coupon Assistant snapped a picture of a Subaru off the road (we didn't see any Suburbans off the road, snark!).

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Magical Rite Aid Trip

There is something so magical about a big coupon haul. Watching the register total go up and up and up, then scanning your customer card and watching it go down and down and down. With today's trip the register went up and up to $135, before applying sales prices, UP rewards and coupons. Between coupon apprentice and I that's $270 worth of merchandise (if my fuzzy lawyer math is correct). Ultimately after sales, UPs and coupons we ended up paying $29 total out of pocket, and got a combined $42 back in UP rewards. You all know the breakdown (assuming you read my last post....if not, go back and read it!) but here's what $270 worth of goodies from Rite Aid looks like:
So where are the light bulbs? That's my bad, I took the wrong coupons into the store, and honestly I'm not that invested in the crappy CFL bulbs so I didn't bother to go back in. Maybe later this week. But let's not focus on that, let's just revel in the glory of 320 dishwashing pods. On a side note, when I was checking out the cashier said, "wow, you should be on that show!" I'm still not sure if she meant Extreme Couponing, or Hoarders, but either way I'm taking it as a complement.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Shopping List 1/20: Get your coupons ready now, this is going to be a great week!

There are several great stock-up deals at Rite Aid starting this Sunday, 1/20.
Post Shredded Wheat is 2 for $5.00, with a $2.00 UP reward (limit 2). If you printed coupons a few weeks ago from Coupon Network, you can use 2 $1.00 coupons and pay just $3.00, and get back $2.00 in UPs, so just $0.50 per box. I was luck to print out 6 coupons when they were available.
Purex Laundry Detergent pods will also be 2 for $5.00 with a $1.00 UP reward (limit 2). There was a $1.00 coupon in the 1/6 newspaper inserts, so if you use two coupons that will be just $3.00, with $1.00 back in UPs, so just $1.00 per bottle.
Have a stinky guy around? Buy him some Brut deodorant. On sale buy one @ $3.29 get one free, this is producing a monthly UP reward of $2.00 each, so you will pay $3.29 and get back $4.00 in UP rewards. There is a limit of 2 UP rewards on this deal so you'll only be able to do this transaction once. It appears that you could also do this deal using ladies Sure brand deodorant rather than the Brut.
Need light bulbs? Unfortunately due to the government conspiracy to destroy quality lighting we are all eventually going to have to switch to the dim, environmentally hazardous CFL (crappy fluorescent lighting?) bulbs. The silver lining (or perhaps mercury lining) is that you can pick up two for free or very cheap this weekend. GE CFL light bulbs will be on sale for $3.99, and you will get back $3.00 in UP rewards (limit 2). There was a $1.00 off 1 coupon in the 1/6 newspaper inserts, or you can print a $1.00/2 coupon here: http://coupons2.smartsource.com/smartsource/index.jsp?Link=NEKTD2ADHYEZS
Cut yourself with one of those lightbulbs? Well after you deal with the hazmat team, you'll need to cover up that wound. Here is a first aid product that we haven't seen a deal on before. New Skin liquid bandage is on sale for $4.99, with a $3.00 UP reward (limit 2). There is a $1.00 printable coupon here: http://bricks.coupons.com/Start.asp?bt=vi&tqnm=yd3kejh63575085&o=84625&c=PN&p=ONTGXtbo making this just $0.99.
In case you don't have enough cough drops in your stockpile, this week you can stock up on either Halls or Ricola for just $0.50 per bag. On sale 2 for $3.00 with a $1.00 UP reward, you can use a $1.00 off 2 Halls or $1.00 Ricola coupon from the 1/6 newspaper inserts, or a $1.00 off 2 Halls printable coupon here: http://coupons2.smartsource.com/smartsource/index.jsp?Link=O7SLTJRSZ5T7O to bring it down to 2 for $2.00 with a $1.00 UP reward.
I will also be stocking up on Finish dishwashing soap, it's buy one get one free this week, and with the $2.15 off 1 coupon that was in the 1/6 newspaper inserts this should make for a pretty cheap deal (note: Rite Aid coupon policy will only allow you to use one coupon per BOGO, no coupon on the free item). Stock up time! I was hoping that Rite Aid would have them for 50% off as they often do, but it doesn't look like that will happen before the coupon expires and there is no way I'm going to let a high value coupon like that expire!
Last up, Stride ID gum. It's on sale 3 for $3.00, with a $2.00 UP reward. There is a BOGO free coupon on coupons.com, so if you buy 6 packs of gum and use 3 BOGO coupons you will pay $3.00 and get back $4.00 in UP rewards. The only wonky thing here is that the coupon, although it is manufacture's coupon, says "redeemable at WalMart." This could be problematic, depending on your cashier. My advice is to find yourself a boy cashier, they rarely question coupons.
The Pentel pencil deal is all month long, so don't forget to look for more pencils while you're picking up these deals. Happy Shopping!

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Coupon Trip January 13th: Thermacare, Pens & Photo Albums!

Today's trip didn't go quite as planned. The Thermacare deal at Rite Aid ($3.00 - $3.00 in-ad coupon = free) clearly panned out, and Coupon Apprentice and I hit 8 Rite Aids, 7 of which had the Thermacare in stock. A few of them still had the Pentel pencils in stock and we added 12 more packages to the stockpile (43 packages so far this month). Another great deal at Rite Aid is the photo albums pictured, regularly priced at $16.99, these were 50% off with an $8.00 UP reward, so 50-cents each.  
You will notice just two lonely little bottles of Clear conditioner. I had 10 coupons for a free bottle that I printed off the CVS website. DIRECTLY off the CVS website. Yet the coupons failed to scan, and only one cashier would do an override and manually enter it. In fact, two cashiers pretty much accused me of fabricating the coupon. I will be placing my call to CVS corporate tomorrow, not so much because I need conditioner, but because if they're going to put a coupon on their very own website it should work. We decided to skip the Walgreens for the iced tea deal since we spent so much time going to Rite Aid and CVS, and neither of us really like iced tea and certainly don't need the empty calories!

Saturday, January 12, 2013

What are we getting this week? Maureen's picks for 1/13

It looks to be a bit of a slow week. My plan is to hit up Rite Aid for some free Thermacare Heat Wraps (LOVE these things). The single count will be $3.00, and there is a $3.00 in ad coupon. So, as many times as you visit Rite Aid this week you can get a free Thermacare. Then, I will be visiting Walgreens for some free Lipton Iced Tea, on sale for $1.00 with a $1.00 Register Reward. As with the Thermacare, free as many times as you stop at Wags. Finally, I'll be picking up some free Clear shampoo or conditioner (trial size) at CVS with this coupon: http://cvssavingscentral.com/Programs/04_UNI_43766_UnileverCoup.aspx

Ringing in the new year, office supply style

Since 2012 came and went with no apparent zombie apocalypse the shopping adventures will continue in 2013. The beginning of the year brought a plethora of great deals on office supplies (special thanks to couponing apprentice for supplying me with the word "plethora"). All month long Rite Aid has certain Pentel mechanical pencils that will produce a $4 UP reward. The shelf price on these is $4.99, but with my 20% gold discount they are just $3.99, making them free after UP rewards. And here's the really fun part, there is no limit! So far I have done the transaction 31 times, and each time I have received the $4 UP reward. Even better, at Rite Aid you can pay with an UP reward, and get one back, even if it is the same product! So how many pencils does one really need? As many as one can get! Before anyone calls A&E and signs me up for Hoarders I will mention that the Windham Family Resource Center collects school supplies for local kids in August and that's where most of these will be going. This week Rite Aid also had a great deal on Sharpie Markers and Art Skills Markers which, again with the gold discount, made them free. These I will keep for myself and put in next years Christmas "swag bags."

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Mouthwash, Cheeseblister & Razorcandy

I couldn't think of a good title for this weeks blog so I decided to use the title of Coupon Apprentice's photos. I think razorcandy is what mom used to inspect the Halloween loot for, but I'm still a little unclear on cheeseblisters.

Is it a coincidence that heartburn medicine and Velveeta Shells & Cheese are free the same week? Perhaps not, but it is convenient either way. Walgreens has Heartburn Out Spray on sale for $10, with $10 back in Register Rewards. The Velveeta Shells & Cheese are on sale for 2 for $3, and the more you buy the more you get back in Register Rewards. There is a $1.00 off 1 coupon on coupons.com that I was able to print six times (2 prints per computer). There is also a coupon in the Walgreens monthly coupon book for $1.00 off 2 which you can stack with the manufacturer’s coupon. So, I bought 6 boxes for $9.00, used $9.00 in coupons, and got back $5.00 in Register rewards. The Help! I’ve got a Blister packages were on sale for $3.99, with $3.00 back in Register Rewards. Not quite free, but these make great stocking stuffers!CVS had some great deals this week too. I got a Norelco electric razor, two packages of Venus disposable razors, two bags of Hershey’s Simple Pleasure candy and 1 box of Zzzquil capsules. The total cost was $73.40 with tax. I used a $10 Norelco coupon, 2 $2.00 Hershey’s coupons, a BOGO Venus coupon and a $3.00 Venus Coupon, a $2.00 Zzzquil manufacture’s coupon and a $2.00 CVS Zzzquil coupon, plus $26.00 in Extra Care Bucks from last week. That brought the total out of pocket paid down to $19.40 with tax, and I got back $18.00 in Extra Care Bucks.

Rite Aid didn’t have much to offer this week so we just got mouthwash. Lots and lots of mouthwash (which is good because coupon apprentice has a potty mouth. Or maybe that’s me. Who the fuck really cares, LOL). We each did two transactions (at two different Rite Aids). The transaction was one bottle of Scope @ 4.29 and one bottle of Crest ProHeath @$4.99. After tax, the total was $9.74. We used a $1.50 Scope coupon, a $1.00 Crest manufacturer’s coupon and a $1.00 Crest Rite Aid coupon, and $3.00 in UP bucks. That brought the total down to $3.24, and we got back $6.00 back in UPs. And now we have 8 bottles of mouthwash (try not to be too jealous).