Saturday, December 6, 2008

WHy a blonde should NEVER think on the fly....

Okay, So it was the $5.RR on $25. purchase.
And I didnt even know about it. A friend told me about it, then showed her scenario. So I stole it. Kinda...

So, Yesterday I had less than an hour between Matt's award ceremony and the Funeral I had to go to. So I decided to run by Wags.

My first run I got:

The 3 excederains for 15.00
Nyquil 5.99
Nyquill 5.99
Colgate Toothpaste 2.99

All I had was one 1.00 off coupon for the toothpaste.

I paid

28.97 in cash.

Total savings 9.97

I got back
2.00 RR on the toothpaste
5.00 on the over 25.00 purchase
thats 21.00 back in RR

SO, I turned around and bought:

Reach ultraclean toothbrush 3.00
Another one 3.00
Colgate Total 2.99
Bald guyz gel 4.99
Rimmell Lip liner 3.29
Another one 3.29
6 pencils 1.50
Dentex dental picks 2.99
Another package 2.99
Always infinity 4.99

COupons were:
BOGO toothbrush -3.00
Colgate -1.00
Lipliner on sale (bogo) -3.29
Dentex on sale (bogo) -2.99
pencils -.50
Alwys coupon (prev. RR) -3.00
gve her my
8.00 RR
4.00 RR
5.00 RR
Owed her .12 cents.

Total savings 28.47

THEN, I was running out of time, and had one more order in my basket. Cause My MIL had asked me to bring her and her coworkers a coke before I went to the funeral.

the Glad Bags, 5.99 on sale (80 bags)
Coke CLassic 1.39
2 Dr Peppers 2.35
Reach floss 3.00
Reach floss 3.00
Wags water 24pk 3.99
Wags water 24pk 3.99
Now she had scanned the coupons I had already, so I was trying to do the math She subtotoaled it and it was 21.93 I KNEW I had done 3.00 in coupons. I only needed .07 cents. So I ran and got some gum. I picked up a pack for 1.29 that I like, but a helpful cashier that loves to watch me save said "get the extra, with the coupon it goes to 59 cents!! I cant chew it, but BR can. So I did.
Wrigleys gum 1.19

Coupons used:
Reach floss - 1.00
wags IVC coupon for water 1.00
another one - 1.00
wags gum coupon -.60

Then I gave her:
2.00 colgate RR's
2.00 colgate RR
2.00 colgate RR
5.00 over 25.00 RR

I still had 2 6.00 RR's on the reach, but if I used them I wouldnt get my 6.00 RR from THIS deal. (cant roll RR's on same purchases)

total was now 10.30
gave her my gift card with last months rebates
- 9.89
total out of pocket was 77 cents.
Total savings was
16.38 Plus add in my 9.89 for the GC and it was 26.27 total savings.

Out popped my 6.00 RR and that was it.

SO, I added up everything in my head. I was OVER 25.00.
I was in a hurry and left. Took the cokes to MIL and
THEN I really looked at the reciept. IF you buy 2 sodas the price drops .20 cents.

I had a total of 24.90!! I had forgotten subtotal puts the tax on it, so the .07 was wrong to start with.

I was literly sick to my stomache!! I lost out on 5.00 cause of a .10 cent mistake in MY calculating... Just 6 more pencils, would have cost me a buck, and I would have made 4.00 OR a eyeliner, or SOMETHING!!

OR had I gotten the damn gum I wanted it would have been 10 cents higher.

SO, I screwed myself out of 5.00!!

I left with 64.71 in merchandise
paid 29.86

Still have 12.00 in RR and will get back 5.48 in MIR. But those will count towards another purchase.

I didnt do great, I didnt even do good. But I did do it! LOL

Then today I am sitting in the ER while BR got a IV antibiotic and sorting my coupons. I am bad about taking them out of their pockets and not putting them back, so I decided to take the time to do it while I was waiting on that drip. Plus I had 2 P&G inserts that I needed to cut up and catalog.

In there is 2 1.50 off Nyquill AND a free puffs WYB 2 Nyquills. I could have saved 3.00 AND gotten some free kleenexs!! I am DOUBLE mad now..

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

I almost cried

Okay, I know I said this would start in 09. But, I just have to brag. Okay, braggin is a sin. I know this. plus its just plain rude. SO, in light of my blessings, I am going to call it a 'testimonial to coupons!' you too can do this! :) There, I feel a little better... But I am still doing the happy dance. No matter how rude it is..

This is 4 seperate transactions.

At walgreens.

The first:
2 reach toothbrushes (3.00ea)
Reach floss (3.00)
big tube of colgate (on sale for 2.99)
6 holiday pencils.

after coupons: 8.49

total savings (wags savings and mfg coupon) 8.47

and they gave me a 6.00 catalina for the Reach purchase and a 2.00 for the toothpaste.
I used a 1.00 coupon for the toothpaste, making it a penny money maker. and a BOGO coupon for the toothbrushes, plus 1.00 off the floss.

Colgate (again 2.99 minus 1.00 coupon)
13 oz Fruictoise shampoo on sale for 2.39
13 oz conditioner 2.39 on sale
Had a 1.00 coupon for both.
I paid 5.00
They gave me another 2.00 catalina.

Total savings 5.20


13oz fruictose shampoo
13oz fruictose cond.
Revlon Mascera on sale for 3.59
Revlon Mascera
Colgate toothpaste

The REvlon Mascera was BOGO. I had 2.00 coupons for the revlon, and the same 1.00 ones for the toothpaste and hair care.

I paid 4.56 and got back another 2.00 catalina
Total savings 19.59

Now here is the large transaction.
I had a 5.00 off 25.00 coupon.

The glade candles were on sale. I had a few coupons, and well I went to town... :)

5 glade candle bowl things,
8 wisp flameless candles
2 revlon masceras
3 refills for the candle bowl things
Almay lip liner
Quatro Razor
2 Bic Soliel 4 pk refills
2 Revlon lipstick
1 box envelopes
fingernail polish

Now, again all revlon was BOGO, and I bought the ones on clearence, There was a sale on the glade candles, the almay and polish were both on sale, and I had a coupon for everything in my buggy except the envelopes.

The really good deals were the razor refills, they were 2 for 6.99 and I had 2 $3.00 coupons. making them 49 cents each.

I had BOGO coupons for some of the candles. and $ off for all of them. I was able to use both at my store.

When it was all said and done, I gave them 10.00 in Catalinas (if you are doing the math you know I had 12.00, BUT to use the last catalina, which rings up as a coupon, I needed ONE more filler. I didnt have another filler. and it was kinda silly to grab a 99. eye pencil to save 2.00. ?? I will just use it on my next order.)

Are you ready?? I bought in this one transaction, 180.71 worth of things. I paid 6.09 cash. I am serious. I wouldnt lie to you about that.

Here is my pic.

SO- today my totals were:

Total merchandise bought

Paid out of pocket

So my savings with coupons, sales and combining clearence and coupons was:


I will also be getting 1.10 refund on one of the glades. Its a rebate item in the easy savor book this month!

By the time we were working on the last transaction, I had an audience. Seriously. Managers, cashiers, and a few customers. and they were SOOOO nice. They were cheering me on! I kid you not. They were so impressed. and honestly, so was I!!

I dont expect to do this every time, but I will do it as often as I can. and if you are on my Christmas list, Dont look at the picture :)

Oh there is a melty candle missing, along with a refill for it. My beautician was able to work me in on 2 minutes notice and I gave her an early CHristmas present! :)

Sunday, November 30, 2008


I had a cashier that was intelectually deficiant, so it was extremly agervating. we had to void it all and rering it.

I also couldnt find and or didnt remember some of the food deals. which makes me mad now. Cause I really needed the frosting and such. :(

OH and there had been a few couponers there before me. There was ONE gillette bodywash, I had to climb on a shelf to get a second ziplock container, there was NO endust, and quite a few other things were gone too. :(

Mine included:
(2 transactions on the foil, gauze and oust MIL was with me and wanted some too.)

5 barbies (2.99 each)
3 5pks of matchbox cars (2.99 each)
Uno cards (2.99)
4 Ivory Soap
Caress BW
Dove BW
Gillette bodywash (FREE)
Suave Lotion
2 Pkg emory boards (FREE)
my MIL threw in a flippin keychain with lipgloss cause it was cute...
2 Colgate kids
2 Kotex
2 Edge Eclipse (FREE)
3 shave gel (FREE)
Sauve deoderant
Dove Shampoo
Dove Shampoo
package of Tylonal (FREE) (not in the picture, I needed it as soon as I got into the truck)
2 halls cough drops
5 Non Stick gauze pads (FREE)
medical tape (FREE)
2 Steri pads (FREE)
ace sports tape
7 foils (75sq feet)
Pedigree dog treats
2 gallon ziploc bags
2 ziploc containers
4 temptations cat treats
2 beggin strips
5 oust (FREE)
4 pounce cat treats (FREE)
glade carpet smell good stuff (FREE)
Breeze Pellets
Breeze pads ( this coupon was for 1.00 off if you buy both. SO, I paid ALOT for them, but 2.00 off the both of them was better than nothing)
Cat food
Brownies (no coupons.. :( )

I had a gift card for 27.02 and that almost took care of the barbies and cars and cards. (they are not in the picture cause I sent them to my MIL's to hide them)

My total was 227.21 and I paid 55.60 OOP.

For a savings of 171.61

Here is the picture of it all, well except the afore mentioned toys.

and here is a picture of my son trying to steal some ivory to eat. Dont ask me why, but every time he finds a bar of Ivory he tries to eat it...

Monday, November 24, 2008

2 great shops that I cant not brag about.

Okay, I know this blog is going to start with my January savings. BUT these two brags are SOOO good, I cant help but preen. :)

The first is during a buy one get one free sale at Kmart for Max Factor make up.
Kmart is an hour drive for me, so I never shop there. BUT luckily BR needed something from Academy and offered to take me for this great deal he had heard me talking about.

I bought:

blush 8.99
blush 8.99
lipstick 10.99
lipstick 10.99
foundation 9.99
foundation 9.99
powder 8.99
powder 8.99
lipcolor 8.99
lipcolor 8.99
lipfinity lipcolor 8.99
lipfininty lipcolor 8.99
mascera 8.79
mascera 8.79
mascera 8.79
mascera 8.79
foundation 6.99
foundation 6.99
Eyeshadow 5.99
Eyeshadow 5.99

The total on the makeup was 177.50. Then I gave them my BOGO max factor coupons. When we were done, they owed me all 20 peices of makeup, AND $2.15. Now Kmart doenst give you overage, and of course BR had found SOMTHING he wanted, so we threw on a Coyote call that was 8.99 and I gave them a little over 6 bucks and walked out.
kmart savings was 88.20
my coupon savings was 89.30
Thats a savings of over 179.65

The next was at walgreens.
They had their Schick quatro disposable razor packs (there are 3 or 4 in each pack, depending on if there is a bonus pack) on sale for 5.99. I didnt realize that I got one that was 8.29 until looking at the reciept.

So I got
Schick quattro 8.29
Schick Quattro 5.99 (reg 8.99)
Schick Quattro 5.99 (reg 8.99)
Schick Quattro 5.99 (reg 8.99)
ALmay Mascera 6.99
ALmay Mascera 6.99

Unfortunatly, BR needed some baby powder for work, soooo I had to buy that. HE ALWAYS screws up my 'walking out of the store for FREE's....
WLG baby powder 3.29

Like I said they had the sale of 3.00 off. Then they had a coupon for 3 more dollars off. making them 2.99 so take off 12.00.

I had coupons for BOGO on schitck razors, so I handed those over.
She took off 8.29 and 5.99

also, the almay mascera was a BOGO with a coupon in that weeks walgreens sales paper with the instore coupon.
So she took off another 6.99.

This brough my total to 11.11
thats walgreens advertised savings of 15.89
Manufacture coupon savings of 26.28
for a total of 42.17
so I got 53.28 worth of stuff for $11.11.

Not bad right?
well I am NOT done.
Come to find out, there is also a 6.99 rebate on the almay mascera in their easy saver book for that month its one of their FAR items (Free after Rebate). SO, I go to, enter my reciept number and since I choose to put it on a gift card, they add 10% in addition to the rebate.

So, I will get back the 6.99 that I actually SPENT on the mascera to get both of them. PLUS 10%. thats ... 7.68 if I am not mistaken.

so, my out of pocket was 11.11 and you take away the 7.68 that I am getting back and that is $3.43 and you remember that BR just had to have the baby powder which was $3.29.
I should have paid NOTHING. at all. It should have been a 'free' shop.

SO my new totals are
53.28 worth of stuff, for a total of 3.29. thats a savings of 49.99!!