Saving at Rite Aid week of 5/6-5/12

I had much better luck finding items in stock by going on Sunday, so I think I will stick with that from now on. I had fairly quick Rite Aid and Walgreens trips today (Walgreens will be posted shortly). For Rite Aid I had three pretty small transactions, and only had trouble with a couple of coupons, hooray! I was once again impressed by my local Rite Aid, there was a big line at checkout and after letting a couple of people go ahead, more just kept coming so I ultimately decided to just do one transaction at a time, but by the time my first transaction was finishing up there were two more cashiers and the line behind me was gone! Anyway, on to the deals…

Transaction #1

Eight Gerber 1st food baby food two packs

Regularly: $1.59 each, on sale for BOGO-50% off with a $3.00 +up reward back on two.

No coupons needed!

$1.59 + $0.79 – $3.00 +up reward made each pair a $0.61 moneymaker

Final: I paid $3.52 before tax (which was $0 anyway) and after using a $6 +up from last week, and I received: (4) $3 +up reward, a $2.44 money maker before tax

 

Transaction #2

Four Lady Speedstick and Four Speedstick

Regularly: $3.79 on sale for BOGO with a $5.00 monthly +up reward when you spend $15.

I used (2) BOGO free coupons from the 4/29 paper (this coupon is only valid for every four deodorants because you need to be PAYING for two in order to use it)

$7.58 for all eight after coupons – $5.00 +up reward made the total $2.58, or $0.32 for each

One RiteAid True2Go Glucose Meter

Regularly: $9.99 on sale for $8.99 with a $5.00 monthly +up reward when you buy one.

No coupons, but there was a Try This Free rebate form included with the meter.

$8.99 – $5.00 +up reward – $8.99 made this a $5 moneymaker before tax

Final: I paid $4.57 before tax, and after the $12 in +ups from the 1st transaction. After (2) $5 + up rewards and an $8.99 rebate, this transaction will be a $2.42 moneymaker

 

Transaction #3

Four Revlon Beauty tools

All Revlon was on sale for %40 off and I had some misc. catalinas to use so I did the following deal:

(2) Revlon eyelash curlers regularly $3.65 ea on sale for $2.19 used the $2/1 Revlon May Video Values and a $4/2 Revlon beauty tools catalina made each one $0.19

(1) Revlon crazy shine nail buffer (I love these things!) regularly $3.49 ea on sale for $2.09, the $4/2 coupon took off $2 to make this $0.09

(1) Revlon designer nail file regularly $1.99 on sale for $1.19, used a $1/1 beauty tool catalina making this $0.19

(3) items at $0.19 and one at $0.09 = $0.66 for all four items before tax

One U by Kotex 18ct. tampon

Regular: $5.79 ea., on sale for $3.99 with a $3 +up on one

I used a $1/1 coupon from the Kotex website (no longer available)

$3.99 – $1 manufacturer coupon – $3.00+up  = FREE

Two One Touch Ultra Mini glucose meters

Regular: $19.990 ea., on sale for $9.99.

I used (2) $10/1 printed coupons found here

$9.99 – $10/1 coupons (adjusted down to $9.99, they will beep) = Two meters for FREE

One P&G Olympic Gift Set (Herbal Essences/Olay) $30 value

Regular: $14.99 ea., on sale for $9.99

(These are also free if you spend $50 on specific P&G products at Rite Aid but I’m not quite there yet)

$9.99 for the gift set – one subscription to Self magazine, which should be able to submit for a $12.99 mail in rebate, making this a $3 moneymaker after rebate

Final: I paid $3.62 before tax after using the $10 +up from Transaction #2, received (1) $2 +up rewards and $12.99 mail in rebate, which will make for a $1.37 moneymaker pre-tax

 

My total out-of-pocket expense before tax, if you exclude the $6 roll over from last week, was  $17.71 with $2 remaining in +up rewards for next time, so $15.71. After I submit for the $8.99 and $12.99 rebates, I will have made $6.27 before tax, which for me came out to be $5.10 (I need to move to a lower-tax state!), still made over $1.

Total of all merchandise with sales only, no coupons or +ups would have been $75.29

Total of all merchandise with no Wellness+ card would have been $117.64

A lot of this week was donation items with the baby food and the glucose monitors and a lot of the deodorants, but I was able to score a few things that we will use, and they actually paid me to take. Doesn’t get much better than that!


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My Rite Aid trip for the week of 4/29-5/5

The last couple of weeks I have done my coupon shops on Friday or Saturday (mainly because I was waiting on coupons that I had ordered from eBay), but I have been having a hard time find the items from the ad that late in the week so this week I decided to go nice and early and shop today (Monday). However, it seems like I was still a little too late as some of the freebie deals were gone, but I am hoping they will be back in stock a little later this week…or I will try to get a rain check for them. Some of the deals I didn’t get (yet!) that you may want to look out for are the free Starbucks Refreshers up to a $2.39 value from the Pepsi Moments to Save insert from yesterday’s paper…I have four of these since I got four Sunday papers, but I can use them anywhere so I am not too worried about it. The also had Mike and Ike’s or Hot Tamales advertised this week for 2/$2, plus a $2 +up at checkout, making them free. I think I would have preferred them to be out of them but instead there was one lonely little box of Hot Tamales left…not much of a deal to have to pay full price for one vs. getting two for free! I also missed the Oreo packs. They are free this week if you have the April video values coupon for $1/2 (no longer available as they have already rolled over to the May Video Values (some good ones this month!). Also, I was looking to score the deals on the Schick hydro shave gels and Blink eye drops using the peelies found on some products, but my Rite Aid seems to have a peelie thief! There were only a few of each of these products on the shelf and all of them had the outline of the glue from the coupon. It’s really unfortunate that people feel that they need to shelf clear or take all of the peelies, but that’s just part of the game I supposed. Anyway, onto the deals!

First of all, I had the BEST cashier. I’ve only been at this for a couple of weeks but I’ve already gotten the eye rolls, coupon slams, and my favorite, one cashier telling the other to take me when I checked out because she wasn’t “about to deal with all the stupid coupons”…..while my fiance was still at the register grabbing gum (I had pulled over to an empty side aisle to get my transactions ready). Today however, my cashier was super friendly, took her time (I had waited until there was a lull and two people up there so there was another register available…SO much less pressure!) and she went over my receipt before letting me pay to make sure that every coupon and +up that I gave her rang up correctly and deducted from the balance, how awesome is that! In total I did four transactions, technically it was five I suppose because after the third transaction was rung up, but before I paid, the power went out and we had to redo the whole thing once it came back on. Here’s what they came out to be:

Transaction #1

Three Colgate 360 surround power toothbrushes

Regularly: $7.49 on sale for $6.99 with a $3.00 +up reward back on each. Additionally, there was a monthly $10 +up reward when you spend $20 on Colgate, Softsoap and a couple other brands (ends tomorrow, 5/1!)

I used (3) $2/1 Colgate power brush coupons from the 4/29 paper

$6.99- $2.00 coupon – $3.00 +up reward made each one $1.99, with an additional $10 +up for spending $20

Final: I paid $7.97 before tax and after using a $7 +up from last week, and I received: (3) $3 and (1) $10 +up reward, making this a $4 money maker before tax

 

Transaction #2

Four Colgate sensitive Pro Relief toothpaste

Regularly: $6.29 on sale for $4.99 with a $2.50 +up reward on each. The same Colgate $10 + up reward when you spend $20 also applied (there was a limit four monthly limit, which I had not used up)

I used (4) $1/1 Colgate toothpaste coupon from the 4/15 paper

$4.99 – $1.00 coupon – $2.50 +up reward made each one $1.49, with an additional $10 +up reward for spending $20

Eight tins of Sucrets Complete cough drops

Regular: $4.99 ea., on sale 2/$3 with a $1 +up on any two.

I used (8) $1.00/1 found here

$3.00/2 – (2) $1/1 coupons – $1 +up on any 2 = FREE (limit of four +up, thus why I got eight)

Final: I paid $.96 before tax after using the $19 +up from Transaction #1, I received (4) $2.50, (1) $10 [Colgate] and (4) $1 [Sucrets] +ups making this a $4 money maker before tax

 

Transaction #3

Four Centrum Pro Nutrients 50 ct.

Regularly: $12.99 on sale for $9.99 with a $3.00 +up reward on each.

I used (4) $5/1 Colgate toothpaste coupon from the 4/22 newspaper

$9.99 – $5.00 coupon – $3.00 +up reward made each one $1.99

Two Carmex chapsticks

Regular: $1.69 ea., on sale 2/$2 with a $1 +up on any two.

No coupons, but a pretty good deal for someone who goes through chap stick as quickly as I do!

$2.00/2 – $1 +up on any 2 = .50 ea

Two multi-packs of Dentyne Ice…I had planned on getting more but these were the last two 😦

Regular: $2.99 ea., on sale 2/$4 with a $1 +up on any two.

I used (2) $1/1 multi-pack coupon. Not sure which paper these had come from, I bought them on eBay last week for a moneymaker on single packs of Dentyne

$4.00/2 – (2) $1/1 coupons – $1 +up on any 2 = .50 for each three pack, about .17 cents a pack!

Two Dove chocolate bars (not shown in the picture below since it was 100 degrees today and they are currently recovering in the freezer)

Regular: $0.99 ea., on sale 2/$1

I used (1) $.50/2 coupons printed from here

$1.00/2 – $.50/1 coupons = .25 each

Final: I paid $.46 before tax after using the $24 +up from Transaction #2, received (4) $3 [Centrum], and (2) $1 [Dentyne, Carmex] +up rewards

 

Transaction #4

Two Tampax pearl 18 ct. (I actually messed up this deal and should have got the Tampax Radiant that were on sale for $3.99 with a $1 +up, but still an ok deal)

Regularly: $5.79 on sale for B1G1 50% off, so we’ll call em 4.34 a piece

I used (2) $1/1 coupons that were expiring today

$4.34 – $1.00 coupon made each one $3.34

Two boxes of Skinny Cow 6 pack snacks

Regular: $3.99 on sale for $2.99 with a $1 +up on each

I used (2) $1/1 coupons from the 4/29 newspaper

$2.99 – $1 coupon – $1 +up  = .99 per 6 pack

One bottle of Dawn dish soap (on a side note,I got the New Zealand Spring one and it smells sooooo good!)

Regular: $1.99 ea., on sale for $0.95

I used (1) $.25/1 coupon from the April P&G mailer that was expiring today

$0.95 – $0.25 coupon = .$0.70

Two Dove chocolate bars

Regular: $0.99 ea., on sale 2/$1

I used (1) $.50/2 coupons printed from here

$1.00/2 – $.50/1 coupons = .25 each

One Revlon PhotoReady mascara and one designer nail file

Mascara – Regular: $8.99 Nail File – Regular $2.45, $1.22 after Revlon B1G1 50% off sale, plus a $4 when you spend $10 +up reward

I used (1) $2/1 Any PhotoReady cosmetic manufacturers coupon found here, (1) $2/PhotoReady Mascara from the May Video Values and (1) $1/1 Revlon beauty tool catalina

$8.99- $2/1 manufacture coupon – $2/1 video values coupon = $4.99, plus $1.22 – $1/1 coupon = $0.22  Total for both products, $5.21 – $4 +up for spending $10 = only $1.21!

Final: I paid $3.07 before tax (should have been closer to zero with the proper Tampax deal) after using the $14 +up from Transaction #3, I received (2) $1 [Skinny Cow], and (1) $4 [Revlon] +up rewards

 

All in all my total out-of-pocket expense before tax, if you exclude the $7 roll over from last week, was  $19.46 with $6 remaining in +up rewards for next time, so $13.46!

Total of all merchandise with sales only, no coupons or +ups would have been $132.70

Total of all merchandise with no Wellness+ card (no one should EVER shop this way!) would have been $189.80

 

Here’s a picture of all the goodies (sans chocolate suffering from heat exhaustion and 1 already in use 360 spin toothbrush)

What did you score this week at Rite Aid? This is a great shopping week since this weeks paper had four inserts each, and a lot of the monthly deals are currently overlapping (such as the monthly spending rewards and the Video Values…April ones expire May 12th!) Leave a comment with your favorite deals for the week.

FREE stability ball from Sears and FitStudio through May 5th (or while supplies last)

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The website was down earlier today, but it appears to be up and running again. Head on over to FitStudio’s website and sign up for their free service. You must enter the promo code BALL at the bottom of the sign up window. Once you have submitted your registration you should receive an email (mine came immediately) with a printable coupon for a free stability ball. You can then take your coupon to Sears and redeem your coupon for one of three size balls: 55″, 65″ or 75″, a $12.99 value!

This is one of those awesome freebies that don’t require money upfront or rebate forms to submit and hope they remember to send you the check 6-8 weeks later. Make sure you get over there quick…in case this doesn’t last until the 5th!

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Four free Ahava samples plus free shipping with any purchase (as low as $7!)

Right now, through 11:59 est on 5/6/2012 you can score a free Mineral Botanic sample duo free PLUS free shipping with any purchase. Even better, you will receive three more free samples that you can choose before you check out.

How to get this deal:

1.) Go here and add your favorite product to the cart. Ahava has a ton of great products for beauty and skin care including masks, moisturizer and mineral makeups. If you haven’t tried Ahava before, I recommend trying out some of their trial size items. These can be found under gifts>less than $25. There were several trial size items between $7-10 available.

2.) Go to your cart and select checkout method. (Either sign in, register, or check out as a guest). Continue through the checkout process until you get to the Promotional Code section. Enter the code FREEMINBO. You will see the sample duo added to your purchase, and free shipping when you get to the end of checkout (normally $5!)

3.) Finish filling out your shipping information, once you select your shipping method you will be able to choose three more free samples from a selection of about 10 or so.

4.) Finish your checkout and sit back and wait for your Ahava goodies to arrive!

Here is an example from the order that I made earlier today:

Have you already tried Ahava products? Let me know what your favorite product is, or what you ordered with this deal if you are new to Ahava like me!

My Favorite Coupon Sites

This list will probably grow the most rapidly as I discover more and more places to find great coupons online. This list is a good starting point for anyone that is working on getting their coupon collection buffed up. There are tons of coupons available and sure to be savings for everyone.

The site: Coupons.com

Why I like it: This site has tons of coupons available and is a good place to clip a lot of coupons at once. You can sort the coupons by a category to help you narrow down the list if you are looking for something specific.

What could be improved: Although you can sort by category, there is no way to search for a specific coupon. This can make it hard if you are looking for one brand in particular, however if you sort by category you will usually only need to look through two or three of the pages.

Things you should know: For the most part, all regions get the same coupons, but they are based on zip codes. Don’t feel like you have to stay within your own zip code! My zip code does not always have the widest variety of coupons so I try several out to make sure I am getting all of the good coupons floating around out there. Some of my favorite zips for Coupons.com are 10001, 12345, 33033, 62496 and 90210. As you find zip codes that you like write them down and keep the list near your computer so you can quickly check them to find the best coupons (and of course leave a comment and let us know about your favorite zip!). Another thing to know about Coupons.com is about printer efficiency. The coupons print three to a page, so if you have a multiple of three coupons when you print you will use your paper the most efficiently. If you don’t get to a multiple of three, no worries! The coupons print in the same spot every time, so if you have only one or two to a sheet you can flip it over and print your next coupon on the bottom of the page. (*Caution* be VERY careful when doing this. If you don’t put the paper into your printer the correct way, you will print over a coupon that is already printed. This will cost you both coupons, which can be disastrous to your shopping plan as there IS a limit on how many of each coupon you can print per computer.)

The site: RedPlum

Why I like it: Those of you who get the Sunday paper for the coupon inserts (highly recommended!) probably have already heard the name RedPlum. Many of the coupons offered on RedPlum’s website are the same as the ones you would find in your Sunday paper. Why is this an upside you ask? It will help you stock up when you find a really killer deal on an item that RedPlum has a coupon for. Depending on how many newspapers you buy in a week, you may end up with not enough coupons for a product that you found for super cheap, free, or even as a moneymaker. If the coupon you are lacking came from a RedPlum insert you may be able to go online and print up a couple more of the coupon so you can take full advantage of the deal.

What could be improved:  There is a much more limited selection of coupons on the site compared to some of the other sites out there, but it is still a great site to check weekly for more coupons to supplement what came in your Sunday paper, or what you may have missed on a regional coupon.

Things you should know: RedPlum does have the option of loading coupons to some stores loyalty cards. They do not have my local grocery store on the site so I have not tried it out, but I have loaded coupons directly from the store’s site and I absolutely LOVE how convenient it is. Not only are you saving on the ink to print out the coupon, but it is also that many fewer coupons you have to lug lovingly carry around with you.

The site: SmartSource

Why I like it: This site is very similar to RedPlum in that SmartSource is also a common insert to find in your newspaper (sometimes twice!).  SmartSource also gives you the ability to sort by brand, which can be super convenient if you are looking for a specific coupon.

What could be improved: Like coupons.com, these coupons print three to a page, but they are just slightly wider. This is most likely just the OCD in me talking, but the extra width in them makes them just wide enough that they won’t fit into my baseball card holders. I usually just fold the bottom up just enough to let it fit and then I fold it in half so that it will fit sideways in the holder. (Once I get a little more organized I will make a post about how I have set up and organized my binder).

Things you should know: This site is pretty straight forward, just keep in mind that you will have to be a little creative in getting them to fit if you use baseball card inserts like I do. Also, I did have some trouble getting them to print in Mozilla Firefox the first couple of times that I tried, but that may just have been me. I reinstalled java and have had no issues since. If you do have trouble, try Internet explorer or Google Chrome, or whatever other browser you may have access to.

The site: CellFire

Why I like it: CellFire is a site devoted to those ‘load to your card’ coupons. As I said above, love the convenience of these. Any way I can cut down on printing costs is a definite plus in my book.

What could be improved: Unfortunately my closest grocery stores are Stater Brothers, which doesn’t have a loyalty card, and Vons (Safeway), which is not currently available on CellFire. There is a pretty long list of stores though, so check it out and if your store is on the list you will definitely want to take advantage of this great website.

Things you should know: These coupons are mostly store coupons, which means that, depending on the store’s policy, that you can stack them with a manufacturer’s coupon. Timing a coupon stack with a good sale is the best way to find unbeatable, or free prices on your items.

As I said, I am still working on putting together my list of favorite coupon sites, because I do print a lot of coupons. Here are some other coupon sites you may want to check out:

Coupon Network

Cool Savings

Saving Star

Proctor and Gamble

Have you tried any of these sites? Do you have other sites that are a must visit? If so, let us know what you think and why you love them in the comments section.

Working on getting the blog up and running!

Hello everyone!

I have been working diligently on trying to get everything situated so I can start blogging about all of the money-saving deals and projects I find. I  have Twitter and Facebook up and running now though so make sure you are subscribed to them and to this blog of course. Here are the links:

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I am hoping this blog will have money-saving ideas for everyone. I am getting started with ‘couponing’ (maybe I’ll grow up to be an Extreme Coupon-er someday!) so I will have plenty of deal scenarios to help you save at the store. Primarily however, this blog will be about my personal experiences of trying to save money in all aspects of my life, home ownership, wedding planning, traveling, the list goes on and on.

As we get to know each other, you will learn that I am on the far side of the spectrum from handy, but my fiance and I are trying our very best to DIY our new home and eventually our wedding, though we are still a ways out from that. View this blog as an amazing opportunity to find projects, ideas, tips and more with the added bonus of learning from our mistakes…there will be plenty I assure you!

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