Sunday, February 12, 2012

Shopping Plans!

Tomorrow I have an ECB that will expire if I don't use it and I promised NOT to be a money waster. So, the plan is to take the extra buck $1.00, plus some of the Free Hershey Delight when you buy another Hershey Bar along with the balance on the gift card that started this whole ball rolling...$.72. The plan will be to walk out with 4 candy bars and pay nothing or very little in change.

Later in the week we'll use up the rest of the Hershey bogo as they expire on the 18th. I'm also looking at working another Nivea deal. There are tons of coupons in the paper for Nivea so this one should be a winner for everyone. I'm taking $6.00 ECB with $4 in coupons to score some free + tax lip balm. At the rate I'm going I should never have chapped lips and with Valentine's Day on the horizon it is smooching time. These are fun little things to give away as well.

Speaking of giving away, One Touch Meters are on sale this week at many places, CVS, Dominicks - perhaps more that I have not found yet. There was a coupon for $10.00 off a One Touch Meter in the Smart Source coupons from 1/08 and the Meters are on sale for, yep, you guessed it, $9.99. Should be another free + tax kind of transaction. If you're lucky enough to have good health, but you still have the coupon these would be great donations for your local health clinic, doctor, food bank etc etc.

I'm heading back to Target to see if I can find some more Iams cat or dog food for free + tax. Again, good things to donate if you don't have pets, don't have friends who have pets or if you don't have friends. (just kidding on that last one)

I'm also aiming for some Vaseline Total Moisture lotion on sale for $.97 - have coupons from Red Plum 1/29 for $1.00 off - cha-ching. And I'm going to see if they have some Old El Paso Taco Seasoning Packets. Handsome Butch likes to make chili and these would be perfect with $.50 off coupons and $.64 seasoning.

I didn't see anything for Walgreens, but I'll probably stop in there and see what's what. You never know.

There are probably more deals out there to be found and had, but these are what I've put together for this week.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Reader Question

Dear Girl and A Gift Card,

Why is it that sometimes a coupon you used on Monday at Store X is not honored at the exact same store a couple of days later?

Signed, Frustrated


Dear Frustrated,

That is a very good question, and funny enough I had the same thing happen to me this week. I went to Walgreens a couple days ago and used the current Mars coupon $1.00 off any 2 Valentine's Day products along with the store coupon putting these cute little Snickers Valentine's candies at $.39 each, limit six. I brought six Snickers up to check out with my store coupon and 3 manufacturer's coupons which should have made the purchase free (according to the math). The clerk would only take two coupons as the register would not allow a zero balance. I typically avoid confrontation so I went with it. Today I returned with more manufacturer's coupons and the plan to add enough other product to cover the overage so that the register would allow the transaction and full use of the coupon. The clerk today said the computer would not even take the coupon at all as it did not apply to the cutesy little Snicker's items. I announced that the coupons had worked just fine a couple days ago, but that didn't get me anywhere. Once again, store coupon policies as good to know and it very may well be that some clerks are easier to work with than others. Or perhaps the store caught wind of the idea that people had found some good deals and they weren't prepared for that kind of savings for their customers. Without a proper response from store management it's hard to say, but it's always best to roll with the punches. More often than not a good coupon plan gets shot to pieces when it's actually practiced by the consumer.

Friday, February 3, 2012

CVS Fun

We made two trips to CVS this week and I've come to a couple of conclusions. First, since ECB cannot be used for sales tax the gift card isn't going to get us much further than where we are right now. However, with that in mind I will continue to post the deals. I can always try again next year with a bigger gift card and plan to only use it for tax.

So, picked up a bunch of deodorant, Hershey kisses, some Dawn soap that Mom wanted and some Tom's of Maine Toothpaste. There was also a hershey's egg but the wrapper and contents are long gone.

I figured after all coupons, bucks and other rebates we were about $3.00 out of pocket until we went back to finish the Colgate deal (more deodorant). We paid $.70 and walked out with four more speed sticks and $6.00 ECB. Crunching all the numbers, we're still ahead and trading up to bigger and better.