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Monday, January 30, 2012

My Massive Sunday Haul, 1/29/12

"What do we have here?!"
We're seeing some great moneymakers this week when we combine rewards and rebates! I just hope my Speed Stick purchase is honored by Colgate for the SS 1/29 rebate; there's conflicting language in the rebate fine print about whether it starts Sunday or Monday.

I'm pretty sure it's Sunday though. I mean, they reference 1/29 twice, and 1/30 only once. And they put 1/29 in BOLD. COME ON. Gimme my 5 bucks, Palmolive Colgate or whatever your name is. AND UPDATE YOUR FACEBOOK PAGE, ALREADY!
ANYWHO, here's my breakdown:








Target:

Bought 4 Iams Dry Cat Food, 11 oz. $3.00, regular price
Used 4 $3.00/1 Iams Dry Dog or Cat Food from PG 1/29
Final Price: 4 Free


Bought 4 Gillette Fusion Proglide 2.5 oz. $0.97, regular price
(Located in travel section or on a end cap)
Used 4 $1.00/1 Gillette Fusion Shave Prep from PG 1/1 (exp. 1/31)
Final Price: 4 Free

Bought 3 Oral B Floss, $0.97 each, regular price
Used 3 $1.00/1 Oral B Floss coupon from PG 1/1 (exp. 1/31)
Final Price: 3 Free

Bought 1 Pillsbury Grands Biscuits, $1.97, regular price (we needed them for dinner)

$20.76  Shelf cost
-  0.09   Discounts (5% Red debit card savings)
-19.00   Coupons (not rounded down, so I got $0.21 overage!)
$ 1.67
+ 1.13    Sales tax (they tax pet food here. BOOOOOOOO. Damn animal hatas.)
$ 2.80    (86.5% savings)

The only thing I paid for was the damn biscuits (and stupid sales tax. Grumble grumble.). Used them to make biscuit pizzas tonight. Cause that's how I roll.

"What do you mean that Iams is for the kitties at the animal shelter?! Open this bag or I will rip out your throat, mother!"
She eats Buffalo Blue, for peet's sake. WTF is her problem?!

CVS:

My trip to CVS was the best trip in the history of CVS trips. I got all my Speed Sticks for free after the BOGO coupons each rang up at $3.99! I successfully used my $10/$50 store coupon. I found bonus sized bags of the pretzel M&Ms. I also found more $2 Advil PM peelies! I even turned the Hallmark card deal into a moneymaker! I am AWESOME in every way. BOW DOWN TO ME, MERE COUPONING MORTALS!

Bought 3 Lady Speed Sticks $1.99 each, regularly $2.99 each
And bought 3 Speed Sticks $1.99 each, regularly $4.49 each
Spend $12.00, Receive $6.00 Extra Bucks when you buy Select Products, Limit 2
Used 3 BOGO coupons from SS 1/29 (took off $3.99 each, except for last one which took off $3.96)
And will submit for $5/$10 Colgate Rebate (SS 1/29)
Paid $0.00, Received $6.00 Extra Bucks and will submit for $5.00 Rebate
Final price: $11.00 Moneymaker

Bought 3 Hallmark Cards $0.99 each, regular price
Receive $3.00 Extra Bucks, when you buy 3 Hallmark Cards, Limit 1 
Used B2G1 card free store coupon from Magic Coupon Machine/previous receipt (printed last week) - this took off $2.50! (Make sure you have enough on your receipt to cover the overage.)
Paid $0.47, Received $3.00 Extra Bucks
Final Price: $2.53 Moneymaker

Bought 2 Bayer Aspirin 32 count, $2.99 each, regular price
BOGO 50%
Used 2 $1.00/1 manufacturer coupons from SS2 1/1
And used 1 $3.00/2 CVS coupon from Magic Coupon Machine
Final Price: $0.52 Moneymaker

Bought 1 Cadbury Egg $0.87, regularly $0.99 each
Sunday, Monday & Tuesday Only (1/29 – 1/31)
Buy 1, Receive $0.87 Extra Bucks, Limit 1
Paid $0.87, Received $0.87 Extra Bucks
Final Price: Free

Bought 2 Advil PM, 16-20 ct. $4.49 each, regularly $5.79 each
Receive $4.00 Extra Bucks when you buy 2 Participating Pfizer Products, Limit 1
Used 2 $2/1 peelie coupons
Paid $4.98, Received $4.00 Extra Bucks
Final Price: $0.98 ($0.49 each) for 2

Bought 1 Centrum Pro-Nutrients Fish Oil 50 count, $9.99, regularly $12.99
Used $5.00/1 Centrum Pronutrients from RP 1/1
And used $4.00/1 Centrum Pronutrients from CVS Coupon Machine (was printing last week)
Final Price: $0.99

Bought 2 M&M Pretzel bags (bonus sized!), 7-12.6 oz $2.50 each, regularly $4.19 each
Buy 2, Receive $1.00 Extra Bucks, Limit 1
Used 2 $1.00/1 – M&M’s Brand Pretzel Chocolate Candies, 9.9 oz or larger – (coupons.com)
Paid $3.00, Received $1.00 Extra Buck
Final Price: $2.00 ($1.00 each) for 2

Bought 1 Clearblue Easy Pregnancy Test, 2 ct. $13.49, regular price
Buy 1, Receive $5.00 Extra Bucks, Limit 1 
Used $1.00/1 Clearblue Pregnancy test, limit 4 like coupons in same shopping trip from PG 1/1 (exp 1/31)
Paid $12.49, Received $5.00 Extra Bucks
Final Price: $7.49

*I wasn't even going to do this deal when I saw how much more it was than I originally anticipated. But then it turned out I needed to do it to get my total up to $50 before coupons so I could use the $10/$50 coupon that's been printing like crazy from the Magic Coupon Machine and on receipts! Plus seeing the look on the fiance's face when he saw it in my haul was well worth the price!*

$78.82  Shelf price
-21.10   Discounts
=57.72 
 -10.00  $10/$50 store coupon
- 35.44  Manufacturer/store coupons
=12.28  Total out of pocket cost
- 19.87  Extra Bucks received
-   5.00  Anticipated Palmolive Colgate rebate
=12.59 MONEYMAKER

What I actually paid: $12.28 - $10.99 in previous Extra Bucks + $1.72 sales tax = $3.01 paid OOP. Walked away with a whopping $19.87 in Extra Bucks!

W00T W00T!

Rite Aid:

This is the most disappointed I've been in Rite Aid in a long time. What pitiful sales this week! And of course both locations near me were completely out of the Centrum Pro Nutrients on sale (and included in the Pfizer rebate). This always happens when Rite Aid has the same item on sale for a few weeks close together. I predict we'll start seeing them again in like September or something. Oh well. I already earned my rebate so no loss for me.

Bought 4 Band-Aid travel sizes, $0.79 each, regularly $0.99 each (wasn't on sale - I received 20% Gold Discount)
Used 4 $1.00/1 internet printable Facebook coupons with no size restrictions
Final Price: $0.79 Moneymaker

Bought 4 Bayer Aspirin Advanced 20-24 count, $3.99 each, regular price
BOGO 50%
Used 4 2.00/1 Bayer Advanced from SS 12/11 (regional - have to be ordered)
And used 4 $1.00/1 Rite Aid Video Value coupons (January or February - used 2 of each)
Final Price: 4 Free

Bought 1 Swiffer Dry Starter Kit $8.99, regularly $11.99
And bought 1 Swiffer refill, 3.99, regularly $4.99 (wasn't on sale - I received 20% Gold discount)
Buy 1 (starter kit), Receive $1.00 +Up Reward, Limit 2 
Used $5.00/1 Swiffer Starter Kit from P&G mailer
And used B1 Swiffer Starter Kit G1 Free Refill from P&G Mailer (up to $5.00 - cashier applied maximum to my order! See, it pays to be nice your cashiers, people!)
Paid $2.98, Received $1.00 +Up Reward
Final Price: $1.98 for both ($0.99 each)

Bought 1 Draino Max, $4.95, regularly $6.19 (again, 20% Gold discount) - we needed it for a tub stopped up with discarded kitty litter from bathing the litterboxes. Gross.

$43.09  Shelf price
- 10.04  Discounts
-26.00  Coupons
= 7.05  Total out of pocket cost
-  1.00  Up Reward received
= 6.05  (85.9% savings)

What I actually paid: $7.05 - $7.00 in previous Up Rewards + $1.32 sales tax = $1.37 paid out of pocket. Walked away with a pathetic $1.00 in Up Rewards.

Walgreens:

So there's something funky going on with the Pur-Absorb on sale this week. Apparently some lots of it were recalled, so some stores won't have it in stock. Stores without it are substituting one or more products (of course, my store was out of the substituted product as well). So there's THAT.






Transaction 1:

- Bought 1 Blink Tears Eye Care, 0.5 oz. $8.00, regularly $9.99
Buy 1, Receive $8.00 Register Reward, Limit 1 per transaction
Paid $6.50, Received $8.00 Register Reward
Final Price:  $1.50 Moneymaker

- Bought 1 St. Joseph Enteric Aspirin, 36 count, 81mg dose $2.00, regularly $2.49
Buy 1, Receive $2.00 Register Reward, Limit 1 per transaction 
Paid $2.00, Received $2.00 Register Reward
Final Price:  Free

- Bought 1 Valentines wrapped pencil, $0.17, regularly $0.39

- Used 1 $5 and 1 $2 Register Rewards from previous trip

Paid $1.67, received $8 + $2 Register Rewards

Transaction 2:

- Bought 1 St. Joseph Enteric Aspirin, 36 count, 81mg dose $2.00, regularly $2.49
Buy 1, Receive $2.00 Register Reward, Limit 1 per transaction 
Paid $2.00, Received $2.00 Register Reward
Final Price:  Free

- Bought 3 Dove Clinical Deodorant 1.7 oz $6.00 each, regularly $8.99 each
Buy 3, Receive $6.00 Register Reward, Limit 1 per transaction
Used 3 $2.00/1 Dove Clinical Protection Anti-Perspirant/Deodorant, any excluding trial size, multi-packs and Dove Men plus Care from Unilever RP1 1/29
Paid $12.00, Received $6.00 Register Reward
Final Price:  $6.00 ($2.00 each) when you buy 3

- Bought 1 Valentines wrapped pencil, $0.17, regularly $0.39

- Used 1 $5 Register Reward from previous trip + 1 $8 Register Reward from transaction 1

Paid $1.39 + $1.11 sales tax = $2.50, received $6 + $2 Register Rewards

Transaction 3:

- Bought 1 Blink Gel Tears Eye Care, 0.33 oz. $8.00, regularly $11.49
Buy 1, Receive $8.00 Register Reward, Limit 1 per transaction
used 1 $1.00/1 – Blink Tears Lubricating Eye Drops – (coupons.com)
Paid $7.00, Received $8.00 Register Reward
Final Price:  $1.00 Moneymaker

- Bought 8 Snickers Valentine Creme Hearts, singles $0.50 each, regular price (must buy at least 2 for this price!)
 Used 4 $1.00/2 any Mars Brand Valentine Candy from RP1 1/29
Final Price: 8 Free

- Bought 1 Valentines wrapped pencil, $0.17, regularly $0.39

- Used 1 $6 Register Reward from transaction 2

Paid $1.17 + $0.26 sales tax = $1.43, received $8 Register Reward

Transaction 4:

Bought 4 Alka-Seltzer Digestive Relief, 24 or 36 count $3.99 each, regularly
Spend $15.00 or More on Participating Alka-Seltzer Products, Receive $5.00 Register Reward, Limit 1 per transaction
Used 4 $2.00/1 Alka-Seltzer or Alka-Seltzer Plus product, any 10ct. or larger from SS1 1/1 
Paid $7.96, Received $5.00 Register Reward
Final Price:  $2.96 ($0.74 each) for 4

Um, I really like these chips!
Bought 4 Pringles (excludes Fat Free) 4/$6, regularly
Buy 4, Get $2.00 Register Reward, Limit 1 per transaction
Used 1 $1.00/4 Pringles from PG 1/1 (expires 1/31)
Paid $5.00, Received $2.00 Register Reward
Final Price: $3.00 ($0.75 each) for 4








So does Alley!


















- Bought 3 Tumblers, $0.17 each, regularly 3/$1

- Used 1 $8 Register Reward from transaction 3 and 2 $2 Register Rewards from transactions 1 and 2

Paid $1.46 + $0.03 sales tax = $1.49, received $5 + $2 Register Rewards

Transaction 5:

- Bought 1 Blink Gel Tears Eye Care, 0.33 oz. $8.00, regularly $11.49
Buy 1, Receive $8.00 Register Reward, Limit 1 per transaction
Used 1 $1.00/1 – Blink Tears Lubricating Eye Drops – (coupons.com)
Paid $7.00, Received $8.00 Register Reward
Final Price:  $1.00 Moneymaker

- Bought 1 St. Joseph Enteric Aspirin, 36 count, 81mg dose $2.00, regularly $2.49
Buy 1, Receive $2.00 Register Reward, Limit 1 per transaction 
Paid $2.00, Received $2.00 Register Reward
Final Price:  Free

- Bought 2 Valentines wrapped pencils, $0.17 each, regularly $0.39 each

- Used $5.00 + $2.00 Register Rewards from Transaction 4, + $2.00 Register Reward from previous trip (exhausting my Register Rewards earned to date!)

Paid $0.34 + $0.03 sales tax = $0.37, received $8 + $2 Register Rewards

$106.52 Shelf price
- 31.21  Discounts
- 22.50  Coupons
=52.81  Total out of pocket cost
- 43.00  Register Rewards received
=  9.81  (90.8% savings)

What I actually paid: $52.81 - $14.00 in last week's Register Rewards - $33.00 in this week's Register Rewards + $1.43 sales tax = $7.24 paid out of pocket. Walked away with $10.00 in Register Rewards ($4 less than I came in with).

Not too shabby for Walgreens! So happy the cheap fillers are back! At least for now...

Total Savings:

$249.19  Total Shelf Price
-  62.44  Total Savings
-110.64  Manufacturer/Store coupons
= 76.11  Total out of pocket cost
-  68.84  Total Rewards/Rebates received/to be received
=   7.27  (97.1% total savings)

Holy. Fuck.

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