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Monday, February 13, 2012

My Massive Sunday Haul, 2/12/12

"I'm bout to knock all this shit over." - Buffy

So the good news is I got more shopping done today than I thought I would. The bad news is I didn't make it to Walgreens yet. BOOOOOO. So here's what I've done so far. I am working toward another CVS cash card (and looking for more Mars single serve candy), and I plan to do some more Rite Aid shopping tomorrow. IT NEVER ENDS!!!

<rant>OMG y'all, I was so irritated today by the moronity of two members of CVS' staff. Yes, it's a word. Both problems had to do with the NatureMade PDF coupon. At the first two stores it scanned fine, but for some reason at the last two stores I went to I had problems (I suspect it's because I was no longer buying Magnesium at that point as I couldn't find it, but was instead buying the Potassium. For some reason the coupon wasn't connecting with that particular product). At the first store the cashier tried to tell me it was because I wasn't buying one of the vitamins pictured on the coupon. *HEADSLAP* Fortunately that CVS has an awesome shift supervisor who coupons herself, so she fixed me right up. At the next CVS, the SHIFT SUPERVISOR insisted that "one coupon per purchase" meant one coupon per shopping trip. I almost fuckin' lost it. I basically told him that if he didn't accept the coupons he could expect a call from corporate explaining to him the meaning of "one coupon per purchase." The threat of a call to corporate seemed to scare him straight. Dumbass.</rant>

ANYWHO, here are my purchases so far this week:

Rite Aid:

OMG I GOT SO MANY UP REWARDS THIS WEEK. If you're looking for an easy bump to get the $20 Winter Rewards, I definitely recommend the Foster Grant Spare Pair reading glasses. Pay $14.97 for 2, get $15 back in Up Rewards, and it counts as $15 toward the $100 needed for the reward! And you can do this 4 times! That's $60 toward the reward right there!

Bought 2 GE CFL Lightbulbs, 1 Pack $3.99 each, regularly $6.29 each and $6.99 each
Used 2 $3.00/1 In Ad Coupons
And used 2 $1.00/1 manufacturer coupons from SS 2/12
Final Price: 2 Free (actually got $0.02 overage)

Bought 1 Advil 50 count, $4.99, regularly $6.29
Buy 1, Receive $1.00 +Up Reward, Limit 4
Bought 6 Thermacare 2-3 count, $5.59 each, regularly $6.99 each
Buy 2, Receive $4.00 +Up Reward, Limit 4  
*These are supposed to be 2/$12, but instead I got them for $5.59 each with my 20% Gold Discount (sometimes you get the higher of the two proposed discounts)* 
Spend $25.00 on select products (includes Advil and Thermacare), Receive $10.00 Up Reward (Monthly deal), Limit 2 per card
*NOTE: I had already earned $11.00 from previous shopping trips towards my first $10 reward*
Used 6 $3.00/1 – ThermaCare – (thermacare.com)
And used 1 $1.00/1 Advil manufacturer coupon from RP 1/29
Paid 19.53, Received 2 $10.00, 3 $4.00 and 1 $1.00 +Up Rewards
Final Price: $13.47 MONEYMAKER

Bought 4 Foster Grant Spare Pair Reading Glasses, $9.99 each, regular price
BOGO 50%
Buy 2, Receive $15.00 +Up Reward, Limit 4 
Paid $29.97, Received $30.00 Up Rewards
Final Price: 4 Free (earned $0.03 overage)

*Also earned my $20 Winter Buy & Save +Up Reward!*

$101.47  Shelf Price
-   25.00  Discounts
-   27.00  Coupons
=  49.47  Out of pocket cost
-   83.00  +Up Rewards earned
=  33.53  MONEYMAKER (Including $20 Winter Rewards)

What I actually paid: $49.47 - $14.00 in previous Up Rewards (exhausted supply) - $30.00 in new Up Rewards + $0.48 sales tax = $5.95 paid out of pocket. Walked away with $53.00 in Up Rewards!


Bought 2 Colgate Total Advanced, 4 oz $2.75 each, regularly $3.79 each
Buy 1, Receive $2.00 Extra Bucks, Limit 2
Used 2 $1.00/1 manufacturer coupons from SS 2/12
Paid $3.50, Received $4.00 Extra Bucks
Final Price: $0.50 MONEYMAKER

Bought 7 One Touch Ultra Mini Blood Glucose Monitoring Systems $9.99 each, regularly $19.99 each
Used 6 $10.00/1 OneTouch Meter from SS 1/8 (exp 3/31)
And used 1 $10.00/1 Internet printable coupon from Smartsource.com - No longer available
Final Price: 7 Free

Bought 12 NatureMade Magnesium 100ct, $5.49 each, regular price (This is the cheapest one I could find)
Bought 12 NatureMade Potassium 100ct, $5.79 each, regular price
Spend $30.00, Receive $10.00 CVS Cash Card, Limit 5 per card
Used 24 $2.00/1 Internet printable PDF coupons (I spread these out over multiple stores)
Paid $19.68, Received 2 $10.00 CVS cash cards (and have earned $7.68 towards my next $30 purchase)
Final Price: $0.32 MONEYMAKER so far

*Assuming that I can find 8 more NatureMades at $5.79 or less, it will end up being a $3.16 moneymaker after I receive my third cash card. Not really sure it was worth all this effort, but oh well. I'M ALREADY IN TOO DEEP!*

Bought 8 Right Guard Deodorants/Antiperspirants, $1.24 each, on clearance, regularly $4.99 each
Buy 2, Receive $2.00 Extra Bucks, Limit 4 (buy only 2 in each transaction) - Monthly deal
Used 4 $1.00/2 Internet printable coupons (Coupons.com)
Paid $5.92, received $8.00 Extra Bucks
Final Price: $2.08 MONEYMAKER

Bought 6 Breathe Right 2ct trial size, $0.99 each, regular price
Used 4 $1.50/1 coupons from RPUnilever 1/29
Final Price: 6 Free

Bought 9 Snickers Eggs, $0.50 each, regularly $0.87 each
Used 3 $1.50/2 Internet printable coupons from Coupons.com (no longer available)
And used 1 $0.25/2 CVS coupon from Magic Coupon Machine (printed today)
Final Price: $0.25 MONEYMAKER

Bought 3 Benefiber Sticks trial packs, $1.57 each, regular price
Used 2 $2.00/1 Internet printable coupons (no longer available)
Final Price: $0.71 ($0.24 each) for 3

- Used 2 $10/$50 CVS coupons that have been printing at the bottom of my receipts

$341.27  Shelf Price
- 173.09  Discounts
=168.18  Post-discount price
-   20.00  2 $10/$50 CVS coupons
- 138.62  Coupons
=  $9.56  Out of pocket cost
-   20.00  Cash cards received
-   13.00  Extra Bucks received (includes 1 $1.00 Green Bag Tag reward)
=  23.44  MONEYMAKER

What I actually paid: $9.56 - $9.00 in previous Extra Bucks + 1.68 in sales tax = $2.24 - $2.24 paid with previous gift card = $0.00 paid out of pocket. Walked away with 2 $10 CVS cash cards and $13.00 in new Extra Bucks.

$442.74 Total Shelf Price
-198.09  Total Discounts
-185.62  Total Coupons
= 59.03  Total out of pocket cost
-116.00  Total rewards received

Not so bad. Wonder how I'll fare at Walgreens tomorrow?!

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