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Monday, July 16, 2012

My Massive Sunday Haul, 7/15/12

I forgot the candy I had hidden in my purse to keep it from melting in the hot hot car. Also, I'm pretty sure this new candy brand was invented by aliens. I'm convinced I have a tracking chip in me now from eating it. I'M NOT FOOD, ALIENS!

This was a week of surprises, y'all! I got overage at Target on a BOGO Glade coupon I found in my stash last night, and the Poland Springs water (your brand may be different if you're not in Maryland) and Oral B toothbrush deals at Walgreens were better than expected, to say the least!

I have a lot of money invested in Staples rebates from the past couple of weeks; fortunately, I find their Easy Rebates program to be highly trackable and reliable.   I always get my money in about 6 weeks, and they email me at each stage of the process, from receiving my claim to mailing out the check. Contrast this with Walgreens' pitiful rebate system, which screwed me out of a rather large rebate once. There's a reason I don't add their rebates to my list, y'all!

ANYWHO, onto the deals!

Staples:

You must purchase $5.00 in other products in order to get the following items for a penny:

Bought 2 Staples Writing Pad $0.01 each, regularly $1.49 each
Limit 2
 
Bought 2 Avery Insertable 5-Tab Dividers $0.01 each, regularly $1.49 each
Limit 2
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Bought 4 Bic Velocity Retractable Ballpoint Pens, 2 pk $0.25 each, regularly $2.49 each
Limit 4


Bought 2 Staples Remarx Dry Erase Markers, 6pk $1.00 each, regularly $6.79 each
Limit 4

Bought 4 Purell Hand Sanitizer, 8 oz $2.00 each, regularly $2.99 each
Limit 4
Used 4 $1.00/1 Purell Product, 8oz or Larger (Purell.com)
or 4 $1.00/1 Purell Product, 8oz or Larger (bricks.coupons.com)
Final Price: $4.00 ($1.00 each) for 4

Bought 1 Bic Matic Grip Mechanical Pencils, 5 pk $4.29, regular price
Submit for $4.29 Easy Rebate, Limit 1
Final Price: Free


Bought 2 Staples Multipurpose Paper, ream $6.99 each, regular price
Submit for $5.99 Easy Rebate, Limit 2
Final Price: $2.00 ($1.00 each) for 2


$  59.73  Shelf price
-     4.00  Coupons
-   30.42  Discounts
=   25.31 Out of pocket cost 
-   16.27  Rebates submitted for
=$  9.04  84.9% savings off shelf price
+    1.76  Sales tax
=$10.80 

Rite Aid:

Bought 3 Revlon Emery Boards $0.75 each, regularly $1.25 each
40% Off
Used 3 $1.00/1 Revlon Beauty Tools from SS 6/24 (regional, would have to be ordered)
Final Price: $0.75 MONEYMAKER (applied to rest of my transaction)

Bought 8 Milky Way Candy Bars $0.50 each, when you buy 2, regularly $0.99 each
Limit 12
Used 4 $1.00/2 Internet printable coupons (CouponNetwork.com)
Final Price: 8 Free
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Spend $30.00, Receive $10.00 +Up Reward When You Buy the Following Products, Limit 1:

Bought 4 Olay Ultra Moisture Bars, 2 ct $3.99 each, regular price
BOGO 50%
Bought 1 Tide Liquid 48-64 loads, 100 oz, or Powder, 53-68 loads $11.94, regularly $17.49
Bought 1 Bounty 8 pack Towels $6.99, regularly $11.99
Used 2 $3.00/2 Olay Bath Bars, Body Washes or In Shower Body Lotions from PG 7/1
And used 1 $1.00/1 Bounty product from PG 7/1
And used 1 $1.00/1 Tide Detergent from PG 7/1
Paid $22.89, Received $10.00 +Up Rewards
Final Price: $12.89 ($2.15 each) for all 6 products

*The Olay purchase also gives me  $11.96 toward the Spend $30 Receive $10 Olay rebate! Purchases can be made through August 31.*
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Bought 4 New York Color Ultra Moist Lipwear $0.99 each, regular price
40% Off
Buy 2, Receive $1.00 +Up Reward, Limit 2
 
Paid $2.38, Received 2 $1.00 +Up Rewards
Final Price: $0.38 ($0.10 each) for 4

Bought 4 NatureMade Vitamin B-12 1000 mcg 50 count $7.29 each, regular price
BOGO 50%
Spend $20.00, Receive $5.00 +Up Reward, Limit 3

Used 4 $2.00/1 Internet printable PDF coupons (RiteAid.com)
And used 2 $2.00/1 Nature Made Vitamin B Adperk coupons (RiteAid.com)
Paid $9.87, Received $5.00 +Up Reward
Final Price: $4.87 ($1.22 each) for 4

Bought 6 SK Energy Shots $2.39 each, regularly $2.99 each
With 20% Gold Discount
Used 3 BOGO Internet printable coupons (Coupons.com)
And used 3 $1.50/1 Internet printable coupons (Coupons.com)
Final Price: $2.67 ($0.45 each) for 6

$100.25  Shelf price
-   38.67  Coupons
-   32.47  Discounts
=$29.11  Out of pocket cost
-   17.00  +Up Rewards Received
=$12.11  87.9% savings off shelf price

What I actually paid: $29.11 - $21.00 in previous +Up Rewards - $7.00 in today's +Up Rewards = $1.11 + $1.12 sales tax = $2.23 paid out of pocket. Walked away with $10.00 in new +Up Rewards.

CVS:

*A $4/$20 is printing for everyone from the Magic Coupon Machine through Wednesday! Not sure whether it's printing one a day or not.*

Bought 4 Colgate Total, 4-4.2 oz, MaxFresh, MaxClean, 6 oz or 2-in-1, 4.6 oz $2.50 each, regularly $3.79 each
Buy 2, Receive $3.00 Extra Bucks, Limit 2
Used 4 $1.00/1 manufacturer coupons from SS 7/8; SS 7/15
Paid $6.00, Received $6.00 Extra Bucks
Final Price: 4 Free

Bought 1 Unreal Bar, 1.3-1.7 oz $0.75, regularly $1.19
Buy 1, Receive $0.75 Extra Bucks, Limit 1
Paid $0.75, Received $0.75 Extra Bucks
Final Price: Free

Bought 1 Nature Made Fish Oil 1200 6ct $7.99, regularly $11.49
Buy 1, Receive $4.00 Extra Bucks, Limit 1
Used 1 $2.00/1 Internet printable PDF coupon (RiteAid.com)
And used 1 $2.00/1 CVS coupon that printed from Magic Coupon Machine last week
Paid $3.99, Received $4.00 Extra Bucks
Final Price: Free

Bought 4 CoverGirl Eye Shadows $3.99 each, regular price
Spend $15.00, Receive $5.00 Extra Bucks, Limit 1
Used 2 $3.00/2 manufacturer coupons from PG 7/1
And used 1 $3.00/$15.00 Beauty purchase CVS coupon that printed from Magic Coupon Machine last week
Paid $6.96, Received $5.00 Extra Bucks
Final Price: $1.96 ($0.49 each) for 4

 $ 43.80  Shelf price
-   21.00  Coupons (including $4/$20 CVS coupon that printed from Magic Coupon Machine Sunday)
-     9.10  Discounts
=$13.70  Out of pocket cost
-   15.75  Extra Bucks received
=$  2.05  MONEYMAKER

What I actually paid $13.70 - $8.99 in previous Extra Bucks - $4.00 in today's Extra Bucks = $0.71 + $1.13 sales tax = $1.84 paid out of pocket. Walked away with $11.75 in new Extra Bucks

Walgreens:


Transaction 1:

Bought 1 Listerine Ultra Clean, Zero, Total Care or Advanced Mouthwash, 16.9 oz (0.5 Liter) $4.99, regularly $5.99
Buy 1, Receive $4.00 Register Reward, Limit 1 per transaction 
Paid $4.99, Received $4.00 Register Reward
Final Price: $0.99

Transaction 2:

Bought 2 Crest 3D White Vivid Toothpaste 4.10 oz 2/$7.00, regularly $4.69 each
Buy 2, Receive $4.00 Register Rewards, Limit 1 per transaction (same as Oral B deal)
Used 2 $0.75/1 manufacturer coupons from PG 7/1 (regional; would have to be ordered)
Paid $5.50, Received $4.00 Register Reward
Final Price: $1.50 ($0.75 each) for 2

Bought 1 Wexford 2-Pocket Folder with Prongs $0.17, regularly $0.89
With In-Ad Coupon, Limit 12

Used 1 $4.00 Register Reward from Transaction 1

Paid $1.67 + $0.44 sales tax = $2.11, received $4.00 Register Reward

Transaction 3:

Bought 1 Listerine Ultra Clean, Zero, Total Care or Advanced Mouthwash, 16.9 oz (0.5 Liter) $4.99, regularly $5.99
Buy 1, Receive $4.00 Register Reward, Limit 1 per transaction 
Paid $4.99, Received $4.00 Register Reward
Final Price: $0.99

Used 1 $4.00 Register Reward from Transaction 2

Paid $0.99.

Transaction 4:

Bought 2 Oral B 3D Advantage Toothbrush $3.50 each, regularly $4.19 each
BOGO 50% (This is an unadvertised deal; they are supposed to be 2/$7. Not sure if it's a mistake that will be corrected or not, so take advantage of it while you can!)
Buy 2, Receive $4.00 Register Rewards, Limit 1 per transaction (same as Crest deal)
Used 2 $1.00/1 manufacturer coupons from PG 7/1
Paid $3.25, Received $4.00 Register Rewards
Final Price: 0.75 MONEYMAKER

Bought 1 Wexford 2-Pocket Folder with Prongs $0.17, regularly $0.89
With In-Ad Coupon, Limit 12

Paid $3.42 + $0.33 sales tax = $3.75, Received $4.00 Register Reward

Transaction 5:

Bought 1 Listerine Ultra Clean, Zero, Total Care or Advanced Mouthwash, 16.9 oz (0.5 Liter) $4.99, regularly $5.99
Buy 1, Receive $4.00 Register Reward, Limit 1 per transaction 
Paid $4.99, Received $4.00 Register Reward
Final Price: $0.99

Used 1 $4.00 Register Reward from Transaction 4

Paid $0.99.

Transaction 6:

Bought 2 Oral B 3D Advantage Toothbrush $3.50 each, regularly $4.19 each
BOGO 50%
Buy 2, Receive $4.00 Register Rewards, Limit 1 per transaction
Used 2 $1.00/1 manufacturer coupons from PG 7/1
Paid $3.25, Received $4.00 Register Rewards
Final Price: 0.75 MONEYMAKER

Bought 1 Poland Spring Bottled Water, 24pk $3.49, regularly $6.49
Buy 1, Receive $1.00 Register Reward, Limit 1 per transaction 
Paid $3.49, Received 2 $1.00 Register Rewards
Final Price: $1.49

*An additional $1.00 Register Reward is printing from Energizer! Not sure how long this will keep happening... UPDATE: The extra Catalina is reportedly no longer printing.*

Used 1 $4.00 Register Reward from Transaction 5

Paid $2.74 + $0.53 sales tax = $3.27, Received $4 + $1 + $1 Register Rewards

Transaction 7:

Bought 1 Poland Spring Bottled Water, 24pk $3.49, regularly $6.49

Buy 1, Receive $1.00 Register Reward, Limit 1 per transaction 
Paid $3.49, Received 2 $1.00 Register Rewards
Final Price: $1.49

Paid $3.49 + $0.21 sales tax = $3.70, Received $1 + $1 Register Rewards

$  58.87    Shelf price
-     5.50    Coupons
-   15.58    Discounts
=$37.79    Out of pocket cost
-   28.00    Register Rewards Received
$    9.79    83.4% savings off shelf price

What I actually paid: $37.79 - $16.00 in today's Register rewards + $1.51 sales tax = $23.30 - $23.30 paid with $25 Walgreens gift card received from transferring prescription = $0 paid out of pocket. Walked away with $12.00 in Register Rewards.

Target:

Bought 1 Glade Expressions Fragrance Mist $2.99, regular price
Used 1 $2.00/1 Glade Expressions Collection Product from SS 7/15
Final Price: $0.99

Bought 1 Glade Expressions Fragrance Mist Refill $1.99, regular price
Used 1 B1 Glade Expressions Fragrance Mist G1 Refill up to $3.99 (full amount applied to transaction!) Internet printable coupon (No longer available to print)
Final Price: $2.00 MONEYMAKER (applied to rest of my transaction)

Bought 2 Comet Stainless Steel Powder Cleanser, 17 oz $1.99 each, regular price
Used 2 $1.00/1 Comet Stainless Steel Cleaning Product (Coupons.com)
And used 2 $1.00/1 Comet Stainless Steel Cleaning Item, Target Coupon (Coupons.com)
Final Price: 2 Free

Bought 2 Heinz Vinegar, 16 oz $1.11, price cut through 7/21
Used 2 $1.00/1 Heinz Vinegar from SS 6/24
Final Price: $0.22 ($0.11 each) for 2

Bought 4 Up & Up Hydrogen Peroxide, 16 oz $0.57 each, regular price
Used 4 $0.75/1 Up & Up First Aid Item, Target Coupon (No longer available to print)
Final Price: 4 Free (coupon rounds itself down)

Bought 2 Ivory Bar Soap, 3 ct $1.18 each, price cut through 7/21
Used 2 $1.00/1 Ivory or Safeguard Personal Cleansing product from PG 7/1
Final Price: $0.36 ($0.18 each) for 2

Bought 2 Starbucks K-Cups, 16 ct $12.99 each, regularly $14.99 each
Buy 2, Receive a $5.00 Target Gift Card
Used 1 $2.00/2 Starbucks Coffee K-Cup Packs, Manufacturer Coupon (Target.com)
Paid $23.98, Received $5.00 Gift Card
Final Price: $18.98 ($9.49 each) for 2

$  46.06  Shelf price
-   18.27  Coupons
-     5.19  Discounts (including 5% Red Card discount and $0.05 own bag discount)
=$22.60  Out of pocket cost
-     5.00  Target gift card received (walked away with it!)
=$17.60  61.8% savings off shelf price
+   0.56   Sales tax
=$18.16  Paid out of pocket


 $ 308.71  Total Shelf Price
-     87.44  Total Coupons
-     92.76  Total Discounts
=$128.51  Total Out of Pocket Cost
-     82.02  Total Rewards/Rebates Received/To Be Received
=$  46.49  84.9% Savings Off Total Shelf Price

Not horrible, considering all I got. I basically paid $49.30 and most of a free $25 Walgreens gift card out of pocket for more than $300 worth of crap, and I'm expecting to get back $16 in rebates from Staples in about six weeks.


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