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Sunday, December 8, 2013

My Massive Sunday Haul, 12/8/13



Frakin' snow didn't keep me home today! Though I did almost die coming home. Not really. Other drivers are IDIOTS though, am I right? *high five*

Full disclosure: I did the Harris Teeter portion of this haul yesterday. Wasn't going to brave a grocery store today! I have enough toilet paper, thank you very much. I was finally able to ditch the 2 $50 Extra Bucks I earned buying those Paypal prepaid cards a couple weeks back. Now I don't have to worry about losing them anymore! But it was a slow week at Rite Aid, which is a shame because I have SO many rewards to burn through before they expire on Saturday. Hopefully I can find good ways to use the rest during the 4-day sale starting Wednesday.

Recently the catalina machine at Rite Aid printed a $4/$40 Rite Aid coupon. I also received $6/$60 coupons in the mail. These coupons are a BITCH to use. Basically, they state that you have to reach the desired amount after all Wellness+ discounts. Any reasonable person would conclude this means that you have to spend $40 (or $60) in sale prices, but before coupons. However, it appears that the coupon may also be counting Rite Aid coupons as "discounts." If you scan the $x/$yy coupon before any other coupons, it won't let most other Rite Aid coupons scan (or be manually entered as Rite Aid coupons). If you scan it after all other coupons, it kicks off a bunch of Rite Aid coupons. Such a mess. 

The only way these Rite Aid coupons have ever worked for me is if the manager (it's probably going to have to be a manager or supervisor) a) counts it as a cash payment instead of a coupon or 2) does a post-transaction coupon redemption and gives you back the $6 after you've paid it. Such a headache. I'm going to complain to Rite Aid, but I doubt it'll do much good.

Anywho, here's what I did today (and yesterday, in the case of HT):


CVS:

Bought 2 Hershey’s Holiday Kisses or Miniatures, 7.8-8.5 oz $3.00 each, regularly $3.99 each
Buy 2, Receive $3.00 Extra Bucks, Limit 1
Used 1 $1.10/2 Hershey’s Holiday Chocolate Bags; Kisses, Reese’s, Miniatures, York, Rolo or Kit Kat, 7.8 oz or larger Internet printable coupon (Coupons.com)
And used 1 $2.50/2 Hershey’s or Reese’s chocolate, 8 oz or larger CVS coupon (no longer available to print)
Paid $2.40, Received $3.00 Extra Bucks
Final Price: $0.60 MONEYMAKER

Bought 1 Breathe Right Strips, 10 ct $3.99, regularly $6.49
Buy 1, Receive $3.00 Extra Bucks, Limit 1
Used 1 $1.50/1 Breathe Right Nasal Strips Product, 10 ct, 12 ct or 14 ct from RP 10/13
Paid $2.49, Received $3.00 Extra Bucks
Final Price: $0.51 MONEYMAKER

Bought 1 Cottonelle Wipes Upright Dispenser 42 ct $3.99, regularly $6.29
Buy 1, Submit for $3.00 Ibotta Credit
Used 1 $1.00/1 manufacturer peelie coupon
Paid $2.99, Will Receive $3.00 Ibotta Credit
Final Price: Free

Bought 1 Essence of Beauty Cleansing Poof $1.88, regularly $2.99
Used 1 $1.00/1 coupon from CVS Coupon Center Week of 12/8
Final Price: $0.88

Bought 2 Mitchum or Lady Mitchum Antiperspirant/Deodorant $1.99 each, regularly $5.79 each
Used 2 $1.00/1 Mitchum Men or Women Product from SS 11/3; SS 12/8 (both regional, would have to be ordered)
Final Price: $1.98 ($0.99 each) for 2

Bought 1 Scott Choose-A-Sheet Paper Towels, 6 ct $4.99, regularly $7.49
Used 1 $2.00/1 Any Scott Product CVS coupon (CVSSavingsCentral.com)
Final Price: $2.99

Bought 1 Folgers Gourmet K-Cups, 12 ct $5.99, regularly $9.39
Buy 1, Receive $1.00 Extra Bucks, Limit 1
Buy 1, Submit for $0.50 Ibotta Credit
Used 1 $1.00/1 Folgers Gourmet Selections Product from RP 10/13 (exp 12/31)
Paid $4.99, Received $1.00 Extra Bucks and Will Receive $0.50 Ibotta Credit
Final Price: $3.49

Bought 2 Mucinex Max 14 ct $12.99 each, regularly $16.49 each
Used 2 $2.00/1 Internet printable coupons (Facebook.com)
Final Price: $21.98 ($10.99 each) for 2

Bought 1 Rolaids 10 ct $0.99, regular price
Used 1 Free Item CVS coupon that printed from the Magic Coupon Machine today
And used 25% CVS coupon (took off $0.00)
Final Price: Free

*The 25% CVS coupon total took off a little less than what I expected, and I'm pretty sure this was the culprit.*

The following items are regular priced, meaning a 25% CVS coupon can be used with them:

Bought 2 L'oreal Superior Preference Hair Color $9.99 each, regular price
Buy 2, Receive $4.00 Extra Bucks, Limit 1
Used 2 Free Item manufacturer coupons from L'oreal Rewards Program (took off $9.99 each)
And used 25% CVS coupon (took off $5.00)
Paid -$5.00 (applied to rest of transaction), Received $4.00 Extra Bucks
Final Price: $9.00 MONEYMAKER

Bought 4 Schick St Slimtwin Razors Sensitive, 10 ct $9.49 each, regular price
Spend $25.00, Receive $10.00 Extra Bucks, Limit 1
Used 2 BOGO Free Schick Disposable Razor Pack, up to $10.50 from SS 11/17 (exp 12/22) - took off $9.49 each
And used 25% CVS coupon (took off $9.49)
Paid $9.49, Received $10.00 Extra Bucks
Final Price: $0.51 MONEYMAKER

Bought 1 Advil 200 Mg Film Coated Tablets, 20 ct $4.99, regular price
Buy 1, Receive $2.00 Extra Bucks, Limit 1
Used 1 $1.00/1 manufacturer coupon from RP 10/13 (exp 12/12); RP 10/27 (exp 12/31)
And used 25% CVS coupon (took off $1.25)
Paid $2.74, Received $2.00 Extra Bucks
Final Price: $0.74

Bought 2 ThermaCare Heat Wrap, 2 ct $7.29 each, regular price
Buy 2, Receive $4.00 Extra Bucks, Limit 1
Used 1 $2.00/1 manufacturer peelie coupon
And used 1 $1.50/1 Thermacare Heat Wrap, 2 ct or larger Internet printable coupon (Coupons.com)
And used 25% CVS coupon (took off $3.65)
Paid $7.43, Received $4.00 Extra Bucks
Final Price: $3.43 ($1.72 each) for 2

Bought 2 Glade Plugins Twin Refill $7.29 each, regular price
Bought 1 Glade Plugins Single Refill $4.49, regular price
Spend $15.00, Receive $5.00 Extra Bucks, Limit 1
Used 2 $1.00/1 Glade Plugins Twin Refill or 2 Single Refills Internet printable coupons (Coupons.com)
And used 25% CVS coupon (took off $4.77)
Paid $12.30, Received $5.00 Extra Bucks
Final Price: $7.30 ($2.43 each) for all 3

Bought 1 Perrier Slim 10 pk $7.29, regular price
Used 25% CVS coupon (took off $1.82)
Final Price: $5.47

Bought 2 Starbucks K Cups 10 ct $10.99 each, regular price
Used 2 $1.50/1 Internet printable coupons (Coupons.com)
And used 25% CVS coupon (took off $5.50)
Final Price: $13.48 ($6.74 each) for 2

Bought 2 Fresh Step Cat Litter 14 lb $9.79 each
Used 25% CVS coupon (took off $4.90)
Final Price: $14.68 ($7.34 each) for 2

$   231.61  Shelf price
-     65.55  Coupons
-     36.38  25% CVS coupon
-     28.39  Discounts
=$101.29  Out of pocket cost
-   $32.00  Extra Bucks received
-       4.50  Ibotta Credits to be received (includes bonus $1.00 credit)
=$  64.79  72% savings off shelf price

What I actually paid: $101.29 - $100.00 Paypal prepaid card Extra Bucks - $0.99 previous Extra Bucks + $5.76 sales tax = $6.06 paid out of pocket. Walked away with $32.00 in new Extra Bucks and will receive $3.50 in Ibotta Credits + $1.00 BONUS Ibotta Credit for completing two deals in a set time period.

Net Cost: -$14.50 (including previously uncounted $100 Paypal Extra Bucks minus the $14.80 in fees I paid to purchase the cards and withdraw money from them) 


Rite Aid:

Bought 2 Sinful Color Nail Enamel $1.59 each, regularly $1.99 each
With 20% Gold Discount (Regular price $1.99 each)
Buy 1, Receive $1.99 +Up Reward, Limit 2
Paid $3.18, Received 2 $1.99 +Up Rewards
Final Price: $0.80 MONEYMAKER

Bought 2 Tums Freshers Antacid, 50 ct $3.99 each, regularly $5.79 each
Buy 1, Receive $1.00 +Up Reward, Limit 4
Used 1 $3.00/2 Tums, 32 ct or larger from RP 12/8
And used 2 $1.50/1 Tums Freshers Twin Pack, 50 ct Adperk coupons (RiteAid.com)
Paid $1.98, Received 2 $1.00 +Up Rewards
Final Price: 2 Free

Bought 1 Excedrin Extra Strength 24 ct $4.39, regularly $5.49
With 20% Gold Discount
Used 1 Free Item Rite Aid coupon that came in mail (took off $4.39)
Final Price: Free

Bought 2 Almay Color+Care Liquid Lip Balm $3.59 each, regularly $5.99 each
40% Off
Used 2 $1.00/1 Almay Cosmetic Product, including Makeup Removers from SS 11/17 (exp 12/21)
And used 2 $2.00/1 Almay Color+Care Liquid Lip Balm Adperk coupons (RiteAid.com)
Final Price: $1.18 ($0.59 each) for 2

Bought 2 Tresemme Split Hair Remedy Shampoo or Conditioner 35 oz $5.43 each, regularly $6.79 each
With 20% Gold Discount
Used 1 $5.00/2 manufacturer coupon from RP 11/17 (exp 12/15)
And used 2 $2.00/1 Adperk coupons (RiteAid.com)
Final Price: $1.86 ($0.93 each) for 2

*These are on sale next week so they'll be a slightly better deal then. But you'll only be able to do it on Sunday. I did it this week cause I had expiring rewards to burn through, since I didn't shop last week.*

Bought 2 No Nonsense Socks, 2 ct $5.49 each, regular price
BOGO Free
Final Price: $5.49 ($2.75 each) for 2

Bought 2 Arm & Hammer Cat Litter, 14 lbs $4.99 each, regularly $8.99 each
Used 2 $1.50/1 Arm & Hammer Cat Litter Internet printable coupons (coupons2.smartsource.com)
Final Price: $6.98 ($3.49 each) for 2

$  75.57  Shelf price
-   26.51  Discounts
=$49.06  Sale price
-     4.00  $4/$40 Rite Aid coupon
-   28.39  Coupons
=$16.67  Out of pocket  cost
-     5.98  +Up Rewards received
=$10.69  85.9% savings off shelf price

What I actually paid: $16.67 - $16.00 previous +Up Rewards + $2.20 sales tax = $2.87 paid out of pocket. Walked away with $5.98 in new +Up Rewards.

Net Cost: $12.89


Harris Teeter:

Bought 2 Betty Crocker Brownie Mix $0.97 each, regularly $2.49 each
e-Vic Special, Limit 2 (Sale price $1.25 each)
Buy 2, Receive $0.75 SavingStar Credit
Used 1 $0.85/2 Internet printable coupon (BettyCrocker.com)
And used 1 $0.75/2 ZVR coupon
Paid -$0.51 (applied to rest of transaction), Will Receive $0.75 SavingStar Credit
Final Price: $1.26 MONEYMAKER ($0.70 MONEYMAKER without e-Vic discount)

Bought 2 Tabasco Sauce 2 oz $1.25 each, regularly $1.89 each
Used 2 $0.75/1 manufacturer coupons from SS 11/17
Final Price: 2 Free

Bought 1 Gillette Fusion Gel $3.99, regularly $4.99
Used 1 $2.00/1 manufacturer coupon from PG 12/1
And used 1 $2.00/1 ZVR coupon
Final Price: Free

*$2.00 ZVR had to be manually applied*

Bought 2 Liberte Yogurt $1.00 each, regularly $1.25 each
Used 2 $0.50/1 Internet printable coupons (Coupons.com)
Final Price: 2 Free

Bought 1 Campbells Homestyle Soup 18.6 oz 2/$2.55, regularly $2.55 each
Used 2 $1.00/1 manufacturer coupon from SS 10/18 (exp 12/8)
Final Price: $0.55 ($0.28 each) for 2

Bought 10 StarKist Tuna Creations $1.25 each, regularly $2.59 each
Spend $12.00, Receive $4.00 SavingStar credit
Used 5 $0.55/2 Internet printable coupons (Facebook.com) - purchased in 2 separate transactions
Paid $7.00, Will Receive $4.00 SavingStar Credit
Final Price: $3.00 ($0.30 each) for 10

Bought 2 CoffeeMate Creamer 16 oz $2.00 each, regularly $2.79 each
Used 2 $0.75/1 Internet printable coupons (Coupons.com - 77477/TX)
Final Price: $1.00 ($0.50 each) for 2

$52.83  Shelf price
- 21.45  Coupons
- 23.35  Discounts
=$8.03  Out of pocket cost
-  4.75  SavingStar Credits to be received
=$3.28  93.8% savings off shelf price  
+  0.24  Sales tax
=$3.52  Net Cost


$  360.01  Total Shelf Price
-   155.77  Total Coupons
-     78.25  Total Discounts
=$125.99  Total Out of Pocket Cost
-     47.23  Total Rewards/Rebates Received/To Be Received
=$  74.01  79.4% Savings Off Total Shelf Price

Total Net Cost: $1.91

Total Cash Paid out of Pocket: $17.20 (95.2% savings off shelf price)

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