Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Ticks and Thrift

Thrift is not an affair of the pocket, but an affair of character. ~S.W. Straus

Yesterday was a banner day for us -- we found NO TICKS. It's the first day since tick season started that we didn't have at least one (and usually more) ticks on the dog or in the house our (:::shudder:::) on one of us.

Hopefully that trend continues.

I also did some couponing. I'd taken a break for a week or two -- truthfully, I was just burned out and frustrated that none of the items I wanted were available. Many stores are starting to put limits on how many of anything you can buy to avoid having people clear the shelves, and I'll be honest -- I'm thrilled. I don't mind "only" getting four deodorants or six toothpastes. That's enough to see me through until the next special.

We went to three stores, only Walgreens didn't have anything in stock we wanted. The people there are the nicest of all, though the lady who helps us at CVS is starting to warm up to us (because we chat with her all the time). It's a pain for them to run all the coupons and Up Rewards / Register Returns, so I try to be as nice as possible.

Here's what we scored.

From CVS:

The Crest Rinse had a Register Return in the amount of the entire product, and I had a $1 off coupon, so I actually made $1 on it.

The Gillette deodorant was Buy One, Get One 50% off, and I had two BOGO coupons, so I got four deodorants for the price of one.

The toothpaste had register returns making each tube cost $0.75 each.

The toothbrushes had register returns making each one cost $0.99 and I had two $1 off coupons, so I earned a penny on each.

The lipsticks were $5/each. I had a coupon for $2 off plus when you go to CVS, you scan your card and they spit out coupons, one of which was for $3 off, plus I got a register return for another $2, so got two $9.99 lipsticks for a total of $3.

Granted, you have to pay up front and the RR's are for use on another purchase, but it all comes out in the wash.

At Rite Aid:

The Blink eye drops had a rebate for the total cost of the item (and I could submit it online, so didn't even have to pay postage), so they were free.

The Pringles (a concession to DH's junk food needs) were on sale 2 for $3 and I had a $1 off coupon, so they came to just over $1/ea.

The gum was on sale for $0.77/each and I had a $1 off 3 for Stride and a $1 off 2 for Orbit. Please don't make me do the math ... let's just say it was cheap.

The shampoo and conditioner were on sale for $3.50 and had up returns that, along with my coupons, made them free.

The toothpaste had up returns, making them $1/each.

There were a couple goofs on my end on some other things that I didn't pay close enough attention to ... but I'm still learning. And, I discovered I had a coupon for the Blink eye drops for $2 off that I could have used and actually made money on the deal, but didn't because I'd forgotten. Bad me.

Still, for a newbie, I'm doing okay.


You Are Sweet Because You're Passionate

You provide direction and leadership for others. People are looking to you to see what you'll do.

You focus on goals rather than people. You've always been happiest looking out for yourself.

You welcome new challenges without fear. You're ready for whatever comes your way.

You are a very ambitious person. You aren't about to settle for second best.

Mostly right.



Angelina Rain said...

Can you be my personal shopper? I'm really bad at finding deals, and I never remember to bring coupons.

Becky said...

I know what you mean about stores never having what you want available. I too am glad that they started to put a limit on how many a person can buy. I kinda of slack off with the coupons lately, I need to get back into the habit of using them again.

Keri Mikulski said...

Wow. You're good. :) And yay on the ticks.. Ticks scare me. :)

Brandy said...

Yay for no ticks. (That sentence made me shudder by the way.)
You're doing good with the coupon-ing. Much better than I would. So CVS and Walgreens don't mind you stacking coupons? I wasn't aware we could do that.

Hope you have a good day!

Tori Lennox said...

Hooray for no ticks! And hooray for bargains! :)

Dru said...

You got some good buys.