Sunday, December 12, 2010

What Do You Refuse to Sacrifice On?

I think most of us have at least one item we refuse to sacrifice on, whether it's Mac & Cheese or toilet paper. So that's the theme of my first poll.

To give your answers in the poll, go to my blog and see it on the left side of the page (if you are viewing this on an RSS reader or via email, you'll want to click here)

In our household, either one or both of us refuse to sacrifice on all of the items listed. After fighting over toilet paper for the first year we were married, we both finally agreed on the Kirkland's brand from CostCo, so now we won't buy anything else.

When it comes to detergent, I'm a little more giving, but I'm allergic to at least one brand. We also have to use "he" detergent thanks to our high end washing machine (that's another post). So we typically stick to ALL. It's proven itself and once we started stocking up we've found we can keep it on hand for around $2.50/bottle or less, with sales and coupons.

Toothpaste and razors are two things I refuse to give on. I like Colgate. I know I like it and I don't see the point in wasting money on other brands, that I may not like. I know from past experience I don't like the other two major brands (one I don't like the taste of, the other for some reason gives me pickle breath). Compared to typical sale prices, this was another item that we'd found we could get the best deal on at CostCo. When they run their coupon for their Colgate Total 5pk, we could get 5 8oz tubes for about $9. That said, over the holidays I've built up quite the stockpile, getting every tube for under .50.

While hubby doesn't care which razors he uses as long as they have at least 3 blades, I like Gilette Fusion and no other else seems to shave me as close while lasting as long. Until recently, I would have sworn this was something I couldn't get cheaper than at CostCo, but then I managed to grab 2 razors (with blades) at Rite Aid (Free after coupons and +UPs). I'm hoping I can keep grabbing a few this way and keep my stock going.

Making Friends Monday

More Blog Lists for your to check out this Monday morning and find some fun new frugal finds.

Drugstore Deals Week of 12/12

Walgreens wins this week on most deals (for me).  Unfortunately, most of the great deals I'd seen others talk about at Rite Aid this week aren't showing up in our local ad (as per usual).  The upside is that probably means this week they will likely have a "get $25 for transferring a prescription coupon", as it seems they often do when our ad is sparse.

  • Listerine 1L bottle $3.99 - $1JC - $2/1 coupon
  • Scotch Packing Tape $3.49 (BOGO with in ad Q on page 14) - (2) coupons $1/1 coupon2 from Publix Winter Savings = 2/$1.49
  • Mars / milky way .39 (w in ad coupon pt 3) - .50/2 coupon
  • Lindsey Olives .99 (w in ad coupon on page 3)
  • Scotch Tape $1.99 (w in ad coupon on page 13) - $1/1 coupon from Publix winter Savings = .99
  • Sharpie Twin pack .99 (with in ad q on page 14)
  • Olay Body Wash $6.99 -$3JC - $2 coupon from P&G Have you Tried this Yet coupon book = $1.99
    Or if you still have the B1 Olay Body Wash G1 Olay Lotion FREE Coupon, get both for $3.99
  • Bic Comfort 3 $3.99 BOGO - (2) $2/1 coupons from 12/12 paper = 2/FREE
  • Blistex .99 ($1/2 coupon) = 2/.98

Rite Aid
  • Halls 2/$3 - $1+UP -.50VV (Dec) = 2/$1.50 (2/$1 if you still have Novembers VV coupon)
  • Ghiradelli pouches $2.50 - $1+UP/2 - $1/2 coupon = 2/$3
  • Gillette disposable razors (2-4ct) 2/$10
  • Hershey candy (get $5+UP wyb $15)
    Kisses 2/$5 - $1VV (Dec) - $1/2 Hershey Kisses = 2/$3
    Bliss 2/$6 - $1VV (Dec) - (2) $1/1 Coupon from 12/5 paper = 2/$3
    Pot of Gold $3.99 - $1 coupon = $2.99
  • Colgate Sensitive $3.50 - $1/1 coupon -$3.50 +UP = $4.50 moneymaker
  • Gillette Fusion 4 ct blades (get $5ECB wyb 2)
  • Glade Reed Difusers $6 (Buy 2 & use BOGO coupon) Spend $10 get $3 ECB = 2/$3