Thursday, December 30, 2010

Water Water Everywhere.... and plenty to drink (with coupons)

There are several great bottled water coupons out right now.... just like these companies on Facebook and they will each give you a $1/1 multi-pack of bottled water coupon

Rite AId Trip 12/30/10

I'm not usually one to be proud of a drugstore trip that costs me $30 OOP, but in this case I'm gonna be, because I got close to $90 worth of stuff for that $30.

I ended up doing transactions because I wanted to make sure the Gillette deodorant deal worked like I thought it would (and it did = $1 money maker)

Transaction 1
  • Gillette Fusion ProGlide Razor on sale for 9.89
  • 2 Gillette deodorants on sale for 2/$8
  • Ferro Sequels Iron supplement $18.89 (after 10% shopping pass discount)
  • Daquil Liquicaps on sale for $5
  • Mucinex Max 28 ct on sale for $19.99
  • 2 Rite Aid eye drops on sale for $3.49 BOGO
  • 2 Natural Bounty supplements on sale for $7.69 BOGO
Total:  $72.95
$20 Gift of Savings Certificate
$1 Video Value coupon
$1 Video Value coupon
$4 Gillette Fusion coupon
BOGO Gillette deodorant
$2/1 Gillette deodorant
$1.50/1 Mucinex VV coupon
$1.50/1 Dayquil coupon
$10 +UPs rewards

Total OOP = $27.95 +tax   Got back $12 +UPs

Transaction 2
2 Gillette deodorants on sale 2/$8
used BOGO Gillette deodorant
used $2/1 Gillette deodorant
=$2 OOP, Got back $3 +UP

So total $27.95 OOP, got back $15 in +UPs

Gillette Deodarant Money Maker @ Rite Aid

If you still have your Gillette coupons from the 11/28 Proctor & Gamble insert, you can make some money this week at Rite Aid (through Saturday).

Buy - 2 Gillette deodorants @ 2/$8
Use - BOGO Gillette deodorant coupon
Use - $2/1 Gillette deodorant coupon

= 2/$2 OOP

Get back $3 +UP

I had two sets of these coupons I was about to leave as a random act of kindness (since they expire on Saturday) before I realized the money making ability of this deal.

Publix Preview Week of 1/1

Passionate Penny Pincher has the Publix preview posted for the week starting Sunday 1/1 - 1/5. There are a few good deals but not too many great ones.

My favorite is the Al Fresco Chicken Sausage BOGO at $5.49, with 2 of the $2/1 printable coupons, you can grab two packs for $.74 each!

Check out the preview here.

Book Review: Extraordinary, Ordinary People

Often, I pick up auto-biographical books only to put them down after a few chapters, or I find that I read them but slowly, trudging through them. That was not the case with "Extraordinary, Ordinary People" by Condoleezza Rice.

I have found Condoleezza Rice to be a very interesting person, while knowing little about her. Reading her book, I learned that we have a bit in common: she's from Alabama and she graduated from high school at a young age. I expected a book about someone who is known politically to be more about her political life. I think it was largely because this book was not about her as a political figure that I found it so interesting.

"Extraordinary, Ordinary People" is really about her family (which, of course, includes her). It begins with her parents stories, their parents, how they were raised and how they came to be married to each other. She details her childhood, growing up in segregated Birmingham, living through the race riots, bombings and generally what it felt like to her during this time. As well as, how it felt when things finally started changing. She shares her experiences both there and in Colorado where her parents moved when she was in high school.

As a child, Condeleezza planned to become a concert pianist, and it wasn't until her Junior year of college that she discovered foreign affairs and decided to pursue that route of study, leading her to become the figure we know her to be. Along the way, she wore many hats and accomplished many firsts. It would seem that she could accomplish anything she set out to do and often found doors opening that she never considered.

The book starts and ends with her parents lives. As a testmament to the fact that this book is not about politics, or Condoleezza has a political figure, the book ends with the death of her father, just weeks before she begins her job as National Security Adviser. I had hoped that it would go further, and share more of her story, not just during her time in the White House, but also what she has been doing since then.

*I received a free review copy of this book from