Thursday, January 27, 2011

New Coupons on Coupons.com

Lots of new coupons this week on Coupons.com

  • $1.00 off one (1) Simply Saline product
  • $0.75 off Any ONE (1) SHAKE 'N BAKE Product
  • $0.55 off on VLASIC Pickles, Peppers or Relish
  • $2.00 off One Woolite All in One Carpet Cleaning
  • $1.00 off One A Day Adult or Teen Multivitamin
  • $1.00 off any Schiff Vitamin or Supplement
  • $2.00 off Schiff MegaRed
  • $1.00 off Schiff Mega-D3™
  • $1.00 off OSCAR MAYER CARVING BOARD Meats
  • $1.00 off 1 Bottle of Any A.1. STEAK SAUCE
  • $1.00 off any ONE (1) Children's Chestal
  • $2.00 off any ONE (1) Oscillococcinum
  • $1.00 off TWO Glade Scented Oil Candle refills
  • $1.00 off Glade Scented Oil Candle holder
  • $1.00 off Purina Cat Chow brand Cat Food
  • $10.00 off BREEZE brand Litter System
  • $1.50 off BREEZE brand Litter System
  • $1.00 off (18) cans of Fancy Feast Elegant Medley
  • $2.00 off Purina Mighty Dog Dog Food
  • $1.00 off Purina ALPO brand Dog Food
  • $1.00 off Purina Beneful Brand Snackin Slices
  • $1.00 off Purina Fit & Trim Brand Adult Dog Food
  • $1.00 off (24) cans of Fancy Feast Gourmet
  • $1.50 off Glade Auto Spray Refill
  • $0.75 off ONE package of Rhodes™ Warm-N-Serv
  • $88.99 for 2 Pairs of Eyeglasses

New Pet Coupons from Publix

Publix has some new pet coupons available.  Go here to grab them.

  • FREE Whiskas Temptations WYB 8 Whiskas cans food for cats
  • $2 OFF Purina Beneful
  • $1 OFF Pedigree dry dog food
  • .50 OFF Publix dog treats

MEGA Swagbucks Friday

Just a reminder that tomorrow is Friday and that means MEGA Swagbucks day, so be sure to do your searches!

Search & Win

If you aren't a member of Swagbucks yet, then let me tell you why you should join - how about I've earned $40 in Amazon Gift Certificates in 2 months just for using their search engine and doing a few other random things through them (like watching SwagBucks TV or playing games on their site when I'm bored, or going through them to buy Groupon deals that I would have bought anyway).

It only takes 450 Swagbucks to earn a $5 Amazon giftcard, and you get 30 Swagbucks just for signing up!  I earn on average of about 25 Swagbucks a day just from doing regular searches that I'd normally do through Google or some other search engine.  Install their toolbar and that's another instant 1 point a day.

Click Here to Sign Up for Swagbucks and start earning Free Stuff!

My Walgreens Trip: Bank Error in My Favor

While at Walgreens today I noticed that there was an endcap with Gatorade and the signs still say that they were on sale 5/$5 (or 5/$4 with the Instant Value Coupon).  That's my GoTo price for Gatorade so I grabbed 5 along with the several other items I had in my cart.  When the cashier gave me my total of around $8 I thought it seemed a bit high but I paid him.  When I got to the car I realized that the Gatorade had not rang up for 5/$5 so I went back in.  Luckily, the manager was on hand so I showed her my receipt and told her that the Gatorade hadn't rang up right.  She flipped through the ad flyer then walked back to the display.  Evidently, those tags weren't supposed to be there.  Bank Error in my favor.

Not Shown: the 5 Gatorades

Purchased:
5 Gatorades @ 5/$5
2 Halls on sale $1e
1 Bakers coconut (clearance) $1.79
1 Clean & Clear moisturizer $6.79
1 Got2B $4.99
= $20.57




Used:
$2 Off Clean & Clear
$1/5 Gatorade Instant Value Coupon
$2 Off Got 2 B
BOGO Halls (rang up as $2 Off)
$10 RR
= $4.24 OOP (got back $2RR from purchase of Got2B)

The Couponing Rush

Today as I was standing at the counter at CVS and I saw the total $39.95 flash across the screen. I kinda freaked out a little.  "I don't have that much money!".  Ok, well I did but I didn't want to have to dip into something other than the grocery fund to buy this stuff.  I've been here before, with this freaking out and having to remind myself that the total won't be near that after all the coupons are run through.  Even so, you can't help but freak out a little and wonder "Was my math right?"  "What if it's more than I expected?". 

Some weeks I'm much better at the pre-trip math than others.  Sometimes it's hard to know how much something will run if you don't buy it every day and you can't count on the online prices because the prices in the stores are different.  Sometimes you end up seeing a great deal you didn't plan on and throwing it in.  It really doesn't matter how good I am at the math, I think it's a bit of a rush, similar to what you might get gambling; actually I think it's exactly the same as when I play a hand of poker and make a big bet.  I'm hoping it pays off.  To me it feels exactly the same.  My heart beats faster, I may sweat a little, I'm hoping my anxiety doesn't show but most of all I'm hoping my gamble pays off and I get what I wanted in the end.  Usually, I do... ok most of the time.  I have to say that the outcome is much more predictable with couponing than poker.

I don't know if I'll ever get over this feeling at the register.  In some ways I hope I do, in other ways the rush feels kind of good and makes knowing that you got that great deal feel all the better.  When you watch a total drop from $39.95 down to $4.33, how can you NOT feel good!  The folks who don't coupon, really don't know what they are missing.  That said, I can also understand how some folks can get addicted to that feeling and turn into the "extreme couponers" that just live for the deal.  Once you get one great deal, you really do want to find another one and it does become really hard to buy things without getting a deal.

My CVS Trip Today

Today's trip was quite excellent, I must say.  I ended up wiping out my ECBs, and spent about $10oop (out of pocket), but it was a good trip.

Totals:  $67.28 worth of product for $10.27 OOP

Not shown are the 2 bottles of Head & Shoulders (27oz), which I purchased in transaction #2.

Transaction 1:

  • 2 Tilex Mold & Mildew cleaners on sale 2/$4
  • 2 Old Spice Body Wash $4.99 (rang up  B1G1 50%)
  • 3 Clean & Clear cleansers $6.49 each
  • 2 Old Spice deodorants on sale 2/$7
  • 1 Dove Visible Care body wash on sale $1.99

Total before coupons: $39.95

Used the Following Coupons:
$3 Off $15 Skin Care Purchase (from magic coupon machine)
$1 Off 2 Old Spice Deos
(2) $1 Off Tilex
(3) $2 Off Clean & Clear
(2) Buy Old Spice Deo, Get Old Spice BW FREE
$1 Off Dove Visible Care
$18 in ECBs
= $4.33 after tax  (got back $5 in ECB from the Clean & Clear)

I was thinking that Rite Aid had a better deal on Head & Shoulders, so I went there only to find that their deal was on a smaller size and resulted in not as good of a price per unit (I should have looked at the ad better).

Transaction 2:
2 Head & Shoulders (27oz) on sale for $5.99 each
= $11.98
Used $2/2 Head & Shoulders
$5 ECB from previous transaction
= $5.94 After tax

I was quite happy with this trip.  Although I have to say that there is a certain amount of freak out that your brain goes through when you see those totals before the coupons and think OMG! I don't have that much money on me!  LOL.

Free Stuff For Your Pets

So last week we racked up on FREE Coffee, this week let's see what we can find for our furry four legged friends.  Seriously, if you've got a dog they are going to rack up on the free samples.  And there are quite a few for the cats, as well.  Then check down at the bottom for loads of great coupons for pet food, treats & needs.

YouPet.com



Printable Coupons for Pet Care