Saturday, March 7, 2009

Savings Saturday

Well, Saturday seems to be my day to blog. I've had a wonderful day today getting errands run and working in my home office. No, for those of you who are wondering if I got work done on my crafts projects, but I did get a lot of my office cleaned up which gives me more room to do my projects. Maybe I'll get something done later next week.

Much to my chagrin, I also did not get any cooking done today, but maybe I'll get a chance tomorrow. If not, next week will be a major crockpot week! It's 7:05 p.m. and I just got home from running errands at 6:50 p.m. I had quite a dilemma. Since my craft room/office/exercise room is clean, should I do the treadmill before or after my dirty beer with 7 olives? Well, those of you who know me know if wasn't that difficult of a choice--the beer won out. Now, hopefully I'll still have the desire or at least ability to run on the treadmill after the beer.

Ok, now for the news on how I did with my frugal errands today. First of all, Randy and I had 2 coupons for a free Arby's Roast Burger with the purchase of any drink. He had to check his box at the post office so we went to Arby's and got our sandwich. Mine cost $1.52 for a small drink and the burger. Not too bad for lunch. Randy had a med drink so paid a little more. I also stopped at Walgreen's which was on the way and purchased the following:

  1. Colgate Max toothpaste $3.29
  2. Vaseline Intensive Care Rescue lotion 2.69
  3. Organix Hair Conditioner 5.99
+ .84 tax
Total 12.81
The clerk let me pay in 2 different transactions so I could use the Register Rewards from the 1st transaction on the 2nd transaction.
1st transaction (Colgate Max toothpaste)........giftcard-- 3.52 (3.29 + tax of .23)
earned Register Rewards of $3.50
2nd transaction....................................................giftcard-- 4.29
manuf. coup. -- 1.50 (VIC Rescue)
RR -- 3.50

I had my gift card from last month's rebates from Walgreens so I actually had no out of pocket this trip.

I also earned $2.00 Register Rewards from the Vaseline Intensive Care Rescue and the Organix has a Mail In Rebate for up to $6.99 (I'll get the $5.99 back). So if you look at the numbers, I paid out $11.49 and with coup9ons and rebates, I will be ahead $1.02.

My 2nd errand was at Target. They had $2.00 off of their Sutton and Dodge meats which is the brand they carry. They had London Broil on sale for $1.99/lb. I got 2 London Broils and one Round Roast. I paid $3.05 for the roast--$2.49 a lb. on sale and it was 2.03 lbs. I paid $1.18 for one of the London Broils and $1.06 for the other--great deals! I also got a package of Hillshire Farms turkey lunch meat that was $3.04 and had a sticky coupon on it for a mail in rebate for the price of the lunch meat--so FREE!

On the way home I stopped at Walgreens again. This time I used my $2.00 Register Rewards and bought 2 Pantene hair conditioners for $2.99 each with a manufacturer's coupon for $1.00/2. I also got another Colgate Max toothpaste for $3.29 and used a manufacturer's coupon for .75. That earned me another $3.50 in Register Rewards. I wanted to get some Dove soap because they had a deal on them but neither of the Walgreens that I stopped at had enough of them (it was that good of a deal--they ran out). So I stopped at one more Walgreens which was on the way home and talked with the manager who let me substitute the trial size Dove bars for the regular size single Dove bars at the same .99 price. I bought 8 of them (which came to $7.92), used my $3.50 Register Rewards and paid out $4.97 from my debit card after tax. That earned me $10.00 in Register Rewards. That's a moneymaker! I plan to go back to Walgreens and get the Wal-Zyr cold medicine and the AXE men's hair products which all have a mail in rebate for the price of the product. I can use my $10 RR for those.

I then stopped at Hy Vee and got 4 lbs of butter (a staple in our family!) for $1.48 a lb. and 3 pkgs of cheese (8 oz.) for .99 each, and a gallon of Milk for 1.98. Oh yes, and a pkg of Reynold's wrap for .00 (I had a coupon for a free 25 ft. box).

I also got my free movie Monday night from Redbox and I have heard they have a Wednesday code too so next Wed. I'll try that!

Sooooo I'm busy blogging and then I'll get to work getting my mail in rebates done. All in all, it's been a pretty successful day.


Fred and Heather said...

I love it! I wish I had the energy to look more into this, what a great way to save money. You are too funny.

Madge said...

Hi Cheryl ~
Loved your 'Savings Saturday' story. I'm really into 'free stuff' and have dozens of web sites that I visit nearly every day. It drives Tim nuts - but, I usually have something in the mail daily that didn't cost me anything. I get such a kick out of it. I also use the coupons and sales to get the best deals I can. If you would like - I can email you the websites I use - and I would love to have the ones you use also!
PS. You really have such cute grandkids - I love reading about them!!!

Team Fuller said...

i think our targets carry different brands, i've never heard of the one you talk about. But you're quite the coupon clipper, mom. Very proud of you! I try, i clip them, print them out, stick them in my Christmas coupon holder you gave me, get to the register, pay, walk to the car and realize i forgot to use my coupon. I'm an idiot!