I think people who use coupons regularly will understand this post, but have you ever noticed that certain people will give you a strange look when you discuss a great deal you got. I noticed this recently with a relative. I thought I must have had 2 heads or something. I totally respect that using coupons, or combining the sales with coupons and rebates is not for everyone. It really doesn’t take me that much time to go thru the sales papers and clip coupons each Sunday. But please don’t look at me as if I’m an alien. I swear I’m not the only who uses them.
I decided to stop at CVS yesterday since I got some good cash register receipt coupons. I also found a rain check from two years ago. That’s the great thing about their rain checks is that they never expire. You gotta love it. The rain checks were for Schick Quattro Razors for men and I had a quantity of four. I didn’t have any coupons, but I did have a $5 ECB when you buy one. The rain check was for $1.99 each! I was able to get all four, and I got the $5 ECB. I got four razors for $3.12 with tax!
I also had coupons for a Tylenol 10ct vial and a Fusion Shaving cream. I did have $1 coupons for both. I also got a couple more boxes of Puffs tissues.
Fusion: $3.49- $3.00 coupons= $0.49
2 Puffs: $1.76- $.50 cents coupons= $1.26
4 Quattro Razors- $7.96- $7 ECB I used= $0.96
Tylenol: $2.49- $2.50 coupons= penny overage
Grand Total with tax: $3.12!!!
I got back a $5 ECB from the razors. I saved a total of $45 with sales and coupons for 92% in savings. I just can’t say it enough. I LOVE CVS!
We are planning our first trip to Disney World for next year. We are debating if we should stay on grounds or in a condo hotel off grounds. It would be very convenient to stay at Disney with no worries about driving to the parks daily and parking. We could just catch a shuttle or bus. I would also prefer to save some money staying offsite, plus have a bigger place. We need to just write down all the pros and cons to make our choice.
Today I hit a great clearance at my local Wal-Mart. They moved all the summer and older toys to clearance. I was able to buy all the kids Christmas presents. I spent $50 today, but I’m now done with the kids on my list. I even bought a couple of extra toys to donate to Toys for Tots. I am going to go back tomorrow to buy a few more toys to donate. Most of the toys I bought were $4-5 each. I even got my son some Christmas presents. He loves Legos and they had several small Star Wars sets on clearance for $5. They had Speed Racer, Hannah Montana, Barbie, baby dolls, Lego sets, and so much more. I even got DVD cartoon movies for $4 each. I got Bob the Builder, Care Bears, and Blues Clues. I’m not buying as many toys since I really think most kids have too many. I am trying to buy other fun things to give like bath toys. They had those on clearance as well. Now is a great time to start your Christmas shopping. I even bought a couple of extra for my gift closet. You never know when you will get a last minute birthday invite from your child’s classmate.
Are You Normal or Nuts? This is a question we all ponder from time to time. Like am I crazy to stock up on a great sale of items we will use? I think most people would say no, and it’s smart to pay less for something you will use. Other people may think it’s a little crazy to buy 26 bottles of dish liquid. I think my husband would agree. It’s funny how I never hear him complaining about all the rolls of toilet paper in the closet. He might think twice about making a comment if they suddenly disappeared in a moment of need. “insert an evil laugh”
This is a great article in the Reader’s Digest I came across recently. My favorite one is the lady that took 7 years to use 14 bottles of nail polish. First wouldn’t the polish be a little funky? I don’t really use nail polish too often. Do you think that this would be one for the Are You Normal or Nuts? category? I would say yes. I just recently bought a bottle for free after rebate. Some people might think that it’s acceptable, and have done it themselves. The article is pretty funny, and insightful. Check out the Reader’s Digest Laughs section. Just remember what you might think is crazy to you is perfectly normal to someone else.
Today’s thrifty tip is don’t buy expensive baby food in jars. Instead just puree your own cooked foods like carrots, green beans, and such. Bananas are also easy to mash. Just make sure to keep the foods bland. You can use a food processor to mush it. Certain foods cooked are easy to mash with just a fork. This will save you lots of money, and it’s healthier for your baby.
*Note: I am not affliated with REI and not being compensated for this post. I just want to share a great deal with my readers.
I know some people think they are ugly. For those that love these shoes, then REI has the Cayman Kids Crocs on sale. There are only 3 colors available: Red, Sea Blue, and Coral. These kids crocs are priced $8.83 and have various sizes in stock. I bought a pair of red ones for my son. Shipping was $5.99 for a total of $14.82 which is a great deal. You can get Free Shipping to any REI store. If you are signed up with BigCrumbs, then go thru them to earn cash back. Hurry since I’m sure these will go quickly. Click Here for Kids Croc Sale