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More Shopping Savings

April 16th, 2010 at 08:47 pm

Yesterday, I went to Starbuck's with my travel mug and enjoyed a free cup of coffee.

Purchase 1: Today I went to Walgreens and made 3 separate purchases. First, I bought the Schick Hydro Shave Gel for $3.20. That purchase gave me a register reward of $3. on a future purchase.

Purchase 2: Then, I bought 2 Sudafed products that were on sale for $9.98. Each one was for $4.99 and was on sale. I had $4.00 in manufacturer's coupons so, it brought my purchase down to $5.98. I then received a $5. register reward for that purchase.

Purchase 3: I purchased 2 bottles of CLR for $6.99 each. It was a B!G! free product), and another item for 3.34. I took off $3. from the first purchase and $5. from the second purchase and I ended up paying $3.06. On the total purchases above I would have paid $37.06 but ended up spending $12.24. A savings of $24.82.

I then went to Winn Dixie and purchased 2 TGIF (BIGI free) chicken wings boxes for 3.89 , bananas for .66. Dessert Shells for $1.49 and Strawberries for 1.99. I should have spent $13.92 and spent $5.03. I had $3.00 in coupons from TGIF. I saved $8.89.

My total day should have been $50.98 and I spent $17.27. Saving $33.71 or 66%.

Alot of my buys comes going to different websites and someone posting an item that I wouldn't have considere buying. But the extra coupons made it a buy on my list. We all teach one another.

I have found that it's important to take advantage of any new products that are offered free because you won't see them at the same price again. I have been sorry that I didn't buy more. This week it was the shave gel.

The other day Elisabeth shared how she used her CVS coupons that come out of the machine. I would not have thought about useing those coupons for those items. I learned something from her and that't how it goes around here.

Yesterday was a good shopping day

April 15th, 2010 at 08:25 pm

I went shopping at two stores and really saved a lot. I should have spent $48.67 and spent $21.30. I saved $27.28 which is 56% of the bill.

I went to Walgreens and bought the Shave Gel by Schick and paid $3.20 with tax. I received a $3. register rewards. I then bought the Schick razor for $8.55 and I used the $3. register reward making it $5.55. I received a $5. register reward. I then bought grocery item that were on sale and it totaled up to $5. and using the $5. reward and paid nothing. I ended up paying $3.75 for both the gel and the shaver.

I bought a really great doormat that $10.69 and paid $6.41 with tax.

At the supermarket a mistake was made on the salmon that I bought. I brought it to the attention of the seafood person and she gave it to me for the price. The salmon weighed 1.22 lb and it should have been $7.99 and it was accidentally coded for $2.99 a pound. I also bought pearl rice on sale and 2 large cans of pimentos that should have been $3.18. I I paid $1.58. The rice and pimentos are items that I will use to make Chicken and Rice (Spanish style).

Finding Ways Each Day to Save Money

April 12th, 2010 at 11:06 pm

I've become more tuned in to finding ways of saving or not spending money. Each day I look at ways that I can save money. Today, it was using the internet to facilitate something rather than using a stamp.

One day, it could be checking around my house and looking for items to be unplugged that are not being used.

I also look for funds that are sitting in an account that could be transferred to another account that earns more interest.

It could be as Ima Saver says of turning off the water heater. It does work.

It could even turning down your AC when you won't be at home.

Closing drapes on the sunny side.

I think it's the little things everyday that you can do that adds up. Even though the amounts might seem small, it adds up.

I'm always amazed at how much money is found in the streets. It is money that you didn't work for or pay taxes on.

$20 Challenge for March

April 10th, 2010 at 05:19 pm

Total that was added to my $20 challenge for March was $114.32.

Chase Rewards $25.00
surveys 22.00
Manuf Coupons 60.07
Pennies from food 1.83
Pennies from Hubby .35
Found .05
Added to from food 1.70
Interest 3.32
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$114.32

Easter holidays came a bit earlier for me.

April 5th, 2010 at 03:50 pm

I haven't checked in for a while. I had my son and two granddaughters at my house last week. All had been sick and I probably had some kind of bug in my system prior to their visit. So, I have been sick since they left on Friday.

Anyway, we went to a children's playground, to the zoo the next day, dinner out that night and to the Beach the next day. Even though they didn't stay for Easter, It felt like it. There are times when they come during Dec and we celebrate the holiday meals here and I have the memory as if they were here for the holiday.

It's such a joy to have them here. I just don't have the energy I once had to chase them around or play with them.

But, I do hope that everyone had a nice Easter and that my Jewish friends had a nice passover.