Friday, February 22, 2008

Feb. Walgreens Summary

Tomorrow marks the end of the Feb. rebate time at Walgreens.

Here's how I did... I spent $82.81 this month. BUT, I should be getting back a refund of $47.24, plus I have a $5 register reward. So, in all I spent just $30.57 this month!

Here's a breakdown of what I got for $30.57:

  • BurtsBees chapstick (2 pack) - paid regular price since I needed it
  • 2 Garnier Fructis shampoos
  • 4 packages of Stayfree pads
  • 2 bottles of Softsoap Spa radiant body wash (oh so heavenly smelling!!)
  • 2 Glade candles
  • 1 Campbells Soup at Hand
  • 2 Gillette Venus Embrace razors (I LOVE Venus razors - so was thrilled to get them free!)
  • 4 Scrubbing Bubbles bathroom cleaner
  • 1 Olay body wash (also heavenly smelling)
  • 3 tubes Aquafresh toothpaste
  • 1 bag of Skittles
  • 1 Tylenol Extra Strength
  • 2 Diffusers - non sale item - bought them just because - but they were a good price (2/$5)
  • 2 bags of Twizzlers licorice (YUM!! )
  • 8 boxes of Puffs (4 are Puffs Plus with lotion, 4 are just regular Puffs)
  • 3 pairs of pantyhose (for Heather)
  • 1 Gillette Fusion Phenom razor (it's a men's razor, but was free after coupons and I figured Dad or the boys could use it...)
I think that's it. Not bad for $30, huh????

According to my receipts, at the register (before rebates), I saved a total of $73.10. That was due to sales and coupons (both Walgreens coupons and manufacturer's coupons). My manufacturer's coupons alone saved me $37.75. And that's just my Walgreens shopping!!!!!!

(BTW, if you take out my TWO unplanned/spontaneous purchases (BurtsBees and diffusers), I would have spent just $19.11 after rebates! That is another thing that is saving me money this month - LIST shopping! Even at the grocery store, I've purchased very few spontaneous items.)

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Walgreens Sales

Oh my goodness - I am having SO MUCH FUN clipping coupons, printing coupons, shopping the ads, and saving so much money!!!

Today I stopped at Walgreens for more goodies! :)

What did that cost me? $9 after a $4 rebate. The Scrubbing Bubbles cans will end up costing me just 50 cents a can, one of the tubes of toothpaste was free, the others were just 99 cents each, the razor was free (without a rebate - just with coupons!), the body wash was just $1.34, and the Skittles were $1.

I don't think I"ll ever pay retail again! And I like the idea of shopping other places instead of always just WM. Don't get me wrong - I'm not a WM basher or hater. But these stores are closer, Kroger doubles coupons, gives gas discounts, and things will count towards my Upromise account to pay my school loans down! So all in all, it's a win win for me!

Saturday, February 9, 2008

1st Walgreens Adventure

I've been reading a lot of blogs lately about saving money with tips on couponing, sales, etc. One big thing that people who do this all the time is shop at Walgreens and/or CVS. We don't have a CVS here, but Walgreens is on every street corner practically. Every month, they have different rebates - many of them free after rebate. Since I live in TN, I can even submit my refunds online. In addition, you can use coupons, and most stores (from what I understand) will allow you to "stack" coupons (use a store coupon PLUS a manufacturer's coupon).

So here is what I got last night and today:

I spent a total of $31.89.

Seem like a lot?

Well, I will be getting back $20.47 in rebates. Plus, if you do it on gift card instead of check, you get 10% extra. I plan on doing that, so my rebate will be $22.52. (I plan on doing this again in the future at Walgreens, so getting a gift card for 10% extra makes perfect sense. Next month I can use the card instead of my money to buy things before rebates.)

So, grand total spent for all of the above? $9.37

Here's how it panned out:

  • Shampoo was free after rebate. It was $3.99, so I'll get a $3.99 rebate on it. In addition, I had a $1 off coupon that I used.
  • The pads? Oh how I LOVE this deal!!!! They were on sale for 2/$5. I had coupons to get $2 off 1 package. I printed off 4 coupons (the max allowed) - so I spent 50 CENTS a package!!!
  • The body soap (that smells HEAVENLY BTW) was also free after rebate and sold for $4.49. In addition, I had a coupon for 75 cents off.
  • The candles were on sale for $2.50 each with a $1 rebate (each) on them. In addition, I had a $2 off for 2 coupon. Final cost on these will be 50 cents each!!
  • The razor was $9.99 and free after rebate. Sadly, I could not find a coupon for it. But regardless, I'll take a free razor any day - and I LOVE Venus razors.
  • The soup was on sale for 99 cents and I had a coupon for $2, but they didn't take it. I should have had them take the soup off. Oh well.
  • I paid full price ($5.49) for the Burts Bees chap stick because I needed some more and LOVE Burts Bees even if it is a bit pricey. So if you take the Burts Bees out, I really only spent $3.37 for everything up there!!!!

They have many other things on rebate with some things free like men's deodorant, contact solution, etc. The rebated items go until the 23rd. But the sale prices end today. (I must try to figure out a way to print more pad coupons off......... if I can, it'd so be worth the trip back out since they're just down the street.)

I also made a Dollar Tree run today - I am in love with that place too!! :) Spent just over $12 there and got some good deals (as usual).

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