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Help Me by Helping You

I don’t want to turn into some advertising center on my blog, but this is free, and it benefits you, so here you go.

Walgreens is joining the card club (which is kinda lame; my wallet is already stuffed with loyalty cards), and it looks like we’ll be able to earn store credit of some kind by using the card. The website claims card-holders will get secret deals and specials. The card officially launches on the 16th, and if you use this special link to sign up for your Walgreens card, I get a little kickback. Which will be nice, because we’re having a diaper shortage this week!  =P



Coupon results 7/24/12

Coupon results 7/24/12

CVS & Walgreens 7/24/12

I’m not an expert on this couponing thing. I’ve read the books, I peruse the blogs, I drool over photos of expert couponers’ stockpiles and wish I could do the same thing. I do try, though, to save money where ever I can. Well, this last week, by some celestial alignment of paycheck, organization, planning, and kid-free moments, I managed to hit CVS and Walgreens and saved more than 90% on some pricey products that I usually just buy at the Dollar Tree.

Here’s how I did it.

CVS has a special bonus program where different products each week will earn you ExtraBucks (EBs). Walgreens has a similar program, where products will earn you RegisterRewards (RRs). When planning my shopping trips, I look through the weekly ads to see what products have EBs or RRs attached to them AND that I have coupons for. (Oh yeah, you have to get the Sunday paper to get coupons. I subscribe to the Sunday paper and my aunt and cousin save their coupon inserts for me, so I get 3 copies of the inserts). However, this planning and matching up coupons with EBs and RRs can take a LONG time, so I let other people do the hard work and check out couponing websites for the best match-ups.

There’s a million coupon sites out there, but hands-down, my favorite is because their site is super easy to use and has a fabulous search feature that lets me see exactly what I want. Also, when you click on CVS or Walgreens (or RiteAid, too, but we don’t have RiteAid in Arizona), the Krazy Ladies write up shopping plans for getting the most bang for $5. You can do this a few different ways. One strategy is to “roll” your transactions: buy a few items that will earn you rewards, then, take your rewards from that transaction and go purchase more items, paying for the second transaction with your rewards from the first transaction. That’s fun, but time consuming.

This week, I had all the kids with me on Friday, and didn’t want to spent 30 minutes at both stores rolling transactions, so I purchased all the items that had rewards AND that I had coupons for. Friday was pretty pricey:

CVS – $26.33 in product – $11.36 in coupons + $1.71 tax = paid $16.68 (40% savings) and received 6.75 ExtraBucks

Walgreens – $20.76 in product – $6.09 in coupons + $1.60 tax = paid $16.27 (27% savings) and received 10 RegisterRewards

On Sunday, the ads reset at the stores, so a whole new set of deals came out. I’d already spent our grocery budget, but because I had the EBs and RRs from Friday, I was able to use them to purchase the NEW deals for this week last night while Anthony watched the kids at home. I bought all the items shown in the photo at the top, and basically just had to pay the tax on everything. I learned last night that I’ll never be able to use coupons, EBs, or RRs to cover tax, which is kinda silly, I think. I had to scan my debit card to cover the tax last night (note to self: raid kids piggy bank for spare change next time).

Tuesday’s result:

CVS – after coupons and EBs: paid $2.62 (85% savings) and received 5 EBs

Walgreens – after coupons and RRs: paid $1.19 (94% savings) and received 4 RRs 

Yes, it takes some coordinating, planning, and QUIET (seriously, whenever I try to coupon WITH my 4 kids, I never save as much), but it is worth it to get NICE products (I’m so excited to shave with the Venus razor!).

So what do you think? Have you thought about couponing or actually started couponing? What works for you? What doesn’t work for you? What’s the best deal you’ve scored?

2011 Lesson #2 : Don’t Carpe Diem » Momastery

Wow. I really, really needed to read this post last week. Mothering is the hardest thing I’ve ever done. I don’t enjoy every single second of it. But that’s real life!

2011 Lesson #2 : Don’t Carpe Diem » Momastery.

My favorite Christmas pun of all time

I first read this punny story in Reader’s Digest at my Grandma and Granddaddy’s house when I was about seven. I still laugh when I think about the punch line!  Enjoy, and Merry Christmas!

Big chess tournament

The big chess tournament was taking place at the Plaza in New York. After the first day’s competition, many of the winners were sitting around in the foyer of the hotel talking about their matches and bragging about their wonderful play. After a few drinks they started getting louder and louder until finally, the desk clerk couldn’t take any more and kicked them out. 

The next morning the Manager called the clerk into his office and told him there had been many complaints about his being so rude to the hotel guests….instead of kicking them out, he should have just asked them to be less noisy. The clerk responded, “I’m sorry, but if there’s one thing I can’t stand, it’s chess nuts boasting in an open foyer.” 

Aha! Jokes > Funny Puns > Big chess tournament.

Wherein My Kids Make You Laugh

We have to keep our energy costs down during the “peak hours” of 3-6PM when the electricity costs twice what it does during the rest of the day. This usually means we turn off our A/C and retire to the pool for that time period. Thankfully, it’s ‘only’ been around 100 the last few days, so the apartment isn’t too hot when we get home. Yesterday, we didn’t start feeling warm until after I’d made dinner. That’s when I asked Jonathan (6) to go turn on the A/C.

“It’s not working, Mom!”

“OK, I’ll get it later.”

After tucking the kids in bed, I walked past the thermostat and flicked on the A/C without really looking. Then I went to bed with Josh (23 months). It had been a long day.

Anthony came to bed later and mentioned that it was cold. “So go turn off the air,” I mumbled sleepily. “I’m not the one who turned it on,” he shot back. Stellar logic.

At 4:30, I was awakened from a lovely dream of watching the snow fall outside our window in Colorado by PG-13 exclamations from Anthony about how freezing he was, and he finally jumped out of bed to turn off the A/C. “WHO TURNED IT ALL THE WAY DOWN?” he yelled (I’m sure our neighbors LOVE us).


I guess when Jonathan said the A/C wasn’t working, it’s because he moved the wrong switch, and I didn’t notice it when I turned it back on. The apartment was about 55 degrees. The low outside last night was 79. Next month’s electric bill is going to hurt!

It gave us a great excuse to stay in bed a little longer with all the kids and then go hunting for our socks and sweaters before getting to the breakfast table.

At breakfast, the kids were looking at the prizes on the back of the Frosted Mini-Wheat’s box and “claiming” their prizes.

Jonathan: “I get the Legos!”

Hannah: “I get the Cars 2 DVD!”

Jono: “You know, they should have an iPad2. I’d win that!”

Me: “Jonathan, they have TOYS. I don’t think iPads are good prizes for kids.”

Hannah: “Yeah, Mom. That’s what HE said!”

Jono (with eye roll): “Mmmmoooommmm! She’s copying Michael Scott!”

I almost spilled the milk I was frothing, I was laughing so hard!

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