Thursday, July 31, 2008

How do I get such great deals?

Well, the best answer is...I have TIME. (for another 2 weeks at least:)
I didn't get that much free stuff this week, but I will show you how I got the deals I did.
First Stop... Staples.

The pencil holders were on sale for 1 cent each. I got 2 (but since I am a teacher, I could have gotten 25). Bic pens were on sale for 99 cents. I also had a coupon for 1.00 off 2 Bic items. You can find that here. You may have to click through to the "next page" at the bottom to find the right one.
I was planning on getting some nicer pens and an electric pencil sharpener (both free after rebate), but I came to late in the week and they were gone. I wasn't really that surprised, because I know to get those deals you need to hit the stores Monday.
Total purchase: 1.01 (plus tax)

Next stop...Target

Olay body wash (2 bottles and a bonus puff) on clearance for $3.15. I had a coupon for $2.oo off, so my final cost was 1.15 for 2 (57 cents each)
Suave body wash (large bottle) on clearance for 1.27. I used a 75cents off, and a BOGOfree. (I wasn't sure if they would allow both coupons, so I tried it and it worked with no problem.) Final cost for 2, 52cents. (26 cents each)
Colgate Maxfresh toothpaste (3 tubes (6.oz)) on clearance for 3.50. I had a 50cent coupon, so each tube was a dollar. This is a pretty good price for the big tubes, and I was willing to pay a bit more, because this is the toothpaste that John loves, and the only kind he will use. Final cost for 3, 3.00 (1.00 each).
Quaker Granola bars (regular size) on sale for $2.00. I used a target coupon for .50, and a Manufactures coupon for 1.00 (from the paper). You can use both a target coupon and a Manu. coupon for each item at target. I print most of my target coupons from here. Final cost .50.
Colgate Total Advance toothpaste (1 6oz. tube and 2 trial size tubes) On clearance for 1.58. I used a 1.00 target coupon (that I had from the package of a previous purchase) and a 1.00 manu. coupon. Total cost 0.00. Overage: .42
Total cost at Target before my splurge: 4.75

My Splurge at Target was something for my classroom at school.
A large canvas painting of the solar system . (It wouldn't even fit in my cart!)

Originally $39.99, on clearance for 5.04. I have been continually looking for classroom decorations, and this is about the same price as a poster. Isn't it cool!
I'm going to a few other stores today, UPDATE:
Walgreens Deals:

At Walgreens today, I was pretty excited about rebates, and the $5 off a purchase of $20 coupon I found at the Walgreens website for today only.

Ultra tuff trash bags. 4.99 each (Sale for BOGO) and easysaver rebate for $5 off 2. Final price 0.00

Biofusion, Jane mineral makeup, light bulbs, and vaccum seal bag will all be free after rebate. Nevia lip stuff 2.99 (used .50 walgreens coupon and .50 Manu coupon) and I will get it free after rebate. Total cost 0.00, overage 1.00.

Walgreens purchases (after rebate) 0.00 Overage 6.00 (5.00 off coupon, and 1.00 from lip stuff)
of course I did spend some money on my FAVORITE candy bar (PB twix), and I often do SPEND money there (instead of making it:)

Rite Aid

Irish Spring Soap on sale for .99, had a .35 coupon.

Lady speed stick on sale for .99, coupon for 1.00

Biore cleansing face wash on clearance for 3.49 (coupon for 2..00 off that I got from a tear-off pad by the makeup section) final cost 1.49.

Garnier Fructice melting mask (for hair) 2.99 with a 2.99 rebate. I used a 1.00 manu. coupon and a 1.00 riteaid coupon. Overage 2.00

Garnier Fructise conditioner 2.99 with a 2.99 rebate. I used a 1.00 manu. coupon. Overage 1.00

Hershys bliss chocolate on clearance for 75% off. I had a 1.00 coupon that I printed from HERE. Price after coupon 0.10.

Rite aid final purchases: Overage .77


Anonymous said...

The painting is cool.Perfect for a classroom.
Good deals!

Erin said...

Great job stocking up for the coming year!!