Detroit Deal Diva

It is so good to be back. I actually started writing another post, but I wanted to get this posted while my daughter was  asleep.  I have had other shopping trips, but I just have not had the time or the energy to post any of my recent  trips.  Even this post is almost a week late.  This past weekend, I went to Meijer,  Rite-Aid and Bath and Body Works. 

I have not shopped at Rite-Aid in a while. I used to shop there quite often until they became to coupon-unfriendly. My last Rite-Aid experience was a nightmare.  After that, I just wrote them off. A couple of weeks ago they had some really good deals on Stayfree pads and Special K Cereal and the thought of letting  those deals pass me by was too unbearable, so I bit  the bullet and gave it another try.  I went to a different store than where I had previously shopped and thank the Lord, the cashier and the manager were really nice.  I was only able get 6 packs of the Stayfree, but they were out of the cereal, so I got rainchecks for both. I went back this past weekend and picked up 14 more packs of the Stayfree along with some other items.

Rite Aid 1/15/11

  • (6) Stayfree Pads-$2.50 ea.
    • used 3 BOGO MQ
    • used 3 $1/1 MQ 

 Total OOP Cost=$5.40 including tax (.90)~Total Up+Rewards Rec’d =$6.00~Total Savings=$19.44

Rite-Aid 1/22/11-transactions #1

  • (2) TGIF Snacks-.97 ea.
  • (2) Pepperidge Farms Goldfish-$1.50 ea.
  • (1) RA Tissue-$1.00
  • (2) Excedrin Extra Strength-$3.99 ea.
    • used (2) Free coupons
  • (2) Halls cough drops-$1.50 ea.
    • used (2) $1/1 MQ
    • used $6.00 Up+Rewards

Total OOP Cost=$1.66 including tax (.72)~Total UP+Rewards Rec’d=$5.00~Total Savings=$28.37

 

Transaction#2

  • (14) Stayfree Pads-$2.50 ea. w/raincheck
    • used (7) BOGO MQ
    • used (7) $1/1 MQ
    • used $5 UP+Rewards

Total OOP Cost=$$8.60 including tax ($2.10) (Final cost was actually$7.60 after I discovered a missed coupon)~UP+Rewards Rec’d=It should have been $14.00, but the  UP+ didn’t print because of the raincheck, so they gave me CASH.~ Total Savings=$50.36

Total for all 3 transactions  OOP=$14.66  Total UP+Rewards (CASH) Remaining $14.00~ Total Savings $98.17

At Bath and Body Works I was able to get 3 items for only .53 cents. Right now B&BW has a coupon available to get a free travel size item with any purchase.  To minimize my cost,  I purchased  a cover for the Pocket hand sanitizer for .53 (including .03 tax) and I was able to get a 3oz. bottle of Moonlight Path lotion for free.  This past weekend they were also offering a free bottle lotion of their newest scent “Carried Away”.  unfortunately but the time I got there they were sold out so, they were offering the body mist as a replacement.  Free is free and I was happy to get a free bottle of body mist.

Finally, on to my Meijer’s trip. 

Transaction #1

  • (2) Carefree pantyliners-$1.04 ea.
    • used (2) .50/1  MQ-doubled to$1 ea.
  • Benefiber-$3.49
    • used $4/1- overage given
  • Enfagrow formula-$18.99
    • used $5/1 MQ
  • (9) Old Orchard juice-3/$5.00
    • used 3 BOGO MQ
    • used (3) $1/1
    • used (3) .50/1- two were doubled to $1.00

Total OOP Cost=$14.82 including  tax (.26)~Total Savings $30.91

Transactions #2

  • (2) Carefree pantyliner-$1.04 ea.
    • used (2) .50/1-doubled to $1.00 ea.
  • (3) Old Orchard juice-3/$5.00
    • used (3) .50/1-two were doubled to a $1.00

Total OOP  Cost=$1.89 including tax (.07)~Total savings=$8.92

Transactions #3

  • (1) Carefree pantyliner-$1.04 ea.
    • used (1) .50/1-doubled to $1.00
  • (3) Old Orchard juice-3/$5.00
    • used (3) .50/1-two were doubled to a $1.00

Total OOP  Cost=$1.82 including tax (.03)~Total savings=$8.22

I made my last shopping trip of the year on New Year’s Eve.  I had a number of coupons that were due to expire that day and I tried to use as many as possible w/o breaking my budget.

I did three transactions because I was using a lot of coupons. I have found that when I am using a lot of coupons there are less mistakes with my coupons and any mistakes that are made are easier to catch.   I had to make my bi-weekly baby purchases so that always drives up my bottomline. Otherwise, I think I got some pretty good deals. 

Transaction #1- Baby Stock-up

  • (2) Huggie Pull-ups-$8.99 ea.
  • (2) Enfagrow Toddler formula-$17.09 ea
    • used $3.00/1 MQ
    • used $5.00/1 MQ
  • (9) Canisters of Gerber cereal-$2.99 ea.
    • used (3) BOGO MQ
    • used (2) .55/1 MQ
  • Up & Up children’s antacid-$1.97
  • Tag Jr. Book (Curious George)-$7.68  (This price was a pleasant surprise at the register)
    • used $5.00/1 MQ

Total OOP= $46.76, including tax       Total Coupons used=$34.56         Total Savings (accordling to receipt) =$38.36  

I have learned that the reciept includes any sale savings in addition to any coupons used to calculate your total savings

Transcations #2-Holiday clearance decorations

  • (3) Large gift bags-$1.00 ea.
  • (1) Medium gift bag-$.37
  • (1) Smal gift bag -.25
  • (2) Packs of tissue paaper-.25 ea. (I discovered after I got home that I wasn’t charged for one pack.)
  • (1) Pack of small gift boxes-.50

Total OOP= $4.63, including tax    Total savings according to my reciept=$13.13

Transaction #3-Everything else

  • (2) Downy Wrinkle Releaser-$1.47 ea.
    • used (2) $1.00/1 MQ
  • Bounce dryer sheets $1.99
    • used .50/1  MQ
    • used $1.00/1 TQ
  • Tide Stain Release-$3.99
    • used $2.00/1 MQ
    • used $1.00/1 TQ
  • Tide laundry detergent-$8.99
    • used $2.00/1 MQ
    • used $1.00/1 TQ
  • (2) Wonka Chcolate bars-$1.38 ea.
    • used (2) $1.00/1
  • (2) Wonka Christmas candy-.74 ea.
    • used (2) $1.00/1 MQ  (.52 overage given)
  • (2) Hershey Kisses-$1.34 ea.
  • (2) Pepperidge Farms cookie canisters-$1.37 ea.
    • used $1.00/2 MQ
  • (4) Pepperidge Farms bag cookies-.84 ea
    • used (2) $1.00/2 MQ
  • (4) Market Pantry frozen mini chicken sandwiches (6ct. box)-$1.99 ea
  • 2ltr.Coke Classic-$1.00
  • 2ltr. Sprite Zero-$1.00
  • (2) bottle deposits-.10 ea.
  • (10) VitaminWater-$1.00 ea.
    • used (4) BOGO FB Q
  • (6) 1ltr. Smartwaters-1.49 ea.
    • Target Special  Get 6 pk free wyb 10 VitaminWater
  • (3) Kraft shredded cheese -$2.04 (Not shown in picture)
  • Armor All car wash-$2.99
    • used $2.00/1 MQ
  • Armor All car wipes-$3.49
    • used $2.00/1 MQ
  • Bounty Basic paper towel-.99
    • used $1.00/1 MQ
  • (4) Poise pads-$3.04
    • used (4) $2.00/1 MQ
    • used (4) $1.50/1 TQ printable  ($1.82 overage given)
  • (2) Up & Up pantyliners
  • Bic ink pens
    • used $1.00/1 MQ 

Total OOP=$24.31  Total Coupons Used =$64.69 Total Savings according to my reciept=$101.16

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This was a really short trip.  As I mentioned in my Target post I was not in a shopping mood.  I just popped in to get a couple of deals on some of the sales items. 

  • (2) Land O’ Lakes spreadable butter .99 ea.
  • (2) Heluva Dips $1.00 ea.
  • Capri Sun 100% Juice 10 ct. $2.99
    • Catalina coupon for free box
  • (2) Bell Peppers $1.00 ea.
  • (12) Hormel Chilli No Beans $1.25 ea
    • (3) $1/4 MMB
    • (4) $1.50/3 MQ
  • (4) Hormel pepperoni $1.00 ea.
    • (4) .55/1 MQ  11/7/10 SS
  • (2) Marie Callender frozen entrees $2.00 ea. (1 isn’t pictured) 
  • (2) Campbell Chunky Soup

OOP $12.13  Saved$38.42

Received a catalina for .50/1  Heluva dip. 

Yesterday’s trip was pretty good. especially since I was not in a shopping mood.  Before I hit the aisles, I stopped at Customer Service to return the Gas-X from last week’s trip. If you missed my last Target post, I mentioned that during my last trip, the store cheated me our of $9.00 in coupons.  I never keep items that I get cheated on, so I returned the merchandise and got my money back. That is easier than fighting with the store about missed coupons.  I got back $8.46 which just about covered the $9.00.

Target is infamous for cheating you out of your coupons, I can’t stress enough, the need to thoroughly review your receipt when shopping there.  Yesterday, they charged me for an unwanted item and they missed $1.50  in coupons. Thankfully, I caught the mistakes before I left the store and I was able to get my $2.59 back.    If you take in to account the $8.46 I got back,  I actually came out $6.06 ahead on this trip.  My OOP for this trip was only $2.40.

 

  • Energizer rechargeable battery $10.59
    • Free coupon (I do not remember where I requested it from)
  • (3)Hershey kisses $2.50 ea
  • (4) Planters sunflower kernels $1.67 ea.
  • Lipton green tea $2.19
    • $1/1 TQ (Pharmacy Mailer)
    • $1/1 printable MQ
  • (4) Skinny cow cups $1.22 ea.
    • $1/1 MQ
  • Up hand sanitizer .99
    • .50/1 TQ (Pharmacy Mailer)
  • (2) Halls cough drops $1.39 ea.
    • $1/1 TQ (Pharmacy Mailer)
    • $1/2 MQ
  • (2) Premium Saltine crackers $1.99 ea.
  • (2) Philly cream cheese $1.19 ea.
  • (4) Suave deodorant  .97 ea

OOP $2.40 Saved $45.90

Note: I have to thank my friend and colleague Val for the  Target Pharmacy coupon mailer.  I never get the Target mailers, so I was  really happy she gave me hers. 

Before I started couponing, Walmart was my go-to store for  most of my groceries and household purchases.  Unfortunately, Walmart does not double coupons nor do they have their own store coupons.  Since Walmart lacks those two essential money-saving benefits, I do not shop there very often. Occasionally,  Walmart does offer the best deal on some items so, I make at least one or two visits per month.   In an effort to use some coupons before they expired I made an “emergency” trip on November 30 and then to my own surprise,  I made another trip on Saturday.  They were both good trips and I got a lot of free “stuff’.”

November 30 Trip

  • Pringles Extreme $1.67
    • Free coupon from FB
  • (6) Gain dish detergent  .97 ea.
    • (6) $1/1 MQ 
  • Sobe water $1.00
    • Free coupon from Heads or Tail contest
  • (4) Tide (travel size) .97 ea.
    • (4) $1/1 MQ 
  • (2) Ivory bar soap $1.02 ea.
    • (2) $1/1 from P&G Mailer
  • Campbell soup $2.08 (Not pictured)

OOP $1.82 Saved $14.67

December 4 Trip 

  • Poinsettia $3.50 (Not Pictured)
  • (2) Cottenelle Fresh wipes $2.48 ea.
    • (2) Free coupons (Snail Mail)
  • (2) Welchs Essentials juice $2.50 ea.
    • (2) Free coupons (Snail Mail)
  • (3) Old Spice body wash (travel size) .50 ea.
    • (3) $1/1 MQ P&G Mailer (The cashier wouldn’t give me the overage)
  • Mitten clips $2.00
  • Hat $2.50
  • Baby Toothpaste $2.97
  • Advil $3.62
    • Free coupon (Snail Mail)
  • (7) Morton sea salt $1.00 ea. 
    • $1/1 MQ 11/14/10 RP

OOP $12.23   Saved $22.08

I haven’t shopped much in the last few weeks so, I was excited to get out this weekend. It was a marathon shopping day. I hit several stores and between trying to get all of my deals and Christmas shopping for my daughter,  I was running around like a chicken with my head cut off. I managed to save a ton of money at Target this week ($115.98 according to my receipt.)  I was cheated out of $9.00 in coupons, so I have to return a couple of items but, otherwise it was a pleasant trip. 

Purchases made in two transactions.

  • (4) AirWick candles $2.99 ea.
    • (4) $3/1 MQ 11/14/10-SS
  • (4) Tide (travel side) .97 ea
    • (4) $1/1 MQ  11/28/10 P&G Saver
  • (6) Sleepshirts $1.98-3.24 ea.
    • (2) $10/3 TQ
  • KitKat $1.00
  • (2) 7 ct. Nescafe stick pack  $1.00 ea.
    • (2) .75/1 printable
  • Market Pantry Bagels $1.24
  • (3) Healthy Choice frozen meals $1.79 ea.
    • (1) B1G1 (Snail Mail Q)
    • (1) $1/2 MQ 10/17/10-SS
  • (2) CPK Pizzas $2.89 ea.
    • (2) $1.50/1 printable
  • (4) Vaseline Lotions $2.69 ea.
    • (4) $1/1 MQ 11/14/10 RP
    • (4) $1.50/1 TQ
  • (6) Softsoaps $1.00 ea.
    • (3) $1/2 TQ (Target mailer)
  • (4) Suave deodorants .97 ea.
    • (4)  .75/1 MQ 11/14/10 RP
    • (2) $1/2 TQ
  • (3) Suave shampoo .99 ea.
    • (3) $1/1 TQ
  • (3) Degree deodorants (travel size) .97 ea.
    • (3) $1/1 TQ
  • (7) Gillette Shave Gel (travel size) .97 ea.
    • (7) $1/1 MQ  11/28/10 P&G Saver
  • (2) NYC nail color $1.72 ea.
  • (5) Herbal Essences .97 ea.
    • (5) $1/1 MQ  11/28/10 P&G Saver
  • (2) Vaseline Lip therapy $1.02 ea.
    • (2) $1/1 printable (no longer available)
  • (3) Up pantyliners .89 ea.
    • (3) .75/1 TQ
  • (2) Gas-X chewable tablets $3.98 ea.
  • Crayola crayons $1.97
  • Crayola Toy $5.99
    • $2/1 MQ (Sent from Pamper)
    • $1/1 TQ (Target Mailer)
  • (4) Friskies cat treats $1.42 ea.
    • (2) $2/2 MQ 11/14/10 RP
    • (2) $1/2 TQ
  • Leap Frog toy $19.99 (Not pictured)
  • OOP $46.71  Saved $115.98 

I apologize for taking so long to finish this series. Initially, I was going to do two more parts, but because I am a few weeks behind, I have decided to wrap this series up. 

Once you make the decision to  submit for a rebate, you definitely need to read and understand the rebate requirements.  Every rebate has it own fulfillment requirements and if you fail to meet the requirements, you will not  get your rebate.   Following are some of the more common requirements for redeeming your rebates:

  1. The purchase -Nearly all rebates require you to make some kind of purchase.  You must ensure that you purchase the qualifying item(s) for the rebate.   Please read the  rebate form very carefully to ensure that you have purchased the correct items.
  2. The receiptMost rebates require that you submit your receipt.  Usually you must submit the original receipt, but there are rebates that allow for a copy of the receipt to be submitted.  Be mindful when you are shopping to either request a duplicate receipt or purchase your rebate items in a separate transaction.  There is nothing more frustrating than to discover that you have items for two different rebates on the same receipt and you need an original receipt for both.  Furthermore, you may need to return an item to the store, but you realize that you no longer have the receipt because you submitted the receipt with a rebate request. 
  3. Rebate fulfillment dates and postmark dates – It is imperative that you take note of the rebate fulfillment dates. That is the beginning and the ending dates to purchase your qualifying items.  The receipts that you submit must be dated for the  required  dates of the rebate.  Additionally, rebates must be postmarked by a specific date. 
  4. The rebate formIf a rebate form must be submitted, you must fill it out completely and accurately.  Most forms request your mailing information, but often you must provide additional information. i.e. UPC codes, brief survey answers, etc.   Always double-check the information you put on your form.

Once you are ready to mail your rebate, I strongly recommend that you make a copy of everything that you are submitting.  Rebates are usually handled through a clearinghouse that has contracted with the manufacturer and they handle a lot of mail.  Just in case your rebate is not received or if you rebate is rejected, having a copy of your submission will validate your claim. 

Often times the rebate form will have a website, an e-mail address or a telephone number for customers to follow-up on the status of their rebates.  Most rebates take between 4-12 weeks  to receive. The exact time frame will be listed on the rebate from.  If you have not receive your rebate within that time, contact the manufacturer to verify the status of your request. 

Rebate rejections are normally done in writing and contain some sort of contact information if you to dispute the rejection. If your request is rejected ask for an explanation for the rejection. If you are missing anything, ask if you still have the opportunity to resubmit the missing items.  Some companies will give you an oppotunity to (re)submit any missing documentation  

If you are certain that you submitted everything correctly, ask for your next line of recourse. If all else fails ask for a supervisor and be prepared to send (via mail or fax) copies of what you originally submitted. I have only had one rebate rejected (by Kraft), but I was eventually paid because I was able to prove that I had met all of the requirements.

I hope this series encourages you to start submitting rebates.  It is a good way to obtain products inexpensively or even for free.

 

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