Friday, December 6, 2013

I'm still here!

Just wanted to let everyone know that I'm okay & that I'm still here. I'm just swamped with work. I've also been an emotional mess - still struggling with my dad's death. The holiday season is especially hard for me. Yesterday was his birthday & then I also learned about Nelson Mandela's death. So it was a doubly sad day.

Theresa, I appreciate your comments and concern :) I have been shopping like crazy, but the best part is that our clothing budget is still in the black. Happy Dance!!

I'll be sure to give detailed updates, after the holidays.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Friday/Saturday Meijer scenario

Meijer has an mperks for get $5 WYS $50 or $10 WYS $75 (reward is after all coupons are decucted - bummer, but we can make it work). I'm desperately in need of some Sterilite totes, so here's a scenario I've worked out. Prices below are before coupons

6 x Quaker oatmeal (Buy 6 get $6 off) = $5.94 (less 3 x $1/2 Qs)
4 x Prego sauce (Buy 4 get $2 off instantly) = $3.96 (less 2 x 40c/2 Qs)
2 x Suave Professional products = $4.98 (Less 2 x $1.50/1 Qs)
4 x Tresemme Products (PSA $2.84) = $11.36 (less 4 x $2.50/1 Qs)
4 x Reach Floss = $3.96 (less 4 x $1/1 Qs)

PG Items

4 x Head & Shoulders = $15.96 (less 4 x $2/1 Qs)
1 x Tide = $5.99 (less $2/1 Q)
2 x Herbal Essence items = $9.00 (less $3/2 Q)

4 x Sterilite tote @ $6.99

Total after Qs = $55.45

Get back = $5 for spending $50, $10 PG MIR, $5 Mperks for buying $20 Hair care, $1 Reach CAT, $3 Tresemme CAT, $1 Suave CAT.

Total cost after everything = $30.45. That's like paying for my storage totes + $2.49 for everything else.

There's also an Mperk for $9 WYB $40 produce. You can replace my storage totes with these.

Or you can add items that will produce CATs (to help lower your OOP cost).

Cottonelle dispenser = $4.99 - $1 peelie. Get $2 CAT (one per transaction)

I'm gonna work on my PG scenario, because I really don't need that much shampoo. The Tresemme & Suave will already give me $16.34 towards my $20 Haircare total. So I might add 1 H&S Shampoo & other PG items that we need (like dish liquid or Cascade)

You can change the above scenario to suit your needs. Try to add the first few items (before PG ones) and then work the rest to get your total to $50 (after coupons). This should give you a nice shopping trip for very little OOP.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Stockpiling toilet paper

As mentioned in my previous post, Meijer has a great CAT deal on Cottonelle t/p this week. I decided to stockpile some, since our t/p stock has been dwindling (and by that I mean we still have 98 rolls left). I know, I know, that's still quite a bit. However, we are brand loyal when it comes to certain things & t/p is one of them. I haven't found a good sale on our favourite brands & definitely don't wanna run out of any. I also don't like to pay more than 25c/double roll. I know that many bloggers will post a price on regular rolls. That definitely doesn't work for me. Now I'm not good at calculating sq feet, but I know what I'm looking for & how much I'm willing to pay.  So here's what I purchased this week

Trans 1

3 x 12ct t/p  $20.97
1 x wipes dispenser (comes with 42ct wipes) $4.99
2 x Colgate 360 t/b $4.78
Less $15 mperks rewards (from a previous deal)  (15.00)
Less $3 peelie (found on 12pks) WYB 12pk + dispenser (3.00)
Less 2 x 50c/1 t/p Qs (1.00)
Less 2 x $1/1 Colgate Qs
OOP = $10.68
Got back $12 rewards ($10 WYS $30 + $2 dispenser)

Trans 2 & 3 (did the same transaction twice)

1 x 36ct t/p   $18.99
1 x 12ct t/p $6.99
1 x Dispenser $4.99
Less $3 peelie (3.00)
OOP = $27.53 got $12 CAT
 
On Sunday, I received a CAT for buy $50 Meijer GCs, get $7 off instantly. So I immediately bought the GC, paid $43 for it and used the gift card for the rest of my t/p transaction.

I also received 2 x $5 mperks rewards (for buying $20 worth of paper products. DH & I each have an account)

Received a total of $36 CATs. So my cost would look as follows:

OOP cost $65.74
Less CATs (36.00)
Less mperks rewards earned (10.00)
Less $7 GC CAT (7.00)

Total Cost after rewards & discounts = $12.74 for 102 rolls t/p, 3 dispensers with wipes & 2 t/brushes.

I'm a bit mad at myself, because I took a pick of my haul before packing it away. I thought that I had already downloaded the pics & earlier today I was deleted a bunch of pictures from my phone - including the t/p one :(

I figured if we can use a roll for 4 days, then we have enough to last the next 2 years. This doesn't mean I won't stockpile again, during that time. If a rock bottom deal comes along, I'll get more because good sales are as scarce as chicken teeth these days.

When I first heard about doubling ending at Meijer, I was really upset. I've mainly been cherry picking at Meijer (which used to be my go-to store).  They do still run good CAT or Mperks deals. So I will cash in on those, whenever I can find a good deal.



Also a heads up for JCP shoppers. Look for deep clearance discounts in mens & womens dept (I didn't go to the kids dept, since DS no longer wears kids sizes). I was at the mall for something yesterday & had to walk through JCP to get to my destination. On the way back to my store, I saw these signs for $1.97 for women's swimwear, $1.97 for bermuda shorts & jeans and also $2.99 for men's shorts. First off, I can kick myself, because I have JCP GCs at home. Secondly, I didn't know there was a $10 off $25 Q (that's good through 10/2). Clearance prices may vary from store to store, but it's worth checking if you're near a JCP.

Above are 3 pairs I got for DS. You'll notice that I mainly stick to neutral coloured or denim bottoms. This way it's easy to mix & match with different tees, polos & shirts. I can make up a whole new outfit by just adding a tee or shirt to it. Win-win.

PS: Today my local JCP had signs for extra 25% off clearance items. That's right, you can deduct an extra 25% off the clearance price & combine it with the 10/25 coupon.

Monday, September 23, 2013

I'm still here

I apologise for the lack of posting. I have just been in a slump the past few weeks. In my mind, I'm writing lots of blog posts. I just can't get myself to sit down & actually write them. On top of that, this is the 2nd time that I've been sick, since DS started school.

Since it's almost the end of the month, I will post 2 months' worth of figures next week. This is also better, because all my Macy's shopping was done in August & September.

I am stockpiling toilet paper this week & will write a post about that tomorrow or Wednesday.

Heads up for Meijer shoppers if you want to stockpile t/p. There's a nice Cottonelle CAT deal running this week. Spend $30 on Cottonelle, Colgate, Softsoap, Viva, get $10 OYNO (store CAT, so it won't roll).

Mperks also has a $5 reward for WYS $20 on paper products.  So here's a scenario I cooked up:

1 x 36 ct Cottonelle t/p $18.99
1 x 12ct Cottonelle t/p 6.99
1 x Cottonelle dispenser 4.99
Less $3 peelie (3.00) found on purple 12ct pks WYB 12ct t/p + dispenser
OOP = $27.97 get $12 CATS ($10 WYB $30, $2 dispenser)

Also get $5 reward for buying $20 worth of paper products

Total cost after CATS & rewards = $10.97. That's a cost of 23c/per roll + free dispenser. The dispenser includes 42ct wipes.

There are no current t/p Qs available, but this is a good deal with the peelie. The $10 CAT won't roll, but the $2 CAT does.

Another scenario I did last night (my store didn't have the 32ct packs) and I used the 50c/1 t/p coupons that expired yesterday.

3 x 12ct Cottonelle         $20.97
1 x Cottonelle dispenser 4.99
2 x Colgate 360 t/b  6.58
Less $3 peelie ($3.00)
Less 2 x Colgate Qs (2.00)
OOP  = $27.54 get $12 CATS + $5 reward

Total cost after CAT & rewards = $10.54 or 29c/roll + free dispenser wipes

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Awesome Macys Denim Deal thru 9/2

Thanks Hip2Save for this awesome deal!

I had so much fun at Macy's today. Through 9/2, you get a $10 off coupon with any denim purchase. The BEST part is, that this works on clearance too. And my store had tons of clearance (not all denim, but really good prices).

I found shorts clearanced to $6.99 and you can also use the 20% off coupon, which brings your total to $5.59 + tax and you'll receive a $10 gift card. How awesome is that?  There are loads of clearance in the kids department & you might be able to score denim for $4.99. I got 2 pairs of jeans & 3 shorts and got back 5 x $10 coupons.  Whoo-hoo, an extra $50 for me to spend. Paid with the balance of my gift cards & about $30 OOP.

If you're thinking of getting other items too or just getting higher priced jeans, wait until Sunday/Monday. There will be a $10 off $25 valid those 2 days. I've already checked on items that I could possibly buy with that coupon. Not sure if I can use the $10 gift cards (that I received today), to pay for my purchases, but it will still be a good deal. I'm hoping that my $100 Macy's gift card (that I ordered through mypoints) will arrive in time for Sunday's sale.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Busy shopping week


Last week was a very busy shopping week for me. I feel like a need a break, I'm worn out from shopping. I had to stockpile Kleenex last week for several reasons. Meijer had Kleenex on sale for 99c and coupon doubling ended 8/25. There was also a CAT deal, buy 7 get $2 OYNO. Since we get the 50c/3 coupon, it was a great time to stock up. I got 77 boxes. Now some of you might think I'm nuts. But I haven't seen a good Kleenex sale in ages & paper doesn't expire. So why not stockpile, while the going is good?  I will donate some of the Kleenex and save the rest for ourselves. This deal also helped me earn extra rewards (cash) at Meijer. Here's what I got :

$5 from a previous reward
$5 for spending $30 on paper products
$10 for spending $325 on Meijer purchases

That's $20 free grocery money for me.

The Cottonelle wipes were also free after coupon & CAT. Unfortunately I only had 4 coupons. Bic pens were also free after coupons. I only paid tax on these items.

I got the American Eagle gift card, because it was buy $50 GC, get $10 CAT. I used $9.40 in pop can deposit, so my OOP was $40.60. And as mentioned before, I saw that American Eagle had extra discounts on clearance.


Hip2Save also posted about a great extra 30% off everything deal at Old Navy. You would get Free shipping on $50 purchase (before discounts) and I also used a 20% off coupon (you could stack the discounts) for signing up for their emails.

I got DS some fall pants for school and summer Ts. For myself I got the above shirt & scarf (can you tell I love all things blue?...lol). I was a bit worried about the shirt, because the reviews said it was a light shirt, so i expected something flimsy. Although the shirt is light, it is of good quality. It cost me $3.64 + tax. Everything was on clearance, so I spent around $30 total (paid with swagbucks GCs) and will earn Ebates.


On Friday/Saturday Meijer had a 15% off general merchandise coupon. There was also a $10 off $40 womens apparel Mperks coupon. The night before, I happened to notice some $1 tshirts in the womens section, so I was super excited to do this deal. So off to Meijer I went early Friday morning. I got:

1 x tank
4 x polo/golf shirts
2 x tshirts
1 x capri
2 x jeans
1 x casual shirt (below). For some reason I can't add text below this pic.

Total cost after 15% discount = $40.80 - $10 CAT (from previous GC deal) + $5 CAT = $25.80 + tax = $27.35

But wait!! The register never deducted my $10 off $40 Mperks. And I had no time to go stand in line at CS. When I got home, I emailed Meijer about the mperks. The next day, they responded that they've added the $10 mperk (to use on anything) + another $8 courtesy mperk. I was super impressed with the great customer service & the extra cash. But this was short-lived.

On Sunday I headed to Meijer for grocery shopping. Bought $10.35 worth of items (split my transactions), so that it would deduct my $10 mperk. Instead the silly register deducted the full $18 off this one transaction. I was fuming! How one earth do they give you a courtesy coupon, only to gyp you on it. I was never told that I should use the entire $18 in one transaction (after all it was split into 3 coupons). So I sent them another (not so friendly) email. 2 hours later I got a response that they added another $8 to my mperks account. Whoo-hoo, how's that for customer service. Now Mperks is a total pain, but their CS definitely rocks. So I got back $18.35, which gives me a total cost of $9 for all my clothes (11 items)!! The total retail value of everything is $141.96, so I saved over 90%. You bet I'm happy.


Tuesday, August 20, 2013

July figures - Finally!!

Gasp, here it is almost the end of August again & I'm only posting July figures. Summer has been busy, busy, busy. I can't believe it's almost September again.

July was a low spend month for me and we're finally back in the black, thanks for Ebay sales. Here goes:


CLOTHING:

Balance from the end of June : $34.47 Gift cards and -$30.21 in cash

Gift cards earned/received : $25 Old Navy (swagbucks), $50 JCP
(swagbucks has a huge variety of gift cards available. My goal is to earn at least $25 Swagbucks GCs per month. This definitely helps with clothes & christmas shopping).

Ebay Sales : $158.88  I'm once again so happy with the amount of items we sold. I sold some of our used items, for more than what we paid for it.

Total cash purchases : $97.25 (includes $40 JCP gift cards)
Total GC purchases : $10.18 (sandals)

Last month Michaels had buy $25 GC (select stores) get $5 off instantly. DS desperately needed a pair of sandals and I finally found a pair at JCP online. However, you had to spend $25 for free ship to store, so I headed to the store instead. Michaels is close to JCP, so I stopped there to get $50 GCs for $40 OOP.

I sure am glad I stopped at JCP, because the sandals that were on sale for $19.99 online, had a store tag of $14.99. When I got to the register, it rang up at an even lower price (Yay) and I had a 10% off coupon. My total OOP for the sandals was $10.18. To me that's almost free, because I had saved $10 on the gift cards. I sure wish that JCP would bring back the price scanners. I like to know exactly how much everything cost, before heading to the register.

I also bought DS 2 pairs of jeans and the shoes for myself in the previous post. That was all we spent last month.



Balance left after sales & Purchases = $99.29 Gift cards &  $31.42 cash


I'm currently working on a new summer wardrobe for ourselves and it's doing very well. All stores have great summer clearance now. If the price is still not low enough for you, don't buy anything. By Sept/Oct, youll find even deeper discounts. Stores need to move their inventory to make room for the new seasons. Also check big box stores like Costco, Sams, BJs. I always find deep discounts on shoes/clothing at the end of each season. Last year I got a pair of flats for $7 at Sams. A few weeks ago, I saw the same shoes for $29 at DSW.

DS only needs new winter pants, snow boots and maybe bigger gloves. The rest of this winter wardrobe is complete.

CHRISTMAS SAVINGS:

Quarters savings : $150.00 + $25 = $175.00

Previous amazon Balance = $20

Earned $20 Amazon GCs ($15 Savingstar, $5 Recyclebank)


VACATION SAVINGS:

Previous balance at end of June : 372.51

Singles savings Balance = $116.00
Added another $18, so a total of $134.00


$5 Savings Balance = $115.00
Added another $30 (really need to work on this), so a total of $145.00

Rebates received = $0

Total vacation savings
= $420.51 (this excludes $30 per week savings)


On another note, all Meijer stores will end coupon doubling on Aug 25th. We are very sad to see this come to an end. I've been able to stick to my $100 p/w grocery budget, but with no doubling I'm gonna have to get more & more creative. The last few months, I've already shifted a lot of grocery purchases to Sams, because of Meijer's poor sales. And I've finally started shopping at Aldi's. I like the store, but sure wish it was bigger & carried more products. There is a new stores 2 miles further that I might check out. That store looks a lot bigger than my local store. I'm doing whatever I can to save on groceries & to waste as little as possible.