Friday, July 20, 2012
I drove to the home school curriculum business I mentioned yesterday and met two friends there. Unfortunately I didn't find anything that was a good enough price for me, but my friends did. The positive thing was I got gas there (it's 40 cents a gallon cheaper in that state than in my state).
I decided since I had driven that far (I drove to another bordering state) that I would go grocery shopping to get that out the way. I don't go to Lowe's Foods that often (they took over all our Harris Teeter stores in my area, which I'm still mourning) because even though they offer double coupons, they don't have that many great sales and are a little on the expensive side to me.
I decided to stop by there since it was the first grocery store on my route to pick up 3-4 items on my list and as I walked up to the door my mouth just about fell to the ground. There was a little sign saying "triple coupons"!
I am very confused by this store because they have not advertised it on commercials, that don't advertise it in their paper sales flyers, their online site, nor their online flyer. What's up with that?
Luckily I always keep my coupon box in the car so I naturally had that with me, but if I know of a big coupon event that is coming I plan my trip before I go. There was no way to plan for this. I even went online last night and other people said they had no idea either and didn't know why Lowe's didn't advertise it/.
I stopped by the service desk and asked for details on their triple coupon rules and mentioned to the manager about their lack of advertising and also their EXTREMELY difficult online experience of trying to get a sales flyer online to come up. You have to sign in your zip code every single time, click on your particular store, and then at the very bottom of the online site is a teeny tiny flyer link. Seriously, do you want to go out of business?
The manager told me that others had complained about the same thing. I'm no genius, but I do realize that if I want my business (mainly the sales flyer) to bring people in, I think I would have it at the top of the online Lowe's Foods page and in big print so you don't have to search for it.
Anyway, I had to struggle to figure out what in the world to get after I got the triple rules explained (especially since they aren't put on the sales flyer either) and so just opened my coupon box and started going down the isles (not my favorite way to shop).
The store was NOT busy at all (duh, you don't advertise your sales flyer nor the fact that you are having triple coupons) and so plenty was on the shelves and I just had to spend some time matching up sales with coupons in the store.
When I got to the check-out the manager came over to help (kudos to her) and after it was all said and done I got $45 worth of stuff for $8!!! That was pretty darn good for no preparation at all!
The cashier and manager both were shocked (I guess so since you don't advertise triples so other coupon shoppers weren't in there, LOL) and said they wished they had the patience to do that.
I left there on cloud nine and drove to Bi-Lo (my favorite store now since Harris Teeter left) and did a similar transaction although I was prepared for their event. No triple coupons there, but they double every day so I had my list and coupons already completed (they actually send me a sales flyer in the mail and make their online flyer easy to access).
I was exhausted by the time I got home, but managed to stay up last night and straighten out my coupon box so that all 75 cents coupons were put in front of each category to make my trip to Lowe's today easier and quicker.
I didn't have time to get to Aldi's although it was nearby so plan to head to all 3 stores today to get what I missed.
I used a total of 24 coupons at Lowe's and 17 at Bi-Lo and have more that I can use today. I also printed off lots of online coupons last night so that it would be worth the gas money to drive back out to them today.
Thursday, July 19, 2012
I'm going to go to a home school curriculum store not far from me with some friends. They sell second-hand curriculum and I'm hoping to find something there that I wasn't able to find at the curriculum book fair I went to. If I don't, I'll definitely be ordering online soon.
Since I'm being forced to find more ways to save money due to my go-to grocery store abandoning my area, I went to CVS the other day to pick up some prescriptions for my husband (where we HAVE to have prescriptions filled due to our stupid insurance).
I remember seeing some flyer there in regard to getting $5 in store rewards after you filled 5 prescriptions. When I stopped by there while running errands I found out that my husband had to fill it out so I went ahead and filled my own out (and got extras for my kids and husband) and decided to not purchase them until he got home from work and I would go back and get them.
I did scan my CVS card and got a coupon for $4 off $20 and took that with me. I went back later after he filled it out and got his prescriptions filled and then went shopping for regular stuff. Let me start by saying that CVS and other drugstores are normally very expensive compared to places like Wal-Mart, so I have never been one to shop there. If they had a great deal on something I would just take the sales flyer to Wal-Mart and price-match it instead to save time.
I scouted the sales flyer to see what I could find that was a real good deal and also manage to spend $20 so I could use my coupon to get $4 off. I settled on buying 2 boxes of Lucky Charms (hubby's favorite and something I rarely buy since it's usually very expensive) that were on sale for $1.99. I had a $1 coupon off 2 so used that.
I got 10 boxes of CVS facial tissue (on sale for 88 cents), 5 2-liter bottles of diet drinks (for hubby who is diabetic), 2 bars of Good & Natural bars (had a buy one get one free coupon), and 2 Pantene products that were marked down 50% off and I had a $3 coupon to use as well.
I got 20% off the CVS products with my CVS card, used 4 coupons (including the CVS coupon of $4 off $20) and had my CVS bag tag scanned (where you get $1 for every 4 visits that you bring your own bag in). Let's just say I kept the cashier busy dealing with all that, LOL.
I actually went over $20 (think I had around $27 worth of stuff), but everything was a great deal and I wasn't concerned about barely getting past $20 (to be able to use the $4 off $20 coupon) due to that.
My family goes through facial tissue like crazy so I try to always stock up if I see a great sale. The limit of that price was 10 and that's exactly what they had on the shelf, LOL.
I had a friend who was always surprised that I never shopped at the drugstores in my area in the past for toiletry items (that you could eventually get free), but I didn't need to since I got most of those items for free or close to it at Harris Teeter. Now I'm forced to find alternative ways to save money so I'm exploring the stores that I normally never bothered with.
I also went to Walgreens and got some Listerine mouthwash and 2 packages of dental picks that were on sale (and of course I had coupons for). I got back $6 in Walgreen bucks that I plan to use at Bi-Lo (they will take them there) to make my grocery store bill lower.
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
I took the kids to a fun library teen event today and they had a great time. A lot of their homeschool friends were there as well, which meant the moms got to catch up as well.
I took our new van since the kids haven't ridden in it yet and wouldn't you know it started pouring rain when we were leaving and I couldn't figure out how to turn the windshield wipers on! I had to refer to the manual and it took me forever to figure out how to turn them off once I learned how to turn them on, ROFL. I'm going to have to take a few hours and just sit in it and do everything in the manual, but the manual is huge!
I found out that my dad got released from the hospital today which is great and they didn't find any reoccurence of cancer (he has colon cancer), which is really great!
We're still waiting on some test results that my husband had and I'm hoping that we'll have good news from that as well.
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