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.
Sunday, July 15, 2012
Today is my husband's and my 18th anniversary. We actually married each other once after I graduated from high school, but the first marriage didn't last long. Technically we've been married longer than the 18 years because of that, LOL.
My husband is taking my daughter swimming today (my son didn't want to go as he hurt himself falling down the steps and is all scratched and bruised on his legs and arms, but he's okay) and I didn't feel like going so I'm trying to list some items for sale before the summer is over and catch up on other things.
He and I went out to lunch yesterday after buying our van so it was not only cheaper, but half-way romantic as it was just the two of us.
My husband was still laughing at me because I really hated the car buying experience and he pretty much left it up to me because he knew that I would get a better deal than him since I hate to spend money much more than he does.
Two of the items we requested (one of which I got for free) are on order and weren't with the van which got me a little irritated. We did get an "We Owe" document though from the dealership to make sure that we get those items.
We also got an upgrade on a clear coat paint that goes on the door areas and bumper that get a lot of scratches that we also didn't pay for. I did the buying online (no in the dealership negotiating for hours for me) so from what I have read you get a better deal that way because the internet salesman get bonuses based on the amount of cars they sell vs. what they sell them for.
Of course I am NEVER happy thinking that I got the best deal possible, but again, my husband is very impatient when he makes his mind up about things and I negotiated for as long as I felt that he would have the patience for.
He just doesn't have the stomach for negotiating, and I remember having to negotiate with a jewelry store employee to get my own wedding ring reduced in price.
I guess that should have told me something 18 years ago, LOL. My husband says he will leave all haggling up to me now which is a lot of pressure, but I guess I'll just have to face the inevitable because I am certainly not going to pay the asking price on big purchases because he doesn't want to negotiate.
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