Tips and Tricks to saving money in (and out of) Chicago
Monday, October 27, 2008
Here's our two seperate transactions tonight.
Brian: 1 Crest Spin pro Series Toothbrush 7.99 - 3.00 sale - 2.00 man. Q = 2.99 1 Butane lighter (we need these to hand light our oven) 1.00
Total before discounts: 8.99 Total after savings: 3.99 ( used 2.99 ECB, so 1.00 oop) this is without tax Saved: 7.99......89% Got Back: 2.00 ECB on the toothbrush
My transaction: 5 SoyJoy Bars 6.45 - 1.45 sale - 3.00 man. Q = 2.00 1 Crest Spin Pro Series Toothbrush 7.99 - 3.00 sale - 2.00 man. Q = 2.99 1 Advil PM LiquidGels 8 ct. .99 - 1.00 man Q = .01 profit 2 Palmolive Dish Soap 3.38 - 1.69 BOGO sale - (2) .25 man Q = 1.19
Total before discounts: 18.81 Total after discounts: 6.17 (used 2.99 ECB and 2.00 ECB, so 1.18 oop) this is without tax Saved: 17.63......94% Got Back: 4.00 ECB on the SoyJoy bars and 2.00 ECB on the toothbrush
Brian was going to have the Bic razors from the ad on his transaction, but they were out so we had to get a rain check. To get the toothbrush coupon, go here. There were SoyJoy coupons from the inserts 10/26, and you can get this 3.00 off 5 bars here. Advil coupons can be found here. The palmolive coupons were in the inserts 10/26, I haven't been able to find any others online. Be sure to print the coupons twice. If this is possible, the site will let you hit the back button and print again. When I use Firefox, I only have to hit back once. With Internet Explorer, its more like 3 or 4 times. These are just the deals I decided were worth it, there are quite a few more.
General: MAN. Q = manufactuer's coupon OOP = out of pocket BOGO = Buy one get one free MIR = Mail In Rebate WYB = when you buy OYNO = On your next order
Walgreens: WAGS = Walgreens WAGS Q = Walgreens store coupon RR = Register Rewards these print off after your reciept and can be used at Walgreens next time. ESC = easy saver catalog ESQ = easy saver coupon ESR = easy saver rebate
CVS: ECB = Extra Care Bucks (just like RR except these are for CVS and you need to use your CVS card in order to get them)
I am a college student here in Chicago, living with my fiancee and trying to survive on a very tight budget. As I attempt to finish school, I've had a hard time finding a part time job, so we are managing on only one income. With our expenses, we try to cut corners as much as possible. Neither of us have a car, we rely on public transportation and good old fashioned walking. We survive without cable (yes, it is possible) and we watch movies at home and find free or discounted entertainment events. I am just learning the fine art of couponing and I hope that many of these tricks will help others.