I love JCPenney!! I think they have the best doorbusters, and it seems that everytime I need something and am dreading trying to find a good price on it, Penney's has a big sale shortly after that. I have to say, I also have been very impressed with their customer service! For me, that's a big plus!! The last time I shopped when they had coupons off for $10 off $50 or $15 off $75. I was only trying to use the $15 as I had a lot of stuff that I was purchasing. The cashier explained to me that the coupons will take off percentages of each iem, so that it totals at $15 and then proceeded to use BOTH coupons, saving me $25!! (Your milage may vary on this though, I don't think all cashiers would be willing to do this.) I have also found that I have never had problems returning anything, EVER! Even online orders or catalog orders. I placed an order online over the weekend, and even got a phone call just to thank me for ordering and to let me know when the item will be shipped. I just want to give credit to my favorite department store for a job well done!!
JCP Deals: $10 off $10 code: MOMSGR8 Checkout the Wednesday clearance deals here. Big sale this weekend!! Preview here.
Sorry for the lack of posts last week. Unfortunately, my uncle passed away last weekend and I spent last week with my family. As I'm sure you all understand, I will be slow getting back on a blogging schedule. Since I have been back home, I am catching up on other things and blogging is just not top priority. But I hope to get some shopping done by the end of this week, and post some deals when I'm done. Until then, check out this weeks deals from Hip2Save:
I can't believe this is post number 100!! I have been frugally shopping now for 7 months, and I can't believe how much I have learned. I'm also really excited about what I've been able to share with other people, so to continue that, I have a $10 Walgreens gift card to give away to one lucky reader. Rules to enter: Just leave a comment on this post. Please leave an email address or website so I can contact you. One entry per person please. Deadline to enter is 5/7. The winner will be chosen via random.org and posted on 5/8. The winner will have 48 hours to respond, or another winner will be chosen.
If anyone is in need of a hair straightener, this is a great deal!! Originally $170, you can get it for $15 Shipped!! Just click here and add it to your shopping bag. It is priced at 19.95, but if you enter the code SEXY10, it takes an additional $10 off!! You will need to pay shipping, around 5 or 6 dollars. Also, if you shop through Ebates you will get an additional 6% back. Free to sign up here!!
By Thursday, I STILL haven't opened my inserts or ads from Sunday. I also didn't open the grocery ads that came in the mail on Tuesday, BUT Faithfully Frugal has a post of some Jewel highlights here. Check it out.
I didn't have to use any RR. Walgreens has Mento gum on sale for 1.00 (only when you buy 2 or more) and I used 11 1.00 off coupons from 3/1. *I believe this is a monthly deal, so you can still get yours!*
We also did a little bit of clothes shopping at Sears on Saturday. They were having a huge clearance sale. (We actually didn't know this, we were just killing some time and decided to go into Sears. I also think this sale runs for another week.) They had an extra 30 %off all clearance items. We walked out of the store with 10 items, originally $422.98!! We only paid $88.86 (8.26 in tax). Still, that's 70% off. We each got a couple of things, plus I was able to snag a birthday present and a Christmas present out of the trip. (Not presents for me.) Here's a picture of Brian modeling some of his new stuff. The jacket he got originally cost 100.00, more than what we paid for all 10 items!!
I got the Smart balance tubs for 2.00 each, they're on sale for 2.50 and you can use the 1.00 off 2 from the 2/1. Then I stacked these with the Buy one tub, get one butter blends sticks free coupon from 3/1 to get 4 packages of sticks for free. Super Pretzels are on sale BOGO @ 3.59. Use the .75 coupon from 2/22 or 3/15. Make sure you use one coupon for each one you buy (even the free one!) I also had one more free gum coupon from 3/15. I did plan on buying some more super pretzles. We LOVE these and with the coupons they were only 2.09 for 2 boxes! But I snagged the last three boxes, so I grabbed a rain check good through the end of the month. Also, I didn't bring all my coupons with me, but Wheat Thins are BOGO and there is a BOGO Q from 3/15. This sale is going through April 15th, so I will be heading back there for some wheat thins. I have never tried to use a BOGO Q with a BOGO sale, but I have heard that you will get both items for free! (You do pay tax, of course.) So I think I may go do this today or tomorrow and I will update when I get home.
My subtotal was zero!! All I paid was .58 in tax!!! I used the 2.50 off equal coupons from 1/4. These expire today, so if you have them, go use them for some free equal! Plus I used my free softsoap coupon I earner earlier this week.
From this trip: Items : 14 Regular Price: 59.47 OOP: 5.06 Savings: 91% ECB Left: 17.98
I used 7.99 EDB and got back 9.99, plus the 7.99 I didn't use. Also, I will send in the rebate on the Organix shampoo, so there's another 4.99. I wasn't very excited about these deals this week, but I wanted to use a 5.00 off 30.00 coupon that expired on Monday. (You can use those before all your other coupons!)
March End CVS Totals: Items : 90 Regular Price: 274.82 OOP: 65.81 Savings: 76% ECB Left: 17.98
All March Shopping: Items: 264 Regular Price: 682.40 OOP: 203.51 Savings: 70%
Plus: 2.00 RR, 1 FREE softsoap body wash, 17.98 ECB, and 4.99 MIR.
A bit more OOP than I would like, but it's so great to see this improvement from just a few months ago. We are all stocked up on cereal, coffeemate, pasta, and some other everyday needs. April should be a much lighter shopping month. This is only 6 months after I learned how to shop the smart way, and although it takes some time, and I am not always on top of everything, it is so great to have the freezer, fridge, and pantry all stocked up!
From this trip: Items : 34 Regular Price: 74.86 OOP: 7.49 Savings: 90% RR Left: 2.00 plus a free Softsoap Body wash
Pretty good! I used 18.00 in RR that I had saved up from last week, and earned back 2.00 for next week. At any of the Walgreens near me, if you use RR then none will print. So I always do one transaction for everything that doesn't give me RR and use last weeks. Then I do another transaction for this week's RR.
Some freebies from this trip: Equal: on sale for 2.50, use 2.50 from 1/4 Reynold's Wrap: use WAGS Q for .89, and use 1.00 off from 2/8. (MONEYMAKER) Reese's: Free hershey's bar with 20 oz. Coke product. Gum: with FREE coupon from 3/15. Chapstick: 1.99 with 1.99 RR
Not as great as last time, but still more than half of what it would normally have been. That's generally my goal when shopping. I stick to my budget, stick to my list (for the most part), and try to aim for 50% savings or more.
Some highlights: Activia Yogurt normally 2.95, on sale for 2.00, less 1.00 coupon = FINAL COST 1.00 Del Monte fruit cups normally 1.85, on sale for 1.00, less 1.00 coupon = FINAL COST FREE!! Wrigley's gum 1.25 less free item coupon = FREE GUM!
You can still get the gum if you have the coupon from 3/15. DelMonte fruit cups are still on sale use coupon from 3/1.
March End Grocery Totals: Items : 75 Regular Price: 201.74 OOP: 75.21 Savings: 63%
So sorry I didn't get any posting done last week. I spent my spring break at my mom's and while I thought I would get quite a bit of blogging done, I was busier than I thought. Plus, I got sick. So of course, nothing got done. I did a little shopping while I was there, however. I thought it was a great opportunity to see how well I could get WalMart deals and Dollar General deals. I was disappointed in both trips. I didn't find ANYthing at dollar general, and I spent way too much time in walmart. So, I think I will stick to my favorites. I did have one really good Walgreens trip while visiting. I walked out of the store paying 4.00 and saving 65.00!! I also did some shopping this week since I've been back home, and hpe to get that posted tonight or tomorrow.
Also, big coupon wekkend coming up!! This Sunday will have 5 inserts! Yes, 5!! It looks like we will be getting 4 papers. Hip2Save has the info here.
I will be looking over the Jewel ad that I got yesterday and finding some good deals to be posted tomorrow!
Here's the bottom of my Walgreen's reciept from my trip home.
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.