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Sunday, December 14, 2014

An Example of a Rite Aid Haul

In my previous posts I've mentioned how I shop at Rite Aid to stretch my budget.  The picture on the left is the first of a series of transactions that spanned over three days. The reason one has to set up transactions in this way is because Up Rewards are not available until the next day.  So if you purchase a product that gives up $10. in Up Rewards, you must wait until the next day to redeem them.  I imagine the stores implemented this to cut down the waiting time at the registers.  CVS and Target don't have these restrictions.  I read other blogs where couponers say they roll their ECBs on multiple transactions and many as 5.  I would hate to be waiting on that line!  LOL!  Back to the breakdown.  I printed a coupon that can be found at the bottom of this site.  Just scroll down to the bottom of the page and you'll find it.  The coupon is for a BOGO of the Schick ST2 disposable razors in the image.  They were on sale for $6.99.  The deal was buy $25. in Schick products, get back $10. in Up Rewards.  I had 4 coupons to buy 8 packs which totaled about $56 before the savings were applied.  They allowed 2 deals per household.  I had a Rite Aid coupon they sent me by snail mail for $10 off a $50 purchase.  I also had 2 coupons for $2 off and 2 for $3 off.  My our of pocket should have been less than $12 and then I was to receive $20. in Up Rewards.  Unfortunately, the cashier messed up the transaction and didn't process one of the BOGO coupons, so my OOP was $18.68.  I told her the total was supposed to be less.  She decided to figure out the error after it was processed.  I didn't make a big deal out of it because she gave me the coupon back and I knew that CVS was going to have the same promo this week!  Lucky me.  ;)  So, I walked out with $20 in Up Rewards I could use the next day.

Transaction number two turned out to have an error as well.  Serves me right for going to a Rite Aid that I know has cashiers that don't know much about how the promos run.  I was short on time, so I decided to take the risk.  I went to the register with 2 Viva Paper Towels (8 pk) and a gallon of milk.  I used a 50 cents off printable coupon from pickupthevalues and a $1.00 peelie coupon found on the package.  My OOP was supposed to be $0.  Instead I had to pay $4.18 because the cashier said I only had $10 in Up Rewards.  I was in a rush so I paid.  I got 25 cents added to my ibotta acct and $12.49 added toward my SavingStar smartphone app on the deal: spend $30 on Viva or some other products they have listed and you get back $5. 

The next day I returned and bought 2 more 8 packs of Viva Towels and paid $1.50.  I used the remaining $10 in Up Rewards and 2 peelie coupons for $1 each. 

I was a little frustrated with Rite Aid this week, but it worked out.  I gave away a lot of my paper towels, so I need to stock up again.

Don't forget to get your SavingStar account up and running.  You can get the money you save in gift cards or deposited into your paypal account.  I like the Viva Deal and I'm about to complete it as you can see on the picture to your left.  ;)

Remember, scroll down and print the Schick BOGO coupon because you will be able to repeat this transaction at CVS this week!  Go stock up and save money on your groceries in 2015!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

How to Roll Kmart Coupons

In my last post I wrote about the Kmart and Sears loyalty program called shopyourway and how I use it to score free stuff.  This time I decided to share my Kmart haul to give you step by step instruction.

The picture on the left consists of two separate transactions from Kmart.  I made this purchase last week.  The reason why I started here is to explain where I got the Kmart coupons I used on this week's transactions.  So last week, Kmart was doubling up to 5 coupons (per day) valued at $2.00 with a minimum purchase of $25.  I bought a 4 bags of Tide Pods (16 ct) and a 30 pack of Charmin toilet paper.  The total cost was $30.99.  The reason I purchased these particular products was because P&G was offering customers a $10. Kmart coupon when you made a $30 purchase in specific products.  Remember, you had to spend at least $25 to have your coupons doubled.

Here's the exact breakdown:
4 $2.00 manufacturer's coupons for the Tide Pods = $8.00 x 2 = $16.00
1  $.35 Charmin internet printable coupon (find some below) or use Swagbucks = $ .70
Used $7.70 in Shopyourway points

Paid $7.66 out of pocket (oop) and received a $10.00 Kmart coupon for my next purchase.

Today I went to Kmart and purchased 4 Quilted Northern 8 pks of toilet paper and 4 boxes of Ziploc bags 90 ct.  When you purchase $15 worth of those products, you get a $5 coupon for your next purchase.

Here's the breakdown:
2  $1.00/2  manufacturer's coupon for the Ziploc
2  $1.00/2  manufacturer's coupon on QNorthern
2  $10.00 Kmart coupons

In order to use both Kmart coupons, I had to break them up into two separate transactions.

I paid $7.53 oop and received a $5.00 Kmart coupon for my next purchase. 

I decided to use my 2 $5.00 coupons today.  So I had two transactions with the following coupons:

2  $5.00 Kmart coupons
2  $2.00 manufacturer's coupons for Axe gift sets

Each Axe gift set cost $9.99.  I paid $3.29 for each, after all my coupons!

I also picked up the free headphones I ordered yesterday!

I'm very happy with my purchases.  The two sales above are still going on, so go get your discounted products asap!

Stay tuned.  My Target and Rite Aid hauls will follow this post soon!

Feel free to ask questions.  I'll do my best to answer them.  ;)

How I Get Free Products at Kmart and Sears

It's been a long time since I have posted here.  I'm back to share all the awesome things I have learned and all the free stuff I have scored!

CVS, Rite Aid, Target and Kmart are a few of my favorite stores.  These are stores that offer points for each purchase that one can use to make future purchases.  I learned to scout out the freebies to earn points that I use to buy the things I need on a weekly basis.  It's an awesome way to save money!

The picture you see on the left is my latest purchase on Kmart.  The headphones pictured are $25, but they are on sale for $15.  Using my shopyourway points I bought them at $0 cost.  These headphones are great to have on hand for a quick gift.  How did I do it?  I had $21.39 in shopyourway points (syw for short).  I also had $3. in surprise points for my next purchase.  I combined the two to make this purchase free.  If I would have paid for the $12. balance in cash, I would have earned $12.15 in points for the purchase!  These points can be used towards the next purchase.  (These points can even be used in the store.  All you have to do is sign up on shopyourway and add your phone number to your account.  When making a purchase at the register, give them your phone number and your account comes up.)

Every week, Kmart has a variety of products that offer bonus points both at the store and online.  I enjoy hunting these down because when you match up the right coupons, you can really end up racking points you can use to buy anything!  Here are just a few of the things I bought at no cost, thanks to the syw program: a desk for my son, 10 throw pillows, a coffee table, pet food, household items and more.  If you enjoy shopping at CVS and Rite Aid, you are going to love using syw at Kmart.

For those of you that are techies, they have an awesome mobile app.  You can download it to your phone or tablet in a snap.  Through the app you can check to see how many points you have and add coupons to your account.  There are three kinds of coupons.  One type take a dollar amount off your purchase.  Another type gives you points when you spend a certain amount.  For example, you can earn $5. in points when you spend $25 in shoes.  The last kind of coupon is a manufacturer coupon.  These take off a designated amount off a certain product.  They are basically the same as the coupons found in the Sunday paper.  These digital manufacturer coupons cannot be combined with clipped manufacturer coupons in the paper. 

This is a great way to shop, right?  Some of you may be trying to figure out how you can fit this into your schedule.  Are you worried about not having the time to hunt down the deals?  Don't fret.  Join shopyourway , then add me (Alva Ortiz) as your personal shopper.  Leave me a comment on the syw site as soon as you do.  My new clients will receive $5 you can use on your next $25 purchase!  Let's end 2014 with a new way to stretch your money and get everything you need!  I can't believe how much money I've saved.  If you are an avid amazon or ebay seller, you can score a lot of free products you can sell at 100% profit!

Now what are you waiting for?  Go, sign up and collect your $5!