Monday, August 16, 2010

My CVS visit, yesterday 8/15/10

BOGOF or B1G1F=Buy One Get One Free
ECB=Extra Care Bucks
FAR=Free After Rebate
OOP=Out of Pocket

Head & Shoulders $4.99
Head & Shoulders Free! Used a B1G1F (C)
Pampers $8.88 (Will be FAR)
Crest toothpaste $3.49
M&M Pretzel $0.50 (Because of raincheck)
M&M Pretzel $0.50 (Because of raincheck)
M&M Pretzel Free! (Because of this week's sale of B2G1F)

$5.00 ECB
$7.99 ECB

Subtotal $5.37
6% tax $0.17
Total $5.54 OOP

$1 ECB for Green bag used (I have used it 36 times so far, making me a profit of $8!
$2.00 ECB for Head & Shoulders
$2.50 ECB for Crest toothpaste
$1.00 ECB for M&M Pretzel (making all 3 packages free!)
Raincheck for Zegerid OTC 14 ct ($9.99-7ECB-hopefully another $3 coupon will come out soon)

So, essentially I bought two Head & Shoulders for $3, free Pampers, $1 Crest toothpaste, and free M&M pretzels!!!

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Tag sales and farmers markets

I love tag sales and farmers markets!  Today I bought:

Eclipse (paperback) for $1
New Moon (paperback) for $1
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (hardcover) for $1
Sweet Home Alabama DVD for $1
Pictionary collector's edition for $2
And Ben bought 2 DVDs for $1 each

Bunch of lettuce $1.25
Cucumbers 3/$1
Zucchini $0.50
Tomatoes $1.99/lb

Last weekend I bought two necklaces for $15 at a tag sale (not an excellent deal, but comparable to Laila Rowe sale prices), along with a cup of lemonade for $1 from a kid's lemonade stand.

I should blog about all of my tag sale deals....

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Renting Textbooks

I keep reading about how renting textbooks is such a "good deal."  In my honest opinion, I think that renting is almost as big a rip off as is buying textbooks new (or even used, in most cases) from your college bookstore.  Buying used (or sometimes new is even cheaper) on,,,, or is easier (you aren't limited to the amount of time you keep the books), cheaper, and you can write and highlight in the books as much as you want.  And then you can sell them back at most of the same websites, if you choose to do so.  I love shopping at those websites, and I have found incredible deals on so many textbooks, regular books, and even CDs and DVDs.  Professors do not mind if you buy the required textbooks new or used, and they often don't mind if it is not the edition they told you to get--as long as it is similar enough and you can figure out the correct pages to read (page numbers often change between editions).