It's a rare occasion that I find myself alone in the house on Saturday night with only one of my kiddos --- but last night was just that occasion. It was just Luke & I and so we decided a date night was in order!
We started out here for Luke's favorite Chicken McNuggets:
Did a little Halo MegaBlocks shopping here:
and then hit the theaters for a little Johnny Depp....I mean Rango:
We had a great evening together --- just chillin' and chattin'!
Okay, so I've mentioned before that I have started extreme couponing --- so I thought I'd share with you what a typical Sunday morning run looks like! Most of the time, I hit Rite Aid, Walgreens, and one or more grocery stores in the area. Today I hit QFC in addition to the Rite Aid and Walgreens stops.
Here is a recap of what I spent:
Subtotal before tax........................................................... $ 15.53
tax (you pay this on total before coupons............................... 5.15
Total Out of Pocket Expense ........................................... $20.68
In addition to the out of pocket expense, I used $17 in Up Rewards coupons at Riteaid and $4 in Register Rewards at Walgreens. For those of you that aren't aware --- these are both like cash. I would normally add these in to my out of pocket expense, but today I rec'd more back than I used. I came home with $18 in Up Rewards from Riteaid and $3 in Register Rewards for Walgreens. So this was a wash.
For that $20.68 I purchased $219.63 worth of stuff for a savings of over 90%! I was careful today to only buy things that we would use:
Here are some closeups and details:
The Airwick Room Deodorizers were 2/$7.99 with 2 $4 coupons --- FREE
The Gain Fabric Softener was $2.99 with $3 coupons --- FREE
The Resolve was $1.99 with $ 0.75 coupon and $1 Up Reward --- $ 0.25
The Lysol Wipes were $1.99 with $0.50 coupons and $1 Up Rewards and $1/2 Rebate --- FREE
The Osteo BiFlex was $9.99 with $6 coupon and $1 Up Reward --- $2.99
The Garnier Hair Products were 2/$7.00 with 2 $1 coupons and $5 Register Rewards --- FREE
The Smart Water was $1 with $0.75 coupons --- $ 0.25
The Triscuits/Wheat Thins were $1.99 less $5 when you buy 10 with $1.00 coupons --- $0.49 a box
The Franks Red Hot Sauce and BBQ Sauce was 3.99 with FREE coupons --- FREE
The Annies Macaroni & Cheese was included in above promotion with crackers --- $.049 a box
The Flossers were $2 with a @ Register Reward --- FREE
The Butterfinger Snacks were 2/$1.00 with $1/2 coupons --- FREE
The Easter Snickers Eggs were 2/$1 with $1/2 coupons --- FREE
The gloves were on sale for 2/$1.00 --- $1.00
The toothbrushes were on sale for $0.99 each with $2/2 coupons --- FREE
The M & M's were 2/$3.99 with 2 $1 coupons --- $0.99 a bag
The Mouthguard was regularly $32.99 on sale for $19.99 with a $5.00 coupon and $15 Up Rewards --- FREE
The Chex Mix was on sale for 3/$4.00 and I used $1 coupons --- $0.33 bag
The best thing about today's shopping trip is the MOUTHGUARD. I have needed one for a very long time and the thought of paying the dentist $350 or so for a custom fit one was killing me. So my dentist suggested I pick up one at the drug store until I felt like I could afford the custom one. That was 4 months ago and I still hadn't purchased one because even $33 seemed like an expense to me. Last week, I was going to bite the bullet and buy one when I saw the notification that they would be on sale this week! And FREE on top of that! That was totally a GOD thing and I am so grateful!