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07
Jan
09

More free stuff and “How do you do that?”

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See that? Ohhhh, yes, of course you do. That, my friends and fellow frugalites, is more free haircare products.

I ran errands all day today. After I saved my boyfriend’s jeep from exploding (does he EVER check the fluids?), I went to Walgreens armed with 8 more Fructis coupons. This time around I got 2 shampoos, 2 conditioners, 2 “soothing milks” (I have no clue what these do, but I know I have frizz, and it says “frizz control” and it’s free, so I figured what the hell. You’ll probably see it in a “cheap critiques” post coming up), and 2 hairsprays. I also got 2 more rolls of free aluminum foil, but those aren’t pictured because the excitement level of free haircare products far exceeds free foil. I also got the boyfriend a 100 piece pack of Nicorette gum for $25, down from $60-ish. He typically pays $40 for the off-brand gum, so $25 is good either way. So 8 more haircare products and 2 more aluminum foils, free.

Also, Sasha at DebtFreeSaver asks:

Can you give more of a breakdown of how you managed to get all that for free?

Sure I can! Most free and steep discounts come from pairing a manufacturers coupon with a store coupon. This can include sales, too. Most stores (in fact, all that I shop at) allow this – but it has to be one of each, it can’t be two manufacturers coupons paired together. For example:

Walgreens had Garnier Fructis on sale for $2.99, down from $3.99.
They put out an Easy Saver coupon book each month, and it included a $2 coupon for Fructis products.
This takes it down to 99 cents. Fructis puts out a high number of coupons, typically for $1. Applied to your purchase, the item becomes free (or, you get a possible overage of 1 cent, depending on the store.)

It can take some time to develop the skills to spot all these pairings. I sit down with my binder and look through 3 store fliers – Target, Walgreens, and CVS. I note what is on sale, and then I see if I have any coupons for them. Free stuff doesn’t come around *all* the time, but it does – that’s when I stock up. Next time I get Fructis coupons I will probably pass them on to a friend to use, since I have plenty to last.

Is this clear enough? If not, feel free to let me know!

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04
Sep
08

Starting Out

Frugal in Virginia has a great post about taking baby steps toward saving money. Number four is particularly important to me:

4. Plan before shopping. Before I go shopping, I typically write down or type out the “must-have” sales I want to hit at each store with all the transaction details including prices and coupons I plan to use… So do what you need to do to stay organized and thwart any confusion that may happen once you hit the stores.

Every Sunday night, after clipping and sorting coupons, I sit down with the flyers for Walgreens, CVS, and any other store I might be interested in going to that week. I flip through the ads, and if I see anything that I might want to get I see if I have the coupon in my binder. I then take a small notebook and write out what I need to do to get the deal, such as: “CVS: Covergirl Lipcolor (here I add any specifics of the deal that I need to remember) B1G1 and B1G1 MFG coupon.” That way, I know that CVS has Covergirl Lipcolor on sale for B1G1 and that I have B1G1 coupons for it. If I don’t do this, I get so flustered in the store and I end up missing stuff. So this keeps it streamlined, and by writing down the specifics of the deal, I have a lower risk of purchasing the wrong thing (and then not getting a deal on it!)




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An always interesting but sometimes foul-mouthed blog of a 20-something just trying to save money in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Likes: cats, pink alcoholic drinks, my KitchenAid mixer, knitting.
Dislikes: Our health care system, celery.

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