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Sunday, March 8, 2009

Cash Experiment, Reporting In

I did go to Walgreens yesterday. I was hoping my gift card would be recharged from my rebate purchases last month so that I wouldn't have to spend any OOP (out of pocket), but it wasn't. Hopefully it will be recharged soon so I can use it for the diaper deal this week!

So because I am trying to use only cash for my grocery purchases this month, I dipped into my grocery money to pay for my Wags run. I got two bottles of lotion, a bottle of conditioner and some spray gel, 4 tubes of toothpaste for the toothpaste project, some prunes, apricots, dried cranberries, and yogurt covered raisins. I spent $5.44 OOP. How did I do that? Coupons, of course! I used 5 coupons from the newspaper and 3 printables, and I received $7.50 in RRs from the lotion and toothpaste that I used in a separate transaction to pay for the dried fruits.

I decided to include my Walgreens and CVS purchases in my grocery budget so that I make sure my deal-hunting at these stores doesn't spiral out of control. It makes me stop and decide which deals are worth it for me to go after. There are always SO many "deals" every week that I could drive myself crazy and end up spending MORE to save more, instead of spending LESS and getting more. There's a difference!

2 comments:

Cap said...

Before you go out, you could always check the balance of your gift card online.

Kerri

Jennifer said...

Jessica, you have this coupon thing down to a science. I tried once with the cereal gift card thing at Target. It was fun and kind of a rush, but it was too much work for me. I'm so glad you understand it. Maybe one day you can explain it all to me...lol

Jennifer C.

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