More Free Items From Walgreens

January 8, 2009

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Both CVS and Walgreens have various rebate and money saving programs. I have done most of my drug store deal shopping at CVS as I have found better deals. A few deals at Walgreens caught my eye this week, so I decided to a stab with my first serious attempt at having Walgreens pay me to take a few items off of their hands.

Walgreens is having a sale on Garnier Fructis shampoo, conditioner or styling products. I purchased a 13 oz. bottle of shampoo + conditioner, which was on sale for $2.99 from an original price of $3.99. The Walgreens EasySaver Catalog has a coupon for $2.00 off making the price $0.99. Finally, I used a $1.00 off manufacturers coupon from the inserts in the 01/04 Sunday paper. With the sale and two coupons, Walgreens gave me $0.01 to take a bottle of shampoo off their hands.

The second item I “purchased” was 25 tablets of Electrasol dishwasher detergent. This item is originally priced at $6.99, but was on sale for $3.49. I used a manufacturers coupon for $2.50 from the 01/04 Sunday paper, which brought the price down to $0.99. $0.99 was what I had to pay out of pocket. Another great part about this deal is that the box was supposed to have 20 tablets, but contained 25% more with 25 tablets!

There was an additional rebate deal through the EasySaver Catalog for $1.50 on the Electrasol tablets. If I choose to accept my rebate in the form of a Walgreens gift card they will tack an extra 10% onto the rebate value, for a total rebate of $1.65. In the near future, I will do a post on how to submit rebates online.

After tax I paid a total of $1.35 for a bottle of shampoo and 25 tablets of dishwasher detergent with the potential to get a gift card of $1.65. Ideally I will build up enough money on a Walgreens gift card to not spend anymore money out of pocket. I have to get more organized if I really want to take advantage of these CVS and Walgreens deals as the really good deals run out very quickly. I hope you keep following me on my journey towards extreme frugality at CVS and Walgreens.

Total out of pocket: $1.35

Total in rebates: $1.65 (I forgot to submit the rebate on my rolls of tape)

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Returning From Break And My Trip To CVS

January 5, 2009

I decided to take most of the past two weeks off of work, which translated into losing all sense of a schedule and slacking hardcore on this blog. As I return to my standard 5-day work week tomorrow I will be getting back to my standard blogging schedule as well. I hope that everybody had a wonderful and relaxing holidays. During the break I stopped by my CVS as my ECBs were about to expire.

I had 8.99 in ECBs from my last trip to CVS. I had been struggling to find enough deals to take full advantage of my one large ECB. On December 20-21 CVS had a bunch of free after ECB deals. I made the mistake of not jumping on this deal the first day it was offered. Apparently there are many other CVSers in my area. I was able to find some ZipFizz for $5.99 with 5.99 in ECBs and protein bars that were 3/$5.00 with 5.00 in ECBs.

In the end I spent $2.04 out of pocket and received 10.99 in ECBs. Overall, I was pretty happy with this trip to CVS as I was able to buy stuff that I have a use for and used my ECBs before they expired. If you forget to use your ECBs before they expire you don’t end up saving any money.

Total out of pocket: $7.45

Total ECBs: $10.99

Total value of items purchased: $36.85

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Finding Good Deals Using Slickdeals.net

December 17, 2008

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The holidays are in full bloom and the economy is in the tank. Which means I’m scouring the internet and local sunday ads to find the best deals. I’ve recently posted about the different cash back rebate programs (Ebates, Mr. Rebates, BigCrumbs, Fat Wallet, Cashbaq and Live Search) and a directory that sorts the cash back programs based on the online retailer (ev’reward). The last piece of the puzzle for my holiday (and the rest of the year) shopping is slickdeals.

What is Slickdeals?

Slickdeals is a deal-sharing forum that is free and the information is supplied by the users. If there is a good deal to be had, you will find it at slickdeals. Users post deals and other users comment on and rate these deals as far as how good of a deal it is, the quality of the product and the quality of the retailer.

How do I use Slickdeals?

During the holidays I have been checking slickdeals multiple times per day, as new deals are constantly posted during the holiday season. With all of the slickdealers out there, the deals can expire or run out of stock quickly. Normally, I only check slickdeals once per day. At the very least, I always check the slickdeals on the front page. The front page has what is considered to be the very best deals for the day. Today, for example, there is a deal for 3 six foot HDMI cables for $9 shipped. The very same cables that Best Buy and Circuit City sell for up to $40 each.

In addition to the front page, I routinely click on the forums tab to read the “hot deals” forum. The hot deals forum is where users post what they consider hot deals. The best deals generally have the highest rating, which is donated by yellow fists with a thumbs up. You can also sort all of the deals according to category by clicking on the correct icon to the left of each deal or at the bottom of the page.

Recent Personal Examples

I’ve used slickdeals to do some of my holiday shopping, but my best deals have been on purchases for myself. I recently bought a ps3 for a final cost of $176.02! The starting cost for an 80GB ps3 was $399.99. I bought it from Dell online with a 5% coupon stacked on top of a 15% coupon. These coupons reduced the price to $322.99. Add in tax and free shipping and as far as Dell was concerned I paid $342.19. I initiated my purchase through Mr. Rebates for another 5% cash back. Finally, I applied for a Sony Visa credit card that offered a $150 credit on a $299 qualifying purchase. All of this information was gathered on slickdeals.

Unfortunately, the ps3 does not come with a game like the old fashioned console systems did. This did clear the way for a super deal at Toys R Us, which started this Sunday. Normally Rock Band 2 is $189.99. Toys R Us had a Rock Band 2 sale for $109.99 and a $25 gift card. After subtracting out the gift card, the total cost was 84.99.

In the end, the ps3 and Rock Band 2 should have cost me $589.99. With the help of slickdealers, I was able to score both for a combined cost of $261.01!

Conclusion

With the economy struggling, deals are just one way to reduce the effects. Keeping a watchful eye on slickdeals, I have been able to save a lot of money for holiday gifts, as well as purchases for my own amusement. Although slickdeals will make you more aware of some awesome deals, you have to stay strong and only make the purchases you were planning on making anyways. It can be very easy to spend too much on these great deals. Now that you’re ready to be fellow slickdealers, I’m going to go be a rockstar!

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Using Ev’reward To Optimize Cash Back

December 15, 2008

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Recently I blogged about all of the cash back websites (Ebates, Mr. Rewards, BigCrumbs, Cashbaq, Fat Wallet and Live Search) for online shopping. Each of these different websites offers different cash back amounts from different online retailers. It can be quite a hassle to go to every website to maximize your cash back. Ev’reward is an online directory that tracks cash back percentages daily for all of the top cash back websites.

What is ev’reward?

The following comes directly from ev’reward:

At ev’reward, we scour the web daily for the best shopping rewards available.¬† Our directory includes over 14,000 rewards for over 3,000 online stores, available through more than 40 leading cash back, frequent traveler, savings reward and points programs.

From the home page I type in the name of the online retailer where I am planning to make a purchse into the search field and click on “Find Rewards”. For example, if I was making a purchase at Wal-Mart, the results from the search would provide me with up to date information about the current cash back rebate rates. Ev’reward even mentions which cash back programs have sign up bonuses or fees.

Other Benefits

Ev’reward also provides up to date information about available coupons, credit card points, college savings plan programs, and frequent flyer and hotel points programs. A box in the upper left corner of the results page offers suggestions as to other online retailers that¬† may sell the same product and provides the top cash back percentage for that store.

Now What?

After performing the search and deciding on the correct online retailer and cash back program, all you have to do is click on the “Go” button. This takes you directly to the cash back program’s website for that online retailer. All you have to do is sign in and select “shop now”.

Conclusion

It can get pretty overwhelming to try to sift through all of the cash back programs to maximize your cash back. Ev’reward makes it easy to find the best deal and be shopping in five minutes. If you’re an online shopper and like to receive free money this is a website that you will be visiting frequently.

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Saving Money At CVS And Walgreens

December 12, 2008

CVS

I continued my journey towards spending as little money out of pocket at CVS today. My CVS Extra Care Bucks (ECBs) from my previous CVS trip were expiring today. For the past month I’ve been looking for CVS deals to use my ECBs, but was unable to find a suitable deal until this month. As a quick reminder, CVS offers weekly and monthly deals that provide ECBs that print out on your receipt and can be used as cash for your next purchase.

This month CVS has the 12 fl. oz. bottle of Complete contact solution for $8.99 with 8.99 in ECBs. The contact solution is essentially free after ECBs. To make this an even better deal, a $2.00 off coupon can be printed HERE. After the $2.00 coupon and my $5.49 in ECBs, the contact solution cost me $1.58 out of pocket. I now have $8.99 in ECBs for future CVS purchases.

Total out of pocket: $5.43

Total ECBs: $8.99

Walgreens

I previously blogged about the Walgreens Rebate program, but today was my first visit to Walgreens to take advantage of the program. I have very little holiday shopping done, however, I do have a Christmas tree and one gift that can be wrapped and placed under the tree. I went to Walgreens to take advantage of the deal on Scotch GiftWrap tape. The 3 packs of tape were on sale for 2 for $2. Also, the December EasySaver Catalog has a $2.00 rebate. To make this deal even better, there was a manufacturer’s coupon on the back of each 3-pack for $1.00 of Scotch products, which made my purchase $0.00 out of pocket. After submitting my rebate and accepting my rebate as a store gift card (additional 10%), I will be paid $2.20 to take 6 rolls of tape off their hands.

Total out of pocket: $0.00

Rebate value on gift card: $2.20

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Earn Cash Back Through Live Search

December 11, 2008

The last cash back website that I wanted to review is Microsoft’s Live Search. I know there are other cash back options like coupon cactus and Jackpot Rewards, however, they either offer inferior cash back or charge a fee. Microsoft’s Live Search is very hit or miss, however, the potential for a large cash back sum makes it worth mentioning.

How it Works

Microsoft Live cash back works very similarly to the other cash back programs. To earn cash back for online purchases all you have to do is create an account with Microsoft Live Search (see below). After signing in all you have to do is initiate a search at Live.com for either the store you want to shop at or the product you want to buy. If the search results are accompanied with this symbol, cashback Icon, all of your purchases at that store qualify for Live cash back.

Details

After searching for a product or retailer and clicking on a link with the cash back symbol, you will earn cash back on all eligible purchases made during the store visit. A visit is defined as a web browsing session that may not exceed 24 hours. Different products may have different cash back percentage rates. There is a limit of $2,500 in cash back for one calendar year.

Getting Paid

To get paid you sign into your cashback account and go to your cashback summary page. If you have a minimum of $5.00 in your account you can request a payment via one of three methods: PayPal, paper check or a bank account. Live Search cashback purchases may be listed as pending in your account for up to 60 days after the purchase date. After this waiting period the money will be available to claim.

Sign Up

Follow this LINK to sign up for a MSN ID. Enter your email address, a password, and a password reset option. On the following screen you have to enter your birth date, gender, industry, occupation, state and zip code. Lastly, you have to do is agree to a few policies.

Now you have to sign up for open a Live Search account. Sign in at live.com using your MSN ID. Proceed to the cashback homepage (there is a LINK at the upper right hand corner). Click on the “Your cashback account” link. Select the “Sign In” button. Enter your name, address, phone number and agree to Microsoft’s service agreement. Now you’re completely signed up to use Microsoft’s live search to earn cash back.

Conclusion

Microsoft’s Live Search cash back is similar to the previously reviewed websites of Ebates, Mr. Rebates, Fat Wallet, Cashbaq and BigCrumbs, in that you receive cash back for online purchases. Live Search cashback differs in the number of online retailers offering cash back and the percentage of cash back. Live search cashback is available for ebay at percentages as high as 30% depending on the day. Also, I’ve seen cash back of 20% at Target and Circuit City, which is a pretty good deal. If you stumble upon a high percentage cash back from Live Search jump all over it, otherwise the other cash deals are usually better.

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Free Trial Of Blockbuster Online And $25 PayPal Credit

December 10, 2008

I’ve blogged before about a similar offer by Blockbuster and PayPal, but the deal arose again. All you have to do is sign up for a Blockbuster Online free trial to be paid through PayPal. After the free trial is over, pay for one month’s billing cycle and PayPal will credit your account with $25.

Step-By-Step

  • Follow this LINK
  • Click on see all available plans
  • Select your desired plan
  • Click on the “Check out with PayPal” button
  • Enter your PayPal email and password
  • Agree to PayPal’s policies
  • Enter account information and address
  • Click on the “Start My Subscription” button

Terms and Conditions

The following are the terms and conditions:

Offer valid for new customers only; cannot be combined with any other offer. For those getting a free or discounted trial, limit one per household. Requires internet access, a valid e-mail address and a valid method of payment for low monthly fee. If you do not cancel your subscription prior to the end of your free or discounted trial period, your subscription automatically renews at the applicable monthly fee for the plan selected (plus taxes) until cancelled. If you cancel your subscription prior to the end of your free or discounted trial period, BLOCKBUSTER Online rentals must be returned no later than ten (10)days past the expiration date of your trial to avoid additional charges.

Unfortunately it is for new customers only, which precludes me from taking advantage of this deal again. You must pay for one monthly billing cycle. Your billing cycle will continue monthly until it is cancelled. Don’t forget to cancel your subscription plan after using all of your rentals and have paid for one monthly billing cycle.

Conclusion

If you haven’t previously signed up for a free trial at Blockbuster Online and are either a movie fan or a free money fan, then you should take advantage of this plan. If I were able to do this deal I would select the cheapest plan ($3.99). In the end, you get paid $21.01 to have 4 movie rentals delivered to your home, these types of deals are my favorite!

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