Thursday, November 17, 2011

Rain Check!

So first of all, let me say this: Rite Aid has GOT to be one of my favorite places to shop at. While they always have very limited quantities, they are very good about honoring rain checks and I have never had a problem with them at all. They are very friendly and very willing to help you with anything you need- ie. finding certain items, etc. That being said, many times, especially when I have to go later in the week, I often can't get the items that I want because someone else has beaten me to it. The plus side is that they will give you a rain check for those items to come back in and get it up to 30 days later. Another benefit to the rain check is that you actually get the up+ reward amount taken off the total.

So, everything I bought tonight was with a rain check certificate from last week. Also, be sure to ask for whatever the limit is as noted in the ad. Plus, if you go in with your rain check and they don't have all that you wanted but they have some-you can get some and they will just mark off what you were able to buy and you can get the rest later.

Here's how I did it.

The case of luvs diapers were regularly $17.99.
The Arm and Hammer spin brush pro was regularly $8.99 each, and I bought 2.
The Spinbrush my way kids toothbrush was regularly $7.49 each, and I bought 2.
The baby Orajel was $6.99 and I bought 2.
The Arm and Hammer detergent was $6.99 regularly and I bought 4.
That comes to:

-The Luvs diapers were on sale after up reward for $12.99 (which was the price they gave on the rain check).
-The Spin brush, My Way Brush, and Orajel products were on b1g1 free promotion, AND when you bought $10 worth you got $5 back. So what they did was charged me for 1 of the matching items, and took $5 off the total. Even better!!!! (*Rolling your up rewards would work similar to this, but this just makes it easier!)
-The arm and hammer detergents were on sale for 2/$4.

That already dropped it down to $37.46
Then I used 2 coupons for $1 off 1 spin brush, 2 coupons for $1 off 1 Orajel product (these were printable), 2 coupons for $1 off 1 my way toothbrush, and 2 coupons for $1 off wyb 2 arm and hammer. So that took another $8 off. Plus I had $11 in Up rewards from the items I did get last week. So that brought it down to $18 and it was just a little more after tax. All in all I did AMAZING!!! So that just goes to show you-don't be disappointed when you find the shelves have been cleared. Just get a rain check!

How to score MEGA with the Mega Sale!

So I had the chance to stock up on alot of canned goods this past week that I am very excited about. This just goes to show you that it is WORTH the wait to hold out for rock bottom prices and buy all that you can afford to buy before it will expire. For this particular trip, I was looking to restock not only my pantry but my church's as well. My church has a food pantry that is particularly scare this time of year. As a quick side note, especially with this time of year, please be mindful of those less fortunate. Most of us are very blessed to not have to go hungry. I have a stockpile I can go to for cereal and snacks and my kids are far from starving (although that seems to be their favorite catch phrase when the stomach starts to growl.) Also, if you can, I HIGHLY recommend donating to your local food pantry or even just someone you know who may need a little extra help feeding their family this holiday season. I know we are going to help deliver meals this thanksgiving to families in our community. Things like that are a great way to help others and that's a big part of my relationship with God I am trying to work on-serving. Anyways.

So, as far as savings go- I'll go ahead and share one of the pictures I took of the pantry before I divided the food up.

I ended up getting over $260 worth of groceries for just $125! It included 15 bags of frozen veggies, 10 healthy choice meals, 20 cans of chicken/beef broth, 10 cans of Campbells cream of chicken/mushroom soup, 20 boxes of Annie's Organic Mac N cheese, 2 boxes of velveeta, 10 cases of capri suns, 2 boxes of stove top stuffing, 2 boxes of ritz, american cheese, and 30 cans of vegetables. So see, you really can save a ton if you just stock up at the lowest price. I probably won't have to buy many of those items again all winter!