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Tuesday, February 22, 2011
My First Trip into the Land of Couponing
My 1st Extreme Couponing Foray...
THE BREAK DOWN: 20 boxes Special K Cereals 8 boxes Cake Mix 4 boxes Cereal Bars 2 boxes Special K Bars 4 Kraft Macaroni & Cheese 2 Lemon Juice 2 boxes Ronzoni Penne 2 bags Macaroni 4 boxes Candy Canes 2 bags Werther's Originals 2 Reach Toothbrushes 2 Reach Floss 4 packs of Gum
$155 in groceries for $20 cash and I still had $13 in Rite Aid Rewards to spend. I considered this a successful trip and my interest was piqued.
I scanned the flyers in the mail and planned my next shopping trip. Sunday was the "big day". That trip was, admittedly, a little harder than the carefree trip I envisioned and I went to 5 different Rite Aid stores to achieve my goal, but since I did score the products that I was trying to, I was happy.
I started with $17.00 in Rite Aide's Rewards (rr).
I ended with: 75- single roll toilet paper,
4- 4 pack toilet paper, 20 boxes facial tissues,
4- 8 packs strawberry snacks,
6- bags of muffin mix,
4 bags of Ricola cough drops,
1 bag Rite Aide cough drops,
1 package of ping pong balls... and my reward...
2 Big Cup Reese's candies (I shared with Sean)
Total Retail Value $125.41
Out of pocket cost $3.93
AND... I now had $24.00 in RR