I gotta say that planning my shopping list, finding the cheapest and free deals, and signing up for all kinds of freebies has helped keep my focus off my recent troubles! It's actually a fun hobby!
Today, while we waited for The Alien's car to be serviced, he and I walked to Wags. I scored big, with two transactions. First I bought a 6.8 oz bottle of Impruv lotion, regularly priced at $9.99, on sale for $4.99. I used a $2.00 coupon and got $4 RR back! I made a dollar! My second transaction was for 4 boxes of Ziploc bags, 3 boxes of Splenda, and a box of Playtex Sport Tampons. I used manufacturer coupons for all items, Wags coupons for the Splenda and tampons, $4 in RRs and the bags were on sale. I basically got the tampons for free, the Splenda for 1.99 a box, and the Ziplocs for $1.25 each for 120 bags. My total OOP was $13. Just the lotion and one box of Ziplocs would have cost more than that! Oh, and I actually bought the Splenda for a friend, who paid me back the $6, so I actually only spent $7 of my own cash.
Later on I went to CVS where I spent a bit more money. However, I got some deals. Treklet likes Spaghetti Tacos (Thanks iCarly) which I indulge her in once in a while. Spaghettios were on sale and I had coupons, so I paid just .75 a can for 4 cans. Skintimate Shaving Gel was $3.99 minus a .75 coupon, and I got $3 ECB back, so I paid just .24. The big splurge was on Maybelline Falsies Mascara. I tried some on a sale a few weeks ago and liked it, and my daughter wanted some, too. I had 3 coupons for $1 off, and $6 ECBs to spend, so I bought 3 of them at $7.49 each. I also had a 20% off entire order coupon. I got $3 ECBs back after paying $15.58 (minus my ECBs), making the mascaras $5.19 each. My total OOP for this trip was $22.30 (yikes!) but I got $6 ECBs back and a pile of coupons.
I will try to make another CVS run soon. The store I went to was out of the Pepperidge Farm Milano Cookies that are on sale for $1. I have 2 coupons for $1 off, and I want free cookies! Candy corn is also free with ECBs, and I have a cute Thanksgiving turkey craft I want to make with it.