Saturday, May 21, 2011

Check This Out!!

SavingStar is a new program that allows you to link your store cards to their electronic coupon database.  It doesn't only work for CVS, but here in MI it works for Rite Aid and Kroger as well!  How cool is that? 

Please note:  you do not get the electronic Q off your total bill - but instead it gets put into an account at SavingStar and you can choose how you get paid (i.e. Amazon Gift Cards , transfers to your paypal account, etc.) once your account hits $5.00.

It's new - been in the test markets for about 30 days I'm hearing, but I signed up today and will let you all know how quickly those Q's add up. 

I wish I had found this earlier today when I was purchasing the Huggies at Rite Aid - there's $2.00 electronic Q for those and I'd have my first $2.00....bummer!

It takes 2 days to 2 weeks, per their FAQ page, to get credit to your account for your purchases.  I'm going to keep track of the purchases I'm using the SavingStar Q's on to make sure they are adding properly and see how long they take - but thought I'd throw this out there now so that you all can get in on this sooner than later!

I'm also told you can stack your regular MQ's with the SavingStar Q's - what a deal!!

Quick Run to VG's.....almost forgot!!

So I was sitting here going over my week and realized that I forgot to make my VG's run!  Not exactly what I wanted to do at 8:30 at night - but was worth it!

4 Sunny Delight's
8 Miracle Whip (not the small one's either!)
1 Luigi's Frozen Ice (yep - been in the sun all day and the kids needed a treat)
1 Red Baron French Bread Pizza's
2 Jello Pudding 8 packs

Total before savings and Q's - $75.78
Used 4 $0.25/1 Sunny D Q's
Used 4 $1.00/2 Miracle Whip Q's
Used 2 $0.55/1 Jello Q's
Used 1 $1.00/1 Red Baron Q (this was a DND)
Used 1 $0.50/1 Luigi's Q
Total OOP - $16.46
Total Savings:  79%

Whose Ready???

Got your lists ready for tomorrow?  I'll be up bright and early so I can get my papers, get my Q's organized, and post the final deals for you (hopefully all before 10:00 a.m. - I have lofty goals LOL).

Tonight I'm working on moving my Q's from my "small" binder to a larger one.  The one I've been using I absolutely love, but unfortunately I've outgrown it and am now using 2 binders, which is a hassle to carry into the stores, then trade back and forth when you need a HBA Q (cause all those are in their own binder right now).  I'm nervous - I'll be the 1st to admit - so that's why I "experimented" with the second binder before committing!  The one I use now I got from Mrs. A's and it has these wonderful little "rails" that the coupons sit in - so you don't have to worry about trying to squeeze them in baseball card slots or anything like that - now I'm moving up to a Case-It  with baseball card holders and 4x6 picture pages.  The trial run wasn't bad - so hopefully I can get used to it quickly.

I'm also working on building a database to do the match ups quicker, keep an inventory of my Q's, and keep an inventory of my stockpile.  That's proving to be a little more challenging than I initially thought - but hey.... it'll be worth it in the end.  (it's a program - not a spreadsheet - so there's some programming involved which is where I'm struggling from time to time - but it's good to have another "IT Geek" in the family!)

Today's Quick Trips

Old Navy

5 pair of flip flops - $5.00 - total savings:  72%

Rite Aid

2 Packs of Huggies Jumbo Diapers - 2/$20
     Used $3.00/$15.00 Survey Q
     Used 2 $3.00/1 MQ
     Used $10 previous UPs Reward
     Total Regular Price:  $23.98
     Total OOP: $1.00
     Received $5.00 UPS
     Total Savings:  96%


3 packs 3M clasp envelopes (they were out of tape)
1 Birthday Card (DD has a party today)
1 20 oz Diet Pepsi
2 Pepsi 2 Liters

Used In Ad Coupon for Buy 1 Get 2 Free 3M Products
Used $8.00 previously issued RR's
Regular Price for all of above:  $15.43
Total OOP:  $1.65
Total Savings:  90%

CVS - Revlon Nail Polish

Starting tomorrow - buy 1 @ $4.99 get $4.00 ECB's - Limit 6
     Use $2.00/1 Revlon Color Product Q
     Use $1.00/1 Revlon Nailpolish Q
final price after ECB Money Maker!!