I think the most interesting part of this whole *savings journey* I'm on is that it's completely changed the way I go about spending money. When a store has a catalina deal or when putting together a shopping strategy at the drugstores--many times you have to think outside of the box. I thought I used to save money by running to the store and ONLY getting what I *needed.* But when using coupons and taking advantage of the catalinas you need to BUY MORE to SAVE MORE. I'm spending less--by looking at not just what I need, but what I might need for the future--stocking my cupboards for less money than we were spending to barely fill them before.1. It's official. I'm in LOVE with catalinas! Acme--$50 of groceries for $13 with $10 cash back for our next purchase. Shop Rite--$79 of groceries for $45.
2. Swagbucks I just redeemed my second TARGET giftcard!!! Woo hoo! $40 free dollars at Target, earned in one month for searching the sites I already look at on the internet. It DOESN'T get easier than that!! And I'm already up to 1000 swag bucks--I can't decide if I want two $5 giftcards to Amazon or another Target! We'll see!
Shop At Home I ended up purchasing a few things for my birthday at Target and Old Navy online--I shopped through Shop At Home and earned a refund on my purchases! $25 back in rebates that I would have never gotten otherwise--and it's as easy as searching through their site for the places I want to go!
4. I've filled out a ton of rebates this week, entered my receipts at Rite Aid for SCR, signed up for a bunch of freebies and FINALLY organized my coupons! I'll write more about this in my next post!
5. *DEAL* Idea--I bought Pantene (with some of my extra bucks and coupons from Sunday's paper) at CVS on sale this week. I spent 50cents (on tax) after bucks back and coupons (and rec. 2 more bucks back as well!). If you go to Pantene (dot) com you can request a refund of the price of the shampoo/conditioner--up to twelve dollars b/c they double refund you! It is limited to one per address but now I've gotten the shampoo/condition for next to free and I'll be getting a refund on (double) the price BEFORE coupons.
6. That's all for now! Enjoy the sunshine!!