Sunday, April 24, 2011

Walgreens Trips - Week of April 17

1st Transaction:
2 - Duracell Batteries @ 5.99 each
4 - Cottonelle Wipes @ 5.49 each
1 - Goody Hair Barrette @ 3.00

Coupons Used:
11.96 Walgreens coupons for Cottonelle (makes them 2.50 each)
1.50 Duracell
1.50 Duracell

Total After Coupons & Taxes: $23.85
Earned $3 Register Rewards for buying the batteries and $3 Register Rewards for buying the hair barrette.
2nd Transaction:
1 - Goody Hair Barrette @ 3.00

Coupons Used:
$3 Register Rewards earned by buying the batteries in transaction 1.

Total After Coupons & Taxes: $0.23
Earned $3 Register Rewards for buying the hair barrette.

3rd Transaction:
1 - Nasogel @ 4.99
2 - Candies @ 0.39 each

Coupons Used:
$1.50 Nasogel coupon found on the package
$3 Register Rewards earned by buying the hair barrette in transaction 1.

Total After Coupons & Taxes: $1.38
Earned $5 Register Rewards for buying the Nasogel.

I also bought some candy for stuffing Easter Eggs from Walgreens this week. I used my Register Rewards and paid very little. So, I now have no Register Rewards, but I got some good stuff this week.

CVS Trip - April 17

Here is what I got:
2 - 24 pack bottled water @ 2.22 each
2 - Nivea Body Wash @ 3.88 each
1 - 18 pack Cottonelle Toilet Paper @ 8.99

Coupons Used:
$4 off $20 purchase CVS coupon
-3.00 off Nivea
-3.00 off Nivea
-0.50 off Cottonelle

Total after coupons and tax: $11.75
Earned $2 Extra Care Bucks

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Walmart Question

I recently had an issue with Walmart refusing to accept my coupon on a travel sized item. The coupon had no size restriction, so I decided to email customer service and ask what their policy was on accepting coupons on travel sized items.

Here is what I sent:
I would like to know if coupons can be used on travel sized items, if there is no size restriction on the coupon.I have been able to use my coupons in the past on the travel size items.

Today with I went to the store, I was told I could not use coupons on travel size items, even if they did not have a size restriction. The CSM looked at the coupon and said I could not because the picture was of the full size item. The items I was purchasing were priced at $0.97 and the coupons I had were for $1.00 off. I had a total of 6 items, so even if I was given the overage to apply to the rest of my order, it would have only been $0.36.

I do not want to misuse my coupons, but I was under the impression I could use the coupons in this way unless there was a specific size requirement. Please advise me on this situation.

Here is the reply I received:
Thank you for your message.
Dear Amy,
Thank you for your recent correspondence regarding the acceptance of coupons at Walmart. Our guidelines generally allow for the following types of coupons to be accepted:
- manufacturer coupons (Cents Off)
- free merchandise (or manufacturer's Buy-One-Get-One-Free) coupons
- store coupons
- internet coupons
- soft drink container caps
A salaried manager may refuse to accept a coupon if it does not meet certain criteria.
Coupon guidelines and limits include but are not limited to the following:
Walmart only accepts coupons for merchandise we sell and only when presented at the time of purchase. Coupons should have an expiration date and be presented within the valid dates. Walmart will not accept expired coupons or double/triple coupons. Internet coupons should be legible and say "Manufacturer Coupon_ and there should be a valid remit address for the manufacturer and scannable bar code. Store Coupons must reflect a specific sale price or original price and must be available to all customers. For 'Free' merchandise coupons, customers will not receive cash back -- the cashier will adjust the value of the coupon to the actual retail of the item at the time of sale. In addition, only one coupon per item is permitted and use of 40 or more coupons per transaction will require approval by a Customer Service Manager.
Walmart Customer Care
So, I guess they are telling me a salaried manager can refuse any coupon. I don't feel like they really answered my question.

I am not sure why I continue to go to Walmart. I go there a lot less now than I used to, but with all the trouble they have given me with coupons, I think I can do without Walmart. I can do most of my shopping at Kroger, CVS, & Walgreens. If I can't get it there, Target is only an hour away and I can always check at Kmart.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Who I Am & Who I Want to Be

I heard something the other day and I think it is so true:

You are constantly becoming the person you will ultimately be.

This really got me to thinking about my life and who I am now and who I want to be. I will have to admit, I do things now, that I wouldn't want to define me in the future. I see people around me and how selfish and uncaring people can be, but on the other hand, I see people who are loving and caring. I want to make sure I am taking steps in the right direction. So I decided to write who I feel like I am and who I would like to be.

Who I am:

I am a wife who doesn't have a very good relationship with her husband, who knows things could be better.

I am a mother who doesn't take the time she should for her children, who makes sure they are clean and fed, but, who knows there is a lot more to being a parent.

I am a Christian who doesn't read her Bible and pray as often as she should.

I am a woman who is overweight and finds it difficult to lose the weight.

I am a woman who has been depressed for several years, who is no longer taking any depression medicine, who is much better, but still has so far to go.

Who I want to be:

I want to be a wife who has a great marriage. I want to have a good physical relationship with my husband. I want to find things my husband and I enjoy doing together. I want to build a better relationship.

I want to be a homeschooling mother who has lots of time for her children. I want to make the most of each day with them. They will be grown up before I know it and I don't want to waste the time.

I want to be a Christian who reads and prays regularly. I would love to be more like my Grandma Wilson. She was so loving, caring and had such a sweet, gentle spirit. I want to be an encourager.

I want to be a woman who is no longer overweight, but a woman who has lost the weight and is in the best shape of her life. I want to learn and teach my family healthy ways to eat.

I want to be a good housekeeper. I want to learn to better organize our house and keep it clean.

I want to be a “finisher”. Often times, I am good at starting a project, but sometimes I find it difficult to finish the project. I get it to a point of stopping to a point of “good enough”. I don't want to settle for “good enough” I want to expect excellence.

There are many more things I would like to be, but these are a good start.