Archive for April, 2010

Saved Big Money at Menards…Again

April 19, 2010

Went to Menards on 4/14/10  to get my weekly freebies.  I received 2 Plastic Mud Pans, 2 Packs of three Terry Cloth Towels (only 1 shown in photo – already using the other set), 2 Packs of Forever Green Bags, 2 Mini Blinds, and 4 Tubes of Blacktop Crack Filler.  Total came to $34.82 including tax – used a previous Menards rebate to pay.  Total out of pocket cash = $0.  I will be getting back $33.00 on another rebate certificate in approximately 3 weeks.  I have noticed the turn around time for the rebate certificate to arrive in the mail to be about 3 weeks and 2 days.  I usually put several weeks worth of rebates in one envelope to save on postage.  The rebates usually all go to the same P.O. Box address.  Once in a while they do go to a seperate address, but it is very rare.   The certificates never expire, and eventually you will notice you are getting certificates in the mail almost every week, once you have been doing this a while.  If you plan it well, you will always use certificates to buy that week’s free items, and never have to pay any cash out of pocket!

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My Beautiful Saucer Magnolia Tree in IL

April 19, 2010

This Saucer Magnolia is my favorite tree of the Spring.  It has been enjoying my yard for the past 3 years and has bloomed every year since I planted it.  It is super fast growing, and has never had any frost damage or negative effects from our harsh winters here in Illinois – zone 5.   Just wanted to share the pretty flowers before they fall off for the summer, at which time it fills up with big green leaves.  If you are able to plant one of these, and are in the correct zones, I highly recommend doing so soon!

Good Shopping Trip to Walgreens

April 12, 2010

I went into Walgreens yesterday to get 2 items but ended up with 9.  It is always a good idea to walk down the clearance aisle in Walgreens – they sometimes have some really good deals there.  I ended up with 2 packages of Zantac, 2 packages of Pepcid Complete, 3 packs of Easter Peeps, 1 Schick Shave Gel, and 1 set  of Schick Quattro 4 pack Razors.  Total out of pocket with tax was $4.93 and I got back $4 in Register Rewards to use when I go again.   Not bad for a quick trip!  The peeps are not all in the photo (the kids love these things). 

Shopping Trip to CVS Yesterday

April 9, 2010

I went to CVS yesterday to get some more free items.  I had to get a few rainchecks on items that were already sold out, but still did good.  My total came to $11.95, but I had $4.25 in coupons, and $7.00 in Extra Care Bucks.  I ended up paying .71 plus .87 in tax for a grand total of $1.58 out of pocket.  I also got $6.00 in additional Extra Care Bucks to use on my next shopping trip.   I purchased 1 Bag of M&Ms Easter Candy, 1 Tube of Colgate Total, 1 Pantene Conditioner, 1 Pantene Shampoo, and 1 Pack of Stride Gum.   Not bad for less than $2.00!

Free shopping at Menards yesterday

April 7, 2010

Went to Menards yesterday to get my weekly free stuff. The free items I ended up with were 1 Roofing Square, 1 Oil Pan, 5 tubes of Seam Sealer, 1 Gutter Scoop, 2 jugs of House Wash, 2 Tape Measures, and 4 Packs of Ray-O-Vac Batteries. I also bought a Swivel Sweeper, a large Entry Mat, and a bottle of Vegetation Killer. My total with tax was $75.72 but I had 3 rebates from previous weeks which I used to pay. Total out of pocket spent $0. I still have $14.78 left over on one of the rebates, and I will be getting back $44.00 in additional rebates in approximately three weeks. I am waiting on a few more rebates that should be arriving any day now. Hopefully they will be here in time for next weeks shopping trip.