Saturday, December 10, 2011

Thanksgiving Shopping with My Big Brother

So what do you do after Thanksgiving dinner is over...the dishes are washed...the bags are packed for the weekend trip...Go to Wal-Mart for some deal finding, chaotic, crazy black "friday" shopping. You were all out there right? LOL

Well since WM actually moved there sale to Thursday night at 10pm...we actually did "Black Thursday" So yep, that's what we were doing...instead of sleeping off the turkey-induced stupor we were driving to Hillsboro wm at 8pm and standing around the store in line at 9pm. We stood around for an hour and quickly scooped up our deals. Since most everything we got was intended for Christmas somewhere there's not really much to reveal...but I did get the boys each a WWE hoodie. Let me tell you how excited they were about those! I also got myself two crockpots for $6 each. What a deal! I am so excited about that purchase. I have been wanting a new crockpot forever, but being the "frugal" person I am, I keep putting it off! LOL - not anymore!

So since our traditional Friday after Thanksgiving shopping was done, we decided to take a road trip to Uncle Mike's in Blanco. You might remember Hubby and I's obsession with the Texas Hill Country. Well it seems the drop of the hat we load up the car and head to the Hill Country.

So what is there to do at Pickle's house on the Friday after Thanksgiving evening? Well talk about coupons of course. So the kids enjoyed playing card games and board games and watching movies while Uncle Pickle and I chatted and clipped and matched! It was a great time. We even went over to the county recycle center to hunt for coupons. They have the coolest recycle center here in town - and to my huge surprise they have a gigantic dumpster for paper. So at about 11pm we Pickle and I went over to the center to hunt for coupons. We had to start his stash you know! LOL We came up with quite a few - Yippee! So his coupon stack began! (And just for those who are wondering - I personally chatted with the county commissioner and he has no problem with people hunting for coupons! Double Yippee!!!)

So what better to do on a Saturday after learning to coupon than to try out your skills right? LOL So we did! Armed with piles of coupons and a detailed list, Pickle, Memaw, Papa and I loaded up and headed to the nearest CVS and Walgreens so Pickle could see the shopping in action. It was fun and tiring! LOL But we racked up several good deals. Since we were shopping on Saturday we knew we'd missed some of the deals for the week, but we got lucky on quite a bit.

At Walgreens, the deals included Manderine oranges and mushrooms for $.59 with a walgreens coupon; Ajax dish detergent for $.89; Kleenex cottonelle tp for $3.99 (12 rolls) combined with a $.50 coupon to make a good tp deal! He also got B1G1F Nature Made vitamins and use
d two $1 coupons! I even set him up a nature made rewards account so he has banked 100 points! 400 more and he'll get a $7 coupon! He also picked up a pack of itunes cards and got a FREE $10 walgreens card - can't beat that!!! Arm & Hammer detergent was on sale B1G2F so he got 3 bottles for $6.99. We found the oral B indicator TB for $1.50 and got $1.50 register rewards and the colgate for $3 with $3 register rewards and crest for $2.50 with $2.50 register rewards. He also got a great deal on Brut deodorant...I am trying to remember the exact price - but it's leaving me, he used $1 coupons though and I believe it was less than $1 each. So he did all this in two transactions to maximize register rewards! I can't remember his total but I think he actually spent less than $5 for everything using his register rewards and gift card. Woo-Hoo!

At CVS we got Pickle signed up for a reward card and the list included Carmex for $1 with $1 extra buck - so FREE! He also got a 10 ct advil for $2.99 with $2.99 extra bucks - so FREE! B1G1F 2 ltr Cokes - $.94 each! He also picked up VO5 shampoo for $.77 and a two count of GUM tb's for $2.99 with $2.99 extra bucks. He also got Irish Spring deodorant for $2.77 with $2 extra bucks. Plus a nail polish kit for Christmas for $2.88 with $2 extra bucks. He did two transactions and even had quite a bit of extra bucks left over for next trip! Oh Yeah!

We were shopping for 4 families while we were out so here's another transaction. At CVS: More Cokes B1G1F; VO5, nail polish, toothpaste and toothbrushes, plus LA Looks hair gel for $2.49 with $2.49 extra bucks; Cepacol lozenges for $4.99 with $4.99 extra bucks and Phillips earbuds for $6.99 with $6 extra bucks - stocking stuffer!!! So this one ended up being two transactions and we also scored some left over extra bucks!

Another transaction - someone needed a tree so we picked up a 6 footer pre lit for $25. Good deals here too! We got Trash bags for $5.99; Charmin for $2.99; pantiliners for $.50 and more ajax; arm and hammer and oral B toothbrushes! You can see the $1.50 register rewards we saved for the next shopping trip!

Here's Mom's Walgreens transaction - she got the Charmin and detergent as well. Plus some infusion hair stuff - on sale with a coupon and register rewards! Plus a dove two pack with coupon and register rewards! Plus Glucerna with a $3 off coupon, Kleenex with a walgreens coupon and Culturelle with a $10 register rewards. Plus the altoids were $.99 with a walgreens coupon!

Mom's CVS deals included flossers for $1.99 with $1.99 extra bucks; Breathe right for $5.99 with $5.99 extra bucks. The carmex and cepacol deal - plus listerine pocketpacks for $2.99 with $2.99 extrabucks and a $.50 coupon.

It was a fun, tiring, deal finding, tiring, family experience that I enjoyed to no end! I loved spending time with my family and helping them learn to find good deals and start their stockpile!!!

More to come!

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