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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

My Coke Rewards Annoyance and the Lost 25 Days of Christmas

MCR has a new game out. Enter a code, click the button and get told that you didn't win. The game may be called "Boxes of Joy," but I've found it to be boxes of something else not suitable for public printing.

Be careful with this one: It tells you to enter a code from one of your caps, but if you use the code to play, you don't get points for it. Instead, see the rules here, in particular, Rule #3, sub-category b. It gives you a link to play for free and, while previous Coke contests had capped you at five free entries per day, this one caps you at forty. So I played forty times. And lost forty times. It didn't cost me anything except some time and the feeling in my typing fingers. I could play using the other accounts in my household, but why bother?

Disney Movie Rewards usually does the "25 days of Christmas" starting in December. It has not been announced this year. Too bad. The promo gave five points per day, so it was a good way to accumulate a bonus or two.

Monday, November 30, 2015

Kellogg's Family Rewards: 100 Points

Ah, another Thanksgiving goes by. So we'll celebrate with cereal. Here is 100 points from KFR.


I don't know who Juls B is, but I'm happy to take the points.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

The Annual CVS Black Friday Freebies

There are four truly great days of the year at CVS: The third day after Halloween, the third day after Easter, the third Day after Christmas and Black Friday. The first three are the days that all the candy from the holiday goes on sale. It will start at 50% off and, a few days later, will be 75% off. If you wait for the 75% off, however, you risk getting stuck with just Whoppers and Necco Wafers, so use your judgment and scout it out.

The fourth day is Black Friday. It's actually Black Friday plus the day before and after, but if you go on Thursday, you risk the shelves not being stocked and, if you go on Saturday, you risk stuff being gone. Of course, you can always get a rain check, but who wants to get started?

CVS extrabucks

CVS has a rewards program called extrabucks (EB), which are rebates that can be used for any purchase at CVS.. On certain items, they will give you back EB when you purchase the item. For example, they might have an offer that gives you $2 in extrabucks when you buy a $6 tin of cookies. After you make the purchase, your receipt will have a coupon for $2 that can be used at CVS toward your next purchase.

Every year on Black Friday weekend, CVS has a bunch of items that are "free after EB." For example, there might be a toothbrush on sale for $2 that comes with an EB coupon for $2. Usually, there's one or two of those each week. For Black Friday, there are usually at least a dozen. The downside is that they have been offering less and less each year. This year, there are only 13 items, two of which you can buy two of.

How to Do It

You'll need a CVS circular and a self-checkout register. Also, print out the $.50 Colgate toothpaste coupon from before going. The deals are usually about the same nationwide, but there are occasionally substitutions. Each year, I work out the way to maximize your free items. This year, you can get 15 items, all referenced below (and listed in the circular) for $.27 OOP (out of pocket). The items would sell for a total of $22.85 without coupons. Here's how you do it:
Find the most expensive item. In this case, it's the "No Gray Quick Fix." It doesn't matter if you are actually going to use the item, since you can always donate it to charity if you don't. Remember, it's free.

We're going to put the NGQF to the side for the moment and start with our most expensive combination. It includes the GUM toothbrush ($2), the Trolli candy ($2) and the Starburst/Skittles, Excedrin and CVS Pantiliners, which are $1 each. Finally, add in a Hershey's or Reese's bar for $.77. The total will be $7.77, and you'll receive $7.77 in EB on your receipts.

Now, move to the next most expensive combination, which is the No Gray ($5.79), Orbit gum ($1) and M&Ms/Twix/Airheads ($.79). That combination totals $7.58. Use the EB from the previous transaction to buy these three items. Alas, $.19 goes to waste ($7.77-$7.58).

Finally, go to the last combo, including a second toothbrush (These are two per household.), a Starbucks Doubleshot Espresso ($1.50) the second pantiliners (also two per household) and the Colgate toothpaste. Scan your CVS card at the coupon counter and you'll get a coupon for $2.50. Combined with the $.50 coupon from, you'll get the toothpaste for free. These items cost $7.50 totals, meaning that $.08 from the previous transaction goes to waste. At the end, You'll have $7.50 worth of extracare bucks to use at a future date. Since everything cost you $7.77 OOP, you just got 15 items for $.27.

I recommend doing these at the self-checkout register so you don't drive the cashier and the line behind you crazy. If there is a problem, don't panic. A CVS associate will come over and help you. Trust me, you won't be the only one doing this.

Have a happy and safe holiday.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Pampers Points: 10 Points

Click here, scroll down and click that you read it. Then enjoy your ten points.

Kellogg's Family Rewards

Catching up after a few days off with KFR:

100 Points: 100POINTTHANKYOU

Monday, November 16, 2015

Double My Coke Rewards points 11/16-11/20

These are the only codes that I hoard, and I do so for the double points promos like this one. 12-packs of Diet Coke, Coke Zero and Coca-Cola will get you double through 11/20.

I have to admit, I gave in and had a Coke Zero this weekend. It was really good. Back on the soda wagon.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Monday, November 9, 2015

Pampers Points: 15 points

Cool, 15 points, minimal effort. Get 15 points for at Pampers for code CMWA53MD9ELG715.

Kellogg's Family Rewards: Points and a Promo

First, head over to KFR and enter code IHEARTBONUSCODES for 100 points.

Next, start hoarding codes. From 11/16-11/25, KFR will be offering triple points on uploaded receipts and those generated by a loyalty card, while offering double points for codes entered online. You must buy and enter the codes within 14 days of purchases, but I have no way of knowing if they can track when purchases were made if you simply enter the code online.

Disney Movie Rewards: Monthly Points

I got my link for DMR over the weekend for my free monthly points. If you didn't see yours, check your spam folder. If you still don't see it, shoot them an email and they'll manually credit the points.