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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

My Coke Rewards: Double points through 12/28

Cool, another double points promo.  Get double points on Coke, Diet Coke and Coke Zero 12-packs through 12/28.

27 items at CVS for $.13 (total)

It's that time of year again, when turkeys hide and people shop.  And for those willing to go to the drugstore a couple of times this week, it's time to save some big bucks on a ton of useful (and not so useful) items.
Every year around Thanksgiving, CVS puts out a ton of goodies that are free after extrabucks (EB going forward), CVS's in-house reward currency.  And every year around Thanksgiving, I go through the circulars to determine how to get the most items for the least amount of money.  Hey, everyone needs a hobby.
What makes EB special is that the rebate prints off on the bottom of your receipt, so you can use it immediately to buy something else.  And buy lots of something elses, you will.  if you don't need every item, give it to a friend or shelter.  The tax write-off will more than make up for your slim out-of-pocket costs.
Here's how it works: You find the most expensive item that is "free after EB."  The price of that item becomes the target price, and your goal will be to gather groups of items to get as close to that target price as possible.  Sound complicated?  It isn't.  I'll walk you through it.
The only wrinkle that CVS threw into the specials this year is that they split the goodies.  Several free after EB items are only on sale through tomorrow night, while the rest are only on sale between Thursday and Saturday.  No matter, we can work through it.  Here's how it works:
  • Go into the store and grab a circular, so you know what the items look like.  We're starting with the sale that ends tomorrow night.  The highest priced item is the Tricalm hydrogel, at $9.99.  That's our new target price.  You can get two per CVS card, so buy one at $9.99 and you'll get $9.99 in EB printed on your receipt.  Use those EB to buy a second Tricalm and get another $9.99.
  • Your goal now is to find a group of items that get as close as possible to $9.99 without going over.  If you don't use all your EB, you don't get anything back, but you also don't want to spend any more out of pocket.  It's the game that counts.  For your second round, buy the Green Giant vegetables (one at $.99), Kraft Mac and Cheese ($.99), Sour Patch gum ($1.57), Snickers/Twix/M&M's ($.79), Viatminwater ($1.50), Combos ($1.50), Swedish Fish/Sour Patch Kids theater box ($1.67) and Advil ($.99).  Your total will be $10.  Okay, we're a penny out of pocket, so you could always do this one first and the Tricalms second.  You now have EB totaling $10 (or $9.99).
  • Round 3: Buy the Rescue Gum ($5.79), Total Detergent ($1.79), Starbucks Double Shot ($1.50) and KitKat/Reese's/Hershey's Bar ($.79).  The total is $9.87, so we wasted $.12, but we'll survive.
  • Round 4: Buy everything else, including a second Green Giant (two per card), the Wrigley's Gum ($1.00), CVS wipes ($.99), Migralex ($.99), Training pants ($.99), pantiliners ($.99) and two Robitussins ($1.49 each, two per card).  Uh oh, only a total of $8.93, meaning that you have $1.04 in wasted EB.  Alas, you'll have to buy something else that doesn't give you back EB.  Or, you can do the following:
  • In Round 4, replace one of the $2 items (or $1.99, in our case) with the Colgate toothpaste, which is $2.99.  Assuming you can find the $.50 in your paper or online, which you should be able to, the cost is now $2.49, which you'll get back in EB.  That will save you the $1 difference and bring your Round 4 total to $9.93.  If you do this transaction as Round 3 (using a $9.99 EB coupon from Round 2) and move Round 2 down to Round 3 (using your $9.93 in EB for the $9.87 in purchases), you'll be out no money.
Thursday through Saturday
  • You now have $9.87 in EB for the end-of-the-week sale items.  There's only a few, including a toothbrush ($2.00, to go along with your free toothpaste), Viva paper towels ($1.99), Orbit gum ($1.00), another Reese's/Hershey's/KitKat ($.79) and batteries ($4.19).  Total $9.97, so you're out of pocket a dime.
  • What you started off with: $10.  What you ended with: 27 items and $9.97 in extrabucks.  Total out-of-pocket is $.13, which is the dime from the last transaction and the three cent difference between your ending extrabucks and your original $10.
  • Don't be afraid to ask for substitutions if they are out of an item.  My CVS was out of the Swedish Fish/Sour Patch Kids item, so I asked and they substituted Mike and Ikes.
  • Be flexible: Sometimes the store is out of an item, never got an item or won't substitute a new item in.  At that point, you need to play with your list a bit and move things around.  That's why we start with the highest priced item: it's a lot easier to be flexible with 10 $1.00 items than it is with one $10 item.
  • Get all your items at once, but separate them into different baskets.
  • Use the self-checkout.  You can take all the time you need.  And if you need help, call an associate in.  The employees know the drill and are happy to help, since they all find the whole thing a bit amusing.
  • Have fun!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Pampers Gifts to Grow: 15 points

Hey, nothing like five Pampers points to end the day.  Just enter code TWT7CYBR57MDY14 for five points and 67CYBR57MDY2014 for 10.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Treasure Trooper: Cash for surveys, other easy stuff

I can never remember if I have brought up Treasure Trooper before, so I'm doing it now, with a chance for you to earn unlimited, millions of, mucho, well, a fair amount of dollars, anyway.  I'm at just under $2,000 after a few years, but I don't do very much with it.  Note: I get twenty percent of my direct referrals' earnings (from the site, not my referrals) but I'll give you back anything you earn in December or January, as long as it is at least $1 in referral earnings.  You get $5 to sign up for free.

TT is a "get paid to (GPT)" site, that gives you money for doing surveys, filling out forms for marketers, etc.  It's a dollar here, two dollars there, but it will eventually add up.  Most of the "fill out the form" or "download the app" offers take only a minute and I delete anything I don't want (Goodbye, Kim Kardashian app!).  A few hints:

  • Clear your cookies before you do each offer.  It helps tracking.
  • Use a free voicemail service like Laser Voicemail to create a phone number.  That way, you can have a valid phone number that you never listen to.
  • Create an alternate (or three) email accounts so you don't get tons of spam in your regular account.
The other nice thing is that there are a bunch of "games within the game," including a treasure hunt and a "build your own dragon" game.  Enjoy.  You can sign up here.

Disney Movie Rewards: 100 points

Easy survey for 100 points.  Check it out here.

Pampers Points: 5 points

It's only five points, but nice to see Pampers back in the game: TWT836REG425PTY.

Kellogg's Family Rewards: 50 points

I'm now over 10,000 points in my KFR account and still have no clue what I'll use these points for.  But I got another for entering SOTHANKFULFORYOU.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Out of office notice

Hi all,

I'll be OOO for the next couple of days, hopefully returning on 11/17.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Kellogg's Family Rewards: 50 points

Remember the days when KFR was pumping out a code every day?  That was so long ago, almost, like, last week.  In honor of this throwback in time, KFR is offering a 50-point code: KELLOGGTHROWBACK.

Double points at MCR through tomorrow!

Enter a Coke, Diet Coke or Coke Zero 12-pack code and get double points through tomorrow!  This is why you hoard your codes!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Pampers Points to grow: 30 points

Here's a bunch of codes you can enter at Pampers.  Enjoy!

FBVET76QWCEP014 for 10 points
TWVET8898439814 for 5 (I think.)
FR89834RAUTTT14 for 15 (pretty sure)

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Disney Movie Rewards: Monthly points

Check your email for your link to earn free points this month.  Seven points for me!

It took a few tries to get in.  Apparently, the site is getting hit pretty hard.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Kellogg's Family Rewards: 100 points

I'm sure this code means something.  Do I care?  Not in the slightest.  Free is free.

Pampers Gifts to Grow:

Read this article.  Then click that you've read it.  Then get 10 points.  Then be happy.

Read this article.  Then click that you've read it.  Then get 10 points.  Then be happy.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

12-packs of Coke 30 points at MCR: good until it isn't

Go here.  It's one per account, so be sure to use up all the accounts.

How frustrating.  I was stuck on a train when the email came through.  Then the train went out of service.  Then the next train went out of service.  Then I got a PM from a reader alerting me to the deal.  Then, I finally got on the train but had to walk home through the rain and, well, you're not reading anymore, are you?

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Kellogg's Family Rewards: 50 points

It's getting late and I can't think of any snarky comments, so just enter THANKSFORTHEVOTE at KFR and enjoy your 50 points.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Kellogg's Family Rewards: 100 points

Thanks to the reader who posted the KFR for 100 points, TWEETTWEETFORPTS.

Sounds like a bird came up with this one.  But, as you know, free is free.  I like that bird.

Recyclebank: 165 points

Or about that much.  There's a whole bunch of things to click on on this page.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Pampers Gifts to Grow: 60 points

Hey, they came back with a vengeance.  A big 60 points from GTG.


Disney Movie Rewards: 13 points

Finally, a non-KFR post.  Enter the code "SALLY" at DMR and pick up 13 quick points.

Kelloggs Family Rewards: 100 points

KFR is really pushing out the 100-pointers this month.  Well, last month, continuing into this month.  Whatever, it's 100 points.  They can call it a Festivus bonus for all I care.