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01/06 my trip today

profit: $11.58

    i bought:
      Bayer Breeze 2 Blood Glucose Meter $14.99
      Bayer Contour Blood Glucose Meter $14.99
      alka-seltzer foil wrapped 24 ct $2.59
      Electrasol/finish 20 pk $3.49
      Chips Ahoy 6 oz $.99
      Chips Ahoy 6 oz $.99
      w bleach $1.99
    subtotal: $40.03

    used coupons:
      -$14.99 Breeze 2 or Contour meter from Bayer (up to $30 off) V 10/25/09 or buy this coupon
      -$14.99 Breeze 2 or Contour meter from Bayer (up to $30 off) V 10/25/09 or buy this coupon
      -$1 alka-seltzer 12 ct +
      -$2.50 Finish Quantum Powerball Tabs or Gelpacs ss 010310
      -$1 off 2 nabisco cookies or crackers 4-28 oz from back-to-school coupon book found in some grocery stores
      -$1 w bleach 96 oz $.99 w/ in-ad coupon
    =$4.55 + $.39 tax

    used rr:
      $4 theraflu

    and $.94 oop

    received:
      $5 rr Bayer Breeze 2 Blood Glucose Meter 12/27-1/30
      $5 rr Bayer Contour Blood Glucose Meter 12/27-1/30
      $6 rr wyb 3 Aleve, Alka-Seltzer, Bayer, Citracal, Flintstones, Icy Hot, Neo-Synephrine, One a Day, Philips' (or get $3 rr wyb 2) 12/27-1/30 (bayer meters are counting towards this deal!)
      $1 rr Electrasol/finish 20 pk or Jet Dry 8.45 oz dishwasher detergent 1/3-1/9
      $2 rr wyb 2 capri sun or Chips Ahoy 12/27-1/30

    summary:
    spent $4 rr + $.94 oop
    received: $19 rr
    profit: $14.06 ♥
    then i bought:
      Electrasol/finish 20 pk $3.49
      Neosporin Lip Health $5.49
      Neosporin Lip Health $2.51 (2/$8)
      kraft american singles 12 oz $2.50
      kraft american singles 12 oz $2.50
      kraft american singles 12 oz $2.50
      Chips Ahoy 6 oz $.99
      Chips Ahoy 6 oz $.99
      penway 2 pocket folder $.69
    subtotal: $21.66

    used coupons:
      -$2.50 Finish Quantum Powerball Tabs or Gelpacs ss 010310
      -$3 neosporin lip
      -$3 neosporin lip
      -$1 off 2 Kraft Singles, includes regular, 2%, Fat Free, Singles Select, 10.7oz+ SS 12/6/09
      -$1 off 2 nabisco cookies or crackers 4-28 oz from back-to-school coupon book found in some grocery stores
      -$.50 penway 2 pocket folder $.19 w/ in-ad coupon
    =$10.66 + $.32 tax

    used rr:
      $5 bayer meter
      $5 bayer meter

    and $.98 oop

    received:
      $1 rr Electrasol/finish 20 pk or Jet Dry 8.45 oz dishwasher detergent 1/3-1/9
      $3 rr wyb 2 Band-Aid or Neosporin 12/27-1/30
      $2.50 rr wyb 3 lunch essentials (lunchables, kraft, oscar meyer) 1/3-1/9
      $2 rr wyb 2 capri sun or Chips Ahoy 12/27-1/30

    summary:
    spent $10 rr + $.98 oop
    received: $8.50 rr
    cost: $2.48

♥ profit on both transactions combined: $11.58 ♥

notes:looks like using the alka-seltzer as the 3rd item for the bayer deal is even better than the bayer crystals... unless your stores have the crystals clearanced to $2.19! (it's $4.19 at my stores).

by the way, i went to wags last night and failed miserably! read on if you'd like the details...

i had one $4 rr that was expiring yesterday. i wasn't able to go out until my boyfriend got back from work at about 11:30 pm. so we went to the nearest 24 hr wags. got my stuff, went up to pay...

1) wags coupon for the penway folders did not work. realized i did not have the "prong" folders. ran back and got the correct ones, leaving a line of people waiting for me. got the wrong ones voided and the correct ones added on.

2) cashier refuses my $4 rr, because it is now 12:05! i probably could have shopped more quickly and made it to check out before 12, but i honestly did not imagine this would be a problem. i know rr still scan even if they are expired and didn't expect to have a problem over a few minutes. i ask her to please check with the manager. she leaves (she was the only cashier open - and the line gets longer...)

3) guess the manager ok'd it. she attempts to scan the rr, which will not scan because the print is very light (ink in the printer was apparently running out when i earned it.) after checking with the manager again (who has opened on the other register to help with the line) she enters it manually. i give her the rest of my rr's and pay the balance. so relieved to be finished, but...

4) no rr's print. not one. expected 6 of them. i immediately realized what the problem was from my reading of coupon forums. at around midnight the catalina machines get updates and you may hear some clicking coming from them, which i did during my transaction. i though it might be some random coupon printing (couldn't see the machine) and didn't think too much about it. so anyway, i go back to the end of the line.

5) manager looks at me and says "now what?" i tell her i didn't get my rr's and of course she came back with the usual excuse that they do not print when you use rr's to pay. i let her know that the rr's i used were from different deals and that they wouldn't stop the new ones from printing but i am rather half hearted about it because i know i won't win the argument and at this point i am in no mood to argue - i just want to get everything voided, get my coupons back and leave. and thats what i did. :(

so $4 in rr down the drain. with all the profitable deals lately it hardly seems like anything. i wished i had just stayed home last night and let it expire! oh well, thats wags (and life) sometimes you eat the bear, sometimes the bear eats you. at least i was able to eat the bear today! (figuratively of course, i am a vegetarian.)