Reader Challenge: How do I get the best deal…

Elizabeth emailed me and told me about an HP6310 All-in-One Printer that she was interested in getting. She had seen it for 50% off at Office Max and asked if I could do a quick tutorial on how I would go about figuring out if that was a good deal.

So here is my quick tutorial on how to make sure you are getting the best deal (without spending more then 15 minutes researching).

Elizabeth…while this deal looks great (50% off today for only $74.99) in 15 minutes I found you a better deal by doing these things:

  1. In my swagbucks search engine I typed in the type of printer you wanted. (side note I won 2 swagbucks which added to my other earnings will let me get $15 in Starbuck gift cards  just for doing a basic search)
  2. I was going to research the cost of that printer at four places that tend to offer competitive deals Walmart, Newegg (electronics), Amazon, and SamsClub.
  3. I discovered that Newegg had the lowest price by far with free shipping.
  4. I did a quick search on retailmenot to discover if any of the above stores had any coupon codes that could make the deal any better, they did not.
  5. I went to ebates and cashbaq to see which free program offered the most cashback for newegg.

Elizabeth based on my 15 minutes of research here is how to get that printer for the best deal that I see.

Go to ebates and log on or register for a new account.

On the top right hand side is a drop down menu that says “select a store” select the store “newegg”

You will be automatically redirected to newegg.

One there type in the printer you want in the search engine for the site (HP OFFICEJET 6310)

You will see the price is $44.99 with free shipping. Add to cart and check out as normal.

You will pay $44.99 out of pocket but you will get a check (when you earn over $5) from ebates for $5.89 if you opened a new account or .89 cents if you used an account you already had. This will bring your total cost of the printer shipped to you for $39.10 or $$44.10 a much better deal 🙂

Use this basic process for any item you wish to purchase online and see how much you can save —

Grocery Store Deals for 2/11

Updated 2/19/09: These offers are no longer valid

It is weeks like this that make me glad that I stockpile when things are on sale so I don’t have to buy when there are weeks when even the “sales” aren’t very good. If I had to shop this week (besides Produce) I would probably take advantage of these deals which are “fair”. If you can wait to shop though I’d wait and see if next week is any better!

Albertsons: My fav store is not worth going to this week (in my opinion)

Safeway: If you got a Sunday paper you could take advantage of some of these deals

BETTY CROCKER BROWNIES

.67 with coupon from Sunday Newspaper Safeway ad

.50/2 from Sunday paper in January

Total cost for 2: .84 cents

LUCERNE CHUNK CHEESE BLOCK

4.99 with coupon from Sunday Newspaper Safeway ad

OCEAN SPRAY CRAISINS:

.99 cents with coupon from Sunday Newspaper Safeway ad

For each of these deals you have to spend at least $10 to use the coupons. I don’t think it would be worth it but I have some rain checks I want to use from their Tillamook cheese promotion so I’ll venture in.

*****************The best deal of the week (only if you live in Auburn) is my favorite produce store OF ALL TIME is The Farmer’s Market has their milk on sale for $1.99/gallon this week. Since I do all my produce shopping there it is wonderful to find a great deal on another staple I need.****************************

Let me know what deals I missed!

ORGANIC coupons from Mambo Sprout and more!

We are trying to live healthier without breaking the bank so we are always quite thrilled with organic coupon possibilities!

Mambo Sprouts is offering a coupon booklet which sometimes even comes with free samples. They have lots of coupons for organic foods. Click here to request your book

and click here to see which stores near you carry Mambo Sprouts

or click here to print some of their internet printable coupons.

I have done this offer in the past (they offer them about 3-4 times a year) and have loved using the coupons and occasionaly free sample to boost our organic intake!

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Also don’t forget to request your coupon book from Home Made Simple. I got mine yesterday and there is a coupon for free dishwasher rinse aid, perfect if you are going to join me in making your own dishwasher soap! I told you about this offer here.

Reminder: Free Breakfast today!

Updated 2/3/09: This offer was only good until 2pm it is now expired!

Denny’s is offering a free grand slam breakfast on TODAY. No purchase necessary and one per person. Each person will also receive a coupon book for BOGO breakfasts 🙂

Word on the street is that each Denny’s is allowed to give away 500 “rain checks” for customers who don’t want to wait. So stop on by and if the lines look too long ask for your rain check. Enjoy!

Call your local Denny’s to make sure but it is a nationwide promotion 🙂

Rite Aid week of 2/1-2/7

Updated 2/8/09: These offers have expired

Here are some of my favorite Rite Aid deals for the week. Its not a great week at Rite Aid’s hopefully next week will be better…

If your confused about shopping at Rite Aid click here

Deals using Rite Aid’s rebate program. Request your rebates online by entering receipt information

Almay Eye Cosmetics $5.99
$3 rebate (number 62) will be mailed to you at the end of the month with other rebates
$1/1 coupon from the 1/11 Sunday newspaper ads
Total Cost: $1.99

Deals using Coupons only

KY products are Buy 1 Get 1 50% off
Buy KY 2 oz products for $3.99 each
Use two $3 coupons from the 1/4 Sunday paper (if you bought two 🙂
Total Cost: 2/FREE

Hershey’s Valentine Bagged Candy $1.99

$1/1 coupons from the 11/9 sunday paper

or

$2/2 coupon from the 1/25 sunday paper (for kisses)
Total Cost: .99/bag
Bounty Basic Paper Towels $1.29 then get one free!
$1/2 coupon from the 1/18 sunday Paper
Total Cost: 2/.29 cents

FOR RITE AID DO NOT REQUEST YOUR REBATE CHECK UNTIL THE END OF THE MONTH YOU CAN ONLY REQUEST ONE CHECK PER MONTH AND YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS OUT ON ANY GREAT DEALS!

Walgreens 2/1-2/7

Updated 2/13: THESE DEALS HAVE EXPIRED

This is a great time to try out Walgreens rebate program lots of items for free or for profit with coupons this month!

If you need help shopping at Walgreens click here

Here are the deals I am going to take advantage of at Walgreens this week.

Register Reward deals (where a coupon prints out after your purchase for money off your next purchase)

Clinical Right Guard or Dry Idea Antiperspirant/Deodorant $5.99
Look for a $2 coupon inside the Right Guard package

$5 register rewards print out after purchase
Total Cost: $1 moneymaker (but you pay $3.99 out of pocket)

Gillette Fusion Gamer, Venus Spa Breeze or Embrace Razor $8.99

$6 register reward prints out after purchase

Total Cost: $2.99 (but you pay $8.99 out of pocket)

Rebate deals (apply for rebate online by entering receipt info. Get $ back at the end of the month) THESE DEALS ARE GOOD ALL MONTH LONG!


Revlon Age Defying Spa Concealer or Foundation $9.99
$9.99 rebate (purchase product and request rebate online at the end of the month)
Plus use $2 coupon from the 1/11 newspaper insert
Total Cost after rebate: They pay you $2 to buy this product

Revlon Creme Lip Gloss $9.99
$9.99 rebate (purchase product and request rebate online at the end of the month)
$2/1 coupon from the 1/11 newspaper insert
Total Cost after rebate: They pay you $2 to buy this product

Garnier Fructis Wonder Waves Hair Care $3.99
$3.99 rebate (purchase product and request rebate online at the end of the month)
Plus use $1 coupon from the 1/4 newspaper insert
Total Cost after rebate: They pay you $2 to buy this product

Zucol ColdCare $7.99
$7.99 rebate (purchase product and request rebate online at the end of the month)
Plus use $2 coupon from here or the 2/1 (this weeks) newspaper insert
Total Cost after rebate: They pay you $2 to buy this product

ThermaCare Heat Wrap $2.49
$2.49 rebate (purchase product and request rebate online at the end of the month)
Plus use $1 coupon from the 1/4 newspaper insert
Total Cost after rebate: They pay you to $1 to buy this product

Walgreen’s Multi-Purpose Solution $1.99
$1.99 rebate (purchase product and request rebate online at the end of the month)

Total Cost after rebate: FREE!

Theraflu 2 for $10
$6 rebate (purchase product and request rebate online at the end of the month)
Use two $2/1 coupons from here

Total Cost after rebate: FREE

Coupon deals

Dove Bar Soap
Use $1 Face Care coupon from the 11/2 Sunday newspapers insert

Walgreens coupon (found in Sunday paper insert or at front of store)  .99 cents

Total Cost: FREE

Splenda $2.99
Use $3 coupon from here
Total cost: FREE

NOTE: I am not a fan of splenda but I donate mine to local shelters 🙂

Breeze 2 or Contour Blood Glucose Meter $14.99
$14.99 mail-in rebate in box OR
$30 coupon from the 10/26 newspaper ad
Total Cost: FREE (If you use the $30 coupon, you won’t get the $30 rebate)

NOTE: This is an item I don’t use but I donate to my local senior citizens home 🙂

Green Reusable Bags
With Walgreens coupon (found in Sunday Walgreens insert or at front of store) 3/$1

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Tell me what great deals I missed in the comment section

FOR WALGREENS DO NOT REQUEST YOUR REBATE CHECK UNTIL THE END OF THE MONTH YOU CAN ONLY REQUEST ONE CHECK PER MONTH AND YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS OUT ON ANY GREAT DEALS!

$5 Johnsonville Sausage voucher

Updated: This rebate has expired!

This was buried in my Safeway post and wanted to make sure you guys that bought sausage last week saw how you can use your UPC codes and receipt to get a $5 voucher for your next package of sausage (whoo hooo!)
Johnsonville Rebate:
I was at Winco and they had a rebate offer near the freezer case for Johnsonville Sausage (did you save your receipt from last week’s deal?). ANYWAY it says that you don’t have to have the orignal form to get the rebate. Here is the info just mail in a 3×5 card with all the info…
How to Qualify
Between 1/5/09 and 2/01/09 buy $10 in Johnsonville products. Get a $5 giftcard for any Johnsonville products.
How to get the rebate:
  • Submit a 3×5 Card with the following information (or look for the forms at your store):
  • Your name, address, city, state, zip, e-mail (optional)
  • Date of Birth, daytime phone number
  • The receipt(s) with the  purchase of Johnsonville Brand Products in an amount of $10 or more circled. (this is before coupons)
  • The UPCs from the productsMail to:
    Johnsonville Gift Card Program
    Wild Impact Marketing
    10001 Inovation Drive,Ste 101
    Wauwatosa, WI 53226
    (Postmark by 02/15/09, Gift Card to ship by 03/01/09)