25 Days of Christmas Deals for Dads: Day 4

 

It’s day four in the 25 Days of Christmas Deals for Dads series - and I hunted down a few great deals on camping supplies! I don’t see any great prices right now on tents but think we’ll see one or two of those over the next few weeks, so keep watching if that’s something that might be a gift for a dad on your list.

 

Here are the best deals I see . . .

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Lodge Cast Iron Griddle $14.97 (regularly $23.99)

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8″ Pre Seasoned Cast Iron Skillet $10.97 (regularly $18.97)

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7″ Lodge Dutch Oven with Iron Cover

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Coleman Micro Packer Compact Battery Lantern $11.77 

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Lifestraw Personal Water Filter $19.72 (regularly $24)

Go HERE to see more Christmas Deals for Dads!

 

 

 

 

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25 Days of Christmas Deals For Dads: Day 3

 

It’s day three in the 25 Days of Christmas Deals for Dads series, and this is one of those items that works for any guy on your list! The Solar Hand Crank Radio is just above its lowest price ever (and is such a great gift idea), and I love the idea of the headlamp if the man in your life handles electrical chores around the house. (How smart to keep their hands free when working!)

Solar Power Hand Crank Radio, Flash Light & Cell Phone Charger $39.99 (regularly $60+)

Energizer Weatheready Rechageable Crank Light Red $14.99 (regularly $16.99)

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Chrome Immedia Light Flashlight Hand Crank Set of 4 $14.99 (regularly $34.99)

 

Energizer Pro 3 LED Headlamp $10.99 (regularly $17.99)

 

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25 Days of Christmas Deals for Dads: Day 2

Welcome to the second day of our 25 Days of Christmas Deals for Dads series!  Hopefully this will make your Christmas Season go more smoothly, as we hunt down all the deals so that you can save abundantly (and easily!) this Christmas.

One thing that I know my husband is constantly searching for (in our home full of what must be flash-light-thieves. . . ), is a good, quality flashlight.  I just did a little searching and Amazon has several great prices on these right now. . . here are a few of my favorites:

BBQbuy@7w 300lm Mini Cree Led Flashlight Torch Adjustable Focus Zoom Light Lamp[ship form HK] $5.94 (regularly $35)

Mag-Lite ST3D016 3-D Cell LED Flashlight, Black $23.90 (regularly $54.95)

Dorcy 41-2510 4 LED Carabineer Floating Waterproof Flashlight with Batteries $6.24 (regularly $10.99)

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Ever Led Head Lamp $6.99 (regularly $12.99 – I think this could come in so handy!)

 

 

Do you have any other suggestions on a great flashlight for Dad this Christmas?  I’d love to hear which your favorite brands are.  And don’t forget to leave your gifts for Dad suggestions over HERE to enter to win a free Amazon gift card . . . it’s so helpful to hear all your great suggestions.

 

Looking for more great Deals for Dads? See these great grilling gift ideas.

 

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25 Days of Christmas Deals For Dad: Day 1

I’m so excited to start our third annual series of 25 Days of Christmas Deals for Dads!  Like many of you, I have several dads on my Christmas list eachyear, so I’m hunting down the very best prices on items they’ll love and betting we can all pinch a few pennies this Christmas.

 

Since my dad, father-in-law and husband all love to grill (and never seem to have all the best supplies. . .), grilling accessories are always a great gift.  These are great for any dad who grills, and if you live in the South can be used year round.  These are the best deals I see:

Brinkman Grilling Tool Set $10.97 (regularly $18.97)

Cuisinart 14-Piece Deluxe Grill Set $27.63 (regularly $49.99)

Weber 6424 12-Inch T-Brush $7.99 (regularly $11.84)

Norpro Silicone Instant Read Thermometer $8.11

Maverick Rotisserie Thermometer $34.99 (regularly $59.99)

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Weber’s Real Grilling: Over 200 Original Recipes $15.15 (regularly $24.99)

We actually have that Weber cookbook and love it, and have made some absolutely fantastic recipes from that book.  (We also love Weber’s Big Book of Grilling, but it’s only available as a used book ~ definitely a great cookbook though if you’ve been looking for one!)

 

I’d love to hear any suggestions you have on Christmas gift ideas for dad too – I can always use more suggestions! Feel free to leave a comment to share your tips.

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A Penny Pincher’s Guide To Successfully Saving At The Drug Stores

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I’m soooooooo excited to share this awesome resource with you that my friend Cheryl of Beyer by Design and I have been working on since last Spring!  Drug store shopping takes a little work and determination, but if you spend some time initially to learn your favorite drug store’s policies, I guarantee you’ll see changes in your family’s shopping budget.  Here are just a few of the things you’ll learn, in one concise kit that you can take with you to the store:

  • How each reward program works at CVS, Rite Aid, and Walgreens
  • What order to use your coupons in to easily checkout while shopping the drug stores
  • Which stores have certain limits on their rewards program and coupon acceptance policy
  • How to “roll” your rewards at the drug stores to keep on saving, every time you shop!

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Watch the video above to learn more, then use the code PENNYPINCHER to download yours for just $1.97.

 

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The most fun part?

HALF of any proceeds from this go directly to helping support His Cherished Ones, an orphanage in Kenya finding placement for abandoned & orphaned infants & toddlers.

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So, for just $1.97, learn how to drug store shop (I’m betting you’ll save that much the very first time you shop), enjoy additional free budgeting printables, and support an awesome cause. Love it!

 

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15 Days of Pinching Pennies at the Drug Stores (Day 14): Extra Walgreens Tips

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Here are a few extra Walgreens tips to make shopping a little easier for you each week!

 

Walgreens special Buy One Get One Free sale coupon policy

When purchasing a Buy One Get One Free item at Walgreens, you’re allowed to use two coupons, one for each item, as long as it doesn’t make both items free.

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Register Rewards do expire at Walgreens

Register Rewards typically expire within two weeks of your purchase, so watch the date to make sure you don’t lose out on any of your savings.

Walgreens does allow you to “stack” coupons

You can “stack” one manufacturer coupon and one Walgreens coupon on the same item at Walgreens.

Use “Filler Items” at Walgreens when stacking coupons

We talked about this briefly last night, but it’s so important to remember that Walgreens requires you to have AS MANY ITEMS AS YOU HAVE COUPONS, so watch for “filler items”. Basically when you shop Walgreens, your store coupons, manufacturer coupons, and Register Rewards all count as a “coupon” when checking out. So, while you can stack manufacturer and store coupons as well as Register Rewards all on one item, you need to have enough items in your total purchase to account for each coupon you’re using.

Watch for clearanced candy, a stick of gum, or another item that you need to purchase anyways so that you’re allowed to use each of your coupons.

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Stop back tomorrow to learn a few final tips on shopping CVS, Rite Aid & Walgreens, and let me know what questions and suggestions you have as well! If you’re new to drug store shopping, you’ll want to also read through these posts to get started:

 

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15 Days of Pinching Pennies at the Drug Stores (Day 13): Make Sense of Walgreens Scenarios

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Walgreens Scenarios

As you’ve probably figured out, you’ve got to be careful at Walgreens to order your transactions correctly to take advantage of all the best deals. Here’s a peek at an example of how to make Walgreens scenarios work for you.

 

(Note, this is not an actual scenario for a current sale ~ you can find those HERE.)

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Transaction #1

Buy 2 Crest Moutnwash $4 (your total for both will be $8), earn $5 in Register Rewards when you buy 2 Crest products

Total before coupons and Register Rewards = $8

  • Use (2) $1/1 Crest Mouthwash coupons
  • Pay $6 out of pocket
  • Get back $5 in Register Rewards to use towards your next purchase
Transaction #2

Buy 1 Colgate Toothbrush $2.99, Earn 2,000 in Balance Rewards Points (like $2)

Buy 1 Softsoap Body Wash $2.99, Earn 1,000 in Balance Rewards Points (like $1)

Buy 1 clearance candy $.25 (*filler item*)

Total before coupons and Register Rewards = $6.23

  • Use $.50/1 Colgate toothbrush coupon
  • Also use $.50/1 Softsoap Body Wash coupon
  • Also use $5 in Register Rewards from Transaction #1
  • Pay $.23 out of pocket
  • Get back 3,000 Balance Rewards Points to use towards your next purchase
*Because Walgreens requires that you purchase as many items as you have coupons for (and Register Rewards count as a coupon), watch for “filler items” when purchasing items using Register Rewards, manufacturer coupons and store coupons.  Look for clearanced candy, a pencil, or eraser so that you always have enough items to use each of your coupons.
Transaction #3

Buy 2 Speedstick Gear Deodorants 2/$8, Earn $2 in Register Rewards when you buy 2 Speedstick products

Total = $5

  • Use (2) $2/1 Speedstick Gear Deodorant coupons
  • Pay $1 out of pocket
  • Get back $2 in Register Rewards to use on a future shopping trip (AND you’ll have 3,000 in Balance Rewards Points from Transaction #2 as well ~ remember you can’t redeem these though until you’ve earned 5,0000 in Balance Rewards points.)

 

In the scenario above, you would spend a total of $7.23 out of pocket for $19.23 in products, plus receive $2 in Register Rewards immediately at checkout AND earn 3,000 in Balance Rewards (like $3.) That makes your total just $2.23 after Balance Rewards and Register Rewards!

 

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Stop back tomorrow to learn a few final Walgreens tips, and let me know what questions and suggestions you have as well! If you’re new to drug store shopping, you’ll want to also read through these posts to get started:

 

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15 Days of Pinching Pennies at the Drug Stores (Day 12): What Are Walgreens Register Rewards and Balance Rewards

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What Are Walgreens Register Rewards and Balance Rewards?

There’s so much to shopping at Walgreens because they offer multiple rewards programs, but with a little work I think you can get the hang of it! The basic thing you’ll want to remember is that Register Rewards and Balance Rewards kind of come from different “pots”, so try to separate them in your head. Let’s get started . .  .

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1. What is a Register Reward?

Register Rewards are coupons that print out at the register when you purchase specific items on sale each week, which will allow you to save money on a future purchase. You can only use these coupons at Walgreens, but Register Rewards do say “manufacturer coupon” across the top of the coupon.

 

If you’re familiar with “catalinas” as grocery savings at other stores, a Register Reward is very similar ~ basically a catalina that prints off at checkout towards your next purchase.

2. Register Rewards are like real cash at Walgreens,

Each week Walgreens offers a few items for free or very close to free after Register Rewards.  You can also use coupons on each of these items to have a smaller out of pocket cost, and the Register Rewards will print at checkout to use on your next Walgreens purchase.

3. You can “roll” your Register Rewards.

You can roll your Register Rewards towards other sales at Walgreens, however you cannot use those same Register Rewards to purchase identical items with Register Rewards a second time, and then receive another Register Rewards.  Essentially, Register Rewards are manufacturer coupons that print out at checkout, and if you use them to purchase another identical item, the computer system at Walgreens will not allow it to print another Register Reward.

 

For example: If you purchase deodorant for $2 and it includes $2 in Register Rewards, you can use it to purchase more deodorant for free by paying with the $2 Register Rewards you earned in the first transaction. However, another $2 in Register Rewards will not print.

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4. Walgreens also offers Balance Rewards (this is where it gets a little confusing.)

Balance Rewards are earned when you purchase specific items each week that offer Balance Rewards with purchase.  Balance Rewards range in value from 500 to 30,000 points.

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5.  Once you’ve earned 5,000 Balance Rewards points, you can redeem your Balance Rewards.

 

You’ll see these savings automatically when you check out using your Balance Rewards card, and you can also check your Balance Rewards account statement online.

 

6.  There are limits on how you can use your Balance Rewards Points.

If you’re purchasing an item that offers Register Rewards, you can purchase that item using Balance Rewards and still receive more Register Rewards.  You can also purchase an item that earns Balance Rewards using your Register Rewards. HOWEVER, you can not purchase an item that earns Balance Rewards and receive more Balance Rewards (just like you can’t purchase an item with Register Rewards and receive more Register Rewards.

 

 

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Stop back tomorrow to learn exactly how to use your Walgreens Register Rewards and Balance Rewards together, and let me know what questions and suggestions you have as well! If you’re new to drug store shopping, you’ll want to also read through these posts to get started:

 

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15 Days of Pinching Pennies at the Drug Stores (Day 11): How To Save At Walgreens

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How to Save at Walgreens

Goodness, I’m a little anxious about trying to go through the ins and outs of shopping Walgreens (by far the hardest drug store to navigate), but there are so many good deals to be had if you’ll take the time to make sense of it! If you take the time to figure it out now, I promise on Thanksgiving Day (the drug stores “Black Friday”), you’ll score some serious deals at CVS and Walgreens, and you’ll be glad you took the time to figure it out.

 

Since Walgreens can be a little tricky to get started at, I recommend trying to pick up just one or two of their best deals as you get started. Once you get the hang of it you can pick up more items, but be careful as it’s easy to get overwhelmed when using coupons there!

The Basics of Walgreens Shopping

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1. Request a Balance Rewards Card.

Similar to CVS and Rite Aid, to save the most at Walgreens you’ll want to sign up for a Balance Rewards card.   You can get a card in the store, or sign up online.

2. Register your Walgreens Balance Rewards card online.

Take a few minutes to register your Balance Rewards card online, and you’ll be able to check your Balance Rewards Points from home. Balance Rewards Points will also print on the bottom of your receipt at checkout, however by having your account registered you may receive special offers via email.

3. Always use your Balance Rewards (BR) card when shopping.

Balance Rewards are tied to your Walgreens account, and  you must have a Balance Rewards Card to receive these special savings.

 

4. Walgreens offers two different types of special savings each week, in addition to their regular sales ad.

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Register Rewards

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Balance Rewards

 

Typically Register Rewards savings are the easiest deals to get each week at Walgreens, as they immediately print out at checkout to use on your next purchase!  

5. It is very important when shopping at Walgreens to put your coupons in the correct “order” as you checkout.

We’ll talk more about this over the next few days, but here’s just a peek as you get started:

  • First, give your cashier any Register Rewards that you’ve earned from a previous shopping trip.
  • Then use your manufacturer coupons.
  • Then use any Walgreens store coupons
  • Finally, use any of the Balance Rewards that available on your card.

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Important Note:   Because Walgreens requires that you purchase as many items as you have coupons for, watch for “filler items” in store when purchasing items using Register Rewards, manufacturer coupons, and store coupons.  Look for clearanced candy, pencils, or erasers so that you always have enough items to use each of your coupons.

 

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Stop back tomorrow to learn exactly how Register Rewards work at Walgreens, and let me know what questions and suggestions you have as well! If you’re new to drug store shopping, you’ll want to also read through these posts to get started:

 

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15 Days of Pinching Pennies At The Drug Stores Day 10: Extra Rite Aid Tips

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Here are a few more questioned answered to help you make sure you’ve learned just about everything about how to shop at Rite Aid with coupons:

Does Rite Aid issue rain checks?

If an item at Rite Aid is sold out, request a rain check (even on +UP offers.) The +UPs can’t be printed manually, so the rain check will be written to include the +UPs savings. Purchase the item when it’s back in stock, and your cashier will manually adjust the price to include the +UPs savings.

Note that rain checks typically expire in 30 days.

Can I split up my +UPs deals between separate shopping trips?

If there’s a +UPs deal that requires you to spend XX dollars to get XX +UPs, you can separate that amount over several transactions and the +UPs will print once you hit your total amount.

For example . . .If you need to spend $30 to earn $5 in +UPs on Huggies products, you could spend $15 of that in one transaction and $15 in a separate transaction to earn the +UPs as long as you purchase them within the given week that they +UPs are offered.

 

Don’t forget to take advantage of Rite Aid’s Wellness Points program.

In addition to their +UPs program and store sales, Rite Aid offers a Wellness Points program that allows you to earn extra savings every time you shop at Rite Aid. Here are a few benefits:

  • Earn 1 point every time you spend $1 on non-prescription purchases at Rite Aid
  • Earn 25 points each time you purchase a prescription at Rite Aid
  • 250 points = 10% off all Rite Aid Brands regular prices, every day for 1 year + a 10% off shopping pass
  • 1000 points = 10% off the entire store’s regular prices, every day for 1 year

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Stop back tomorrow next week to learn how to shop Walgreens, and let me know what questions and suggestions you have as well! If you’re new to drug store shopping, you’ll want to also read through these posts to get started:

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