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nickel and dimeing

June 14th, 2010 at 12:01 pm

I'm not nearly as good as baselle at finding money on the streets, but every once in a while I find a bit. This morning it was raining and mom and I walked at Walmart. Last fall when we were walking at Walmart she saw a dime on the ground and pointed it out to me. I said don't you want it and she said she didn't want to bend over and pick it up, so I did.

A couple of days later I was getting groceries at Safeway. I got $55+ worth and after coupons I gave the cashier that dime to pay for my groceries and he gave me back 4 cents in change. I told my mom that story and she loved the fact that I paid for groceries with that dime and got change back.

The next week when we were walking I found a nickel and said "aha! grocery money" and it just so happened I bought around $25 of groceries that week and it came to exactly a nickel after coupons. So I love finding money on the street, it always makes me think I'll get free groceries.

While we were in Walmart today we saw they had Hillshire Farms lunchmeat on rollback from $3.88 to $1.12. We both got 2 packages. I have some .35 cent off coupons and am tempted to go back and get some more and freeze them. However, it was a major hassle and I'm glad my dad checked out with his while we were still walking. They rang up at $3 and he had to take the CS back and show her the sign. By the time I got to the same cashier though, he already knew they were ringing up wrong and just fixed mine as he went. If I go back, they probably won't have it fixed and I'll have to go thru the same hassle. Ah well, we'll see if I feel like it tomorrow.

I subscribe to the Denver Post because they usually have much better coupons than the local paper. However, yesterday they only had $4 off the Schick Hydro razors which makes them free except for taxes at Walgreens this week. Since I'm not buying them for myself I didn't want to pay taxes on them. But my parents give me their coupons that they don't want and they had a $5 coupon which makes them a moneymaker of .51. So on the way home from walking last night I stopped at Walgreens and they still had a bunch of them and I picked one up. Now I have $23 in RRs that I need to use or put on a giftcard. I'm waiting to see if they restock on the Neutrogena.

I made $33 from the garage sale my parents had. The last day was pretty miserable with the rain, but they still got lots of people. We had 4 inches of snow in one of the mountain towns and it snowed down to 10,000 feet. We are at 7,000+ feet so we just got rain and cold. Third day I've needed my furnace. But I'm not complaining I like it cooler. I'm sure it will heat up soon enough.

Here I thought I didn't have anything to blog about today and I ended up with a long post Smile

I finished reading my book The Wayfarer Redemption by Sara Douglass. Sci/Fi - good.

7 Responses to “nickel and dimeing”

  1. frugaltexan75 Says:

    How does that work, putting the RR's on a gift card?

  2. Elisabeth Says:

    Checked with my Walgreens and you'd think I had horns growing out of my head for asking about RR's into GC's. Oh well, Safeway will take them. I'll trade you upper 80's, humid and raining for your weather. The humidity was so bad that even when it wasn't raining it still felt like it was raining. Ughh.

  3. retire@50 Says:

    frugaltexan75 - My walgreens will put RRs on Gift cards in $5 increments. One RR per item. So if I have 4 RRs at $5 each I can buy 1 $20 Walgreens gift card and 3 other filler items. 1 RR per item, the gift card counts as 1 item. I can't have overage so I have to use all the RRs value. Usually I already have a gift card with some money on it. So I might buy a $20 gift card and 3 candy bars. I pay for the $20 gift card with my RRs and the 3 candy bars are paid for by my existing gift card or cash. Sometimes I buy other gift cards like a $10 Borders card or a $10 Subway card.

  4. retire@50 Says:

    Elisabeth - I wouldn't ask the cashiers although my cashier was the one who told me about putting the RRs on gift cards. Just buy a gift card with your other items and then pay with the RRs. If the register accepts it, there shouldn't be a problem and as long as you only have one coupon per item, it should be ok. Wouldn't hurt to try.

  5. frugaltexan75 Says:

    Ok, that doesn't sound too hard. That way you don't have to worry about them expiring on you. Good thinking!

  6. dmontngrey Says:

    We were at Walgreens on Sunday and DH had his transaction worked out to zero - found fillers for the exact price he needed to fill. He then ran off to the bathroom. While he was gone, I found a can of Pringles that I knew he'd want more than the fillers he found. They cost one penny more. He said "That's ok! I found 2 pennies in the bathroom!" Big Grin Happens quite often with us as well.

  7. rob62521 Says:

    Some folks think they get pennies from their loved ones in heaven...I like your idea too about getting change for your groceries!

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