Category Archives: Free Stuff

How to Save Big at Bashas’

Yesterday, I made a big shopping trip to Bashas’ because our American Express card had an offer where if we spent at least $50 in one shopping trip at Bashas’ we would get $10 back in Amex rewards.  Also, Bashas’ doubles coupons up to $1, I had a few more Bashas’ store coupons, and I hadn’t been to Bashas’ yet this sale cycle to pick up all the cheap weekly deals.

I picked up 63 items valued at $223.46, for a net spend of $85.20 after tax.  I’ve included a chart below that gives a breakdown of what I bought and what savings I took advantage of via coupons, rebates, and rewards.  A few of the items I picked up out of convenience (like the paper plates, ketchup, cheese, and Orowheat bread) and didn’t save as much as I could have if I had picked them up elsewhere.  But sometimes it doesn’t make sense to run all around town just to save a buck or two.  🙂

Some Important Things to Note About Bashas:

  1. In my opinion, the regular prices at Bashas’ are just way too high.  I wouldn’t shop there except for the handful of good weekly deals and the fact that they double coupons up to $1.
  2. Bashas’ (at least the ones by me in the Phoenix Metro area) doubles coupons up to $1.  So if you have a 25 cent manufacturer coupon (Q in couponer lingo), Bashas’ will double it to 50 cents.  If you have a 55 cent manufacturer Q, they will double it up to $1.  The only exception is when the coupon states “Do Not Double”.
  3. When the store Catalina coupons first scan, they show up on the register as $0 until the cashier finishes and the system can confirm that you in fact bought the items necessary to redeem the store coupon.  Just a heads up because I got confused when the cashier scanned my $6.49 worth of store coupons and at first they all said $0.

If anyone else has information about shopping at Bashas’, feel free to comment with your tips and tricks.

Huge Savings at CVS!

My son came down with a cough and fever two nights ago and yesterday evening, I realized I needed to pick up some more medication to get us through last night.  My son will kick and scream and spit up liquid meds so we use FeverAll suppositories.  (I know.  It doesn’t sound pleasant, but if your infant or toddler is the same way, I highly recommend giving it a try.)

So I decided to make a quick trip to CVS and take advantage of some good deals while I was there.

Here’s what I was able to pick up for cheap:

  • (6) bottles of Pantene shampoo and conditioner at an average of $0.89/each
  • (3) tubes of Crest ProHealth toothpaste at ($0.79)/each – MONEY MAKER!  (Yes, CVS paid me to take these items out of their store.  Unbelievable what you can get for free, isn’t it?)
  • (1) box of FeverAll at $3.21

Product total of $6.18 plus tax of $2.67 = $8.85 Total

I used a combination of manufacturer coupons, CVS store coupons, and YourBucks rewards to score this deal.  Full retail for all these products would have been $51.20 before tax!

The FeverAll alone at retail is $9.29.  By taking a few moments to review the deals for the week and compare them to my coupons, I was able to spend less than I would have just for the medicine and bring much more home with me!

Did you know you could save so much at CVS?  Feel free to comment with your CVS tips if you have any to share.

More Free Stuff from Shop Your Way!

As I explained in my last post, ShopYourWay.com is great site that offers Surprise Points that you can use toward your online purchases from Sears and Kmart.  Today I saw another Surprise Points offer.  This one was for $7 off a Sears clothing purchase so I found a pack of men’s dress socks that were $6.95 and used my Surprise Points to get them totally free.  To avoid paying for shipping, I chose to pick them up from my local store.

Step-By-Step Info:

  1. Go to ShopYourWay.com and login or create an account.
  2. Check your Surprise Points to see what offers you have.
  3. If you have any Surprise Points that don’t require a minimum purchase, you can shop in those categories and find an items or a group of items that add up to your Points amount and add them to your online shopping cart.  Make sure to choose items that are available for store pick up if you don’t want to pay for shipping.
  4. Upon checking out, your total will reflect tax but once you get to the screen where you apply points, the order total will $0 out.
  5. Complete your order and then pick up your free stuff when it is ready!

How I Get Free Stuff from Shop Your Way

ShopYourWay.com is great site that offers Surprise Points that you can use toward your online purchases from Sears and Kmart.  Today I saw a Surprise Points offer for $5 off a Sears home goods purchase so I found a pack of washcloths that were $4.99 and used my Surprise Points to get them totally free.  To avoid paying for shipping, I chose to pick them up from my local store.

Step-By-Step Info:

  1. Go to ShopYourWay.com and login or create an account.
  2. Check your Surprise Points to see what offers you have.
  3. If you have any Surprise Points that don’t require a minimum purchase, you can shop in those categories and find an items or a group of items that add up to your Points amount and add them to your online shopping cart.  Make sure to choose items that are available for store pick up if you don’t want to pay for shipping.
  4. Upon checking out, your total will reflect tax but once you get to the screen where you apply points, the order total will $0 out.
  5. Complete your order and then pick up your free stuff when it is ready!

Tip:  If you have multiple Surprise Points offers, you can submit an order for each of your Points offers and pick them all up at once from your local store.