But today I am chronicling the life of $26.48. My largest rebate sum by far! I received a $16.48 check from Ebates, and $10 check from a Kohls Thanksgiving Sale Rebate and both arrived this last week.
I had $26.48 burning a whole in my wallet!!! (Oh how many things I WANTED to blow this on!!) We never carry cash in our wallets, strictly debit card only!! So I started thinking, "I know I can stretch this pretty far by only buying things that will generate more rebates, and free items!" And so begins the life of my newest BFF, dear, sweet "Bates" ( Short for ReBATES of course!)
Tonight began my first of MANY, MANY fruitful shopping trips! (I hope!) I headed to Walmart, with the kids, and my list and Bates. I did have multiple FREE coupons, and had a coupon for every item I purchased.
Here is the breakdown of tonight's trip,
Wheaties $ 1.50
8th Continent Soy Milk $ 1.28
2 Lunchables, $ .92 ea
Venus Razor 2 pack $5.27 ( $2 MQ, 2/07 P&G)
Olay Body Wash, $3.87
Pictureka, $. 24
Monoply $. 24
Scrable Slam, $ 1.24
Kashi Cereal FREE
Oreo Cakesters, FREE
Beech-Nut infant cereal, FREE
Olay Body Wash, FREE (w/ a B1G1, Venus Razor/Olay body wash 2/07 P&G)
TOTAL: Before coupons, $49.98
After coupons, $18.82 w/ tax!!!
So I now have $7.56 left from my original $26.48.
BUT.... I'm not done yet!!
I will now qualify for a $15 Olay rebate for buying 3 Olay items!! 2 which were free w/ razor purchases!
When that arrives I will be at $22.56.
I am keeping it all in a high tech, new age, very frugal system, a white envelope! I will journal what I spend/save and earn back with more rebates all in that little envelope. It will stay tucked in my wallet, and only used for FREE items ( most the time tax is not free, so that will cover that) and any items that will earn me a rebate.
I will be posting some rebates that are up and running now. Along with some hints and tips in the days to come.
Here's hoping to a long, frugal life of good 'ol Bates!!!!!!
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