Friday, May 9, 2008

The Little Things Make a Big Difference

I can honestly say this has be one of the worst work weeks I've had in a long time. The sad thing is that I don't clearly see the light at the end of the tunnel, all I see is a small light at the end which is really just a train barely towards me...

Despite the rotten week I did have one bright moment and that way this evening.

A month or so ago when I was at target I received a store coupon attached to my receipt for $2.00 off any two Garnier Fructis Hair Care Products. It just so happens that I typically use Garnier's sleek and shine shampoo and conditioner so I stuck it inside my wallet to save for when I needed to buy the next time I ran out of shampoo and conditioner.

Today on my way home from work I stopped at Target to pick up some toilet paper because Fashinoista and I were our last roll - never a good place to be. While picking up some t.p. I noticed that one of the end caps was displaying Garnier Shampoo and Conditioner on sale for $1.99 (its normally around $3 a bottle). When I see the sale I get all excited, I'm going to get to use my coupon for $2.00 off any two products and essentially get one of my bottles for free - Yay! When I stopped at the end cap to select my type of shampoo and conditioner I discovered that some of the shampoos had instant $1.00 off coupons. Its even more my lucky day for hair care - I take off two of the coupons for instant $1.00 off and grab my shampoo and conditioner and head to the check out line - I'm not quick sure if they'll accept 3 different coupons for my two bottles but it worked!!!! I bought $3.98 worth of products and had 2 each $1.00 coupons and one $2.00 coupon so I actually made money by buying shampoo and conditioner. (Hey two cents is two cents -- plus I now have a stock pile of shampoo and conditioner for when I run out of my current bottles).

I was so happy with myself for the deal I got in fact it was probably the highlight of my week, see coupons pay off.

This time when I checked out attached to my receipt was a $1.00 off any sized Colgate toothpaste. It doesn't expire until June 2 so I'm already mentally trying to figure out where to find additional coupons so that I can get my toothpaste for free too. :)


Philip said...

Hi There Future Millionaire. I enjoyed your post. I've been hit an miss with coupons. After reading your post I'll have to work them into my debt relief plan as a way to extend the budget. Looks like you've established a great plan for yourself. Best Wishes with achieving your goals.

"Future Millionaire" said...

Thanks Philip. I really like coupons to extend a budget, but I fully admit I'm not as good as I could be at using them, half the time I find coupons and stick in my purse but forget to use them. I'm working on it though.

frugal zeitgeist said...

YESSSSSS. . . . free is a very good price!!

I find that coupons are not that helpful in my case because of my buying habits. I don't eat much in the way of processed food, and I buy most of my shampoo/toothpaste/etc. at Costco in Oregon (bulk pricing and no sales tax) and schlep it back to New York once or twice a year. Once in a while I find a fantastic deal like yours, though, and in that case, like you, I work it for as much benefit as I can.

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