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Saturday, January 10, 2009


Let's call it for what it is ... I have an obsessive personality!  I am obsessed with this whole couponing/rebating/Walgreen-playing thing.  And I must be stopped ... really!  There are many women who double up coupons and rebates to purchase things at Walgreens trying to see how much they can get for free or next-to-nothing.  And they are good at it!  But, do they need it? Do I need it?

As part of this new grocery-budgeting thing, I am also working toward being a better steward of our money and not "wasting" money.  I think by doing this I will be wasting money ... chasing good money with bad, if you know what I mean.

I could go to Walgreens today and buy 4 bottles of Garnier shampoo and conditioner (that Kyndal actually does use) for 99 cents a bottle, Electrosal dishwasher tabs for about a $1 after the coupon and get $1.65 rebate to use later, a 165-count bottle of Motrin for about $1 after coupons, and various boxes of South Beach Diet cereal bars for about 50 cents a box.  That all sounds good, right?  What if I told you I have spent many minutes, maybe hours, figuring out all of the ins and outs of accomplishing this.  Was that time well-spent?  To feed an obsession? I have to think "no".  The whole South Beach Diet bars things is the one that has caused stress (yes I said stress) because somehow a whole bunch of women were able to print 6 coupons, instead of my 2, to allow them to buy 6 boxes for a total of $3 and get a $16.50 rebate to use at a later shopping trip.  I have tried everything I can figure out to get an additional 4 coupons, to no avail.  Is it worth it? Seriously?  Sure, $18.15 of total free money to spend at Walgreens seems so tempting .. but to then turn around next week and do this all over again .. scouring blogs and websites, spending lots of time, stressing over it?  I have to think not, because ....

With the coupons I do have, I can get all 6 of the South Beach Diet bars for free if I just go to Walmart and ad-match the Reasor's deal of 2 for $4 and use the coupons I do have.  I just won't be able to get the 6 designated boxes to get the rebate at Walgreens.  So, I get 6 boxes for free, instead of spending $3 to get $16.50 in rebates.   WHEW!  See what I mean?  And, I can still use that $2.50 coupon for Electrosal and buy it at Wal-mart, where it may be cheaper than $3.49 anyway (which is the price at Walgreens) and forgo the rebate of $1.65.

What I think I will do is stop stressing and just get a good deal if I can.  I don't think I have any plans to play the Walgreen-rebating game.  So far I have been unsuccessful and more stressed than necessary "failing" at the game I'm trying to play.

So, today I will go to Walgreens and buy the Garnier shampoo, because it's a good deal and we will use it, and buy the Motrin, because it's a good deal and we will use it.  I may do the Eletrasol thing to get the $1.65 rebate that I can use on a future purchase of vitamins, because we always take vitamins, and it's a no-brainer.

But I WILL NOT continue to stress about trying to make rebate deals work, by spending money to get money, especially when I can go to another store and just get them for free easily.

Told you I'm obsessed.  You have to take the good with the bad when following my blog!  :)


  1. Hi Nicole, I wanted to say thanks for visiting and commenting on my blog. And I really liked this post. I do the rebates at Walgreens and in the beginning I was obsessed with making it all work and figuring out scenarios. I think most beginners start out that way, but quickly learn that it's alot of work and just figure out the deals that are really something your family uses/needs. I was able to get the South Beach bars, but it was low stress for me. I read about the coupons, printed them, went to a local store, checked out and boom I was done. If it had been more complicated than that, like going to 3-4 stores to find one with at least 6 boxes in stock, I wouldn't have done it.

    But I totally get what you are saying, it's always best when there is a balance.

  2. Great post!

    You are right, sometimes these awesome deals are just not worth it. When I started out I was full throttle. I went for everything that everyone was getting. I searched high and low for all the good grocery deals...then I realized that our area just doesn't have them. I literally took hours. I realized that it just wasn't worth it anymore.

    Right now, I have a pretty good HBA stockpile and I just hit the easy/good deals when I get a chance. I will not pay full price, though. Ever!

    And I agree with Trina, you need a balance.


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