Daily Archives: October 30, 2011

Free Sample Organization

I was looking for something under the bathroom sink today when a bunch of free samples came spilling out onto the floor. I decided maybe I should try tiding them up a bit. By the time the day was over I had gone to the dollar store and picked up some cute little purple baskets to organize them in – but here was the start of organizing my mess:

free samples

Most of the free samples came from the brandSAMPLER packages – I have been collecting them for the past year or so. They seem to have them every few months.

Onto my favourtie freebies – RAZORS! I love free razors.

free razors

These came from various places. If I happen to see more I will be sure to post the link on the site.

It was nice to get this stuff cleaned up. Got some free space under my bathroom sinks – not so scary to open anymore.

Some Sunday [Not So] Fun Couponing

Let me start this by saying I already hate the Real Canadian Superstore for many reasons and today’s experience was just the cherry on top of the icing on the cake. This was actually only my third trip in the store in at least the past year.

I went into Superstore just because I knew they had coupons. I noticed that a lot of their coupons are in store only. After quick Google search I read on mrsjanuary.com that Superstore does not allow coupon stacking – but you can combine an in store coupon with a manufacturer coupon according to the site. I thought I would try one before getting too carried away. Superstore had some different in store Dove coupons and I have a couple different manufacturers coupons from tear pads.

All Dove products were $2.99. They had a in store coupon for $1.50 off a Dove hair product and I had another for $2.00 off any 2 products – making it $0.49 plus tax each. I went up to the till with my two bottles of shampoo and the girl didn’t even think twice. She rang it all in and I paid $1.34 for the two bottoms of shampoo.

I thought it was pretty awesome, so I went back and got two more bottles of shampoo, two men’s body wash and two men’s deodorant. The bottles of shampoo should of been the same 49 cents while the men’s products would of been 99 cents. Went back to the till to find huge lines everywhere. When I finally got up to the till I put my products down and handed her the coupons. She immediately flipped them over and goes you can’t do this, this says “one coupon per person.” I tried to explain that they were all different and some were in store and others were not. She said it didn’t matter – I could only use one coupon and I couldn’t combine them. I politely told her I didn’t want the items and that I would shop at a store that would accept my coupons. She really didn’t seem overly impressed with me – almost like she was juding me for trying to use some coupons. Honestly, why should I pay $2.99 when I only need to spend 99 cents? That is a savings of $12.00 on six items.

I have enough other coupons that I can still get the men’s products for 99 cents at Save on Foods. They also happen to have the Dove products on for $2.99 – I just can’t get the regular Dove products or the 49 cent shampoo. Maybe I am not extreme enough, but saving that extra little bit is not worth fighting with the people on the till. Or standing in HUGE line ups only to be rejected.

After Superstore I went over to Walmart and used some Hanes coupons on some clearance products. At first she didn’t want to accept my coupons either saying they didn’t accept photocopies. I told her they were printed off the website – after talking with someone she decide she could them.

Today’s purchases:

dove shampoo

Superstore
2x Dove Shampoo $2.99 – 2 x $1.50 in store coupon & $2 off 2 products = $0.49 each

Subtotal: $0.98
Tax: $0.36
Total: $1.34
Saved: $5.00
79% Savings

Walmart
2 x Hanes ribbed tanktops $5.00 – 2 x $3.00 coupon = $2.00 each
1 x Hanes 2 pack boyshorts $5.00 – 1 x $3.00 coupon = $2.00

Subtotal: $5.00
Tax: $1.80
Total: $7.80
Saved: $9.00
54% Savings

Not a bad day.