Sunday, June 7, 2009

WIC and Awesome Wags trip

(This is a repost from my other blog - pardon the explanations of what RRs are as I know that has been covered here in the past)
I had to get the kiddos fed and down for naps by 2 (we did 1:30 since they were obviously tired). I wanted to be at the WIC office by 2:45 to be in the first batch of Farmer's Market checks. I was under the impression that we would get $20 to spend at the market - any farmer's market in Oregon, and they gave us a newspaper listing every one and what they have and their hours... really neat. I was charmed by the babies there, and then shocked to learn that EACH of my kids got $20 in vouchers. I asked the lady handing out the vouchers if it was less expensive to go to the bigger cities for their markets rather than the one here in town. She said the bigger ones would have more variety, but she wasn't sure about the prices being lower. However, the lady that helped us Tuesday with our WIC recertification came behind her and started nodding emphatically. So, we'll look at the list and make a trip to one of the markets in Salem (where we do our big shopping) or Albany (where we go to church) sometime soon. We have until October to use them.

Then I went to Walgreens. Last week, my calcium supplement was on sale for $8.99 (regular price $11.99). That was great as it was! But they were also running a deal where you bought the supplement for the $8.99 price and you got a $9 register reward (basically a coupon that works as cash at Walgreens - you can buy just about anything with it other than dairy, phone cards, gift cards, tobacco, lottery or prescriptions). I did that deal twice, so I had $18 in register rewards to spend by the 9th - and next week's ad wasn't that promising. So I figured I'd do my best to get some staples, as well as our Father's Day cards, and see where it took me. I have to post this list - I haven't done that here in a long time.

I found some surprise sales - like Swanson Chicken Broth that is usually about $1.30 a can on sale for $.50 a can. I also found some fun and useful clearance items (50 paper lunch bags - we use those when we fry or cook bacon - and a white board calendar that's magnetic to go on our to-the-garage door for appointments.)

$3.09 Father's Day Card
$1.99 Father's Day Card
$0.99 Father's Day Card
$0.99 Father's Day Card
$2.59 Dry Erase Calendar
$0.45 Lunch Bags
$3.49 5lb bag of sugar
$1.50 bag of Dum-Dums for the kiddos
$4.00 8 cans of chicken broth
$0.19 hair elastic (I needed a filler to reach $18.00)
-$1.20 Walgreens coupon for the sugar
-$9.00 register reward
-$9.00 register reward

That's right EIGHT CENTS!!!! That was stinkin' cool =)

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