a good day for hair color & stamps…

photo.JPGI have now gone from, I think, 42 stamps for the entire period through Tuesday, to over 100 since yesterday – woot! gonna need to start planning road trips now…  And considering the Pantene transactions I have still to run, I might be offering Cuisinart holiday gifts!  Here’s couple of photos from a reader who nabbed 30 Clairol and 18 L’Oreal – – good job!

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a bit more overage to sweeten Jewel deals

photo.JPGIf you’re not embarrassed by all the P&G overage we’re accumulating, grab some of the pictured Nice n Easy hair colors that are popping up all over Osco for $2.37. Some stores have them marked $2.37, while other have clearance tags reading $4.74.  Use the $5/2 or $2 coupon from the November P&G and add to that overage pot of gold…  Builds up your stamp collections nicely.  As of last night, I had less than 30 stamps, but by this evening I stood at 75 and the P&G promotion has just started!  I can actually see Cuisinart in my future!

Oh, and I’ve had no issues with the Pantene BOGO coupon tonight – - just wait until tomorrow, though…

earning my Cuisinart stamps @ Jewel

photo.JPGI’ll be the first to say I do not understand what’s happening with the P&G coupons today. My last fiasco involved the Pantene BOGO that the registers just would not accept – nada. Frebreze coupons were a breeze. So ran the items in the photo as follows:

4 Pantene shampoos ($14)
4 Pantene styling products ($19.96)
2 Febreze candles (one $2.50 and one $2.38)
1 dozen organic eggs ($4.99)

Subtotal of $43.83.  Used four Pantene BOGO coupons – which scanned right away! – on the stylers ($19.96) = $23.87 less two $3/2 Pantene coupons = $17.87 less $15 catalina from previous purchase = $2.87.  And then the register refused to accept any more coupons!  Had to go to customer service to get the $2.38 from the Febreze BOGO accepted.  Final subtotal was 49¢ plus tax.  I’m pleased…mystified, but pleased!  Earned four stamps, too.

Jewel – cat shopping

I a word, this is one hot mess of a promotion and you’ll understand why after reading the entire post. I was able to get a copy of the products and UPCs a few days ago and went in to check shelf tags early this morning.
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This transaction of ten Pantene products generated the $15 catalina. Used four BOGO Pantene, one $5/3 and one $3/2 (from 9/14S). The BOGO worked perfectly at self-scan. Probably to lull us into a false sense of security…

photo.JPGThis transaction took over an hour to run because nothing was working, or worked and then didn’t. I bought three Pantene shampoos, three hair sprays and four Febreze candles. Three of the candles were $2.38 clearance; using four clearance candles left me 1¢ short of $35, so I swapped out one regularly-priced $2.50 candle.

Here’s when the fun started! All the Febreze coupons scanned without difficulty. The $5/3 Pantene coupon scanned without difficulty. None of the BOGO coupons scanned. Thought maybe it was due to the hair spray (although that didn’t make sense), so switched to mousse. One BOGO scanned and we thought we were onto something. Others did not scan. It was something that even the supervisors couldn’t override! We moved from self-scan to two different registers; sometimes one coupon would work, but usually none of the three did. We completely voided out transactions and started from scratch. Same results. And get this: We even tried scanning conditioners instead of the styling product…and it would not scan! At some point we got two coupons to scan and figured we’d hit the mother lode, so I paid and then post-redeemed the last one. And the kicker? The customer service register scanned the coupon right in with no difficulty whatsoever! But since they don’t have cat machines there, you can’t run any transactions.

My advice for those of you using the BOGO Pantene coupons is to run each transaction with as many coupons as you can, then pay and post-redeem. Unfortunately this makes for a less smooth operation, but until this weird glitch is fixed, our only option.  trust me

FYI, the P&G list did not show the styling products as part of the promotion, but both mousse and spray triggered the $15 (tested without coupons to be sure). If you can find the Always Discreet liners and pads, the 12-ct is part of the promotion and there are $1 coupons in the November P&G; should make this a nice money-maker, but I was unable to test this because my store does not carry the Discreet line.

thoughts on the P&G catalina

UntitledUnless this is your first time at the rodeo, you already know that the best catalina promotions are the ones that utilize BOGO and high-value coupons!  Yes, that’s the bottom line right there. Here’s a few of the deals I’m running with the new P&G promotion starting tomorrow, October 29th – note that some of these involve coupons from the October P&G insert that expires on 10/31…so don’t delay.  Remember, you can always run the transactions and post-redeem your coupons at a later date (within 60 days) even if the coupons have since expired, since they were valid on the date of purchase.  Also, Jewel allows coupons on the products purchased using a BOGO coupon (the first item, not the BOGO item), which brings the cost down even further.
$2.00 off ONE Pantene Expert Collection product $1.00 off ONE Pantene Shampoo or Conditioner
$2.00 off TWO Pantene Shampoos or Conditioners $1.00 off ONE Pantene Styling Product $2.00 off Pantene Expert Hair Regrowth Treatment

Old Spice body wash and Pantene shampoo and conditioners are 2/$7, but the best Old Spice coupons are $2/2 – definitely the way to go is with Pantene, because you are utilizing a BOGO coupon plus a conditioner or styling coupon. to hit the magic $35 threshold.  As in:

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FOUR Pantene shampoos or conditioners plus FOUR Pantene styling products for $28. Use the four Pantene BOGO coupons from the November P&G with the various value conditioner coupons October or November P&G or the 9/14 S.  I can’t guess which coupons you all have available (I’ve used up most of my $5/3 on clearance Pantene), so grab those that save the most.

Note:  If you’re running deals like I do, you will not be buying conditioners with the BOGO, but instead the non-sale styling products since the coupon value goes up to $5 and that will bring you up to the $35 threshold much faster and with no need for massive quantities of Febreze candles! not that there’s anything wrong with that…

Add something else to bring you up to $35; using the high value coupon scenario, I’m gonna grab lots of Febreze candles, since they don’t expire or lose gas (like the sprays). Febreze products are 2/$5 and there’s a BOGO Febreze candle coupon in the November P&G plus a $1 Febreze candle coupon in the October P&G.  Grab FOUR of them.

So where are we with this scenario?  We’ve purchased $38 worth of products ($28 of Pantene and $10 of Febreze), which puts us over the $35 threshold for the $15 catalina.  Pay with four of the Pantene BOGO coupons ($14) less the the various conditioner/products coupons ($5/3 or $3/2 or $2/2 or the printables above).  Now you’re down to $16.  Add your two Febreze BOGO candle coupons ($5) and you’re down to $11+.  I, obviously, will be doing even better, and will run a few different transactions tomorrow and post as early as possible.  Maybe a way to combine the Tide with this other stuff?  ’cause everyone likes Tide!

I promise!!!  I’m excited about this one, since I’ll finally be able to grab some cookware!!!!

Grab as many papers as you can today post

Short post since I’ve been running around all over town since dropping off PITA at school this morning.  This Wednesday Jewel is starting again with the P&G catalina promotion that totally rocked the house last go-round!  Since the current October P&G insert is valid through 10/31, we’ll be able to use both that insert and the one in the 10/26 paper.  let’s just say i picked up a few extras…

The beloved Pantene BOGO is back, which ties in really nicely with the $5/3 from October.  Just go out to any of the dollar stores or Menards and grab ‘em!

I’ll post later with various deal scenarios, but we’re talking money makers and even cheap (relatively!) Tide.  Our beloved Febreze makes a huge appearance as well.

and hopefully i’ll have a working desktop by then…although DH is having breakfast at his parents, so have no clue when my hard drive swap will even get started.

Jewel – $6.44

photo.JPGAnd here’s the part that totally bums me out: Coupon data bases all said there were $1 Barber Foods coupons in three inserts over the past few months – – the fact that they weren’t in the Tribe didn’t show up on my phone.  So PITA and I went cross-eyed looking through them to no avail. I’ll have to buy 6 coupons at 8¢ each.  Oh, the horror of it all.  My OOP was $6.44, which included $9 in overage from the McCormick spice packets, against the $1.99 in bagels, onions, cinnamon raison bread from the bakery and the six frozen, stuffed chicken breasts on clearance for $1.25 each.  Hey, I got two stamps out of it at least!  Oh, and lots and lots of brownie “samples.”  Saw PITA walking by with a gigantic square of iced brownie.  Said, where did you get that big piece, since they were cutting them up into little bites.  She said “they missed one.”  the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree i guess

Jewel clearance

photo.JPGLots of frozen food in the clearance end cap – check your own store!  My Jewel had both original and maple varieties of both the link and patty Day Starts and more than just the flat bread version I purchased.  Sausages alone were 75¢, while the breakfast flatbreads (and other varieties) were $1.25.  No coupons, but still cheap, even if nothing turns up within the next 60 days.  The flatbread one is pretty tasty (just tried it).  Nuke 90 seconds on the little reflecting tray and you’re good to go!

earning stamps @ Jewel the hard way

photo.JPG$45 plus lots of shiny high tax (some very expensive stuff here) and I have – so far – $29 in coupons.  Have up to 60 days to post-redeem if a couple of coupon hold-outs show up!  That’s the great part about shopping Jewel/Osco – if a clearance price is good, grab and then return with your coupons to whatever Jewel you want and get your cash back.

You know, thanks to the clearance carts, I just might earn enough stamps for a pot…