I've been thinking about my shopping and how much it has changed lately. A lot of what I do now is buying items that will give me a coupon off my next shopping trip (known as a Catalina coupon-they print at the end of your checkout). Albertsons and Walgreens are the two places I visit the most for those. What's kind of funny to me is that you can buy an item and in the ad they claim it's "free" after you get the coupon, yet you had to shell out some bank. So to me, its hard to say it's really free. What do you think? Here's the transaction I did today:
Nutrisse Hair Color x 2=$11.98 (yes, I color my hair-not ready to go salt-n-pepper yet!)
Fructis Conditioner $3.34
Fructis Mousse $3.33
Fructis Hairspray $3.33
Dessert Cup 39¢ (Not in picture. This was a "filler" item, supposed to be 9¢ on clearance. This makes all my coupons work out. Click here to see what I'm talking about)
Then I forked over $14.00 in mfg. coupons/register rewards
Then, I got back two Register Rewards- $3 and $10 off my next trip.
This is where most people deduct the $13 in register rewards and say, "Look! I only spent $7.09 for all that stuff!" Did I or didn't I? I guess it's an "all comes out in the wash" kind of thing.
Thanks Frugal Chic Living for the help with Walgreens coupons.