Sometimes, I Buy Toxic Chemicals Just to Get Free Milk

OK, this is one of the ugly truths about bargain shopping: Sometimes I cave to the temptation to buy something I would normally frown upon, just because it’s a moneymaker. Tonight I profited about $4 buying all this air freshener, a little more than covering the cost of the gallon of milk I went over to CVS to buy.

Like many of the deals I’ll be posting on Frugalistic Mom, this one requires you to acquire and save Sunday newspaper coupon inserts. See my “How to Use Coupons” post to see how I ensure that I have the coupons on hand to do deals like this one. You will need the SmartSource inserts from the 9/11 and 8/14 Sunday papers. You also need a CVS card.

The offer, good through Saturday 9/17, is, “Spend $20 on various household products, get $10 ExtraBucks.” Here’s how I worked that into a moneymaker, after reading about it on Mashup Mom:

4 AirWick Freshmatic products @ $4.99 each = $19.96 + tax (CVS will give you the ExtraBucks if you are a few cents under)

Use four coupons from either the 9/11 or 8/14 SS for $4 off 1 AirWick Freshmatic Ultra or Freshmatic Compact Starter Kit*

Your price after coupons should be $3.96 + tax

$10 ExtraBucks will print out at after you pay. If you didn’t have to pay tax, you’d be $6 ahead. But my tax was almost $2, bringing my profit down to only $4.

I also loaded a $2 off AirWick coupon onto my SavingStar account, which is an online coupon thing where you sign up your loyalty cards and then they deposit the coupon amounts into an account of your choice. So far I haven’t gotten the $2 credit, though. I’m new to SavingStar so I’m not sure how long it usually takes. (And that is my affiliate link above, so if you click through and sign up, I might earn something.)

Milk is $3.19, but there is a deal this week: Buy 3 gallons, get $3 ECBs (Extra Care Bucks, aka ExtraBucks).

Of course, you don’t have to spend your ExtraBucks on milk.┬áIf you are looking for other stuff on which to spend your $10 ECBs, you can roll it into a couple other freebies. CVS brand allergy meds Loratadine (Claritin), cetirizine and fexofenadine (Allegra) are free after ECBs — you pay $3.69, get $3.69 back. And RepHresh Brilliant pH Tampons are $6.79, get $6.79 back. So if you bought both the meds and the lady products, your total would be $10.48 plus tax. Use that $10 ECBs you just earned, pay $.48 + tax, and you’ll get back another $10.48 worth of ECBs to save for next week. Keep it rolling!

* I’m not really sure if the coupon means that you can use it for ANY Freshmatic Ultra or only starter kits. My store only had two starter kits, so I grabbed two other products that said “Freshmatic Ultra” and the coupon worked on all of them. But if you are a stickler about your coupons, you might prefer to do this deal with four Freshmatic Ultra Starter Kits and no refills. The math would be the same because they are all the same price.

Oh, and p.s.: My grandma loves air fresheners so I will give them to her. She would have bought some anyway so, you know … it kind of balances out. OK, I still feel a little guilty.

2 Responses to Sometimes, I Buy Toxic Chemicals Just to Get Free Milk
  1. Linsey Knerl
    September 16, 2011 | 1:40 pm

    Oh, what a cool deal! I don’t use air-fresheners much, either, but they seem to make good gifts. I have family who are addicted, so it can save them a few bucks, I guess. Such a good granddaughter ;)

  2. [...] I spent $11.50 at drugstores on milk and this air freshener. (Yeah, that transaction was a moneymaker, but I still cost the cash I spent upfront as part of my [...]

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