Well, it’s the end of an era: We’re almost out of toilet paper.
I loaded up back during a 25% off Thanksgiving sale. And by “loaded up” I mean I bought eleven 18-roll packages. Thanks to the discount, a $5 reward and 3% cash back from Mr. Rebates, we paid a total of $72.69 after tax. For about six and a half months’ worth of toilet paper. Not bad when you remember that we’re home all day. And that I drink a lot of water.
Next year, I think I may go for a full 12 months’ worth. We have some space in the guest room that we can stash some packages in, and it’d be lovely to not pay retail for toilet paper all year ’round.
Incidentally, that was just this past Thanksgiving’s savings. The year before I went to Boxed.com and bought a three-pack of mega (26.3 oz) Olay body washes for $13.99. I’m not even halfway through the second bottle! The same goes for the 64-oz soap refill ($3.99) that I got in the same order.
In another feat of Walgreens savings, last week I cashed in a $50 reward. I’ve been using some of those special X,000 points when you spend $Y offers that print out so frequently at the register, and those really ramped up our rewards earnings so that suddenly we had a huge amount.
I took the opportunity to load up on overpriced skin goop* and two small makeup items now that I’m trying to use more drugstore brands, along with a few other things we were missing around the house (q-tips, batteries, etc.)
We paid just $16.74 after tax (minus 5% for using my Chase Freedom card through PayPal). Even better? I got cash back on the whole $61.45 pre-tax amount. So our net total was $14.06 To put that into perspective, the skincare items alone were $35.98 after coupons. Woot!
And all of this, of course, comes on the heels (as it were) of finding out that those $19 boots I bought online not only fit but are super comfortable. Double woot!
What recent savings are you particularly proud of? Anyone still using their Black Friday hauls?
*I think companies should have to call it “skin goop” instead of “cream” or “serum” or whatever alluring nouns they use. If it were appropriately called skin goop, I think we could get it reasonably priced… Which is probably why companies are smart enough not to take my suggestion.