Every dollar counts.
Like I’ve mentioned, I’m stocking up on various things that I’ll need while abroad, mainly toiletries, hair stuff, things for the kitchen, and food to cook that I imagine isn’t available abroad. I also need to purchase a couple things for my netbook that I’ve been putting off until absolutely necessary. My sister and I are planning to make a couple of natural hair/body products to bring with us instead of paying big bucks for them. Because they usually have the cheapest prices, 95% of our shopping is done on Amazon and at Wal-Mart.
As inexpensive as things are at Wal-Mart, compared to the competition, I still needed to be careful and wanted to make some charges. You know it’s sad when you have to return products to Wal-Mart because you feel you paid too much for them, but times are rough and my money needs to stretch.
Initially, I had planned on returning just a few things: my Mederma scar gel, a 2-bottle pack of Nyquil, and some lotion. With the scar gel, I felt that I was very happy with the Walgreens brand gel I currently have, so I went to get that.
When I went to Walgreens, it took a while to find the Walgreens brand because it was in the lotion section and not first-aid where some of the other Mederma stuff was. While the Walgreens brand was technically more expensive ($21 vs $15), it was 2.5 times bigger than Merderma (1.76oz vs .70oz), and since I use this stuff pretty diligently I decided to purchase it.
For whatever reason, upon paying for my gel, it occurred to me that there were a lot more things I could return: the couple packs of overnight sanitary pads I bought, the 2 packs of razors I had, and some spices, in addition to the aforementioned things I had.
With the Mederma, while I technically spent $5 more, I essentially saved about $17 when the net ounces of the products are taken into account.
The generic 2-pack of Nyquil cost less than half as much as the brand name ($5.96 vs $12.46). My sister says Equate is a pretty decent generic brand, so I’m trusting her that this will do the trick (she also bought this particular product).
With the lotion I’m unsure if I want to replace it, so I returned it for $7.87.
With the razors, instead of keeping the $9.94 5-pack of razors and the $5.87 3-pack of razors, I decided to get 2 sets of a 4-pack (3 razors with a bonus razor) for $11.74.
When I thought about what I used my sanitary napkins for, it made more sense to me to get a smaller package of overnight pads (about $3.70) and a box of pantyliners (about $5-something) instead of the $11ish I spent on the couple packages of pads. I was hoping to get the pantyliners for cheaper, since the Equate box had 100+ liners and I only wanted like 50, but to get 50 or so liners of other brands cost more than the 100+ Equate brand.
The spices were only a couple dollars, but my mom told me she buys spices in bulk so I could just use some of hers.
Lastly, on a related note, I decided to purchase some clothes through a “Happy Hour” online sale that Charlotte Russe had, where everything on the website was 20% off for 3 hours. They also have a “BFF” promotion when you give them your email, so since I used my actual email address the last time I bought from them online, I used another email address and got an additional 10% off, so 30% in total. Additionally, I had a CR gift card. Last time I bought from the website, I needed to return an item, which I bought using PayPal because the main website was giving me trouble. The salesperson at the CR store at a nearby mall told me that I was only able to get a gift card in return because of it, worth about $38. What’s nice about the card is, even though I paid for it with my money, since I paid for it months ago it almost seems like it’s “free” money, or “found” money. Anyway, between the discounts and the gift card, $94 of merchandise, shipping, and taxes dwindled down to $29.97.
ETA: According to WordPress, this is my 40th post. 40 posts before I’ve even left the country for the first time. Kind of pitiful lol :-p