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    I was walking through the Safeway parking lot and saw this weird red thing mounted on top of a car.  I was curious so I had to get a closer look.  It was the Google Street View camera car.  I’m sure they have a much cooler name for it.  I haven’t been carrying a camera with me much lately but just happened to have one in my pocket so of course I had to get a picture.  This isn’t something I see every day.

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  • This was posted on Facebook by the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office and I thought I’d share

    “Consumer Alert: Door to Door Magazine sales The Pennington County Sheriff’s Office would like to alert the public about a group of people going door-to-door selling magazines. The salespeople are selling magazines for Encore, Inc., based out of Kittridge, Colorado.

    The Sheriff’s Office has received numerous complaints from individuals in Rapid City, New Underwood and Box Elder. They reported the salespeople were very aggressive; often entering businesses and residences without permission and refusing to leave when requested.

    If representatives from this group appear at your door, the Sheriff’s Office is urging the public not to let them inside. Do not give out any personal information about yourself or your family.

    Protect yourself and your neighbors by contacting the Sheriff’s Office at (605) 394-2151 to report any suspicious activity.”

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  • Today’s lesson is:  Don’t drink a coffee drink after dark when you have to get up at 5:30AM

    I’m going to start my story by saying that both of my kids are now in school which has prompted me to get an out-of-the-home job during school hours.  This leaves me rushing home to be home when the kids get there so I have been letting my husband do all the shopping.  I didn’t realize how much I missed it until I finally got to go shopping yesterday.

    Our first big stop was Safeway.  I couldn’t pass up strawberries for $1.88 per lb or Oreos for $1.99.  I also had a couple coupons from the paper for $1/2 Nabisco products.  That sale ends today.  Sorry for the late notice.  While there I decided to use the coupons for FREE yogurt I got in the mail because my husband called the company to make a comment about some yogurt he got that was bad before the expiration date.  I’ve had to do that a couple other times with some soup and with some toilet bowl cleaner with a messed up cap that sprayed everywhere and those companies sent me a bunch of really good coupons as well.  There were also a few FREE items loaded on my Just 4 U personalized deals on my Safeway card I wanted to get.  In the end I saved 43%.  Not my best but I was shopping with the kids and they tend to make the trip more expensive.  Especially since I forgot to bring snacks and drinks.  We were all pretty thirsty by the time we were done there so I let them pick something out and I thought “I haven’t had a Frappuccino in a really long time”  It was that epiphany that brings you the sleep deprived rambling you are seeing today.  It probably wouldn’t have been so bad if I had finished it right away but instead I nursed it during the whole rest of the outing finishing it just as I drove up to the house at 8 PM.

    Our next stop was Office Max to use my Max Perks rewards that were expiring soon and to bring in some printer ink cartridges to recycle.

    After that we went to Target.  There is a coupon in their ad for $20 off a $50 of select items.  These are items like toilet paper, facial tissue, and cleaning products.  We were in pretty desperate need of facial tissue after the last cold that came through our house.  Some of the qualifying items were store brand and others I had manufacturer and/or Target coupons for so that added to the savings.  The 4 pks of Kleenex that qualified for the deal had peelie coupons on them AND I had a Target coupon I printed from their website.  There were some other deals I decided to take advantage of such as a FREE Lysol product if you buy 2 Finish products.  There was a deal for a FREE Downy Unstoppable if you bought 2 Tide or Gain Flings and I had coupons for all 3.  I also used a coupon for $5/3 Pantene products and got a $5 Target gift card for buying 3.  While there I remembered one of the main reasons I went to Office Max.  I wanted to get some new letters for my computer keyboard.  Most of mine have worn off.  It doesn’t bother me much but everyone else that uses the computer in my house has a terrible time.  Of course Target didn’t have anything like that so I guess it goes on my husband’s list.  I am now kicking myself for not getting the Nutella for $2.99.  One thing I learned about when preparing for my shopping trip was that Target has an app for your smart phone called Cartwheel where you can load a certain number of deals onto your account and you get discounts when they scan your account’s barcode at the register.  I don’t have a smart phone but you can sign up for it on your computer and print the barcode if you want.  It turned out I had several friends signed up for it which entitled me to extra deals.  I think it said you get to choose 3 deals for each friend you have that has a Cartwheel account.  I’m not sure how long this has been available.  I’ve been pretty stocked up and haven’t had to shop at Target for quite some time.  It was pretty nice.  My husband ran us out of baking powder over the weekend and I had to borrow some from the neighbor so when I saw that as an option on Cartwheel I had to add it of course.  I also saw that the Market Pantry Fruit Snacks were on sale and they were available on Carthweel so I added them too.  I’ve gotten better deals on fruit snacks at Safeway but we were running low and they are one of the less messy snacks for the car I’ve found.  In the end I didn’t save as much as I did at Safeway but I still felt like I got a good value for what I bought.  They don’t give you a percent of savings but it wouldn’t have been as good anyhow since we had to get some non-sale items.

    I’m not sure if you got any useful information out of this post but I thought I’d give you a little insight into what I’ve been up to lately and let you know I’m still here and you and bargain hunting are still on my mind.

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  • Brand specifics Value Insert Expiration
    Land O Frost lunchmeat $.55/1 RP 7/23/2013
    Land O Frost sub or wrap kit $1/1 RP 7/23/2013
    Schweigert any $.55/1 RP 8/31/2013
    Kelloggs Krave 11 oz+ $1/2 RP 8/4/2013
    Kellogs Pop Tarts gone nutty 6ct+ $.50/1 RP 8/4/2013
    Kellogs Pop Tarts 6ct + $1/3 RP 8/4/2013
    Bikini Zone any $1.50/1 RP 8/31/2013
    Scar Zone any $2/1 RP 8/31/2013
    Mr Clean liquid or spray $1/1 RP 7/31/2013
    Wisk 45 oz/24 loads+ $2/1 RP 8/4/2013
    Febreze air effects AND stick  &   refresh BOGO RP 7/31/2013
    Febreze any (not trial) $1/1 RP 7/31/2013
    Marzetti dressing any $.50/1 SS 9/15/2013
    Betty crocker gushers, fruit roll ups etc $.50/2 SS 8/17/2013
    General Mills cereal various $1/2 SS 8/3/2013
    Pillsbury toaster strudel, scramble, etc. $.50/2 SS 9/14/2013
    Yoplait greek 100 yogurt cups $1/5 SS 8//17/13
    Nature Valley bars 5ct+, thins, or squares $.50/1 SS 8/17/2013
    Yoplait    cups any $.40/6 SS 8/17/2013
    Yoplait cups any $.50/8 SS 8/17/2013
    (2) Yoplait kids yogurt packs $.75/2 SS 8/17/2013
    Orville Redenbacher pop crunch 5-6oz $.50/1 SS 8/17/2013
    Pam spray any $.30/1 SS 8/4/2013
    Wonderful Pistachios 5oz+ $.50/1 SS 8/4/2013
    Johnsonville grillers any $1/1 SS 8/1/2013
    Dole shakers any $.50/1 SS 8/31/2013
    Gevalia single serve cups package $1.50/1 SS 7/20/2013
    Maxwell House single serve cups package $1/1 SS 7/20/2013
    Cracker barrel cheese 6oz+ $.75/1 SS 8/31/2013
    Olive Garden dinner entrees $4/2 SS 8/25/2013
    Olive Garden lunch entrees $2/2 SS 8/25/2013
    Olive Garden to go $30+ $5/1 SS 8/25/2013
    Land O Lakes gallon $.55/1 SS 8/31/2013
    Deans ice cream 48 oz $.55/1 SS 8/31/2013
    Newtons cookies 8 oz+ $1/1 SS 8/10/2013
    Raid any $.55/1 SS 8/3/2013
    Hershey’s chocolate 6pk $1/2 SS 8/11/2013
    Kraft marshmallows 8oz+ $.20/2 SS 8/11/2013
    Honey maid grahams 14oz+ $1/2 SS 8/11/2013
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  • This year during our after Christmas shopping, the hubby and I decided it was time to replace our toilets.  We had a terrible time with them leaking or running through even after replacing the flush mechanisms.

    As luck would have it there were toilets that were just what we were looking for on sale at Menards for what we thought was a really good price.  We bought them and got them installed right away.

    Fast forward a few weeks.  I’m looking through the latest Menards ad and there are the same toilets on sale again except this time there is also a $20 rebate.

    My first reaction was to think that I wish we’d waited.  I was also thinking that if we hadn’t installed them, we could take them back and then buy them again.  I knew that Menards is always talking about getting you the lowest prices so I figured it would be worth a try to take the receipt back in and have them return the product and resell it so we could get the rebate even though we didn’t have the product physically there.  We are talking $40 total here after all.

    PROBLEM…  Couldn’t find the receipt.  In the past my husband has had to reprint receipts that he’s lost so I could send in the rebates but they had always been on our Menards card and this purchase wasn’t.  Luckily I did remember which card it was on and the exact date.

    Yes I know. Dave Ramsey would be shaking his head at me if he knew I was using credit cards.  I know that I tend to spend more because a credit card makes it convenient and doesn’t hurt as much at the time as using cash does.  It just hurts when you have to pay the bill.  I really don’t have a good excuse except that I like the cash back bonus I get.

    It turns out that we were able to reprint our receipt and have them resell us our toilets so we could get our rebate.

     

    I guess the moral of my story is that if you see a sale after you bought something that is a big enough difference to make you upset, it is worth it to find out if they will give you back the difference.  Learn the store’s policies, call their customer service, something.  Many people in my position wouldn’t have bothered especially after finding out the receipt was lost but since I decided it was worth a try I will soon have $40 to spend on our next project that I wouldn’t have if I didn’t.

     

    On a slightly related note.  If you buy produce at the store that has no flavor you should let the store manager know.  There is no reason to eat or throw away fruit that is no good.  My husband happened to mention at the store that the last bag of oranges he got had no flavor and the store manager gave him a new bag and let him try them before he left to make sure the new bag was good even though we had tried eating half of the tasteless bag hoping to find a couple that were OK.  I don’t recommend making a special trip because you’d probably waste more in gas than you would save and there is no guarantee that they will refund you for half eaten fruit but its one of those things that are worth a try if you are going to be there anyhow.

    Do you have any similar good customer service stories?

     

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  • Its Men’s night at Black Hills Harley Davidson Thursday May 3rd at 6PM.  Go for FREE food and prizes

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  • Its the beginning of a new month which means new coupons to print and a P&G insert in the newspaper yesterday.  There will most likely be no coupons in the paper on Easter Sunday.  You can buy back issues of the Sunday Rapid City Journal at their office and a few other locations around the area for half price and they include all the coupon inserts.  Has anyone checked out the printable coupon sites yet this month?  What was the best coupon you’ve found?  If you would like to know some sites that have printable coupons you can check out my list

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  • If you have a pet in need of getting spayed or neutered, check out this website.  They help you find low cost clinics in the area and/or people to help you pay for it.  If you are interested in helping people get their animals fixed, I recommend you check the site out.  With all the animals in shelters,  spaying and neutering is the best way to prevent animals from going to shelters or being put down.  Many are puppies and kittens that grew up and were no longer fun or cute or new.  Spaying and neutering also reduces the chance of many illnesses as they get older.

    If you are on Facebook and are interested in helping pets find homes, consider joining my Facebook Group- Finding Forever Homes in the Black Hills.  You can help by sharing the animals that need homes with people you think might be interested.

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  • Half off Black Hills has posted their first deal.  You can get a $110 Shellac Manicure and Pedicure at Infinity Salon and Wellness Spa for $55

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  • My husband learned from the radio that there is a new Daily Deal site coming to the Black Hills. It is called Half Off Black Hills.  There are currently no deals but they have an iPod giveaway going on.  All you have to do is subscribe to their site by entering your e-mail address.  Its win-win.  You get entered into a drawing and you’ll be notified when they have new deals.

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