The Science Nerd

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Grocery Surprise

December 8, 2010

I popped into the grocery store tonight to get a Rotisserie Chicken for dinner.  I stopped first at Food Lion but all they had was BBQ flavored which I was not interested in.  So, I headed to Harris Teeter, which turned out to be the best choice.  First of all, they had their Rotisserie Chickens marked down from $7 to $4.  Next, I decided to check out the meat counter, just in case, and I found hamburger marked down to $1.50 a pound, so I bought two pounds to make a meatloaf on Friday.

So, what I thought was a bad thing turned out to be an unexpected benefit.

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Happy Black Friday!

November 26, 2010

I hope everyone had a great Black Friday, full of great deals and small crowds.  We usually don’t do a whole lot of after Thanksgiving shopping, but we try to at least find a few good deals.  This year was no exception.  We spent a few hours yesterday scouring the ads, not seeing much that we were interested in, but there were a few things that we wanted to try and get.

One place we wanted to go was Kohl’s.  We were interested in an immersion blender and some travel coffee mugs that were half off.  After finding our purchases, we decided to divide and conquer.  I was changed with waiting in line, which was fine with me.  As I waited, I pulled out my new toy – my HTC Desire phone.  A few days ago I downloaded a coupon app, so I immediately went there to see if there were any coupons available for purchases at Kohl’s.  Right away I found a 15% off my entire purchase.  Great!  It’s not much, but it’s savings I wasn’t expecting.

A few minutes later, the woman in line in front of me handed me a coupon for $10 off  my purchase.  As we were talking I mentioned that I was going to use her generous gift instead of my internet coupon because it worked out to more savings for me.  She got a glint in her eye and assured me that I would be able to use both coupons.

She was right!  At checkout, I saved $17 because of the Black Friday deals, $10 from the coupon, $3.50 from my internet coupon, (the cashier was able to just use his scanner on the screen of my phone) plus there was a $10 mail in rebate for the immersion blender.  So, my total spent out of pocket will be about $10 and I will have saved about $40.

I was thrilled to find the coupon on my phone.  And it was so easy.  The app is called “The Coupon App” and besides coupons, it also will give the lowest gas prices in the area.

I sometimes feel like it’s difficult to wade through all the sales and coupons to make sure I’m getting a good deal.  I do know that it gets easier and my confidence grows with every transaction.  I do hope I don’t lose my excitement when I do find a great deal.

Feel free to share your Black Friday deals in the comments!

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