The other day I was made aware that Dollar General was having a 50% off clearance sale. They didn’t have a ton but they did have an entire section full of odds and ends. I was able to score some fantastic deals! This sale was really good so we went to two different locations.
When I tackle these stores I first look for coupons and their store app. More often than not their app holds coupons. Good ones at that. Dollar General and Dollar Tree take manufacturer coupons further maximizing your savings.
For example: if Colgate toothpaste is on sale for $1.99 and their app has a .50 off coupon, you can use the $1 off manufacturer coupon that Colgate usually offers with the app coupon and pay $.49 plus tax. For me this is a “buy a case” price if I have enough coupons.
I found an in store sale for scented unstoppables and other laundry crystals. They had a variety of scents and we’re all 9.7oz. It was awesome! Buy 3 get $5 off. They were normally $5 each so ultimately I was buying 2 getting one free. Their app had $2 off coupon. I bought 6 for $30 total minus the $10 off and my coupon for $2 off. Total cost was $18! If you use my laundry detergent recipe you can melt these as you boil your mixture to scent your soap or used as directed.
Babydoll loves flavored waters to use on the truck. They often range from .60 to .99 each. I bought 15 bottles on clearance for .99 each. With 50% off clearance they were .49 each. What I didn’t know is they were reduced further to .29 each!
Kool aide 19oz powder mix was also on clearance marked down to $2.27 and also marked down further. I got 2 for $1 each.
50 ct Popsicles (old fashioned ones in a tube) were .30 each. I got 2 packages.
I have found with Dollar General that when something is marked down, often once you check out you’ll find its even lower. It’s a beautiful surprise. 😁
By using their app, I got a $1 coupon just by signing up. What made me even happier was the fact that on my receipt I got a $5 my next purchase coupon plus I got a $5 my next purchase coupon link texted to my phone for this weekend. Oh I guess I’ll have to back hehe.
Here are a few tips n tricks to save money on automobile maintenance and repairs. The best way to save is by price matching. Make a spreadsheet, a simple one will do or a piece of paper. List all of the local shops along with columns for services and price. Then call of the shops that you listed and ask them what prices they charge for certain services. The biggest question is if they price match and to what degree. Some will match up to a certain dollar amount, fully price match, or beat the lowest price by a small monetary number.
Additional savings can also be found using the companys website coupons or coupons that come in regional mailers. Check to see if they accept online reservations or scheduling because often there is a small sweet incentive. For example my tires were an additional $5 off per tire with online appointment. Their website home page and inside lobby are areas they hide savings. Like joining their Facebook page for $5 off.
Parts are always price gouged and its seen more and more everyday. Try choosing a mechanic that will accept you providing your own parts and just charge for labor. A great source for parts is a salvage auto yard. They simply collect wrecked cars and piece the good parts out for sale. I often scored parts off newer models than mine!!
Lastly, try it the old fashioned way by buying the auto repair books you can find at Auto Zone or anywhere they sell parts. YouTube is great for smaller jobs like tail light bulbs or replacing a battery. Watch a tutorial and follow along. Pause and rewind as needed!
I always shop for the best opportunities to save a dollar especially with online purchases. In doing this, I often save coupons most of which are online that either come to me via email or from subscriptions to site mailing lists that will give a coupon or money off of my first or next purchase. You can also wait until holidays. Many companies and online stores will offer free shipping on that holiday or around that holiday.
Recently, I bought a bakers rack to house my cast iron. I included a picture below!! I’m so happy at how it turned out and I got the idea off of the Cast Iron group I belong to on Facebook. This rack was $69 and had shipping around $30 or so because the box weighs about 33lbs. By waiting until Presidents Day to order, I got free shipping and had a $5 coupon I saved. I get free $5 coupons by taking surveys that my bank offers about my experiences about the branch I was most recently in. Always check to see if there are perks to doing surveys for the companies and or vendors you use regularly. This survey was for a $5 Amazon coupon. I ended up getting a $99 purchase for $64.
Merry Christmas Lovelies and God Bless Everyone.