It was about a week ago that I posted about my first Tide trip (found here) where I made $271.04 cash back. Well, my second order came in at a different store and I made over double last trip with total cash back of $590.28. Best of all, there was an amazing deal at Safeway too where I made an additional $300 in rewards!
Getting PAID TO SHOP is awesome! Zero OOP transactions and non-cash money makers time and time over got boring so it’s great to have a new challenge! I’m inching closer to my goal of having a $1200 cash back month so I can do all of my holiday shopping FREE.
Here was my day:
Ended up starting the day off with a Walmart trip after I received word that an order had come in for me. I didn’t expect them to get so many at once, but they had 26 cases of 24 packs waiting for when my friend and I arrived. It took us over two hours, but for $590.28 it was worth it!
Buy: 624 x Tide Liquid Detergent (Single Load) 97¢ = $605.28
and 18 x Floss Floss (Assorted Flavors, 55 yds.) 97¢* = $17.46
and 2 x Dr. Pepper TEN Soda (2 Liters) $1.00 = $2.00
Tax of 9.2% on $624.74 of Taxable Purchases = + $57.48
Grand Total of All Purchase Before Coupons = $682.22
Use: 624 x $2/1 Tide Detergent (10/30 P&G) = – $1248.00
and 9 x $2.50/2 Listerine, Reach, et al. (4/17 SS) = – $22.50
and 2 x FREE 2 Litre Dr. Pepper TEN (10/8 SS) = – $2.00
Final Price: FREE + $590.28 money maker (186.52% Savings)
* Noticed the price on these went up in my area: 88¢ →97¢ (↑ 9¢).
This is a cumulative total showing the math for all of the transactions. Yes, the Tide coupons do state: “LIMIT OF 4 LIKE COUPONS in same shopping trip,” but you are free to make as many “trips” as you want. The coupon does not indicate any limit per person, per day, etc.
After finishing up at Walmart, we went to Café Soleil in Mukilteo for a late lunch. I’m generally a harsh critic of Japanese restaurants since I was born and raised in Japan for seven years, but this restaurant was amazing!
I ordered the omurice (omelette rice) with a side of fried prawns and my friend ordered the Hamburg steak with a side of pork katsu. I loved their attention to detail: the egg for the omurice was very light and fluffy; the hayashi demi-glace was rich and flavorful; the katsu and fried prawns were crisp and had the perfect texture; and, even the salad dressing with a sweet mustard added to it was unique and exquisite. If you’re in a Seattle area, then you definitely need to check this restaurant out!
Our next stops were at Safeway where we hunted for the $2.99 Keurig Platinum B70s and worked the gift card/CAT promotion deal. We didn’t have any luck finding the clearance Keurig units, but we did net $300 in rewards at Safeway!
Buy: 1 x Safeway $50 Gift Card
and 1 x Safeway $25 Gift Card
Pay: $75 (pay w/ previous gift cards), Receive: $10 Rewards CAT
Final Price: FREE + $10 money maker
We did the above scenario thirty (30) times so ended up with $300 in rewards and still have $75 in gift cards (500% savings).
After that, we went to the Root Beer Store that just opened several days ago in Lynnwood and ended up purchasing a few bottles. They had quite a selection and lots of drinks to choose from!
There was a Walgreens nearby so we ended up going there and got four (4) more FREE Ice Breakers Frost mints. The woman that was there gave me an attitude, but we ended up getting them in the end.
Lastly, we went to an Albertsons to score FREE T.G.I Friday’s Single Serve Meals and Entrées. They weren’t a money maker since we didn’t have any Twice the Value double coupons with us, but with the CAT that prints out: we got 16 packages for FREE!
Buy: 4 x T.G.I. Friday’s Single Serve Meals and Entrées $8.00
Use: $1/1 T.G.I. Friday’s Entrées For One (10/23 SS)
Pay: $4.00 (pay w/ previous CAT), Receive: $4 CAT
Final Price: FREE (100% Savings)
Q: Where do you get all of your coupons?
A: Read about it here. No, I don’t steal papers (I know that some people do this) and that speculation is nonsense since I get my inserts before papers even come out.
Q: Is cash back allowed?
A: Yes, it is Walmart’s policy to allow this. If your store tells you otherwise, then I recommend calling 1-800-WAL-MART to file a complaint with their corporate office.
Q: Walmart told me that Tide will not pay them back for the coupons. Will they?
A: Yes, Tide has stated this many times on their Facebook. Read more about it here.
Q: How do you order?
A: Talk to one of the managers at Walmart and let them know you want to order a bulk quantity. That doesn’t mean they will or they have to take your order, but most stores will accommodate since it means more revenue for them.
Q: How many coupons will they accept?
A: In addition to cash back, Walmart’s policy also states that they will take unlimited coupons. However, some coupons do state exclusions such as: “four per shopping trip,” “one person person,” etc. so just follow the guidelines (ask a manager) and don’t get mad if your store wants you to enter/exit the store to constitute a “shopping trip.” I’ve had to do this many times at Albertsons too (when their Twice the Value double coupons stated exclusions) and that is a part of realistic, extreme couponing.