Several friends have asked about the items I get for free. So read on if you are interested:
This is a list of the items I got for FREE (or tax-only) in the past MONTH:
Two boxes of Corn Pops
Two boxes of Frosted Mini Wheats
Two boxes of Cereal Straws
Two boxes of Eggo Nutri-Grain Waffles
Two packages of Keebler Cookies
One bottle of $7 shampoo but it turned out it was not for white people hair but hey it was free and it smelled good and I can give it to a friend
Two large boxes of Walgreens brand kitchen trash bags with drawstring
One package of Walgreens light bulbs
One bottle of $7 hair shine serum which does nothing for me but looks fantastic on Katie
One bottle of Revlon nail polish, my choice of color
One large bottle of Nivea for Men body wash which smells GREAT! ;-)
One stick of really cool LypSil chapstick
One bottle of Jane Be Pure liquid foundation which I really, really like
One medium-sized bottle of Crest Pro Health mouth wash
(Almost forgot those last two...)
That's just the free stuff. There were other very awesome buys, as well. For instance, I got two boxes of chocolates - Russel Stover Private Reserve and Whitman's Soho - for a buck each. They retailed at $10 each.
My friend Nancy says that I'm basically working for these items so I'm not really getting them for free. This is a great point, and I agree. But here is how I think about it. Normally I suppliment our income by teaching voice lessons. This involves driving, getting Grandma to babysit, figuring out how to work the lessons around homeschooling, etc. And let's not forget the fact that I've never fully recovered from those two pink lines I saw almost two years ago which resulted in someone who is currently throwing my manicure set all over the living room floor. So it IS work, but flexible work. I set my hours. If I can't get my work done, no one is out anything except for my grocery bill.
One other thing about the free stuff...most items I get free from Walgreens are free after rebate, which means I have to buy them in the first place. But Walgreens' rebate program is super-easy. Once a month, you check the items you bought off of their little rebate form, write your Walgreens gift card number on the form, stick the form and your receipts in an envelope, and mail it. When Walgreens receives your rebate form, they add the amount to your gift card...PLUS TEN PERCENT. So you end up not even paying tax. Then, you take your loaded gift card in and use it to "buy" the next round of free stuff. They have a new list of rebate items every month in their EasySaver catalog, found at the front of their store.