My Best Deals

I wrote a post a couple weeks back about how to get stuff for free. Free things make my day.

Sometimes, getting something for free just isn’t in the cards. But, I still try to buy things for as close to free as possible. I thought I’d show you some of my best deals on nearly free items and tell you how you can get these deals too.

Purchase #1: Kohl’s

Five candles and a pair of earrings.

Grand total: $3.06

How’d I do it?

Each candle was regularly priced between $10.99 and $18.99, however, four of the candles were in the clearance section and cost only between $2.19 and $2.79. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: always check the clearance section! You’ll find great stuff for sometimes up to 90% off of the regular price. Combine a clearance item with a coupon and you are paying next to nothing. The earrings were also a clearance item.

My big splurge was the leaf candle that rang up for $8.54. It was so pretty and fall appropriate though, so I knew I had to have it.

I used a $10 gift certificate emailed to me, a $10 gift certificate that was snail mailed to me, and a 15% off coupon I got online. And yes, I was able to use all three discounts in one purchase.

Purchase #2: Shutterfly

100 prints.

Grand total: $1.07, including shipping.

How’d I do it?

The couponing blogs I follow alerted me to this red hot deal. They gave me a coupon code, only good until midnight of that day. I hurried home, uploaded, cropped, and got my order in by the deadline.

A little over a dollar for 100 prints and I don’t even need to leave my house to get them? Great deal in my book.

I was happy to finally print out my anniversary trip photos from San Francisco. I definitely want to do some craft project to create home decor out of a photo or two, but exactly what that will be is still TBD.

Purchase #3: World Market

Three bags of vanilla beans (six beans total) and a lettuce knife.

Grand total: $3.10

How’d I do it?

With a birthday coupon, of course. I received a $10 off $10 purchase email.

The beans were $2.99 per bag and the lettuce knife was $3.99. Don’t get fooled into buying the vanilla beans in a jar. One bean would cost $2.99. Buy the bag version and you get an extra bean for no extra cost.

I like using the my birthday gift to get vanilla beans each year. The seeds add so much to dessert dishes, but I know I won’t spend the money for vanilla beans if they’re not cheap, which they never are. I stock up with my free $10 gift.

Purchase #4: CVS

Two shaving creams, a salt and pepper combo pack, and a liter of caffeine-free Diet Coke.

Grand total: $2.16

How’d I do it?

The shaving creams were free after CVS having them on sale for $1.99 each, then stacking a -$1/1 CVS coupon and a -$1/1 manufacturer coupon. The combo pack was full price, and the pop was on sale for $0.99.

What was your best nearly free deal?


4 thoughts on “My Best Deals

  1. My one and only deal at Pier One thanks to you Christina!!! You sent the $10 off any purchase coupon to me that was only good until midnight that day. I bought a very cool sunflower bowl, a little puzzle for the granddaughters, and threw in hand sanitizer to finish off the .99 I had remaining!

  2. Haha, nice work! Glad you could get stuff for free! I sent my mom that coupon too, but she went ahead and bought things to put her over the $10 coupon. She said she felt bad not paying anything for her items. I told her that’s what coupons are for!

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