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I’m addicted, or Why We Have So Much Cereal

9th August 2008

I’m addicted, or Why We Have So Much Cereal

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Remember a few posts back I asked if it’s possible to get too many good deals? Well, apparently not.

Kellogs is currently doing a deal, until the end of September, if you buy ten Kellogs items in one transaction you can send in for a $10 rebate. Now, if you’re paying full price at the grocery store, so like $3 a box, this isn’t a great deal.

But.

But, if you do it my way, then you end up with some very cheap cereal. And the lure of cheap cereal just couldn’t keep me away.

This week (ends today) Walgreens had a deal going you could buy 4 boxes of cereal for $10 and then get a $5 Register Reward, which is like cash at the store. So, essentially, you’re paying  $5 for four boxes of cereal, which is an excellent price.

I know some people are making this even sweeter by stacking manufacturers coupons with the deal, so they are actually paying less than $5. It’s possible to even get it for free if you have enough coupons. I didn’t have any coupons.

But one of the tricks is that you can’t just buy eight boxes of cereal and get two Register Rewards. Doesn’t work like that. However, Walgreens also had a deal where you bought four boxes of cereal bars and get the $5 Register Reward. It is possible to do these two deals at the same time thus getting all ten items on the same transaction and qualifying for the rebate.

So, after I had a bit of a rest during quiet time I took Precious with me to start teaching her the fine art of bargain shopping. I explained to her why I do these crazy things some times. She understands that I’m saving money so that we can spend it on other things. And she really just likes going out with me by herself.

We bought five boxes of cereal ($2.50 each) and five boxes of cereal bars ($2.50 each), for a total of $25. I got $10 in Register Rewards back. I will also send in for the $10 Kellogs rebate, so I got all that stuff for just $5. That’s 50 cents a box.

Fortunately the cereal is cereal that I would normally by - Special K, Raisin Bran, that kind of stuff. But I now have a lot of it. And earlier in the week I went to Vons to buy Cheerios for $1 a box, so we are loaded up on cereal for a while.

I would like to point out, though, that although the cereal was a great deal and I don’t regret buying it, I would venture to say that plain old-fashioned oatmeal is still cheaper and definitely healthier. During hot weather we just don’t eat that much oatmeal, but I know that once the weather starts to cool down we’ll be eating much more.

So, I realise that there is more to life than finding a great deal, but I really think of it as my hobby. And at least my hobby saves us money instead of costing money!

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