Sunday, January 27, 2013

Birthday Shopping at Kohl's

birthday smiley faceFor my birthday this year I found myself needing a couple more pairs of jean pants. Some of mine have deteriorated after spending countless hours giving my 5 year old and 3 year old daughters horsy-back rides across the living room.

I took the girls with me and my wife to Kohl's yesterday on a Saturday afternoon to do some clothes shopping.

Luckily the girls were well behaved. Their behavior can be a crapshoot, most times we don't know if they are going to be well-behaved or mischievous.

The girls were very patient while we stood in line to return one of the shirts I purchased for my wife, which I purchased mostly with the Kohl's cash I had gotten from doing my Christmas shopping.

While we were waiting in line a man asked Bernadette (the 5 year old) if they could trade shoes. She looked at me for a second to see if it was okay to talk with him. I smiled at her and she was at a loss for words. The man then told her that it was okay they didn't have to trade shoes and that he didn't blame her for not wanting to.
men's blue jeans

What We Bought

  • 16 pack of Swiss Miss K-cups
  • Jar of Caramel Apple Butter
  • Discounted pair of pearl earrings
  • 2 Pairs of Apt#9 jeans
After we have picked out everything we wanted to buy we head over to the check out lane. I had saved my MVC Kohl's $10 birthday gift card, my $50 Kohl's gift card that I got for Christmas, and we used my wife's $2 store credit we got that day from returning the shirt. We also went shopping during a 30% off discount period for using a Kohl's charge card. Our total was only

$2.34!!

Monday, January 21, 2013

Grocery Store Price Surprise

environmentally friendly grocery bag
My wife normally handles the majority of the grocery shopping in our household, but every now and then I help her out by going to the store especially if we are running low on a couple of items.

This time we were on our last gallon of milk, and short on a few other items of necessity. It was late and the middle of the week, my wife normally wakes up earlier than me so I told her I would go to our local Kroger to pick up what we needed.

When I get into the car I notice we are low on gas. I decide it would be better to get the gas first before I do the grocery shopping. We buy most of our groceries at Kroger so naturally we have their rewards card. I pull up to the pump at Kroger and glance at the stubbornly high price of gasoline. I swipe our card and select the option to use the gas reward of $0.25 off per gallon. Our car is a Nissan Versa, which has a small 12 gallon tank, I proceed to fill up the tank and wasn't too surprised to see that the tally was over $25 even with the discount.

After I finished at the gas station I drove down to the main entrance of Kroger and parked. Now I haven't been to the grocery store in well over three months, and when I do go I don't always pay that much attention to the prices of most goods. This time however I was quite surprised at how expensive everything was. It seemed like the prices on most items had been raised at least a little bit. I have noted in previous that generally the price of beef and other meat products had increased, but they were even higher than last time!

smiley face that says wowI walk around the aisles and load up my hand cart. I eventually make it over to the self-checkout lane. I scan my plus card and begin the task of scanning each item and placing it in the bagging area. As I approach the bottom of the hand cart I look at the total, and it is much higher than I thought it would be. Normally on my trips to the store I pay between $25 to $35, this time it was well over $55 and approaching $60. I reluctantly swipe my credit card and pay the amount due.

As I drive home I wonder about how much this increase in food is hurting American families and other families across the world. I am thankful that I can afford to feed my family, but I have a feeling that if the price of food continues on this upward trajectory many more families will have to cut back on spending or worry about buying enough food.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

I Don't Recommend FlexOffers For Your Affiliate Needs

thumbs downFlexoffers

As an owner of many websites I often have to deal with various affiliate sites for advertising purposes. While for the most part I've had a positive experience with many affiliate sites and most are very professional; I can't say the same for Flexoffers.

A little history of Flexoffers: I first joined an affiliate site called Cardoffers.com, which will a couple years later turn into Flexoffers. While I was a member of Cardoffers I was pretty satisfied some of their payments would arrive a month or two late, which would put me on edge a little, but for the most part I was pleased with their service.

The major problems began when they switched to the new website. They never said why they switched, but I suspect that the original site was sold, and the new owners didn't want to have anything to do with the affiliate side of the business. The Cardoffers site is still online as a credit card review site.

The final straw for me came when they sent me a check and it bounced. Not only did the check bounce, but the payment itself was three months late. I tried to deposit the check from my affiliate earnings and about a week later the bank told me the account was blocked or frozen. Instead of having $126, I'm out $20 for the bounced check fee.

bounced check from flexoffers

After that I stopped using Flexoffers, and if you are a currently running their ads I would switch to a different network as soon as possible before you get a bounced check too.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

How I Spent my $20 in Kohl's Cash


kohl's cash
As the typical procrastinator that I am I wait until the very last day my Kohl's cash is still useable to visit their store and spend the $20 I earned for spending $100 during my Christmas shopping.


I immediately head over to the Keurig K-Cups section in the kitchen department to check out their stock, and see if they have any decent discounts. As I expected the shelves that contain them are mostly bare with only a few un-liked flavors left. I check the prices of each brand and proceed to see if there are any of my favorite flavors still available.

box of keurig style swiss miss hot chocolate
Very Yummy!
Becareful it comes out Hot!
I buy a 16 pack of Swiss Miss Milk Chocolate for the Keurig coffee maker for $11.99 I normally buy coffee, but this time I decided to go with Hot Chocolate, because I know the wife will drink some, and I have plenty of regular K-cups from Christmas presents.

I ask my wife what should we like if I had some left over money, and she told me a pair of jeggings. I walk around the ladies department a couple of times, but I can't find any jeggings. I decide to look at some tops instead and wander to the clearance section. Most of the tops aren't her size, but after going through what seems like all of them I find a blue paisley, it's been marked down significantly and is only $4.40. This is perfect I might be able to buy one more top for her and still be around the $20 mark. I go through the shirts one more time and find an acceptable one that I hope she will like, it's also priced at $4.40.

I take my items up to the checkout line and wait less than 5 minutes to checkout. I hand over my items to the cashier and after he scans them I give him the $20 Kohl's cash card. He scans it and tells me I owe $0.70. I smile and reach into my pocket and hand him a dollar. I complete the transaction and head to my car.


After I got home I checked and Amazon is selling the same package of K-Cups for $11.29. But I wasn't too bummed since I only spent $0.70 cents for 3 items. The best news is we are both greatly enjoying the hot chocolate on these cold winter nights, and my wife really liked the blue paisley top I picked out.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Christmas Shopping 2012

2012 encased in snow and ice
Christmas Shopping 2012
In this post I'm going to share with you my holiday shopping experience.

This year I accomplished 90% of my holiday shopping on one trip to Kohl's.

Money is a little tighter this year than last so I decide to try to cap my purchases at $25 per gift. I still have my mom, dad, sister, brother, and wife to buy gifts for. Luckily for me, the wife understands our current financial situation (more money leaving our bank account than is coming in) and knows she won't be getting an expensive gift this year.

After perusing my list of gift ideas I head down the aisle ways of Kohl's. I make sure I get what the person asked for but also at the cheapest price. I looked at a few chair cushions for my dad, I had bought my parents some chair cushions a couple of years ago, and they were destroyed by their cats.

Knowing this I felt the fabric of several of the cushions to make sure it was durable and able to withstand the occasional cat kneading. I saw a pair of memory foam that were almost 50% off and plucked them into my shopping cart. Time will tell how well they do against 6 full grown cats.

After an hour of diligently searching most of the Kitchen, Frames, and Pillow aisles I have most of my gift obligations covered.


my kohls shopping receipt

Savings

20% off Coupon$25.23
Chair Pads$30.00
Cookware$10.00
Kitchen Gadgets$2.10
Food$8.70
Frame$30.00
Total: $106.03

When I reach the cashier after a brief wait in line, I remember I only have a 20% off the entire purchase coupon instead of the god-like 30% off. But after seeing the receipt I am pretty pleased with the final price of $106.72. After all the discounted prices and the coupon I saved $106.03 which is almost as much as I spent, and I received $20 in Kohl's cash for spending $100.00.

Luckily I was able to save gas by only going on one shopping trip that was less than 10 minutes away from my residence.