Monday, September 5, 2011

Buy 1 Get 7 Free!

If you were in the grocery store and saw a "Buy 1, Get 7 Free" sale on a product you use, you'd jump on it right? Me, too! Well today I made my own B1G7 sale using store sales and coupons together.

A few months ago I bought a couple of the very cool, Lysol Healthy Touch No-Touch Hand Soap Systems.  I had seen them on sale for anywhere from $9.99-$14.99 but scored them for $3.99!  I was pretty excited... until the soap ran out.  I found out the refills cost $3.99 each - for only 8-oz!  I was used to buying a large bottle of soap to refill my old soap dispensers, and was determined to do the same.

I couldn't get the top off the Lysol container, but my husband was able to do so with a screwdriver.  Hooray!  Unfortunately I was out of refill soap so I went to buy some.  The 40-oz store brand refill was $3.99.  Sure, it was the same price, but it was 5 times the size of the individual Lysol refills.  However I still didn't want to spend that much.  I started to explore other options and looked at the individual 8-oz bottles of Dial soap.  They retailed for $1.60, but were on sale for .88 cents.  I had a .35 cent coupon that would double, enabling me to get each for only .18 cents.  If I bought 5 of them (40-oz worth) and used them to refill my Lysol dispenser, it would only cost me .90 cents instead of $3.99 for the larger refill or  $19.95 if I bought the correct Lysol ones.

I used all my coupons and bought 8, which cost me $1.44 total.  That is less than the $1.60 retail cost for one.  So I look at it like I bought 1 and got 7 free!  I wish I could have gotten as good a deal on the 40-oz refill so I wouldn't be wasting all the individual packaging, but an .18 cent refill was too good to pass up!

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