Friday, April 23, 2010

Frugal Friday: Reduce, Reuse, Repurpose, Recycle and DQ Blizzard 25th Anniversary

Here are the deals I found this week:
U by Kotex $3.49 - $1 coupon - $3.49 rebate = $1 profit (Rite Aid)
CVS Cocoa Butter Moisturing Lotion $1.49 - $1 coupon off CVS skin care from machine = $.49 (CVS)
Stride Shift gum $.99 - $1 ECB raincheck = Free (CVS)
CVS Green Bag Tag $.99 - $.99 ECB = Free (CVS) - see below
TGIF Potato Skins Snacks $.99 - $1 coupon no longer available = Free (Rite Aid)
Ronzoni Smart Taste Pasta $1 - $.75 coupon doubled = Free (Martins)
7 Up 2 Liter $1.25 - $1 printable coupon no longer available = $.25 (Martins)
April 22nd was Earth Day. I'm not a political advocate for Earth Day but I do feel responsible to be a conscientious steward of the beautiful creation and blessings that God has given us. The motto "reduce, reuse, recycle" is called the waste hierarchy. The aim of the waste hierarchy is to extract the maximum practical benefits from products and to generate the minimum amount of waste. The best option is to reduce consumption, then if that is not possible reuse the item, then if that is not possible repurpose the item. And the least favorable if nothing else is reasonable, rather than sending it to a land fill, recycle. It makes sense to me.
It's so easy so not think about it and just flow with the norm and put everything in the trash to go to "get rid of it" somewhere. Mike and I could always do a little better in this area too. So, I thought I would focus on ways to reduce, reuse, repurpose and recycle over the next few weeks.
The CVS Green Bag Tag is a great way to encourage reusable bags when shopping which reduces waste by reducing usage of plastic bags. You can put the tag on any reusable bag. Each time you shop at CVS and use your reusable shopping bag (scan the tag) it goes toward earning ECB. After 4 scans, you earn $1 ECB. I love it...I wish other stores did the same thing.
And as a treat...who could pass up on a "buy one DQ Blizzard, get another for $.25" Anniversary Special April 19-25?

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