Locals: Frugal Kids Weekend Activities 3/30


Each week Charlotte at My Active Child finds the best frugal events for you and your family in Hampton Roads.  Here is what you can expect this weekend:

Saturday

  • 10am-3pm Salem Spring Festival at Salem Middle School 2380 Lynnhaven Parkway Virginia Beach VA, 23464
  • 1pm Easter Egg Hunt at Bass Pro Shop 972 Power Plant Pkwy Hampton, VA 23666
Sunday
  • 1-4pm Easter Extravaganza at Georgetown Primary School 436 Providence Road Chesapeake, VA 23325

Looking for more fun?  Check out the My Active Child Activity Calendar!

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For Better Or Worse…. It’s Timeline


I just pressed the button.  The one that could change my entire business.

A Frugal Chick’s Facebook Page is now on Timeline.

This has had BIG consequences for some of my blogging friends because their readers can’t see them in their newsfeed anymore.

So if you like seeing me in your newsfeed (or you just want to like me on facebook) would you mind coming over and “liking” this status update?

This tells Facebook “hey- I like A Frugal Chick and want to know about all the amazing deals she finds.”

There are many new features for businesses with Timeline that are going to give us a chance to communicate with each other better- I just need to master them all.

So keep an eye on A Frugal Chick’s Facebook Page- great things are coming!

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Locals: Fun and Frugal Weekend Activities


Each week Charlotte at My Active Child finds the best frugal events for you and your family in Hampton Roads.  Here is what you can expect this weekend:

Saturday

– 9:30am “Tracking” at Sandy Bottom Nature Park 1255 Big Bethel Rd Hampton, VA 23666

– 10am-3pm Tidewater Parent- Camp Fair Greenbrier Mall 1401 Greenbrier Pkwy Chesapeake, VA 2332

– 10:30am-1pm Disney Store 25th Anniversary Events: Stickermania & Storytelling at Disney Store Lynnhaven Mall 701 Lynnhaven Parkway Virginia Beach, VA 23452

– 11am-1pm Pembroke Mall’s Easter Parade at Pembroke Mall 4554 Virginia Beach Blvd. Virginia Beach, VA 23462

– 11am-3pm Spring Kids Fest at Lynnhaven Mall 701 Lynnhaven Parkway Virginia Beach, VA 23452

– 1-3pm There Was A Little Froggie– Easter Craft Egg at all participating Michael’s Stores

– 1-4pm Survive First Landing at First Landing State Park Nature Center 2500 Shore Drive Virginia Beach, VA 23451

Sunday

– 10am “Wilderness Survival” at Sandy Bottom Nature Park 1255 Big Bethel Rd Hampton, VA 23666

– 1-4pm I Spy An Ecosystem! at Northwest River Park, 1733 Indian Creek Road Chesapeake VA

– 2pm Children’s Theater of Hampton Roads: “My Really Weird Next Door Neighbors” at MEO Central Library

– 2-5pm Kids Art Palooza at The Sandler Center 201 Market Street Virginia Beach, VA 23462

Looking for more fun?  Check out the My Active Child Activity Calendar!

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Locals: Designer Consignors Children’s Sale 3/15 – 3/17


It’s time again for the Designer Consignors Children’s Sale.

Having seen these with my own eyes I can vouch- this is not a sale you want to miss.

The sale is for three days:

March 15th- 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

March 16th- 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

March 17th- 8 a.m. to noon

The sale is located at the Church of the Ascension 4853 Princess Anne Road in Virginia Beach.  The sale is only held at the church- they are not affiliated.

They do accept VISA, Mastercard and Discover but of course always like cash as well!

To find out all the good information, including their facebook page and pictures of their previous sales check out the Designer Consignors website!

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How Do You Feel About Beards?


Today while out to a miraculous lunch with no lap top (I was reading though) I ran into a friend I now only see periodically.

We used to attend church together so for several years he was an active part of my life.  Now I see him every so often at races around town or when our mutual friends have get-togethers.  I was surprised to see my normally clean shaved friend with a thick beard.

While we were talking I kept thinking “it’s a really great beard but I just am not crazy about facial hair.”

As if he could hear my thoughts he mentioned that the beard has elicited VERY clear reactions from the women he comes in contact with- they seem to either love or hate it. Women who generally just passed him in the hallway had been making eye contact and others had a clear distaste.  It has actually caused some very funny moments with people in his office.

 

He, of course, asked what I thought and I was honest- I told him I wasn’t crazy about facial hair.

But I was thinking about it on the way home- almost every woman I know has a strong opinion about the subject- they either love or hate facial hair.

Some like the goatee, some the mustache and some a nice full beard.

Some like the 5 o’clock shadow.

What are your thoughts, thumbs up or thumbs down?  Do you have a very clear opinion of what you like?

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Spring Forward Tonight 3/10


In case no one has reminded you yet be sure to spring forward tonight!

Nothing like losing an hour of sleep- but I am excited about it being light outside later.

I hope you get to bed early tonight or take a nice long nap on Sunday afternoon!

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The Great Battle In My House


Every day in my house there is a great battle.

An epic struggle that happens in households every day.

Cat vs machine.

It begins with cat vs alarm clock.  In her opinion my alarm clock does NOT wake me up early enough.  About 30 minutes early she has waited long enough and feels the only proper reaction is to sit on my head.  After being tossed back to her corner of the bed she will curl up and wait just long enough for me to drift off to sleep and begin again.

Then it is cat vs computer.  While she leaves the computer alone all night as soon as I begin work in the morning she needs my attention IMMEDIATELY.  Thus begins the 30 times a day I pick her up and remove her from the keyboard or shove her off of my papers.

After that it is cat vs electric piano.  Each day I try to sit down, warm up my voice and work on some music.  This is unacceptable because it could be time better spent with her.  So in the middle of some particularly difficult passage she will jump down on the keyboard, making a horrible noise and scaring the tar out of me.

In the evening it is cat vs television.  It seems the only appropriate place for her to curl up and sleep is right in front of the screen.  A spot she has not been in all day long.

Then in the morning it begins all over again.

Does anyone else have a similar battle in your house?

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How To Save On Cable


Most houses in the U.S. are able to get cable through local providers.  I would say from my experience most of you feel like you are overpaying for your cable but may not be aware of other options.

Most people are not using their cable to it’s fullest capabilities.  By evaluating your cable usage you might be able to find a cheaper alternative to paying for full cable!

1.  The most basic step is to compare your costs to all other companies that provide the same service.  Check the prices on all the cable companies in town as well as satellite television.  If there is a company in town that has services cheaper than your current provider, call and let them know you are thinking about switching.

2.  If you need other services, be sure you are bundling.  (Make sure to take the time to evaluate if you REALLY need all of these services.)  Most of the time there is a benefit to having your phone, internet and cable through the same provider.  Try to have all three through the same company and maximize your savings.

3.  Watch for promotions on television and the paper.  Are they offering free months or perks to new subscribers?  Call and negotiate- you never know what they will be able to give you.

4.  Keep track of what you watch!  You may be able to get rid of some of your channels and move to a smaller package.

5.  Don’t do pay per view or on demand.  Use Red Box.

6.  Consider Hulu and Netflix.

7. Do an experiment- consider taking a month and doing this experiment.  For the whole month only watch shows that you would be able to see with rabbit ears on your television.  For the remaining shows check out which ones are available online.  You can check the websites of the station or Hulu.  If you have searched every where online and can not find them, purchase them on Itunes.  At the end of the month add up those purchases- they might be cheaper than your current cable bill!

I hope these seven tips can help you cut your cable bill without missing your favorite shows!

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Welcome 92.9 The Wave Listeners


If you are stopping by because you heard me with the great folks at 92.9 The Wave- thanks!  I hope you like what you find and will follow me on facebook or twitter so you always know what is going on!

Here are the deals we talked about today:

Leap Year Freebies

Free Auntie Anne’s Pretzel March 3rd

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Will You Cancel Netflix Now?


I am crushed- my days of watching Tangled on Netflix are numbered.

Last fall Netflix announced that they were losing their contract with Starz Play.  This means over 1,000 movies and television shows will be cut from their streaming selection.

The day has finally come- after February 29th none of the Starz Play movies or television shows will be available.

Reed Hastings, CEO of Netflix tells Business Insider that although he is sorry to see Starz go, he isn’t worried about the effect the loss of this content would have on Netflix’s business.  Starz programs only account for 8 percent of U.S. Netflix users’ viewing time.

I have to be honest- after the price hike from last year I am surprised they are doing this.

What do you think?  If you still have Netflix will this be enough to get you to cancel?  Are your favorite shows or movies disappearing?

It is important to note that this blog accepts forms of cash advertising, sponsorships, paid insertions, or other forms of compensation. The compensation received will never influence the content, topics or posts made in this blog. All opinions stated in this blog belong to its author and no one else. I will only endorse products, companies, and services that I have found worthy of my time and opinion. A Frugal Chick is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to www.amazon.com.


Beer and Diapers


Some things in life are just classic pairs: peanut butter and jelly, Mulder and Scully, burgers and fries….

And now… beer and diapers.

Picture a Friday night.  A young man who used to be out with his friends drinking in a bar has now become a father.  And his dreams of a normal Friday night is now diapers, bottles and spit up.  So the bar is losing out.  However there is no reason this young man can not drink at home right?  And the stores want to be sure he remembers this.  So they put the diapers right next to the beer.

And guess what happens?  It sells.

I took this picture yesterday in my local Walmart to show you- the beer is in the front and the diapers are in the back of the shot.  They are probably 15 feet from each other.

While I am not an extreme couponer I am a big fan of the stockpile.  The goal of stockpiling is that you never have to run out at the last minute and pay full price for something you need.  Another benefit of the stock pile is that it saves you from in-store marketing.  Diapers and beer are just one of a million examples of the strategy used in setting up stores.

So buy an extra bag of diapers when you find a really good deal- it can save you later on!

It is important to note that this blog accepts forms of cash advertising, sponsorships, paid insertions, or other forms of compensation. The compensation received will never influence the content, topics or posts made in this blog. All opinions stated in this blog belong to its author and no one else. I will only endorse products, companies, and services that I have found worthy of my time and opinion. A Frugal Chick is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to www.amazon.com.


A Frugal Chick On Google +


I know I am months behind all the other bloggers but I have finally done it- A Frugal Chick is on Google + now.

I am slowly learning how the site works (as I am sure most of you are) so hang on as we figure it out together!

If you have no idea what I am talking about don’t worry about it- keep enjoying A Frugal Chick on Facebook and Twitter.

It is important to note that this blog accepts forms of cash advertising, sponsorships, paid insertions, or other forms of compensation. The compensation received will never influence the content, topics or posts made in this blog. All opinions stated in this blog belong to its author and no one else. I will only endorse products, companies, and services that I have found worthy of my time and opinion. A Frugal Chick is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to www.amazon.com.


I Missed My Anniversary!

This past Saturday, February 18th, was the one year anniversary of a day that changed my life- the day I got laid off from my job.

I went to work one Friday morning in 2011 having no idea that by that afternoon I would have my office plant in the back seat of my car driving home.  It was scary and exciting at the same time.  I was working three jobs and while the one I lost was by far the largest and provided 85% of my income I had always wondered what would happen if those extra 50 hours a week required by my full time job suddenly became available to me.

This past year has been one of the best of my life.  I am living on less than 50% of what I used to make and I am so happy.  When I was working I was miserable.  I now eat better, work out more, sleep more and stress less.  It’s funny how when you have less money to spend on things you don’t worry as much about where it is going.

Running this site and everything that goes with it is a full time job.  It’s much more than 40 hours a week.  It means sometimes doing things I don’t want to, working long hours and counting every dime hoping that at the end of the month income is more than expenses.

But I have discovered there is truth in the statement that if you do something you love you never work a day in your life.  I love my job.  I love my fellow bloggers who have been unbelievably supportive and helpful in the last 12 months.  And I love my readers- I love meeting people who want to make their lives better.

So while this post for me is a chance to reflect on the past year of my life it is also a thank you for your support and all the encouragement YOU have given me.  A Frugal Chick readers are the best and I am thankful every day that you have invited me into your life and that there are people who understand my compulsive need to save money!

Side Note: I have also kept my office plant alive for the past year.  This is a MAJOR accomplishment in my life!

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FULL: New Meal Planning Class Open To The Public


In teaching coupon classes the one thing I have consistently heard from people is that they would like to learn more about meal planning.

Whether it’s once a month cooking or just helping to expand their recipe collection people are always looking for ways to make meal planning faster and less expensive.

Sharon from Mom on Dealz and I have heard you and are VERY excited to announce our first Meal Planning Class!

Here are some of the topics we will be discussing:

Once a Month Cooking
Once a Week Cooking
Maximizing Your Slow Cooker
Menu Creating
Freezer Storage Times
Organization Methods and Tools
Everyday Cooking
Cooking From Your Stockpile
Discount Shopping

As we put the finishing touches on the class that list will expand.

In addition to those items we (with you of course) will be building a menu specifically for your household for atleast two weeks, possibly a month depending on which cooking style you choose.

All participants will need to bring a three ring binder as we will have LOTS of paperwork to hand out.  Additionally it would be helpful if everyone attending has a laptop or tablet of some sort as many of the tools will be utilized online.

The class will be March 22nd from 6 -8 p.m. at the Chesapeake Public Library on Volvo Parkway.  As this will be our first one we are making it small- we are only accepting 10 participants.

The cost of the class will be $20.  It must be paid to reserve your seat and there are no refunds or transfers.

If you are interested please use the About Me Tab above to send me an e-mail.  From there I will give you the address to pay via paypal or to mail a check.

I hope you all are as excited about this class as we are- I think it can really make a difference for some Hampton Roads families!

It is important to note that this blog accepts forms of cash advertising, sponsorships, paid insertions, or other forms of compensation. The compensation received will never influence the content, topics or posts made in this blog. All opinions stated in this blog belong to its author and no one else. I will only endorse products, companies, and services that I have found worthy of my time and opinion. A Frugal Chick is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to www.amazon.com.


March Coupon Class Available Dates


My plans for March changed so I have many more dates for coupon classes available than I thought I would!

These are dates where I am available to come and teach.  I am looking for people to HOST classes.  I do not have any open to the public currently.

The classes take roughly 2 hours and as long as there are 6 or more people, the cost is $10 per person.  If less than 6 attend the host is expected to make up the financial difference.  I can teach at a kitchen table or in front of 100 people in a lecture hall.   I have taught classes for MOPS groups, military associates, fraternal groups and congregations.

If you are an organization and would like to talk about a discount for a large class contact me and we will see what we can do!

I also do one on one tutoring.  The price depends on the location where we meet.

The available dates for March are the 3rd, 5th, 8th, 10th, 12th, 15th, 17th, 19th 24th, 26th and 31st.  These dates are subject to change and are filled on a first come, first served basis.

If you are interested check out all the information about Coupon Classes and then contact me!  I would love to teach you how to save big money!

It is important to note that this blog accepts forms of cash advertising, sponsorships, paid insertions, or other forms of compensation. The compensation received will never influence the content, topics or posts made in this blog. All opinions stated in this blog belong to its author and no one else. I will only endorse products, companies, and services that I have found worthy of my time and opinion. A Frugal Chick is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to www.amazon.com.


Happy Singles Awareness Day!


Happy February 14th- which in my life is celebrated as Singles Awareness Day!

I hope that no matter who you are you have someone to love- whether it is a great friend or someone super special.

May you have a fantastic day filled with love, joy and great sales!

It is important to note that this blog accepts forms of cash advertising, sponsorships, paid insertions, or other forms of compensation. The compensation received will never influence the content, topics or posts made in this blog. All opinions stated in this blog belong to its author and no one else. I will only endorse products, companies, and services that I have found worthy of my time and opinion. A Frugal Chick is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to www.amazon.com.


Why I Had To Quit Watching HGTV

No this is not my house in the picture

In the last year I have been adapting myself to this notion of working at home.  It’s a BIG adjustment going from an office full of people to an 800 square foot condo alone.  And while it has it perks (I get to cook all my meals at home and wear my pajamas to the office) it does get VERY quiet.

So a few months ago I started keeping HGTV on in the background, just for the noise factor.  I got hooked on shows like Property Brothers, Income Property and House Hunters.  They showed these amazing homes with granite countertops, soaker tubs in the bathroom, heated floors and giant stainless steel appliances.  It was sort of like “Extreme Home Make Over” without having to cry at the stories.

And at the beginning it was fun imagining what it would be like to live there.  To walk into an enormous bedroom and sink into clean white 8-million thread sheets (have you seen the Biltmore Estate Sheets) on a king sized bed that belonged to me.  To have heated floors and towel racks in the bathroom.  To have a giant walk in closet with shelves that rotated my shoes so I didn’t have to go digging around on the floor trying to find my favorite cowboy boots.

After a few weeks I started noticing things around my house.  A small stain in the carpet, my popcorn ceilings and my “scratch and dent” fridge had never bothered me before.  I was happy to have a roof over my head, hot water in my shower and an HVAC system that worked until I spent too much time looking at vaulted ceilings, rain shower heads and thermostats that could be set from a cell phone.

Like staring at too many magazine covers of airbrushed models I started to obsess over every little thing.  My condo felt small and inadequate.  Suddenly discontentment was becoming an issue in an area I had never cared about.  So I had to turn off HGTV for both myself and my wallet.  I would have put myself in debt for something pretty that didn’t make my life one bit  better.  Everything in my house works perfectly, why should I think I NEED more?

One day when my mortgage is paid off I can take all these dreams I have for my home and put them into play.  When my wants can be paid for with cash they will be all that much more fun.  But for now I will have to keep watching “Once Upon A Time” and “Leverage” because neither of them make me want a new washer and dryer!

It is important to note that this blog accepts forms of cash advertising, sponsorships, paid insertions, or other forms of compensation. The compensation received will never influence the content, topics or posts made in this blog. All opinions stated in this blog belong to its author and no one else. I will only endorse products, companies, and services that I have found worthy of my time and opinion. A Frugal Chick is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to www.amazon.com.


Popcorn Valentines Day Hearts


Momondealz had a great idea for a frugal Valentines Day craft! January 19th is National Popcorn Day and with Valentines less than a month away, this craft is a delicious and fun way to celebrate both!

Materials/Ingredients:
2 Bags of Microwave Popcorn
3.5 Tablespoons Butter
1 Bag of Mini Marshmallows
(1) 3 oz Strawberry Jello
Heart Shaped Cookie Cutter (or knife)

Directions:
1. Pop both bags of popcorn and set aside.

2. Melt butter over low heat in a large saucepan.

3. Add entire package of marshmallow and melt, stirring frequently.

4. Remove from the heat and add 1/2 of the package of jello powder and stir.

5. Add 1 and 1/2 bags of the popped popcorn to the melted marshmallows and mix well.

6. Spread out on wax paper and cut or form heart shapes.

To see the educational activities that coincide with this craft/recipe, visit Momondealz here.

It is important to note that this blog accepts forms of cash advertising, sponsorships, paid insertions, or other forms of compensation. The compensation received will never influence the content, topics or posts made in this blog. All opinions stated in this blog belong to its author and no one else. I will only endorse products, companies, and services that I have found worthy of my time and opinion. A Frugal Chick is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to www.amazon.com.


Why A Frugal Chick Cares About SOPA


I try to keep you guys out of my special “blogger world” and just let you live in the “saving money” world when it comes to my life.  Listening to me complain about “blogging world” is reserved for my friends and family.

However for today I am taking a stand with many others against a new bill that is making it’s way around Washington DC.  If this bill passes internet censorship will change forever and thousands of sites like mine will be in jeopardy of being shut down.

Without getting into the confusing parts this bill (SOPA) poses a huge threat to my way of life.  If this bill is passed basically all anyone has to do is CLAIM that you have copywrited materical on your site and they shut you down without any proof at all. Literally it says all they have to do is write a letter and the companies that you work with have 5 days to pull everything from you.

So let’s say that another blogger posts the same deal I do- maybe they do the Food Lion match ups like I do or they find the same coupon.  They can then send a notice into Google and Paypal letting them know I have stolen their property and I begin a long and complicated battle to continue my livlihood.

And it’s not just going to affect me either- if you have a Flikr account and someone thinks your photo is too close to theirs, the same thing could happen to you.  This is on all internet property- not just those of us making a living online.

So today January 18th many website are going dark (have you tried to get into Wikipedia today? how about google?)- they will not do any work during the day in protest.  I seriously considered doing this.  And honestly if it wasn’t a Wednesday I might have.  However I know many of my readers get their grocery match ups on Wednesday and I am not going to punish your families by taking those deals away.

On the same token as the vote for this bill gets closer and closer I may ask you to drop an e-mail to your local representative and let him or her know that you think it’s a bad idea.  Talks resume in February so for now we will watch and wait.

I am so thankful every day for those of you who read me site and give me love in comments and facebook.  I have the greatest job in the world and anything that threatens it I will fight.

It is important to note that this blog accepts forms of cash advertising, sponsorships, paid insertions, or other forms of compensation. The compensation received will never influence the content, topics or posts made in this blog. All opinions stated in this blog belong to its author and no one else. I will only endorse products, companies, and services that I have found worthy of my time and opinion. A Frugal Chick is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to www.amazon.com.


Quick Shopping Trip Tonight


Tonight I made a quick shopping trip to Dollar General and Farm Fresh.  They are both located within walking distance of my house so it’s not too much trouble for me to go to both.

I wanted to go to Dollar General because I need garbage bags and couldn’t find a good deal on them at any of the stores.  I also checked out the Hunt’s Snack Pack Puddings I was planning on getting at Harris Teeter and they were a few cents cheaper at Dollar General.

Here was the haul at Dollar General:

2 boxes Hefty Easy Flap 80 count boxes $7.50- On sale for $6.50
– $1/1 Hefty Waste Bags, exp. 3/31/12 (RP 01/01/12)
Final Price: $5.50 each or about $.08 each bag

12 boxes Hunt’s Snack Pack (4 pk) $1.00 each (most of these will be for the food pantry at church)
Used 3 $1/4 Hunts Snack Pack Pudding, exp. 2/5/12 (SS 01/01/12 R)
Final Price: $.75 each or about $.19 per cup

Price before sales and coupons: $27.00
After sales: $25.00
Final Price: $20.00 (saved about 25% off Dollar General Prices- which are already pretty low)

Here are the items from Farm Fresh:

Celestial Seasonings Tea- $4.09, on sale for $2.50
– $1/1 Celestial Seasonings Tea Bags, exp. 2/6/12 (SS 11/06/11 R)
Final Price: $1.50

Starkist Tuna Pouches $1.69, on sale for $1.00
Used 2 $0.50/1 Starkist Tuna Pouch Product, exp. 2/12/12 (RP 01/01/12)
Final Price: FREE

Total before sales and coupons: $7.47
After sales: $4.50
Brought reuseable bag: $4.45
After coupons: $1.45- saved about 80%

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