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DON’T TOUCH That Feminine Hygiene!

So the title is probably bit more “umpf” than the entry that’s to follow… I told Bebe this morning the story and she got a kick out if it – she even gave me one of those really mischievous smirks (which are damn rare) so I thought I’d share with the world if it’s enough to amuse her. For those who are not aware, Shoppers Drug Mart, had Sunday & Monday sale for Stayfree Pads, Carefree Liners or O.B. Tampons for $1.99 (up to a limit of 4 I believe). By the time most people read this, the sale would already be long over, lest places that have time-difference or you’re willing to scrounge a 24-hour one.

Anyways, yesterday night I went with my mom to SDM to buy some eggs and milk, the typical “household fridge necessities” and then as we were lining up for the cash, I noticed one of those “bargain bins” where it listed that any items contained within were either $1 or $2. I started to sift through them and then I picked up a box of the new “Kleenex Cool Touch” tissue. I had ordered some samples in the mail so thought I’d just point it out to my mom that these were the ones I was talking about. She started getting all wound up about it and was like (hard to explain the actual reaction), “What?!! Why are you touching that box? Stop playing with feminine hygiene products! Are you buying it for bebe? If not, put the box down.” Obviously this is a translation since my mom was freaking out at me in Cantonese. I was like, “Umm… what are you talking about? This is tissue.” The funny thing though is when I picked it up, I had already known it was tissue, but when she began to freak out on me, for just a moment, I actually doubted myself whether I actually DID pick up a box of feminine hygiene products (because since I do buy them), but then I double checked and realized I picked up just a tissue box. My mom starts mumbling because I proved her wrong and she got all wound up about nothing.

Now to be honest, the box DOES look rather like a pad or tampon box, but I think she should’ve actually looked closer before raising hell about it. Trust me, it wasn’t just a simple thing she said, I could tell by the tone, loudness and speediness of her voice that she was wondering why I’d be buying feminine hygiene products, but luckily even if I was, now that I have bebe, I can at least put it on her tab and say I’m buying for her 😆 Here’s a picture of the Kleenex Brand – Cool Touch tissue:

Kleenex: Cool Touch (Facial Tissue)

Kleenex: Cool Touch (Facial Tissue)

I was slightly annoyed that she’d get all worked up over that, whether it was feminine hygiene or not, but conservative Asian moms will always be, conservative Asian moms.

On another note, today I had to travel to 5 SDM’s to get the pads and liners which bebe wanted (yes, they are actually for her this time 😛 – not for my girls to test). She wanted 3 packs and I managed to find 2 at one of the initial stores. Finally I went to one by my house, in a “smaller” and “less populated” area of town where luckily the shelves were still very much intact. The other 3 stores ran completely out-of-stock, just for the kind she likes… seems rather popular I guess. It seemed like there was every other Stayfree pad available, all except our fav as there was a huge hole in the shelf where they were placed, bummer… and at this price, it hasn’t happened in like 4 months so time to stock up while we can! I even went to SDM with one of my female coworkers so that was rather fun. She did want to buy some O.B. tampons, but she didn’t really have a place to hide them as she forgot her purse and her car was driven by her husband today. I suppose if she really wanted to, there are tons of places to hide them until the end-of-the-day, but she also had preference towards the U by Kotex tampons so even at such an attractive price for O.B. she still couldn’t take the dive.

Well I accomplished a lot today anyways, got 3 packs of Stayfree pads and 1 pack of Carefree liners to stock up bebe’s pad drawer! Counting down the days already to my sweetie’s period already 🙂 Just wish she had shorter cycles, lol!

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“Sales” Might Not Be Worth Buying Into

You may wonder what I mean by my entry title, but you will after reading this! I was talking to one of my readers and she mentioned a few pads that she asked me to take a look at and one of them got me interested. I had been hunting for sales for a week already since it would appear that my supplies at home are running low and it’s time to switch it up a bit. With her recommendation, I decided to follow suit and had already been scrounging my e-flyers and deal-sites online to see if I can find myself some upcoming sales. On Thursday night, I still did not find any store that had good sales (most stores have their “flyer week” start on Friday or Saturday, but display their ‘upcoming’ week deals by Thursday).

I was a bit frustrated, given that I’ve been back in Canada for 2 weeks already and haven’t even noticed any decent sales on pads/tampons. I understand that the whole O.B. Ultra fiasco may have put everyone into a high-alert situation, but come on, they already pulled the O.B. tampon sales right out of the flyers now, because usually they get included in the same sales as Carefree Liners and Stayfree pads. Oh, speaking of the whole O.B. Ultra tampon shortage, feel free to read about it here: http://www.chatelaine.com/en/blog/post/23534–why-these-tampons-will-cost-you-79-99

O.B. Ultra Tampons - Discontinuation shocks the world!

Pulling a well-known tampon off the market is like taking well-known condoms away from guys!

Anyways, off this whole O.B Ultra tampon situation because there’s tons of sites covering that already. So as I was getting annoyed at the fact I’ve been trying to find sales for several weeks already, I decided to look up some manufacturer coupons right off their sites, rather than relying on clip-outs or store-sales. So then I found a new coupon since their old one expired. If you’re an existing or potential user of Stayfree pads, feel free to checkExclusive $2 Off Coupon for Stayfree Maxi Pads this out: http://stayfree.ca/sampling/en/coupon.asp — although I believe that THIS coupon is only usable in Canada and participating stores. Please note that the expiry on the coupon is March 31, 2011.

I was quite happy, that is, until I read closely at the use-of-coupon terms and conditions. One of the key terms state that, “Not valid in combination with any other offers. Offer only valid on regular-priced STAYFREE® products.” and so after reading that, it set me back a bit since “regular priced” pads are usually quite expensive. So I continued to mull around and then my reader told me about Walmart, being one of the cheapest place to find pads/tampons (or well, mostly anything) at a reasonable price when other places don’t have them on sale.

As I was checking the flyers once again Friday morning at work, I did notice that Shoppers Drug Mart had Carefree/Stayfree (yep that’s right, no O.B.) liners and pads on sale for $2.99. Unfortunately the sale didn’t start until Saturday though, so I frowned. I was bored at work and still trying to think of where I can get myself an awesome deal, I decided to print out 4 of the Stayfree coupons (wasn’t meant to be greedy, but more of the fact every 8.5 x 11 page fits 4, so I don’t like wasting so much space) and just keep them in my car whenever I see a chance to use it.

It dawned upon me what one of my readers said. She did say that Walmart tends to be a good place to buy cheap products when other stores are selling them at (higher) regular prices, so I thought I’d do some research. Of course Walmart’s online site is a bitch and I couldn’t find the price of Stayfree products for some reason, so I decided to go there since I live less than 1km away from one. The reason why I was interested in going to Walmart is to see their “regular price” because that means I’m eligible to use the coupon. Since SDM had them on sale for $2.99 already, the coupon would not be valid under the clause. When I reached the feminine hygiene aisle and spotted the Stayfree section, I was happy to see it was $3.93 and doing a quick head-math, it would mean I’d be able to acquire a pack for $1.93 after the coupon deduction!

Stayfree pads @ regular price paired with a $2 off coupon!

Stayfree pads @ regular price paired with a $2 off coupon!

==MAJOR INTERRUPTION START==

As I was looking at the receipt more closely, I just noticed they applied HST to this purchase. As I recall, only the GST portion (5%) is supposed to be taxed on feminine hygiene products! The 8% PST portion should’ve been exempt or an “instant-rebate” should’ve been applied. Those Walmart fuckers charged me 31 cents more than they were supposed to on the tax! Yes, I understand that taxes are usually calculated on the pre-coupon prices which is fine, but the total tax should’ve only cost 20 cents!! I should take the receipt back and bitch at them, or report them to the government for incorrectly charging me, but they’re lucky it’s only a few cents or they’d never hear the end of my wrath!

==MAJOR INTERRUPTION END==

So ya, I realize after all this, I could’ve told my story in a paragraph of something, but the point I’m trying to make is just to remind people that sometimes we’re blinded by the allure of seeing things “on sale” because as you can see, with a coupon, I ended up getting a much better deal (even after being ripped off, lol). To make the most economical choice, you have to weigh whether the sale is better WITHOUT a coupon, or better WITH a coupon, even buying it at “regular price”. However, I should also note that there are some coupons (like Brandsaver/Save.CA) that don’t have this restriction, so make sure you read carefully all the coupons/deals you use to ensure they abide to the store/coupon policy! And so, for $2.44 total, I got myself a wonderful pack of…

Stayfree Ultra Thin Overnight Pads

Disclaimer: I did not get the bonus pack, the picture is JUST for reference

Stayfree Ultra Thin Overnights!

I’ve experimented with these before, but it wasn’t until one of my readers informed me that they changed the pad a bit and added rear-wings (similar to the ones I displayed in previous reviews of pads I bought in Hong Kong) – so after hearing that, I certainly had to give them another shot to let them redeem themselves! Not only that, but she also said she really liked them, so heck, never hurts to revisit a pad I haven’t tested in so long. Who knows, maybe it will surprize me – and it sure did! However, lets leave that for the review later.

So there you have it folks, make sure you take some time to do some quick math and consider whether just shooting for the sales or making use a coupon (or both if you’re lucky) will net you the BEST pad/tampon shopping price! The world has changed a lot, so don’t forget that not only can you clip-out coupons from the paper/flyers, in-store/on-shelf rebates – but that you even have online/printable coupons as a resource! I have heard of some places that refuse to accept printable coupons, so make sure you check the store’s participation level ahead-of-time or if they give you a hard time, speak to one of the supervisors/managers of the store! A couple dollars here and there may not seem like a lot, but your wallet or credit card statement will notice the difference!

If you have any comments or hints for fellow readers, feel free to share!

Weekly Sales #8

These deals are only applicable to select regions of Canada, Ontario. Please verify these sales against your local flyer or e-flyer before purchase!

Ya... 'cuz you know, women just have a happy period all the time 🙂

I’ve been hunting for (Original) Kotex sales for a while now… still only 2 so far and it isn’t really a “great deal”… I suppose 2.50/ea @ SDM is not too bad if I buy two. Guess I’ll check it out, see what they have and perhaps get some! The stock is running low, don’t want to let it hit rock-bottom 😛

Weekly Sales

Pharma Plus and Rexall Chains

Assorted Always Maxi Pads, Kotex Maxi Pads/Liners, Stayfree Maxi Pads, Carefree Liners, Tampax Tampons and O.B. Tampons 2 for $6.99

Assorted Playtex Gentle Glide (36’s) and Sports Tampons (36’s) for $8.49

Zellers

Assorted Always Maxi Pads/Liners and Tampax Tampons for $6.99

Walmart

Assorted “U” by Kotex Maxi Pads/Liners/Tampons Jumbo Boxes for $7.97

Fortinos/RCSS Chains

Assorted “U” by Kotex Maxi Pads (14-18’s)/Liners (50-60’s)/Tampons (18’s) for $4.29

Shoppers Drug Mart

Assorted Kotex Maxi Pads (14-24’s)/Liners (33-48’s) 2 for $5.00 [Limit 4, Sat/Sun/Mon .. or $3.29/ea for rest of the week]

Assorted Playtex Gentle Glide (18’s) and Sports Tampons (18’s) for $3.99

Assorted O.B. Tampons (40’s) and Stayfree Maxi Pads (28-48’s) for $7.99

Walmart Wowzers – O.B, Stayfree, & Carefree Deal

I was about to go to sleep after checking out weekly flyers and didn’t see anything impressive… that is until I went to check out the Walmart (Canada) flyer. Yes, it does deserve a post on its own!

Walmart

Selected O.B. Tampons, Stayfree Pads or Carefree Liners are only $8 for your choice of 4 (FOUR) – ya, that’s right, oh my god!

Of course these are just to smaller packs and not the huge jumbos you normally get from Walmart or Costco, but geebus, 4 for $8 and you can mix-and-match, perfect for those who buy an assortment of pads or tampons to suit their needs. For the girls and the flow-lovers, now’s the time to stock up 😀 Of course…. Kotex is not on sale >_> so I’m not buying anymore Stayfree since I’ve had them for the past months already!

Always, Tampax, Playtex, O.B., Kotex, Carefree, Stayfree & Generics – Rexall, Shoppers Drug Mart, Metro, No Frills, Zellers, Walmart, Sobeys and Fortinos

These deals are only applicable to select regions of Canada, Ontario. Please verify these sales against your local flyer or e-flyer before purchase!

There are a crap-load of sales this week, take the time to EVALUATE the quantity of each one before jumping in because I definitely see some “tricky prices.”

Fortinos/RCSS-Chains


Assorted Exact Pads (12-24’s)/Liners (30-48’s)/Tampon (20’s) brand for $2.29/ea.

No Frills


Assorted Always Pads (12-24’s)/Liners (30-60’s) or Tampax Tampons (20’s) for $2.99/ea

Zellers

All Playtex Gentle Glide/Sport Tampons (36’s) brand 2 for $15.00 (or multiples of 2’s)

Rexall/Pharma Plus Chains

Assorted Always Pads (Ultra, Clean or Infinity 24-36’s) or Tampax Pearl Tampons (36-40’s) brand for $8.49 w/ coupon
Assorted Stayfree Pads (16-24’s) or Carefree Pantiliners (46-60’s) or O.B. Tampons (18’s) brand for $3.49 w/ coupon
Assorted Playtex Tampons (18’s) brand for $4.49 w/ coupon
Assorted Always and Kotex Pads (24-36’s)/Liners (68-120’s) or Tampax Tampons (40’s) brand for $6.99

Shoppers Drug Mart

Assorted Always Pads (24-48’s)/Liners (68-120’s) and Tampax Tampons (40’s) brand for $6.99/ea

Metro

Assorted Always Pads (32-48’s)/Liners (68-80’s) and Tampax Tampons (32-40’s) brand for $7.49/ea

Sobeys

Assorted Always Pads/Liners and Tampax Tampons (12-60’s) brand for 2 for $6.00

Walmart

Assorted Always Ultra Thin or Maxi Pads w/ Wings brand for $10.00/ea
Assorted Playtex Tampons (36’s) brand for $6.84/ea

Always, Tampax, O.B., Kotex, Carefree, Stayfree & Generics – Rexall, Shoppers Drug Mart, No Frills, Zellers and Fortinos

These deals are only applicable to select regions of Canada, Ontario. Please verify these sales against your local flyer or e-flyer before purchase!

Fortinos/RCSS-Chains


Assorted Always Pads (32-48’s)/Liners (68-120’s) and Tampax Tampons (54’s) brand for $7.49/ea.

No Frills


Assorted Kotex Pads (14-24’s)/Liners (33-48’s) for $2.99/ea

Zellers

Assorted Kotex Pads/Liners, Stayfree Pads and Carefree Liners brand 2 for $7.00

Rexall/Pharma Plus Chains

Rexall Pads (14-24’s)/Liners (36-48’s) brand for $2.49/ea
Assorted Always Pads/Liners, Kotex Pads/Liners, Stayfree Pads and O.B. Tampons brand for 2 for $6.99
Assorted Always Clean Ultra Pads/Infinity Pads (24-36’s) and Tampax Pearl Tampons (36-40’s) brand for $8.49/ea

Shoppers Drug Mart

Assorted Life Tampons (20’s) and Kotex Pads (14-24’s)/Liners (33-48’s) brand for $2.99/ea

Always, O.B., Tampax, Carefree, Stayfree & Generics – Rexall, Shoppers Drug Mart, Walmart and Fortinos

These deals are only applicable to select regions of Canada, Ontario. Please verify these sales against your local flyer or e-flyer before purchase!

Walmart

Assorted Always Pads and Tampax Tampons brand for $6.47/ea.

Rexall/Pharma Plus Chains

Assorted Always Pads/Liners and Tampax Tampons brand for $6.99/ea.

Shoppers Drug Mart

Assorted Life Pads (18-20’s), O.B. Tampons (18’s), Stayfree Pads (14-24’s) and Carefree Liners (46-60’s) brand for $2.99/ea.

Fortinos/RCSS-Chains

Assorted Always Pads (12-24’s)/Liners (30-60’s) and Tampax Tampons (20’s) brand for $2.99/ea.

Always, Kotex, Tampax, Stayfree and Carefree – Rexall, Shoppers Drug Mart, Fortinos and Zellers

Hi Everyone,

I’ve been spending today out of the office and will be out of the house for the evening. I won’t have any comprehensive updates or anything, but I will post up the deals of the week for feminine hygiene products. These deals are from Feb 13-19 (or see the fine print)… and these ones aren’t even as good as the one last week at SDM where it was 5.99 for 3 packages/boxes! These are only valid at selected locations in Canada, Ontario… and may vary on a per-city basis. Please check your local paper flyers or digital flyers to confirm the availability!

Fortinos or any Loblaws/RCSS Chain:

Your choice of Kotex Maxi Pads 14-24/Package or Kotex Pantiliners 33-48/Package or Tampax Tampons 20’s/Box

2 for $7 or any multiple of “2” packages or box

Walmart:

Your choice of assorted Kotex Maxi Pads or Kotex Pantiliners.

$5.97 for each package

Zellers:

Your choice of Kotex Maxi Pads 10’s/Package or Kotex Pantiliners or Stayfree Maxi Pads or Carefree Pantiliners

2 for $7 or any multiple of “2” packages or box

Pharma Plus or any Rexall Chain:

Your choice of assorted Always Maxi Pads or Always Pantiliners.

$4.49 for each package or box

Your choice of assorted Tena (Incontinence) Pads or Tena (Incontinence) Pantiliners.

Buy one get one free with savings of up to $7.99. See in-store flyer coupon book for more information.

O.B., Stayfree and Carefree Shoppers Drug Mart Sale!

INTERJECTION: Couldn’t help but get a kick out of this joke… especially after the funny morning (or well, her night) conversation that Poh Ching and I had for a few hours…

Condom says to Kotex, “When you work, I lose seven days of business.

Kotex replies, “If you fail to work once, my business stops for nine months!

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Massive deal at Shoppers Drug Mart for the week of February 6, 2010 to February 12, 2010! However, the real sale is only on Sunday (7th) and Monday (8th). This is only applicable to select areas in Canada, Ontario so please check your location offerings accordingly! When I saw the “leaked” (lol, pun intended) version of the sales coming up this week, I thought 3 for 5.99 was a typo – but apparently not. If you’re lucky and your SDM allows printable coupons, you can even get a $2 off coupon here (top-right corner of the page) or use the P&G Brandsaver/Save.CA coupon that offers a buy 2 and get $5 off deal!

The flyer cut-out is in pretty poor resolution (hey, go complain to SDM, lol):

That’s right, your eyes aren’t fuzzy, that’s THREE (3) packages or boxes of your favourite pad/tampon/pantiliner for only $5.99!

Your choice of O.B. tampons 18-20/box, Stayfree maxi-pads 16-24/pack or Carefree pantiliners 34-60/pack or box!

Even at the weekly sale price, you are saving $1.48 if you buy 3 at a time. Normally they are 4.99-5.99 EACH, so this is definitely a good deal if you need to stock up! The awesome part of this deal is that you can mix-and-match, so you don’t have to buy all of the same kind! Whether thin or thick pad, pantiliner or tampon – as long as you get either mixture of any multiple of 3, you get the discount! Of course there’s a limit of 6, so you might want to bring a friend (for your heavy-flow’ers, lol) or just go to a different store, haha. Don’t wipe the shelves now boys and girls!

*NEW* Always Flexi-Style Pantiliner

Since I’m on the topic of “good deals”… there’s no better deal than FREE, yes free! The new Always Flexi-Style Pantiliner is being sampled out, so get it while it lasts! I haven’t checked whether it is being offered in the USA since it is sponsored by BeingGirl, but Americans are always welcome to check it out at your US website! Of course you’re not given the entire box of 100, but I do believe you get 50 pieces – not bad for something you haven’t paid a cent to get.

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