Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Nervous About Using Coupons?

I have had several readers leave comments about being nervous going into stores to use their coupons and scenarios, especially for multiple transactions. Here are a few tips I have found to be helpful.

1.) Study the ads-Know what's on sale and what's being included in the deal. Pay attention to size specifications and limits.

2.) Learn from others-Many people have been posting scenarios here. Don't be afraid to ask question or post your own scenarios for feedback.

3.) Take a quick trip to Walgreens (especially if you're new to Wags)-Know where to look for certain products. Check out how well stocked they are on items you intend to buy the next day. Some Wags may not be done restocking that day but just to get a general idea of how many items you may be able to get. Ask when they get their trucks in.

4.) Create scenarios-Share with others for feedback or questions. Go over them for any errors. Once I thought something was giving 4RR and created many scenarios based on that and when I checked back on the ad, it was only giving 2RR. Don't forget to add in fillers when need be.

5.) Create a Plan B-Items may not be stocked, someone else may have gotten to them before you did, so know what items you can substitute into your transactions.

6.) Be Organized-Get together the coupons that you'll need, separate them into their different transactions (like in envelopes or paperclips). Print out your scenarios and put it in your binder or purse with your coupons.

7.) When checking out-Take a deep breath. Ask the cashier if they'll do multiple transactions. If you don't want to push it, ask if they'll do 2 transactions.

8.) Be prepared for problems and how you'll respond-Whether it's the cashier's attitude, them telling you that you can't do such and such. Stay calm, breathe, and be polite. They're more likely to work with you if you remain nice. But remember, being nice and polite doesn't mean you're a pushover, so stand firm.

9.) Try not to draw attention to yourself-Sometimes it's easier to deal with calling the catalina company then having the manager print you an RR that didn't print out. They'll want to scrutinize your receipt. They may tell you that an RR didn't print because you used coupons. This draws attention to yourself. They'll know who you are and what you do. This can be a good thing or bad thing, depending on the manager's attitude with coupons. Being argumentative also draws attention to yourself. Getting lots of overage also draws attention.

10.) Be kind to the people behind you when checking out.-If there are people behind you, let them go and you can go back to your transactions. Or do one or 2 transactions, take your items to you car and go back in.

11.) Pay attention to your Q's-Make sure your coupons are for the products specified, make sure they're not expired. If a cashier catches this, they'll become skeptical and start inspecting all the coupons. The only downside is that it is time consuming to do that and they may become nitpicky ("the picture doesn't match your item"). And we don't want cashiers to get in trouble. So make sure your coupons are being used correctly.

*A special thanks to maree9304 @ afullcup.com for these tips!*
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Walgreens Run

I made a Walgreens run last night to pick up some of the got2b hair products as well as ice cream snacks for movie watching! :) There is a pint of Starbucks ice cream, H/Daz Sorbet, and a strawberry soda missing from this picture. Here is the math:

Total Before Coupons: $100.08
Total Money Spent: $9.73
Total Saved: $90.35 (90.3%)
*I also received 4~$5 RR's back for the got2b products and 4~$2 RR's for the Ecotrin.*
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FREE Hallmark Card With FREE Shipping!

Through May 4, 2009, you can send a FREE 5x7 paper card from Hallmark.com for any occasion! While this promotion was specifically created for Mother's Day, you do not have to send a Mother's Day card.

Go here and create a card up to $3.49 in value (excludes cards with sound and invitation/announcement cards). Personalize your card and add photos if you'd like. Then, when you go to check out enter the code CARD4MOM. You'll get the card for free plus shipping will be free as well.

If you don't have anyone you need to send a card to in the next few weeks, you can even order a card for a future date and have it scheduled to be sent then. How cool would that be for people like me who always forget to send cards until the event is almost past?!
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HOT Printable!

I came across a HOT printable coupon this morning over on It's Hip To Save! She found us a coupon for $1.50/2 Kraft Mac and Cheese. You hardly ever see coupon for this stuff! This should net a decent deal somewhere soon with a sale, so print these now!
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FREE Comic Books 5/2

What kid doesn’t love comic books! Here’s a fun one for you to take advantage of:

Free Comic Book Day is the first Saturday in May. Participating comic book shops across North America and around the world give away comic books free to anyone who walks in the door. Go HERE to find a list of participating stores and to get more details. And as always you can call your local store to find out specifics.
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FREE Books For Children 5 and Under

The Dolly Parton Imagination Library is a program available in many areas which offers a free book each month to children 5 and under. This program is available here in our area and 2 of my 3 still get books every month from it. They are awesome, and the kids love it! They receive good quality hardback books each month to add to their collections and they are FREE! Check to see if this program is available in your area and read more details here.
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Monday, April 27, 2009

Coupons~ A Legal Form Of Shoplifting?

I thought it would be interesting to take up the challenge of one of my readers and write a response to the proposal that using coupons and store rewards programs to get as many products for free as possible, could be considered "a legal form of shoplifting".

Shoplifting is commonly defined as theft or the wrongful taking and carrying away of the goods or property of others. Coupons are almost always issued with usage guidelines for both the consumer who will use them and the retailer who will receive them. By definition, as long as these guidelines are adhered to and not exploited, it is impossible for theft to take place.

Coupons are marketing tools and issued as incentives to encourage certain activities. They are part of a carefully planned and calculated marketing strategy and in most case their campaigns are backed by specific insurance policies to prevent the issuer from financial damage as a result of mistakes in their planning or marketing. Coupons can be used to encourage brand loyalty, to increase public awareness of a new product, to encourage or recapture market share for a particular store or as a marketing device for clearing out a discontinued product or packaging style in a quick and cost effective fashion.

The reason why a coupon has been issued is irrelevant for the purposes of this discussion but what is important is the fact that someone has published it for a specific purpose and attached to that purpose is a specific and calculated cost. The marketing purpose may or may not succeed and the calculated costs may fall below the predicted costs but the one certainty is that the discounted value of the goods attached to the coupon will never exceed the total number of coupons released. It doesn’t matter whether I choose to use one ‘50% off Cheetos’ coupon or 200, the issuer suffers no uncalculated financial loss.

Like issuers, providing the usage guidelines for the coupon are adhered to, retailers by definition cannot be stolen from. In fact, the usage of coupons is a fantastic way of encouraging custom and introducing new or underexposed products to the market and therefore encouraging people to walk through their doors. Retailers are directly reimbursed by the coupon issuer for the coupons that they take and in most cases are credited an additional 8 cents per coupon to mitigate against the retailers administrative overheads. If they keep to the rules, they cannot lose. In my experience however retailers are often poorly educated about how to use coupons and the guidelines that they must meet in order for them to be reimbursed. A great example of this would be the blood glucose meters I purchased form Walgreens this weekend.

From what I have read, in order for the retailer to be reimbursed the amount specified by the coupon, the retailer should have recorded the serial number of each product on the coupon at the time of purchase. Without meeting this requirement, it is unlikely the manufacturer will honor the refund. In the case of this weekend, of the 23 monitors that I purchased, only two had their serial numbers recorded.

Do I feel bad that Walgreens has probably just missed out on around $1000? Absolutely not. I am in no way responsible for any training or communication issues that they have. In actual fact, as a responsible couponer, I spend a significant amount of time in cashier’s lines helping them to understand the rules attached to coupons and helping them not to make mistakes by denying my perfectly legal transactions.

In some cases, a retailer makes a conscious decision to deviate from the coupon handling guidelines; a classic example of this being the ‘one coupon per transaction’ or ‘one coupon per visit’ disclaimers. In the event that I have used multiple coupons of this type, I have done so with the full intention of purchasing each item separately and re-queuing at the cashier each time. If the retailer enforces this guideline then that is their prerogative and I am prepared to abide by it. Luckily, and often in the sake of common sense, most of the retailers I use are prepared to exercise common sense and will allow me to carry out multiple transactions at once. Multiple visits to the register means more of their time and resources used and ultimately a reduction in the profit they are making.

So in conclusion, in the cases where coupons are used legally, I find it hard to support the opinion that their use could be considered a legal form of shoplifting. Whether I am using a single coupon or twenty, the fact that my family and I are benefiting from the planning and research I have done means that I have ‘played the game well’. If you opened up your newspaper on a Sunday morning and a hundred dollar bill fell out, would you take them to the bank? Of course you would! Coupons and deals are just like free money – It just takes a little more effort to use them properly!

*I would like to open this discussion up to my readers. Please keep to the topic and remain constructive.*
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Parents Magazine Contest

Parents Magazine is looking for two of the cutest children in America to appear on the magazine cover of their November 2009 issue. Uploading your picture for submission is very easy and once you do that you will be automatically entered for a chance to win $10,000 in cash! You can find more information on entering here.
Now that I've given you the information, can I shamelessly ask you to go and vote for my very cute kiddos? :) Here they are:


Thanks for your votes!

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New $1 Colgate Coupon


A new $1 coupon Colgate Total coupon is up on Coupons.com! As you probably know all ready, this will make for some FREE Colgate toothpaste at various stores in the next coming weeks! Print now-before it's gone!
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Walgreens: FREE Cutter Insect Repellent

It's Hip To Save is reporting an awesome deal for this time of the year- free insect repellent! I will certainly be on the lookout for this at my Walgreens stores tonight! Here's the deal:

Cutter Advanced Insect Repellent (1 oz.) $2

Use the $2 SmartSource coupon from here

Final cost FREE!
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Target: FREE Easy Mac and Cheese Plus Overage!

There is a new Easy Mac and Cheese buy one get one free coupon available on SmartSource. This should make for some FREE + overage Easy Mac and Cheese at Target and possibly elsewhere too!

Deal Scenario:

Easy Mac and Cheese single cups .77

Use the buy one get one free coupon from here

Plus, use the $1/2 Target coupon

Final cost 2 for FREE + .23 in overage!
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New Target Deals

Granny Smith or Sonya Apples .99 per lb.

Buy 1 lb and use the $1 Target coupon

Final cost FREE!

Pup-peroni dog treats $2.54

Use the $1/2 Target coupon

Plus use two $2 coupon from here (register)

Final cost ONLY .04 each!

Kraft Salad Dressings $1.59

Buy 2 and use 2 $1.50 coupons from the 3/29SS

Plus use the $1/2 Target coupon(Make sure to hand over the manuf. coupon first to get the overage!)

Final cost 2 for FREE + overage!

Purell hand Sanitizer (travel size).99

Use the $2/2 coupon from here, IE or Firefox

Final cost 2 for FREE!

Quaker Granola Bites (hanging by the register) $1

Use the $1 coupon from the the 3/29RP

Final cost FREE!

Country Time Lemonade $2.50

Use the $1/2 Target coupon

Final cost $2!
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Sunday, April 26, 2009

*Gone* HURRY! FREE Coupon For First 10,000!

This one will go fast!

Print a coupon good for a FREE full size Right Guard Fast Break deodorant. Just click where it says, “Click here to learn more.” It will take a few minutes to print, so just be patient.
Limited to the first 10,000.
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Wonderful Walgreens Weekend! Over $2000 saved PLUS Walgreens pay me $182 !

Ok...those of you who follow my blog (Thank you for reading!) will have seen my posts about the deals that were due to hit Walgreens this weekend.. See Here....

Well, I am happy to say that the deals worked as predicted and I was able to make the most of them! We started at just before 1AM this morning where we tested some of the Register Rewards deals at our local Walgreens and found they were working.

Over the course of several trips today, we were able to acquire over $2200 worth of products and only spent $61.52 in 'out of pocket' cash. In addition to this, I still have $244 dollars worth of Register Rewards to spend over the next 2 weeks. More than likely, these Register Rewards will be rolled back into additional deals that also produce RRs so watch this space as the totals might change!

I lost track of the number of separate transactions I made but I had a HUGE pile of receipts!

Walgreens has basically just paid me $182.48 for the pleasure of stockpiling these items!

The Blood monitors helped me start off the deal - each one cost $1.39 but then generated a $5 register reward which then got rolled into all the other deals. With over 50 Walgreens within a 10 mile radius of our home this meant there were plenty to go round.

Not only have I been able to score some awesome deals but I look forward donating the meters to several local charitable organizations so more people get to share the benefits with me!

Here's the math!
Total Before Coupons: $2243.82
Total Money Spent: $61.52
Total Saved: $2182.30 Plus $244 of Register Rewards
Total Savings 108.1%

*I wanted to clarify for those with questions about how I had so little out of pocket expense. I also started with almost $45 in Register Rewards from last week. I rolled every RR I could to minimize my oop expense. It took longer and more transactions, but it's possible.*
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Saturday, April 25, 2009

FREE Candles and Soap!

I made a couple of stops at Walgreens yesterday for Free Glade Soy Candles and Free Ambi Complexion Bars! I finally found a store that had both the blinkie machine for the soap and the bars so I was able to snag 3 of them. Here's the math:

Total Before Coupons: $71.59
Total Money Spent: $5.59
Total Saved: $66.00 (92%)
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Care.com Free Access Weekend

Care.com is offering free membership this weekend!
Every visitor to Care.com during the Free Weekend (4/24-4/26) will have the opportunity to experience the benefits of paid, premium membership for free.

~Post jobs

~Review the full profiles of caregivers in your area

~Contact care providers to schedule interviews

~Check references

~Run a free background check.

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Friday, April 24, 2009

Yet ANOTHER Walgreens Deal and HOT Printable!

Walgreens will have Arm and Hammer Detergent on sale for $3.79 starting on Sunday with their in ad coupons. Currently, you can go here and print off a $1/1 coupon good for any Arm and Hammer detergent. Buy 2 detergents, use 2 of these coupons, buy a small filler item and pay with a $5 Register Reward from the Bayer meter deal listed below and you have FREE detergent! Woohoo!
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RUN! Another HOT Printable Coupon!

Smartource has a HOT coupon up right now! It is a $2.25 off ANY 1 Ecotrin product. These are going to be on sale AND producing Register Rewards next week at Walgreens! Can you say MONEYMAKER! Hurry and print yours now because these won't last long!
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Are You Ready For The Weekend Deals @ Walgreens?

There are TONS of deals going on at Walgreens starting this Sunday. It's hard not to be excited! Here are some of the highlights!

Purchase 2 got2b products=$10
Use 2 $2 coupon
Pay $6Get back a $5RR
Final cost .50 each!

Purchase Nivea Body Wash for Women priced at $4.99
You can also print a $1 coupon from here
Receive $4.99 RR
Final cost will be FREE + a $1 profit!

Bayer Meters will be generating $5 Register Rewards when purchased, so use the $30 coupon to get them FREE and make $5!
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Thursday, April 23, 2009

My Living Will

A friend of mine shared this with me this morning and it was just too cute (and true) not to share. (Not child appropriate.)

Last night, my friend and I were sitting in the living room and I said to her,"I never want to live in a vegetative state, dependent on some machine and fluids from a bottle. If that ever happens, just pull the plug." She got up, unplugged the computer, and threw out my wine. She's such a bitch.....
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Cheerios Promo= 4 $1 Coupons!

Sign up here for the Cheerios 10 in one promotion! You'll receive 4 weekly emails, each with a $1 Cheerios coupon!
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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

HURRY! HOT Printable Coupon!

*UPDATE* Looks like this one may be dead! I hope you were able to get in one it while it was up!
The save $4 on any product from The Fragrance Collection by Glade coupon is back! Just go on over here and fill out the form to print your coupon. You should be able to print two coupons per computer. Here are 2 scenarios to get the most out of this coupon!

Target Deal Scenario:
Buy 2 Fragrance Collection Candles and get a FREE $5 Target gift card!
Buy 2 Small Glade Soy candles at $5.79 each=$11.58
Use 2 $4 coupons from here
Pay $3.58
Get back a $5 Gift Card
Final cost FREE + $1.42 moneymaker!

Walgreens Deal Scenario:
The small Glade Soy Candles are $5.99
Use the $4 coupon from here
Plus, use the $2 EasySaver coupon
Final cost FREE!
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FREE Dog Food for Unemployed Owners

Is your career in the pooper scooper? Have you recently been canned and are desperately in need of some kibble? Are you simply tired of this doggone economy? DOGSWELL® is here to help! From April 15 - May 15, DOGSWELL® will offer one free bag of dry dog food to the first 10,000 eligible people. Click here for more details!
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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Walgreens Freebies

I made a quick run to Walgreens tonight during American Idol. (I secretly do not like this show-don't tell Russ.) I also went in search of ice cream since we missed out on free cone day at Ben and Jerry's. Anyway, I ended up getting 4 of the Contour diabetes meters. These are currently generating a catalina coupon good for a free tube of Crest Pro Heath toothpaste on each one. In this month's Easysaver catalog, there is a $5 rebate when you buy 4 Crest items. So, I ended up with 4 free meters, 4 free tubes of toothpaste, and I submitted for the $5 rebate on my gift card, so it will actually be $5.50 with my 10% bonus. SCORE!

Total Before Coupons: $77.92
Total Money Spent: $0
Total Saved: $77.92 (100%)

*Plus I made $5.50 on my Walgreens gift card from the Easysaver rebate!*
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I have to share with you about the beauty of Freecycle.org. I have been a member of my local group now for several years. The Freecycle Network is made up of 4,728 groups with 6,632,000 members across the globe. It's an entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (& getting) stuff for free in their own towns. It's all about reuse and keeping stuff out of landfills. Each local group is moderated by a local volunteer. Membership is free. To sign up, find your community here.

A couple of cool personal stories to share about Freecycle. Russ and I actually got married by someone on Freecycle. We advertised looking for someone inexpensive to perform our ceremony, and we found someone! A lovely lady was most gracious to do it for us on a sunny afternoon in January. Happy times, and it didn't cost us a thing. :)

Recently, Russ spotted a trampoline advertised on Freecycle and responded asking if we might pick it up for the kids. Because of the size of our local group things tend to go faster than some other areas might. We were told that there were a couple of people that responded ahead of us, but if no one showed up, we would be next in line. Well, guess what? She called us the next day! The kids now have a HUGE trampoline in our backyard that would have easily cost us $350 at Walmart. Russ finished putting it together this evening and they had a blast trying it out!
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Walgreens Run

I did a quick run to the Walgreens on the corner on Sunday morning to see if I could score on the Post cereal deal since I had to go pick up my prescription anyway. With 3 of the $2/1 printables in hand and a $6 RR I decided I would pick up one of the Skintimate shaving gels and a Chapstick while I was there as well. Here's the math:

Total Before Coupons: $22.22
Total Money Spent: $1.52
Total Saved: $20.70 (93%)
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Free Walgreens Tote on 4/22 (& Coupons!)

I received an email from Walgreens today about receiving a FREE reusable tote bag tomorrow in celebration of Earth Day. Not only does the coupon get you the tote bag, but it also gets you a 15% discount off of eligible store items and 20% off of Walgreens and W brand products! That could amount to some decent savings if combined with Walgreens coupons. Let me know if you come up with any great scenarios! You can print the coupon here.
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FREE Samples of Super Duper Diaper Doo!

What a cool freebie! Snag 2 FREE samples of Super Duper Diaper Doo! Super Duper Diaper Doo is the all natural solution that can heal and protect your baby's skin from diaper rash and irritation. Just go on over here and scroll down till you see the Super Doo FREE trial offer. You can snag up to 2 for FREE! Then just checkout, fill in your shipping info and submit your order!
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Monday, April 20, 2009

Walgreens: FREE Ambi Bar Soap!

Ambi Complexion Cleansing Bars (3.5 oz.) are priced at $1.99. There is also a blinkie machine by these items for $1 off ANY Ambi product. Please note this coupon may not be available at all Walgreens locations. Pair this $1 coupon with the $1 EasySaver coupon to snag these for FREE + make a penny! :)
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Kroger: Cheap Diapers!

If your area Kroger stores are running the Buy $15 Comforts baby items, Get $3 Off special, you can get 3 packages of diapers for $2.49 each!

Here's how:

Buy 3 packages of diapers at $6.49 each

Use 3 $3/1 coupons here OR Use 3 $3/1 peelies found on diaper packages a while back

Get $3 off your order

Spend $7.47 plus tax for three packages of diapers after coupons/store discount.
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FREE Cone Day @ Ben & Jerry's Tomorrow (4/21)!

Ben & Jerry's is hosting their annual Free Cone Day tomorrow (Tuesday, April 21, 2009). From noon to 8 p.m., all Scoop Shops across the nation will offer a free scoop of any ice cream of your choice to every customer. Yummy! I may have to talk Russ into taking the kids down after he gets home from work tomorrow evening!

More details and locations are posted here.
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Walgreens: Post Trail Mix Crunch Money-maker

Post Trail Mix Crunch Cereal is on sale this week for $2.50/box at Walgreens. Use the $2/1 coupon here and you'll get the boxes for $0.50 each--which is a great deal in and of itself. But wait, that's not all!

There are numerous reports of Register Rewards printing when buying three or more boxes. And here's what it looks like this unadvertised Register Reward deal is:

Buy 3 boxes of Post Trail Mix Crunch Cereal, Get $2 Register Rewards

Buy 4 boxes, Get $3 Register Rewards

Buy 5 or more boxes, Get $5 Register Rewards

So, if you're able to print more than 2 of the $2/1 coupons, you can get the cereal for free after the coupons and Register Reward. And if you are able to get a hold of five coupons, it can be a nice little money-maker after the coupons and Register Rewards.
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Sunday, April 19, 2009

Unilever Rebate Items

I told you about the Unliever rebate here and how you could get your ham or turkey as well as your qualifying items for TAX ONLY! I went to Target last week and got the trial size Axe body washes that I needed to purchase for the rebate. I was able to get these FREE with the $1/1 insert coupon that did not exclude trial size items. I purchased my ham as well for Easter, so now I just need to send in my receipts and get my cash back!
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Flashbacks! Whatever happened to...

Earlier on today I unpacked the last of our moving boxes and started the painful process of rearranging my stockpile. It was interesting to see how some of my more extreme deals from previous months were still paying off and how they really have allowed us as a family to make some significant savings on our weekly budget.

Remember these?

Back in September, I grabbed around 100 boxes of Poptarts from Target. One of the posts can be found HERE . At the time we were laughing about how many items we had stashed but seven months later they have been very popular as grab and go breakfasts for the kids, part of food parcels for the homeless and we STILL have around twenty boxes left!

Also back in September, we were almost literally drowning in Vitamin Water and Powerade with hundreds of bottles in the stockpile. Well we drank a lot as they were great for packed lunches and a healthier alternative to soda but they were also a huge success at the yard sale we held just before we moved. One lady bought nearly 250 bottles but had to make two trips to collect them as her car was riding so low on the suspension!.

We probably still have maybe a hundred assorted bottles in the stockpile.

Other popular items in the 'pre move' yard sale were the Sunsilk shampoos and Lysol sprays . Selling selective items from the stockpile felt wrong but was an unfortunate necessity - they were just too heavy to move house with! On a more positive side, the yard sale raised over $500 in just several hours!

Remember the Toilet Paper mountain?
At the time this was a running joke in our family - we had hundreds of packs that we paid just a few pennies for. Seven months later we still have around two thirds of the stockpile intact and we have not had to buy a back of TP since!

Finally, a couple of deals that were done just prior to the creation of this blog - in a lot of ways, the success of these deals were actually the inspiration for recording my purchases. After taking advantage of a super Walgreens deal that paid me Register rewards to buy diapers in August last year, despite having three children in diapers, I have not had to buy a single pack since and still have around 20 packs in the stockpile.

On a final note, Jack is one year old in a couple of weeks and is now making the transition from Soy formula to 'Moo Cow milk!' In he past twelve months, I have not had to buy a single can of formula with 'real money' - all his milk has been purchased using deals or traded formula checks!

So in conclusion and in answer to all the people who look at me like I am crazy when I walk out of Target with two hundred bags of goldfish or a half ton of granola bars....stockpiling is not about greed or gluttony, it is about grabbing the deals while you can and using the money that you will save over the following months to buy the things that you wouldn't otherwise be able to afford!
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Target: Airhead Extremes

I ordered 20 of these coupons off eBay because Russ loves these things! Target was supposed to have them on sale for around .59 making them about .04 each. Imagine my surprise when I found them on clearance for .44 each! I was able to score 11 of these on this particular run. With the overage I got the kids a treat each.

Total Before Coupons: $6.25
Total Money Spent: $.20
Total Saved: $6.05 (97%)
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Walgreens: Sunsilk Deal

I told you (late, I know) about the moneymaking Sunsilk deal at Walgreens last night. I was able to get in on this deal at the last minute last night. Whew! Here's how it played out:

Total Before Coupons: $239.60
Total Money Spent: $11.40
Total Saved: $288.20 (120.3%) (includes $60 rebate)

*Plus, since these products qualified for the Unilever RR deal, I made $60 in Register Rewards to spend! So, Walgreens technically PAID ME $48.60 to take 60 bottles of shampoo from their stores!!*
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Cherry Dr. Pepper Mountain!

Target had a great deal going on this past week where they had their Dr. Pepper products on sale for 3/$10. They put out a Target printable for $1 off any 1 12 pack and on the Cherry Dr. Pepper 12 packs, there are $1 coupons on the inside of the boxes. When you combine the 2 coupons, you get 3 12 packs for $4 plus tax! That's less than the price of 1 12 pack in most stores these days! We didn't end up with as many as I had hoped because I ended up in the hospital, but we ended up with enough to tide us over until the next soda deal. Here's the math:

Total Before Coupons: $80.00
Total Money Spent: $27.18
Total Saved: $52.82 (66%)
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Target: Last Trip for Cheetos!

This was my last trip of the weekend for Cheetos! I thought for sure I could find more than I did, but I only found a measly 3 bags this time around. I did find a few other things though, so not a completely wasted trip!

Total Before Coupons: $18.56

Total Money Spent: $.31
Total Saved: $18.25 (98%)
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Saturday, April 18, 2009

Walgreens: Rolling, Rolling, Rolling!

I think I am finally getting the hang of the whole "rolling" Register Rewards idea at Walgreens. I tried my hand at it this week with the Colgate toothbrushes and the Scunci hair elastics. I only did a couple of deals to minimize my out of pocket expense. I had some Excedrin coupons to use up as well as the Walgreens store coupon for the Tuf trash bags. Since I needed these anyway, I used these as fillers. Here's the math:

Total Before Coupons: $46.92
Total Money Spent: $8.36
Total Saved: $38.56 (82%)
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Target Deals and Supper Shopping

I didn't get a picture of this trip either this time. I went to do some deal shopping as well as some supper shopping too. I wanted to go ahead and use up the rest of my $4 Pace coupons, so I used the overage to get some other things. Here's what I ended up with:

2~All Detergent

2~Huggies Wipes

3~Olay 2 bar soap packs

2~ Dry Idea Deodorant

1~ Axe Body Wash

1~Airhead Belts

4~Market Pantry Fruit Snack Boxes

1~ Kraft Dressing

1~ Mission Tortillas

2~Pace Salsa

3~Dollar Spot toys for Easter baskets

1~ Diego BandAid

1~Soothe Eye Drops

1~Hostess Cupcakes

1~Kraft Cheese

Total Before Coupons: $63.25
Total Money Spent: $10.88
Total Saved: $52.37 (83%)
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Target: Fruit Snacks, Dry Idea, and McCormick!

I spent a LOT of time in Target this past weekend before I got sick. Russ was a little tired of Target before it was all over, but we got some good deals! Here's what we ended up with this trip!

Total Before Coupons: $44.13
Total Money Spent: $7.57
Total Saved: $36.56 (83%)
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I know this is late...but... SWEET DEAL!

I just have to share this deal with you. I just read on AFC and HCW that Sunsilk 12oz bottles of shampoo and conditioner are on clearance for $1.09 each. They are also part of the Unilever Register Reward Deal: buy 6, get $6 RR back. I blogged earlier about the new Kmart coupon booklet. There’s a $2/2 any Sunsilk hair product coupon in it. Here’s how this deal would play out.

$6.54 buy six Sunsilk shampoo/conditioner bottles on clearance (make sure to price check if not tagged at your store)-$6 when you use $2/2 coupon from Kmart coupon booklet=Pay $0.54 plus tax out of pocket and get a $6 RR back! Sweet!

Even if you don’t have the Kmart booklet and use no coupons, you would be paying 54 cents for six bottles of shampoo after register reward. That’s pretty good too. I know it’s sort of short notice as the Register reward deals ends tonight. But hopefully you will be able to find the shampoo on clearance to get in on the deal and you will be able to find the Kmart coupon booklet to make it a great moneymaker.

Happy Deal hunting!
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New Kmart Coupon Booklet!

I wanted to give you the heads up on this coupon booklet I found at my local Kmart. I found it placed in holders in some of the aisles in cosmetics, near the pharmacy and near the foils and wraps. All of the coupons are manufacturer coupons, although some say only good at Kmart. Here’s the list of coupons in the booklet, in parenthesis the expiration date:

$2/3 American Greetings cards- has Kmart logo on it (5/17)

$5 Pur Flavor Options (5/30)

$1 Tide 150 oz liquid or 95-120 load powder (5/30)

$1 Luvs big pack (5/30)

$1 4oz package Purina Busy Chewnola Chew treat- redeemable only at Kmart (5/30)

$1 6oz pkg Purina Beggin Dog snack- redeemable only at Kmart (5/30)

$1/2 Purina Friskies Party Mix- only at Kmart (5/30)

$1/4 Purina selects indoor- only at Kmart (5/30)

.75 Right Guard (6/30)

$1 Nature Made vitamins (5/31)

$1 Metamucil or Fibersure (5/30)

$1 Sally Hansen bleach, wax, or hair remover (12/31)

$10 GC w/ prescription transfer

$1 Kiss nail product (6/30)

$1 Nailene, Fing’rs- only at Kmart (5/31)

$1 Sally Hansen nail color (5/31)

$1 Coty Airspun product (12/31)

.75 Max Factor Calorie Extreme mascara or Vivid impact lip color (5/30)

.75 Covergirl Simply Ageless foundation (5/30)

$1 Maybelline NY Lash Stiletto (5/31)

$1 Rimmel product (12/31)

$1 Prestige products- redeemable at Kmart (5/31

)$1.50 13.5oz Dove Body lotion- has Kmart logo (5/5)

$1 8.5oz body lotion and 2.5oz hand cream- has Kmart logo (5/5)

$1 scar zone- only at Kmart (5/30)

$1 Jergens moisturizer- kmart logo (5/31)

$1 Curel Kmart logo (5/31)

$1 Olay Body wash (5/30)

$1.50 caress bw or 8 pack bar (5/5)

$5 crest whitestrips (5/30)

$1.50 coty over $14.99 (5/31)

$2/2 Sunsilk (5/5)

$1 John Frieda- Kmart logo (5/31)

$2 Biore Skin preservation- Kmart logo (5/31)

$1/2 Ban Kmart logo (5/31)

$1 Biore Kmart logo (5/31)

$10 Philips sonicare Kmart only (5/31)

$10 Philips Norelco, Nivea for Men, Arcitec razors, certain models Kmart only (5/31)

Keep an eye out at your store for it. If you don't see it, ask at customer service about it!
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Walgreens: Cheap Coke 12 packs

Last weekend I went to Walgreens to get some cheap Coke 12 packs and use up some other miscellaneous coupons while I was there for freebies and cheapies. I didn't get a picture of this trip for some reason, so I'll list this one out for you. I got:

2~ Schick Quattro Razors

1~Softsoap Bodywash

3~Vitaminwater 10

4~Coke 12 packs

1~candy sucker for kids

Total Before Coupons: $56.65
Total Money Spent: $11.97
Total Saved: $44.68 (79%)
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Piggly Wiggly: Pre-Easter Sale Run

Piggly Wiggly is a store that I rarely frequent these days just because the prices are usually much higher than other stores and, in my opinion, the stores are just plain gross. My husband refuses to go into them because he says they stink. Well, last weekend they had a decent deal on Kellogg's cereals and Sister Schubert's rolls, so I ran in and grabbed a few the day before Easter.

Total Before Coupons: $30.57
Total Money Spent: $11.89
Total Saved: $18.68 (61%)
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