Saving Money with Coupons – Last Week’s Haul

I had fun – too much fun – at Walgreen’s last week.  I was able to stockpile cereal, aspirin, and toothpaste! And just in time too! We were on the last tube of toothpaste in the house! (Well, everyone else was…I make my own toothpaste.)

Here’s a picture of the haul total for the week.  Minus the free Milky Way bars I got at CVS that we ate.  And a couple boxes of cereal and toothpaste that I sent to my mom and sister.  And a shaving cream my daughter sniped.

Couponing haul at WalgreensIt was a fun week! I visited more than 20 Walgreens (some twice) and had a blast.  Here’s a breakdown of everything.

First, I got 45 (yes, 45!) boxes of Rice Krispies and Raisin Bran from Walgreens for $1 a box.  The deal was that the cereal was on sale for 2/$5.  Then, when you purchased 2 boxes, you got $2RR (Register Rewards – Walgreen’s in-house savings program – basically store credit).  So that made them 2 boxes for $3.  But, remember a couple weeks ago when I got all those NutriGrain bars?  Well, they had coupons on the back for $1 off 2 boxes of Kelloggs cereal.  So, this brought the price down to $1 a box! We only buy cereal if it’s a really good deal, and haven’t had it in a while, so the kids were super excited! I foresee bringing Rice Krispy Treats to potlucks for a very long time.

Next, I got shaving cream for 44c each.  The sale price at Walgreens was $2.99 and you got a $2 RR.  I had coupons for 55c off.  Yeah, it wasn’t free, but they are a nice treat at that price and it made my daughter’s day.

The collagen supplements and first aid cream were both $7 each and produced a $7 RR.  I’d get a collagen, then use that RR to buy the first aid cream, back and forth.  I’m not exactly certain what collagen is or is for, so that will probably go in the “trade pile” but I really wanted the first aid cream.  We can always use first aid cream.

The toothpaste and toothbrushes were unexpectedly free.  They were on sale for $3.99 with a $3RR.  I had ONE coupon for $1 off the toothpaste, making it free, but figured that would be my only one.  It’s pretty sad that I think $1 is too much money to pay for a tube of toothpaste.  So, I was tickled pink when I found that there were coupons inside the boxes of toothpaste! Each specially marked box had 2 coupons for $1 off toothpaste and one coupon for $1 off toothbrushes.  I ended up with enough toothpaste to last us a very long time.

My favorite deal of the week was a money maker.  The baby aspirin was on sale at Walgreens for 2/$3 with a $2RR, making them 2 boxes for $1.  That alone was a pretty good deal…but…I had coupons for $1.50 off the baby aspirin.  So, when I bought 2 boxes, I would give 2 $1.50 coupons, making my total purchase $0.00 and a $2RR would print! I’d walk in the store with coupons and out of the store with 2 free baby aspirin and $2 store credit! These are the best deals!!

It’s important to note that I did visit around 20 different Walgreens.  Why? I don’t believe in clearing shelves (unless it is the last few hours of the sale).  I practice ethical couponing, and I hope you will too.  There’s nothing worse than going shopping for deals early Sunday morning and finding that another couponer was there when the store opened and took the entire stock.  It’s just not right.  There is plenty to go around to others, so I generally do a transaction and then my husband does the same transaction (getting 2 of everything we can) and then we go onto another store.  We’re lucky to currently be in an area with a Walgreens and a CVS on every corner.

OK, so now that you’ve seen my fantabulous deal, it’s time to go out and get started on your own! Learn how to coupon, or, take my 90-minute couponing course.  Then, gather some coupons and have a blast!  Here are a few free printable manufacturers coupons to start with:

$1.00 off Reser’s American Classics 3 lb Salad

$0.40 off one Frigo Cheese Heads brand

Free Uncle Bens Rice cup w/ purchase of 3 Ready Rice pouches

$0.75 off ONE (1) Suave Body Wash

$0.50 off Newman’s Own Salad Dressing

$0.50 off any 8-count Jif To Go Product

$1.00 off Any Blink Tears or Blink Gel Tears

$2.00 off one (1) Angry Birds Game

$2.00 off Disney SPARKLING PRINCESS Doll

$4.00 off (1) HOT WHEELS MONSTER JAM Play Set

$3.00 off (1) Little People Lil’ Movers

$10.00 off (1) Luv U Zoo Jumperoo

$3.00 off Kevin Smith, Quentin Tarantino or Mimic 3 Film Collections on DVD


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Good Couponing Gone Bad

Not every couponing trip is a good one.  Last week, I had a few major bummers that I am hoping to make up for this week.  First, I was so excited about a deal that Walgreens had.  A new product, Starbucks Refreshers energy drinks were on sale for 99c and produced a 99c Register Reward, making them totally free! But here’s the best part: there were coupons out for a free Starbucks Refreshers, making this deal a money maker.

Free Starbucks Refreshers DealHere’s how.  You purchase a Starbucks Refreshers from Walgreens and use the free coupon to pay for it, costing you nothing out of pocket.  You are then given a 99c Register Reward with your purchase.  You walk out of the store with the drink AND an extra dollar store credit for your time!

As you might imagine, I was quite excited about this deal.  So, I needed to get my hands on as many free coupons as I could.  I turned to eBay, and purchased 20 coupons for a total of $9, including shipping.  Yes, that is expensive, but, all it would take was finding 20 drinks and I would end up with a $11 profit, paying for my gas getting around to the stores.

I have employed this strategy in the past, successfully, more times than I can count. This time, however, it didn’t go so well.  Unbeknown to me, Pepsi (the vendor for the Starbucks Refreshers) had a major shortage and did not give ANY Starbucks Refreshers to ANY Walgreens in a hundred mile radius!

I kid you not, I went to over 15 stores looking for them.  I found one store that had 3. By Friday, I had completely given up on finding them at Walgreens in order to make this deal a money maker, and decided to find the energy drinks anywhere I could because the free coupons expired on Saturday.  I went to grocery stores, CVS, Walmart.  Nada.  I ended up with 17 unused free coupons, and 3 bad-tasting orange flavored energy drinks.  I lost $6 on the cost of the coupons.  That sucks.

Coupon Deals this WeekWhile I was at all the Walgreens, however, I did end up with 12 boxes of NatuRelief herbal pain medications, which I had never seen before, and really like! I used a few this week and am happy I have a small stockpile; they will replace Tylenol and Advil in my home for a while.  They were on sale at Walgreens for $5.99 with a $5 RR.  There was a $1 coupon out, so they were totally free.

The 28 Gain dish soaps you see cost me 50c each.  I rarely find freebies on dish soap, so stock up when I get a decent price.  We were literally completely out of dishsoap, so it was a timely deal.  They were on sale for $1 each at CVS and I had a coupon for $1 off 2.  The only bad part was that I bought all the green ones at one CVS, then found larger purple ones at another CVS.  Figures with the week I was having.

The scalp shampoos you see were at one of the grocery stores we went into while looking for the energy drinks.  There was a sample lady there and I think she wanted to close up so she gave each of us two nice-sized samples.  We walked out with 8 shampoos perfect for travel kits.

All in all, though it wasn’t the absolute best couponing week, it didn’t end too bad and we did get some great deals.  This week I’m going after tampons.  Tell you all about it Monday.

In the meantime, here are some new printable grocery store coupons:

$0.50 off FRENCH’S HONEY MUSTARD DIPPING SAUCE

$0.50 off FRENCH’S Dijon Mustard

$1.00 off (4) LEAN CUISINE Varieties, 5-16 oz

$1.00 off one STP product

$2.00 off on any (1) New Schick Xtreme3 Eco 4ct

$1.50 off 3 12 oz. SPAM products

$0.70 off ONE Kellogg’s Crunchy Nut Cereal

$2.00 off Nabisco & Coca Cola products at Publix

$1.50 off one PULL-UPS Training Pants

$2.00 off Alka-Seltzer Plus Allergy Product

$1.00 off Any Three Good ‘n Natural Bars

$1.00 off two Smucker’s Ice Cream Toppings

$2.00 off 20oz RevitaLens OcuTec Solution


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