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 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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Wednesday’s Coupons and Deals

It’s Wednesday! Time for printable coupons, freebies, special offers, and fun!

EversaveHOT! Eversave is an online deal site, similar to Groupon. Right now they are offering ALL NEW SIGNUPS $10 save credit! I used mine and got a really cheap massage.

I love Eversave, and they are refreshingly different.  It’s free to sign up.  Do it now, while the deal is still available.

Here are the newest printable grocery store coupons out:

$1.00 off one Cutter Product

$0.75 off any ONE (1) Lever 2000 18oz Body Wash

$1.00 off 2 Healthy Balance reduced-sugar juice

$1.00 off 2 Old Orchard Cranberry Naturals

$1.00 off two (2) Cesar Cookie Crunchies

$20.00 off $50 online purchase of Dingo Dog Chews

$1.00 off off any ONE (1) Honey Bunches of Oats Fruit Blends

$1.00 off (4) Old Orchard frozen juice concentrate

$1.00 off Very Cherre tart cherry juice

$1.25 off Glade PlugIns Scented Oil warmer

$1.00 off Glade PlugIns Scented Oil refills

$0.75 off any Glade Automatic Spray refill

$1.00 off 2 Glade 4 oz. Jar candles

$1.00 off 2 Glade Sense & Spray refills

$3.00 off Glade Sense & Spray starter kit

20% Off Entire Check at Bakers Square

$2.00 off Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain

$1.00 off any OFF! Botanicals Insect Repellent

$0.55 off Hillshire Farm Deli Carvers Lunchmeat

$0.75 off any ONE Welch’s Juice

$0.75 off any 18.5 oz. Gold Peak Tea

Buy One (any) 64oz. Ocean Spray Cranberry Juice Drink Get 1 Cherry Juice Drink FREE

$5.00 off two NEOSPORIN ESSENTIALS product

$2.00 off any NEOSPORIN Body Wash

$0.55 off any Florida Crystals Sugar product

$2.00 off Any ONE Garden Safe Fungicide

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There are some pretty good ones on the list. As always, print ASAP because the quantities are limited.

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I’m on a Witch Hunt

I had fun at Walgreens last week, kicking off my reentry into the wonderful world of couponing.  I got a bunch of free and really cheap products this week.  Let me share:

  • (8) Anti-Itch Creams
  • (3) Contact Cleaning Kits
  • (10) Bottles of Witch Hazel
  • (20) Boxes of Nutri-Grain Bars

20 boxes nutrigrain bars, 10 bottles witch hazel, 8 anti-itch cream, 3 contact lens cleanersEverything but the Nutri-Grain bars was completely free.  We love Nutri-Grain bars, but at about $3 a box, they are too expensive to have on hand on a regular basis.  So, I generally wait until I find a good sale.  Well, at Walgreens last week I was able to get 20 boxes for $1 a box.  How?  Do you see the “$5 in Coupon Savings” image on the front of the boxes in the picture?  On the back of the boxes are coupons.  One of them is $1 off 2 boxes of Nutri-Grain bars.  I used these coupons (cut out of the box AFTER I purchased them…I had one coupon on hand before I started) and combined them with a Walgreens sale.  It went like this.

Walgreens sale was 2 boxes for $5 with a $2 RR.  A RR is a Register Reward, Walgreen’s in-house rewards program.  So, $5 minus $2RR minus $coupon for $1 off 2 boxes of nutrigrain bars1 coupon equals $1 a box!

The other items were free with RR.  So, like for the witch hazel, it was $4 and gave you a $4RR.  The only catch is I couldn’t use my $4RR from the witch hazel to buy more witch hazel.

But, I could use it to buy itch cream, which would produce a RR which I could use to buy witch hazel.  So, I bought a lot of itch cream (that I really don’t use) and contact lens cleaner (that I have no need for) in order to “roll” my register rewards into free witch hazel (which I do use).  I have never seen witch hazel as one of my freebie deals before, so I did my best to get as many as I could. walgreens register rewards

It’s all pretty time consuming, but fun! And the savings can be astronomical.  I generally use SavingsAngel to match my coupons and sales weekly for me, so I don’t have to take the time tracking it all down.  Here’s a fun report I wrote on SavingsAngel and how it works.

This week at Walgreens I will be scoring a bunch of Starbucks energy drinks, and they will actually PAY me to take them.  Will post details next Monday for you.  For now, here is this week’s free printable grocery store coupons:

$1.00 off Cat’s Pride cat litter

$1.00 off one BISSELL Deep Cleaning Formula


$2.00 off any Lotrimin or Lotrimin Ultra

$2.00 off (2) TWO Dial Body Washes

(these are buy one get one free at CVS this week)

$2.00 off 2 Dial Bar soap

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Wednesday’s Coupons and Deals

Here is today’s list of coupons and deals.  Make sure you print these right away, as often the coupons have a certain number available and disappear fast!

$0.75 off 2 Yoplait Kid products

$0.90 off 1 JELL-O Temptations or Mousse

$1.50 off 2 Scotch-Brite Botanical Wipes

$3.00 off two (2) Ensure Clear 4-packs

$1.00 off any Welch’s Sparkling Juice Cocktail

$1.00 off Organic Root Stimulator No-Lye Relaxer

$1.00 off Purex Crystals laundry enhancer item
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