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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