So, at one time I was getting into using coupons. I wasn’t saving a ton, but I was saving my family a little. I was having a hard time learning the lingo of coupons. More often than not, I found myself buying papers for the coupons, then the coupons sitting there and expiring, because I didn’t know how to properly get an awesome deal on the product I had the coupon for.
We ended up getting our taxes back, and well I had no real reason to watch what I spent at the store… BIG mistake, just because you have a little extra money doesn’t mean you should stop saving money. Why? More often than not, the store is jacking the price up on the product anyways…
With the steady rise of gas prices, I decided I had to be a big girl and tackle the coupon world once and for all, I needed to learn how to get awesome deals at Walgreens, Kroger, and Walmart…
First thing I did was collect all the red plum inserts I get in the mail, went through and removed all the expired coupons form my binder, hate to say this but almost all had expired. I started clipping and sorting, then I filed them in my binder. I Think I need a better way to file them still, but for now this will work.
I then hit Google, I was determined to not only find good deals, but learn some lingo. I printed out Walmart, and Walgreens coupon policy found an awesome site that not only shows you the deals, BUT gives you a scenario, so if you are a dummy like me you will understand it! That’s not all about this site, The Thrifty Mama, ALSO has a coupon database!
I am subscribed to a lot of deal sites, and I have to say this one is the best I have found so far, I am not saying the other ones are not as good, but I like The Thrifty Mama’s the best.
So I hit the Walgreen section of her blog, and start matching what coupons I have with sale items. I pulled an all-nighter, and hit Walgreens right at opening. I didn’t get much but I got some good ones. For being a semi beginner, I am extremely proud of myself… This is the break down…
2x – 12 pack Cottonelle Toilet Paper
Retail Price $5 each = $10
I used 2 print offs from online for .50cents off when you buy 4 pack or larger. I then stacked it with the Walgreen monthly coupon booklet $1.00 off Cottonelle coupon… This took the $1.00 off twice because I bought 2 packs. That drops the total to $7 dollars for both packs… BUT it gets better… I also got $3 in RR! Making my total on the toilet paper $2 EACH!
2x – Right Guard Total Defense 5 Deodorant
Retail Price $4.49 each = $8.98
Sale price $2.99 each = $5.98 plus you get $2 in RR.
I had a coupon for buy one get one free. The coupon ended up taking off the retail price not the sale price… So I ended up buying one for $1.49 and got the second for free… then I got the $2 in RR, which made it be free plus .51 cents overage for ME!
2x – Garnier Fructis Anti-Dandruff Shampoo
Retail $3.99 each = $7.98
Sale Price $2.99 each = $5.98
I used 2 coupons for $1 off 1 making them $1.99 each for me
Reese’s Peanut Butter Easter Bunny
Retail $5.39 <- I think…
Marked Down to $1.24
Total without sale/coupons/register rewards = $32.35
Total with Sales = $23.20
Total after Sales/Coupons/Register Rewards = $8.71