Monday, April 11, 2011

Drugstore Deals!!!

There are some amazing deals to be had this week at your local drugstore!!
This is a pic of just some of what I got at CVS and Walgreens this week. Total on all this was just $19.03!!!!

Here is just a pic of some of the things I got at CVS the other day.
Xtra Detergent $1.47
Kellogg's Raisin Bran $.96
Kellogg's Corn Flakes $1.16
Kellogg's Special K $1.33
(for more info on these deals, see my previous post)

Less than $10 for all this!!!

Kool aid-
10/$1 @ Schnucks on sale price
I had 5 coupons that were buy 10 packs, get 5 free. (From 3/13 Smart Source insert)
I had 5 coupons that were buy 2 packs, get 1 free. (From 3/13 Smart Source insert)
I bought a total of 90 packets (This will last us about a year), I used all my coupons, and I just paid $6.
I am not sure what the regular price was since the tag was covered up, but they
are usually around 5 or 6/$1, so that's a 60% savings.
*At this price, this is a great item to donate to charity!


Russell Stover eggs, Snickers eggs, Butterfinger eggs $.29 each (limit 6 per transaction)
No coupons needed. These make filler items if you need to spend a few extra cents for your extra bucks to be used.

Select varies $5.99
I had two coupons, each read "buy 1 pore strips, get one cleanser free".
They were in the 3/6 Smart Source insert.
Walgreens has a deal where if you buy any 2 @ $5.99 each, you get $5 back for your next purchase.
I bought a cleanser and a pore strips (my store had 14 count as part of the
deal!)I paid just $5.99 and I got a $5 for my next purchase at Walgreens!
Final price: Just $.99 for two!

*If they have plenty, feel free to do another transaction and get the deal again!
Just don't pay for it with your previous $5 from the biore deal, or it will
not print another one for you.

Luster 7 Whitening toothpaste $4.99 (regular $6.99)
I had coupons for $1.50 off 1 lUSTER 7.
Walgreens has a deal where if you buy 1, you get $4 back for your next purchase.
This makes this deal a MONEY MAKER!!!!
Again, this would be a great item to stock up on if your store as plenty. When I
went today, the Walgreens on Church Road had TONS on a little display by cosmetics.
Pay $3.50, get $4 back
Final price: +$.50
*At this price, this is a great item to donate to charity!

Heinz 32 oz. white vinegar $1.99
Use in ad coupon for $1 off (limit 3 uses per coupon)
Match with .50/1 coupon
Printable coupon here for .50/1
(Since Walgreen's allows stacking of one store coupon with
one manufacturer's coupon, you can use both and score it for just .49!
Also, if you aren't aware, you can hit the back button once, after your coupon
prints, and it will print a second time. You could do this two times for each computer in your home. These are great because Easter is coming up and you need this to dye eggs. It also is a great natural cleaner, and these bottles are very large so they are sure to last a while!)
Final Price: 2 for $.99
*At this price, this is a great item to donate to charity!

Ziploc bags $3.29 regular price
Walgreens has a b1g1free coupon in the ad for this week (right next to the vinegar coupon)
Match with a -$1/2 Hefty One Zip 02-20-11 from Red Plum Insert
Final Price: 2 for $2.29

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Cheating is for losers!!!!

This is a good time for me to talk about coupon fraud. If you saw me mention the airwick deal earlier, think about this. If you read the Airwick coupons, the ones I read are for "Freshmatic ultra" which are priced at $6, not the Airwick I motion which are priced at $5. If you were to carefully read the coupon, you would see that the coupon for $4 the ultra is not meant for the I-motion. You would end up getting a "great deal" on this, making $6-but you would also be committing fraud! Coupon fraud hurts everyone. It hurts the manufacturer, because they issue coupons to get certain products out there. If you misuse them, they aren't selling more of the products they intended to-therefore stores aren't buying more of them. It hurts stores, because for every misused coupon, they do not get reimbursed for that item, and if they get audited, they could get in big trouble. It hurts us-couponers-because it makes us all look bad, and stores and mfr's have to "crack down" on their use when people consistently and deliberately misuse them.

For more information on this, you can check out what Nathan Engels wrote here on his We Use Coupons forum. (Nathan appeared on the very first TLC Extreme Couponing)

It was recently brought to light that J'aime from last Wednesday's episode of Extreme Couponing on TLC had actually use fraudulent methods to save over $1700 on her grocery bill. She illegally used coupons on purpose, and has apparently been doing this, and teaching this for a while. I hope if you saw or heard about this, you know that it really is easy to save money with coupons the legal way. Check out just about any regular coupon blog and you will see what I am saying. We are all appalled at her behavior and embarrassed that SHE was the person selected to go on tv. She was deliberately using coupons on items that they weren't meant to be used for.

I know some of you are new to coupons, so I will say this. It is easy to make a mistake when you are a newbie and you don't know any better. I myself did this once when I first started once. I went back and told the manager I had made an error and he said not to worry about it. But there is NO excuse to do it OVER and OVER and over again. That Safeway J'aime shopped at probably lost somewhere near her full purchase amount. I sincerely hope that TLC issues a public statement about this, and that people don't get the wrong idea that couponers are scammers. When used correctly, it is a win-win, for everyone, but when misused, EVERYONE loses.

Super Savings @ CVS

Are you ready for Easter? There are all kinds of deals at the drugstores (CVS, Walgreen, Rite Aid), Dollar General, and the grocery stores this week. The trick is to only buy the item at the store where it is the lowest price when matched with a coupon. If you buy the low priced items, even when you use a coupon, and you also buy EVERYTHING else you need there too, the whole trip was kinda pointless. You can get more bang for your buck if you stock up on the items that are on sale, at one particular store. Then head to another store for the other items.

For example, CVS has M&M's (I think the 12oz size) on sale for $1.99 today through Tuesday for a 3 day sale. There is a printable coupon for $1.50 off 3 (and I've heard there is also one for $1 off 2), so you can get them for $1.50 a bag when you buy 3. Not bad right!

Russell Stover bunnies or chocolate eggs are .74cents, and then you get .74 back in Extra bucks, so it's basically FREE!
They also have Medium size bottles of kids bubbles for $1.99 that are also printing $1.99 in ECB so they are free as well!

Bottles of Xtra Detergent are just $1.47!!! There is rumored to be a $.50cent coupon out there from the inserts (I haven't seen it, but I haven't cut for a few weeks.) If you have this, you could stock up on bottles for just 97cents!! I myself bought a few at the $1.47 price as this is what we've started to use.


There are two great deals I got today, and there are LOADS of Kellogg's coupons on their website to print out.
Kellogg's Corn Pops, Rice Crispies, Cocoa Crispies, Apple Jacks, Corn Flakes, and Raisin bran are just $1.66 each (limit 4 boxes).
Here are some coupons to put with them for an awesome deal
$1/any 3
$1/2 cornflakes (or a couple other kinds)
$.70c off raisin bran. So you could get raisin bran for just .96cents or Corn Flakes (we use this for fried chicken breading) for just $1.16

Also, there is a deal on Special K cereal and Bars. I like the Special K Red berries, and that was included in the deal. They are on sale for 3/$10 and then you get $4 in Extra Care Bucks back. There is a $3 off 5 any boxes or $2 off any 3 special K. So I got 3 boxes of Special K red berries, I payed $8 out of pocket, and I got $4 back, making them about $1.33 each--not bad at all!!!!

There is supposedly a moneymaker deal on Airwick Freshmatic Ultra. The scenario would go something like this: You buy 4 of them @ $6 each. Use 4 $4/1 printable coupons, paying $8 out of pocket. Then on your receipt $10 ECB will print out. There are other items that are included in the ECB deal, so you certainly don't have to only buy 4 Freshmatics to get the deal. I believe some other Airwick and Lysol products are included, as well as Electrosol dishwasher tabs($3 and there is a several coupons floating around). However, the coupons for the other items aren't that great, so unless you have the airwick coupons and your store has them in stock (even one could probably get you a good deal when combined with the other stuff). Now, I never advocate clearing the shelf. If you are at kroger and there's 1 left or even 3 or 4, that's one thing. But the drug stores are a bit tricky. Many times, there will be items on sale for a great price, but they carry/have 3 or 4 in stock (if that) to begin with. This is where it gets tricky. I do believe the early bird gets the worm. I also know how frustrating it is to go looking for a bargain and not be able to find what you are looking for. That's my biggest problem with this deal, is that to do this, you are likely buying up their whole inventory of that item. Just use your best judgement and be courteous to everyone else. My store didn't have ANY of the Airwicks even in stock, and the sale just started this AM.

Check out The Krazy Coupon Lady or My Memphis Mommy for a list of the sales and coupon matchups for printables. For more info about CVS shopping click HERE.

Happy Shopping!!!