Sunday, December 18, 2011

'Tis the season to be saving, fa la la la la la la la la

Store #1-CVS

Select varieties character band-aids $2.99
Use $.50/1 band-aid brand product
Pay $2.50

Ricola Cough Drops, on sale 2/$3
Use 2 $1/1 Ricola
Pay $1

Est. Reg. Retail Price $8
Total Before Coupons/ECB: $6
I started with $3 (and $2 but I didn't need to use it) Extra bucks from last week so,
Out of pocket cost: $.50 plus tax. If you had no ECB to start, you would pay $3.50 + tax.
I recieved $3 in Extra bucks from this purchase.

Store #2-Rite Aid

Transaction #1
3 Nivea Lip Care, on sale $2 each
Use $3/2 mfr coupon from insert
and use $1/1 internet printable coupon HERE

3 Orbit Gum (or other variety, see ad) on sale $1 each
Use $.25/1 from Rite Aid Video Values printable store coupon

1 Trident layers gum, on sale $1 each
Use $.50/1 from Rite Aid Video Values

1 Lysol Healthy Touch Hand System, on sale $7.99
Use $5/1 Rite Aid Video Values
and use $.75/1 mfr coupon HERE

2 Christmas Peeps, on sale 2/$1
Use $1/2 internet printable (if you printed it when it was available)

2 $1 Stocking stuffers, reg price (I chose Disney kids' playing cards)

*Est Regular Retail Price $29.00
Before Coupons total: $20.99
After Coupons (I didn't have any +up to start with) (oop total):$9.49 before tax
+up back: $5

Transaction 2:
Est. Reg. Price: $15.00
3 Coke 12 packs @ 3/9.99
Used $5 in +up rewards from last transaction
Paid OOP:$4.99 +tax
Recieved $2 back in +Up rewards

Store #3

2 packs Viva brand paper towels @ 2/$12
Use $3/2 coupon in the Walgreens December coupon book (free to everyone,
these are upfront by the ads in a display stand)
I'm sure there are mfr coupons out there, I just didn't have any

2 bottles Welch's Grape Juice, on sale @ 2/$6
Use the coupon in the ad to get the 2/$6 price (it does not have to be clipped out)
And use 2 $1/1 64 oz Welch's grape juice coupon

4 Nice! 1lb butters or Oscar Mayer Ready to eat bacon @2/$5
Use in ad coupon to get this price

3 Campbells Tomato or Chicken Noodle Soup, sale $.69 each
Use in ad coupon to get this price
**the only mfr coupon I had was for wyb 4 cans, the $.69 price was lmt of 3, so
in this case, there are no known mfr coupons that would work.

5 Hot Wheels Cars, sale price $.59
Use in ad coupon to get this price

1 5 count Zyrtec, $6.99 reg price
*I used my FREE (or $7 off other count) 5 count Zyrtec from a giveaway
a while back. I've been hanging on to it for months and it was about to expire
on the 31st.

It came to $59 regular retail price. (crazy huh??? I will NEVER pay regular
retail price again, hahahahaha)
I used the add coupons and it brought it down to $40, and then used
my "$15 off any $30 or greater purchase" jingle cash from last week.
Then I used my $7 off Zyrtec coupon, and the two $1 welches coupons
and it came down to $16 plus tax.

So total today I spent $30.99, and I still have $5 in various rewards back to use next time!!
If I had paid regular price, no coupons or anything it would have been $113.

Seriously????? $113 plus tax. Who would pay that much????
Guess what! If you don't use coupons and shop sales, YOU DO!!!!

I hope this offers you some encouragement to try couponing and to see what you can do to
stretch your money. After all, you work hard for it and I'm sure you don't want to
throw it away. And I will say this, I probably spent a half hour this time (for big grocery trips it's more) time
preparing for this. I just looked at the match ups online and pulled out what coupons I had for the things I needed.
I made a list, put the list and the coupons in an envelope and stuck to the list when I shopped. That is another big tip.
Don't deviate from your list because that is how they will get you paying more money! I have heard it said that couponers average
$80 an hour for the amount of time spent to save money. So for every hour you put into to, you will save an average of $80.
I challenge you to try it! I would love to help you get started and am happy to answer any questions you may have about how I have saved
THOUSANDS over the last year alone.

God bless you and yours and Merry Christmas!!!!!


  1. I've got to do more couponing. LOL

  2. Definitely. It's great because you get a stock of stuff that you regularly use, and then you don't have to go out and pay full price for it when you need it. And plus there's a lot of things now that I can get for free or near free, so I am only shopping for those things to replenish my stock pile or donate, and I can afford (haha) to be picky about how much I want to pay. Like, the cough drops I am seeing free deals with them every couple of weeks and if I have the coupon I will get more. Then if someone I know gets a cold or I have a sore throat, I don't have to run out and buy a bag. I just shop from home!
    Another tip is to keep track of what is a good price on stuff. After a while, you start to notice what is really a good deal, and what is maybe not as good. Like when I first started couponing, I thought $1 for toothpaste was a good deal. Now I know if I wait (and buy 2 or 3 at JUST the right time, to last me till the next sale) I can probably get it for free.