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Shopping List for 3/1/13


I’m loving my couponing so much these days. I thought I’d share the love by sharing my list with you this week! I’m shopping at CVS and Walgreens every week now, and saving my Extra Bucks and Register Rewards to roll into the NEXT week’s purchase. I’m using The Krazy Coupon Lady‘s list of deals to plan, and you should follow them!

CVS

TRANSACTION #1:

Buy 3 Advil Congestion Relief, 10 ct $5.00 each ($15)

Spend $15.00, Receive $3.00 ExtraBucks, Limit 1

Buy 3 Select Pfizer Products, Submit for $6.00 Mail-In Rebate from RP 1/27

Use three $3.00/1 Advil Congestion Relief, Allergy & Congestion Relief, Cold & Sinus or Allergy Sinus, Limit of 4 like coupons in same shopping trip from RP 2/10 (exp 2/24)

Pay $6.00, Receive $3.00 ExtraBucks and Submit for $6.00 Mail-In Rebate

  

Buy 1 Thermacare Lower Back & Hip, 1 ct $3.49

Buy 1, Receive $3.49 ExtraBucks

Pay $3.49, Receive $3.49 ExtraBucks

 

Total: $18.49. Use Coupons = $9.49

Pay $9.49

Receive $3.00 and $3.49 EBs.

 

TRANSACTION #2:

Buy 1 Poise Wash, 7.3 oz $4.99

Or Poise Towelettes, 20-24 ct $4.99

Use one $3.00/1 Poise Roll-On Cooling Gel, Body Cooling Towelettes, Feminine Wash, Panty Fresheners or Personal Lubricant, excludes trial size from SS 2/10 (exp 3/23)

And use one CVS printable

Pay Nothing

 

Buy 1 Physician’s Formula Organics Mascara $9.99, regular price

Spend $10.00, Receive $7.00 ExtraBucks, Limit 1

Use one $1.00/1 Physician’s Formula Cosmetic Product from SS 2/10 (exp 4/30)

Pay $8.99, Receive $7.00 ExtraBucks

 

2 Colgate Sensitive Toothpaste, 4 oz $4.99ea ($9.98)

Buy 1, Receive $4.00 ExtraBucks, Limit 2

Use two $0.50/1 Colgate Toothpaste, 4 oz or larger, Limit of 4 coupons for same product in same transaction from SS 2/10 (exp 3/2)

Or $0.50/1 Colgate Toothpaste, 4 oz or larger, Limit of 4 coupons for same product in same transaction from SS 2/24 (exp 3/16)

Pay $8.89, Receive $8.00 ExtraBucks 

 

2 Schick Hydro 5 Power Razors $12.99 each ($25.98)

Buy 1, Receive $4.00 ExtraBucks, Limit 2

Use $5.00/2 Schick Hydro Power Select or Hydro 5 Razor from SS 2/10

Pay $20.98, Receive $8.00 ExtraBucks

Total: $50.94. Use $10/$50 from Magic Coupon Machine = $40.94. Use Coupons = $29.95. Use $10.16 EBs  Pay $19.17.  Receive $7.00, $8.00, and $8.00 ExtraBucks

 

Grand Total: $28.66 for $69.43 in product with $23.00 in EB for next week! Total OOP=$5.66

 

WALGREENS

TRANSACTION #1:

Buy 1 Energize Energy Tablets, 28 ct $8.00

Buy 1, Receive $8.00 Register Rewards

Total: $8.00 Use $4 RR from last week. Pay $4.00, Receive $8.00 RR

 

TRANSACTION #2:

Buy 1 Artic Naturals Daily Omega 3, 60 ct $10.00

Buy 1, Receive $10.00 Register Reward

Use $8 RR from #1. Pay $2.00, Receive $10.00 RR

 

 

 

TRANSACTION #3:

Buy 1 Rapid Acting Curacaine Analgesic Ointment, 1 oz $7.00

Buy 1, Receive $7.00 Register Reward

Pay $7.00, Receive $7.00 Register Reward 

 

Buy 1 Colgate Max Fresh, White, or Clean, 6 oz $3.49

Or Colgate 2 in 1 Toothpaste, 4.6 oz $3.49

Buy 1, Receive $3.00 Register Reward

Use one $0.50/1 Colgate Toothpaste, 4 oz or larger, Limit of 4 coupons for same product in same transaction from SS 2/24 (exp 3/16)

Pay $2.99, Receive $3.00 Register Reward

 

Buy 1 Nestle Candy, .77 to 2.1 oz, $0.39

Pay $0.39

 

Total: $10.77. Use $10.00 RR from #2. Pay $0.38. Receive $7 and $3RR

 

TRANSACTION #4: 

Buy 1 Natrol Melatonin, 100 ct $4.00

Buy 1, Receive $4.00 Register Rewards

Pay $4.00, Receive $4.00 Register Rewards  

 

Huggies Jumbo Pack Diapers or Pull-Ups $8.99 (2=$17.98)

Huggies Natural Care Baby Wipes, 320 ct $8.99

Buy 2, Receive 2,000 Balance Rewards Points

Use $2.00/1 Huggies Little Movers Slip-On Diapers from SS 2/24 (exp 3/23)

Or $1.50/1 Huggies Diapers from SS 2/24 (exp 3/23)

Or $0.50/1 Huggies Wipes, 56 ct or larger from SS 2/24 (exp 3/23)

Or $3.00/1 Huggies printable

Final Price: $11.98 WYB2 diapers-2 $3/1, Receive 2,000 BR Points

Total: $15.98. Use $7 and $3 RR from #3. Pay $5.98.

 

Grand Total: $12.75 for $50.86 in product with 4 RR & 2,000 BRPs!

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Ninth Anniversary Coupon Trip


Because nothing says “I love you” like saving 85% on your shopping. =D Happy anniversary to my husband, Anthony.

We also ran a report on our July savings goals. I budgeted $400 for the month of July. We were over by $5, but this included our mid-month switch to gluten-free groceries AND all our toiletries, beauty products, diapers, etc. I’m pretty proud of how close we are to our goal! Some adjustments need to be made for August, but this was an awesome kickoff for the new month!

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Coupon results 7/24/12


Coupon results 7/24/12

CVS & Walgreens 7/24/12

I’m not an expert on this couponing thing. I’ve read the books, I peruse the blogs, I drool over photos of expert couponers’ stockpiles and wish I could do the same thing. I do try, though, to save money where ever I can. Well, this last week, by some celestial alignment of paycheck, organization, planning, and kid-free moments, I managed to hit CVS and Walgreens and saved more than 90% on some pricey products that I usually just buy at the Dollar Tree.

Here’s how I did it.

CVS has a special bonus program where different products each week will earn you ExtraBucks (EBs). Walgreens has a similar program, where products will earn you RegisterRewards (RRs). When planning my shopping trips, I look through the weekly ads to see what products have EBs or RRs attached to them AND that I have coupons for. (Oh yeah, you have to get the Sunday paper to get coupons. I subscribe to the Sunday paper and my aunt and cousin save their coupon inserts for me, so I get 3 copies of the inserts). However, this planning and matching up coupons with EBs and RRs can take a LONG time, so I let other people do the hard work and check out couponing websites for the best match-ups.

There’s a million coupon sites out there, but hands-down, my favorite is KrazyCouponLady.com because their site is super easy to use and has a fabulous search feature that lets me see exactly what I want. Also, when you click on CVS or Walgreens (or RiteAid, too, but we don’t have RiteAid in Arizona), the Krazy Ladies write up shopping plans for getting the most bang for $5. You can do this a few different ways. One strategy is to “roll” your transactions: buy a few items that will earn you rewards, then, take your rewards from that transaction and go purchase more items, paying for the second transaction with your rewards from the first transaction. That’s fun, but time consuming.

This week, I had all the kids with me on Friday, and didn’t want to spent 30 minutes at both stores rolling transactions, so I purchased all the items that had rewards AND that I had coupons for. Friday was pretty pricey:

CVS – $26.33 in product – $11.36 in coupons + $1.71 tax = paid $16.68 (40% savings) and received 6.75 ExtraBucks

Walgreens – $20.76 in product – $6.09 in coupons + $1.60 tax = paid $16.27 (27% savings) and received 10 RegisterRewards

On Sunday, the ads reset at the stores, so a whole new set of deals came out. I’d already spent our grocery budget, but because I had the EBs and RRs from Friday, I was able to use them to purchase the NEW deals for this week last night while Anthony watched the kids at home. I bought all the items shown in the photo at the top, and basically just had to pay the tax on everything. I learned last night that I’ll never be able to use coupons, EBs, or RRs to cover tax, which is kinda silly, I think. I had to scan my debit card to cover the tax last night (note to self: raid kids piggy bank for spare change next time).

Tuesday’s result:

CVS – after coupons and EBs: paid $2.62 (85% savings) and received 5 EBs

Walgreens – after coupons and RRs: paid $1.19 (94% savings) and received 4 RRs 

Yes, it takes some coordinating, planning, and QUIET (seriously, whenever I try to coupon WITH my 4 kids, I never save as much), but it is worth it to get NICE products (I’m so excited to shave with the Venus razor!).

So what do you think? Have you thought about couponing or actually started couponing? What works for you? What doesn’t work for you? What’s the best deal you’ve scored?

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