*1 Huggies wipes (FREE with CVS $2.00 off coupon + 50 c off MC!) *1 A&D ointment (Only .49 cents with CVS $5 off coupon + $1 off MC!) *1 Advil *2 Cover Girl mascara *1 CVS green bag tag *1 CVS reusable shopping bag (not pictured) *1 Listerine whitening pen - clearance for $3.49
Total Cost: $6.70
Total Out of Pocket: $2.21 Total Extra Care Bucks Spent: $15.48 Total Extra Care Bucks Earned: $10.99
*7 Kotex tampons/pads *15 Nature's Bounty Vitamin D *2 Colgate Total toothpaste *4 Bayer aspirin *3 Oral B Pro Health toothbrushes *1 Scunchi bobbi pins *4 Walgreens reusable bags (not pictured) *20 highlighters
Total Cost: -$16.04 (profit of $16.04)
Total Out of Pocket: $22.96 Total Register Rewards Spent: $69 Total Register Rewards Earned: $108
Note: $22 out of pocket is unusual & a lot for me to spend at Walgreens. I had pre-ordered the vitamins, as they were free ($5, get $5 register rewards back and I had coupons, so I knew I would make an automatic profit. Plus, we will use them.) So I ordered these through the manager and then found out that another item I had planned on buying last week - and earning register rewards with - was completely sold out. As a result, I was not able to have as many register rewards on hand going into this week as I had thought. That's why I spent more out of pocket than usual. It was still well worth it, as I made a profit in register rewards.
Total Out of Pocket: $0.71 Total Register Rewards Spent: $8.00 Total Register Rewards Earned: $11.00
FAQ: Why are you always buying little things, like candy or kids' cups or other various small "junk" items?
Walgreens will only accept as many coupons as items. Register Rewards are counted as coupons. Therefore if I wanted to purchase 4 items and use 4 manufacturer coupons, plus use 2 Register Rewards (a total of "6 coupons" according to the Walgreens registers), I would have to buy the 4 items plus 2 more items. Of course, you want to find something really cheap as the extra or "filler" items (as we call them) so that's why I end up purchasing Easter cups or clearance Easter candy.
I admit it can be a pain and I'd prefer it if Register Rewards didn't count towards the item/coupon count, but those are the rules of the "game." And I still save so much/get so many things for free that this very minor inconvenience is worth it, and really not so bad, once you get used to it.
Total Out of Pocket: $56.21 Total Savings: $221.40 Percentage Saved: 75%
Note: The majority of the out of pocket cost for this shopping trip was towards baby supplies. All the rice & candy were free (actually I made money off them), and the cereal & Ziploc bags cost about $4 total. Spending $50+ at Shaw's in one week is a lot for me, but it was worth it to get as many diapers/baby supplies as I did. There is a promotion going on this week, where you get back a $10 coupon for purchasing $30 worth of baby supplies. This coupon is good towards a future baby supplies purchase.
I spent $56.21 and now have $10 to spend on baby food/diapers, etc. I might make another trip later this week to pick up a few more packages of diapers.
As you may know, I'm a big fan of the A Full Cup website. I have several of their links listed here and often mention them.
I recently became aware of their "shopping lists." This is basically a list of the weekly sales at most major stores across the US and coupon match-up's. Moderators/moms try to keep these up, so it's easier for everyone to find fantastic deals. They try to find all available sales/what coupons will match up, whether it's a regular coupon or one you can print from online (and they include links too!) It's so easy to just glance and see if there are any deals you want to take advantage of.
Total Out of Pocket cost:$9.38 Total Savings: $106.41 Percentage Saved: 91%
My big savings this week was the Philips Sonicare toothbrush heads:
They normally retail for $30 or more and at best, go on sale for $25 at Target/Walmart. I found these on clearance for $15 and had a $5 off coupon, so I got them for only $10! And it ended up being even less with an extra $6 off $60 store coupon! I was very happy about this fabulous find!
Crest toothpaste is on sale for $1.49. Order 75 cents off coupons, which will double and you'll get free toothpaste! Again, check Dede or ebay if you need to order some.
Remember: Shaw's will double up to 6 of the same coupon in each transaction, so if you have more than 6 coupons, split them up into separate orders. More than 6 of the same coupon will not double and you'll only get face value.
Order now to get your coupons in time before the sale ends!
For more sales & very cheap deals at Shaw's, visit A Full Cup Shaw's Forum:
Total Out of Pocket: $7.64 Total Savings: $142.42 Percentage Saved: 95%
Note: I also earned some catalinas from McCormick (Buy 3 extracts or food coloring & get $2.50 back - I got pure vanilla extract for 66 cents each when combining sale price ($2.99) with coupons (75 cents doubled) with the catalina deal!) & Ziploc (Buy 3, get $2.00 - total cost was 3 for 67 cents, when combining sale price ($1.99) with coupons (55 cents doubled).) I started with $4 in catalinas & now have $4.50 in catalinas, so this shopping trip cost $7.14 ($11.64 - $4 in catalinas + $4.50 earned = $7.14)
*12 No Yolks noodles *2 Land O Lakes butter *6 Ziploc bags *12 Reese's candy *1 Sunday newspaper
Total Out of Pocket: $3.10 Total Savings: $55.58 Percentage Saved: 94%
Note: I earned $4 in catalinas from a Ziploc promotion (buy 3, get $2.00 back.) I also used one $2 catalina from a previous purchase, so this shopping trip essentially cost $1.10. (Total $5.10 - $2 catalina + earn $4 in catalinas = $1.10)
Welcome to my "coupon" blog. I love using coupons and combining them with various sales. I have been "couponing" for 6+ years now, and I average 50-75% savings off my grocery bill, often getting things for free or even making money!
This is my little place to share my savings (it's fun for me to keep track!) but also where I can share some tips and hints I've learned. It's a lot of work, but also a lot of fun and very rewarding. My husband calls it my part time job, because it does take a lot of time and organization, but I am able to save my family so much money.
Feel free to ask if you have any questions. I love to share the wonderful world of couponing whenever I can!