Last weekend I posted a very informative blog that I hope inspired you to become a coupon diva/divo whatever you like! I wanted to share with you how my first real crazy coupon lady experience went. So while we were out Sunday I picked up the newspaper and I’m sooo glad that I did!! Because I racked up!!! Last Sunday had not one, but two sets of coupons plus and P&G Brandsaver book, which is Procter and Gamble’s set of coupons. Those of us who know our brands know that almost everything we use comes from Procter and Gamble, everything from Tide, to Bounty, to Always to Tampax, to Febreeze and Swiffer, I mean you name it and the majority of it comes from them. Whenever you get these coupons you can really save, but combine them with doing a bit of research first, and you come out ahead! Ok so that’s not where it ends, the pot gets even sweeter: In the the P&G BrandSaver was an entry form…here’s what else I get…so for those of you who did get the paper last week don’t throw this away…from August until December, if you spend $50 in P&G products (before coupons) then you circle the items on your receipts and send them in with the entry form that they provide and you will get a coupon book with over $100 in savings!!! I mean how cool is that??? Seriously, I’ve only been to a few stores and I’m already at over $30 (before coupons) I just wanted to share that with you. Now onto even better deals!
Let me precourse this by saying, I thought that if you wanted to be really thrifty you had to invest a lot of time. Well that myth has been debunked! Here’s what you do: go thru your Sunday paper, or any magazines that give coupons (All You) and if you’re lucky enough to have a printer then use the internet to your advantage and print any coupons you find. Then go thru your Sunday ads. For me that means CVS and Walgreens because that’s where I shop. I always go to CVS first because of ExtraBucks and then Walgreens if they have something on sale. Then write down your list, write down how much the item is, if you get anything back for it and if you have a coupon. As I stated in the last blog, it doesn’t have to be an item you need right this second, but if it’s on sale (especially if you’re getting money back) then go ahead and get it so that you don’t have to go out and get it when you run out.
CVS- I went to CVS Friday on my lunchbreak. Like I said, I already had my list made from Sunday. Here’s how it went: as soon as I got in the store I scanned my CVS card and got a coupon that I’ve been wanting and waiting for for a long time! I got the coupon for transferring my prescriptions. I got this a long time ago but lost it, so I have it in a safe place this time. My prescriptions are at Walgreens and so now I need to transfer them when I can refill and I get a $25.00 gift card just for doing so! I also got two coupons that mean nothing to me, but you should go and get the coupons every single time because you may get surprised!
- Always pads were on sale for $2.96(saved $0.83) and I had a coupon for $1.00 off= net price $1.96!!
- Gillette Venus Embrace razor kit (has 5 blades!!) on sale for $9.79 (saved $2.20) and I had a $2.00 off coupon plus I got $5.00 ExtraBucks!! =net price $7.79 and if you include the ExtraBucks it’s like I got it for $2.29!!!
- Pampers Cruisers diapers 27ct on sale for $8.88 (saved $2.61) and $1.00 off coupon = net price $7.88!! ** I usually buy diapers in big boxes, but I usually also buy huggies and usually buy at Walmart, but times are tight so to buy a regular pack a name brand diapers for less than $8.00 is a great buy!!
- Crest Pro Health mouthwash on sale for $3.97 (saved $1.52) and coupon for $0.75 plus I got $2.50 ExtraBucks!! = net price $3.22 and after ExtraBucks = $0.72!!! yeah baby!
- Always liners on sale for $2.99 and $0.50 coupon = net price $2.49! (CVS didn’t have sale on the liners which is what I needed so glad that I could still get a deal!
- Tampax Pearl tampons on sale for $3.99 and $2.00 off coupon = net price $1.99!!! (now that’s a real deal!! can’t beat it with a stick!!!)
- Colgate toothbrush on sale for $2.99 with $0.40 coupon = net price $2.59 which is still good for a good toothbrush, but I thought I was getting $2.00 in Register Rewards which is why I bought it, but when I was in the store it didn’t say anything about Register Rewards and because I was hot and tired and with the kids, I didn’t have the opportunity to go look thru the add to verify that I was supposed to get Register Rewards.
- Brand loyalty- I definitely understand being loyal to your brand. For example for pantyliners I like Always brand. I’m sorry nothing else compares. For tampons I usually go with Kotex and that’s because I never liked the original tampax tampons. But for items that you don’t mind crossing brands, do so, especially if it’s less money!!! Now I’ve tried generic or store-brand tampons, and I’m sorry, I can’t do that!!! But you never know what you may get if you just try the other brand, especially if you have a coupon in hand! (like my rhyme? lol) I’m not brand loyal to toothpaste, I like a few different brands for toilet paper…it’s all about price and quality.
- Time or Money- So you may be thinking, yeah that works for you but I don’t have that kind of time to be clipping coupons and looking thru sales ads. Really? You don’t have the time that you’re watching a regular tv show to save yourself some money?? I clipped my coupons and went thru my weekly ads while I was watching the Emmy Red Carpet, trust me, you have the time. Even if you’re not a parent, you should want to save your money. This recession is real huney!!