The last 2 weeks have probably been my best couponing weeks to date. Here is my breakdown if I can remember everything:
37 Right Guard Deodorants
3 Right Guard Body Washes
(For 40 coupons I paid $1.75 so I guess my total is $1.75).
3 Wilkinson Sword Razors
(I love when they give me money back)!
Stop & Shop
10 Boxes of Ronzoni Garden Delight Pasta
4 Smart Waters
4 Lipton Ice Teas
(Stop & Shop doesn’t give money back so I used the $2.00 toward grapes and milk).
7 Tylenol Precise (4 patches, 3 gels)
4 Aveeno Body Lotions
2 Aveeno Sunscreen (1 face, 1 body)
2 40 Count Dixie Paper Plates
1 Coopertone Baby Sunscreen
1 Goldfish To-Go (treat for Jayden)!
Total: $16.43 OOP
(I know, that’s a little high BUT I received 20 UP rewards and a 10% off entire purchase shopping pass to use on future purchases so you can also look at it like I made $3.57 off the deal)
Like I said, it has been a good couple weeks in the coupon world. Call me crazy, but I’ve already put together 3 packages to donate and that’s what brings a smile to my face (and the fact Adam won’t be stinky anytime soon – ha)!
Have you heard of it? It is a pretty cool.
Groupon is a deal-of-the-day website that is localized to major markets in the United States. Anyone who lives in a large city, you will be amazed how awesome some of the deals are. Because we live outside of a city, the deals tend to be 30 minutes plus away. However, when I woke up this morning I was excited to see that a $111/hour massage was going for $55. The best parts, the spa is only 10 minutes away and it is an hour massage with 2 people (that is 4 hands – hello)!
My husband has been asking for a couple weeks for a massage so I was glad to scoop this up for him. He’ll never know I paid half the price for it! If you are a new member, Group will typically grant you a $10 Groupon Credit which will be good towards your first Groupon purchase. Check it out!
Sounds silly, doesn’t it? I never really understood the power behind couponing until I watched the show Extreme Couponing on TLC.
Let me start off by saying, I’ve always liked a good deal. I think that stems from my mother-in-law who is an accountant. For the last 30+ years she has been able to see the mark-up value on certain items. For example, some diamonds are marked up 500%. That just makes me sick.
Am I am extreme couponer? No way, not even close. But I do take the time on Sundays to collect the local newspaper coupon inserts and clip them. Why not? 30 minutes of my time usually saves me at least $40 at the grocery store. I have learned to match up the store ad prices and the weekly coupons to really maximize my dollar. Anything I don’t use that I can get for free I purchase anyways and donate it to our local food bank.
Recently Walmart update its coupon policy to allow overage. What is overage? If the coupon value exceeds the value of the product, they have to give you the difference back in cash. For example, I had a Similac Formula coupon that was worth $5/1. I purchased the Ready-to-Feed Similac Formula that was prices at $3.84 and Walmart paid me $1.16 in cash. Now that’s a powerful coupon if you ask me!
If you look at my most profitable Walmart trip below, you can see that coupons really are powerful!
Items Purchased on 4/12/2011
4 Gain Dish Detergants
7 Similac Ready-to-Feed Formulas (Donation)
1 Toy Story Operation Game
2 Packages of Ziploc Bags
1 Reynolds Tin Foil
1 Girls Cardigan (Donation)
1 Womans T-Shirt (Donation)
That’s right! Walmart gave me $1.31 back!
Note: I promise the next post will be a more serious topic about power!
>It is a great week for deals in the Harrington Household. I’ve said from the beginning I am not turning my blog into a “good deal” blog but I figured every once in a while it may help someone out.
This past week at Rite Aid I purchased 70 packs of Trident Vitality gum and 18 American Greeting cards for $0.00. I didn’t pay a cent. It was awesome! Anyone need some gum?
At Walmart this week I purchased 20 Purex Complete 3-in-1 Laundry Sheets for -.60 cent. What does that mean? It means Walmart paid me .60 cents to buy them. Have you tried these? I love them!
For today only at Walgreens you can get a free 8×10 of any print you would like. Just go to their website and click on photo. Once there, upload your photo and use the code DEAL8X10 at check out. Don’t have a Walgreens around you? You can get it shipped to you for .9 cents which to me it is still worth it! Walgreens is doing one photo deal a day for the rest of the week so be sure to check back to see what their offering!
>I decided to change things up this week since Rite Aid didn’t have anything that I needed nor wanted. So I went to Walgreens this week instead.
My total OOP was $5.24. I also received $1 RR that is good at Walgreens or at Walmart. Not my best deals but not too shabby!
(This picture excludes Jayden’s $.25 Transformer Chocolate)
>You’ve been reading about my trips to Rite Aid and I have another one. I didn’t get too much but I also didn’t pay too much either. It’s a win/win situation in my book.
4 Nivea Lip Care
2 Colgate 360 Toothbrushes
Total OOP: $.82.
P.S. One would imagine the Nivea Lip Care is for me, but my dear husband loves it!
>I don’t drink any soda besides an occasional glass of ginerale. However, like I mentioned earlier, if I can get something for free I would buy it anyways and donate it to our local food bank.
This week at Stop & Shop and Big Y, Dr. Pepper is on sale for $1. There are little peelies that hang down in front of the display for .55 cents off 1 Dr. Pepper 2 liter. Once that is doubled (both stores double everything under a dollar) it is FREE!
I have 11 bottles of Dr. Pepper that I am donating today! Not the healthiest option to donate but it is still something. And for a random fact, I can’t even bear to take a sip of Dr. Pepper. The smell of it makes me sick. Happy shopping!
>My son loves Crocs in the summer! If we are at the beach, swimming or doing anything non-physical, I allow him to wear Crocs instead of sneakers. Well yesterday I bought him some Crocs for the summer since the deal was too good to pass up.
If you go to the outlet section of the Crocs website you can see that they have Kids’ Athens and Gabe Crocs on sale for $9.99 each. If you use the coupon codes ALLYOU20 and FALLSHIP, you get 20% off and Free Shipping!
$7.99 for a pair of Crocs, I’ll take it!
>So last week I told you about my deal at Rite Aid. Well it’s another week so I have yet another deal (unfortunately I don’t have a picture this week because I already put some/gave some away)!
3 Dove Deodorants
1 Degree Deodorants
2 Colgate Toothpastes
2 Boxes of Ziploc Bags (50 ct.)
2 Bottles of Softsoap Handsoap
2 Bags of Chex Mix
1 Vasline Lotion
2 Bottles of Finish Dishwashing Detergent
I have $5 Rite Aid Dollars towards my next purchase so I actually made money!
>Some of you may know about my recent (very recent) coupon obsession. I should make it known that whenever I do something I like to do it very well. I can’t stand when things are done half (insert inappropriate blogging word). In other words, I couldn’t ever see myself just using a couple coupons here and there. Enjoy the picture below and take a guess on what I spent on it all.
The Items I purchased
6 Old Spice Deodorants
4 Gillette Deodorants
4 Gillette Body Washes
2 Betty Crocker Cake Makes
2 Betty Crocker Frostings
2 – 25 Dixie Plates
4 Bags of Halls
4 Rolls of Bounty Paper Towels
12 Pack of Cottonelle Bath Tissue
2 Lysol Disinfectant Spray
Grand Total: $10.42 🙂