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Monday, February 16, 2009

Couponing - first real attempt

So, my friend Meagan got me into couponing recently. I've been trying it out, saving coupons, reading blogs, etc. and even had one minor attempt at it (using coupons on a massive grocery shopping trip). Today, however, I made my first ever shopping trip focused solely on couponing. I picked Walgreens to start at, because you can get some pretty great deals there if you know what you're doing. (Who knew?) I wanted to share my results with all of you. Here's what I got:

  • Kellogg's cereal - On sale 4/$10 with a Register Rebate of $3 (it acts as cash for future visits). Total = 4/$7. (Or $1.75/box)
  • Yes to Carrots chapstick - on sale for $2.76 (25% off) with a manufacturer's coupon $2. Total = $0.76. (Check out this blog for coupons and details. They suggest an additional $1 coupon that makes it free with overage even, but it wouldn't work at my Walgreens.)
  • Glade Sense & Sprays. Originally $8.99 each. Buy 1 Get 1 free coupon here. $4 off 1 coupon from the 02/08 SmartSource newspaper insert. $3 each rebate from Walgreens. Total = profit of $1.01
  • Colgate toothpaste - originally $2.49, on sale for $1.99. $1 coupon from newspaper... somewhere. (Not sure where it came from.) Total = $0.99 (Supposedly they had toothpaste on sale for $0.99 so it would be free, but not at my Walgreens. The only one they had that cheap was the trial size and was too small for the coupon to be valid.)
  • Garnier Fructis Moose. $3.99. Full rebate. Total = Free
  • Candy. Twizzlers on sale 2/$3. Hershey Kisses on sale 2/$4. Valentines Candy 50% off. Total on all = $10.75. Rebate for $5. Total = $5.75
  • Oatmeal. Originally $3.29. In store coupon for Buy 1 Get 1 free. Total = $3.29
  • $1 to the Heart Foundation (not pictured). Total = $1
So, from what I can figure (I am counting sale prices as listed instead of trying to figure out what they were before, for ease of math), I bought $53.47 (before tax) worth of product, I saved $19.70 at the register in coupons, I got $3 back in Register Rewards, and I will get $14.99 back in rebates, making a total spent of $15.78 for all of that pictured (and $1 donation not pictured)! Making a savings of $37.69.

I am pleased with my first attempt at couponing.


Meagan said...

Welcome to the world of couponing!

MegRuth said...

Way to go you! I've started doing this recently too! Luke even did it and saved 65% on cereal.