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Target Deals 11/27 – 12/03

Published November 30, 2011 by gweledydd

Here are some of the best Target deals this week. Be sure to check out this AWESOME coupon!  Get a FREE $10.00 GC WYB $50.00.  This deal expires 12/03.  Check it out here and print before they run out!

 

American Greeting Dora or Spongebob Christmas Gift Wrap – $3.00
– $1.00/1 Dora or Spongebob Gift Wrap Coupon (Target printable coupon)
Total: $2.00

TGI Friday’s Frozen Entree for One 12 oz Box or Bag – $1.99
– $1.00/1 TGI Friday’s Frozen Entree (Target printable coupon)
– $1.00/1 TGI Friday’s product (SS 10/23 exp. 12/04)
Total: FREE

NYC Nail Polish – $0.94
– $1.00/1 NYC Product (Target printable coupon)
Total: FREE

Curel Ultra Healing Lotion – $2.99
– $1.00/1 Curel Moisturizer (SS 10/09 exp. 12/03)
Free $5.00 GC WYB2
Total: FREE plus profit after gift card

Sally Hansen Nail Polish – $2.04
– $1.00/1 Sally Hansen Nail Polish (Target printable coupon)
– $1.00/1 Sally Hansen nail color products (RP 9/25 exp. 11/30)
Total: $0.04

Huggies Diapers or Training Pants Big Packs – $19.79
– $3.00/1 Huggies coupon (Walmart insert 11/27)
– $2.00/1 Huggies Little Movers Slip-On Diapers (Target printable coupon)
Free $10.00 GC WYB3
Total: $13.45 each

VitaminWater – $1.00
– $1.00/1 VitaminWater coupon (eBay)
Total: FREE

Scott Bath Tissue 24 Rolls – $10.99
– $1.00/1 Scott extra soft bath tissue (SS 10/23 exp. 12/04)
Total: $9.99 (HOT!!!)

 

Check out the rest of the deals this week here!

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Walmart Coupon Policy

Published November 30, 2011 by gweledydd

Walmart can be extremely strict on their coupon policy when they want to be, and the cashiers typically are misinformed on how the coupon policies work.  Almost every time I use multiple coupons at Walmart the cashier tries to reject them because they believe “per purchase” means “per transaction”.  Walmart has finally posted an official coupon policy.  Here are some highlights.

  • WALMART DOES ALLOW OVERAGES!!!
  • Walmart does accept internet/print at home coupons, but will NOT accept competitor coupons.  They WILL however accept CATs and coupons that state an item can be sold for a certain price.
  • Any transaction where 40 or more coupons are used, a coupon worth more than $20.00, or more than $50.00 worth of coupons require customer service supervisor or manager approval.
  • Walmart will not accept expired coupons.
  • All coupons must be legible and have “manufacturer coupon” stamped somewhere on the coupon.

See the rest of the list here:

Walmart Coupon Policy

CVS Coupon Policy

Published November 30, 2011 by gweledydd

I have found that even though CVS has a corporate coupon policy, not all of the regional stores use it.  For instance, the Madison Heights, VA CVS store and the CVS on Wards Rd in Lynchburg allow overages, while the rest of those in Lynchburg and in Bedford do not.  Below are a couple of highlights of CVS’s coupon policy. Please be sure to click the link below to view the entire list and print out for your couponing adventures.

 

  • CVS will accept one manufacturer’s coupon and one CVS coupon.
  • CVS does NOT allow overages.
  • Management reserves the right to limit stock and quantity of items purchased.  (Dad 2 has had this happen a couple of times so be prepared)
  • CVS does not accept expired coupons.
  • While not an official policy, CVS does accept coupons for both items on B1G1 deals.

 

CVS Coupon Policy

Target Coupon Policy

Published November 30, 2011 by gweledydd

Target surprisingly has a GREAT coupon policy!  After much searching, I have found their policies as well as their printable coupon section (I know, I’m stupid…I have been trying to find it for quite some time).

Target Stores Coupon Policy

Manufacturer & Target Coupons:
• Target accepts one Manufacturer Coupon and one Target Coupon for the same item (unless prohibited by either coupon).
• Item purchased must match the coupon description (brand, size, quantity, color, flavor, etc.).
• Coupon amount may be reduced if it exceeds the value of the item after other discounts or coupons are applied.
• Target can’t give cash back if the face value of a coupon is greater than the purchase value of the item. (NO OVERAGES)
• All valid coupons should be presented to the cashier during checkout.
• All applicable sales taxes are paid by the guest at the full value of the item.
• These guidelines apply to all coupons accepted at Target (Color Checkout Coupons, Internet Coupons, Mobile Coupons, Mailed Coupons, Coupons from Newspapers and Magazines, etc.).

Internet (Print-at-Home) Coupons:
• Target gladly accepts valid Internet coupons that contain a clear and scannable bar code.
• Target does not accept Internet coupons for free items with no purchase requirements.

Mobile Coupons:
• Guests can receive Target Mobile Coupons by signing up for Text Alerts at Target.com/mobile or by texting COUPONS to 827438 (TARGET).
• Message and data rates may apply. See site for full details.
• To redeem, simply show your coupon barcode to the cashier. With one simple scan, all applicable coupons are applied.

Buy One Get One Free Coupons (BOGO):
• BOGO coupons cannot be combined (i.e. you cannot use two BOGO coupons on two items and get both for free). Unless stated otherwise on the coupon, the use of one Buy One Get One Free coupon requires that two of the valid items are presented at checkout of which one item will be charged to the guest and the 2nd item will be discounted by its full retail price.
• A second cents-off coupon of the same type cannot be redeemed towards the purchase price of the first item.
If a Target BOGO coupon is used, one additional manufacturer coupon may be used on the first item.  (HOT!)
If a Manufacturer BOGO coupon is used, one additional Target coupon may be used on the first item. (HOT!)

Exclusions:
• Coupons are void if copied, scanned, transferred, purchased, sold, prohibited by law or appear altered in any way.
• Target can’t accept coupons from other retailers or coupons for products not carried in stores.
• Some items may not be available at all stores.
• Target does not accept expired coupons.

 

TARGET ALSO NOW PRICE MATCHES!!!  They also apply their coupon policy towards price matched items.  Please check out the entire policies below.

 

Target Coupon Policy Print-Off Page

Target Price Match Policy

Printable Target Coupons

CVS Deals 12/04 – 12/10

Published November 29, 2011 by gweledydd

Best deals this week:

Ajax Dish Detergent – $0.89

– $0.50/1 Ajax coupon (eBay)

Total: $0.49

Spend $30.00, get $10.00 GC back

Cottonelle Bath Tissue – $9.99

– $1.00/1 Cottonelle Coupon (eBay)

Total: $8.99

Spend $30.00, get $10.00 GC back

Hefty CinchSack – $6.99

$1.00/1 Hefty Coupon (eBay)

Total: $5.99

Spend $30.00, get $10.00 GC back

Purina Alpo Wet Dog Food – 4/$5.00

– $2.00/12 Alp coupon (eBay)

Total: 12/$13.00

Pedigree Dog Food – $12.99

– $2.00/1 Pedigree Dry Dog Food coupon (eBay)

Total: $10.99

Bounty Basic Paper Towels – $5.99

– $1.00/1 Bounty coupon (eBay)

Total: $4.99

Transaction 1

10 Hefty CinchSack at $6.99 = $69.90

– $10.00 (10/$1.00 coupons) = $59.90

– $5.00/$20.00 CVS Coupon = $54.90 OOP

– $20.00 back in GCs

Total: $34.90

Transaction 2

40 Ajax Dish Detergent at $0.89 = $35.60

– $5.00/$20.00 CVS Coupon = $30.60

– $20.00 (40/$0.50 coupons) = $10.60

– $10.00 GC from previous transaction = $0.60 OOP

– $10.00 back in GC

Transaction 3

5 Bounty Basic Paper Towels at $5.99 = $29.95

– $5.00/$20.00 CVS coupon = $24.95

– $5.00 (5/$1.00 coupons) = $19.95

– $20.00 GCs from previous transactions = FREE with $0.05 remaining on GC

View the whole ad by clicking the image below.  Courtesy of iheartcvs.

Organizing Your Coupons

Published November 29, 2011 by gweledydd

One of the other common things I hear when talking to friends and family about coupons is, “I always clip out the coupons, but forget to bring them to the store.  I need to get more organized”.  I have heard your trials and have helpful answers for you!  Most people start out couponing small and work their way up.  When I first started couponing, I kept my coupons in my wallet.  As I started using more, I began using regular envelopes.  This eventually progressed into a small coupon divider and has evolved into my current organizer of choice: my handy dandy COUPON BINDER!  My coupon binder uses the binder method with the hybrid method.  I clip coupons I know I will use, and the rest of the whole inserts I keep in the back in case there is a great deal a few months down the road.

All I did was take an old school binder that I had guitar tabs in and add organizers and business card holders.  I want to eventually get some trading card holders since they are bigger.  Maybe Santa will bring them this year…>.>

Anyways, there are several different methods you can use to organize your coupons.

  1. The envelope method.  With this method, you use a simple envelope of your choosing to store your coupons.  It is convenient, but if you are dealing with a large amount of coupons I do not recommend using this method.  It can be time consuming to try and sort through your coupons to find unmarked deals and you may miss out if you leave some of your coupons at home.
  2. The Binder Method.  This method is pretty self explanatory.  You use a binder to store your coupons.  You can use folders, business card holders, trading card holders, etc. to house your coupons.
  3. The Hybrid Method.  This method is similar to what I use.  You clip the coupons you know you will use and save the rest of the insert for another day.  This decreases the amount of time you spend clipping coupons, but still allows you to keep the rest of your coupons for a future deal.
  4. The File Box.  This is the method I used prior to the binder.  Your file box can be small or large.  Mine was about an inch or two wide, and was roughly the size of a 4×6 card.  This made it convenience and easy to put in my purse so I would have my coupons on me at all times.  the problem I have found with these is sometimes the dividers fall out and for visual people like me it makes it harder to remember what coupons you have.  This is another great method for organizing small amounts of coupons and for those who only take the coupons they need with them.
  5. The Scrapbook Album.  Another version of the binder method but using a scrapbook instead.
  6. The Mega Coupon Bag.  I have not tried this method, but it sounds interesting.  Similar to the file box, this bag setup allows you to take all of your coupons with you in a sophisticated, less cumbersome, and less embarrassing bag.  These are sold on etsy.  I like that it attaches to your grocery cart.  Check out the seller’s page here.
  7. The Day Planner.  Similar to the scrapbook album and binder method except using a day planner.
  8. The Couponizer.  Similar to the small checkbook-sized file box, it is lightweight and durable.  Please see more info here.
  9. The Coupon Clutch.  This is a coupon organizer that looks like a fashionable tote.  It is a binder disguised as a handbag.  I am thinking of trying this out.  It has gotten great reviews!  Check it out here.  This comes in a variety of colors and styles.  I LOVE the cow and zebra prints!  Click here for a link directly to their website!

These are only a few ideas of how you can organize your coupons to help you efficiently save money.  Do whatever works best for you, and have fun doing it!

The Do’s and Don’ts of Couponing

Published November 29, 2011 by gweledydd

Since TLC began airing Extreme Couponing, couponing has become tougher and stores are becoming more strict on their policies.  So far, not much has changed in the Central VA area, but to help PREVENT changes from happening in our area we must be extremely conscious of the stigma associated with couponers.  Here are some helpful hints to help make your shopping experience better for yourself and those around you.

 

  • DON’T be a shelf clearer.  There is nothing more frustrating than going in to purchase an item to find the shelves completely wiped.  This not only causes frustration for other shoppers, but also creates problems for the store carrying the item.  The store will have to order more product and it is never guaranteed when the item will be on the shelf again.
  • DON’T take all of the tearpads, peelies, or blinkies from the shelves.  Take what you need and leave some for others who would like to enjoy that deal as well.
  • DON’T be rude to another customer, cashier, or manager.  This only leaves a negative image in peoples’ minds and may make it more difficult to find the items you are looking for in the future.  The store cashiers and managers are there to help.  Remember: you catch more flies with honey than vinegar.

 

  • DO call ahead of time if you will be purchasing an item in large quantities.  The stores prefer you call ahead, and are happy to help you find your bargains.
  • DO stand up for yourself and be firm.  You shouldn’t have to rush when using your coupons.  Coupons are just like cash, and the store is reimbursed the money by the companies that give out the coupons.
  • DO be considerate of others.  If there are people waiting in line behind you, simply let them know you will be using coupons and it may take longer.  If the person has less items than you, let them go first.  Be conscientious, but don’t be embarrassed for using your coupons.
  • DO donate your coupons or items to others in need.  Nothing makes a better impression than giving back to others, and it makes you feel good, too.  🙂
  • DO donate your expired coupons to troops overseas.
  • DO be a coupon fairy!  If you have coupons you know you’re not going to use, leave them on the shelf for others to use or give them to other customers who are purchasing the items.  Leave a good impression of couponers wherever you go!

 

For more info on being a courteous couponer, please see these sites!!!