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Beginner’s Guide to Coupons Handbook

Published September 30, 2012 by gweledydd

I have compiled all of my earlier Beginner posts in a handy-dandy notebook that you can print off and add to your coupon binders!!  This will be added to the beginner’s handbook page.  Feel free to give me any feedback on what you think should be included or what would make couponing a bit easier for you.  Download your copy by clicking on the link below!!!

 

Beginner’s Handbook to Couponing

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Manager’s Special – Is It Worth It?

Published September 30, 2012 by gweledydd

Manager’s Specials have a bad rap.  Most people believe that Manager’s Specials are placed on items because they are about to expire or because there is something wrong with the product.  While it may be true that some items may be about to expire, the idea that the product is sub-par or defective is completely wrong.  Stores can’t sell spoiled merchandise.  Period.  Never feel afraid or ashamed of getting a manager’s special deal because the fact is these deals can help save you a ton of money!

First let’s talk about expiration dates.  While some products on Manager’s Special do have expiration dates, the majority of these products can be used past this date.  There are two different kinds of expiration dates:

Use By – This type of expiration date is cut and dry; do not use product after this date unless it has been frozen.

Best By – This type of expiration date is a general guideline.  You can use the product after the date, just keep in mind it may not be as effective (such as household cleaners) or tasty (like stale potato chips).  Most products have this type of expiration date.

One of the biggest budget-breakers on most peoples’ lists is meat.  Meat is very expensive, and usually there aren’t coupons on fresh meat available.  Manager’s Specials are a great way to combat the price.  As long as the meat doesn’t smell or look bad, you are good to go.  Some meat will have expiration dates on it.  Remember, most expiration dates are just a guideline..  If the expiration date is approaching, freeze it.  This will keep the product fresh for much longer than if you were to simply refrigerate it.

Manager’s Specials can also be combined with coupons for a super deal!!

Scenario: Kroger has ordered too many Suave products and needs to clear out the shelves before the new inventory arrives.  The Manager decides to place them on special for $0.75 each.  There is a coupon out for $0.35/1 Suave Product that will double.  The coupon CAN BE USED on the Manager’s Special products to make each item $0.05 each!!!

Keep in mind you can also use Catalina deals (ex: $10.00 off next purchase) to help reduce your grocery bill.  Manager’s Specials can also be combined with Catalinas.

Be sure to ask your local store manager what day markdowns are done.  Most Wal-Marts mark down their products on Sundays or Thursdays, and most Krogers mark down their products on Tuesdays.  Checking with your local store manager is the best way to ensure that you get there in time to find those great Manager’s Special deals!!

CVS Deals 9/30/12 – 10/6/12

Published September 30, 2012 by gweledydd

This is a GREAT week for CVS deals!  I have already done my runs for the week since Mike and I are going on vacation this weekend and I ended up doing much better than I anticipated!  The ad says limit of 1 $10.00 ECB reward per card, but the registers are allowing you to get the reward two times on the same card, so you can earn $20.00 per card!  Here are the best deals for this week.  If you’d like to see the whole ad, click here.

Also make sure to register to earn double points on your Extra Care Card.  Swipe your card at the coupon machine to get the reward.

P&G – Spend $30.00 on Participating Products, Get $10.00 in ECB

Bounty 6 pk – $4.88
– $1.00/1 Bounty Coupon (Ebay)
– $0.25/1 Bounty Towels (PG 9/30)
= $3.88 – $4.63

Dawn Dish Detergent – $0.96
– $0.50/1 Dawn Product (PG 8/26)
– $1.00/2 Dawn Product (PG 8/26)
– $0.75/1 Dawn Hand Renewal, Power Clean, Bleach Alternative or Oxi (PG 8/26)
= $0.21 – $0.46

Charmin – $5.88
– $0.25/1 Charmin Product (PG 9/30)
= $5.63

Tide – $5.94
– $0.51/1 Tide Detergent (SS 9/09)
– $1.00/1 Tide Detergent (PG 9/30)
= $4.94 – $5.44

Pantene Pro-V Shampoo and Conditioner – 2/$8.00
– B1 Shampoo G1 Conditioner FREE [Note: Can use on 2 in 1 products] (SS 9/16)
– $1.00/2 Pantene Product (PG 9/30)
– $1.00/2 Pantene Product (PG 8/26)
= $2.00 – $3.50 each

Puffs Tissues – $0.99
– $0.25/1 Puffs Item (PG 9/30)
= $0.74

Cascade – $4.99
– $1.00/1 Cascade Product (PG 8/26)
= $3.99

Gain – $5.94
– $1.00/1 Gain Detergent or Fabric Softener
– $2.00/2 Gain Detergent or Fabric Softener (RP 9/16)
= $4.94 each

Scenario:
Buy 4 Pantene Pro-V Shampoo/Conditioner, 8 Dawn Detergent, and 2 Tide = $35.72
– 2 x B1G1 Pantene Coupons = $27.72
– 1 x $1.00/2 Pantene Coupon = $26.72
– 4 x $1.00/2 Dawn Detergent = $22.72
– 2 x $1.00/1 Tide Detergent = $20.72

= $20.72 OOP and get $10.00 in ECB back!!
= $10.72 after factoring in future savings; a 70% savings!

Kroger Deals 9/30/12 – 10/6/12

Published September 30, 2012 by gweledydd

Here are the best deals for Kroger this week.  There’s no Mega Event this week, but there is a Procter & Gamble event that lets you save $2.00 WYB 2 participating products.

Jell-O Pudding or Gelatin – $2.00
– $1.00/2 Jell-O Refrigerated Snacks (SS 9/16)
– $0.80/2 Jell-O Refrigerated Snacks (SS 9/16)
– $1.00/1 Jell-O Refrigerated Snacks (SS 9/16)
= $1.00 – $1.60 each

Yoplait Yogurt – $0.50
– $0.40/6 Yoplait Yogurt Cups (SS 9/09)
– $0.50/8 Yoplait Yogurt Cups (SS 9/09)
= $0.36 – $0.38 each

Campbell’s Chicken Noodle or Tomato Soup – $0.75
– $0.40/4 Campbell’s Condensed Chicken Noodle or Tomato Soups (SS 9/09)
– $0.40/3 Campbell’s Condensed Chicken Noodle or Tomato Soups (SS 9/16)
= $0.48 – $0.55 each

P&G Deals – Buy 2, Get $2.00 at Register
(Price listed is after savings)

Downy Fabric Softener – $3.99
– $1.00/1 Downy Product (PG 9/30)
= $2.99

Tide Pods – $3.99
– $0.50/1 tide Pods (RP 9/16)
= $2.99

Tide Liquid or Powder Laundry Detergent – $4.99
– $0.50/1 Tide Detergent (SS 9/09)
– $1.00/1 Tide Detergent (PG 9/30)
= $3.99

Downy Unstoppables – $3.99
– $1.00/1 Downy Product (PG 9/30)
= $2.99

Best CVS Deals 9/23/12 – 9/29/12

Published September 25, 2012 by gweledydd

There are a couple of good deals this week.  I will only be posting the best ones which are free or almost free.  This is a great week to stock up on glade products.  I personally love this time of year because my favorite glade refills are super cheap!

 

Spend $12.00 in select household products, get $4.00 in ECB

 

Glade Scented Oil Refill 2 pk – $4.00
– $1.00/1 Scented oil Refill (SS 9/23/12)
= $3.00

Glade Spray – $0.99

Glade Candles – 2/$6.00
– $1.50/2 Glade Jar or Scented Oil Candles (SS 9/23/12)
= 2 for $4.50 ; $2.25 each

Windex Glass Spray – 2/$6.00
– $1.00/2 Windex Glass Spray (SS 9/23/12)
= 2 for $5.00; $2.50  each

Scrubbing Bubbles Fantastik – 2/$6.00
– $0.75/1 Scrubbing Bubbles all Purpose cleaner with Fantastik (SS 8/26/12. 9/23/12)
– $1.00/1 Scrubbing Bubbles all Purpose cleaner with Fantastik (SS 8/26/12)
= $4.00 – $5.50 ; $2.00 – $2.25 each

Scrubbing Bubbles Cleaner – 2/$6.00
– $2.00/2 Scrubbing Bubbles Bathroom Cleaner (SS 9/23/12)
= $4.00 ; $2.00 each

Scenario:

Buy 2 Scrubbing Bubbles Cleaner and 2 Glade Refills = $14.00
Use 1 $2.00/2 Scrubbing bubbles coupon and 2 $1.00/1 Glade refill coupon
= $10.00 OOP PLUS get $4.00 ECB
= $6.00 or $1.50 each!

 

Spend $10.00 on Nivea lotion or body wash, Get $3.00 in ECB

 

Nivea lotion (assorted varieties) – $6.00
– $2.00/1 Nivea Women’s Body Lotion (Printable)
= $4.00

 

Spend $15.00 on Aussie, Pantene, Herbal Essences, or Head & Shoulders products, Get $5.00 in ECB

 

**Note: This deal is good for MULTIPLE uses!!!  The ad says limit one per card, but I have earned this FOUR times on the same card AND haven’t reached the limit.**

Participating Products – $5.99
– FREE Pantene Condition WYB Shampoo (SS 9/16/12)
– $1.00/2 Pantene Product (P&G 8/26/12)
– $1.00/1 Head & Shoulders Hair Care item (PG 9/2/12, RP 9/16/12)
– FREE Herbal Essences Condition or Styler WYB Shampoo (SS 9/16/12)
– $3.00/2 Herbal Essences or Aussie Product (RP 8/5/12)
= Price Varies

Scenario:
Buy 2 Herbal Essences Shampoo and 2 Herbal Essences Conditioner = $23.96
– 2 x FREE Herbal Essences Conditioner WYB Shampoo (SS 9/16/12) = $11.98
– $3.00/2 Herbal Essences Product = $8.98
= $8.98 OOP PLUS get $5.00 ECB back
= $3.98 or $0.99 each!!!

 

Spend $30.00 on baby products, Get $10.00 in ECB

 

Huggies Jumbo Packs – 2/$19.00
– $2.00/1 Huggies Little Movers Slip-on Diapers (SS 9/16/12)
– $1.50/1 Huggies Little Movers Slip-on Diapers (SS 9/16/12)
– $1.00/1 Huggies Diapers (SS 9/16/12)
= $15.00 – $17.00

Scenario:
Buy 4 Huggies Little Movers Slip-on Diapers = $38.00
Use 4 $2.00/1 Huggies coupons = $30.00
= $30.00 OOP PLUS get $10.00 in ECB back
= $20.00 or $5.00 each!  GREAT DEAL!

 

Spend $15.00 on Dove Products, get $5.00 in ECB
**Note – This is very similar to the Herbal Essences, Head & Shoulders, etc. deal except it is its OWN ECB deal.  This means you can get $5.00 from BOTH Herbal Essences AND Dove.**

Select Dove Products – $5.99
– $1.00/1 Hair Conditioner (printable)
= $4.99

Stayfree Pads (Select Varieties) B1G1 Free [Reg. Price = $7.49]
**Note – The Stayfree I found on sale for B1G1 was the Super Maxi Pads.  They were the super big pack with an extra 12 in them, which made the total count 60 in a bag.  Also please remember CVS allows you to use coupons for BOTH items on a B1G1 Deal.  So you can use two coupons since you are purchasing two products.**
– $2.00/1 Stayfree Product (SS 8/26/12)
= $5.49

Scenario:
Buy 4 Stayfree Pads = $14.98 [after B1G1 discount]
– 4 x $2.00/1 Stayfree Product coupons = $6.98
= $6.98 OOP; $1.75 each!!!!

FREE Dawn Next Week (Starting 9/30/12) at CVS!

Published September 25, 2012 by gweledydd

Next week starts another $10.00 ECB deal on P&G products.  This is going to be a good week to stock up on Dawn and Tide as it is going to be super cheap.  Dawn is going to be FREE and possibly even BETTER THAN FREE!!!  Check out the deal below:

 

Dawn – $0.98

– $1.00/2 any Dawn Product (P&G 8/26/12) OR

– %0.75/1 Dawn Hand Renewal, Power Clean, Bleach Alternative or Oxi Item [if included] (P&G 8/26/12)

= $0.23 – $0.50 each

 

PLEASE NOTE – All P&G coupons say only four like coupons can be used in one trip, however CVS’s coupon policy states that as long as it scans they will honor it.  This means you do not have to break up your transactions.  Some CVS stores may enforce the fine print, but the majority of them do not.  Also keep in mind that ANY participating P&G product counts towards the $30.00 needed to earn the $10.00 ECB.  You can mix and match according to your coupons.

 

Scenario:
Buy 20 Dawn = $19.60

– 10 x $1.00/2 = $9.60

= $9.30 OOP PLUS $10.00 ECB

= FREE PLUS $0.70 profit

 

Buy 32 Dawn = $31.36

– 16 x $1.00/2 = $15.00

= $15.00 PLUS $10.00 ECB

= $5.00 OOP – $0.17 each!!!

HOT Kroger Freebies starting 9/16/12

Published September 18, 2012 by gweledydd

There are a couple of freebies at Kroger for the next few weeks, but some of the coupons expire this weekend so make sure to get them while they’re hot!

Glade Plugins Warmer – $1.00

– $1.00/1 Glade plugins scented oil warmer (SS 8/26)
– $1.00/1 Glade plugins scented oil warmer (printable)
– $1.00/1 Glade plugins scented oil warmer (printable)
= FREE!!!

 

Maruchan Yakisoba Meals – $1.00
– $0.50/1 Maruchan Yakisoba (SS 8/26)
– $1.00/2 Maruchan Yakisoba (SS 8/26)
= FREE – $0.50

 

  Wholly Salsa – $1.50
– $1.50/1 Wholly Salsa product (printable)
– B1G1 Wholly Salsa item (SS 8/26)
= FREE – $0.75