Monday, October 11, 2010

Couponing for Charity 10/10- 16 & Update #24

Hi savvy shoppers. It's a another decent week for deals. I'm shopping at Target, Walgreens, & CVS. It's a toss-up for which has the better deals. Just make sure you're not letting any register rewards or ECBs expire.

For Southern Saver's Target match-ups, go here. I already made a run to Target today to finally get Bobby's & Devin's Halloween costumes. If you buy a costume of $15 or more, make sure you grab the coupon in the October Parenting magazine for a free bag of M&Ms.

As for the freebies, head to the travel aisle. Usually at Target when you use a coupon that's a higher value than the product ($1 for an item that costs $.97), the register will beep. The clerk can either just hit over-ride, which gives you the full $1 or type in $.97. For two products, I actually made a few cents. The freebies I got were:

  • 6 Johnson & Johnson travel first aid kits ($5.82; used 2 $3/3 J&J coupons=$.18MM)
  • 2 Degree womens deodorants--travel size ($.99, used 2 $1 printables; register took off $1.98=FREE)
  • 2 Tide travel packs ($.99 each; used 2 $1/1 Tide coupons=$.02MM)
  • 2 Reach dental floss ($.97; used 2 $1/1 Reach coupons=$.06MM); we'll keep these.
Tomorrow is when I'll shop the pharmacies; so all I have now is a plan.

  • 2 Quaker instant oatmeal ($2.50 each, buy 2, get $2ECB, use 2 $2/1 printables--limit reached=$1MM)--I'm keeping
  • 2 Colgate Total (normally $3.69, on sale for $2.99, get $2.99, use 1 $.75MC & 1 $1/1=$1.75MM)
  • 1 Brachs candy corn ($.99, will use $.99 Brachs ECB if it prints at the kiosk=FREE)--keeping
  • I'll use $5ECB from previous trips to make my total $.50 plus tax and leave with $8ECB)

Transaction #1:
  • 1 Huggies diapers ($9, get $2RR, $2.50 printable=$4.50)
  • 1 HallS Refresh (normally $2.49, on sale for $1, get $1RR, $.75MC=$.75MM)
  • 1 Crest Pro Health toothpaste ($2.50, get $1.50RR, $1MC=FREE)
  • 4 Barilla pasta ($1 each with in-ad coupon; limit 4)
Since the above items = 7 and I have 4 coupons, I can also use a $5RR, $3.50RR, and $3RR from previous weeks).
Total before coupons: $16.50
Total OOP (out of pocket): $.75 plus tax.
Get back: $4.50RR

Transaction #2:
  • 1 Huggies diapers (use $2.50 printable)
  • 1 Halls Refresh (use $.75 from All You)
  • 4 Barilla pasta (use Walgreens in ad coupon)
Use $3RR, $3RR, and $2RR from previous weeks
Total before coupons: $14
Total OOP: $2.75 plus tax.
Get back: $3RR

Transaction #3:
  • 1 Huggies pull-ups (use $2 printable)
  • 4 No nonsense essential basics knee highs (normally $.79 each, on sale for $.25 each; no coupon necessary)
Use $1RR, $1.50RR, $1RR, $1RR (one from previous trips, three from today)
Total before coupons: $10
Total after coupons: $3.50 plus tax
Get back: $2RR

I should only spend a total of $7 plus tax and walk out with $6RR--not bad for several of our staples and some good items to donate. But nothing ever goes as planned.

UPDATE 10/15:
I did make it to CVS (twice actually because they were out of the oatmeal) and Walgreen's. The hang tags were put on the wrong products for the Crest. I bought the wrong kind and then returned it. I will be giving the two packs of diapers to someone at our church but I won't be including those in my totals. What you don't see donated, I keep.

TOTAL PRODUCTS TO DONATE THIS WEEK: 6 travel first aid kits, 2 deodorants, 2 Tide travel packs, 2 toothpastes, 1 cough drops, 2 pantyhose

TOTAL PRODUCTS TO DONATE TO DATE: 1 lotion, 5 toothpaste, 2 heat wraps, 6 lip balms, 1 body wash, 1 shaving gel, 1 razor, 1 lipstick, 1 multi-purpose solution, 1 candle, 6 first aid kits, 2 deodorants, 2 travel wash detergent packs, 1 cough drops, 2 pantyhose
TOTAL SPENT: -$4.24 (that's negative four bucks)

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