Monday, February 10, 2014

couponing again

I decided to start couponing again.  I used to be pretty good at it.
I had a great stockpiling going and then
I stopped.

I stopped because I starting making my own detergent and buying 
all natural cleaners and trying not to buy
processed food.

Well, I stopped buying all natural items because I couldn't afford it any longer.
I still make my own detergent and use vinegar and water but 
my hubby missed my stockpile of 

After bugging me and bugging me I decided to get back to it.

So, I am a beginner again without
Extra Care Bucks -ECB (CVS)
Register Rewards-RR (Walgreens)

First thing I did was try to build out my coupons and lucky for me we get a weekly free newspaper with the Smart Source.
So...I had my kids go and get them from the neighbors or pick them up from the road. (I figured if they are in the middle of the road
no one wanted them anymore)
Here are my first 3 back to couponing 
transactions.  I have used coupons here and there but not to build a stockpile like before.  

I went Walgreen's and worked 3 deals..all of which can be done as a newbie.  Make sure you sign up for the Balance Rewards card before these transactions if you haven't done so before.

Transaction 1
Buy Scope (1 liter) $3.49 and get $2 RR
I used a printable $1 off (this is a link to swagbucks coupons)  
you can also go to You have to search for it under personal care
Paid oop $2.49
Got back $2 RR (its like paying .49)

Transaction 2
Buy 2 Colgate 2/$6
Nice! sour heads $.99
Use 2-.75 off from 02/02/2014 SS (in the free newspaper)
Use $2.00 RR from previous transactions.
(note:  you need 1 item per coupon during check out.  I had 3 coupons technically with the RR so I got a bag of candy. You can use any filler instead. The cheaper the filler the better.)
Paid $3.49 OOP.
Got $4.00 RR
its like paying .51 cents for all that.
Remember if my filler was cheaper (bag of candy) it would have been less OOP (out of pocket) I promised the kids candy.  :P

Transaction 3
For this one you need the Red Plum from the 2/9/14 Sunday newspaper.  If you don't have that, I would save the RR for next week.

Buy 2 Nivea Lip A Kiss of Care and Color $5.29 Each (bogo 50%)
Used Redplum 02/09/2014 $3/2 lipcare
Used $4.00 RR
Paid 1.08
Received 2000 points on my Walgreen's balance rewards which is like $2 

If you stop at transaction 2 you will have $4 RR to use next week if you do all three you will not have $4 RR but you will have 2000 points.  When you reach 5000 points you can use on purchases.  That's like using $5.00

I paid out of pocket about $7 and got about $18.00 worth of merchandise.  Pretty good for a beginner.  Saved $11.00 

I hope my hubby is now happier with a budding stockpile of two toothpastes.  Lets see how this goes.

Hope Walgreen's doesn't mind me using their image.  But, we all love Walgreen's.  

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