Category Archives: Shopping Scenarios

CountryMart Shopping Trip 6/02: Field Updates

I spent more than I had planned yesterday (I saved $134!) but a lot of it was on lunch stuff for the kids this summer that I stockpiled thru July so I couldn’t pass up the savings even without a coupon. Like those Red Baron pizzas! I bought 8 of those since they are perfect for all 3 of us at lunch and dad doesn’t like pizza. We can eat them while he’s working and me and the kids get a guilt free pizza. (I know I’m the cook and I plan the menu but I still feel bad making him eat something he hates just because me and the kids have been craving it–like breakfast for dinner, one of my favs!).

They have their big packs of Hot Pockets on sale for $10 and this includes the mini cheeseburgers that my kids love. They work out to less than $.50 each so a great price for easy lunches.

I also picked up the Dole fruit cups, 6 packages so far. I had coupons for each kind (in gel, in parfait, and plain fruit) and they ALL doubled! Plus, I picked up a $1.50/1 Dole Peach Crisp catalina and another for $.75 off my next trip compliments of Dole. Since each of the Dole coupons were for different types and doubled maybe that means there is hope that the Johnson & Johnson coupons will all double as well if you are trying for different items.

Finally, the milk prices went up some, the Best Choice is $4.09 so instead of $.43 you will pay $.59 if you planned on getting the Dannon. I was a little upset to find they were out of the Danimals. Hopefully I can find them when I make my second trip on Monday.

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Walgreen’s Trip 5/16: How I Stacked 3 Coupons for $2.99 Off! Clip-ons and More

I went to Walgreen’s yesterday and did some major shopping. I didn’t save like I did last time (85%!) but I did manage to still save more than I spent ($63 spent, $88 saved!). I knew this shopping trip wouldn’t be as amazing because I had coupons to use before they expired but everything was on sale making most of my items at least 50% off. Plus I had a few situations that I’ll explain that might help you in the future.

(4) Off! Clip-Ons, $9.99

  • (2) BOGO printable coupons
  • (2) $2/1 printable coupons
  • $1/1 Walgreen’s May Coupon book (took off $4 when scanned)

Always scan your monthly coupon book LAST! It will make coupons beep like they can’t be used if you scan it before the manufacturer coupon.

Total OOP = $11.98 or $3 each!

This one allows both the BOGO and the $2/1 because you are paying for one and putting a coupon on the free one. If the coupon allows this kind of use then the stores allow it as well. Most P&G coupons and some others will state ‘1 coupon per quantity stated’ which means if you have BOGO it will not allow a coupon to be used on the second item. Same is true for coupons that say it is good for This AND That as opposed to Buy This GET That for $1 off which would allow you to put a coupon on the first item but not the second since that is actually which item the coupon will attach to. The cashier actually questioned 2 other coupons I had before she got to these and those were just $1/1 coupons, 1 for each item. Once I explained this to her she retracted her ‘1 coupon per transaction’ statement.

Sally Hansen nail polish, $1.09 (clearance)

Total OOP = $0.18 or $0.09 each!

This is the kind of things it’s great to watch out for to get the most savings out of your coupons! But they also have the ‘Hard as Nails’ line for $4.99 with a stackable coupon in the May coupon book for $2/1 so you could use the printable coupons to get the high end polish for only $1.99 each.

Little Swimmers, $8.99

Huggies, 2/$18

Pull-Ups, 2/$18 ($3 RR will print for buying the 2 Huggies diaper products)

  • $2/1  Little Swimmers SS 5/15 insert
  • $2/1 Huggies SS 5/15 insert
  • $2/1 Pull-Ups mailer coupon
  • $2/1 Little Swimmers May coupon book

Total OOP = $18.99 printed $3 RR

Like getting all 3 for $5.33 each after RR!

(2) B&L Renu contact solution, $8.99

  • (2) $2/1 printable coupons
  • $3/1 May coupon book (takes off $6 for 2)

Total OOP = $7.98 or $3.99 each

I was hoping to wait for a RR deal to work on these but I printed the coupons last month so they expire tomorrow. Instead of letting the coupons expire (since there is no guarantee these will ever get a RR deal) I figured I would pick them up now and jot down that I’ve spent as little as $3.99 so that way I know I need to keep an eye out for lower prices in the future. I will never spend more than $4 a bottle for these in the future but if I find them cheaper I will change my statement to whatever the new lowest price is to keep an eye on what prices are good for stockpiling. These 2 bottle will easily last me 3-6 months depending on usage so that gives me plenty of time to scope out future sales and if I come across 1 or 2 dollars a bottle that is when I’ll stock up for a year or more!

I only did 2 transactions for everything I picked up and I had 1 $3 RR when I started plus I received $12 in RR from the first transaction so I picked up the $0.39 candy bars to use as filler on the second transaction. This wasn’t an ‘Extreme’ coupon trip as far as savings show, but with items like diapers, contact solution, and Off!, I can’t beat these prices!



My Walgreen’s Trip: 77% Savings w/Transaction Scenarios

Walgreen’s Shopping Trip

Trans 1

  1. 2 Cottonelle 12pk TP, $10

Coupons:

  • 2 printable $.50/1 Cottonelle
  • May Coupon book $1/1 = $2 off

Total OOP = $7: RR = $3

Trans 2

  1. Head & Shoulders Shampoo, 2/$8
  2. Head & Shoulders Conditioner
  3. EEz Thru Flossers, $2

Coupons:

  • B1G1 Free Head & Shoulders 4/17 insert
  • $3 RR from Trans 1

Total OOP = $3: 2 RR = $4

Trans 3

  1. Gillette Fusion Razor, $9.89
  2. 2 Stoffer’s single serve Lasagna, 2/$5

Coupons:

  • Gillette Fusion Razor $5/1 P&G Brand Saver
  • $4 RR from Trans 2

Total OOP = $5.89: 2 RR = $6

Trans 4

  1. EEz Thru Flossers, $2
  2. Pantene Shampoo, 2/$7
  3. Pantene Conditioner
  4. 2 Lysol Wipes, $3.59 (B1G1 free)

Coupons:

  • $3/2 Pantene Shampoo and Conditioner P&G 5/1 insert
  • 2 $1.50/1 Lysol Wipes printable coupon
  • $6 RR from trans 3

Total OOP = $0.59!!: 2 RR = $3

Trans 5

  1. Gillette Fusion Razor, $9.89
  2. 2 Hot Pockets, 2/$5

Coupons:

  • Gillette Fusion $4/1 P&G 5/1 insert
  • $3 RR from Trans 4

Total OOP = $8.87: 2 RR = $6

Trans 6

  1. 8×10 photo collage (pre-ordered online: Read how to get one HERE ), FREE (filler)
  2. Bic Soleil Bella 3pk razors, $5.99
  3. Head & Shoulders Shampoo, 2/$8
  4. Head & Shoulders Conditioner

Coupons:

  • B1G1 Free Head & Shoulders 4/17 insert
  • $3/1 Bic Soleil Facebook printable
  • $6 RR from trans 5

Total OOP = $0.99!!: 2 RR = $4

Trans 7

This transaction was only made because I wanted to buy trash bags from the dollar store but at the end of the day I had $4 in RR’s and only change left in my truck so this was an excellent way to end my transactions.

  • Tuff trash bags, $3.99
  • Easter candy @ 75% off, $0.24 (filler)

Coupons:

  • $4 RR from Trans 6

Total OOP = $0.23!!: No RR

All prices were listed before taxes (I spent about $5 altogether on taxes). I did Trans 1 & 2 on Wed. and 3-7 today by hitting the cosmetics counter twice, front register once, photo counter once, and a different Walgreen’s; in that order. Always remember to have only 1 manufacturer coupon per item, read the fine print of the coupon to see if it will attach to 1 or both to decide if you need a filler. Walgreen’s produced monthly coupon books, specialty coupon books, and ad coupons do not count as used coupons.

Total OOP = $26.34 for all 7 transactions!

Total Savings = $87.70 That’s 77% savings! Woohoo!!

Before I started using coupons I would have taken that same $26 and picked up generic toilet paper, shampoo and conditioner, trash bags, and the frozen foods. Those are things I would have bought without even looking at the prices. Now I spend that on name brands that I want plus so much more that I would have had to eventually buy anyway, although, they would have been generic as well! This was my best trip so far and I didn’t have any issues with my coupons. I even stood close to the front to sort out my transactions and had 2 cashiers and a manager ask to check me out. Good job, Walgreen’s. This is why I LOVE WAGS!

Transaction Ideas for Rolling Walgreen’s Rewards 5/1-5/8

I just came across a great post from Passion for Savings where she lays out a few ideas for transactions so you can Roll your Register Rewards. You can find her post HERE.

It would be too hard to come up with ALL the scenario ideas that would work for you as the possibilities are endless and no 2 people are after the same items but I love posts such as this since it can give you an idea of what you could do and sometimes you get lucky and someone has pretty much made your shopping list into transaction ideas.

Reader Shared 100% Savings at CountryMart!

I received a message this morning from a reader I met in town while couponing at Walgreen’s. She made a shopping trip to CountryMart with 15 Kool-Aid coupons only intending on buying the Kool-Aid but when she made it to the register her coupons  all doubled to give her overage and she had to add things to cover it! Her receipt showed 100% savings!

You never know what a cashier will do with the overage. Sometimes they have been trained to follow the policy to a T. Other times the store is a little more lenient and will only require that they can’t give you cash-back. This was one of those times for this lucky reader and her savings show that!

I have to admit that I’m a little jealous since I have yet to make a 100% savings shopping trip myself. The best I’ve made on a single receipt is 87%. But both are savings to be proud of and I hope other readers are finding the same when they shop!