Thursday, September 29, 2011

Coupon Myth: There's never any coupons for items I normally buy

I was thinking about how to write this coupon myth when my sister-in-law gave me a hand. When I made this post about five inserts coming out on the following Sunday and posted it on the Northwoods Coupon Hunters Facebook Page, my sister-in-law posted back:
"I wanna know why there are never coupons for the things that I buy? Like for instance milk, where can I get a coupon for that, or bread, or fresh fruit and fresh vegetables? I look at these coupons and I suppose you save money, but do you actually use these items? How can I get coupons for the items that I actually purchase and use? I am not one to buy something just because it is on sale or there is a coupon, do you see what I mean?"
This is a common misconception for folks who haven't been taught how to utilize coupons properly. What they really mean is, "How come I don't ever see any coupons this week for what I want to buy NOW?" They cannot really mean they don't see anything that they would buy. Think about it - in this economy, the millions of people using coupons aren't out there buying stuff we don't need and then recommending you do the same!

For example, the list of inserts I posted included coupons for the following items:

Baking powder
Condensed soup
Toilet paper
Eggs (incl. organic/cage free)
Hot sauce
Dish soap
Sanitary pads
Vegetable juice
Laundry detergent
Pet food
Fabric softener
Kids shampoo
Shampoo & conditioner
Paper towels
Hair color
Air freshener
Trash bags

I challenge anyone to not find at least 7 items on that list that they actually use at their house!

As I explained to her, the coupons that come out this week may not be worth redeeming (or "playing" if you know about The Grocery Game) until there is a good sale to combine them with. Then you buy as many as you can at that rock-bottom price, so you don't have to buy it later for a higher cost. If you are "not one to buy something just because it is on sale or there is a coupon," then you will always be overpaying for these items! (I don't mean to buy something you would never use just because it's on sale or has a great coupon - but DO buy it if you would normally pay full price for it when you need it and it's a great deal - even if you don't "need" it right now!)

You see, if you only shop for what you need NOW, you will never get the best price on items! So, file away the whole insert (with the date written on the front) in an expandable pocket file organizer (get one for under $10 at Walmart) and wait until the store's weekly sales flyer comes out. Northwoods Coupon Hunters is only of of many online sites which will then post "match-ups" (which coupons match that week's sales) by posting the name of the flyer and the date it was printed (example: SS 9/25/11 would mean Smart Source insert from 9/25/11). So, all you have to do is add the item to your shopping list, pull out your file, clip the coupon and head to the store to stock up!

Still don't think it's worth the effort, even when all you have to do is write a date and stick it in a file?

OK, I did an little experiment so show the value of stocking up at the lowest price. Say you want to make spaghetti with turkey meatballs and a salad for a meal this week:

In the first column, if you went out today and none of the items were on sale, you would spend $17 on this dinner. If you pay attention to the sale items (the week this article was written), the second column shows you would pay $13.87 (and you better have your store Member Card, too, to get those sale prices.) In the third column, $11.08 is what I would have spent on the items using coupons. Granted, that is only a savings of $2.79 compared to what you spent on sale items, but it would save me $5.92 if the items were NOT on sale this week and if I save just that same small amount on every dinner, that would save me $1,018 per year or $2,106 off retail. That isn't even counting my savings on breakfasts, lunches, snacks, health & beauty, pet and cleaning supplies!

You may notice that last row that says "Total spent today" is only $5.22 in my column. You see, the items that are in grey in my column, I bought on sale weeks or months ago at the lower price. The fresh onions and green peppers bought on sale are diced and frozen in my freezer for future meals. So, I would be spending $8.65 - $11.75 less today to make the exact same meal you bought. That money can be used for milk, bread and fresh produce - or even a special treat I normally cannot afford. Notice that what I actually bought for this meal today was just the fresh produce? By buying the non-perishable or freezer-friendly items previously at the lowest price and stocking up, I don't need coupons for the milk, eggs, bread and fresh produce, because that is all I need to buy. And I can even plan meals around the produce that is on sale to save even more!

Speaking of eggs and milk, stores often offer special deals that if you buy a certain number of breakfast products they will give you a Catalina coupon (which prints out with your register receipt) for free milk and/or eggs. So don't throw those away! Last week at Copp's , if you bought 8 Quaker Brand items (which included oatmeal, oat bars, pancake mix, pancake syrup and orange juice) you got an instant $5 off at the register AND free milk and eggs. With winter coming, I did the deal 2 times. I got 8 boxes of Quaker oatmeal packets, which ended up being $1.75 a box (reg. $3.09) and cheaper than the Roundy's boxes of oatmeal for $2.49. I also got a bunch of pancake mix for a great deal after the $5 instant off - so I got 2 milk and 2 egg Catalina coupons and didn't have to pay anything for milk and eggs. So, pay attention to those "bundle" deals that can get you free stuff and a lower cost on items you'd eventually buy anyhow.

So, the key to couponing is not to get your Sunday inserts and run out that week to try to redeem them all or to expect them to have the coupons you want for that week. Save them until you can use them and then buy enough to last you until the next sale/coupon deal. And if you need something and don't have a coupon, whether or not it is on sale, just go ahead and buy what you need for now. Just wait to stock up on them when the next great deals come around.

The coupons are out there for the items that you normally buy. You just need to be patient and watch for them and then know how and when to use them!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Upcoming Coupon Inserts for 10/02/11

Five inserts are coming this Sunday (10/2/11) from Smartsource, Redplum, P&G, General Mills and Pepsico!!

(Inserts vary by region, so our local insert may include all or some of these coupons.)
Smart Source
Activia $1/3 Selects or $1/1 multipack (11/27/11)
ActivOn $2/1 arthritis or joint & muscle (10/31/11)
Alexia $.55/1 frozen item (11/14/11)
Argo $.30/1 12oz baking powder (12/31/11)
Bestlife $.50/1 buttery spread, buttery spray or buttery baking sticks (12/11/11)
Boston Market $1/1 individual meal, whole Boston Carver sandwich or combo or entree salad (10/30/11)
Boston Market $2/$10 purchase (10/30/11)
Boston Market $4/$20 purchase (10/30/11)
Boston Market Free additional large side with any family meal purchase (10/30/11)
Campbell's $.40/2 condensed chicken noodle & tomato soups (12/15/11)
Campbell's $.40/2 condensed soups (excluding chicken noodle, tomato & Great for Cooking soups) (12/15/11)
Campbell's $.50/2 microwavable bowls or Soup at Hand varieties (12/15/11)
Caribou $1/1 12oz coffee bag dnd (11/19/11)
Colgate $.40/1 adult or kids manual toothbrush (excludes Plus and Extra Clean) (10/22/11)
Colgate $.50/1 toothpaste 4oz+ (10/22/11)
Colgate $.50/1 Wisp product 4ct+ (10/22/11)
Colgate $.75/1 Total, Max Fresh or Sensitive toothpaste 4oz+ (10/22/11)
Colgate $1/1 360 battery powered toothbrush or refill (10/22/11)
Command $.75/1 product (11/6/11)
Cottonelle $.50/1 toilet paper 12pk+ or $.50/2 4pks (10/30/11)
Dr. Scholl's $3/1 Massaging Gel Insoles (11/27/11)
Dr. Scholl's $4/1 Pain Relief Orthotics (11/27/11)
Eggland's Best $.50/1 eggs (3/31/12)
Eggland's Best $.75/1 cage free dozen or organic dozen eggs (3/31/12)
Energizer $1/1 batteries or flashlight (11/15/11)
Farmer John $2/1 bacon (11/2/11)
Fleischmann's $.40/1 jar or strip yeast (1/6/12)
Fleischmann's $.40/1 pizza crust yeast strip (1/6/12)
Fleischmann's $.40/1 pizza crust yeast strip (11/25/11)
Foster Farms $1/1 fresh turkey tray pack dnd (4/30/12)
Franks $.50/1 12oz+ RedHot sauce (11/30/11)
Frigo $.55/1 Cheese Heads string cheese 10oz+ (1/31/12)
Glad $1/1 To Go containers with snap-in dressing cups (11/19/11)
Glucerna $2.50/2 products (11/30/11)
Glucerna $3/1 Hunger Smart product (11/30/11)
Healthy Choice $1/3 frozen meals (11/14/11)
Hidden Valley $1/1 Farmhouse Originals salad dressing (11/19/11)
Karo $.40/1 16oz+ syrup (11/23/11)
Karo $.40/1 16oz+ syrup (4/15/12)
Kingsford's $.30/1 16oz corn starch (12/31/11)
Kleenex $.50/1 Cool Touch facial tissue 50ct+ dnd (10/30/11)
Kleenex $.50/3 50ct+ boxes or $.50/1 bundle pack dnd (10/30/11)
Kleenex $.75/1 hand towels ets dnd (11/27/11)
Lactaid $2.50/1 Fast Act dietary supplement 32ct+ dnd (12/31/11)
Little Remedies $1/1 product (11/30/11)
L'Oreal $1/1 Paris cleanser (11/27/11)
L'Oreal $2/1 Paris moisturizer (11/27/11)
Mazola $.50/1 oil or spray product (11/27/11)
MiraLAX $1/1 except 7 dose (11/13/11)
MiraLAX $3/1 30 dose (11/13/11)
Nature Made $1/1 fish oil (11/2/11)
Nature Made $1/1 vitamin B (11/2/11)
Nature Made $1/1 vitamin D (11/2/11)
Neutrogena $1/1 lip or eye makeup (11/6/11)
Neutrogena $2/1 face makeup (11/6/11)
Palmolive $.25/1 Ultra dish liquid 25oz+ (10/22/11)
Pedialyte $1.50/1 product (3/31/12)
Perfumania $10/$50 purchase (10/31/11)
Pert Plus $1/1 3-in-1 or 2-in-1 product ets (10/31/11)
Playtex $1/1 Gentle Glide tampons 18ct+ dnd (11/30/11)
Playtex $1/1 Sport tampons 14ct+ dnd (11/30/11)
Pom $1/1 16 or 48oz Lite Pom dnd (12/31/11)
Reynolds $.25/2 baking cups (1/31/12)
Reynolds $.50/1 Baked for You StayBrite baking cups (1/31/12)
Reynolds $.50/1 foil excluding 18, 20, 25 & 30 sq ft and wrappers (11/30/11)
Reynolds $.50/1 parchment paper (11/30/11)
Reynolds $1.50 off wyb one foil excluding 18, 20, 25 & 30 sq ft and wrappers AND one parchment paper (11/30/11)
Ricola Buy Ricola Dual Action, get any Ricola 19, 21, 24, 26 or 30ct bag free (up to $3.99) (12/31/11)
Sure $1/1 anti-perspirant & deodorant product (10/31/11)
Swanson $.40/2 broth or stock carton (11/5/11)
Swanson $1/1 Flavor Boost concentrated broth (11/5/11)
Tai Pei $.75/1 entree 12-14oz (11/30/11)
Tai Pei $1/1 Stir Fry Creations entree 24oz (11/30/11)
Trojan $1/1 10ct+ condom product (1/2/12)
Trojan $1/1 vibrations product (1/2/12)
TUCKS $1/1 product (12/31/11)
Tyson $.75/1 crispy chicken strips (12/31/11)
V8 $.50/1 100% vegetable juice 46oz+ (11/13/11)
V8 $1/1 100% vegetable juice 5.5oz or 11.5oz can 6pk (11/13/11)
Viactiv $1/1 soft chews dietary supplement dnd (11/20/11)
VIVA $.60/1 or more big rolls paper towels (11/13/11)
Werther's Original $1/2 bags of caramels dnd (12/31/11)
Wholly $.50/1 product (10/23/11)
Woolite $1/1 carpet & upholstery formula (12/31/11)
Zyrtec $1.50/1 12ct+ (12/31/11)
Zyrtec $3/1 24ct+ (12/31/11)

(Unilever B1G1F coupons will have 4 coupons per shopping trip limit)
Advantage Brands $1/1 Tagamet 30ct, Debrox, Gaviscon, Phazyme, Sominex, Nytol, Gly-Oxide and Massengill 4pk only (12/31/11)
all $1/1 laundry detergent 28 load+ (11/13/11)
Bertolli $1/1 meal soup or frozen meal (10/30/11)
Citrucel $1.50/1 bulk fiber therapy product (12/31/11)
Disney/Marvel $1/1 vitamin products (11/23/11)
Dove $.75/1 anti-perspirant/deodorant or body mist, excludes trial/Men+Care (10/30/11)
Dove $.75/1 beauty bar 6-bar pack+, excludes Men+Care (10/30/11)
Dove $.75/1 hair care treatment ets (10/30/11)
Dove $1.50/1 Men+Care body and face bar 6-bar pack+ ets (10/30/11)
Dove $1/1 body wash 10oz+ excludes Men+Care (10/30/11)
Dove $1/1 Men+Care antiperspirant 2.7oz or deodorant 3oz ets (10/30/11)
Dove $1/1 Men+Care body and face wash 13.5oz+ ets or Active Clean shower tool (10/30/11)
Dove B1G1 free hair care product up to $6 ets (Includes shampoo, conditioner, deep treatment conditioner, treatments and styling products) (10/30/11)
Ecotrin $1.50/1 aspirin therapy product (12/31/11)
Emerald $1/1 Breakfast on the go! product 7.5oz+ (11/20/11)
Folgers $.35/1 instant single serve packet (11/2/11)
Folgers $1/1 coffee 3oz+ (11/2/11)
Jimmy Dean $.75/2 sausage rolls dnd (11/6/11)
L'Oreal $1/1 Paris cosmetic product (11/27/11)
L'Oreal $2/1 shade of Preference (11/27/11)
L'Oreal $2/1 shade of Root Rescue (11/27/11)
Mother's $.75/1 package of cookies 11.5oz+ (11/27/11)
Nivea $1/1 lip care products .17oz stick - .35floz tube (10/16/11)
Nivea $3/2 lip care products .17oz stick - .35floz tube (10/16/11)
OsCal $1.50/1 calcium supplement product (12/31/11)
POND'S $1/1 cream, towelettes or cleansing product ets (10/30/11)
POND'S $1/1 wet cleansing towelettes 30ct only (10/30/11)
Pure Protein $1/1 powder or drink (11/13/11)
Pure Protein B1G1 free bar up to $1.69 (11/13/11)
Purina $.50/1 Cat Chow or Kitten Chow excluding 16-18oz (11/27/11)
Purina $.75/2 Whisker Lickin's (1/2/12)
Sarna $1.50/1 anti-itch product (12/31/11)
Snuggle $.75/1 fabric softener liquid or dryer sheets (11/13/11)
Suave B1G1 free Kids shampoo, conditioner or detangling product up to $3.50 (10/30/11)
Suave B1G1 free Professional dry shampoo or styling product up to $3.50 (10/30/11)
Suave B1G1 free Professional shampoo or conditioner up to $3 (10/30/11)
Success $.50/1 rice product (11/30/11)
Sundown Naturals $1/1 vitamin or supplement product (11/16/11)
Tic Tac $1/2 single packs or multipacks (11/30/11)
TRESemme B1G1 free shampoo or conditioner up to $6 ets (10/31/11)
TRESemme B1G1 free styling product up to $6 ets (10/31/11)
Vaseline Buy 1 lotion 20.3oz+, get 1 13oz or smaller free up to $3.99 (10/30/11)
Vicks $.50/1 cold & flu or cough relief item ets Target coupon (12/2/11)

P&G Expires 10/31
Always $.50/1 Pads, Clean or Feminine Cleansing Cloths
Always $.50/1 Pantiliners 30ct+
Always $1/1 Infinity 14ct+
Bounce $.75/1 product
Bounty $.25/1 napkins
Bounty $.25/1 towels or napkins
Charmin $.35/1 product
Clairol $2/1 hair color
Covergirl $1/1 product
Covergirl $8/2 face products (not a typo)
Crest $.1/1 toothpaste 4oz+ or liquid gel (excludes Crest Cavity, Baking Soda & Tartar)
Crest $.50/1 toothpaste 4oz+ or liquid gel
Crest $7/1 3D White Professional Effects, 2 Hour Express, Advanced Vivid, Stain Shield or Gentle Routine Whitestrips(excludes Vivid)
Dawn $.25/1
Dawn $.50/1 Plus
Febreze $1/1 Air Effects
Febreze $1/1 Fabric Refresher
Febreze $1/1 NOTICEables refill
Febreze $2/1 NOTICEables warmer pack
Febreze $2/2 products
Febreze Buy one Candle, get one Set & Refresh free (up to $3.29)
Fixodent $.50/1 adhesive 1.05oz+
Fixodent $.75/1 cleanser
Gillette $2/1 body wash ets
Gillette $2/1 deodorant ets
Gillette $5 off Fusion ProGlide razor wyb Fusion ProGlide cartridge 4ct+
Glad $.75/1 trash bag product (Expires 11/12/11)
Head & Shoulders $1/1 shampoo or conditioner ets
Ivory/Safeguard $.35/1 Ivory bodywash or bar or Safeguard bar or liquid hand soap
Metamucil $1/1 product
Olay $3/1 Regenerist facial moisturizer or facial cleanser ets
Old Spice $1/1 product 1.7oz+
Old Spice $2/1 body spray or fragrance ets
Oral-B $.75/1 Pulsar, 3D White, Pro-Health, Complete toothbrushes or $.75/2 Indicator or Cavity Defense manual toothbrushes
Oral-B $1.50/2 floss or floss picks 30ct+
Oral-B $3/1 battery toothbrush
Pampers $.50/1 wipes 60ct+
Pampers $1.50/2 bags or $1.50/1 box of diapers or pants
Pantene $1/2 products ets
Prilosec OTC $1/1 product
Pringles $.50/1 Snack Stacks or Stix
Pringles $1/2 Fat Free cans 165g+
Pringles $1/4 Super Stack can 180g+
Puffs $.25/3 singles or $.25/1 3pk
Scope $.75/1 mouthwash 710mL+
Swiffer B1G1 free Dust & Shine (up to $3.99)
Swiffer Buy one starter kit, get one refill free (up to $7)
Tampax $.50/1 18ct+
Tampax $1/1 Pearl or Pearl Compak 18ct+
Tampax B1G1 free Pearl Compak 12-20ct (up to $3.99)
Tide $.50/1 washing machine cleaner
Tide/Downy $.50/1 Tide detergent, Downy, Tide Stain Release
Tide/Downy/Bounce $1/2 Tide detergents, Downy, Tide Stain Release or Bounce
Tide/Downy/Bounce $2/3 Tide detergents, Downy, Tide Stain Release or Bounce
Venus/Olay Buy one Venus 6 or 8ct refill, get one Olay bar, bodywash or in shower body lotion free (up to $7.99)
Venus/Secret $3 off wyb one Venus razor or refill (excluding disposables) AND one Secret (excludes trialsize and Secret Original)
Vicks $1.50/1 Nature Fusion product
Vicks $1/1 product

PepsiCo Moments to Save Expires 10/22
Pepsi Max $.55/1 2-liter dnd
Lipton/Tazo $1/4 Lipton Pure Leaf 16oz, 100% Natural Lipton Iced Tea 20oz or Tazo 13.8
SoBe/Propel $1/5 SoBe 20oz, Propel 24oz or Propel Zero 24oz
Tostitos $1 off wyb tortilla chips 9oz+ AND jar of dip 15oz+
Pepsi Max/Cheetos Free 2-liter Pepsi Max wyb two Cheetos 8.5oz+ bags
Pepsi $2/2 18pk, 20pk or 24pk+ 12oz cans
Sierra Mist $1/2 Natural 2-liters
Lipton $2/2 12 packs
Pepsi/Tostitos Free Diet Pepsi 2-liter wyb tortilla chips 9oz+ AND jar of dip 15oz+
Starbucks $2/2 Frappuccino or Double Shot 4pks
Cheetos/Fritos $1/2 8.5oz+
SunChips $1/2 10oz+
Quaker $1/3 Life cereal, Oatmeal Squares cereal 12-24oz or Instant Oatmeal
Tropicana $1/1 59oz Pure Premium or Trop50
Frito-Lay $2/2 20ct+ variety packs

General Mills
Betty Crocker $.40/1 17.5oz+ pouch cookie mix (11/26/11)
Betty Crocker $.50/2 boxed potatoes except Potato Buds and Pouch (11/26/11)
Betty Crocker $.75/both SuperMoist cake mix AND Ready to Spread frosting (11/26/11)
Betty Crocker $1/2 any box muffin mix or Fiber One box muffin mix (11/26/11)
Cereal $1/3 (11/12/11)
Chex $.50/2 4.5oz+ Chex Mix or Chex 100 Calorie Snack (11/26/11)
Fiber One $.40/1 Chewy Bars, 90 Calorie Chewy Bars or 90 Calorie Brownies (11/26/11)
Fun da-middles $.75/1 cupcake mix (11/26/11)
Green Giant $.50/2 Valley Fresh Steamers frozen vegetables 11 or 12oz only (11/26/11)
Green Giant $.60/3 frozen boxed vegetables (11/26/11)
Hamburger Helper $.75/3 Home Cooked Skillet Meals (11/26/11)
Nature Valley $.75/2 Granola Bars 6ct+ or Granola Nut Clusters (11/26/11)
Pillsbury $.30/2 refrigerated Grands! biscuits (12/24/11)
Pillsbury $.40/2 Crescent Dinner Rolls (12/24/11)
Pillsbury $.40/2 Refrigerated Pizza Crust, Breadsticks, Loaves or Dinner Rolls (12/24/11)
Pillsbury $.40/2 Sweet Rolls or Grands! Sweet Rolls (12/24/11)
Pillsbury $.50/2 Rolled Refrigerated Pie Crusts (12/24/11)
Pillsbury $.50/2 Toaster Strudel, Toaster Scramble Pastries or Pancakes (12/24/11)
Pillsbury $1/1 frozen Egg Scrambles or Biscuit Sandwiches (12/24/11)
Progresso $1/4 cans (11/26/11)
Romano's Macaroni Grill/Wanchai Ferry/Good Earth $.75/1 Restaurants Favorites dinner kit (11/26/11)
Totino's $.35/1 Rolls snacks (12/24/11)
Totino's $.75/1 Pizza Stuffers (12/24/11)
Totino's $.75/3 Crisp Crust party pizza products (12/24/11)
Yoplait $.50/2 Greek yogurt (11/26/11)
Yoplait $.75/1 Light yogurt with Granola (11/26/11)
Yoplait $.75/2 Go-GURT, Kids Cup, Trix multipack or Splitz (11/26/11)
Yoplait $1/10 cups (11/26/11)

(Source: Coupon Inserts Preview)

Grocery Store admits 'Extreme Couponing' Fakery

The "real" couponing forums have been all abuzz over the TLC show "Extreme Couponing," insisting that scenes must be staged and store coupon policies have to be waived for the show.  The concern is that the portrayal of using coupons this way gives viewers unrealistic expectations for their couponing adventures and encourages bad behavior. Not to mention that the show makes anyone in the store with a coupon binder look like they must be a kook.

So, it was interesting to come across this news report about upcoming episodes filmed in a store in North Carolina. The store regrets the decision to participate and admits that they waived their normal coupon policy and that a publicized scene from the show about a couponing "shelf clearer" was staged by the crew.

Watch clip:

This season was Lowes Foods' first time participating in the show, and it wasn't pleased with the experience.
"If we had it to do over again, we would not have done it," said Lisa Selip, a corporate spokeswoman for Lowes Foods who said the show was full of misrepresentations and sensationalism. "Hindsight is 20/20."
A case in point, she said, is contained in a promotional clip recently released online. It shows a man arriving in the grocery aisle seconds too late to purchase an energy bar after an extreme coupon shopper put every last bar into her cart.
"The guy who walked up to the shelf was one of the crew members," Selip said. "It was all staged."
She said Lowes, which considers itself a coupon-friendly retailer, initially thought the show would be a great way to showcase its stores nationally. "Call it maybe being slightly naïve," she said.
Selip says the chain deeply regrets its decision to participate in the show. "My hope is our customers know we're a company of integrity and they'll understand we made a mistake."
That anger could come from coupon clippers who'll see people on he show using more than 20 coupons a day. Selip acknowledged that the company waived part of its policy for the benefit of TV cameras.
TLC spokeswoman Niki Kazakos said in a written statement that the network expects the coupon shoppers "to understand and follow their stores' coupon policies."

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Walgreen's deals this week

There are some FREE items with Register Rewards!

Balance Bar Cookie Dough/Yogurt Honey peanut butter
1.59 get $1.59RR= Free

Zarbees Nighttime Cough/Sleep Drink Grape 2.47oz 6's
-$1/1 Printable (no longer available check your stash)
$5.99 -$5.99RR= Free

Remington KOS Azor 5Blade Razor System
$4.99 - $4.99RR = Free

W Maxi 4-chan reg unscented 24's
W Maxi overnight w/wings 14's
2.00 - $2RR = Free
Buy 1 or more participating W maxi 4 channel or maxi overnight w/ wings and receive $2RR ( these are the only 2 products listed, ad scan may show different items??)

Other Deals this week:

Schick Quattro Razor Systems and 4 count cartridges for Men/Women
$8.99 - $5RR - $2 mfg in most sunday papers = $1.99

B&L Renu Sensitive Multipurpose Solution 12oz
(ad states buy 1 or more B&L Renu Sensitive)

Colgate Optic White TP 4oz
Colgate Optic White TB
2/7.98-6RR= 1.98
buy 2 or more participating Colgate Optic white toothpaste or toothbrush and receive $6RR

Theraflu Products
2/10.00 - $5RR - $3/2mfg in most sunday papers = 2/2.00

Stouffer’s Easy Express Skillet, 25 oz $4.00Buy 2, Receive $2.00 Register Reward,
$1.00/1 – Stouffer’s Family, Large Family, Party Size or Skillet entree (23 – 96 oz) any variety – (

Buy 3 Windex, 26 oz or Glade Tough Odor, 9.7 – 12 oz $2.99
Buy 3, Receive $2.00 Register Reward
$1.00/1 Windex Multi Surface Product from SS 9/25 (if included)
$1.00/1 Glade Premium Room Spray, any 9.7 oz from All You 09/2010

Softsoap b/wash & softsoap 4 bar soap ( month long deal )
2/6.00-$2IVC on 2=2/4.00
$1/1 or 75c/1 Softsoap Brand Body Wash, any 12 oz or larger - 09-25-11 SS
50c/1 or $1/1 Softsoap Brand Bar Soap, any 2 pack or larger - 09-25-11 SS

Arizona Tea 2/1.00 w/7day coupon

Gatorade 5/5.00 w/7day coupon

Domino Sugar 4lb $2.49
-0.65/1 Domino Granulated Sugar, any 4 or 5 lb – 08-28-11 RP

Hunts tomato sauce 3/1.00 w/7day coupon

Butterball chicken broth 2/1.00 w/7day coupon

Kettle Chips 8 or 9oz @ $1.99
- $1/1 Kettle Brand Baked Potato Chips, any 4 oz – 08-07-11 RP
-$1/1 Kettle Brand Baked Potato Chips, any 4 oz – 09-25-11 RP

Haribo Gold-Bears 5oz bag @ $0.69 cents ea
(Limit 3 with in Ad coupon)
-$0.30/1 Haribo Gold bear gummies 4oz or larger. Exp 10/1 (Printable no longer available, check your binders)

Yardley Bar Soap 4.25 oz @ $0.69 cents ea
(Limit 3 with in Ad coupon)
-0.25/1 Yardley, any – All You, September 2011

Banana Boat Aloe After Sun Care Lotion $6.99, Regular Price
$4.00/1 – Banana Boat Sun Care Product, 4 oz or larger - (
Final Price: $2.99

Wrigley’s 5 Gum, 15 piece or Mentos Up 2 U or Orbit Mist, 14 piece $0.99
With in ad coupon, Limit 4
$1.00/2 Mentos UP2U Gum, any packs from SS 9/11
$1.00/2 Mentos UP2U Gum, any packs from SS 8/14
$0.50/2 Various Gum including Orbit, any 14 – 15 piece packs from SS 7/31
$1.00/2 Mentos Up 2 U Gum, 14 pieces from Walgreens October Booklet
Final Price as low as $.02 MM

Bayer Advanced 500 mg, 40 ct, Low Dose, 60 or 120 ct or Back & Body or 325 mg, 100 ct $5.99
$2.00/1 Bayer Advanced Aspirin Product, Any from RP 9/11
$1.50/1 – Bayer Advanced Aspirin – (
$1.00/1 – Bayer Aspirin Product, Any from RP 9/11
$2.00/1 Bayer Advanced Aspirin, 40 – 100 ct from Walgreens October Booklet
Final Price as low as : 1.99

Zantac Maximum Strength 150, 24 oz or 75, 30 ct $7.99
$5.00/1 – Zantac Product, 24ct or Larger – (
$5.00/1 – Zantac Product, 24 ct or larger – (
$1.75/1 Zantac Product, Any 24 ct+ from All You 10/2011
$1.00/1 Zantac product, any 24 ct. or larger from SS 6/26 (exp 9/30)
$1.00/1 Zantac, 24+ from SS 9/25
$2.00/1 Zantac Acid Reducer 24 or 30 ct from Walgreens October Booklet
Final Price: as low as $.99


Monday, September 26, 2011

Copp's/Pick N' Save SUPER Deals 9-26-2011

Here are the SUPER deals and coupon match-ups I found in this week's ad!

Fresh Express Salad Blends $1.50 each (reg. $3.29) = 54% savings

Tombstone Pizza $3.33 each (reg.6.39 for deluxe/stuffed crust styles) = 47%  savings
75¢/1 (SS 9/18/11) = 59% savings/DD =$1.83 each and  71% savings
$1.50/3 (Click Here to print coupon) =  55% savings

Del Monte canned vegetables & pineapple $1.00 each (reg. $1.65) = 39% savings
Buy 10 and get a $3 Catalina coupon* good on next transaction = like paying 70¢ each and 58% savings
Del Monte canned fruit $1.25 each (reg. $1.59) = 21% savings
Buy 10 and get a $3 Catalina coupon* good on next transaction = like paying 95¢ and 40% savings
*Buy these before the rest of your list and you may use the $3 Catalina coupon on the remainder of your items!

Edy's Ice Cream or Frozen Yogurt $3.00 each (reg. $5.99) = 50% savings

Tide Detergent 50 oz $5.98 each (reg. $8.65) = 30% savings
50¢/1 (RP 9/25/11) = 36% savings/DD = $4.98 each and 42% savings (Buy 2 and get 100 ounces for $9.96)
Or 100oz $11.99 (reg. $14.99) = 20% savings
50¢1 (RP 9/25/11) = 23% savings/DD=$10.99 each and 26% savings
(Here 100 ounces = $10.99. A perfect example of how buying the smaller sizes can actually save you more money!)

Crest Toothpaste $1.98 (reg. $3.29) = 40% savings
$1/2 (P&G 8/28/11) = Buy 2 for 55% savings/DD = 98¢ each and 70% savings

Kellogg's Raisin Bran 20oz $2.99 (reg. $3.79) = 21% savings
$1/2 (RP 9/11/11) = Buy 2 for 24% savings/DD= 40% savings (9¢ per ounce vs. 14¢ - 17¢ per ounce for generic/store brands)
Buy 4 and get a FREE 8ct box of Pop Tarts worth $2.15

Campbell's tomato or chicken noodle soup 78¢ each (reg. 89¢) = 12% savings
40¢/4 (SS 9/11/11) = Buy 4 for 23% savings/DD =  58¢ each (less than most generic or store brands) and 34% savings

Campbell's Great for Cooking soups $1.00 each (reg. $1.39) = 28% savings
$1/5 (Click Here to print Coupon) = Buy 5 for 42% savings/DD = 60¢ each and 57% savings

Gorton's Breaded fish/shrimp $4.50 each (reg. $7.29) = 38% savings
$1/2 or 50¢/1 (SS 9/11/11) = Buy 2 for 38% savings/DD = $3.50 each and 52% savings

Land O Lakes Butter $3.50 each (reg. $4.19) = 16% savings
$1/2 or 50¢/1 (SS 8/7/11) = Buy 2 for 28% savings/DD= $2.50 each (less than Roundy's brand) and 40% savings

Yoplait Whips/Thick & Creamy 60¢ each (reg. 65¢) = 7% savings
40¢/6 or $1/10 varies by area (GM 9/11/11) = Buy 6 for 18% savings/DD = 47¢ each and 28% savings
Buy 10 (using $1/10 coupon) for 23% savings/DD= 40¢ each and 38% savings

Hamburger Helper Stroganoff or Cheeseburger TWIN PACK $2.25 each (reg. $2.39)
75¢/3 or $1/3 (GM 9/11/11) = Buy 3 for 16% savings/DD= $1.75 each and 26% savings and 50% savings compared to single pack box cost of $1.75

Jack's Naturally Rising Pizza $3.33 each (reg. $5.59) = 40% savings
$1/3 (RP 9/11/11) = Buy 3 for 46% savings/DD=$2.66 each and 52% savings

Kraft Salad Dressings $2.50 each (reg. $3.55) = 29% savings
$1/2 (Coupon in this week's store flyer) = Buy 2 for 43% savings/DD = $1.50 each and 57% savings

Powerade 8pk $4.99 each (reg. $6.19) = 19% savings
Buy 2 get 1 FREE (Coupon in extra store flyer) = $3.32 each and 46% savings

Dawn Dish Liquid $1.00 each (reg. $1.75) = 42% savings
50¢/1 (P&G 8/28/11) = 71% savings/DD= FREE

Claussen Pickles $3.29 each (reg. $3.69) = 10% savings
$1/2 (Click here to print coupon) = Buy 2 for 24% savings/DD= $2.29 each and 38% savings

DD = Double Daze double coupon values on Wednesday
SS = Smart Saver insert
RP = Red Plum insert
P&G = Proctor & Gamble insert
GM = General Mills insert

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Coupon Myth: You can't use more than one coupon per item

"One coupon per transaction."
"One coupon per item per transaction."
"One coupon per family."
"One coupon per item."
"One coupon per like item."
"One coupon per person/customer."
"One coupon per purchase."
"One coupon per like item per shopping trip."

These rules, between the store policies and the manufacturer coupon limits can be really confusing, so it's important to know your store's coupon policies. Some stores allow unlimited coupons, but limit the number and days they can be doubled. If you are unsure what the store policy means, ask the store manager or call the store customer service and ask. What the rule means can be different as a store policy vs. printed on a manufacturer coupon.

Usually, stores will allow a store coupon to be stacked with a manufacturer's coupon.
Store flyer has a coupon for Nature Valley granola bars for $2 each (reg. $2.49).
Sunday newspaper insert has a Nature Valley coupon for 75¢ off each.
You can use both coupons and get the granola bars for $1.25. And if you use the coupon on a double coupon day, the manufacturer coupon will double in value to $1.50 off, making the final price only 50¢ when combined with the store coupon!

Sometimes, even the store employees don't understand the difference between "per transaction," "per person" or "per item," so it's important that you can explain it to them clearly. Below are explanations of the most common coupon limits:

"One coupon per transaction."
Store policy: Only one coupon can be used during a transaction. (Extremely rare. If the number is limited it's more likely it will be a much higher number than just one.)
Store coupon: Only one coupon can be used on one item, even if you buy more than one of that item.
Manufacturer coupon: Only one coupon can be used on one item, even if you buy more than one of that item.

"One coupon per item per transaction."
Store policy: No "stacking" coupons. You can use a store coupon or a manufacturer's coupon but not both.
Store coupon: One store coupon may be used per each item purchased. May be used along with a manufacturer's coupon.
Manufacturer's coupon: One manufacturer's coupon may be used per each item purchased. May be used along with a store coupon.

"One coupon per family."
Store policy: N/A
Store coupon: This could mean a couple of things. One per transaction, one per visit or one per store card account.
Manufacturer's coupon: N/A

"One coupon per item."
Store policy: No stacking coupons. You can use a store coupon or a manufacturer's coupon but not both.
Store coupon: One store coupon may be used per each item purchased. May be used along with a manufacturer's coupon.
Manufacturer's coupon: One manufacturer's coupon may be used per each item purchased. May be used along with a store coupon.

"One coupon per like item."
Store policy: If you buy more than one of identical items, only one coupon is allowed on one of that item. (Rare. If the number is limited it's more likely it will be a higher number than just one.)
Store coupon: If you buy more than one of identical items, only one coupon is allowed on one of that item. (Rare. If the number is limited it's more likely it will be a higher number than just one.)
Manufacturer's coupon: If you buy more than one of identical items, only one coupon is allowed on one of that item. (Rare. If the number is limited it's more likely it will be a higher number than just one.)

"One coupon per person/customer."
Store policy: Only one coupon can be used during a transaction. (Extremely rare. If the number is limited it's more likely it will be a much higher number than just one.)
Store coupon: Only one coupon can be used on one item, even if you buy more than one of that item.
Manufacturer coupon: Only one coupon can be used on one item, even if you buy more than one of that item.

"One coupon per purchase."
Store policy: No "stacking" coupons. You can use a store coupon or a manufacturer's coupon but not both.
Store coupon: One store coupon may be used per each item purchased. May be used along with a manufacturer's coupon.
Manufacturer's coupon: One manufacturer's coupon may be used per each item purchased. May be used along with a store coupon.

"One coupon per like item per shopping trip."
Store policy: If you buy more than one of identical items, only one coupon is allowed on one of that item per store visit. Must leave store and come back to use another coupon for that item. (Rare. If the number is limited it's more likely it will be a higher number than just one.)
Store coupon: If you buy more than one of identical items, only one coupon is allowed on one of that item per store visit. Must leave store and come back to use another coupon for that item. (Rare. If the number is limited it's more likely it will be a higher number than just one.)
Manufacturer's coupon: If you buy more than one of identical items, only one coupon is allowed on one of that item per store visit. Must leave store and come back to use another coupon for that item. (Rare. If the number is limited it's more likely it will be a higher number than just one.)

Coupon Myth: You only get unhealthy food using coupons

This is one of the most frequently used excuses by non-couponers that I hear. One reason they believe this is that they don't know how to properly use coupons to save money.

Many people think you just clip the coupons on Sunday and use them that week. However, if you look at most coupon inserts for one week, they don't seem to contain many items that you need that week. The key is to save the coupons and use them when the go on sale. Two or three weeks from now, you may find that several items are on sale for which you have coupons. You may not need those tampon, bath soap, toilet paper, deodorant or coffee coupons this week, but use them next time they are on sale and save $10, $20 or more on your shopping trip, which leaves you extra money to buy those higher-priced organic vegetable, fruits, meats and dairy you want.

Additionally, even though many coupons may not specify, quite a few national brands offer organic or healthier low-fat or sugar-free versions of their products on which the coupon may be used. Believe it or not, even Kraft Mac & Cheese has organic and whole grain options now!

Healthy foods have coupons, too!
Finally, folks just need to pay attention to see the good stuff. I frequently see coupons and sales on Kashi, Morningstar Farms, Quaker, Paul Newman, Nature Valley, Eggland, Ronzoni Smart Taste and Garden Delight, Silk, Jennie O, Smart Balance, Yoplait, Dannon, Dole, Green Giant, Birds Eye and more. Many of these products have additional coupons attached to/inside the package or have avaiable online printable coupons, as well.

Just the other day, my grocery store had a sale on Quaker products - items like oatmeal, pancake mix, granola and orange juice. When I bought 8 items, I received $5 off my total and catalina coupons for $3.50 off milk and $1.50 off eggs at checkout. Those coupons were good towards organic, cage-free eggs and organic milk.  Another deal offered $10 off catalina coupon when I bought Angel Soft toilet paper and Rotel tomatoe, which were also on sale and I had additional coupons.  I turned around and used the catalinas right away and saved $15 off of the rest of my shopping list and not one item was "junk food." So, just because there are coupons out there for pizza and pop tarts, you are free to bypass them for the good stuff - and to use those catalinas and sales savings to get the items you really want!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Upcoming coupon inserts for 9/25/2011

(Inserts vary by region, so our local insert may include all or some of these coupons.)
 C&H $0.75/1 bottle of Light or Amber Organic Agave Nectar x11/30/11
California Pizza Kitchen $1.00/1 product x11/30/11
Carnation $0.50/1 instant nonfat dry milk x12/31/11
Carnation $0.50/2 12oz can evaporated milk x12/31/11
Centrum $3.00/1 ProNutrients supplement or Specialist multivitamin x10/15/11
Crest $1.00/1 3D White oral care item ets Target coupon x10/31/11
Crest $7.00/1 3D White Whitestrips 20ct Professional Effects or 4ct 2-hour express Target coupons x10/31/11
Domino $0.75/1 bottle of domino light or amber organic agave nectar x11/30/11
Friskies B1G1 buy 1 package of friskies brand cat treats, any size, any variety, get 1 package of purina friskies crispies brand cat treats up to $1.85, any variety x12/25/11
Garnier Nutrisse $2.00/1 shade or multi-lights kit x11/5/11
Jimmy Dean $0.75/1 Jimmy D's product x11/30/11
Kettle $1.00/1 4oz bag baked potato chips x11/26/11
Kettle $1.00/1 5oz+ bag potato chips x11/26/11
Kibbles 'n Bits $1.50/1 dry dog food x11/19/11
M&M's $1.00/3 or $1.50/3 (regional difference) bags of fun size chocolate candy 8.67oz+, 10 varieties listed dnd x10/31/11
Milk-Bone $1.50/2 dog snacks x11/25/11
Milk-Bone $1.00/1 mini's dog snacks x11/25/11
Morton $1.00 off 2 bags of 40,50 or 80 lb. system svaer II pellets or 2 bags of 40 or 80 lb rust remove pellets or 3 bags of 25 lb. system saver II pellets for water softener x1/29/12
Olay $10.00/2 Pro-X, Regenerist or Total Effects moisturizers or Smooth Finish facial hair remover duo excludes Pro-X cleansing device, refill and trial sizes x10/31/11
Olay $2.00/1 facial cleanser excludes Pro-X cleansing device, refill and trial sizes x10/31/11
Pantene $3.00/2 products ets x10/31/11
Purina Buy one Friskies cat treats, get one Friskies Crispies free up to $1.85 x12/25/11
Secret $1.00/1 twin pack x10/31/11
Sparkle $0.50/1 2ct. giant roll paper towels x12/31/11
State Fair $0.55/1 product dnd x11/30/11
SuperPretzel $0.50/1 soft pretzel item x10/13/11
Target P&G $1.00/2 items: Venus Embrace razor, Pantene hair care, Secret deodorant, Olay body wash ets Target Coupon x11/26/11
Target P&G $2.00/2 items: CoverGirl Simply Ageless, Outlast Blast or Olay Pro-X, Definity, Regenerist ets Target Coupon x11/26/11
Tide $0.50/1 detergent x10/31/11
Tio Pepe's $0.50/1 churros x10/13/11
Uncle Ben's Buy 3 Ready Rice pouches, get one Whole Grain White Rice free up to $2.30 x11/20/11

 Birds Eye $0.50/1 Steamfresh Chef's Favorites variety
Bissell $1.00/1 carpet cleaning powder or carpet cleaning foam x10/31/11
Blink $1.00/1 Tears or GelTears lubricating eye drops x10/31/11
Brawny $0.50/1 paper towels x12/31/11
Clearasil $1.00/1 product x11/6/11
COMPLETE $1.00/1 12oz+ multi-purpose solution x10/31/11
COMPLETE/Blink $1.00/1 COMPLETE Blink-N-Clean lens drops or Blink contacts lubricant eye drops x10/31/11
Edge $0.55/1 7oz+ shave gel x11/6/11
Extra $1.00/2 packs of 15 -stick hum dnd x12/31/11
General Mills $1.00/2 Basic 4, Chex, Fiber One, Honey Nut Clusters, Oatmeal Crsip, Raisin Nut Bran, Total or Wheaties x11/15/11
General Mills $1.00/2 Cheerios all varieties x11/5/11
Glade $0.55/1 Premium Room spray 9.7oz x11/5/11
Glade $0.75/2 4oz jars or Scented Oil candle products x11/5/11
Glade $1.00/1 Plugins Scented Oil twin refill or $1.00/2 single refills x11/5/11
Glade $1.00/1 Press & Spray starter kit x11/5/11
Glade $2.00/1 Sense & Spray starter kit x11/5/11
Hershey's $1.00/2 Bliss chocolates 8oz+ x11/20/11
Hershey's $1.00/3 snack size bags of Reese's, Kit Kat, Hershey's Milk Chocolate, York, Almond Joy, Mounds, Payday, Jolly Rancher, Milk Duds, Whoppers or Twizzlers 9-22oz x10/15/11
Icy Hot/Aspercreme/Capzasin/Sportscreme/Flexall $1.00/1 excludes Icy Hot 1ct back patch and .5oz naturals x12/31/11
Irish Spring $0.50/1 body wash excludes 2.5oz or $0.50/2 multi-bar packs 3pk+ x10/15/11
Irish Spring $0.50/1 deodorant x10/15/11
John Frieda $1.00/1 Frizz-Ease product ets x11/27/11
John Frieda $2.00/1 Precision Foam Colour x11/30/11
Kaukauna $1.00/2 balls and logs x12/31/11
Kaukauna $1.00/2 cups x12/31/11
KC Masterpiece $0.50/1 barbecue sauce or marinade x12/31/11
Kingsford $2 off meat with purchase of charcoal 8.3lb+ or Match Light charcoal 6.3lb+ x12/31/11
Morton $0.55/1 Season-All x12/31/11
One A Day $1.00/1 adult or teen multivitamin product x12/31/11
One A Day $3.00/2 adult or teen multivitamin products x12/31/11
Pillsbury $0.75/2 refrigerated cookie dough x12/17/11
Pledge $1.00/1 Fabric Sweeper for pet hair x11/5/11
Pledge $2.00/2 furniture care products x11/5/11
Popcorn, Indiana $1.00/1 family size bag x5-18oz dnd x12/31/11
Pyrex $1.00/1 glass storage x12/31/11
Revlon $1.00/1 beauty tool x11/30/11
Schick $2.00/1 Quattro for Women razor x11/5/11
Schick $2.00/1 Quattro Titanium razor or trimmer x11/6/11
Schick $2.00/1 Quattro Titanium refill x11/6/11
Schick $2.00/1 Slim Twin or Quattro disposable razor pack not valid on 2ct x11/6/11
Schick $4.00/1 Quattro for Women refill x11/5/11
Schick $4.00/2 Slim Twin or Quatttro disposable razor packs not valid on 2ct x11/6/11
Scrubbing Bubbles $0.75/1 fantastik all purpose cleaner x11/5/11
Scrubbing Bubbles $2.00/2 bathroom cleaners x11/5/11
Scrubbing Bubbles $2.00/2 toilet cleaning products x11/5/11
Shout $0.55/1 product x11/5/11
Softsoap $0.35/1 hand soap pump 8oz+ or refill x10/15/11
Softsoap $0.50/1 bar soap 2pk+ x10/15/11
Softsoap $0.75/1 body wash 12oz+ x10/15/11
Stouffer's $1.00/1 family size entree x12/31/11
Sunsweet $1.00/2 dried plum or other dried fruit dnd x12/31/11
Theraflu $2.00/1 multi-symptom Severe Cold with Lipton Green Tea & Honey Lemon flavors x12/3/11
Theraflu $3.00/2 products x12/3/11
Tomcat $0.55/1 product dnd x11/30/11
TruMoo $0.55/1 half gallon+ chocolate milk dnd x10/22/11
Windex $1.00/1 multi surface product x11/5/11
Windex $1.00/2 products x11/5/11
Zantac $1.00/1 24ct+ product x12/31/11

x = Expiration date


Great Copp's Foods Deal!

This week Copp's Weekly Ad is offering a $10 catalina for buying $25 worth of participating items:

Tailgate Takeover - 9/18 - 9/24/11
Buy $25 of participating brands and get $10 off on a future order with coupon. (See insert image of included products in post below.)
Coupon printed at register.
Disclaimer: All items must be purchased in one shopping order. Limited to product in stock. Coupon printed at register. No cash back. Offer expires 10/16/11. 

How to work this deal:

The best deal here is the 18 double roll Angel Soft toilet paper! On sale for $10.99, that still works out to be 30¢ per regular roll. That can be dropped to just 16¢ per roll with this deal!

Expect to make 2 transactions this trip and do this deal first.

Because you get $10 back on the second transaction, you can figure in that $10 as savings on your purchase. If you buy 2 packages of Angel Soft, that would mean $5 off each package, making the cost only $5.99 each or 16¢ per single roll!*

The two packages of Angel Soft costs $21.98, so you need to use a couple of "filler items" from the participating products for the $3.02 to get to the required $25 purchase.

Hunt's 24oz Ketchup is on the list 4/$5, which is $1.25 each (reg. $1.75) and has a printable coupon for 25¢/1, which makes the final cost $1 each. (Buy 4) A great stock-up price at 56% off!

Or Wolf's Chili is on sale 3/$3.99, which is $1.33 each (reg. $2.09) and there is a Blinkie machine on the shelf with coupons for 35¢/1, which makes the final cost 98¢ (Buy 4 & use 4 coupons.)

Purchase just the toilet paper and filler items and you will get a $10 off coupon - just like getting handed a $10 bill! Take your items to the car, come back and purchase the rest of your shopping list items and use your $10 catalina coupon to take $10 off of your purchase.

Of course, if you don't want that much toilet paper, you can always just get one package and stock up on the other items.

Here is how I made this deal: 4 Hunt's (with coupons), 3 Wolf's Chili (with coupons), 2 Swiss Miss Hot chocolate (my husband asked me to get him hot chocolate anyhow) and one package of Angel Soft.

The pre-sale/pre-coupon price was $30.54 and this deal was like paying only $10.93 for a 64% savings!

*I always count double rolls as 2 single rolls, so an 18 count double roll package equals a 36 count single roll package. Divide that number into the cost and you get the "cost per single roll."

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Pepsi Max Deal at Copp's

If you like Pepsi Max, this week the 2 liter bottles are on sale for $1 each WYB 5 (limit 5*) and there is a blinkie on the shelf with coupons for 55¢/1, making them only 45¢ each!

*Per transaction. No household or number of transactions per day limits.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Common Couponing and Sale Abbreviations and Terms

AC = After Coupon
ACTUALS = The actual item as opposed to a coupon for it (an item from your stockpile)
AR = After Rebate
BLINKIES - instore smartsource coupon dispensed near product, usually from red blinking box
BOGO or B1G1F = Buy one get one free
BOLO = Be On the Lookout
BTFE = Box Tops for Education
CAT or Catalina = coupon dispensed at register after purchase, usually has a red border
CO = cents off coupon
DND = Do Not Double (the coupon is not supposed to be doubled)
DOUBLE COUPON = coupon that a grocery store doubles in value
ESR = EasySaver Rebate (Walgreens Monthy Rebate)
FAR = Free After Rebate
FREE ITEM COUPON = A coupon that allows you to get the product completely free
TGG = The Grocery Game
HBA = The health and beauty aid section in the grocery store
HCW = Hot Coupon World
HT or HGT = Hang tags for refunds or coupons hanging on a product
IVC = Walgreen's Instant Value Coupon ( Found in the monthy EasySaver Catalog )
IP = Internet Printable
LFE = Campbell's Labels for Education
MIR = Mail In Rebate
NED = No expiration date
NBPN = No Beer Purchase Necessary
NLA = No Longer Available
NWPN = No wine purchase necessary
OAS = a coupon that is good on one purchase, any size
OOP = Out of Pocket
OOS = Out of Stock
OSI = On a single item
OYNO = On your next order
P&G = Proctor & Gamble Sunday supplement coupons
PEELIE = coupon that you peel off the package
POP = Proof of purchase
PP = purchase price
PPHF = Paypal handling fee
PSA = Prices Starting At or Public Service Announcement
Q or QUALIFIER = The POP required for a refund offer that is physically taken from that package
RC = Raincheck
RP = Red Plum Sunday Supplement Coupons
RR = Register Rewards
SASE = Self Addressed Stamped Envelope
SD = Store Display
SF = Store form
SMP = Specially Marked Packages
SS = Smart Source or Sunday Supplement coupons 
STACKING = Some stores allow the use of more than one coupon per item, IF the coupon itself does not restrict such usage.
SUPER DOUBLES or DOUBLES = coupons that are doubled $1 + in value (ie, a $1 coupon = $2, etc)
TEAR PAD = A pad of refund forms or coupons found hanging from a store shelf or display
TMF = Try Me Free
TRIPLE COUPON = a coupon that a grocery store triples in value
UPC =  Universal Product Code
WINE TAG = coupon, usually for $ off any meat, cheese or produce.
WPN = Wine purchase necessary
WSL = while supplies last
WT = winetag
WYB = When You Buy
YMMV = Your Mileage May Vary= success of the attempt may vary at your store