Low-stress Round of Couponics

Friday morning, I headed out to my favorite little shopping block in downtown Brooklyn – within a 3-minute stretch of walking, there’s a CVS, a Rite Aid, and a Trader Joe’s. The only minor hitch I had was with a cashier at Rite Aid who didn’t want to let me use 2 coupons on one item (one was a store coupon, one was a manufacturer’s – they allow that, as do Walgreens and CVS), but the manager ok’d it … phew, because I was doing 3 transactions that all included that one particular product.

8-26-09 CVS/RA Trip

A quick summary of my shopping & savings:

CVS:  2 Glade Sense & Spray, 3 John Frieda shampoo/conditioner, 2 Kotex liners, 1 Schick Quattro 4ct refill, 1 Adidas deodorant, 2 x 2ct Schick ST2 disposables. Total @ sales prices = $43.20. Coupons used = $26.75. Total ECBs used = $16. Total ECBs earned = $13. Out of pocket: .45 + sales tax (about $2).

Rite Aid:  3 Zyrtec 30ct, 2 Kotex pads, 1 Colgate toothpaste, 1 Tylenol 24ct, 4 Trident Extra Care gum, Glade Lasting Impressions. Total @ sales prices = $78.40. Coupons used = $51. Out of pocket: $27.20. Rite Aid rebates earned:  $41.50

Saturday, I ventured back into Walgreens after having a particularly frustrating experience earlier in the week. Shame on them – had they handled things better, they’d have moved $50 more stock. And had they handled things really well, it would have been $150. Seriously. There was a $5-off-$25 purchase coupon issued for Weds-Sat that states the total must be $25 after all coupons, but the majority of Walgreens out there are happy to apply it before. No dice here. But then the manager insisted that he gets in trouble if more than one Register Reward is used per transaction, blah blah more wrong info. So tonight I stopped in just to do one fairly straightforward deal and had a chat with the cashier about using more than one RR. He told me I could use as many as the scanner would allow, so off I went to put together a $25 order and see what would happen. The whole thing went perfectly, and then the manager came up to help someone with a return. Gulp! Didn’t think the same guy would be running the show on the weekend. He either didn’t recognize me or didn’t want to deal with me, but had I known he was there, I wouldn’t have tried to use the $5/$25 coupon – it isn’t worth the risk of being banned from the store. Anyway, below is my Walgreens haul:

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Walgreens:  2 Sudafed PE 24ct, 2 Rice Krispie treats, 2 Pop Tarts, 2 Arizona iced tea, 2 loose leaf paper 120 sheets, 1 Arrid deodorant, 1 Goody’s hair elastics. Total @ sales prices =  $28.92. Total after coupons = $14.92. Out of pocket = $1.42 + $13.50 in Register Rewards. Earned $12 Register Rewards.

Of course, the really fun part is what I do with it all…

For myself, I’m keeping 2 packs of gum, the Arizona iced tea, and possibly the set of John Frieda Brilliant Brunette.

Mom-of-Nine got 1 Sense & Spray, the Quattro cartridges (along with a Quattro for Women I picked up last month), 2 packs of gum, 2 packs of Kotex pads, and the Schick disposables. When I next see her, she’ll get 1 Sudafed PE, 2 Rice Krispie treats, 1 Pop Tarts and loose leaf paper.

Teachers at a local primary school will get the Sense & Spray, Lasting Impressions, deodorant and hair elastics. The teacher I gave 5 bags of supplies to on Thursday said, of her own volition, that her 5th grade classroom reeks of B.O. because the students are at that awkward age of change and that a friend suggested she get “those plug-in things”. Well, guess who had a boatload of them. So I gave her one and asked her to put her former co-workers (she just changed schools) in touch so I could pass a few on to them.

Debbie was supposed to be getting the Zyrtec — no, she’s not a charity case! She’s a fellow couponer who has done me some pretty phenomenal favors, resulting in $60 worth of CVS ExtraCare Bucks for me and a dozen blood glucose meters for her patients. Talk about win-win! However, it looks like she did the deal herself and is now set for 3 months…so we’ll see if she wants it.

Working Poor Mom + 2 teens will get a box of Pop Tarts. Yes, she’ll eventually get a lot more, but she just picked up 4 bags of food and personal care products this afternoon, so this kicks off the next care package.

The rest will be filed into my “aisle bags” – I have one for shampoo, one for first aid/OTC meds, one for deodorants, one for dental hygiene…kinda like aisles, but not. And much easier to pile into my closet.

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3 Responses

  1. As long as the exp date is good, I’ll take that Zyrtec if you have no other takers! I’ll be sending you more coupons soon too!

  2. nice! you do good work (hee hee!) i think i need to go shopping now…!

  3. Dang, I wish we had CVS close in Utah. We do have Rite Aid and Walgreens though. How do you get those Register Rewards? Is it through saving money on coupons?

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