A Great Coupon Quest to Rite Aid

It sure was a busy weekend…school activities, pumpkin picking and of course Coupon clipping!  I had some time this morning to flip through the newspaper ads and a couple of sales at Rite Aid caught my eye! After scoring some great deals I thought I would share!  Here is how I did….

My little Frack was running low on diapers, and I noticed that :

Luvs Family pack of diapers is on sale this week for $17.99, I also had a $1.00 off coupon and Rite Aid is offering $2.00 +UP Reward with this purchase! 

Trident Single pack gum is on sale for $1 each, I had a coupon for $1 off of 3 packs, and Rite Aid is offering $1 +UP Reward when you buy 3….but to my surprise, 2, $1 rewards printed! So all the gum was basically FREE!!

Tresemme Shampoo and or conditioner is onsale for 2/$7, plus $2 +UP Rewards  ….and I also had a coupon for 1 FREE Tresemme Styling Product with the purchase of a Tresemme Shampoo and Conditioner. So I picked up a Tresemme Extra Hold hairspray for FREE!!

Totals:

Luvs Diapers $16.99

3 packs of Trident Gum=FREE

1 Tresemme Shampoo, 1 Conditioner, 1 Hairspray= $6

Plus added to my wellness card that I can use starting tomorrow morning……$6 in Rewards!!!!!

This is getting addicting!!!

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Coupon Quest to Harris Teeter a Semi-Success with over 50% savings!

Ok, so here is how it went….

I looked through the Harris Teeter sales this morning. Went ahead and matched up the sales with any manufacturers coupons that I had. Then browsed through the website to get an additional savings with the e-VIC coupons by clicking on them and adding them to my eVIC card.

Loaded my 2 year old into the card with coupons and list ready to go. I was excited to be prepared, knowing that I only wanted to spend about 20 minutes in the store. I grabbed all of the items I had, proceeded to check out and handed over my coupons. Not as nervous this time, because I had done my research…so I was armed with knowledge!

For $62.62 worth of groceries…I paid $31.36!! Not bad for a beginner right? 

As I packed my daughter in the card, I glanced down at my receipt and realized that I wasn’t sure my extra e-VIC coupons (remember the ones I had added to my card on-line)…had been deducted.

It was nearing nap time and so not a great time for me to head back to the customer service counter, wait in line, and then wait for them to figure out what had happened. I decided to go home, but the baby to bed and then focus.

I called the customer service number listed on the website, and low and reached a lovely man who verified my suspicion! I was missing $2.50 of savings! Lucky for me with a sleeping baby, I wouldn’t have to go back to the store. He explained that they were having problems with the website, and offered to credit my VIC card $5.00 for my troubles, which can be used at my next shopping trip. I’ll take it!! I love a bonus deal!

All in all, I feel pretty good about my trip to the store today. Next time I will check the receipt prior to leaving the store if I can.

Here are the deals:

5 PROGRESSO SOUP CANS Buy 2/Get 3 Free (making them $1.07 each and then -with an additional $1 off 4 cans coupon, the total was .87 each)

2 CHEX MIX    2/$4 ( making them $2 each , plus a coupon of 50 cents off 2 that was doubled making them $1.50 each)

2 NEWMANS PASTA SAUCE  2/$4 (making them $2 each , plus a coupon of $1 off of 2, making them $1.50 each!)

8 YOPLAIT YOGURT (on sale for .50 cents each, plus a coupon of .50cents off of 8, which doubled, making them .37 cents each)

2 SUPER PRETZEL BOXES (on sale for b1/G1 free at $3.49 plus a $1 off one box making them $1.25 each)

PILLSBURY CRUST (coupon for $1.00 off 2, making them $3.25 each) not that great of a deal actually 😦

I also purchased a head of cabbage which was on-sale for 59 cents per lb

Overall not too bad, although I am far from the experts that have a cart full of groceries for $12 !  Practice makes perfect though.

As always, any comments or tips or great deals are welcome!Image

The Rite Aid Coupon Quest Challenge

After a quick browse through a ton of coupons and store ads, I have to admit….I felt a bit overwhelmed!  So I took a deep breath and decided to take this one step at a time. Each day this week I am going to attempt to conquer one store at a time. I want to study each stores coupon policy, rewards programs and prices to the best of my ability. And hopefully help you along too!
Rite Aid is lucky number one.
1. The first thing to do is to sign up for a FREE Wellness Rewards card. You can do that in store or online. Its a typical store discount card. I luckily already have one of those.
With the Wellness Rewards Card I get:

  1. A $5 off $25 coupon (upon sign up)
  2. 10% off all Rite Aid brand products
  3. an e-mail newsletter (with printable coupons)
  4. Access to member-only sales throughout the store

When I have the cashier scan my card each time I shop, I will earn points towards additional rewards. Each dollar spent is worth one point, and each presciption is worth 25 points. Here’s what those points will get me:

  • every 125 points = a one-time, 10% off shopping pass
  • 500 points = 10% off all non-prescription purchases every day
  • 1,000 points = 20% of all non-prescription purchases every day

2. Next I should be looking to buy products that offer Up+ Rewards.
Up+ Rewards are rewards that are loaded directly onto my Wellness card and are shown at the bottom of my receipt when I buy certain products. They can be applied to my next purchase just like a coupon (some restrictons apply). I am pretty sure they are available for use the following day.  Browsing through the weekly sales circular will help me find which products are eligible this week.
3. Video Values
I can watch short video advertisements on RiteAid.com and earn dollars-off coupons. The more I watch, the more I will save.  I can’t wait to check this out!
4. Single Check Rebates
Rite Aid puts out a rebate book each month. I can participate in as many offers as I would like, and then get my earnings back in a single check. The current rebate book is in store, or I can view it online. Things I just learned about the Rebate Program:

  • I have to go and sign up online to use it.
  • Most of the rebate offers are good all month, but some are only good for a week
  • I can submit my rebate online or mail it in using the form in the book
  • I can only submit one rebate request per month which means I need to be sure I have participated in all of the offers that I am interested in before hitting the send button online
  • THE BEST PART IS….If I use coupons to purchase rebate items, I will still get the full rebate amount!!!!!

5. Online Coupons

I should be checking out Rite Aid’s website for manufacturer coupons that I can print and take with me when I am on my Coupon Quest.
6. Unadvertised Sales
Even though the weekly sales insert lists a lot of deals, but it doesn’t list all of the deal. So I can go online to view Rite Aid’s unadvertised specials .

7. Gifts of Savings Program

A few times throughout the year (back-to-school and Christmas are typical), Rite Aid runs a Gifts of Savings promotion. If I Spend $100 during the promotional period and enter my receipts online, I will earn a $20 gift certificate.
8. Stacking Coupons (also known as using a store coupon with a manufacturers coupon).
I can combine manufacturer coupons, with Rite Aid manufacturer coupons, store coupons and total purchase coupons to save BIG. That sounds like a store I want to shop at!
Well, I feel like I have really learned a lot today about Rite Aid. If I have some free time later I will put together a list of things to buy and head out on a Coupon Quest.  I will let you know how it goes!!
Any tips or questions?  Please leave a comment!

Save $5 on a binder for Coupons

This is a great deal I found for anyone getting started on their own Coupon
Quest. At checkout enter the code AFR12  and recieve an instant $5.00 discount
off of the list price of $21.50.

http://www.bindertek.com/mead-five-star-xpanz-zipper-binder.html

The Coupon Binder

Five Star binder from CVS. It seems like it will be able to handle some serious
couponing! It feels very durable a couple smaller pockets to hold scissors, pens
etc. There seems to be multiple different ways of organizing coupons but I am
going to give this one a shot. I like to be organized, especially when I have
Frick and Frack with me (my two young children!). I have filled the binder with
baseball card protectors sheets and have separated the sheets with page
separators labeled in alphabetical order. This is how I am choosing to
categorize my coupons. “C” will hold things like cereal, chips and chocolate
etc. “S” will be for soap, soup, shampoo….  Sounds pretty basic right? So far,
so good.

Day two has arrived and I can say that I am excited to introduce myself to the infamous
Coupon Binder. I have seen many people in grocery and drug stores with various
binder styles and I am excited to become part of the binder club!  I have purchased a Five Star binder from CVS. It seems like it will be able to
handle some serious couponing! It feels very durable and even has a couple smaller pockets to
hold scissors, pens etc. There seems to be multiple different ways of organizing
coupons but I am going to give this one a shot. I like to be organized,
especially when I have Frick and Frack with me (my two young children!). I have
filled the binder with baseball card protectors sheets and have separated the
sheets with page separators labeled in alphabetical order. This is how I am
choosing to categorize my coupons. “C” will hold things like cereal, chips and
chocolate etc. “S” will be for soap, soup…sounds pretty basic right?  So far, so good!

1) Purchase a binder
2) Purchase baseball card protector sheet   (I found mine at Target)
3) Purchase page separators that can be labeled

I know it seems like
there is a lot of purchasing going on right now, but what I’m told….These
things are necessary. I’m just looking at them as sort of “start up costs” for
my new business of saving money! Now its time to fill this binder with some money saving deals! Wish me luck 😉

The Coupon Quest Begins!

OK….Day one. So this all began a couple of weeks ago when I saw a YouTube video on “normal” extreme couponing. It intrigued me!  I don’t think I have really ever used a
coupon before…EVER! I always just figured it was some sort of scam…that the stores would raise the prices and then throw a coupon your way to lure you in. But what I saw was that these normal everyday moms, like yours truly, were
saving a ton of money on items that my family uses daily….and items that I unknowingly am spending A LOT of hard earned money on.So, step one was to subscribe to the local paper. That meant calling up the Washington Post and handing over a credit card number…which meant spending money!  Am I already
failing my mission? I hope not. No coupons= no deals right? I went ahead and did a little online searching around and found a website www.discountednewspapers.com which allowed me as a
first time subscriber to get the Sunday paper delivered for 20 weeks at only .99 per week ( a discount of 46%)!! My first savings!! Exciting!
So the schooling begins. Tonight I will :
1) clip out the coupons
2) review the sales from my local pharmacies, super stores and grocery stores.

That doesn’t sound too
difficult!  Oh I forgot to mention

3) pick the kids up from school
4) prepare, serve and clean up dinner

I am really excited about this Quest and hope to find a few new couponers to come along with me. What have we got to lose right?