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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CVS COUPON DEALS- MY QUEST

Good morning !  It is a beautiful day in the Washington DC area. Sunny and cool. Perfect fall weather and I am ready to start my day.

I had a rough afternoon yesterday with my almost 2 year old daughter who I will refer to here as Frack. Frack is not as easy going as her older brother Frick. She is very stubborn at times and is very determined when she gets her mind set on something…which most of the time is getting into trouble!!

So I was counting the minutes until my husband would be home from work. Any stay at home mom knows how important that time of the day is. We love our kids with all of our hearts, but we are also human and need a break at some point right?

I needed to get out of the house last night. By myself. Just to clear my head. Any where better to go….CVS of course!  No need for Bloomingdales or Nordstrom here….just a quiet trip to a close pharmacy would do the trick!  As you can see, I’m very easy to please 🙂

I headed out, by myself ( I love to say that…since it happens so rarely)….and pulled into CVS. Now even though I have yet to study all of the CVS coupon policy rules, tonight I didn’t care. I was yes…by myself!  This kind of trip would usually be a no- no for a new couponer like myself. Shotgun trips to the store will get me into trouble, but last night I was breaking my own rule. We are all entitled to do that once in a while!

I defense of myself, I did have my trusty coupon binder with me and my handy dandy ExtraCare Card, which is the CVS discount card. I headed over to the red coupon machine who I have nicknames Cooper,the Coupon machine. From what I am learning, besides being able to price check items with Cooper, I can also scan my card their weekly and Cooper will shoot out some coupons!

Cooper must have sensed that I was not having the best day, so he gracefully handed over

$1.50 ExtraCare reward coupon

$2.00 off Covergirl Pressed Powder Coupon

$1.00 off Maybelline makeup coupon

Having my binder with me, I flipped to “M” for makeup and matched up some coupons with the coupons that Cooper had just given me….

This is what I ended up with:

1 Maybelline NY Mega Plush Mascara $8.29, minus a $1.00 manufacturer coupon , minus $1.00 CVS Coupon= $6.29

1 CoverGirl clean pressed powder, $7.99, on sale for $7.00, minus $2.00 CVS coupon, minus $2 manufacturer coupon = $3

total came to $9.29, minus my $1.50 ExtraBucks reward= $7.79 for $16.28 worth of makeup. 52% savings!!

 

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 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 😉