Couponing Basics Part 3 {This is How I Roll}

My last two posts have given you lots of info about how to coupon.  But it’s all just theory unless you can put it into practice. So, here is a closer look into what it really means to roll your rewards at a drugstore.

Each Saturday, I check out my favorite couponing sites to see the matchups for the week.  The site will have an overview of the deals at each store as well as info on where to find coupons that can be stacked with each item. I write out a detailed list of which deals I plan to purchase and the corresponding coupons so that I know exactly which items to look for and what my total will be. Then on Sunday, I send the hubby to buy a paper (and breakfast!) and clip any coupons that I will need.  I like to get my shopping trips done on Sunday before all of the good deals have a chance to sell out.



Week 1:
Colgate Total Toothpaste- $4.99, Sale Price $3.99
Glide Floss – $4.49, Sale Price $3.33
(5) Oral B Toothbrushes – $5.49 each, Sale Price $3.33 each
Debrox Ear Cleaner – $9.99, Sale Price $6.99
OB Tampons – $4.99, Sale Price $3.00
Stayfree Pads – $3.99, Sale Price $3.00
(3) Tic Tac – $1.49 each, Sale Price $1.00 each
Total Retail Value: $60.37
Total with Sales: $39.98

Coupons Used:
$1.00 Colgate Toothpaste
$0.75 Glide Floss
(2) $1.50/2 Oral B Toothbrushes
$1.00 Oral B Toothbrush
$2.00 Debrox
$1.00 OB Tampons
$0.50 Stayfree Pads
$4/$20 Purchase store coupon
After Coupon Subtotal: $27.23

Paid With $23.25 in store rewards
Out of Pocket Total: $3.98 + tax
Earned $21 in store rewards


Week 2:
Oral B Battery Toothbrush – $8.99, Sale Price $6.00
Oral B Battery Toothbrush – $8.29, Sale Price $6.00
Bic Disposable Razors – $7.99, Sale Price $5.99
EPT Fertility Kit – $49.99, Sale Price $14.99
Nexxus Shampoo – $5.99
Total Retail Value: $81.25
Total with Sales: $38.97

Coupons Used:
(2) $2.00 Oral B Toothbrush
$3.00 Bic Disposable Razor
$5.00 EPT Fertility Kit
$3.00 Nexxus Store Coupon
After Coupon Subtotal: $23.97

Paid with $21 in store rewards
Out of Pocket Total: $2.97 + tax
Earned $23 in store rewards


Week 3:
Inkjoy Pens – $2.99, Sale Price $0.99
Reach Tootbrushes – $4.99, Sale Price $3.00
Max Freeze – $9.99, Sale Price $5.00
(4) Eucerin Lotion – $0.99 each, Sale price Buy 1 Get 1 50% Off
Total Retail Value: $21.93
Total with Sales: $11.95

Coupons Used:
$1 Injoy Pens
$2 MaxFreeze
After Coupon Subtotal: $8.95

Paid with $8 in store rewards
Out of Pocket Total: $0.95 + tax
Earned $11.50 in store rewards

Target is another one of my favorite couponing stores, and I do most of my grocery shopping there.  While they don’t have a rewards program that allows you to roll cash discounts week to week, they have lots of ways to save big! Here are some awesome deals I scored recently.

(2) Clorox Wipe 3 packs – Sale price $4.99 each
(10) Kraft Mac & Cheese – Sale price $0.94 each & Buy 5 Get 5 Free
(2) GoGurt – Sale price $1.50 each
(4) Mott’s Applesauce Pouches – $1.99 each
Sirloin Steaks – Sale Price $7.99
Orowheat Bread – $2.99
Subtotal Before Coupons: $36.62

Coupons Used:
$1.50/2 Clorox Wipes Target Mobile Coupon
(2) $0.75 Clorox Wipes Manufacturer Coupons
$1.00/2 GoGurt Target Coupon
$0.75/2 GoGurt Manufacturer Coupon
(2) $1.00/2 Mott’s Applesauce Manufacturer Coupon
$3.00 Sirloin Steak Target Coupon (They were nearing their expiration date)
$1.00 Ibotta Credit on any top sirloin (Ibotta is a couponing app)
$0.25 Ibotta Credit on any loaf of bread

Cartwheel App Discounts (applied after Target store coupons):
$0.35 – 10% off Clorox Wipes
$0.47 – 10% off Kraft Mac & Cheese
$0.40 – 5% off Mott’s Applesauce
$0.25 – 5% off Steak
$0.90 – 30% off Orowheat Bread

After Discounts Subtotal: $23.25
After 5% Target RedCard Discount: $22.09 + tax

Happy Saving! (My first post on coupon basics and my second post on stockpiling.)

Ashley S
Ashley grew up in Joplin, Missouri and attended the University of Arkansas where she earned a degree in Finance and Insurance. She met her husband, Jason, in Fayetteville and they have one daughter, Etta Mae. They moved to Baton Rouge in 2013 for Jason's job with the LSU Tigers. Ashley is an extroverted introvert who loves Ted Talks, following politics on Twitter, and figuring out how to get the best deals on everything without paying shipping. If it were up to her, she would get paid to read books and take every college class so that she could learn everything about everything, but instead she pays the bills by working in recruiting for a multinational tech company. Ashley is blessed to have a daughter who is at least as stubborn as she is and a husband who is laid back enough to put up with both of them.


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