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Not everything is always free

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I went shopping the other day with LS from Savin’It-Up and another friend(hi Jesse). We went on our weekly end of the week shopping trip.  One of our usual stops is Walmart where we price-match from all our other local stores.  This week, I needed alot of staples that just so happen to be on sale at other stores and I did NOT have a coupon for most of them.  This made my OOP a little high for my taste but understandable.  I wanted you guys to know that you don’t ALWAYS get EVERYTHING for free.  Especially in California.  Yes I do get lots of free, or very close to free stuff ALOT, but sometimes, that’s just not possible.  The key is getting them as low-priced as possible.  For me, that means price-matching and using coupons on top of it.  I’m sorry I didn’t get a better pic.  I was so tired, I left the groceries on the floor for a while and when I came back, my mom had started putting them up but this is what my haul looked like bagged up.

 Not everything is always free

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Don’t be fooled. That basket holds alot. And there is lot on the floor.  I wish i could report that all of this was free, but i can’t.  I paid about $56 for everything.  Of course you can’t see what it all is but it includes, but limited to:

28 boxes of Pasta, breakfast sausage, 2 loaves bread, 2 jars of peanut butter, 12 bottles of  pasta sauce, 6 boxes of koolaid jammers, lots of fruits and veggies, and much more stuff I can’t remember right now.  It was a total of 98 ITEMS for less that $56 dollars.  I consider that a good deal even if some don’t.

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Barilla Pasta .24 cent each Hurry and get it

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I found a great deal.  Maybe you can too. The pasta below was only .24 cent each.  Pasta Barilla is on sale for .99 cent this week at Albertson’s.  I happened to have found a tear pad in Walmart for .75 cent off any Barilla Pasta or Sauce. Those coupons, combined with the sale at Albertson’s made for a great stock up price.  Free is always better but .24 cent is pretty freaking good. This is what I got less that $7 dollars

 Barilla Pasta .24 cent each Hurry and get it

Relationships are the key

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Building good relationships with your local cashiers, neighbors, and mail carriers can all help to increase your coupon savings.  Today let’s talk about Cashiers.

Your cashiers can be your biggest allies…….or opponents.  But you want them on your side.  A good relationship with your cashiers can be the difference between an easy, happy shopping experience and an awful experience.  He/she can push through questionable or non scanning coupons without question cause they know  you.  They can price match your items without question.  You won’t be met with attitude about having alot of items and coupons for each of these items.  Trust me, knowing the cashiers is awesome.  And easy to do.  You are there all of the time.  Find a nice one try to go to him/her all of the time. When you talk to them use their name.  Ask them about their day.  Tell them about a good sale that their store is having but that they may not be aware of. Just get the conversation going.  Also, thank them for doing a good job.  They get so many rude customers all day, it becomes a blur.  But they tend to somewhat remember the super nice ones. And if you remember their names and walk by their register and say hello before you start your shopping, it helps to cultivate the relationship.

Use these tips.  Take my advice.  It works wonders!!!!!!! I have GREAT shopping experiences 98% of the time and it has alot to do with the cashiers.

 

Trying a new store? Wanna join me?

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When you are a couponer, especially a beginner, you get really attached to the stores you frequent.  Maybe it’s because they are coupon friendly.  Maybe because of the sales.  For whatever reason, the thought of couponing at a new store can be scary.  Scary but doable.

I told myself that I was going to conquer a new store in 2012.  As you may know, I am most loyal to CVS and Walmart.  Well lately, I have been thinking hard about Rite Aide. I like their rewards system ( from what I know so far) and I like the idea of conquering something new.  Plus they have great deals (from what I know so far).

So are you guys ready to take this journey with me?  Any stores you guys wanna conquer?

Even Couponing “pros” make mistakes……..

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SO DON’T GET DISCOURAGED.  Yesterday, I had two transactions at CVS ALL PLANNED OUT.  I have my coupons ready and they have all the items I’m looking for in stock. YESSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!! My basket it filled and I am at the register.  Because my husband and I have different interest and spending habits and so on, we have two CVS cards…….his and mine.  Well for this haul, I needed to use both his and mine.  So i get started on my first of two transactions.  Items, check.  Salespaper, check.  Coupons, check. And then……… the dreaded BEEP.  Why is the register not accepting this coupon? Oh crap. Cause the coupon was a CVS coupon on my husband’s card and i had already started the transaction from MY card.  ANNNNNND because one of the coupons being used was loaded via the internet to my card, if we voided the transaction, I would not be able to use that coupon.  So I chose to continue with the transaction but it costs me two dollars.  TWO WHOLE DOLLARS.  I thought this deal would be about a $2.50 money maker after taxes  but it only turned out to be a $.50 cent money maker.

Still a GREAT deal but STILL a mistake was made.

CVS haul this week. Still available

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I got this from one of my favorite stores; CVS. It took 4 transactions and about 3 OOP dollars before tax AND I received 6 ECBs back. Here’s how:
Trans.#1
3 American Greeting cards .99¢ each
Use: 1 printable $2 off of 3 greeting cards coupon AND 1 printable buy 2 cards, get one free coupon. Total Free ( plus tax)
Receive 3 ECBs
Trans.#2
6 Speed Stick deodorant. $1.99 each
Use: 3 B1G1 free Speed Stick found in last Sunday’s paper *coupon has Max value of 3.99 and ringing up for this price, not the 1.99 sale price which makes this transaction FREE (plus tax)
Receive 6 ECBs
Trans.#3
4 Soft Soap Bodywash $3 each
Use: 4 $1 off of 1 coupons found in last Sunday’s paper. Also use 6 ECBs from trans.#2. Pay $2 (plus tax)
Receive 6 ECBs
Trans.#4
6 Ragu Pasta Sauce 3 jars for $5
Use: 3 $1 off of 2 jars coupons found in last Sunday’s paper. Also use 6 ECBs from trans.#3. Pay $1
Receive 3 ECBs
Now u are left with all the product, 6 ECBs (3 from greeting cards and 3 from Ragu), and only paid 3OOP plus tax. Yay

New Redplum Coupons Available for print

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RedPlum Grocery Coupons

SAVE $0.55 On ONE (1) 59oz. carton of Florida’s Natural® Brand Ruby Red Grapefruit Juice

SAVE $1.00 Off any TWO (2) Right Guard® TOTAL DEFENSE™ 5 Antiperspirant, Deodorant, Gel or Bodywash

SAVE $0.50 on any ONE (1) Newman’s Own® Salsa

SAVE $6.00 on ANY Osteo Bi-Flex® caplet, softgel or powder (excludes liquids)

SAVE $1.00 on ANY L’Oréal Paris eye product

SAVE $2.00 on ANY EverCrème, EverSleek, EverPure, EverStrong treatment

SAVE $1.00 on ANY standard size L’Oréal Paris skincare product (excludes trial size)

SAVE $2.00 on ANY Healthy Look Crème Gloss Color

SAVE $0.50 on ANY SUPERPRETZEL® Soft Pretzel product

$1.00 OFF on ANY variety of Land O’Frost Wrap Kit or Sub Sandwich Kit

SAVE $7.00 on NATURE’S BOUNTY® Co Q-10 Ubiquinol

SAVE $1.00 on ANY shade of L’Oréal Root Rescue™

SAVE $3.00 on ANY Centrum® or Centrum Specialist™ Multivitamin

SAVE $15.00 on NicoDerm®CQ® 14ct or larger, Nicorette® Gum, Nicorette® Lozenge or Nicorette® mini Lozenge 72ct or larger.

SAVE $1.00 on any TWO (2) boxes of Quaker Chewy® Granola or Quaker Chewy® Smashbar™ Bars

Up to 75% OFF On Prescription Medication at Your Pharmacy

Good deal on CVS brand lotion

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The big coupon machine is giving a $1 off of any two CVS brand skin care. Use this with the buy one, get one 50% off promotion and score some cheap lotion.
If u have some ECBs or some credit left on your CVS cashcard, your OOP cost could be even less, or even 0.
I love paying 0 oop. Happy shopping. Yay.

Great price matching deal. Still Available

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Last night, I took advantage of a great price match deal at Walmart. This week, Superior Super Markets have Honey Bunches of Oats for 2 boxes for $3.00. That makes them $1.50 each which is already a steal. Now take that add to Walmart, and price match it and uses the $1.00 printables available on Walmart.com and that makes them a whopping. .50 cent a box. Yes, u read that right, .50 cent per box!!!!!! Yay. Happy shopping.

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