Let me start by giving a brief disclosure. I am not an extreme couponer. Not by any means. If you are, then you should probably skip this post because it is going to make you all kinds of mad b/c I'm not doing it right. You've been warned.
Still here? OK, good. Moving on.
I occasionally buy a Sunday paper (or two), clip coupons, and peruse the circulars. My faves are the drug stores- they always have some pretty neat deals, and I have rewards cards for them all. This week, I was particularly excited.
Rite-Aid had Crest toothpaste for $2.99, plus a $2 Ups Reward, and I had a $.75 coupon. So I paid under $5 for 2 toothpastes, and got $4 in coupons for my next trip. I call that a win.
But my big score was CVS. They currently offer $10 gas cards if you spend $30 in listed products. One of the products happened to be some cosmetics that were buy one get one 50% off, and I had coupons for $3 off of 2. I also had $8 in rewards from my trip last week, plus $2 toward any candy or soda purchase. Add to that a coupon for buy 1 get 1 Head and Shoulders shampoo, plus my $2 coupon for any shampoo. For $25, I got 2 mascaras, 3 eyeliners, a mask for the pool, 3 king size Reese's cups (which were buy 2 get 1), 2 bottles of Head and Shoulders, Cinnamon Altoids (b/c I can't find those anywhere), and a $10 gas card. I also am earning points that will turn into dollars for my quarterly rewards. I was disappointed that I didn't go 3 days earlier- before my $3 off of any cosmetics coupon expired. I still think I made out decently for an amateur.
Another hot tip- JCPenney has sales racks out the first Friday of each month. You have to schedule some time to pick through the racks, but you can score some great deals.
Now if you are a couponer (and didn't I tell you not to read this post?!), feel free to share your secrets for saving money, or tips for couponing. I would love to hear them!