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Coupon Craziness – K-Mart $2 Super Doubles Edition

It’s been awhile since I’ve done a coupon craziness post. I’ve been contemplating ceasing couponing…or at least purchasing coupons in the Sunday paper. The Detroit papers have quit carrying at least the P&G inserts up here and the Record-Eagle (AKA the Retch) doesn’t have squat in them. Add to that the cessation of the EasySaver program and I’m just not using as many as I was. The two nearest Wags are both so out of my way and expire in a week and a half (or so), that I don’t find enough good deals to perpetuate them. I keep losing money and it’s just really not worth it to me. Many of the coupons I’ve used lately have been IP’s or mailed by a manufacturer. Anyway, I did get some awesome deals this week and wanted to share.

First, K-mart $2 double coupon trip #1:

  • 2 Rubbermaid Easy Find Lid 1.25 c containers – $2.24 – $1/1 (X2) = $0.24 each!
  • 2 Rubbermaid Easy Find Lid 5 c containers – $3.14 – $1/1 (X2) = $1.14 each
  • 3 packages of Pampers – $9.99 – $2/1 (x2) = $5.99 each
  • 3 packages of Bliss chocolates – $3.00 – $1/1 (x2) = $1.00 each!

I also bought a TON of summer clothes for DD for next summer and a few pants for this summer/fall as it’s really cold and she is short on them. I got 4 pr shorts, 2 pr pants, a 3-pc bikini set (I hate one-pieces–I get FULL COVERAGE bikinis for both of us), and 4 shirts for $37.75 or approximately $3-$3.50 each, which is my low end price point for NEW clothes (i.e. anything except carters and special occasion/church)

Total Regular Price – $126.84

Total Sale Price – $100.84

Less Coupons Redeemed – $13.00

Less Coupons Doubled – $13.00

Total Spent – $65.59

Savings – 48%

Then I went to the K-mart across town since they instituted a 10/txn limit this time.  I got:

  • 2 Pringles – 2/$3.00 – (2) $1/1 (x2) = FREE!
  • 1 Glad Trash Bags – $10 — no coupons…In fact, I’ve NEVER seen any for these!

I also found 2 pr pants on the clearance rack for $2.50 each and a 2 pk of shirts that I wanted but the other store didn’t have the right size, for $6.00.   Average price per piece = $2.75.

Total Regular Price – $34.02

Total Sale Price – $25.26

Less Coupons – $2.00

Less Doubling – $1.00 (they wouldn’t go lower than price, remember)

Total Paid – $22.26

Savings – 35%    They must not take into account the non-clearance regular price.  I think they were like $5.99 each originally.

And my last and most marvelous K-mart trip for diapers this AM.    I didn’t even really plan it either and it’s the only one to deserve a pic.

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I bought:

  • 2 Huggies Little Movers diapers – $9.99 – $2/1 IP (x2) = $5.99 each – $0.75 CGM rebate = $5.24 – $2.80 catalina* = $2.44 EACH!!!!!
  • 3 Pure & Natural diapers – $9.99 – (2) $1.50/1 Q (x2) and (1) $3.00/1 Q = $6.99 – $0.75 CGM rebate = $6.24 each – $2.80 = $3.44 EACH!!!!!
  • 1 Huggies shampoo – 3/$10 – $1/1Q = $1.34 each

**AND because I bought $50 of participating products, I got a $14 ONYO catalina for K-Mart ($14/5 pkg of diapers = $2.80 each)

I also bought some Bordeaux’s Butt-Paste b/c DD has been getting diaper rash lately and Desitin’s causes her major pain!

Total Regular Price – $65.28

Total Sale Price – $61.83

Less Coupons – $11.00

Less Doubled Coupons – $8.00

Total OOP – $42.83

Less Catalina – $14.00

Total Trip Cost – $28.83

Savings – 56%!!

    June 10, 2009 Posted by | coupon craziness | , | 2 Comments

    Spring K-Mart Coupon Book

    At K-Mart I found the Spring is Savings Season beauty coupon book.   In MY K-mart, they were on the bottom shelf of the books.   These are the coupons in the book:

    • $2/3 greeting cards (excludes $0.99 cards)
    • $5/1 PUR flavor option products
    • $1/1 Tide 150-oz. liquid or 95-120 load powder
    • $1/1 Luv’s big pack
    • $1/1 4-oz. Purina busy Chewnola Chew Treat –only at K-Mart
    • $1/1 6-oz. Purina Beggin Dog Snack–only at K-Mart
    • $1/2 2.1-oz. Purina Friskies Party Mix — only at K-mart
    • $0.50/4 5.5-oz. cans Purina Friskies Selects Indoor — only at K-mart
    • $0.75/1 Right Guard product
    • $1/1 Nature made vitamins/supplements
    • $1/1 metamucil or fibersure product
    • $1/1 sally hansen bleach, was or hair remover product
    • $1/1 Kiss artificial nail product
    • $1/1 Nailene, Fing’rs or Fing’rs edge nail care item — only at K-mart
    • $1/1 Sally Hansen Nail Color
    • $1/1 Coty Airspun Product
    • $0.75/1 Max Factor 2000 Calorie Extreme Mascara or Vivid Impact Lip Color
    • $0.75/1 CoverGirl Simply Ageless Foundation
    • $1/1 Maybelline New York Lash Stiletto Mascara — says only at K-mart but is MFG Q — YMMV.
    • $1/1 any Rimmel product
    • $1/1 all Prestige products
    • $1.50/1 13.5-oz. Dove Body Lotion
    • $1.00/1 8.5-oz Dove Body Lotion & 2.5-oz. Cream Oil Hand lotion
    • $1/1 Scar Zone – says only at K-mart but is MFG Q – YMMV.
    • $1/1 Jergens Moisturizer (7.5-oz+) or Jergens Natural Glow Moisturizer Face (2+ oz) or Body (4+ oz)
    • $1/1 Olay Body Wash
    • $1.50/1 Caress Body Wash or Beauty Bar (8-pk +)
    • $5/1 Crest Whitestrips
    • $1.50/1 Select Coty Fragrances over $14.99
    • $2/2 Sunsilk Products (excl. trial and travel size)
    • $1/1 John Frieda Collection Products
    • $2/1 Biore Skin Preservation product
    • $1/2 Ban Anti-Persperent/deodorants
    • $1/1 any Biore product
    • $10/1 Phillips Sonicare Essence, Elite, HealthyWhite or Flexcare Toothbrushes  – says k-mart, but is MFG Q – YMMV
    • $10/1 Phillips Norelco 8200 Series, Nivea for Men or Arcitec Razors – says k-mart, but is MFG Q – YMMV

    Go get one before they are gone!

    April 17, 2009 Posted by | coupon craziness | , | Leave a comment

    Coupon Craziness 2.5

    I did some digging and it looks like the K-Mart in Marathon is doing Super Doubles this week, up to and including $2.00 coupons! Yee-haw! Now I know why people get addicted to this! Well, of course I HAD to go back so I clipped all my Sunday coupons from the Miami Herald and pulled all the $2.00 coupons from my collection that I might find at K-Mart. Also, note: K-mart does not allow overages even if you have extra to pay for. Bummer.

    Anyway, this is what I got at K-Mart that had coupons.

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    Maybelline Mascara – $4.39 – on sale for 40% off, had a $1.00 coupon, doubled. Total price – $0.63

    Suave lotion – on sale for $2.50, had a $1.50 coupon, doubled (to cost of item only) Total price – FREE!

    Revlon eyelash curler – $3.79, had a $1.00 coupon, doubled. Total price – $1.79. Not my greatest deal except that I didn’t bring mine.

    Almay eye liner – $4.49, with a $1.00 coupon, doubled. Total price – $2.49. Hmmm…that’s higher than I thought. Oh well. C’est la vie.

    Colgate toothbrush – $2.79, on sale for $2.00, plus a $1.00 coupon, doubled. Final price – FREE!

    Colgate toothpaste (4.0 oz.) – on sale for $3.00, plus a $1.50 coupon, doubled. Final price – FREE!

    Ziplock gallon baggies (25 ct.) & ziplock sandwich baggies – still on sale 2/$5, $1.00/2 coupon, doubled. Final cost – $1.50 each.

    2 ziplock small storage containers (3 ct.) – also still on sale for 2/$5, $1.50/2 coupon, doubled. Final cost – $1.00 each.

    Pledge multi-surface cleaner – on sale for $3.50, had a $1.00 coupon, doubled. Final cost – $1.50.

    2 boxes of Nutrigrain bars. On sale, 2/$5, had a $1.00/2 coupon, doubled. Final price – $1.50 each.

    TOTAL ORDER
    Regular item price – $52.87
    Sale price – $36.91
    Coupons – $11.00
    Doubled – $10.50 (no overage)
    Final cost – $15.41

    Total savings – almost 70%!!!

    I had to go back because Dagny had thrown the only free thing I knew about in advance out of the cart. I went back for a 10 pack of Bic Silky Touch razors on sale for $3.49 with a $2.00 coupon, doubled to make them FREE!!!

    I also got some more stuff at my second Walgreens trip.

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    First, I got some Dawn. I’m usually a tried and true Joy girl, but all’s fair in pennies & couponing :). It was $2.19 but Walgreens had a store coupon to get it for $0.99. I also had a MFG coupon for $0.50 off making the final price $0.49.

    Then I got two 6 Oz. Bags of chocolate covered macadamias on sale for 2/$4. The Easysaver book had a $3.00/2 coupon making these $0.50 each! Yum!

    The last thing I got was two 6 oz. Cans of blue diamond almonds. Roasted & salted if you must know :). They were normally $3.79 a can, but WG had a BOGO (sort of) coupon in their flier AND I had a $0.75/2 coupon. This made them $1.47 each.

    Regular price – $20.75
    Sale price – $14.77
    Coupons redeemed – $9.34
    P.E. RR redeemed – $2.00
    Total OOP – $3.43
    Total trip cost – $5.43*

    Total savings – around 75%!!!

    This is getting totally addicting! When the paper is only $1.25 (for the Miami Herald) instead of $1.75 (for the Detroit Free Press) and they double or even triple coupons it becomes easier and more worth the effort. I imagine in areas with Walmart’s or where the prices are less you can do even better.

    *again didn’t want to double dip on the RR. I count them when earned.

    January 22, 2009 Posted by | coupon craziness | , , , , | Leave a comment

    Coupon Craziness 2

    On Sunday, I did my coupon caper shopping.

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    I did pretty good at Walgreens. I only bought four things. The first was some Revlon matte collection eyeshadow. It was priced at $5.29 and I had a $2.00 coupon plus it was a free with rebate item so I made $2.00. A little more actually, since I get a 10% bonus on rebates by putting it on a Walgreens card.

    I also got a package of Huggies diapers (34 ct) for $9.99 and had a coupon for $1.50 off, plus I got a $1.00RR. I can also submit this for a Caregivers Marketplace rebate of $0.75. Final price = $6.74. Not as good as some, but since I’m just starting out, I’m not overly concerned. Average PPD is about 20 cents.

    I also got 2 boxes of Lightdays pantyliners (48 ct) on sale 2/$6. I used two $1.50/1 coupons I got by requesting a sample and got $1RR. Final price = $1.00 each.

    Original price – $25.76
    Sale price – $21.38
    Coupon used – $6.50
    Total due – $16.38
    OOP – $0.00 (I used a previous WG rebate gift card)

    Total saving (with rebate) – almost 68%!

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    At CVS, I only picked up 2 things, well 3 if you want to get technical. I bought some Maybelline mineral foundation for $9.99 & some concealor for $8.49. Total was $18.48. I had a $3/1 coupon. Total after coupon = $15.48. Because I bought 2 items, I got $10 in ECB’s. Final price $5.48 (or about $2.75 each).

    I also bought a bottle of St. Ives body wash on sale for $2.99. I used a printable coupon for $2.00 from their website and got it for a $0.99!

    Total value – $22.47
    Sale price – $21.47
    Coupons used – $5.00
    P.E. ECB’s used – $2.00
    Total OOP – $14.47
    ECB earned – $10.00
    Total trip cost – $6.47 *

    Total savings – almost 70%!

    I also ended up with some unexpected K-mart goodness that I didn’t realize until I got home and looked at the (remnants) of the receipt.

    Among other things, I bought a swifter mop kit and some wet and dry refills. The starter kit was $9.99 and I had a $2/1 coupon from a mailer – That they DOUBLED!!! So it was only $5.99!

    They also had refills 2/$7. I had a $0.50 coupon from the same mailer that they also doubled. So I got the refills for $3.00 each. Nothing special there but the doubling was unexpected so I felt the need to include it.

    * I didn’t want to count previously earned ECB’s twice so I omitted them from trip cost.



    January 21, 2009 Posted by | coupon craziness | , , , , , | 3 Comments

    Coupon Country

    I was so excited about my deals from Wednesday, that I had to insert this in the middle of my other posts.

    My first good take was in CVS.  I’m kind of excited to be in CVS country.  We don’t have those up north.

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    CVS was running a BOGO deal on Revlon cosmetics and I had 2 – $2.00 off coupons.    Because the prices of things are so high here, the cheapest thing I could find was nail polish at $4.39 each.    After coupons, I got the nail polish for $0.19 each.

    I also got a package of 20 ct maxi pads w/16 pantyliners on sale for 3.27 and I used a $1.00 coupon, plus got back $2.00 ECB’s.

    Total Value (regular price) – $13.77

    Total Value (sale price) – $7.66

    Coupons Used – $5.00

    Out of Pocket – $2.66 (not including tax)

    ECB’s rec’d -$2.00

    Total cost of transaction – $0.66 (not including tax)

    Wow, that looks a lot better than I originally thought!      I also found out that the K-mart was doing Super TRIPLE coupons (up to and including 75 cents)!!   Armed with my <75 cent coupons that I thought I might use, I went in.   Here’s what I got:

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    I got a 64 pack of lightdays pantyliners, a box of 25 storage bags, 3 small ziplock containers and an 80 count package of wipes.

    The pantyliners were $3.89 and I had a $0.75 coupon on that, so once that was tripled, the final cost was only $1.64.

    The ziploc stuff was on sale 2/$5.00.    The baggies were $2.50 and I had a $0.40 coupon.   Final cost – $1.30.    The containers were also $2.50 and I had a $0.55 coupon for those.   After tripling, final cost was $0.85.

    Lastly were the pampers wipes–i got the last box.   They were $2.99 and I had a $0.50 coupon.   Final cost, $1.49.

    Total value (sale priced) – $11.88

    Coupon Value (original) -$2.20

    Coupon Value Bonus – $4.40

    Total OOP – $5.28 (not including tax)

    Not as good as some people I’ve seen, but better than I’ve ever done and all on stuff I needed.   I was pretty excited to join CVS country.   I’ll post all my deals when I find more like this!

    January 16, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment