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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.


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.

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.


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.


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%!


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


We set out after breakfast this morning to do laundry. I didn’t do it yesterday because it was Al’s birthday. As Al said, Google has failed us. We found 3 different laundromats, none of which existed anymore. After spending 45 minutes searching, we decided to drive the 30 minutes out to Big Pine Key because we at least know where that laundrymat was. Now we are stuck in traffic and have been for over 10 minutes and still haven’t made it to the laundrymat. What a way to spend a Saturday…

January 17, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , | 1 Comment

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.


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:


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