Thursday, August 12, 2010

Coupon breakdown

Today we were supposed to have Addison's six month appointment- shots, blood work etc. This appointment has been scheduled for the last month. However, last night when I finally got to my voice mail and heard the reminder call about today's appointment, I noticed that they had scheduled us with a different doctor. I called this morning to see what was up, they said that because both last names started with C, they had confused the doctors. Therefore, we had to reschedule. A letdown because I wanted to get it all over with (I have been dreading esp the monthly blood work test), but also a surprising turn to the day because I got to spend more time with my good friend who is only in town for a short time.

So, per Becky's request, I will try to explain how I saved so much with coupons yesterday. I am still very new to the whole couponing venture and am still learning everyday, so if someone else reading this wants to add tips, please feel free to do so. Basically, I get two papers every Sunday (Boston Globe and Burlington Free Press) and cut out all of the coupons. I file them with the coupons I had from the last week according to product category. I then pull out my store fliers and see what items are on sale and check to see if I have a coupon for that item. My favorite store to shop at doubles all coupons under a dollar and accepts coupons from other stores as well. So, here is an example of some of the deals I got yesterday:

Colgate toothpaste, normally $3.29 a piece.
The store had a sale, buy one, get two free.
I had a dollar off coupon that was doubled. Therefore, I got three tubes of Colgate toothpaste for $.43 a piece.

Honey Nut Cheerios, normally $3.59 a box
The store had a sale, buy one, get one free.
I had a dollar off coupon that was doubled.
Therefore, I got two boxes of Honey Nut Cheerios at .80 a piece.

Packet of 4 fiberplus yogurt, normally $2.79
Store sale: $2
I had a dollar off coupon that was doubled, so I got the item for free (I got two of them since I had two coupons)

Package of Keebler cracker sandwiches with peanut butter, normally 2.99 a package
Store sale: $2
I had a coupon for a dollar off 2, which was doubled, so I ended up paying $1 a piece (I got four of them)

Large cans of Hunts tomato sauce, normally 1.99 a piece
Store sale buy one, get one free
I had a coupon for a $1 off 4 (which was doubled), so I got each one for .50.

Cake Mix and Frosting Normally $1.99 and $2.19
The store had each one on sale for $1 and $1.79
My coupon said that if I bought both, I would save $1 (which was doubled)
Therefore, I got both of them for .79 or roughly .40 a piece.

Anyway, just some examples. After all of the savings added up, I saved $103.16. I am enjoying the challenge of matching up the coupons with the store sales. I think coupon use across the country greatly depends on how much your store is willing to double and what kind of sales they put out there.

Hope that explanation helps!


  1. I've been getting back into couponing lately, as I used to do it a lot before kids and then got out of the habit. One thing that might help maximize your discounts- if it's a Buy One, Get One deal, you can use 2 coupons (1 for each item), and both coupons will be applied, even though one is free. So essentially you get double coupon for one item (not including if your stores double the coupons again- quadruple savings! Score!)
    Also, I've been doing CVS deals and Rite Aid deals, and have gotten lots of items free after coupons with their Extra Care Bucks and Up Rewards (respectively). If you're not too brand dependent, you can get most toiletries for little to no cost.
    One more thing- our drug stores almost weekly have $25 store gift cards if you transfer prescriptions. You can bounce them back and forth between stores and make out pretty well!

  2. Thanks, Deanna, for explaining this! Also, I appreciate the tips from the Blakemore family! I do clip coupons, but I don't really look through the sales flyer like you do. I'm going to give this a try!


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