When Coupons Don’t Add Up

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Let’s face it: a certain show has led to a great influx in coupon users within the last year. But whether your an old pro, or a couponing “newbie”, consumers need to keep their goal in mind when shopping: to save money.

Sometimes coupons are NOT the cheapest route.


Case in point: one of Target’s giftcard deals this week is for a $10 GC when you buy two specific containers of Enfamil formula, a little over 40 oz total. The formula is $32, and this Sunday’s inserts had a $5/2 coupon to coincide. Thus, after coupons and GC, you net $24.50 for each container of formula.


However, if you are NOT brand dependent, you can score roughly twice as much formula for $20. The store brand formula, whose ingredients match the name brand within mere tenths or hundredths of the name brand, is a MUCH better deal.


The bottom line is this: keep your eyes and your options open when your hunting bargains. Sometimes a store’s “sale item” isn’t always the best deal. The store’s agenda is to push a product, perhaps in conjunction with the manufacture; therefore, you as a consumer must be savvy enough to read between the lines.  Remember to always calculate the unit price before pulling the trigger with a coupon.  Don’t chase that coupon high under false pretenses; if the deal doesn’t add up, MOVE ON!



Keep on saving!  :o)
–Barbara 


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**HOT** Coupon – CHEAP Enfamil Formula!

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Thanks to my friend over at A Penny Filled Pantry for bringing this deal to my attention!!

hot_enfamily_baby_formula_printable_coupon_deal_wal-mart_cheapRight now at Wal-Mart, you can score cheap Enfamil formula, for less than $4 a tub!!  Combine this coupon for $10 off a tub, with a $5 check from Enfamil (these come in the mail), and you can get a tub of Enfamil formula for as low as $3.97 (before tax)!!

Not a Wal-Mart shopper, or don’t have one near you?  NO PROBLEM!  This hot coupon will make a GREAT deal at whichever store you shop!!  :o)

But hurry, a coupon like this won’t be around longmake sure you hit the “back” button and print twice!! 


Keep on saving!  :o)

–Barbara
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CVS haul! **money maker!!**

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I had a pretty good haul yesterday at CVS. I spent $7.95 OOP (after taxes, coupons, and ECB), AND got a $10 American Express card out of the deal! So, essentially, I made $2.05 by making these purchases! 🙂

For the purposes of clarification, this is what I purchased: 2 packs Pampers, 3 boxes Puffs tissue, Pantene shampoo, Pantene conditioner, 1 trial pack CVS brand travel wipes. I had $7 in ECB from their in-store coupon generator, manufacture coupons to stack, and a few ECB from previous trips to utilize.  Because I had $30 worth of qualifying merchandise (precoupon & pretax total), I was able to score a $10 giftcard, as well.





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–Barbara 

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AFM: Frugal Fun Fact Friday 10/21/11

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AFM: Frugal Fun Fact Friday  10-21-11


Did you know…


…stores MAKE MONEY when you use a manufactures coupon.  If you read the fine print on a manufacture’s coupon, you’ll see that a store will not only be reimbursed the cost of the coupon, but will usually get an additional 8 cents per coupon for shipping and handling.  (The store pays for the “doubled” portion of a coupon, should they choose to double.)  So, go out and make your store some money, while you SAVE money in the process!  ;o)

P.S.  This only works when coupons are used ethically.
Keep on saving!  :o)

–Barbara
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Looking for a Particular Coupon? **COUPON DATABASE**

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Ever wonder how to locate that coupon to go with that **hot** sale?  Don’t feel like sifting through your unclipped inserts, just to find a handful of coupons?  Just want to know if there’s a coupon to use with a certain product, perhaps to help build your stockpile, or to simply replenish it?  Then check out the Coupon Database, available through We Use Coupons!  It’s a great way to find printable coupons, as well as coupons already out there in circulation.

It will change the way you coupon, I swear!!  Also, don’t forget to check out the Trader’s Forum, which I told you about earlier today.  :o)

Keep on saving!  :o)

–Barbara
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Trading Coupons (FREE!)

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Are you looking for a forum, in which you may trade coupons?  Make sure you check out the “Trader’s World” section of We Use Coupons.  It offers a place where users can obtain full inserts, a few select coupons, and everything in between.  This is a great way to start -or replenish- items in your stockpile, without breaking the bank.

You must register first with WUC, which is free and easy to do.  Once you do so, you can reap all the benefits of membership.  Click on the banner to get started, or click here.

P.S.  I also refer to their Coupon Database, an invaluable tool for any couponer!  

Keep on saving!  :o)

–Barbara
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Are You Looking for a Particular Coupon? **Coupon Database**

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Ever find yourself wondering if there is a coupon to match that **hot** item on sale at your favorite store?  Gotta run out and grab more of an item, since you’re running low (or -gulp!- completely out)?  Don’t feel like sifting through the inserts you’ve yet to cut out?  (Yeah, that last one’s totally me!!)  If so, please make sure you utilize the Coupon Database, courtesy of We Use Coupons!  Click on the picture to your left, or click here to access the WUC database.


Also, don’t forget to check out the trading forum, which I told you about here.   


Keep on saving!  :o)

–Barbara
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CVS Haul – Cheap Tide, diapers, Scrubbing Bubbles, and MORE!

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Look at all this loot!  All for under $10!!
Here’s my latest mini-haul from CVS.  In my first transaction, I got: 
  • one package of ThermaCare heat wraps (sale price $3.79), 
  • 2 boxes of Scrubbing Bubbles Toilet Cleaning Gel (2/$6), 
  • a bottle of Tide Stain Release laundry booster (on clearance for $3.36), 
  • and a pack of CVS diapers ($6.99).
I utilized the following: 
  • $1 coupon for ThermaCare (package insert)
  • $2/2 Scrubbing Bubbles Toilet Cleaning Product, exp. 11/5/11 (SS 09/25/11)
  • $2 coupon for any Tide Stain Release product (from sample packages received)
  • $5 ECB from Beauty Club (printed when scanned card at coupon center in store)
  • $3 ECB from Baby club
  • ECB from sales past
In my 2nd transaction, I got the Olay moisturizer ($10.99 each, buy one, get one half off).  I utilized:
  • ECB generated from 1st transaction ($2 from diapers, $3.79 from ThermaCare)
  • (2) $2/1 Olay Facial Cleanser, exp. 10/31/11 (RP 09/25/11)
  • ECB from transactions past.
In the end, I came out of pocket for under $10!!  From a grand (pre-tax, -coupon, and -ECB) total of $36.62, that’s a savings of about 75%!!
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**$0.10 Shout Wipes** — Clearance Travel/Trial Size Items at Target!!

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My daughter and I took a li’l trip to my dearly beloved Target this morning, and -as always- I had to check out the trial/travel size section.  Was I ever-elated to see multiple items with those lovely red stickers on them — the amount of stuff on clearance was enough to send me in to overdrive!  I’m happy to say, I showed a wee bit restraint.  :o) 

Keep in mind: clearance items may vary by store, but here are some of the highlights I saw at my location today.  (I could only stand to be in there for so long, afraid I would overheat with excitement!!)


Shout travel wipes (4 pk) – $0.48 
* $0.75/2 printable coupon
About 10 cents EACH after coupon!!


Playtex Sport Purse Pak (3 ct) – $1.77
$4/2 printable coupon == $0.46 MONEY MAKER!


Dove for Men body and face wash – $0.67
No known coupons available; all exclude trial sizes.  :/


Old Spice & Right Guard Sport deodorant – $0.67
* $1/2 Old Spice Product, exp. 9/30/11 (P&G 08/28/11)
**not sure if this excludes trial/travel size or not??** 

Finally, this isn’t a clearance item, but you can get a good deal right now on Nature Valley and/or Fiber One granola bars.  They’re currently B4G1, priced at 4 for $10.  (That’s $2.00 each with the 5th one.)  Use these printable coupons for $0.75/2 to maximize your savings!


In conclusion, my love affair with Target continues.  Yeah, I love that place so much I would marry — well, I won’t go there.  :o)  Y’all have a great weekend!


Keep on saving!  :o)

–Barbara
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Where do I find Coupon Binder Insert Pages???

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Because I’ve been asked quite a few times lately where one can purchase pages for their coupon binders, I thought I’d compile a list of places you can get them, both online and in-store.  


Let me first clarify, I’ve found two types of pages that work well in coupon binders: baseball card holders (9-slots) and picture album pages (3×5 and 4×6 work best).  There are companies, however, that have done the leg work for you, and offer various sizes/slots for your choosing. :o)
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  • Coupon Magic Organizer – CMO offers a complete system for starting a coupon binder, but also allows you to buy the individual pages in bundles, ranging from 3-slots to 9-slots.  CMO also exclusively carries double-sided 3-slot and 9-slot pages!  Prices start at $8.99 for 20 pages.

  • The Coupon Clutch – Yeah, you’ve heard me talk about this one plenty of times!  In addition to getting the CUTEST coupon binder/fashion accessory around, you can also order the page inserts here as well.  A 10-pack of pages starts at $3.99, and come in 3-, 4-, 6-, and 9-slot varieties.  (Pages are single-sided.)  Additionally, The Coupon Clutch has just recently EXPANDED its designs — so you now have even more selection of stylish coupon clutches!!

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    • Target –  Did you honestly think I’d create a post, and NOT include my dearly beloved toy store, Tar-Zshay?  ;o)  In store, you can get a 60 pack of baseball card holder pages for $8.99.  You can also order them online here.

    • Wal-Mart – Yep, The Mart offers a 35 pack for $3.99.  I have not been able to find them online. (But, by all means, correct me if I’m wrong!)

    • SCROUNGE AROUND! – Honestly, I’ve scored my page inserts, by sheer dumb luck, at Goodwill (picture pages), garage sales, and estate sales!  If you’ve got the time and the patience, go for a Couponer’s dream treasure hunt!  I believe I’ve gotten over 100 sheets for less than $6!  :o) 



    Keep on saving!  :o)

    –Barbara
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