Saturday, February 28, 2009
Print them now before they're gone! You can print them from my sidebar (I usually click on "See all coupons" at the top of the coupon printer, then select the coupons I want) or follow this link. You can print each coupon twice from your computer. (If you are printing from the sidebar, just refresh the page, then you will see the same coupons again.)
I would recommend saving these coupons to use at Walgreens March 8-14. Word is that Huggies jumbo packs will be on sale for $10 and there will be a deal where if you spend $25 in Huggies products (before coupons, of course), you will get $10 in Register Rewards (basicallyin other words, $10 off your next transaction). That will make for a very good diaper deal!
So, print the coupons now, and when the sale comes up, I'll give you the scoop! If you don't have little ones in diapers, this would make for a very useful and inexpensive shower gift!
Monday, February 23, 2009
Sounds easy enough, right?! Hurry, because I'm sure these will go fast!
Friday, February 20, 2009
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Click on th 8x8 Story Book. Then press the orange get started button on the right. (Don't select from the "shop by occasion" list. Those are designer pages and your book will cost $34.99.)
I also found that you can get a free 20-page 6x8 softcover photo book (regular $9.99) from Picaboo. The promotion code is 1PFMDB-WE. The offer lasts through March 31st. You can get a hardcover instead, but you'll be charged $10 for it. Only the softcover book is free. Shipping is $7.99. Additional pages (after 20) are $.99.
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Getting a CVS ExtraCare Card
You can sign up to get a CVS ExtraCare card when you make your first purchase in the store. The limit is one card per household. The card allows you to get all of the good deals, and at the end of each quarter, you get a small percentage of your total spending back (in the form of ExtraCare Bucks).
Earning ExtraCare Bucks
By purchasing certain items, you will receive ExtraCare Bucks (ECBs). Your ECBs will print out on the bottom of your receipt. Just cut off the ECB portion of your receipt and use it like cash on your next transaction. The weekly store ad (which is available at the front of the store) tells what items will generate ECBs. There is also a monthly ad available at the front of the store that has ECB deals and other deals that last the whole month. There always seems to be at least one “free-after-ECB” item.
Spending ExtraCare Bucks
ECBs can be used just like cash. They print out in the increments they were earned ($2 for this item, $3.98 for that item). You can combine as many as you want to pay for a transaction. You will not get change for your ECBs, so be sure your total is very near or a little bit over the total value of ECBs you are using to pay or you will lose the difference. Your ECBs can only be spent by you or someone who has your CVS card. Your ECBs will have an expiration date on them, usually a month after they were earned. If you don’t use them, you’ll lose them, so be sure to pay attention!
The most important thing to remember is that you should spend your ECBs as carefully as you would spend cash. In order to preserve the mindset of “free-or-very-cheap-after-ECB,” you must be judicious in how you use ECBs.
Sweetening the Deals
Doing multiple transactions is a great way to get the most for the least.
Say there are three items you want to get that each cost $3 and are all “free-after-ECBs.” Instead of buying all three at once for $9 out-of-pocket (OOP) and getting $9 of ECBs to use in the future, you could buy one of them for $3 OOP which will earn $3 of ECBs. Then you will use those ECBs to buy your second item which earns another $3 of ECBs. Those ECBs will pay for your third item. For a total of $3 cash you purchased all three items, and have $3 of ECBs for your next visit. Using your ECBs to generate more ECBs is called “rolling” your ECBs. (Note: For the sake of
simplicity, I didn’t include tax, but in the real world they’re not so nice.)
Many times, using a coupon will also make an item “free-after-ECBs.” You can even make money on purchases by using coupons.
Colgate Total is on sale for $3 and earns you $2 ECB. Normally I would have to pay $3 OOP, but I have a $2 off coupon, so I only pay $1 OOP and earn $2 ECB. That’s free toothpaste and a net profit of $1!
Occasionally, other coupons will print at the bottom of your receipt. Some of them are $/$$ coupons ($5 off a $15 purchase, etc). You should always present these coupons before other coupons and ECBs. Otherwise, your total may not be high enough to allow you to use the coupon.
Instant Value Coupons
The weekly Walgreens ad (which can be found at the front of the store) has coupons in it. Usually the coupons are for a certain price (rather than a certain amount of money off the price). Each coupon has a limit of how many of the item you can get for that price. The neat thing about these is that they are store coupons. They can be "stacked" with a manufacturer coupon, as well. Combining the savings of a store coupon and a manufacturer coupon will often get you free or cheap items (or even earn you money).
Register Rewards (RRs) are coupons that print at the register for a certain amount of money off your next transaction. The ad will tell you what item or combination of items will earn you RRs. Often, the amount of the RRs depends on the quantity of the items you buy. It usually is a much better deal to buy in the highest quantity. You can use RRs like cash on your next purchase. They usually expire 2 weeks from when they were awarded.
For example, recently there was a RRs deal with some Unilever products: Buy 8 qualifying items and get $10 RRs, buy 6 and get $6 RRs, buy 4 and get $2 RRs. Among the participating items is Skippy peanut butter on sale for $1.99. That's not a fabulous price by itself (though much better than ridiculous regular prices at drugstores), but if you factor in the RRs, it becomes a great deal. I bought 8 jars of peanut butter for $16 and got a $10 RRs. I will use the $10 RRs like cash to get another good deal, rather than spend it on a normal-priced item, so it was like I paid $6 for 8 jars, or $.75 a jar. The cashier gave me a funny look and asked me if I really liked peanut butter or if I was making something special. I couldn't think of anything witty, so I just told him the truth: peanut butter is a great food storage item, so I stock up when it's a good price.
Note: You can use RRs to pay for purchases that will earn you more RRs, as long as the RRs you are using as payment originated from a different RR deal. For example I could use the $10 RR to pay for $10 worth of Robitussin (which will earn me $5 RRs), but if I use it to pay for another 8 jars of Skippy (or any other products in the Unilever deal), I wouldn't get the $10 RR again. You can alternate between two deals, but you can't keep rolling the RRs into the same deal.
EasySaver Catalog: Coupons
Each month there is a new EasySaver catalog available at the front of the store with the ad. It's a small, but thick little booklet that has coupons and rebates. The coupons in the EasySaver catalog are similar to the in-ad Instant Value coupons, only they are valid all month long and they are usually for a certain amount off (like a normal coupon). They can also be stacked with manufacturer coupons. Sometimes using a store and a manufacturer coupon together will exceed the price of the item. The excess is called “overage.” This money will go toward other items in your transaction! A few EasySaver coupons seem to be highlighted each week in the ad. The items will usually be on sale one of the weeks in the month, making it an even better deal.
For example, there was an EasySaver coupon for $1.50 off Sure deodorant in the November catalog. One week in November, Sure was on sale for $1.99, making the deodorant $.49 with the coupon. There was also a manufacturer coupon available for $1.00 off Sure. I stacked that coupon with the EasySaver coupon and got free deodorant plus I made $.50. The overage helped pay for the rest of my purchase.
EasySaver Catalog: Rebates
EasySaver rebates are the friendliest and least risky kind of rebates out there. You can do them online, so there isn't even the cost of a stamp involved. Plus, if you opt to have your rebate put on a Walgreens gift card (rather than just receive a check, which is also a valid option), you will get a 10% bonus added to your rebate amount. Once you get your gift card, you can have future rebates added to the same card, so you don’t even have to wait for it to come in the mail. There are 30+ rebates available every month, including at least one "free-after-rebate" item. The catalog has a quick list of all the rebates for the month, as well as a detailed description of each one, along with a picture. Like the EasySaver coupons, the weekly ad usually highlights a few rebates each week by putting the items at a sale price that makes the rebate go even further. Most rebates have a limit of one, but occasionally you can earn the same rebate more than once.
For example, in January there was a $5 rebate for getting a printer ink cartridge filled. I think the normal price is around $10, but one week's ad had an ink refill on sale for $5, making it free after you get your $5 rebate (or earn $.50 if you choose to get your rebate on a Walgreens gift card).
I have heard from some people that Walgreens will only accept as many coupons as you have items. This means that if you are using 2 coupons for one item, you need another item that doesn't have a coupon (or one coupon that covers 2 items). Any RRs that you are using also count as a coupon. The easiest way around the possible problem is just to count your items and coupons before you get to the register. If you need to, you can grab a box of pudding or some $.30 knee highs. It has never been an issue for me.