April 3, 2014

moderate couponing: my favorite deals this week...

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Every week I'll be posting my favorite deals from my shopping trips, so you can (hopefully) be inspired to snag a few of these things your own. Although there is no way I can highlight entire purchases each week, my goal is to show you what I consider to be the best deals, as well as specific examples of maximizing savings by combining sales/apps/coupons—and, most importantly, to find the lowest prices on items we all use and need. (Well, that sentence was longer than necessary.)

First up? Good ol' Target!


I'm not one to purchase the fancy eco-friendly brands unless I'm able to get them at a decent price—even though, in a perfect world, they would be the only thing I buy. This week, I noticed a bunch of Seventh Generation rebates on Ibotta, so I though I would try to pick up some of the detergent. (You can actually get the dish soap for almost free, which I only realized after I got home! Check out this post on Krazy Coupon Lady for how to do it.) I was able to find the above detergent with a clearance sticker on it, so the price was dropped from $12.99 to $11.04. After applying a coupon and rebate, I saved almost 50%. Hurrah!

Seventh Generation laundry detergent, on clearance for $11.04
 — Used coupon for $1 (printed from Target's website)
 — Received $3 rebate from Ibotta

Total price: $7.04

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Guess what? Cereal for a dollar. At Target. (I told you it was possible.) I plan on going back for more before the promotion ends on Sunday, because stocking up on cereal is always a good thing in my book! For the record, I don't think I've ever tried this specific kind of cereal—but remembered that they're a favorite of my grandparents, so I had to spread the couponing love.

And as far as I can tell, the BoGo sale this week should include most (if not all) Kellogg's cereal. And it's still an awesome deal, even if you don't have a coupon to pair with the sale! When I can get a box of cereal for $1.50 or less, then it's a good day.

2 boxes of Kellogg's cereal, on sale for $3
 — BoGo pricing made one box free
 — Used one coupon for $1 off 2 boxes (printed from a special promo via email)

Total price: $2 ($1 per box)

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We were down to the very last bits of coffee this past weekend, so I was hoping there would be a good deal on coffee this week. We were in luck! (It's rather nice when that happens, isn't it?) Gevalia coffee is on sale (buy one, get one free!) this week, so if this is one of your favorites, now is the time to get some. I had only 2 coupons that I used for this transaction, but if I'd had more, I would have been able to use 4 (one for each bag) since CVS allows you to use coupons even for items that are free in the BoGo scenario. Still, using the $4 off $20 coupon I received via email made the price so low that I had to stock up.

The bags were advertised as $9.99 per bag (regular price), but for some reason the ones at my store were $9.29.

4 bags of Gevalia coffee, on sale for $9.29
 — BoGo pricing made 2 bags free
 — Used 2 coupons totaling $3 (from coupon inserts)
 — Used coupon for $4 off $20 purchase (received via email)

Total price: $11.58 ($2.90 per bag)

So, there you go! Hopefully this helped out someone with dirty laundry, a hankering for breakfast cereal, or a passion for drip coffee. (Or, if you're like me, all three of those things.)

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  1. I've been trying to figure out couponing forever (inspired by you!) but find it so confusing, especially when you're trying to get deals on more than one thing, and trying to pair sales with what you actually need every week. How long did it take you to get the hang of it? I need to get in on this cheap coffee thing.

    1. I need to write a post on how to start couponing, so it isn't as scary as it seems! I know how overwhelming it is at first, but once you find a weekly routing it takes hardly any time out of your week at all. It's the best.)

      My first tip is to stick to one or two stores that you can become familiar with, and do one trip each week at those stores. (For me, this is typically CVS and Vons.) I have a loose menu plan for the week ahead, which helps me figure out what I need to buy. One of the biggest benefits I've discovered from couponing is that I am much more intentional with what I buy. I know what we go through quickly, and I can generally keep a good amount of those things on hand and stock up when a good sale rolls around.

      My best resource has been www.krazycouponlady.com, because they does coupon match-ups for each store every single week. If you don't get the sunday paper, you can also find printable coupons there, which they link to when available. It takes almost 100% of the guesswork out of it!

      I feel like I'm rambling now! Haha…but you've made me eager to come up with some sort of intro post that will hopefully explain this better. It took me a few months to find my own groove, but it was totally worth it. :)

  2. If you can use the Gevalia coupons elsewhere, you should buy it at Target. Regular price at Target is $5.79 compared to the $9.99 at CVS. I think that's insane.

    1. YES! I think you're the one who mentioned this to me in passing a while back, and I ended up noticing how I can find this coffee for around $6 at Winco. Crazy! I can't believe the prices can fluctuate so much for something like that. I was saving those coupons for a Winco trip, but when I ended up seeing it go on BoGo at CVS (and having the extra $4 coupon on top of the others), I ended up getting it there.

      I need to start researching things I buy often, to have a better idea of how much prices can range from store to store.

      Thanks for the tip, as always! <3


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