Wednesday, December 30, 2009

The Saving Experiment at walgreens *video*

Click on Link below go watch this video!!
Saving Experiments: can modern coupon clippers beat savers of the past?

By Julia Scott

  • One thing to remember about Walgreens RR is you can not use a ”chap stick RR” to pay for another chap stick and have another RR print. BUT you can use a “toothpaste” RR to pay for chap stick and have another RR print.
  • Also remember that Walgreens has a coupon item ratio rule, you can only use as many coupons as you have items. They count RR as coupons. So if I was only buying 4 items ( all of which had manufacture coupons which meant my item coupon ratio was already 4 to 4) I wanted to pay with a RR I would need to ad a filler item something cheap like a pencil. This would then make my coupon ration 5 ( 4 manufacturer coupons and 1 register reward) and my item ratio 5. I then could pay with my coupons and RR with no problem. An in store coupon does NOT count as a coupon in this ratio….just as a sale price.
  • Also remember that only one RR per product will print per transaction. For example If wanted to buy 3 bottles of Aussie shampoo. In order to have 2 RR print for each one I had to buy them in 3 transactions. My store is happy to let me go thru the line more than once ……but some store will limit you.
  • You can not pay for sales tax with a RR

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Walgreens Trip 12/10

went to 2 stores did 4 transactions
did little mess up again! accident paid with same rr so I didn't get back $5 rr opps
I will keep doing this till I get it right and master it!

oop $ 6.39
I went with $22 in rr's now have $15
Receipt says your total savings, I added all 4 up SAVED $ 79.97
I Can't believe how much I'm saving, I just Love it!!

I'm in search for more of the biore cant beat .79 cents, I still have 3 more coupons left hopefully I can find another store ;)

and I saw next weeks freebies they good too!!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Walgreens Trip 12/9

I went to walgreens after work today, was excited to use my rr's I got the other day ($28 from sat) to get some stuff for free and to make back some rr's..

I did 3 separate transactions
but I made boo boo should've done 4 I had 4 hair products of same promo...oops

2 Conair vent brushes
2 scunchi hair accessories
1 Neutrogena face wash
1 Neutrogena face lotion
1 Biore night cream
2 bags of Bic razors 24 pack (not pictured)

I added up my 3 transactions came to $4.80 opp could have got away with using another rr to bring oop down again in a rush but hey I'm not complaining

I used $22 in rr's to pay and I got back $16 in rr's
going tomorrow to repeat this in another store and see if they have any more Biore on clearance ;)

Biore deal at Walgreens

My store they only had 1 Box Left!!

I need to ck my other Walgreens tomorrow not bad .79 cents!!

Thanks to Melinda for passing along this thrifty deal!

Biore Skin Preservation “see the future” fortifying eye cream is on sale for $3.79. I have a coupon for $3 off the purchase of any skin preservation product. Coupon found in the 10/11 smart source. Final price only .79 cents a very thrifty deal!!!!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Walgreens Trip 12/5

I went to 2 different stores...

did 5 transactions had mother in law with me

2 complete contact solution
2 dentek floss
2 goody elastic hair
4 olay quench body lotion
2 olay body wash
1 olay in shower
6 dawn dish soap
4 Gillette fusion power razors

$51.79 out of pocket
got $28.00 back in RR's
so I pd $23 not bad

I would've had another $12 back in rr but there was line forming on second trip and I was being rush and messed up one of the orders, this takes practice but im starting to get a hang of it I just hate being rushed I get
if I didnt mess up I wouldve paid $11

Friday, November 13, 2009

Woo Hoo!... I won 23 coupon inserts!!!

I Got this email this morning.....Friday the 13th!!!

The winner of 23 coupon inserts is Debbie who said ” I’m following and subscribed love your site!!” Debbie I have sent you an email, you will have 48 hours to claim your prize or another winner will be picked. The winner was picked by a 3rd party at, thanks to all who entered to win!
She is awesome! I have learned a lot from her check out her site!!
Thanks "Sarah" A thrifty mom!!

Can't wait to get my coupons ;)

Emailing Companies to Get FREE Coupons!

Kristen over at Couponing To Disney has spent the past 3 months emailing 5 different companies a day complimenting them on their products--with hopes of getting some coupons in return! She has now emailed a total of 250 companies and from those 250 emails, she has received coupons from 29 companies... and counting!

Here's a list of the 29 companies:
Bar-S - (complimented) $5 VIP Bar-S certificate and 4 25c off 1 Bar S coupons
Beechnut Babyfood - (complimented) $5 off $5 worth of Beechnut products (plus 2 sheets of 6 various Beechnut coupons)
Buddig - (complimented) (2) Free Budding Products
Campbell's - $2 off any Campbell's products
Cole's Garlic Bread - (complimented) Free loaf of Cole's garlic bread and 2 30c/1 Coles product.
Drano - (complimented) Free Drano product up to $6.75
Duracell - (complimented) Free any Duracell product up to 16 ct.
Eggland's Best - (compliment) - 1 free dozen of Eggland's Best eggs
Fisher Boy (compliment) (1) Free Fisher Boy Product
Hostess - (complimented) - 1 Free Wonder, Home Pride or Hostess product up to $2.50
J&J Snack Foods - Free pretzels and 50c off other various products
Kahiki - (compliment) (1) free product
Lakeview Farms - (compliment) (3) free Lakeview Farms
Michelina's - (complimented) (2) Free Michelina's products.
On-Cor - (complimented) 2 Free On-Cor Entrees and one $1.00 off any On-Cor
Oust - (complimented) Free Oust Air Sanitizer
Pepperidge Farm - (compliment) Pepperidge Farm any product free up to $3 and 2 50c/1 Pepperidge Farm Products
Raid - (complimented on them for saving me when a wasp got in my house) Free Raid Product
Red Gold - (complimented) (2) Free 14.5 oz cans of Red Gold tomatoes and 2 Red Gold 50c/2 tomato products
Sally Hansen - (complimented) $5 off a product and (2) $3 off a product
Scrubbing Bubbles - (complimented) Free scrubbing bubbles up to $4
Simply Asia - (1) Thai Kitchen free product, (1) Simply Asia free product, (2) 50c off Thai Kitchen product and (2) 50c off Simply Asia product
Sister Schubert - (complimented) 1 free pack of rolls
Skintimate - (complimented) Free Skintimate up to $4
Sobe Life Water - (complimented) Free Sobe Life Water
Sunsweet - (compliment) Any Sunsweet product free!
Sweet Baby Rays - (complimented) 1 free Baby Ray Product and $1 off 1
Windex - (complimented) (2) Free Windex products (the coupons were kind of stuck together so it was probably suppose to be 1)
WolfGang Puck Soups - (complimented) Free can of WolfGang Puck Soup

What a great way to build up your stash of coupons and even better, for products you actually like and use! I would suggest, just like Kristin did, to set aside time each day to email a few companies... maybe 2 or even 10. If you email a few companies everyday for a year, just imagine all the coupons you'll be receiving on a regular basis! Pretty motivating, huh? I think I may have to email a few companies right now!

**If you need more ideas for companies to email, then make sure to check out this post over at Couponing To Disney. If you scroll down a little, you'll see a long alphabetical list of the 250 companies she emailed! You can also check out her post here where she discusses why it's a great idea to start doing this and how to personalize your emails for each company you decide to write.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Free Samples in my mailbox!

These are the free samples I have received within the past 2 weeks, also pledge cleaning wipes which I used already ;)Betty Crocker Au Gratin Potatoes
Garnier Fructis shampoo and cream conditioner (from
3 pk tampax tampons

Garnier Fructis skin renew eye cream
breatheright free
Folgers coffee

go to free samples on right for more links!

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Walgreens Trip 9/26 Sat

wow!! I did great today!!! even my mom was shocked!!

First Transaction:

(I should've really searched for a cheaper item than the pencil I was in a rush)
I didn't need pencils with this order either I only had 4 coupons/rr and 5 products)
If I had another rr/coupon than that would've worked! and If i had 2 more rr's/coupons I would've needed another
Ok...I'm getting it now!! See I'm learning too!
(See important info below on rr's/coupons)

toothbrushes 2/ $4.00 ( b1g1 coupon -$1.79 and it gave back $2 rr)
used my $5 rr for nail polish I got yesterday , and 2 rr's

Paid- $2.62
Got back
$2 rr
$5 rr Sally Hansen

Second Transaction:

2 J&J lotion 2 $5.99 (2/ $1. off coupons)
toothbrushes 2/ $4.00 (b1g1 coupon -$1.79 and it gave back $2 rr)
3 Sally Hansen 40% off (2/$1. coupons and $5 rr from 1st order also got back $3 rr :)

Ok now on that order I had 9 coupons and 11 products I didn't need 2 of the pencils!
now if I had 2 more rr's/coupons then yes I would've kept the pencils!!
(See important info below on rr's/coupons)

Paid $5.24
got back
$2 rr
$3 Sally Hansen

darn I was in such a rush I forgot to get the Thermcare pads and that's what messed me up!!
I did have this all written down by the way, see I don't even follow my own

Also see on the right some helpful Walgreen links and Videos ;)

added this helpful info:

♥ Register Rewards (RR) ♥

register rewards (RR) are coupons from the Catalina machine that print after you make a qualifying purchase. Most RRs are "On Your Next Order" (OYNO) which can be used like cash on your next order. (Sometimes you may receive a Catalina for $ off a particular item or an advertisement for an rr deal.)

♥ how can i use rr? ♥

generally, you can use your rr like cash on your next purchase. but of course there are exceptions.

Most RRs explicitly say that they can not be used on tobacco, alcohol, tax, lottery tickets, money orders, stamps, dairy, or any gift cards or pre-paid cards. however, some stores still allow rr's to be used on some of these items, so ymmv.

as stated in the fine print, you cannot use more RRs and manufacturer coupons than number of items you are buying. as long as you are buying as many items as you have rr & manufacturer coupons, you should be able to use more than one rr. (store coupons do not affect how many manufacturer and rr's you can use.)

You cannot "roll" rr's into the same deal 99% of the time. for example, if you use an RR from Kellogg's to purchase more Kellogg's items, you will NOT get another RR. the best way to "roll" is to use your Kelloggs RR to complete a different rr deal. You can then use the RRs from the 2nd deal, to purchase more Kelloggs.

Sally Hansen had its own deal so you are able to flip those since the rr is for that product only!

♥ how can to use coupons? ♥

if you are using a manufacturer's coupon and a wags coupon on the same item and hoping for overage towards your other items, give the manufacturer's coupon first. a manufacturer's coupon will be rejected by the register if it is over the cost of the item, but a wags coupon will go through.

for example:
the incorrect order...
deodorant $1.99
-$1 in-ad coupon (wags coupon)
-$1 manufacturer's coupon - will beep and register will not accept it because it is over $.99!

but if you give the cashier the manufacturer's coupon 1st...
deodorant $1.99
-$1 manufacturer's coupon
-$1 in-ad coupon (wags coupon) - will not beep
=-$.01 (of course you will need another item or tax on your transaction for the penny to apply to)

the registers will not accept more coupons/rr than items. so if want to use rr, but already have a manufacturer's coupon for each item, you can add a small "filler" item for each rr. use the cheapest items you can find (single pencils are good.)

  • B1G1 or BOGO = Buy one get one free
  • FAR = free after rebate
  • HBA = Health & Beauty Aids
  • MFR = manufacturer
  • MIR = Mail In Rebate
  • OOP = Out Of Pocket
  • RP = red plum coupon insert from sunday newspaper
  • RR = register rewards (from printer store printer)
  • SS = smartsource coupon insert from sunday newspaper
  • V = Valassis (same as red plum) coupon insert WYB = When You Buy
  • One thing to remember about Walgreens RR is you can not use a ”chap stick RR” to pay for another chap stick and have another RR print. BUT you can use a “toothpaste” RR to pay for chap stick and have another RR print.
  • Also remember that Walgreens has a coupon item ratio rule, you can only use as many coupons as you have items. They count RR as coupons. SO on transaction #1 I wanted to pay with a bunch of $1 RR as well as others. BUT I was only buying 4 items ( all of which had manufacture coupons which meant my item coupon ratio was already 4 to 4) I wanted to pay with 9 RR ( for a total of $25 in RR) so I had to buy 9 filler items so my coupon item ratio was now 13 items 13 coupons.
  • Also remember that only one RR per product will print per transaction. For example I wanted to buy 4 bottles of Dayquil but it has a $3 RR print when you buy 2. In order to have 2 RR print for $3 I did 2 transactions. My store is happy to let me go thru the line more than once ……but some store will limit you.
Now that's some Great info!!
Thanks to i heart wags

Go ahead now you try this!!
Do the same transactions like I and i heart wags
I actually follow her steps so please ck her out too!

Soon we all will master this, we just need to learn the ropes!!!

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Kmart Double Coupon 9/27- 10/05

Get your Coupons Ready!!!

I'm sooo Excited....
Kmart will have double coupn week in select areas starting 9/27 -10/05!

They double up to $2.00 so if you have a $2.00 coupon that is $4.00 off!!!

Check out this email one of MoneySavingMadness readers was sent:

"Thank you for your recent correspondence. We are always interested in hearing from our customers. We appreciate your interest in our double coupon event. This event is for select participating Kmart locations from 09-27-09 to 10-05-09. Please check with us on 09-21-09 for the listing of participating store in your local area. Again, thank you for your interest in our Kmart Double Coupon Event. We invite you to visit any of the participating stores..........."

This was posted by Itshiptosave ck her out!!

I cant wait I know my store will be having it yeah!!!
I did good last time I'm sure to do better this time. I'm on a coupon hunt!!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Why Coupon???

You can find a “thrifty deal” at just about any store you go to. All stores have deals it is how you use your coupons with the stores sales that really helps you save. You can just walk into any store and use a coupon you will save some money…but the key to saving is waiting to use a coupon with a really good sale. Walmart and Publix do tend to have lower prices over all, but they do not run promos very often like Albertsons and Walgreens. The goal is to stock up on these promo items at their lowest price point, and then use a coupon on top of that promo to get that item at its rock bottom price.

When you first start to coupon it is sometimes best to shop at the lowest price stores for your “must have items for that week” but set aside part of your budget for your stock up coupon items. That way you can feel ok about buying 30 cans of soup in a week, knowing that your family will now have soup for the next few months at is lowest price point. But you have also taken care of the basics first. Before long you kitchen pantry will be full of items that you got at their lowest price point or free. And you will not have to pay full price for them when you run out…instead of running to the store and paying full price you just run to your pantry.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Walgeens Trip 9/12 Sat

Well I did pretty good today!
oh and the cashier today took 8 rr's on 1 transaction, I thought I could do that I had done it before, but the girl yesterday said I could only use 1 per transaction and guess what I found out today she is one of the managers and she don't know jack...lmbo!!
(update) each rr has to attach to an item, so as many rr's you have you must have that many items ;)

not in pic bottle of water......Paid $4.72 !!!
See she took all my RR's - 7 were regular and 1 $5 nail polish RR and for buying nail polish I got back $5 in RR's again Yeah!!!
(Special good till Sept 30 see walgreens website)

also with this transaction I was over charged scrub bubble gel was on clearance 3..99 to 2.19
on my way back home I stopped there and she gave me back $3.86 ;)
so $4.72-$3.86 I paid ONLY .96 Cents !!!!! (got $5RR back)

Next time I will be sure to watch as they ring up stuff or ck receipt right away thats the second boo boo I caught

did a total of 4 transactions including above here is a pic of all together

(2)Scrub bubble shower cleaner ( $19.99 on sale $9.99-$3 rr-$ $3.99)
(2) scrub bubble gels - 1 coupon and on clearance
(4) air wick warmers
(4) air wick refills
(3) sally hensen nail polish had 3 $1 off coupons (also got back $5rr)
(2) candle tins - special 2$5. (used 2/$1.50 off coupons found in tins ;)

total of all 4 transactions $22.93
also got back 1 $5 rr and 1 $1 rr

Friday, September 11, 2009

Walgeens Trip 9/11 Fri

ok I had a little hard time today Lady wouldn't let me use my RR's it kept beeping, I asked a pro for help I'm waiting on her word, Hey I'm still learning. I did pretty good but I'm sure I could have done better especially the second transaction I know I messed up ,had a rude cashier as well as those RR's not going through but i did get back $12.00 more In RR's (now I just need to learn to work them right..lmbo)!!

First Transaction
3 sally hansen Insta- Dri nail polish ($3.17 x 3=$9.41-$3.00 coupons =$6.51)
2 chex mix - (99 cents each -.50/2 coupon)
Total $8.66
-$5RR for next purchase $3.66

Second Transaction
1 Glade refill ($1.50 Off coupon)
2 glade reed diffuser ($3.00 off/2 coupon)
1 Glade 3 wick candle ($2.00 off coupon)
Total $16.47
I know I could have done better ..In Progress....

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Walgreens Trip 9/10 Thurs

Thanks to It's hip to I was able to get the stuff below
Sally Hansen deal and I also Did their Glade deal!

Register Reward deal:
Select Sally Hansen products are part of a monthly Register Reward deal, valid 8/30-9/26: Get a $3 Register Reward (to use on Sally Hansen products) when you buy 2 Participating Sally Hansen products or get a $5 Register Reward when you buy 3!

Register Reward or (RR) is like a cash coupon for your next visit (I learned that you search for items that give you RR's and when you use coupons as well you save then you can keep rolling them over see her website to learn more ;)

1 bottle soda (not shown no coupon)
2 glade sense and spray (5.99-$4.00 coupon=$1.99 ($4.00 back in RR)
2 glade scented reed diffuser (5.99-$3.00 coupon=$2.99 ($4.00 back in RR)
1 soy based candle 10 oz (5.99-$3.00 coupon=$2.99 ($4.00 back in RR)
1 soy based candle 2 oz (FREE had coupon)
6 nail polish(6 $1. coupons got $10 in RR)hard as nails $2.29/insta dri $3.17
2 Hershey bars (fillers no coupon)fillers means to make up for overage change due me

I added receipts total Spent $27.24 on debt (had used 2 RR's)
-$13.00 in register rewards (to use tomorrow) total spent $14.24 woo hoo!!
added all receipts I saved $55.68
I'm going back tomorrow to roll over my RR's ($13)to get more stuff and more RR's ;)

Saturday, September 5, 2009

My Kmart Shopping Trip 9/5

Kmart had a double coupon sale which ended today,So I gathered all my coupons and something told me to call the store only one in Sarasota, and of course they weren't having the sale there (will be in a few weeks) I then called another store they had the sale, so I drove with my mother in law almost 40 minutes to that store! I know crazy but I just had to try my coupons even got some FREE stuff thanks to the doubling of coupons. I cant brake it down as well as others on here but I will try.

Had coupons for everything (except pudding)

11 bottles of carpet fresh ( $2.19x11= $24.09 - $22.00 =$2.09!!)
10 pudding snacks( had wrong coupon but no prob they were 99 cents each)
2 ziploc vac pumps ($3.99x2=$7.98 FREE had coupon)
6 ziplock boxes
2 herbal suave shampoo
2 clorox
2 glade candles ($5.99 x 2 $11.98- $8. coupons =$3.98)
3 glade 20z soy candles (3x$3.29= 9.87 FREE had coupons)
2 glade sense and spray ($5.99 x 2=$11.98-$8.00= $3.98)
2 Glade fabric spray
2 6pk of lever 2000 ($5.29x2=$10.58-$6.00=$4.58)
2 aluminum foil
1 409
3 hormel completes
1 rice krispies ($3.99 FREE had a coupon)
1 corn pops
1 sugar smacks
2 pop tarts
1 skintimate shaving cream
1 4pk dry erase markers
1 revlon compact mirror (.60)
2 lacross tweezer (FREE)
1 revlon 10 pk emery boards (FREE)
1 sally hanson nail polish
1 revlon cuticle trimmer (.49)
1 lacross toenail clip 2 pk (FREE)
1 nail polish (FREE)
1 8pk bounty towels
1 Febreze 30 hr candle ($7.49-$4.00=$3.49)

this was done on 4 transactions
added up all 4 receipts
1. $21.39
2. $15.04
3. $19.90
4. $16.63
Saved $86.08!!

Not bad for just learning the game!

I Can't wait till the store near me does their double coupon week I will be more prepaired and Hopefully learn more to save even more ;)

Here is a few pics I took


to My Blog!!!
Well, this is my first blog ever I don't know how this will go or how often I will blog. Kinda of weird talking to myself since I have no friends
I am going to try couponing like some do on here and on (debbie_1210) and plenty other sites.
I will put my finds,deals and everyday life on here and in the process hope to gain friends and learn more about the coupon
I have tons of coupons now, my mother in law and I just cut a bag full of coupons took a few hours had to organize and sort then have to post on hotcouponworld, see there for what I have updating real soon and thanks to my handy electric coupon cutting scissor it went pretty quick
(I have a few I will be selling I will post info and pic later)
I thought it was funny how much we had I had to take pics.
Well I hope you enjoy and Join me in my new blog world. ;)