The Science Nerd

Tag: Coupons

Welcome to a new feature here at She Pinched my Penny called “Deal of the Day”.  Every day I will highlight a great deal that you should take advantage of.  Deals will range from clothes to electronics, baby items to pet gear.  Every day will be something different, so make sure you keep coming back to take advantage of these super deals.

Today’s bargain is on socks – New Balance Socks to be exact.  Joe’s New Balance Outlet has a 3 pack of Performance socks on sale for $5.49, which is half off the regular price of $10.99.  These socks are also eligible for the Buy 3 pair get the fourth free deal.  This means that you will get 12 pair of socks for $16.47.  This deal is only good today, so don’t wait!

If you decide to order more than $50, you can use the coupon code JNBOTIER to receive an additional $5 off your $50 order.  (This coupon expires today also.)

If you are in the market for socks, New Balance is a great brand.  Everyone at my house loves their New Balance socks.

Keep an eye out for future deals. A new one will be posted every day.

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It’s Sunday  morning and I had to make a quick run to Harris Teeter because we only had one egg.  Sunday morning breakfast is a tradition at our house – eggs, bacon, biscuits and gravy and in the summer a fresh tomato.  So, it wouldn’t do to only have one egg.  I knew eggs were on sale at Harris Teeter – a dozen was only $0.97 with my e-Vic card.

I grabbed a few other coupons since I knew it was Super Double Coupon week and headed out.  After about 45 minutes of shopping here is what I left the store with

12 pack of Lemon Propel $5.49 ($8.99) on sale for $6.99  used $1.50 off catalina coupon (I though it was going to double, but missed the fine print way off to one side that said “Do Not Double”  It didn’t matter because this is something we drink a lot of, so I was happy for the coupon.)

4 boxes of Shredded Wheat Honey Nut cereal $1.00 each ($3.95) on sale 2/$4.00 used (2) $1.00/2 coupon (doubled to $2.00 each)

Blue Bunny Ice Cream $0.95 ($5.89) on sale BOGO used $1.00 off coupon

HT medium olives $1.19

Danimals Yogurt FREE ($2.79) on sale for $1.99 used $1.00 off coupon

Coffee Mate Creamer $3.00 ($4.19) on sale for $3.00

Plain M&M’s FREE ($0.89) used Free coupon I received in the mail

8 O’Clock Coffee $3.49 ($6.49) used $1.50 coupon

Sugar $2.49

Sobe Lifewater FREE ($1.69) used free coupon I got in the mail

Playtex Gentle Glide Tampons $2.19 ($5.19) used $1.50 off coupon

and finally……

eggs $0.97 (1.59)

Total Bill before coupons – $57.19

Total Paid – $24.71

Savings – $32.48 (57%)

Cumulative Savings – $141.09

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Great Harris Teeter Savings

September 8, 2010

I had probably my best shopping trip with coupons since I’ve started this journey.  Harris Teeter had some great BOGO sales that I was able to add some coupons too for even better savings.

Here is the rundown on what I was able to get today:

2 Grands Biscuits $0.70 each (BOGO sale used $0.30 off when you buy two [doubled to $0.60])

2 Shamrock Chocolate Milk  $0.25 each (on sale for $1.25 used $0.50 coupon [doubled to $1.00])

1 Better Than Eggs $0.99 (used $0.50 coupon [doubled to $1.00])

3 Kraft Cheese/2 Breakstone Sour Cream $0.80 each (cheese was on sale for $2 each and sour cream was 2/$3 used $5 off of 5 Kraft products)

2 Cheese Itz $1.69 each (BOGO sale used $0.50/2 coupon [doubled to $1.00])

1 Heluva Good Dip $1.79

1 HT Flour Tortilla $1.00 (BOGO sale got one for half off)

1 Kruncher Chips $1.49 (on sale for $2.99 used $0.75 coupon [doubled to $1.50])

1 Blue Dog Treats $0.50 (on sale for $3, BOGO used $1.00 coupon)

2 Froot Loops $0.97 each (BOGO, used $1.5/2 coupon)

2 Eight O’Clock Coffee $1.88 each (BOGO, used $2/2 coupon)

1 decaf Eight O’Clock Coffee $4.99 (used $1.50 coupon)

1 Hellmans Mayo $0.99 (BOGO, used $0.75 coupon [doubled to $1.50])

Total before Coupons –  $73.25

Total paid – $28.20

Total Savings – $45.05  (62%)

Cumulative Savings –  108.61

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Now or Later?

August 30, 2010

As I progress along the “coupon trail” I run into some questions that I just don’t think there is a good answer for.  The one I am struggling with now is a question of timing.  I have a Buy One Get One (BOGO) coupon for Head & Shoulders, which is a shampoo that I use, making it an even better deal.  So, my question is, when do I use the coupon?  Right now, Head & Shoulders is on sale at the grocery store for $4.99 (regularly $5.49).  The small bottles are on sale at WalMart for $3.79.  I haven’t priced it at any other stores, so I really don’t know where the best price is.  My fear is, if I use it too soon, will I miss a great sale?  Or, if I try to wait, do I risk paying the highest price, or worse, letting the coupon expire and getting nothing.

I think, in this instance, my best deal is to go get it from WalMart and hope that in the next few weeks before it expires that nothing better comes along.

I guess, like other things in life, it’s a gamble.  My deciding factor for using it now instead of waiting was that it is something that I will use no matter what.  So any savings I get are appreciated.  If it were an item that I probably wouldn’t use, or would just donate to the Food Bank or Women’s Shelter than I would wait and see if a better deal presented itself.

Does anyone else have good advice for this situation?

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WalMart Deals

July 15, 2010

Yesterday was a heavy grocery day for me and I was able to get some good deals at Harris Teeter, but my best deals came from WalMart.  I only needed two items, but was able to get some things for free that I will donate to the Wilmington Food Bank.

Baby Corn – $1.27

Coffee Filters – $1.12

(3) 12 pack Schick Disposable razors – $1.97 each

Used (3) $2.00 off coupon –  FREE plus $0.03 overage

(2) Benadryl Itch relief Sticks – $2.28 each

Used (1) $5.00 of two Benadryl items – FREE plus $0.44 overage

Total Before Coupons – $13.86

Amount Paid – $2.86 (including tax)

Savings – $11.00

Cumulative Savings – $63.56

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Unexpectedly Free

July 9, 2010

I needed to pick up some cocktail sauce on my way home today since I forgot it at the store yesterday.  When I got to Harris Teeter I was able to find more $0.50 coupons for Vitamin Water.  When I got to the checkout, I noticed a $0.55 coupon on the cocktail sauce which was already BOGO.  Because I only got the one it was half off and I got to add the coupon.  It was an unexpected almost free trip to the store.

9 Vitamin Water – $1 each

Used (9) $0.50 coupon – $9.00

Cocktail Sauce – $2.45

Half price – $1.22

Used $0.55 coupon found on bottle – $1.10

Total Before Coupons – $11.80

Amount Paid – $0.48 (including tax)

Savings – $11.32

Cumulative Savings – $52.56

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Free Drink Day

July 8, 2010

Today was the day of free drinks which is good since we are trying to reduce our soda intake.  I had saved my three BOGO (buy one get one) Sobe Lifewater coupons from the “Heads or Tails” game because Sobe is on sale at CVS BOGO.  So I was able to use my coupons with the sale and get 6 for free.

6 Sobe Lifewater – $1.59 each

BOGO sale – $4.77

(3) BOGO coupon- $4.77

Total Before Coupons – $9.82

Amount Paid – $0.28 (including tax)

Savings – $9.54

Cumulative Savings – $41.24

While at CVS I saw a tear off pad of coupons for $0.50 off Vitamin Water.  I knew that Harris Teeter sometimes had Vitamin Water on sale for $1 each and I also knew that they double coupons.  If I was lucky, the Vitamin Water would be on sale sometime before the coupons expired.  I grabbed all they had (which was only 6) and headed for Harris Teeter.  Fortunately, the Vitamin Water was on sale and I was able to pick up 6 of them.

6 Vitamin Water – $1.00 each

(6)$0.50 off coupon- $6.00

Total Before Coupons – $6.23

Amount Paid – $0.23 (including tax)

Savings – $6.00

Cumulative Savings – $47.24

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The WalMart Way

July 5, 2010

I had to go to WalMart to pick up a few things, so I grabbed some coupons that I thought would get me some good deals and off I went.  Here are the things I was able to get for (mostly) free.

Ocean Spray Blueberry Pomegranate Juice – $1.97

Used $1.00 coupon – $0.97

Tucks Take Along pads – $2.74

Used $3.00 coupon – FREE (Actually -$0.26, so I made a few pennies on this one!)

(2)Luna Bar – $0.97

Used (2) free Luna Bar coupon - FREE

AXE Travel Size Deodorant - $0.97

Used $1.00 coupon – FREE (Again I made $0.03)

AXE Travel Size Shampoo – $0.97

Used $1.00 coupon – FREE (Again I made $0.03)

Total Before Coupons – $9.03

Amount Paid – $1.09 (including tax)

Savings – $7.94

Cumulative Savings – $31.70

Not every cashier will let you use a coupon that is for more than the price of an item.  Usually they will override the coupon and make it equal the price of the item.  Sometimes they will refuse to take the coupon.  Fortunately (for me), the cashier helping me didn’t seem to know much of what was going on, she read carefully each coupon, looked extremely confused and then just shrugged and scanned the coupons.  But don’t freak out if they won’t. Kindness and patience will get you a lot farther.

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Back to Harris Teeter

July 1, 2010

I knew the Super Coupon deal at Harris Teeter was ending, so I grabbed a few coupons and stopped by while I was out running errands.  I was very excited about this trip as I was able to get some free stuff.

Wheatables Nut Crisps  On sale for $2.99

Use $1.50 coupon  - FREE

Philly Cream Cheese $1.85

Used $1.00 coupon – FREE

Philly Mini Tub Cream Cheese – $1.99

Used $1.00 coupon – FREE

Tums Antacids – $2.25

Used $1.00 coupon – $0.25

Total before coupons – $9.95

Amount Paid – $0.42

Savings – $9.53

Cumulative Savings – $23.76

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The Beginning

June 29, 2010

I have been reading about using coupons to really save money for quite some time now.  I have truly been envious of those who go to the grocery store and come out with $100 worth of groceries that they paid $2 for.  About two weeks ago, I read a blog that pushed my envy and desire into action.  The author of the blog was challenged by his sister to eat on $1 a day for an entire month.  He blogged daily about the deals he was able to get and the challenges he faced while trying to stretch $30 to last him the entire month.  He talked a lot about using multiple coupons to get food and toiletries for free that he subsequently donated to the local food bank.  This sounded great to me because I often read the deals that people get on food and things and think “Sounds wonderful but that is food that would never get eaten at my house”  So, the idea that I could get that food for free and then donate it to the food bank was very appealing.

Now I don’t gloss over those posts explaining what coupons match with what deals at the store.  I am putting them to good use.  This doesn’t mean that I will only use coupons to get things to give away.  Anytime a coupon comes through that will benefit my food budget I will be sure to take advantage.

This blog will be the chronicle of my emergence as a hard core coupon user.  Hopefully some of the things I learn can benefit others to either begin using coupons to reduce their food budget or help others get food they need.  I will also share other ways we have been able to reduce spending on many of life’s “necessities”.

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