The Science Nerd

Tag: WalMart

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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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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