Week 4: Free Couponing Course (9/14)

by Claire on September 14, 2009

Welcome to week 4 of the ten week couponing course! Learn about the free course or sign up below!

If you do all the deals this week, you can be getting $45 in FREE products, and tons more for pennies on the dollar!

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This week we’ll be tackling the goldmine area of couponing! I’m very excited about all the deals you’ll be getting, and hope that you remember to do your assignment this week! Week 4 is all about matching up different coupons, or “coupon match-ups”.

What are Coupon Match Ups?

Coupon match-ups are when you match up different types of coupons. There are two main types of coupons:

* manufacturer’s coupons

* store coupons

Manufacturer’s coupons are the coupons that come in the Sunday newspapers, or perhaps in a magazine you are reading or at a website you are looking at (printable internet coupons), or inside the box of a product you buy. They are made by the manufacturer of the product and say so on the coupon.

Store coupons are coupons that a particular store puts out. Walgreens, for example, has a weekly flier with weekly deals inside and Walgreens coupons you can use for that week. CVS also has a weekly flier. The key to saving big money and getting hundreds in free toiletries and household items every month is in matching up these two coupons and combining them with ECBS at CVS, for instance.

How to Match up Coupons:

1. To succeed at matching up coupons you need a stash of manufacturer’s coupons. Every Sunday, you should be collecting the coupon inserts in the Sunday paper and putting them in a drawer or box devoted to this class and your coupons. There is no need to cut them yet.

2. Then, once a week you should come to a blog like Choyster Cash that gives you a list of how the manufacturer’s coupons you have been stashing away in your coupon drawer match up with the weekly coupons and other deals going at various drugstores (Walgreens, CVS, Rite-Aid, Longs, etc.)

3. Print out that list from a blog like Choyster Cash

4. Then go to your coupon drawer and find the coupons you need that you have stashed away (blogs like mine will list the inserts by the date of that Sunday paper, so while you’re learning I recommend not cutting any of your coupons and keeping the inserts intact so you can easily go back to that dated insert to find the coupon mentioned) and then

5. Get any other coupons that that blog post says you need (sometimes there are links to new internet printable coupons, and sometimes the store deals are actual coupons that you need to cut out from the weekly store flier) Write a list of what you will be purchasing and how much it should cost (or follow one of the lists on a blog like this letter-by-letter). Take your calculator to the store.

6. BUY YOUR STUFF! Ready to try?

Week 4 Assignment

So by now you should have been saving the coupon inserts that come with each Sunday newspaper. Either you are subscribing to this newspaper, or picking up somewhere. If you need to find a Sunday paper that has the coupon inserts go here to this website. So these are the different coupon inserts.

Coupon Insert 1: Smart Source (called “SS” for short in blogs)

Coupon Insert 2: Red Plum (called “RP” for short in blogs) or Valassis (called “V” in blogs) (Check to see if your area still receives this in the Sunday papers here (thanks I heart wags)

Coupon Insert 3: P&G (info on distribution here) When you get them, put the inserts each week, in a drawer or box devoted to your couponing. Some weeks, like this one, there may be only one insert – and not both – in the the papers.

Here is a schedule of which weeks of the year have which inserts.  Again: don’t bother cutting any coupons out of the inserts until you have read on a blog like Choyster Cash which coupon you need for a particular deal. Just keep them in your drawer or box. So the way you save big money with coupons is combining all the methods we have learned so far on individual deals. This allows you to consistently pick up free or very cheap products on a monthly basis. You have already learned that you can combine an internet printable coupon with a weekly or monthly store deal. Now, we are going to ad in the manufacturer’s coupons that come in those Sunday inserts, because those are a massive source of potential freebies!

First, let’s go to Walgreens: (It works best if this is your first time reading this post that you first read through all the deals, then try the quiz at the bottom of the post to make sure you are understanding how to read these coupon match-up posts. When you think you have understood it, then you’re ready to head out to Walgreens with the lists in hand!)

Here are the free or nearly free things. Keep in mind that, since we are starting to incorporate the weekly inserts, I’m not certain how far back you have been saving the inserts. So you may not have some of these inserts because you didn’t start saving them until after the date. In that case, skip that deal!

Remember: When it says $2.50/1 that means the coupon is good for $2.50 off of 1 item! So $1/2 means that the coupon works for 1 dollar off when you buy 2 items!

Walgreens Deals

True North Nut Crisps or Clusters $3
Get $3 Register Rewards
Use $1 coupon here or from 2/8 Sunday paper (I don’t expect you to have this, but this just gives an idea of why you’ll want to save your coupon inserts from here on out)
Final price FREE plus $1 back

TrueResult Blood Glucose Monitoring System $19.99
Get $3 Register Rewards
Send off $19.99 Mail in Rebate on Box
Final price FREE plus $3 back

Listerine Advanced or Total Care 250 ml $2.99
Get $2 Register Rewards
Use $1 coupon here
Final price FREE

Murine Ear Drop $6
Get $6 Register Rewards
Final price FREE

Carefree Ultra Protection Pantyliner $1.99, Earn a $1.99 RR when you buy one
Use $1 coupon or the coupon from the 8/30 SS insert
Final price FREE plus $0.99 back

Glade Scented Oil Candle Holder or 2 oz Candle; Earn a $1 RR when you buy two (ends 9/14)
Use FREE item coupon from 8/9 SS insert or use the $3/1 printable coupon
Final price FREE plus $1 back

Crest Whitening Plus Scope toothpaste 2 for $8
Get $5 Register Rewards when you buy 2
buy 2 and Use (2) $.75 Whitening Scope Toothpaste coupon from the 8/30 P& G insert in the Sunday paper
Final price $.75 each

Colgate Total Toothpaste or Wave Toothbrush $2.50
Get $1 Register Reward
Use $1 toothpaste coupon here
Use $.75 coupon from 8/30 P& G insert in the Sunday paper
Final price as low as $.50

Triaminic Allergy, Sinus or Cold Relief 2 for $10
Get $5 Register Rewards
Use $1.50 coupon here
Final price $1 each

Advil 16-50 ct, $4.99
Get $2 Register Reward
Use $3 off 1 Advil (32 ct) & ThermaCare from the 8/23 Sunday paper & use a $3 ThermaCare coupon here
Use $2 Advil PM coupon here
Use $1 coupon from 9/13 Sunday paper
Final price as low as $.99 each

Now go to CVS:

Dyna Pep Energy Micro-Shot 2 pk $4.99
Get $4.99 extra care bucks (limit 2)
Final price FREE

Listerine Total Care 16.9 oz, Reach Toothbrush 2 pk. or Reach Floss 30 yd $3.99
Get $2 extra care bucks (limit 3)
Use $2 Listerine coupon from 4/26 Sunday paper
Use $2 Reach coupon from 6/14 Sunday paper
Use B1G1 Reach coupon from 4/26 Sunday paper
Use $5 off 3, $3 off 2 or $1 off 1 Reach Floss, Listerine Mouthwash, or Reach Toothbrush coupon from 8/2 Sunday paper
Final price varies (if you use (2) $2 toothbrush coupons and the B1G1 coupon; you will get 3 toothbrushes FREE plus make $2.01.)

Colgate Total Advanced 4 oz or 360 Acti Flex Toothbrush $2.99
Get $2 extra care bucks (limit 1)
Use $1 Colgate Total coupon from 8/30, 9/13 Sunday paper
Use $1 coupon here
Final price FREE

Ultra Clear or Dove Ultimate Clear Deodorant 2.6oz-2.7oz $3.50 ea
Get $2 extra care bucks when you buy 2 (limit 1)
Buy 2 and use(2) $2 coupons here (Print in IE and hit the back button to print it a second time.)
Final price $1 for 2

Purex Ultra Concentrate Laundry Detergent 24 -32 loads $3.49
Get $1 extra care bucks (limit 5)
(If included) Use $1 Purex Natural Elements coupon here (I had already printed this coupon the number of times I am allowed, so I was not able to read the fine print.)
Use $1 off 2 or $.35 off 1 coupon from 8/16 Sunday paper
Final price as low as $1.49 (not bad for laundry detergent!)

Suave Hair Care or Body Wash 12 oz. $2 ea
Get $2 extra care bucks when you buy $6 of products (limit 1)
Use $1 off 2 hair care products from 8/2 Sunday paper or here
Use $.75 off 2 coupon from 8/2 Sunday paper or here
Use buy 2 get 1 free body wash coupon from 9/13 Sunday paper
Final price varies as low as $.41 each (Best deal would be to use the buy 2 get 1 free with a $.75 off 2 coupon.)

Revlon Cosmetics all products buy one get one free; prices start at $3.99
Use $1 coupon from 8/16 Sunday paper (You can use two coupons, one for each product!)
Final price as low as $1 each

Clairol Natural Instincts Haircolor $5.99
Get $2 extra care bucks (limit 1)
Use $2 or $3 coupon from 8/30 Sunday paper
Final price as low as $.99

If even reading this post made sense to you, you should be so excited - because you have made major headway. To test yourself, I want you read this entire post on the CVS deals this week and the full post on the Walgreens deals this week see if you understand what all the coupon match-ups are suggesting.

The first time I read a post with all those “SS” and “RP” words and dates I was baffled. However, learning what a coupon match-up is, and all the many ways to do it is ESSENTIAL to getting hundreds of dollars in free items every month! As is saving your weekly inserts! Don’t throw them away - save them until a blog like Choyster Cash tells you to use them! Finally, when shopping, at each store I want you to use your calculator to check what you should be spending against the receipts you are getting.

As always - if you have any questions let me know!

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Week 5: Free Coupon Class (9/20)
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1 sherry September 15, 2009 at 7:05 am

Hi, Wow I felt really great about my savings at Walgreens. i was a little nervous about it , but next time I think I will go late at night when no one is in there.
I printed off my sheet for Walgreens and walk off each thing and did just as directed.
The young man first totaled up my RR then I paid for them, after that he did the ones I had only coupons for and used all my RR bucks I ended up paying 2.08 cents I think that was tax. And I still have 1.00 yet to spend on next visit. wow
Thanks a bunch, next trip is to CVS think I have to sign up for their card first. bye bye Sherry

2 Claire September 15, 2009 at 10:30 am

Great Sherry!
What products did you pick up at Walgreens??

3 Julie September 16, 2009 at 1:59 pm

This has been such a helpful site! I love the couponing class! I did have a question about the Walgreens Deals. For the Glade Scented Oil Candle Holder, is states that you can click on the link to get a $3/1 printable coupon. I was wondering if you could share the zip code you use. It’s not coming up with my zip. I did, however find a Buy one Candle & Get a refill FREE.

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