Week 5: Free Coupon Class (9/20)

by Claire on September 20, 2009

Welcome to Week 5 of the ten week couponing course! If you aren’t sign up, do so below!

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See the earlier weeks of the couponing course here:

This week we’ll be working on SCALING UP, which essentially means using more coupons to get more things for free and/or at very cheap prices! This can be used either for your own benefit, or for helping out someone you know who is going through a rough time or for donating to charity. This is who I donate many of my freebies to. I do think it is important to score free things - even if I will not use them, because these donations are needed where I work in Kenya. At this point in the course you have learned the basic tools, and now you need to use them again and again to get good at them. Remember, that we rely very heavily on the concept of coupon match-ups. Let’s review what those 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 manufacturer’s coupons with store coupons (including systems like the ECB system at CVS).

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 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!

Saving Your Coupons

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!

Scaling up on Every Day Couponing:
The basic way to scale up on general couponing is to get more coupon inserts. How can you get more coupon inserts?
Here are some things to try:

  • buy multiple copies of the newspaper that week (this can certainly be worth the money if there are some great deals)
  • ask for the coupon inserts from friends or relatives who don’t coupon
  • ask for the coupon inserts at cafes or restaurants that have these free
  • buy coupons online at a site like ebay

With more coupons in hand, you can do so much more! Let’s start with this week’s assignment. Although you should make sure to look at the full list of CVS deals this week, I will be focusing on a few ways to scale up your purchases, which means to get many items by using multiple coupons.

Week 5 Assignment “Scaling Up”

These are the deals I want you to do this week at CVS and Walgreens. Remember, if you do not have multiple copies of these coupons, or do not have a way to get them, just do the deal once. However, by reading about the opportunities with scaling up perhaps you will think about trying to score multiple copies for the future!

CVS

Honey Bunches of Oats B1G1 Free
Use $2/1 printable coupon (buy two and use two coupons)

Schick Disposable Razors (trial size) $1.29
Use $3/1 from the 8/16 SS insert
FREE after coupon (If you have 2 coupons, you would do this twice! If you have more than 2 coupons, do it as many times as you would like!)

Clean and Clear (trial size) $0.99
Use $1/1 from the 8/23 SS insert
FREE after coupon (If you have 2 coupons, you would do this twice! If you have more than 2 coupons, do it as many times as you would like!)

Dry Idea, Right Guard Sport, or Xtreme $2.99; Earn 1 ECB wyb one (Limit 3)
Use $1/2 coupons from 8/16 SS insert
As low as $0.98 for two after coupon and ECBs

Sally Hansen Nail Color B1G1 Free (psa $0.99)
Use $1/2 or $0.50/1 coupon from9/13 RP insert or $0.50/1 printable coupon
FREE after coupons (Depending on how many coupons you have you can do this deal multiple times. Remember to use one coupon for each product.)

Neutrogena Products,  $3.49 each
Get $5 ECBs wyb $15 (limit 1)

$3/1 Neutrogena Cosmetic Product, exp. 11-9-09 (ALL YOU October ‘09) By getting 5 of these coupons you could get 5 free items and make some money off them here.I don’t expect many of you to have 5 of these couons, but it’s a good reminder of what saving up many coupons can do.

WALGREENS

With these deals at Walgreens, you want to do them multiple times whenever you want more than one product, and when you can pick up more than one coupon!

Roots of Nature Hair Care, $6
Get $6 RRs

$1/1 Roots of Nature printable (PDF)
Make $1 on this deal

Thermacare Heat Wrap (1-ct.), $2.49
Get $2.49 RRs

$1/1 Thermacare printable
Make $1 on this deal

Oral-B Indicator Toothbrush, 2/$4
Get $2 RRs wyb 2

BOGO Oral-B Indicator Manual Toothbrush, exp. 9-30-09 (RP 8/23/09)
FREE !

Tylenol Cold, $5.99
Get $5 RRs wyb 2

$2/1 Tylenol Cold printable
$1/1 Tylenol Walgreens Coupon (Healthy Savings Booklet)
$0.49 !

Carefree Ultra Protection Pantiliners, $1.99
Get $1.99 RR

$1/1 Carefree printable
$1/1 Carefree Ultra Protection Product, exp. 11-30-09 (SS 8/30/09)
Make $1 on this deal!

Trident Layers Gum, 2/$2
Get $1 RR wyb 2

$1/2 Trident printable
FREE !

So, I hope you try those deals this week in attempts to start scaling up with your couponing! This is the key to getting a getting stock pile of items so that you never have a need in your pantry that has to be met with a non-discounted item!

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{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Lori September 21, 2009 at 11:48 am

Are the drug store ads different in different areas? I didn’t notice some of the things you said to buy from CVS and Walgreens in my circular. And I’m still trying to figure out how the Tylenol cold medicine would be .49 when you buy 2 for 5.99 ea. That would be 11.98 - 5. rr - 2. off 1 - 1 off 1 . I get 3.98. I love your class!

2 Lori September 21, 2009 at 11:57 am

Oh, I see now! Print off 2 of the $2 off and get another health savings booklet for another $1 off! Great deal!

3 Elizabeth W. September 23, 2009 at 8:45 am

I tried to print most of the coupons from the links above. only 2 printed out all the others come up “this offer has expired” or there are no offers at this time. do you know whats going on?

4 Claire September 25, 2009 at 8:17 pm

Yes Lori - they are different in different areas;) It can be so frustrating to see a good deal somewhere else!

5 Claire September 25, 2009 at 8:17 pm

Yup!

6 Claire September 25, 2009 at 8:18 pm

Hey Elizabeth - Some of them do expire after just a few days, but those should be okay. ARGH!!

7 Barb September 27, 2009 at 3:36 pm

Some of the stores in my area like Rite aid and Weis wont take the coupons I print from the computer. How come?

8 Claire September 29, 2009 at 5:40 pm

Some stores actually have a policy against internet coupons because they say that they can be easily faked!

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