Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Kmart Super Double Coupons: MY SAVINGS!

This week many Kmarts are doubling coupons up to $2.00 making them worth up to $4.00. (only 10 per person per day) I, of course, have jumped on this because I have LOTS of coupons and we were in need of a few things. (Remember: coupons will only double up to the value of the item)Here's what I have done so far:
Trip 1 Sunday: Dan went with me, so I was able to check out twice using 20 doubled coupons and a few others as well.
1st transaction:
(2) Softsoap hand soap pumps: $2.00 used (2) $1.00/1 printable coupon doubled = FREE
Softsoap Ensembles Refill: $2.49 used $2.00/1 printable coupon doubled = FREE
Got to Be Hair Glue: $4.49 used $2.00/1 printable coupon doubled = .49
(2)Whiskas Purrfectly cat food 2.7lb bag: $4.99 used (2) $2/1 printable coupon doubled = .99each
(4) Ziploc bags:2/$4.00 used (2) $1.50/2 printable coupon doubled= .50each
Pull-ups: $9.99 used $2/1 printable coupon doubled = $5.99
Shout Stain Remover: $2.61 used .55/1 coupon from Sunday paper = $1.51
American Fare 300ct Q-tips: $2.49 used Free w/purchase coupon from Kmarts website=FREE
Total with tax: $12.72
Second Transaction:
Speed Stick Irish Spring Deodorant: $2.79 used $1.50/1 printable coupon doubled= FREE
Lady Speed Stick Deodorant: $2.79 used $1.50/1 printable coupon doubled= FREE
Dove Ultimate Deodorant: $3.99 used $2/1 printable coupon doubled= FREE
(2) Visine for contacts: $3.99 each used (2) $2/1 printable coupons doubled= FREE
Johnson & Johnson's Head-to-toe baby wash: $3.79 used $1.00/1 printable coupon doubled= $1.79
Lysol multi-purpose spray: $2.67 used $1.00/1 coupon I got @ doctor's office doubled= .67
Ajax Dish soap: $1.99 used $1.00/1 printable coupon doubled = FREE
(2)Scrubbing Bubbles Toilet Cleaning Gel: $3.50 each used (2) $2/1 printable coupon doubled = FREE
(2) Scrubbing Bubbles 2-in-1 Toilet Wand Kit: $4.50 each used (2) FREE w/purchase of scrubbing bubbles toilet cleaning gel coupons from Sunday paper = FREE
American Fare 300ct Q-tips: $2.49 used Free w/purchase coupon from Kmarts website=FREE
Total w/tax= $3.29
Day 2 Monday:
(2) Hartz Crunch 'n Clean Cat Treats: $1.79 each used (2) $1/1 printable coupon doubled = FREE
(2) Whiskas Purrfectly Cat Food: $4.99 each used (2) $2/1 printable coupon doubled = .99 each
Lysol Multi-purpose spray: $2.67 used $1.00/1 coupon I got @ doctor's office doubled= .67
Sensodyne (travel size) toothpaste: $1.49 used .75/1 internet printable coupon doubled = FREE
Secret Deodorant: $2.49 used $2.00/1 coupon from Kmart savings booklet found @ cash registers doubled = FREE
Dove Ultimate Deodorant: $3.99 used $2/1 printable coupon doubled = FREE
(2) Glade Carpet Freshner: $2.15 each used (2) $1.00/1 coupons from Sunday paper doubled = .15 each
American Fare Hydrogen Peroxide: .89 used FREE w/purchase Kmart printable coupon = FREE
(2) Coffee-Mate Singles 5pk: $1.29ea used B1G1 internet printable coupon = 2/$1.29
used $3.00 off purchase Kmart coupon
Total w/tax: $3.49

HERE IS MY 2 DAY TOTAL: $19.50!!!! For EVERYTHING pictured below

Combined total before coupons: $126.04 *some items were on sale. This total does not reflect the original price.

Total after coupons: $19.50

Total Savings: $106.54

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Websites For Coupon Deals

I have had quite a few people ask me this week where I get all of my coupons. A majority of them are from the Sunday newspaper coupon inserts, some are online printables, and some I have recieved in the mail by signing up for various companies mailings. A lot of what I have gotten lately is a coupon coupled with a sale making it an even better deal.

There are a few websites that I check often for various reasons.

The first is http://www.moneysavingmom.com/
- She generally updates her site several times a day with coupon offers, store/coupon match-ups, freebies, and printables as well as verious other things. Her site also has some awesome recipes, tips for couponing, and lots more (check under categories on her site for extra stuff)

The second is http://krazycouponlady.blogspot.com/. She also updates multiple times daily with various store deals, coupon match-ups and LOTS of internet printable coupons. (click the coupons link at the top of her page for a HUGE list of internet printable coupons.) I use this a lot especially if I am looking for something specific. It's not a complete list, but it helps.

Here are a few more that I generally check. Some because they always post on a specific store and some for other reasons. My advice is to look around each website a bit to see what they offer that might be of value to you. It's not always on the front page.

For printing coupons, I generally use:
and http://www.redplum.com/

I hope this helps get some of you started. I will post more later with some specific coupon deals.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Adventures in Couponing

Over the last few weeks, I have begun couponing. Dan and I would like to have a good down payment for a house in time to move next summer (or sooner). It all started with a simple Arby's coupon. Jennifer showed me a website (http://www.moneysavingmom.com/) that had a coupon for buy a drink get a sandwich free and since Arby's sounded yummy, I printed the coupon off and had a good lunch. Later, I started looking around the website and realized there was SOOOOOOOO much more to it. I started printing off a few coupons that I knew I would use and started to pay attention to some of the deals I could get with them. Well... after a few small shopping trips with the coupons, I decided to jump in head first and really get into it. Now, I follow several blog sites that keep up on the coupons and match them up with sales and such (less work for me). I check the EVERY day sometimes multiple times a day. I have become a little obsessed, but it's ok. I have been really excited about shopping lately, and I wanted to share some of my deals with you.

1st trip to use coupons:
Walgreens. BIC highlighters were on sale for .49. I printed off some coupons for $1 off any 2 BIC products. Got 6 pks of highlighters FREE. Also got 3 rolls of Scotch tape. I paid .41 total for all of it.
Starbucks ice cream= FREE
4 Blue Bunny Ice Cream Sandwiches (singles) = FREE

Cinnabon Bars = .98
Coffee Mate Hazlenut creamer= $1.58
2 pkgs Ziploc bags= $1.25 each
Pita Pockets= .90
2 pkgs Wacky Mac = .69 ea
2 pkgs Tucks Take-a-long wipes= .64 ea pkg
BIC Sensitive disposable razors 12pk = .57
2 Skintimate Shaving gel= .73ea
Venus Embrace Razor w/2 blades= $4.94
Satin Care Shaving Cream=FREE
6 Breyers Yo Crunch Yogurt = .08 each
6 Bar S Hot Dogs = .38 ea (got 6pkgs only 2 pictured) 5 Chef Boyardee Ravioli etc.= FREE
Single Load Tide laundry detergent=FREE
4 Aquafresh Extreme Clean Toothpaste=FREE
2 pkgs Dentek Flossers=FREE
4 Nexcare bandages 8pk=FREE
5 pkgs Kotex liners=FREE
Carefree liners= FREE
3 pkgs Kleenex= $1.24ea
Watercolor paints= .50
10 pks Roseart 24ct crayons= .20ea
10 Elmers Glue= .25ea

All of the crayons, glue, and kleenex were for VBS. They were filling backpacks for the local school children. The paints were for Aaron.
10 First Aid to go kits = FREEBlink Tears Eye drops = .11
2 pkgs BIC Triumph pens 2pk=FREE
2 pkgs Pilot EasyTouch Pens=FREE
2 Renu contact solution =FREE
2 Stretchable book covers=FREE
2 pkgs pens 20pk=FREE
Clean & Clear Facewash=FREE
Mechanical Pencils 30pk=FREE
2 Folders=FREE
Eclipse Gum = .43
6 pkgs Pull-ups Flushable wipes = .14 ea
3 pkgs Chiquita Apple Bites= FREE
2 pkgs Nestle Pure Life Water 6pks= FREE
My last shopping trip:

4 Lysol Toilet Bowl Cleaner= .69 ea
3 Lysol Wipes= $1.29 ea
3 pkgs Wacky Mac= (2) .77 ea (1) FREE
Swiffer Sweeper= $7.00
2 Graduates Crunchies = $1.73 ea
2 BeachNut Yugurt Bites = $1.29 ea
8 pkgs Jell-o= .25 ea
4 pkgs Velveeta Shells & Cheese= .75 ea
4 boxes Betty Crocker Browny Mix= .63 ea
Arm & Hammer Laundry Detergent= $3.97
2 pkgs Ziploc bags = $1.25 ea
Whole Grain Cheeze-Its = $2.23
10 First Aid to go kits = FREE
20 pkgs Kotex liners = FREE
7 pkgs Dentex Flossers= FREE

Items I didn't have coupons for: OUCH!
Folgers Coffee= $3.42
Great Value Creamer= $3.86

You may be wondering what in the world I am going to do with all of the extra stuff, but I'm not. I have a plan! Our church has several ministries we are involved in that I am very excited to help out with.

The first is Operation Christmas Child. This fall we will be packing boxes for Christmas to send overseas to needy children. There are several things that I plan to give for that (Toothpaste, Toothbrushes, Soap, and hopefully some other items).

The second ministry is the Lincoln Christian College food pantry. They need a LOT of items not just food. I plan on sending extra food/ paper products/ laundry detergent/ etc over to help out the students.

The third ministry is our Valentine's care packages that we send to military and college students ar the beginning of the year. I plan to give extra deodorant, snacks, razors, shaving cream, school supplies and MUCH more to send in these boxes.

Thank You to everyone who has helped out so far by giving me the coupons from their Sunday papers and other coupons. They are a blessing not only to our family, but hopefully will be to MANY others as well.

As an added ministry opportunity, I plan to send all of the expired coupons to military families. (LINK) They can use them for several months after the expiration date, so they will go even further! All of the extra paper from the clipped coupons and ads will be taken to a recycling drop off.

Anyone who wants to help with these wonderful ministry opportunities is welcome to! Please send your coupons to me or money to help purchase some of the items (not everything is free and I still have to pay tax) :

Chrys Stribling
104 NE Third St
Atlanta, IL 61723