Extreme Couponing Tip: Be Wary of Non-Food Items at the Grocery Store

To save the most on toiletries, personal care items, and medicine, skip the grocery store and head to your nearby drugstore!

Before becoming a Krazy Couponer, you probably steered clear of drugstores. But with coupons and rewards, drugstores are the best place to buy personal care items at huge discounts, including free items and moneymakers!

Every store has items they specialize in and, therefore, great prices/promos on those items. For grocery stores, it’s food. For drugstores, it’s personal care items and medicine.  For example, your local grocery store may have toothpaste on sale for $2.50. If you have a $0.75 manufacturer coupon, you’ll pay $1.75. But if you wait until a drugstore promo, you can pair that $0.75 coupon with a Buy One, Get $2.00 in Rewards promotion and make money buying it!

There will be a few exceptions from time to time, but in general, you’re better off buying these items at the drugstore by pairing coupons with sales and reward promotions:

  • Toothpaste, toothbrushes, floss
  • Shampoo, conditioner, hair color, stylers
  • Beauty tools, make up
  • Vitamins, medicine, first aid needs
  • Feminine care products
  • Shaving gel and razors
  • Deodorant, soap, body wash

Click on the following links to find out how the Krazy Coupon Lady shops CVS, Rite Aid, and Walgreens!

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20 thoughts on “Extreme Couponing Tip: Be Wary of Non-Food Items at the Grocery Store”

  1. I’ve always scored toothpaste free at GROCERY stores. They usually go on sale at King Soopers (Kroger) for 10/10

  2. Leona Olson says:

    Menards is a home improvement store and they take coupons. There are some good buys on the food when on special.  l live in Minnesota.

  3. Yes and no. I have found free toothpaste, shampoo, and hand soap at our grocery store by using store coupons and manufacturer coupons that double. This past week, I scored mousse with a money maker of $1.50 from a buy one, get one free rain check, store coupon, and manufacturer coupon. You just have to watch the deals. 

  4. Lori Markham says:

    I agree with shopping at drugstores… however I have scored a lot of deals for cheap and even free bodywash, shampoo, toothpaste, and shaving cream at Kroger before.  I have left that store feeling as if I just robbed them with how much I have saved! 

  5. I live in MA, so 90% of my couponing is done at the drugstores. In fact, it’s where I buy all my cereal and baking supplies. It’s very very tough to grocery shop on the cheap with coupons in MA. We only have 2 stores that double coupon in my area and both have a policy that you can only double 4 coupons per transaction and you can’t do multiple transactions to circumvent the policy I do usually jump back in line, but only to buy like 3 or four things. It stinks!

  6. This is true, for the most part.  But I have a grocery store that doubles on Wednesdays and Saturdays up to $1, 5 coupons per $25 transaction.  I get all of my kids’ vitamins there when they have a BOGO sale, use $1/1 mfg that doubles for each one.  They retail for $6.99, I get them for $1.50 each.  I haven’t seen them for cheaper than that at Walgreens or CVS.

  7. Anonymous says:

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  8. Beth Mooney says:

    My local grocery store doubles up to .50 and since we are a small town we have no large chain drug stores. Everything that is over .50 I use at WalMart but I can find some great deals at my grocery store if I’m careful. For example I’ve got a great stockpile of Dawn hand renewal dish soap that I paid .41 for after doubling. You just have to know your local store. We also have a Fred’s that doubles up to .70 on Saturdays.

  9. Jana says:

    This is true sometimes. I scored 15 toothbrushes for free from walmart. I had $1/1 any colgate toohbrush and walmart has them for 94 cents. Target is also a great place for toothpaste. They have a Target $1 off Crest 3D white and I had a coupon for $1 off any crest toothpaste. The Crest 3D white is on sale for $3 here.

    • Anonymous says:

      Yes, supercenters like Walmart and Target are often exceptions since they buy in bulk and offer lower prices overall. Great for getting oral care and travel size products for free or super cheap!

  10. Koala says:

    This article is true, but I keep my eyes open for all my local stores.  I scored 10 cent 4-packs of Angel Soft toilet paper at my grocery store (Giant Eagle) and free Barilla whole wheat pasta! Unfortunately, my Walmart didn’t have the Barilla marked down.

    • I agree. Our grocery stores in Arizona will round up all coupons that are less than $1 to $1. I find clearance deals all the time in our grocery stores. Combine that with a 10/$10 sale on items like toothpaste, toothbrushes, hand soap, etc. and you can build a big stockpile quickly. I gave away floss coupons last night in the store because I just don’t need any more of that stuff, even though it was only a few cents :)

    • Anonymous says:

      When did you buy the Angel Soft toilet paper?  I live close to a Giant Eagle – would LOVE to get that deail if I can!

    • Anonymous says:

      The Angel Soft coupon I got was for the double rolls and the regular rolls are on sale.

    • Anonymous says:

      When did you get the toilet paper from Giant Eagle and with what coupons?  That sounds like a great deatl!

  11. Anonymous says:

    By the way, this article is very true and a great reminder!  Before couponing, Pizzaz only went to Drug Stores for drugs and medical stuff.  Thanks to KCL, Pizzaz has a new perspective and perception about prescriptions and personal items and things like peanut butter and pickles that can be purchased with less payment at places like these.  Perfect! :)

  12. Anonymous says:

    Pizzaz hit 4000 ‘Likes’ this morning!!! WOO! HOO!!! :-)