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Let’s Shop: Week of 5/6 Results

As I told you on Saturday, I’m out of town and shopping for the family I’m staying with. What can I say?  I’m a good house guest!  The kids had just finished the last box of Pop Tarts, so they were happy with some replacements!  They also didn’t complain about extra wipes for the baby, cleanser for the mom or Pepsi for dad!  I tend to spend more money the weeks I am shopping for others as I want to leave them with some items they need.  When I shop for myself, I am primarily just replacing or adding to my stockpile.  No shopping at CVS or Rite Aid until I get home later this week but it was fun to stop in at Walmart for a few items!

I am finding it a little frustrating that coupons are popping up with a limit of one coupon per guest! I am sure many of you can share in this frustration! This week it was nice to have someone with me so that I had an extra shopper and didn’t have to worry about that so much! :)  How about you–are you finding this new trend confusing too?

WALGREENS:

When I purchased more than 1 Register Reward item, I made sure to split my transactions so that I would get all the Register Rewards. At Walgreens, as long as you split transactions, you will still get your Reward.

Bought 4 T.N. Dickinson’s Witch Hazel, 16 oz. $4.00
Buy 1, Receive $4.00 Register Reward
Pay: $16.00, Earn 4 $4.00 Register Rewards

Bought 3 Lanacane Maximum Strength Anti-Itch Cream, 1 oz. $5.00
Buy 1, Receive $5.00 Register Reward
Pay: $15.00, Earn 3 $5.00 Register Rewards

Bought 2 Complete Multi-Purpose Solution, 12 oz. $7.99
Buy 1, Receive $7.99 Register Reward
Use $1.00/1 Complete Multi-Purpose Solution from SS 4/29 (exp 6/4)
Pay $13.98, Earn 2 $15.98 Register Rewards

Bought 1 Renew Life First Cleanse 14-Day Kit $18.00
Buy 1, Submit $18.00 Mail in Rebate
Pay $18.00, Submit Mail in Rebate for $18.00

Bought 4  NutriGrain Bars and 4 Pop-tarts, 8 pack 2/$5.00 
Buy 2, Receive $2.00 Register Reward
Use  2 $1.00/2 Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain Cereal Bars, 8 ct. or larger, from RP 4/15 (exp 6/10)
And use 2 $1.00/2 Kellogg’s Pop Tarts Toaster Pastries – (bricks.com)
Pay $16.00, Earn 4 $2.00 Register Reward

Bought 2 Lysol Toilet Bowl Cleaner, 16 oz. $2.99
Buy One Get One Free
Use $1.00/2 Lysol Toilet Bowl Cleaners or No Mess Automatic Toilet Bowl Cleaners from SS 4/15 (exp 5/16)
Pay $2.00

Bought 2 Finish Dishwasher Tabs or Gelpacs, 20 pack, Jet-Dry, 8.45 oz. $3.49
Buy 1, Receive $1.50 Register Reward
Use 2 $0.75/1 Finish Powerball Tabs or Gelpacs, from SS 4/22 (exp 5/27)
Pay $5.48, Receive  2 $1.50 Register Reward

Bought 1 Scrubbing Bubbles One Step Toilet Bowl Cleaner Kit, 18 oz. $6.99
Buy 1, Receive $2.00 Register Reward
Used $3.00/1 Scrubbing Bubbles One Step Toilet Bowl Cleaner Kit inside box of previous purchase
Pay $3.99, Earn $2.00 Register Reward

Final Price at Walgreens: $13.47

TARGET:

Bought 2 Degree Men’s Deodorant, Trial Size $1.07
Used $2.00/2 – Degree Men’s Deodorant or Antiperspirant – (target.com) **
Pay $0.14

**This coupon has changed.  It now excludes trial size.

Bought 2 I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter! Tub, 15 oz $2.69, Regular Price
Buy 2, Receive Dozen Eggs Free ($1.89 value)
Use 2 $1.25/1 – I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter! Product, any, Limit two identical coupons in same shopping trip – (coupons.com)
Pay $2.88

Bought 3 Nivea Lip Balms, $2.24
Buy Any 3 Participating Eucerin or Nivea Skin Care Products, Receive a $5.00 Target Gift Card
Pay $6.72, Earn $5.00 Target Gift Card

Classico Pasta Sauce, 24 oz  $1.89, Price cut through 5/19
Use $1.00/2 Classico Pasta Sauce from SS 5/6
Pay $2.78

Zyrtec Allergy, 5 ct. $5.27, Regular Price
Use $4.00/1 Zyrtec Allergy from SS 4/15
Pay $1.27

Final Price at Target: $8.79

WALMART:

Bought 2 Kikkoman Marinade and Sauce $2.28
Used
 2 $2.00/1 – Kikkoman Marinade – (coupons2.smartsource.com)  no longer available to print
Pay $0.56

Bought 2  Haribo Gummy Candy, 4.25 to 5 oz. $0.97
Use  2 $0.30/1 – Haribo Product – (facebook.com)
Paid $1.34

Bought 1 Zyrtec Allergy, 5 ct. $5.27, Regular Price
Use $4.00/1 Zyrtec Allergy from SS 4/15
Paid $1.27

Bought 3 Pampers Wipes, 60 to 72 pack $1.95
Used 3  $0.75/1 – Pampers Wipes, 60ct or Larger – (coupons.com)
Paid $3.60

Final Price at Walmart: $6.77

Grand Total: $29.07  for $145.00 worth of product!  The total price is based on the sale prices so it is even better than that!

 

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52 thoughts on “Let’s Shop: Week of 5/6 Results”

  1. my local walgreens spit out 2 $4 RR for the witch hazel last week- so i ended up getting one witch hazel and $8 in RR. The manager said if the computer prints it, its yours :)

  2. Anonymous says:

    I had a bad experience today at my local Walmart! I had 2 coupons for Kikkoman Marinade 1.00/1 and had 2 of the marinades at the counter. I actually had a cashier read the barcode and tell me that I had made a copy of the one coupon since the barcode was the same, and he could not accept the second coupon. I absolutely did not make a copy! The manager came up and said they can only accept one of the coupons if the barcode is identical! I let them know I simply printed them off the internet as I do my other coupons! I thought this was a bit ridiculous! Neither of them tried to even scan the second coupon to see if it would come off, because I know it would’ve!! I only had TWO coupons! It wasn’t like I had ten, twenty, or fifty! I’m sure he wouldn’t have checked the barcodes if I had brought fifty! I’ve never heard of this before. Has anyone else ever had this problem?? And has anyone else ever noticed a barcode being the same if you print the same coupon twice?? WOW…..

    • Anonymous says:

      Your experience is not uncommon and we are all saddened to learn of the unpleasant situation that you encountered.  However, this is a thrilling moment in your development as a Krazy Couponer.  You are about to lose your ‘coupon virginity’!
      You see, Mom_RN_Couponer, to the ‘coupon virgin’ and the untrained eye, 2 coupons printed at the same time appear identical.  Yet, to those who have ‘been’ with coupons and that have had multiple encounters, it is easy to discern when the couponer is ‘faking’.
      Although it is true that both coupons may have the same barcodes, an ‘experienced’ couponer would have known to point out that the numbers which appear on the dot-scan box just below the expiration date actually have different numbers, proving that the 2 coupons are not duplicates!
      It is hoped that this explanation was delivered ‘gently’ and ‘tenderly’ in accord with your needs.  Please excuse me now as I take a cold shower! :-)  

  3. I, too am finding it very confusing as are the cashiers.  Specifically Target.  All of their printable coupons say, “limit one coupon or offer per guest.” However, their coupon policy does not mention anything.  Have I been a horrible couponer this entire time?!? I sure hope not.  I try my hardest to follow the policy.  

    Second question, I print from a Mac.  Is anyone having issues with the bar code on their coupons not fully printing, so when you go use them at the store the cash register says, “unripe banana” or some type of fruit? This is so frustrating.  I think it’s the Mac compatibility. 

  4. This was my first time out and apparently I completely suck
    at couponing. I bought your book and possibly I am having information overload
    or I’m just an idiot. I looked at you shopping trip for 5/6 and so I thought ok
    I have to start somewhere so off I go to Walmart, they have no Malt o Meal
    cereal for $1 the lowest price is 3.98, and apparently my Walmart here in Idaho
    doesn’t carry Pumpkin Spice Crock Spread, so I left Walmart feeling like a
    complete loser. Next I go to Albertson’s for the screaming deal on Planters
    Peanut Butter, Printed off 2 copies of the coupon, I guess I had to buy ten to
    get the .99 deal, I ended up paying 3.98 for 2 Peanut Butters when I thought I
    would only be paying .99 each. I really wanted to learn this…..I guess its not
    for idiots…..

    • Anonymous says:

      When it comes to idiots, you can tell by my picture, that I am their leader.  Therefore, do not allow your 1st experience to discourage you Susan.  A baby must learn to crawl before it takes it’s 1st step; a baby must take it’s 1st step before it learns to walk; a baby must 1st walk before it learns to run; a baby must 1st run before it gets old and can barely walk again…I think there’s a lesson in there somewhere…LOL ;)

  5. So I feel like the worst coupon person in the world, I think I’m just a complete idiot when it comes to this. I’m really trying to figure this all out I got your book read it and possibly I’m having information overload. I looked at your shopping trip for the week of 5/6, went to Walmart and I could not find any Malt o Meal cereal for $1 the lowest price was $3.98, so that was a bust, then apparently my WalMart here in Idaho doesnt carry Pumpkin Spice Crock Spread, I just left feeling like a complete loser. Also I read about the Albertson’s deal for the Planters Peanut Butter for .99, I took my coupon and went in and bought 2 and apparently I had to buy 10 so I didnt get a great deal I ended up paying 3.98 for 2 when I thought I was going to be paying .99 each. I guess this isnt for me……..

    • Anonymous says:

      First of all you are not an idiot. Hang in there and you can and will get a hang of couponing.  I can guarantee all of us on here have made mistakes, gone to buy something that the store is out of or doesn’t even carry in your area, and have had not so good experiences.  But it does get easier and when you have that first amazing saving coupon trip you will realize it is so worth it.  

  6. Yes, Kcl I agree the 1 limit is Just plain poopy in my opinion, I was bothered when it said 2 on some of them. I have a huge family And live at least 20 minutes from most of the large chain stores, so making several trips is really not an option for me. However, I am finding deals just more creatively, and my Teenie little Cvs, and Rite Aid love getting more of my business. I am finding it much easier to shop without driving 30 or 40 miles:)

  7. Anonymous says:

    I heard that there was a talk show about couponing, and certain stores trying to crack down on it – crazy, isn’t it making them money?  That might be what is going on, they are trying to limit us.  That’s ok, i’ll take my kids too – take that!

  8. Anonymous says:

    The Target printable had no exclusions listed!

  9. I tried yesterday to buy the Degeee and the Water Babies at Target but the coupon said no travel sizes…how did you do it?

  10. Anonymous says:

    I was just curious if anyone’s ever tried doing a price match at Target or Walmart using a Dollar Tree ad. The current Dollar Tree ad has Degree deodorant advertised for $1, but it doesn’t specify which sizes they carry. The Degree coupon would make these free if this is allowed. 

  11. There was a printable (excludes travel) and there was another printable a few days later that had no exclusions! :)

    -I take it she probably used the printable with no exclusions.

  12. Rhaoda Thao says:

    that sucks… it’s a waste of time! Lol. I’ve never had that happen before but they should make it more convenient like at CVS where they can manually print it if it doesn’t come out or if you had a raincheck.

  13. Tina Seitz says:

    I went to Walgreens today to get the Nutrigrain bars, and my RR’s didn’t priint. I was purchasing 4 but I separated them into 2 different transactions, and the Manager gave me two sheets of paper and told me to fill it out and mail it in to get my 4$ worth of RR… Wth??/

    • Anonymous says:

      i’ve been reading some people having trouble with the RR not printing, but in most cases the people who encountered problems were purchasing the apple flavor (which shouldn’t matter it should still be included but it seems like they weren’t entered correctly in the system and the RR are not printing for that flavor) HTH

      • Tina Seitz says:

        I purchased 2 apple as first transaction and 2 berry on the second. Neither RR printed…  :(

        • Anonymous says:

          Mine printed for both fine. I Judy return them immediately when that happens and usually when they rearing, the RR prints or my manager will give me a gift card for the amt.

    • Anonymous says:

       My walgreens doesn’t even have a sign that these are on sale or having RR.

  14. Diane Slater says:

    KCL, I’d like you to come and spend a week with me.  We can coupon together!!!  I’d take anything you posted in your pic!!

    • Anonymous says:

      what ever happened to that TLC contest announced in January to win a trip and $500 to spend a day shoppin with KCL

  15. Imona Budget says:

    This is a good idea to place the items like this….we can see it all much better…(except Pizzazz missed the tampons…!)

  16. emwest says:

    I’m new to Walgreen’s, but noticed they list redeemed RR on the receipt as Mfg. Cpn. with a reference to a purchased item.  I’m concerned that when I submit for my rebate, the manufacturer of the purchased item might think, from viewing the receipt, that the rebate amount should be offset by the redeemed RR that happens to note the purchased item.  Anyone have any experience one way or the other on this?  Thanks!

    • Christina says:

      I did the rebate with the neosporin trial packs when they were on sale for $12.99 and the 5.00/1 coupon was available. I got my check a couple days ago for the full amount of $12.99. HTH. Also, the total on the receipt was like $4 something. 

      • Kaytee Postma says:

        I did the rebate as well and I only got back $7.99 since I used the $5 coupon :( Although I took that $7.99 check when I got it and turned it into like $150 worth of product so it ended up being totally worth it!

        • emwest says:

          Thanks, guys.  Sounds like it could go either way.  I did the online chat with the Walgreens Rebate Center, and they said it shouldn’t matter, but I’m still doubtful…especially for the rebate offer that goes through the manufacturer rather than the Walgreens Rebate Center.

        • Anonymous says:

          I also did the Neosporin trial packs rebate and got back $7.99 instead of the full $12.99 so no moneymaker but free (after tax & postage) is still good for me. I just have to wonder why some of us got $7.99 & some $12.99 on the same rebate done the same way….

  17. The one per guest on the coupons is a pain…i only get two most times of anything..hope that,s not something we are gonna see more & more of :(((((

  18. Rose Spice says:

    love the picture. I like how I can see everything.

  19. Anonymous says:

    This is the 1st time I can recall seeing that feminine hygiene products were not purchased.
    Shopping at Walgreens without buying sanitary napkins is like going to the circus and not seeing a clown; there’s nothing funny about it! ;)

  20. Samantha says:

    In the picture, i see the pepsi and what looks like a box of U by Kotex tampons but i didn’t see the deals on the break down…Did I miss it? I ask because I’m interested in getting those items

  21. KCL..seems like you have to spend alot in the beginning to get things rolling…that was a great shop tho….do you always travel this much????

    • Anonymous says:

       I was about to say the same, it seems like every post she’s out of town (though I’m thinking maybe it’s not the original kcl who post these?) either way it’s always fun to see what deals you get even shopping  at a new store

    • Anonymous says:

      I have a lot of family to visit!,