Dear Krazies,

I was going to write a short report last Monday after a couple of shopping trips on Sunday and Monday morning. However, I witnessed thing at Albertson’s that made me rethink my paltry efforts, the potential for couponing, and your kind humouring of me on your website for my little purchases.

While doing recon at Albertson’s Monday morning, I witnessed a lone female (didn’t get her name) as she was finalizing the purchase of at least 5 full carts of items that matched up with the $4 off $10 sale and the Conagra $10 off $25 sale. She had the exclusive attention of 2 young male cashiers (Heather?) and had multiple stacks of coupons in some semblence of order as she verified that all was in order. It is a guess, but I suspect she had at least $500, maybe $600, in the carts. If she was as good as she appeared to be, it is unlikely she would have spent more than $50 OOP on her load.

I left to find a table at Arby’s to get a sandwich and a free flavored ice tea (with coupon) and to compare Albertson’s sales flyer with my coupons and make a list.

When I returned, the first Koupon Kween had departed and another Kween with her Lady in Waiting were there recreating the size and type of purchase I had witness just an hour before.

It is a miracle that Albertson’s didn’t have to close down and restock after these 2 Kweens finished.

Now, much humbled, I quietly completed my shopping trip focusing on the Conagra specials. My first purchase was $25.00. I had $10.00 in manufacturers’ coupons which made the purchase $16.50 with tax returning $10.00 in Catalinas. Second purchase was $25.00. I had $8.00 in manufacterers’ coupons, $10.00 in Catalinas from the first purchase, and paid $8.50 with tax returning another $10.00 in Catalinas. So, OOP of $15.00 on purchase of $53.00 with tax. Receipt said savings of $85.66 off full list price.

Pretty good I thought. Or would have thought had I not witnessed, with mine own two eyes, the two miracles earlier that day. There are some big high heels out there for me to fill. While not needing to fill a semi as these Koupon Kweens did, I was – and am in – awe of their purchases.

My Walgreens visit today was a little better today. I had coupons for glucose meters which made them free. I got 4 (but only received 3 Catalinas). I also got 2 Rembrandts tooth pastes, 2 Bayer Crystals, 2 GOT2B gels, and the last box of Ecotrin. I also threw in some small Walgreen tissues that were $.25 each to round things up to maximize the Catalina coupons I used to pay for things. The meters are not in the attached photo as I dropped them off at an Assisted Living center on my home from Walgreens. Walgreens was also out of some items that I will pickup this Friday when I am in TF doing other things.

I walked into Walgreens with some Catalinas ($5.00) and some cash. I paid $17.41 in cash, rolled some Catalinas, and walked out with the products listed above plus $27.00 in Catalinas. I believe I was “shorted” $7.50 in Catalinas because I inadvertently used Catalinas from the same manufacturer (Bayer) during a purchase with several items, some of which were Bayer products. Not the identical product that earned the Catalina but the same manfucturer. Even though they were not the same product, additional Catalinas did not print. I should have purchased the meters alone so as not to confuse either the register or the poor cashier.

I am sure I would have learned this nuance if I had attended any of the KCL classes.

Also shown from today is my Wal-Mart purchase of 5 salad dressings ($.08 after coupons) and 10 boxes of Crunch & Munch ($5.00 after coupons).

My brother Pete from Wisconsin has been teaching the Walgreens in our hometown how to maximize the RR’s there by rolling alternating products. I suspect he will open his own Walgreens discount store soon. He said he would send photo and description later this evening. As of noon he said he had started the day with $6.00 in RR’s , spent about $7.00 OOP on $78.00 worth of purchases, and had $17.00 in RR’s in his pocket as he was traveling to the next Walgreens.

KCG Rick