This week, I chatted with a friend who hasn’t used coupons since last Christmas. She told me that the holidays were too busy, and she wondered if she had the time to coupon anymore. I told her to give me 30 minutes to print coupons and one hour to shop, and we’d see what we could do. Here are our results: less than $3.00 for almost $50.00 worth of goodies! If the holidays are making you feel like you can’t fit in one more thing (like coupons), try our trick: pick just one or two stores that have things you really want and go there. We all have time for a little couponing!

WALGREENS:

Bought 2 Almay Eye Makeup Remover Pads, 80 ct $5.99, regular price
Bought 2 Almay Makeup Eraser Sticks, 24 ct $5.99, regular price

Buy One Get One 50% Off 
Used two $5.00/2 – Almay Cosmetic Products, excludes trial/travel size – (coupons.com)
And used one $2.00/1 Almay Face Cosmetics or Makeup Remover from Walgreens December Savings Book (exp 12/28) will automatically deduct $2.00 for each item purchased
Final Cost: Free

Bought 2 Colgate Max Fresh or Clean Toothpaste, 6 oz $3.00 each, when you buy 2
Buy 2, Receive $4.00 Register Reward
Used two $1.00/1 Colgate Total, Optic White, Max Fresh or Sensitive Toothpaste, 4 oz or larger, Limit 4 same coupons in same transaction from SS 12/15 (exp 12/28)
Paid $4.00, Received $4.00 Register Reward
Final Cost: Free

Bought 2 Nabisco Ritz Crackers, 6-16 oz $2.00 each, when you buy 2
Buy 2, Receive 1,000 Balance Rewards Points
Used two $0.75/1 – Nabisco Ritz Crackers, 10 oz or larger, redeemable at Walmart – (coupons.com)
Paid $2.50, Received 1,000 Balance Rewards Points ($1.00)
Final Cost: $1.50

Bought 3 Hallmark Cards $0.99, regular price
Buy 3, Receive 1,000 Balance Rewards Points 
Used one $2.00/3 – Hallmark Cards, minimum $2.00 purchase, limit one per customer – (facebook.com)
Paid $0.97, Received 1,000 Balance Rewards Points ($1.00)
Final Cost: $0.03 Moneymaker

Total Cost at Walgreens:  $1.47

 

RITE AID:

Bought 1 Tums Antacid, 50-150 ct $3.99
Bought 1 Tums Freshers, 50 ct $3.99

Buy 1, Receive $1.00 +Up Reward, Limit 4
Used one $3.00/2 Tums, 32 ct or larger from RP 12/8 (exp 1/8/14)
And used one $1.50/1 – Tums Freshers Twin Pack, 50 ct, limit one per customer, after video, Rite Aid coupon – (adperk.com)
And used one $1.00/1 – Tums Product, excludes Tums Freshers Twin Pack, 50 ct, limit one per customer, after video, Rite Aid coupon – (adperk.com)
Paid $2.48, Received two $1.00 +Up Rewards
Final Cost: $0.48

Bought 1 Cold-Eeze Lozenges, 18 ct $3.99
Buy 1, Receive $3.00 +Up Reward, Limit 1
Paid $3.99, Received $3.00 +Up Reward
Final Cost: $0.99

Total Cost at Rite Aid: $1.47

 

GRAND TOTAL: $2.94 plus tax for $49.00 worth of product!