Today was a good shopping day for us. We ran in and ran out of Target and Walgreens quickly with a repeat performance at Target in the evening to pick up the cold items I couldn't get earlier in the day. I thought about posting a pic and giving you the total paid and the savings, but then I had an idea about exploring how stacking coupons really, really pays off. First, you gotta know what stacking coupons is all about... stacking is when you use a store coupon (in this case Target) with a manufacturer's coupon on one item. You get a lot more product for your buck. Lots of places allow you to stack coupons. Walgreens, Publix, and Target all allow this. Those are three stores I frequent because of stacking. So today, I made sure the items I purchased were 1.) on sale; 2.) that I had a manufacturer's coupon for it ; and 3.) had a store coupon for it. I'll also show you some plain old good deals using straight up manufacturer coupons with clearanced items. And I've learned that if this whole writing, frugal bidness doesn't pan out for me I may have a career in staging products. Beth and my wooden salad bowl set. :o) Peace, B.
And before I get any comments about how you couldn't possibly stockpile this much stuff or you don't use this stuff or this is all convenience food that your family won't eat yada yada yada, let me tell you that my family will use all of this stuff over the next two months as we travel and grill and picnic and camp. Your family might not, but that doesn't mean you couldn't use the scads of other coupons available to stack and save. It just gets to me how folks feel the need to tell me why they can't do this and what's wrong with how I am doing it. We don't have to validate our choices, friends. This is for your benefit. If you can use it, excellent. If you can't then, move along to the next post!
Kraft barbeque sauce- B3G1 Target coupon stacked with four 25 cents/1 coupons; cost per item 49 cents (saved $2)
A1 steak sauce- B2G1 Target coupon stacked with three 35 cents/1 coupons; cost per item 98 cents (saved $3.04)
Kraft Mac & Cheese single serving multi packs- B3G1 Target coupon stacked with a FREE coupon (facebook) and two 60 cents/1 coupons; cost per item $1.10 (saved $6.78)
Nabisco 100 calorie snack packs- B3G1 Target coupon stacked with two B1G1 coupons; cost per item $1.30 (saved $5.18)
Jello- B3G1 Target coupon stacked with two 40 cents/2 coupons PLUS these were on clearance; cost per item 11 cents (saved $2.76)
Old El Paso dinner kits- No stacking on this one, friends, but I found them on clearance and I had two $1/1 coupons, so the cost per item on these was 42 cents (saved $5.14)!
Nabisco crackers- B3G1 Target coupon stacked with two $1/2 coupons; cost per item $1.36 (saved $4.56)
Chips Ahoy cookies- B3G1 Target coupon stacked with two $1/2 coupons; cost per item 99 cents (saved $4)
These aren't all examples of stacking, but important illustrations of how you can score free or darn good deals when you wait and see.
Gilette 3 pack shaving cream- $1/1 Target coupon stacked with one 75 cents/1 coupon PLUS this was on clearance; cost per item (each individual can) 53 cents (saved $4.38)
Bic pens- two $1/1 coupons; cost per item free (saved $1.98)
Fruit Chillers popsicles- two $1/1 coupons; cost per item $1 (saved $2)
Ziploc storage containers- $1/2 Target coupon stacked with one $1.50/2 coupon; cost per item $1.08 (saved $3.82)
Oscar Meyer beef hotdogs- B3G1 Target coupon stacked with two $1/2 coupons; cost per item 99 cents (saved $7.18)
Lunchables- B3G1 Target coupon stacked with two 75 cents/2 coupons; cost per item 69 cents (saved $4.26)
Deli Selections- B1G1 Target coupon stacked with two $1/1 coupons; cost per item 40 cents each (saved $4.78)
Deli Select cheese- B1G1 Target coupon stacked with two $1/1 coupon; cost per item 40 cents (saved$4.78)
This isn't a stacking coupons example, but it is another great waiting and seeing example. I found these B1G1 coupons for Littlest Pet Shop toys last week. I did not run out and grab them. I waited. I checked out the prices today while in Target and found six different pets marked down to $2.19. (Gracie opened one of them already, so five are pictured.) These toys were only $6.57 or $1.10 each. That's a savings of $11.37!
Mountain Dew- $1/2 Target coupon; cost per item $2 (saved $3.98)
Kleenex hand towels- $1.50/1 Target coupon stacked with $1/1 coupon; cost per item FREE (saved $2.49)
This is a Walgreens example for y'all. I'm gonna talk Register Rewards (RRs), so just bear with me. The Pecan Sandies and Cheese Its were 4 for $10 with $5 in RRs plus I used four $1/1 coupons, the Colgate was $2.49 with $2 in RRs plus I used one 75 cents/1 coupon, and the Goodies hairbands were $2.99 with $2.99 in RRs. The total order was $10.73. I used my RRs from last week and paid $1.14 PLUS I got back $10 in RRs to use next week. It's like Walgreens paid me $8.86 to purchase these items. I know, it's crazy!
Pedigree canned dog food- B1G1 free coupon; cost per item 35 cents (saved 69 cents)
Pedigree breath biscuits and dentistixs- one $1.50/1 dentistix stacked with one $1/1 Pedigree dentistix Target coupon and one B1 DentistixG1 BreathBuster coupon; cost per item 15 cents (saved $5.19)
Whiskas dry cat food- two $2/1 coupons; cost per item $1.59 (saved $4.98)
I paid $37.81 (after figuring in the RRs from Walgreens!) for $158.63 worth of merchandise pictured above. Frugal is fabulous, my friends!