Friday, May 24, 2024

Reflections on “Extreme Couponing” and Register Coupons

Did you get a chance to watch “Extreme Couponing” on TLC last week? If you missed it, the show is set to air again on January 15 and 16. You can check out the schedule here. I have to admit that it motivated me to get back on track with finding the deals again. I do really well at getting great deals at Publix, but because of my schedule, I haven’t made time to check into the other great deals lately, especially at CVS & Walgreens.

Extreme Couponing showed people who had literally hundreds of bottles of items, such as salad dressings, deodorants, laundry detergent (liquid), etc. Please know that these items DO have a shelf life. So, be careful when stocking up to make sure that the product won’t be expired before you will get to use it. If you can get it free and can’t use it, donate it! Soup kitchens and organizations like that cannot accept expired foods due to liability issues.

So, in my efforts to not miss anymore CVS and/or Walgreen’s deals, I thought I’d give you an example of how to make those “register coupons” work for you. CVS calls theirs “Extra Care Bucks”so I’ll refer to them as ECB’s. My suggestion is to plan to shop when you think the store will not be busy. I always have them ring up several transactions because I don’t want to hold up the line.

Transaction #1 Tone Body Wash – on sale for $3.88. Out of pocket: $4.12, received a $3 ECB back

Transaction #2 2 Pantene Conditioners – on sale 2 for $7. Used a $3 Manufacturer Coupon and the $3 ECB from Transaction #1. Out of pocket: $1.39, received a $2 ECB back.

Transaction #3 2 Always pads – on sale for $3 each. Used 2 manufacturer coupons for $1 each and the $2 ECB from Transaction #2. Out of pocket: $2.36 and received a $2 ECB back.

Transaction #4 2 Herbal Essence conditioners – on sale for $2.99. Used a Manufacturer coupon for buy one, get one free and the $2 ECB from Transaction #3. Out of pocket: $1.35

Grand total out of pocket: $9.22 Retail value: $35.21

I realize this retail value is slightly exaggerated because I would not normally pay that much even without the coupons. I’m sure most of us would choose to shop at a different type of store where regular prices are less. But combine sales, coupons and Extra Care Bucks, and it’s definitely worth the effort!

I work the Walgreens deals the same way, but they call their register coupons “Register Rewards,” and their computers are a bit more challenging. They only allow one coupon per item, so if you have a manufacturer coupon and a register reward coupon but only one item, they won’t take it. You have to pick up another low-priced item for the coupons to scan properly.

Another suggestion to save some money: Check out Dave Ramsey’s $100 Challenge and give yourself a raise in 2011!

Now, on to the deals this week!

Whole Foods: Click here for their coupons. If you prefer to shop at Publix, they should accept these as competitor coupons.

Publix Greenwise: Click here for their weekly ads.

Many thanks to for their great tips on shopping at Publix!

For Publix “super deals” for 1/6-1/12, please click here.

For Publix full sale list with coupon match-ups for 1/6-1/12, please click here. *Please note that has changed their format. You can now create your own printable spreadsheet for your shopping list directly from the site! I love that!

For Publix ongoing sale list, please click here.

For Publix Advantage Buy Flyer sales, please click here.

Know the Lingo

BOGO – Buy one, get one free SS – Smart Source (coupon inserts in Sunday’s papers) RP – Red Plum (coupon inserts in Sunday’s papers) PG – Proctor & Gamble (coupon inserts in Sunday’s papers) GM – General Mills (occasional coupon inserts in Sunday’s papers) Blinkie – coupon dispensers in stores Peelie – coupons found on products that you peel off Hangtag – coupons found hanging on bottles All You – Magazine sold at Walmart or via subscription

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