Monday, January 23, 2012

It's A Beautiful Thing!

Anyone who knows me, knows that I am addicted to Coca-Cola.  The original kind.  Not diet.  Not cherry, lime or vanilla.  Classic Coke.  And I drink way too much of it.  There are worse things to be addicted to of course, but still, it's not healthy for me.  But I digress...

Anyway, CVS had Coke on sale last week and this week.  It came out to $1.66 for a 12 pack of cans, which normally cost $4.99 not on sale.  Despite the fact that I am super cheap, my Coke addiction has driven me to pay as much as $1.50 for one 20 oz bottle!  So I jumped at the chance to buy cheap 12 packs.  I got 12 last week and 8 this week.  Yes, I have 20 packs of Coke...  They expire in September which means that if I drink one a day, then I'll use them up before they expire.  Given that I drink a bit more than that, it shouldn't be a problem.

Am I crazy for buying so many?  I spent $33 on soda!  In this case I don't mind stockpiling a lot because I have a long history of using this product and know 100% that it will not go to waste.  Plus, it saves me from plunking down a dollar in the Coke machine at work every day.  I'll break even after not buying Coke at work for the next 33 times, and then I'll still have over 200 cans left.  So it's worth it!  On the other hand, I bought 4 bottles of Triaminic Kids Cold Medicine a few weeks ago.  I made 50 cents on each bottle!  They also expire around September.  Will I use all 4 by then?  Probably not.  I will probably give some away, like I did some other products this morning.

When I first I started couponing I bought anything and everything that was a good deal.  Now I'm trying to be a bit more savvy and really try to caculate how much we use, and can use by the expiration date.  I'm also capping myself off at a certain number.  Right now I have about a year's worth of kid's vitamins.  Given expiration dates, I probably shouldn't buy any more until I'm down to a 3 month supply.  However, if they are completely free or I make money on the deal, then I cannot guarantee anything!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Cheap Hair Color, Aleve & Vitamins

I had been quite busy this last week and hadn't done much couponing, but I made up for it this weekend.  CVS had a great deal on L'Oreal Preference Hair Color and I got 4 for .50 cents each.  Now, I already have 7 down in my stockpile that I got for between .50 cents and free, but given that I go through 12-15 of these a year, I jumped at the chance to pick up a few more so I won't ever have to pay full retail ($8 and up).

This past week I realized we were almost out of Aleve so I started checking around and got a great deal on it at Walgreens today.  By combining sales, coupons and store rewards, I got Aleve for just .24 cents.  I had enough coupons to buy 8 of them, which I did.  They don't expire until August 2014 so hopefully we'll be set for a while. 

Lastly, I got an awesome price on Flintstone vitamins at Target.  Again, I used sales, coupons and store rewards to get an awesome price - only .32 cents per container!

I don't go out and buy $1,000 of stuff at a time.  I buy a little here and a little there.  As we are out running our regular errands I'll pop in CVS, Walgreens or Target to get my deals.    Love it!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

A Great Start to Couponing in 2012!

Early on Sunday morning, January 1st, I went out couponing while everyone else was home recovering from New Year's festivities the night before.  It was worth it!

I came home with 8 bottles of kids medicine (exp: 2014) , 4 bottles of body wash;  18 rolls of Charmin toilet paper, 6 bottles of conditioner.  I spent $20 out-of-pocket, and left with $17 in gift cards/store rewards.  The net cost of all these products was $3.  Awesome!

I accomplished this by combining manufacturer coupons (inserts & printed), store coupons, store rewards and store cards.  I found all the deals at my favorite website,!