For example.. I have a Bosch dishwasher and this high ticket item is a snob. It only likes Finish dish washer detergent. I assumed it was a total marketing ploy and when I got the machine I happened to have a supply of that brand so I never thought more about it.. When I was running lower on detergent I started to keep a better eye out for deals. One day at Walmart I saw an great deal on gel packs. They were Cascade brand and marked down to $2.00 a bag! I bought 7.
What a waste of money...... The fragrance was so strong it permeated every single plastic dish I washed.. some were a total loss.. some faded over time. I ended up putting them aside and adding them to my donation pile for Holiday times. I picked up boxes of Finish over the past few months as I saw them on sale.. but I hardly ever found good coupons.. Until 2 weeks ago....There was a coupon out for $2.15 off a box.. WOW! This is unheard of.. It was so worthy I ran out and bought a few more papers that day. Just the savings from THAT single coupon was more then the cost of the paper itself.. so every other coupon I scored was bonus. That week I also found Purex laundry detergent coupons that were $1.00 off a jug.
I went through the Walgreens and Rite aid ads that Sunday to see what the specials were. The Giant Eagle Ad comes in the mail on Tuesday so I had to wait. That week Rite Aid was running a B1G1free special on Finish... seriously.. could it get any better? Walgreen's was running a deal on Purex! My deals went like this.
At Rite Aid each box was 7.99 for 32 pellets.
Rung up 47.94 before tax
after I scanned my card the total came down to 23.97.
I used 3 coupons taking me down to $19.02 including tax. Because I am anal.. I figured it out by the wash load.. I purchased 192 washes for $.09 a wash... That to me is a deal.
I then drove over to Walgreens and grabbed 3 bottles of Purex that were on sale for $3.99 a bottle. My coupons brought it down to 2.99 each and out the door with tax I got 96 loads of detergent for .10 a load... I will be honest in that I have never properly measured out my detergent.. but I assume I get more then the bottle says b/c I use such small amounts of soap.
Last night at my Moms of Multiples Meeting I managed to get to the coupon pile and see if there was anything that appealed to me.. Lo and behold there were 4 Finish coupons! I did the happy dance.. my friends thought I was crazy but I doubt they have a snob of a dishwasher... I have just gotten a bag of coupons cut from the in laws on Sunday and added these 3 to the 1 I cut then...
So today while out running errands I stopped at Target.. Their 20ct boxes of Finish were $3.99.. Using my coupons I got each bag for 1.84 before tax..That also comes down to $.09 a wash!
Yes, if you are counting I have 10 boxes of Dishwasher detergent in my basement...That is 272 runs of the dishwasher...for the insanely low price of $26.84... This week Giant Eagle is selling an 80ct box for $10.99.
To buy the same number of washes at GE I would spend $37.26.
Also today I hit Walgreens and used the Ad coupons for boxes of tissues at .99/box. I stacked with with my .50 off 3 boxes coupon and got 3 boxes for $.82/box. While I was there I bought a bottle of iced tea for a dollar and it gave me an instant rebate coupon for a dollar. I will go back to Walgreens before Sat and use the ad coupon again, another manufacture coupon and this 1.00 coupon and get 3 more boxes for $.49/each. *KNOCKING WOOD*.. we have been rather healthy.. but yes, I am preparing for doomsday buy stocking up in tissues...
The last store I hit on my circle around town was the Dollar Tree.. You either love it or hate it there.. I love it! They now take coupons.. and granted you will not find many items that you can correlate with a coupon.. but when you do.. it makes things either free.. or pennies... I had 7 -.75 coupons.. 3 were for any type of Colgate toothpaste.. size 4oz or larger.. the other 4 were for any Colgate adult or kids toothbrushes.. I grabbed these nifty travel brushes that will be the perfect size for the kids. for less then $2.00 I added to my supply shelf. You can never have enough toothpaste or toothbrushes..When kids have been ill I toss old brushes and give them new to lessen the chance of relapse. The toothpaste is a great item to send in when school groups ask for donations for the local pantry. This is an item that cannot be purchased with food stamps.. and I can send in tons!
I know that people will say that all the driving around voids the savings I have with coupons.. I disagree and I make my trips work for me. I hit Walgreens on the way to the dentist, the Dollar Tree was on the way to the highway to go to Target. I have lots of coupons to use so I saved money all the way around going to places I needed to go anyway! I won't make a special trip to the Dollar Tree for a single toothbrush/paste.. but when I can get a stack.. it is worth the 10 minutes of my day!
Tonight I took the kids to the library to return books and while they searched out more I went straight to the table where people deposit their unwanted coupons. I managed to grab almost a dozen of a specific item coupon a friend is in need of, and I managed to get more laundry detergent coupons and another Finish one in addition to a bunch of coupons for items that will go on sale at my Giant Eagle starting Thursday.