Thursday, April 17, 2008

$500.00 Coupon Giveaway

COMMENTS HAVE BEEN CLOSED........CONTEST EXPIRED AT 8PM CENTRAL TIME. I WILL ANNOIUNCE THE WINNER IN THE MORNING. BLESSINGS!!!!!



MAKE THAT $900.00 IN COUPONS. THERE WILL BE 2 WINNERS! ONE ENVELOP WILL HAVE $500 AND ONE WILL HAVE $400.

NEW POSTS BELOW............................................

I am giving $500 worth of coupons away. Simply tell me your best coupon story in the comment section. If you link the giveaway to your blog you are automatically entered to win AGAIN!

It can be about the amount you used or purchased or any other story involving you and coupons.

This giveaway is open until THURSDAY NIGHT AT 8PM (CENTRAL TIME). I will pick a winner then and send them out on Friday morning (email me if you are the winner with you name and address).

My latest coupon story.............

I bought Pampers diapers on sale at Target a few weeks or months ago. I paid very little for them. Probably less than $5 per jumbo pack (after coupons and all). They all had $1.50 coupons off on Cheerios in the packs. Nice surprise! I bought 9 packs.

Last week out local Piggly Wiggly ran Cheerios for $2.00 per box. I thought I was getting a great deal. I was only paying $.50 per box. Boy, was I right and then some. When I got to the register to check out, I noticed each box of Cheerios had a $1.50 coupon off of Pampers diapers!

Nine boxes of Cheerios for $4.50 and $13.50 in Pampers coupons for later.

How great was that? Totally awesome! I was thrilled out of my gourd!!!

Blessings and I hope you all win!!!!

78 comments:

Sharon said...

What a good idea! I have to say that my favorite coupon shopping is done at CVS now. I LOVE that store! I have found countless deals there. I can basically spend a dollar and get 20.00 worth of stuff by using their ECB's. It is a great way to get household stuff for next to nothing.

Stephanie said...

I bought several of the Cheerios boxes with the pampers coupons on them as well, we got the cheerios boxes on sale for $1.67 and had $1.00 off 2 box coupons. The last time I bought Pampers was at Target, when the super megas were on sale, with a buy 2 get a $5 target card promotion. I added my $1.50 off pampers coupons from the Cheerios boxes and piggy backed Target coupons on top of that. I love a good deal! Thanks for the great give away!

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mom2twins04 said...

My favorite coupon experience came from Sears... Yes that is right.. Sears...
My husband worked at Maytag and they had a convection oven that was tested above all the others, but yet it was not selling well... So Maytag offered a $500.00 voucher to any employee that wanted a voucher... Sears the same week offered a $700.00 instant in-store savings on the same oven...The original price of the oven was $1199.00. With the employee discount and the instore savings, we ended up paying $53.89 on sales tax... Can you believe that? Less than $60.00 for a convection oven...

~Babychaser~ said...

I love the Cheerios/Pampers coupons sharing. :) Most of the time when you need one you need the other anyway. :) I wonder if that is where they got the idea? :)

Since that story has alredy been shared though (twice)... what is my favorite coupon story??? Um... Um... ah... I'm really no good on the spot.

How bout a story from tonight? I wasn't planning to buy cream of mushroom and cream of chicken soup tonight. It wasn't on my menu and it wasn't on my list. However, while walking down the isle, I noticed that they had a little "buy 4 get $1 off your next shopping trip" tag on them. I decided (since the healthy choice ones are rarely on sale) that if I had a coupon in my coupon box that I would get them. I did! $1/5! Very exciting. So I picked up 5 cans for $1.25 a can (that's $6.25 I think), took $1 off with my coupon and got a $1 coupon for next week. When I got to the register however we found that it was an expired coupon. :( I asked her to take them off but decided to check for another coupon in my box. Turns out I had a $.35/4 couon! Doubled that meant $.70/4... and I could put one of the cans back! :) So... I got one less can, but I spent less than I would have with the original deal. :)

The Spaids said...

My best coupon deal was getting 8 cans of Campbell's tomato soup for $0.26 at Harris Teeter during their triple coupon event. There are some other things I've gotten for free, but the soup is my favorite. But aside from getting great deals, couponing has been a great way for my mother-in-law and I to connect and build our relationship. She is a coupon QUEEN and gets the best deals. I always call her when I am able to save more than 60% on a grocery trip so we can rejoice together.

Lisa C said...

My best coupone experience was about ten years back. We had a local grocery store that was going out of business. They offered triple coupons!!!They honored any coupon up to a dollar! Back then, you could get alot more coupons than they offer now.
Since all of their food was reduced already, the triple coupons saved me over 75 dollars!! You would have thought that I hit the lottery by how excited I was to save that much money with coupons.

Lisa C said...

My best coupone experience was about ten years back. We had a local grocery store that was going out of business. They offered triple coupons!!!They honored any coupon up to a dollar! Back then, you could get alot more coupons than they offer now.
Since all of their food was reduced already, the triple coupons saved me over 75 dollars!! You would have thought that I hit the lottery by how excited I was to save that much money with coupons.

Lisa C said...

The best coupon experience I ever had was about ten years ago. A local grocer was going out of business and offered triple coupons. They honored all coupons up to a dollar. I had saved over 75dollars with my coupons, not to mention everything was on sale. I was like a little kid at Christmas time I was so excited!!

MyKidsMom said...

Lady, you're a money-saving machine! The money you save on diapers alone- Wow!

Diapers are a thing of the past for me, but I DO have 2 still in Goodnites...any ideas for the best place to buy these? They run about $10.00 a pack with $1.50 being the best coupon I've seen.

I will have to think about the coupon story. Truth be told, I do alot of my shopping at a discount grocery store that does not allow coupons because their items are already up to 70%off. I DO use coupons however when I pick up any extras I need that this store doesn't have (many of the pack you sent before were used that way). So I may have to think back a while to my Midwest days.

Don't think I can outdo the convection oven story though...that just makes me plain jealous, LoL:)

Nico said...

Great Contest! One of my favorite places to use my coupons is Walgreens. A few weeks ago they were running a sale on Walgreens Brand diapers and training pants for $5.99, I had a coupon for $2.00 off.I ended up only paying $3.99 for a Jumbo pack of Diapers, and a Jumbo pack of Training pants. It is such a great place to save.

FishMama said...

My favorite recent coupon highlight was at a local grocery store. It's very chichi, so I don't shop there unless it's a screaming deal with coupons. They are also the only local store to offer double coupons. Well, they had an unadvertised special on Lunchables Jrs. I would never buy these, except they were 1.66, minus the 50 cent coupon twice so each pack in the twin pack was 33cents. So exciting. My daughter loves them and they're an easy meal for her when nothing on the table seems super toddler appropriate.

Thanks for a cool contest!

Mimi said...

My favorite coupon story was when I was shopping for milk and had 2 Horizon milk coupons for $1.00 off each. I got the milk and went down the snack aisle looking for goodies for my kids' lunches. Chips Ahoy cookies were on sale at 2/$3 plus there was a coupon for FREE milk up to 3.99.I had a coupon for Chips Ahoy for .50 cents. Horizon milk was 5.99 a gallon, so with the 3.99 coupons and the $1 coupons that Ralphs doubled, I got 2 FREE gallons of organic milk. The 2 pkgs. of cookies only cost $2 after the .50 cent coupon was doubled. I got 2 gallons of organic milk and 2 pkgs. of Chips Ahoy for only $2. That's why I love coupons so much!
Marva, since I won last time you had a coupon contest,don't enter me. I am putting your contest on my blog right now! Great give away!

Andrea said...

Good Idea!

My best coupon savings story was when I went shopping one week and spent $26 and saved $175! My snack on it is here:

http://mommysnacks.blogspot.com/2008/03/savings-snack-my-trip-for-march-25.html

Several things in the trip went to help local ministries we support which is always the best part of saving money! Also, a few weeks ago, I was in Bath & Body and had the coupon where you got a FREE $11 product if you bought anything. I used one I had and then turned to the lady behind me and asked her if she needed one. She was so appreciative and I felt great sharing the luv!

MyKidsMom said...

MARVA, would you mind if I ask Nico a questian? I know that sounds funny, but she doesn't have a blog page, and I REALLY want to know where she got her hands on a coupon for Walgreens training pants/pull-ups...and now I guess she knows my questian:)

Hope you don't mind...

MyKidsMom said...

I was thinking back to when we were poor college students early in our marriage. A couple girlfriends and I came upon a large amount of cereal coupons for .75 cents off. This brand happened to be on sale at $1.50 a box so, after they doubled our coupons, we went home with many, many (like 20) free boxes of cereal...only to find that inside the boxes were MORE coupons!

Maybe that's why I'm not a cereal fan today...;)

Caroline said...

My favorite coupon story is when I recently went to CVS and with coupons on huggies diapers, and ECB's left the store paying $1.95 for three packages of diapers, and getting $10.00 in ECB back! I think it is such a blessing how we can save money for our families!

Also, there is a store around here that just opened up called Rick's Picks that sells dented, soon to expire food, or not so soon to expire food! They accept coupons, and I recently went and got Organic granola bars for 50 cents a box with coupons! Normally they are over $3 a box!

Anonymous said...

I once got 75 jars of Gerber Graduates fruits and vegetables, different kinds, and a pair of Keds-like tennis shoes for 53 cents. Wal-Mart had coupons in the little dispenser for 50 cents off the jars, and they were only priced 39 cents for veggies and 43 cents for fruits, and let me keep the overage, so I had to buy shoes to cover the extra. Poor me! :)

Alice

nocryzone said...

I once was in line buying a venus razor. It was on sale and I had a coupon for it. I was so excited! Then I realized I lost my coupon. I said oh well, I'll take anyway. Then the lady behind me said, "Ma'am...I think I found what you are looking for"...my coupon was stuck to my butt somehow. The lady actually peeled it off and handed it to me. It was so funny/embarrassing...I was just glad I got my deal!

Unsinkable Kristen said...

Sweet! My best deal so far is that scotch brite coupon that we just got. I'm still new, so I don't have many under my belt. Thanks!!!

Anonymous said...

My favorite coupon shopping was this past sunday at cvs. I got 4 packs of diapers, a gallon of milk, two air wick things, and 2 tummy meds for $8.00. It was such a rush!!!

nicole n.

Amy in TN said...

I'm new at using coupons and doing CVS/Walgreens deals. But I did have some great coupons from a dishwasher rebate -- FREE box of Cascade. I have a whole booklet of these coupons that I've been using over the last year. Well, a couple of weeks ago, Walgreens had a Buy Cascade 4/$10 get $4 back in Register Rewards. So I used by coupons, spent nothing, got 4 boxes of Cascade, plus $4! I love it when I can make money shopping!

Thanks for doing this giveaway. I need a kick-start for my coupon holder!
amyjohnallen at bellsouth dot net

Nancy said...

My best coupon story happened this weekend. My 15 year old and I were in JoAnn's ETC Fabric store trying to shop (frugally) for fabric for a pillow and purse project she needed for a home economics class. We were fussing about prices and looking for the remant section. A lovely lady came up and handed us her flyer (it was a mailer with her name and address on it) along with a 40% off coupon and said "here, this should help y'all out!". It reminded me that sometimes it is more blessed to give than receive!!

PascalRenee said...

I figured starting to coupon would save me a little money- I WAS SO WRONG! I've learned to find sales or things that are marked down that I have a coupon for. I also love the fact that something is cheaper than what my coupon is for then I get OVERAGE! Two prime examples that just happened were the Zantac which I had a $5.00 coupon for. I purchased them at Wal-Mart for $3.98! So basically they paid me go get this from them not to mention my husband has major heartburn (must be that love he feels for me hehe). The second was a Clean & Clear coupon I had for $2.00 and I purchased some face cleaning scrubs for .97. Again Target paid me to come and get that stuff as well. It's sort of like a game to me now. I love seeing the cash register beep and minus my total coupon after coupon after coupon ;-)

Kimberly said...

I went to CVS (my favorite store ever!) and purchased 3 packs of Huggies diapers (with coupons!), and several other baby items. I ended up spending about $6 total, but the cashier gave me a $10 extra care buck, which I used to buy 2 more packages of Huggies, with more coupons, of course! So, I ended up with 5 Huggies packs of diapers, some baby shampoo, Tide detergent, air freshners (to take care of that baby smell!), and lots more! :)

Leah said...

My lastest favorite coupons story is getting Malt-o-Meal cereal for .25 a bag, Juicy Juice for $1.05, and a box of Life for .50 all in one trip. I just went to the store needing cereal and juice and stumbled upon some great deals that I happened to have $1 coupons for (and my store doubles them).

Shad and Maggie Alsworth said...

Well, I certainly can't beat the convection oven deal!! That 's amazing!!
I'm always looking for deals! But yesterday was fun for me because I had my 7 year old with me. We went to Dunkin Donuts to get a Latte while we waited for my other 2 boys to get done with practice. We never go there because I can't justify the added expense. It was a treat to my sons because he was being so patient. I had a $.50 coupon,no big deal,and ordered 2 Lattes. The cashier didn't know how to enter the coupon so he gave my son's to him for free. For the sake of $.50 I was willing to pay full price but he insisted not. My son thought that was the coolest thing!! A nice unexpected treat to end my day!! :)

Us =) said...

I'm pretty new to coupons but my fav story so far involves my 7 year old son who has autism. He doesn't talk a whole lot though he's picking up a lot. We know the owners of the local recycling center and have informed them that we go to the dumpster and look for newspapers that have inserts in them. When i was looking in the dumpster and my boyfriend was inside walking around the next thing i knew my little boy was inside all the newspapers too! I laughed so hard. He didn't know what he was looking for but he just kept holding up things asking me if this was what i was looking for..not a proud moment when you have your 7 year old son dumpster diving for you lol Thankfully it was almost empty so he was not walking or in danger of gross things but i got him out asap. After all that we found one newspaper with one insert of coupons =)

Anonymous said...

I am always so surprise when I use coupons. My purchases drop very dramatically.... But I could not believe when I made I purchase 12 oral b toothbrushes with retail price of 4.99 after the store coupons and the manufactures coupons the cashier gave me I refund of 0.67 cents. I couldn’t believe she actually gave me money back. I thought I had to get something else so I would have to pay some money... I was trying to pay something else but for some odd reason she just wanted to do the TB separately.

McIntosh Twins said...

I am new to all of this and I love it! I am a mother of twins as well. We have two wonderful daughters who are almost 3, and as you know they are very expensive! I am trying to save money on anything that I can.

I really like meijer, cvs, kroger, walmart, I think that I like them all! My best deals have been lately. Last week at Kroger I got over $70 worth of groceries for a little over $4! I told everyone about it! I have been able to get my sister and sister-in-law both into this great money saving stuff as well! Thanks for the chance at winning! Very kind and thoughtful of you.

2migirlsmom said...

Occasionally our local grocery store will have triple coupon week for up to $1. I have saved some coupons up and last week was the week. I spent OOP $35 and saved a whopping $175 on my groceries for the week. My husband was so embarrassed with all the coupons I had he went to the car early with the kids.

Susan said...

I best coupon story is from Walgreens. I went to Walgreens for the free ink refill deal, while I was there I decided to look around because I read alot on line how people get good deals. Anyhow, I noticed that they had Excedrin 50ct. buy one get one. I had a coupon for $2 off. When I went to check out the register printed out a $2 off coupon for Excedrin. I thought that was for the next visit. Instead she used that coupon also. So in the end I paid $.99 for 100 Excedrin caplets.

Ms. said...

I only recently started couponing two weeks ago since I will be going back to school in the fall, and we need to cut the budget fat to afford a second car to do that, as well as save since only dh will be working. So far my favorite trip was the one last week that really opened my hubby's eyes to what a worthwhile hobby I now have! I had an hour or two on a Saturday while he was studying, and I hit CVS, Kroger, and Walmart, as they are all within ten minutes in the same direction. I came home, piled everything in the living room, and then showed him the receipts that showed that I had saved 78% between sales and coupons, and only spent $19! And all on things we needed, with multiples to stockpile - shampoo, cat litter, deodorant, etc.

And he's always been appalled at our $80 a week grocery trips (for just us two, and with several days eating out!!), and our trip was less than $40! Even with the $19 in stockpiled toiletries and such, we still came out under $60. Pretty soon we hope to be even lower, especially once we get a garden up and going and get things stockpiled.

Our goal is to go from $80 in groceries with $50 eating out a week ($520 a month!), to $30 in meat and produce (possibly less once the garden is up) and only $10 for eating out ($160 a month). Only 30% of our original budget. Who knows, maybe even less once we get the hang of things!

OnlyOnSale said...

My favorite couponing besides cvs was at Kroger. We moved away from Kroger in August and I am STILL using FREE noodles, boxed potatoes, condiments, brownies, rice, etc. YAY for kroger, i miss it :(

onlyonsale.blogspot.com

THANKS!

McIntosh Twins said...

I am new to all of this stuff, but I am loving it! I am a stay at home mom of twins as well. We have 2 wonderful daughters who will be 3 next month.

My best coupon experience was last week at Kroger. I was able to get over $70 worth of groceries for just over $4! I have told everyone about this. People think that I am crazy! I have been able to get my sister ans sister-in-law on board! It is really fun to get stuff for free and then share it with others. My other sister-in-law got her own apartment and I was able to give her a box full of stuff every young person needs when they first move out on their own! Without these money saving tips, we would have never been able to do that!

Thanks for this chance at winning! (this is my second time trying to post, so hopefully it works.)

Heather said...

My favorite coupon story is going to Walmart and getting 12 bags of chicken nuggets, and 12 bags of cereal for free and seeing the cashiers face in surprise at that! I also was able to show her where I got them from and how to save money herself! It was cool!!!

Coral said...

I was at Walgreens last week when I saw some friends/co-workers in line several people in front of me. I said hi and we were chatting. The cashier noticed me and told them that I am the coupon queen and get everything for free. They were shocked.

And that transaction? It was $32 before coupons (and that was after a Walgreens sale of buy one get one free - otherwise it would have been $42). I ended up paying $6.77, got $10 back in register rewards, and will be getting back $9 (plus 10%) in Walgreens rebates!!

Anonymous said...

I am relativley new to what my husband calls " serial couponing" lol. but have always been on the look out for a good deal, we are an active duty military family with one income and two kids.

My favorite couponing experience was the " target diaper deal" last year. Luvs were on sale, and there was a bogo coupon and a 3.00 off coupon. I paid less than 25.00 for 10 packs of diapers! They only had 6 of my sons size so I bought some newborn ones, and donated them to our local food bank, as they always need diapers.

Lizardbreath said...

When I was a child, there were some really cute stuffed animals as prizes within the GM cereal boxes. My sisters and I really wanted them but also knew better than to ask my Mom because the cereal was expensive. But Mom was clever and figured it out, she saved coupons for a few weeks and then went to the grocery store and shook the boxes because she could tell which ones had prizes. We ended up with one of each stuffed animal variety! We still have some of them and it is was all thanks to coupons.

Crystal Aguirre said...

I have just started trying this coupon thing and a couple of Saturdays ago, I gave it my best shot. Boy, was I surprised. After spending about three hours hitting four different stores, I ended up spending 82.91 and saving 110.43! I was shocked that I saved more than I spent. I pretty much decided it was worth the effort and will continue being a coupon clipper! All the info about my amazing day is on my blog www.fourshootingstars.com Please feel welcome to check it out! Thanks and good luck to everyone in this drawing.

Kara K said...

My only coupon stories are from the past few weeks. I have just started coupon shopping, and it's been a real learning experience (and fun) finding sources for them.

I was at Wal-mart recently with $2/1 Honey Bunches of Oats coupons (original price per box $2.39). I had those cereals and a few other sale/coupon products in my order. The man ahead of me had two boxes of other cereal that I knew we wouldn't eat, but for which I had $1/1 coupons. I offered them to him, and he just lit up. I love that "paying it forward" feeling, even if it's only a couple dollars at a time.

My other favorite so far is at CVS - when I have BOGO sale items, plus coupons, so the items are free or nearly free. There are two cashiers at my store who, when they ring up an order like that, just smile and enthusiastically say, "You did great!" It's fun to see their reaction (and to walk out of the store with a ton of products for very little OOP). My stockpile is growing very quickly!

Crystal said...

My best coupon story is that once, I went to Kroger, and got 20 items for $7.50 by using coupons and sales. I love coupons because if you can educate and help someone learn how to use them, you alleviate the sterss of, Oh God, how do I feed the kids this week? I am always collecting everyone's extra coupons and using them to purchase food for food banks (Cut Out Hunger program) and hygiene products for Battered Woman's Shelters. I also try to play the CVS game for both reasons if I have the extra cash. I also collect expired coupons and send them to military bases bc they can still use them to buy groceries. I am a firm believer in Paying it Forward

Deborah said...

I posted my favorite coupon story of all time a few weeks ago on my blog - I got a little overzealous buying almost free butter and bought WAAAY to much of it, but then I was lucky enough to talk to a lady in my neighborhood. The rest is history.

Anonymous said...

Well I have gotten great deals at Walmart lately- $1 for full size garnier nutresse moisturizer.sunscreen/exfoliator kit, FREE 25.7 oz Dove shampoo, .15 Softsoap etc.. but yesterday was good too. We decided to do the 10 pks of soda at Target deal and I went in the morning after loading all the soda into the cart and then unloading each one onto the register I discovered the promo was misleading and the price was $1.00 more per 6pk than I expected to pay.. so it took 30 min to return them all and the cashier claimed I only paid for 9. Since my 7mo old was having a serious meltdown I just left. My husband decided he still wanted to soda at a higher price so we went back. I made him do the transaction while I got my refund on the 10th 12pk she didn't credit me for. He was just dying to use coupons but I was so proud since he held his ground. First they tried to refuse Target internet coupons, then said he can only use one coupon total, THEN wouldn't give us the $5 gift cards that were part of the deal. Grr. So he asked for a manager and we walked out of there $19 later + a $5 gift card. Turned out the cashier only rang up 8 not 10 6pks but the mgr didn't catch it and she gave us the value of one gift card as a discount plus our coupons. Anyway, we figured it out at home and I don't feel guilty at all about keeping the product since it was such an ordeal for dang soda! :)

-Charlene

Ann K said...

Hi there....just saw this amazing giveaway at money saving blog! I must say that i miss out on most of the fun because i don't have a CVS nearby.Anyways, my most memorable deal was the jane cosmetics deal at walgreens some time ago. With store promotion and coupons ,I went off with $23 worth of makeup for some 54 cents(incl tax)! I couldn't help smiling the whole day!

lizzykristine said...

It is hard to choose one 'deal' (my husband calls it 'loot') as the best! But I've only been couponing for a year, so maybe in a few years there will be *one* deal that sticks out in memory. :)

Kroger recently had cheese on sale plus I had a bunch of coupons from a blinkie. We ended up with a freezer full of Kraft cheese for $1.60 a pound. We love cheese; unfortunately the grocery budget does not! But that was one month we were able to splurge on all the cheese dishes we could think of. :)

Anonymous said...

Great idea!
I don't have a particular favorite coupon story, but there's one that I get to repeat every few months. I love the frozen soft pretzels that you pop in the toaster oven for a few minutes. Every few months, my regular grocery store prices them at 10 for $10. I can double my .50 coupons there and get a few bags free.
juliedelpriore at hot mail dot com

Anonymous said...

My best coupon experience was last week. We were visiting my in-laws for the afternoon. All my kids (three boys under a year and a half!) were sleeping or playing nicely, so I left them with my mother-in-law and took a walk--to the neighborhood Walgreens!

I got toothpaste, toothbrushes, allergy medicine, and Advil PM. After sales, coupons, and Register Rewards, I spent about $17. I didn't have to use cash, though, because I already had a Walgreens gift card from last month's rebates!

The exciting part is that several of the items were on rebate for this month, so I'll be getting about $25 BACK on my gift card. Altogether I MADE $8 to go to Walgreens and get the stuff!

We don't have a CVS in our area, so I'm doing the best I can with Walgreens and RiteAid. MoneySavingMom has been HUGELY helpful!!

sarahmaybergren (at) yahoo (dot) com

Lisa Merriman said...

I always laugh when I think back a couple of weeks ago to a bright sunny Saturday afternoon. I am pretty new to the couponing world, and decided to take a couple of hours and make the rounds to Walgreens, Albertsons, Safeway etc. (I live in the land of no CVS stores...). Anyway, I left my dear Husband in charge of the kids, and off for my day of shopping bliss I went. 4 hours later I arrived home with a trunk FULL of groceries and goodies. My total out of pocked for the day was $59. I was getting ready to show my hubby my loot when he came out of the house with a small bag and a reciept for me to enter in to the check book...$51!!! I looked at him with this look of horror, opened the trunk, and showed him what I got for practically the same amount of money!!!!!

....he now never goes to the store without asking "Honey, do we have a coupon for that?"

I trained him pretty quick!

Naomi Joy said...

Let's see, my best coupon story. . .

My grocery store doubles $1 off coupons on occasion and I always try to make the best use of the 5 they allow. One day I got a Dove body wash (retail around $5.99) that was marked down to $2.11 for some reason. After my $2 coupon, I got it for only 11 cents!

Anna said...

Awesome giveaway! I am really new to the couponing concept... and am just loving it! My favorite trip so far was last Monday because my husband came with me, we got a great deal and now he's really excited too! :) Anyway, I bought 3 packages of Huggies, 3 bottles of exedrin (my husband's favorite) and a glucose monitor for $1.90.

kmom3 said...

Hi!
I am honestly new to the whole coupon thing! I was just thrilled to get those Johnson Buddies bar soaps free with my coupons! I realize that is small potatoes, but I am ready to start doing some serious dealing!!! Thanks for the chance to win these coupons!
Blessings,
Kimberly

Denise said...

I recently started going to CVS. I am amazed that I get diapers for my twins very cheaply! I usually get ECBs back, and just keep rolling them over!

Katie said...

Well, I just started CVS-ing and coupon-ing in general, so I don't have too many stories yet, but...

I was at CVS the other day and I was all excited about transferring my prescription (prenatal vitamins) b/c I had one of the $25 gift card with a transferred Rx coupons. I stopped at the price check/coupon printer on my way in to see what coupons it had for me that day, scanned my card and got a $3/$10 and a cookie coupon. Except that in my excitement over the prescription coupon I walked away from the machine and left my coupons just hanging there.

I totally forgot until I was looking for my deals and overheard someone loudly discussing with the checker why anyone would be crazy enough to leave the coupons there.

I think I turned bright red in the aisle feeling so silly. And then I rushed to go get them but the gal who I heard talking had taken them! What a day. Who ever thought I'd get so excited over coupons?!

mamabeanof4 said...

The best coupon story has to be the time I went to Walmart and came out with 12 bags of Fast Fixin chicken nuggets(coupons made them free), 6 boxes of Honey Bunches of Oats cereal(coupons made these free) and 6 Johnson's soap buddies(they paid me 6 cents to walk out with them!) and had to add a candybar to the order so the total wouldn't be in the negative!The soap buddies were 94 cents and the coupons were for $1 off of each and I knew they would just give me the $1 off without adjusting it!I paid 20 cents and s we were walking back to the car, my hubby said to me," I don't know what just happened in there, but I feel like we just robbed the place and I'm driving the get away car!"

Crys said...

I'm a little ashamed to say this but I was twenty seven years old before I got coupons. I'd go to the store and say, "See why do I need a coupons they always put the cereal cheaper then you could get it with a coupon." OK clueless girl, that is when you use coupons. Anyway once I figured that out I became a fanatic. I get the paper, including four copies on the weeks that P&G does their big insert (thank you Covergirl and CVS for paying me to wear foundation...I needed that). I have a coupon organizer. I am always looking around at stores, Doctor's Offices, the library for fliers with coupons. I guess you could say I love them :) My husband thinks I'm a little nuts about it but he gets a good laugh out of our three year old and eighteen month old. They are never to be found without a little box full of little scraps of paper (expired or just pictures of products). When he ask them what they are doing they respond, "Dad we HAVE TO HAVE OUR COUPONS!"

larson fam said...

My favorite coupon story... I love to come home with a bag of stuff from CVS and say to my husband, "Oh honey, I'm SOOO sorry that I had to spend 75 cents (or whatever tiny amount it was this week!) to bring home this whole bag of toothpaste and shampoo and still make x dollars in ECBs." He just rolls his eyes, shakes his head, and we have a good laugh!

Anonymous said...

Last week I went to Walmart,, I bought the followings:
Pampers for $10
Aspirin for $10.99
Trial size J&J baby powder for $0.88
Zantac 8ct pack for 3.98

Total= 25.85

I used these coupons:
1.5 off any pampers
free aspirin coupon up to $20
$5 off any J&J Prudcts (overage is 4.22)
$5 off any zantac products (overage is 1.02)

and i got additional 10% off for walmart associates= 2.59


The total with my wonderful coupons was 78 cents !!!!

I LOVE COUPONS

Centsible Savings said...

I have had so many wonderful experiences with coupons that I don't even know where to start! I guess I'll just share my most recent trip. I went to Food Lion for the sole purpose of using my coupon for a free bakery item. While I was there I decided to do a little browsing. I discovered several things on clearance that would give me overage! I came out with 2 bags of onion rolls, 3 pounds of boneless chicken breasts, a pack of Glad sandwich bags, Food Lion travel wipes, Gerber outlet safety covers, and 26jars of baby food for just a little over $5.00! I have learned that it really pays to keep my coupons with me at all times and to keep them well organized so I can find any given one at the spur of the moment.

Karen said...

WOW -- thanks for being so generous and please enter me in the drawing! I'm just getting my feet wet with CVS, but here's an overview of my first few (and ADDICTING!) transactions.

After about six transactions I took home $170 worth of stuff for about $10 OOP and earned nearly $80 in ECB along the way (I think I had about $15 left over). I blogged about part of it here: http://kayranr.blogspot.com/2008/04/my-name-is-karen-and-im-cvs-junkie.html.

Most of my non-coupon-minded friends think I'm going crazy. I'm now spending my time figuring out the next deals... CVS, Target, Walgreens, and then I'll be figuring out the best way to save on groceries. I'm new but TOTALLY addicted. :)

Richelle said...

One of my best coupon trips recently, I had a whole stack of coupons, coupled with store sales. I spent $50 for groceries, but saved $100!

Rebecca said...

I just started couponing & CVSing about a month ago. I had used coupons in the past, but never figured out how to use them in conjunction with the store sales.

Today I went to Wal-mart & my total was $59, then with coupons, it was brought down to $38. Not the best, but I'm still learning. Most of it was from plastic for our windows for next year that was on clearance {no Qs}. The cashier just kept looking at my receipt incredulously saying, "Wow. That was a great deal. Wow." It was really funny. I was almost waiting for her to say, "Now HOW did you do that??"

Hélène said...

I got that Cheerios deal too! It was great!

I have had a lot of good coupon deals, so I will mention the one today at CVS. I got $36+ of stuff for 1.73 and I got 15 ECBs back!

CanCan said...

My best coupon experience besides the 10 bags of dinosaur shaped chicken nuggets at Wal-Mart for FREE (plus tax) would have to be the time I got 2 boxes of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse cereal for .34 cents total....17 cents a box! They were on sale for .50 cents each, and I had a coupon for .75 cents off 2 Big G cereals. After I bought it, the register tape printed out "$1.50 off any 3 Big G cereals"! So I could have gotten 3 additional boxes for FREE. I gave the coupon to a friend so she could get some.

Jennefer H said...

This happened about a year ago at Kroger during one of their Double Triple coupons sales that happened to be going on during a really kick butt 10 for $10 sale. I have a special needs son who has enourmous medical bills, so I have to keep everything on a tight budget. I usually try to use coupons for everything. Anyway, I think I had $40 for two weeks for groceries, keep that in mind. I started going through the ads and noticed that most of the items on sale had coupons in the paper that hadn't expired yet. I went and had my list and coupons in hand. At the particular store I went to, I knew one of the cashiers who doesn't limit me on my coupons. Usually you are allowed 2 to double or triple, but she always manually does the doubling and tripling if the thing doesn't do it. Anyway, after going through the whole store and filling up three shopping carts I had a total of $489 and change. After all the coupons and sales, the total came down to $37. Plus I had about 50 or so of the checkout coupons that printed out after everything was scanned. Half of those coupons were for free items. I have never been able to beat that day. I wish I could. Most of my coupons for that day didn't even need to be doubled since they were $1 off coupons. I don't need to tell you have amazing it was to actually have groceries and not have to worry about food for a while.

Carlie Faulk said...

hmmm....there are so many! lol!

But it was a CVS Christmas here. I stayed up till midnight on Thanksgiving for the Day after sales at our 24 hour CVS. I used tons of qs and rolled my ECBS. I bought ALL my gifts that night for 2.86. It was a beautiful thing. (I don't know if I'll ever be able to top that one!)

Rachel said...

"Your product is so wonderful. Our family really enjoys using your product. Thanks for all the great work you do!" A girl will say just about anything to get a coupon! I have sent tons of compliment e-mails and love the coupons that come later in the mail. I do my best to truly be honest and sincere about what I say and in the end, I save my family money!!! I'm most excited about some coupons I just got today for my favorite icecream! Not so good for the diet, great for the wallet.

MyKidsMom said...

Wow...somebody's pretty popular...I've NEVER seen so many comments on a blog.

Good for you Marva; I love to see so many people excited about this-what fun!

cdsbutterfly said...

My favorite coupon story is from a few weeks ago. I bought 3 boxes of cereal and 2 cans of soup and used 4 coupons and the cashier ended up owing me $2 and they actually gave the overage to me. it was great!

April said...

I just started couponing back in January of this year and was doing ok with household products(shampoo, etc) My best monent on the food was when Kroger had their Mega event sale. After the 2 weeks I ended up with $300 worth of groceries for less than $50. My kitchen is packed with the little stuff that tends to get used up quickly and seem to have to make a trip to the store to get.

tristensmith said...

I have tons of great coupon stories. Most recently I was able to buy 28 boxes of Chicken Helper for 50 cents a box using fourteen 50 cents of 2 coupons (which my store doubled!). I got 28 boxes for $14.00!! I was able to get the Chicken Helper for $1.00 a box by using a raincheck I got a few weeks ago when my store sold out of Chicken Helper during a $10 for 10 sale (cause I bought the last box LOL). I had a whole month to accumulate the 14 coupons I used. I bought every box on the shelf. Normally, I wouldn't be so greedy, but for 50 cents a box, I just couldn't resist. I plan on using most of them, giving some to family, and donating the rest! When paired with chicken tenderoins I got for less than $1.50 a lb, I can create a simple meal for my family of 4 for $2.00 to $3.00 depending on how much chicken I use.

Anonymous said...

Hi Marva! I always save big in CVS with coupons and this week was good... I got a Diabetes Monitor and Body wash and after coupons paid $1.32 and got $19.98 back en extra bucks! I love it!
Elizabeth I.

Sarah Gomez said...

I am a premmie couponer. When we first started getting the newspaper, I would clip clip clip, stick them in an envelope and NEVER use them. Once a month or so, I would go through and throw away the ones that were expired. What a waste of time and energy!

Then I tripped over some CVSers' blogs. My shopping life was transformed! Then and there, I vowed to never pay full price again. We were tightening up on our budget because we just bought a house, and it was a miracle to drop the household/personal use line significantly!

Long story short, I went to CVS with 0 ECBs and a bunch of coupons. Here's what I ended up with:
5 boxes of 24 count Excedrin
3 bottles Sunsilk Shampoo
2 bottles of Dove Shampo
2 Cover Girl TruBlend foundations
2 giant Hershey chocolate bars
1 pack gum
1 pack Breathsaver mints

All for a grand total of (drum roll please)...... ONE DOLLAR AND FIFTY ONE CENTS out of pocket!!! (Should have broken even actually, but she didn't know how to adjust the amount of my final coupon, so that's when I threw in the Breathsavers to get rid of the overage.)

I'm sold. My husband thinks I'm crazy, but once I can eleviate more of the budget, he'll be singing a different tune!

Check out my blog at www.thesarahgomez.blogspot.com (Not sure how to direct link, but you can copy and paste or go through the link on my name.

Little Miss Know it All said...

I have so many! I have two favorites though...

Two days ago, I was waiting at my local pharmacy for some prescriptions to be filled. I was sitting with my $30 transfer coupon in hand, of course! Well, there was a man at the checkout who was visibly worried at the price of his prescriptions. He was flabbergasted that antibiotics and others for his kids could cost that much AFTER insurance. I knew I had more of the pharmacy q's out in the car, so I offered him the one I had in my hand. He'd never heard of such a thing--and left almost in tears! The store added the $30 to his shopper's card, and it allowed him to leave relieved, knowing he'd have money for groceries later in the week!

I have spent the last six months teaching other moms on a local message board how to coupon to their best advantage. CVS, Walgreens, Target and Kroger are our haunts. Well, this week I lost my coupon binder (shock! gasp! horror!) and several of the women offered up their own coupons to me. I didn't take them up on the offer. However, I was so pleased to hear that several of them have been able to quit their jobs and stay home now since they learned how to coupon! They now save enough each month with coupons that they have more income to spend without having to work! Now, if that's not God's blessings, I don't know what is....

Victor and Bethany Maxson said...

I went shopping at Walgreens last week with some coupons and great deals. Here's the run down of what I got...
4 Mini airwick Fresheners
1 Colgate 360 Toothbrush
1 Aquafresh toothpaste
Jane Be pure blush

After coupons and deals, I got 3.08 back. My husband was so excited and said "You should do this more often!" With the help of coupons like you're giving away, I hope to be able to bless him more in this way. In fact, he came home the other day telling me about deals he had found and wondering if I could find coupons to make them even better!!

Also, you or some of your readers might be interested in a coupon train I'm doing over at my blog www.maxsons.blogspot.com.

Bethany

Christina said...

My best coupons story is from CVS. I bought Cascade (2), 2 kids toothbrushes, chocolate Riesen (for my husband), and Bounce for $5.00. I have some major coupons, a CVS coupon for $4 off of $20 and $8 in ECB. I then received $2 in ECB back for the toothbrushes!!

julie said...

I went to Walgreens last week. They had Aquafresh on sale for $2, I found a coupon online for $2. I got 2 free. Printed 2 Honey Bunches O Oats with chocolate coupons for $2 off box. Went to Walmart they were $1.98 ea. Got 2 boxes free. I had a great weekend saving $$$$

Melissa G said...

I'd have to say tonight - I had the coupon for the Contour Glucose Monitor at CVS, which made it free, plus I got the $14.99 in ECBs...besides that, I got Claritin, which was 17.99 & I had a $5 off coupon...and two toothpastes for free (on clearance for .74 and I had a 1.00 off & .75 off & got the overage)...and $5/$25 purchase...I didn't even have to pay with ANY ECBs...I got it all for the $2.26 in TAX! :) and...walked out up $16.99 in ECBs!!! It was a happy day...and the glucose monitor is going to use with a medical mission in Haiti.