Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Super Ninja visits Walgreens.... do his regulary weekly shopping, as previously described, and sees Gillette Body Wash marked down to $2.  Super Ninja remembers that the 2/27 P&G ad had a $2 off Gillette Body Wash coupon.  So Super Ninja gets a bunch of coupons, and has this transaction:

4 Gillette Body Wash @ $2 = $8.00
1 Plackers Dental Floss Picks @ $2 = $2.00
- 4 x $2.00 Body Wash coupons ($8.00)
- B1G1 at half price surprise Gillette/Old Spice sale ($2.00)

= tax only ($0.56) + receive a $2 RR for next time!  I will do this every day until I run out of coupons (or until Walgreens runs out of patience, but they're trying to clearance this stuff out, so I think I'm doing them a favor).  These coupons have a limit of 4 per shopping trip, so in the spirit of cooperation (and in the spirit of not clearing the shelves and giving some other folks a chance), I'll go easy.  Super Ninja, signing off!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Next donation round....

Here's what I'll drop off at Take 5 next week.  There's a bunch of toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, body wash, and deodorant, among some other things.  Retail value is easily a couple hundred dollars.  I didn't pay anywhere near that, of course, but I'm happy to be able to help in a small way!

Yep, those are Tena pads in the middle.  There is little that I won't buy if it's a good deal.  No shame.

CVS Plan 3/20-3/26

Yet again, I got a $5 off $25 in my email!  You have no idea how excited I get when I get these emails.  It's completely irrational, but I start comparing this week's ad to next, to see where it's better to use.  For this one, I'll use it on 3/20 (the last day I can use it, but the first week of the sale).  Since I bought diapers last week, that wiped out my stash of ECBs, so the out of pocket will be a little higher than I'd like, but it'll do a great job of building my ECB stash back up!

Allegra  $6.99  (with $6.99 ECB)
2 Crest Gum Protection $6.98 (with $5.00 ECB)
Playtex Gentle Glide Tampons $7.99 (with $3.00 ECB)
Head and Shoulders shampoo $4.99 (with $2.50 ECB)

Total before coupons = $26.95
- Allegra internet coupon ($2.00)
- Crest coupons ($1.00 + $0.50 = $1.50)
- Playtex coupon from 3/20 Smart Source insert ($2.50)
- Head and Shoulders coupon from mailer ($2.00)
- $5/25 coupon
= $13.00 in coupons, so $13.95 + $1.89 tax
- $7 ECB from last week

= $8.84 OOP, get $17.49 ECB

This is $26.95 of stuff for $8.84 OOP, which is a leverage factor of about 3.  Not the greatest, but look what happens to my ECB.  I go from $7 to 17.49, a gain of $10.49.  So the way I look at it is that I pay $8.84 for a $10.49 gift certificate, and I get all the stuff for free!  We'll keep the Allegra--it's allergy season.  The rest will be donated.  Speaking of donations, it's been awhile since I posted a picture.  Let me get that ready for you....

Back in the saddle...

..and it's like I never left!  Our little girl Aria made it home from the hospital this week after 63 days in the NICU.  She has plenty of problems, and in the short term her life will not be easy, but we are so glad to finally have her home.

Now, I get to continue my favorite hobby!  Here's my plan for Walgreens next week (3/20-3/26)

Transaction 1

4 Reach toothbrushes (3 at .99 with in-ad coupon, 1 at reg. price of 1.79) = $4.76
Always Pads   $2.99
Stride Gum (with in-ad coupon)  $0.79

Total before mfr. coupons = $8.54 + $0.60 tax
-4 $1 Reach coupons
  - $0.50 Always coupon
- $4.00 from Irish Spring last week
= $0.64 out-of-pocket, get $4 RR (Reach) and $2 RR (Always)

Transaction 2
Plackers Floss Picks  $2.00
- $2.00 RR (Always)

= Tax only OOP = $0.14, get $2 RR

Transaction 3
Always Pads $2.99
Almay Eye Liner ($7.99 at 30% off this week) = $5.24
2 Kraft Mac n Cheese @ 0.69 ea. = $1.38

Total before coupons = $9.61 + $0.67 tax

- $1 Almay coupon
- $0.50 Always coupon from 2/27 P&G
- $4 RR (Reach) from Trans 1
- $4 RR (Reach) from last week

= $0.78 OOP, get $5 RR (Almay) and $2 RR (Always)

Transaction 4

Always Liners $2.99
4 Reach Floss $4.76 (same as Reach toothbrush in Trans. 1, except I have only 2 $1 coupons)
= $7.75 + 0.37 tax

- 2 $1 Reach coupons
- $0.50 Always coupon (2/27 P&G)
- $5 RR (Almay) from Trans. #3
= $0.62 OOP, get $4 RR (Reach) and $2 RR (Always)

Transaction 5

Always Liners $2.99 + $0.21 tax = $3.20
- $0.50 coupon (2/27 P&G ad)
- $2.00 RR (Plackers) from Trans. #2

= $0.70 OOP, get $2 RR (Always)

Summary of Total Plan
End with $10 RR (started with $8 RR)
Total cost OOP = $2.88
Get $30.89 worth of stuff
Leverage factor = 30.89 / 2.88 = 10.7 !!!!!


Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Walgreens trip 3/15

Irish Spring deodorant is on sale for 2/$6 with a $4 RR, and there are $1 internet coupons.  Free deodorant!  Plus, Right Guard deodorant is BOGO at Walgreens, and if you couple it with the BOGO coupon from the 3/13 Red Plum, you'll get 2 for free! (Well, not counting tax).  Finally, I got 4 Reach toothbrushes for $1.79 each, a $1.00 coupon off each, and a $4 RR back!  A great week!

4 Irish Spring deodorant
4 Reach toothbrushes
2 Right Guard deodorant
4 filler Royal Jello (.20 apiece--remember that you can't use more coupons than items at Walgreens)

Total paid = $2.28 for over $25 worth of items!  A great trip for charity!

My trips this week...

At CVS, we needed diapers, and there was a good deal this week, because I had the good fortune to get a $5 off $25 email!

Buy $25 in baby supplies, get 10 ECB ($20 for a Mega Box of Pampers and $5 for some Gerber snacks)

- $2 Pampers coupon from 2/27 P&G ad
- $5 off $25

= $18

- $17.57 ECB from before

= $0.43 + tax, get $10 ECB

Then, I bought 2 Crest toothpaste (3.49 each, get $2.50 back in ECB), an Irish Spring bodywash ($2.99 get $2 back), and 3 Starburst (okay, this was for me, but they were buy 2 get 1 free).

Crest = $6.98
Irish Spring = $2.99
Starburst = $1.98

= $11.95

- (2) $0.75 Crest coupons from 2/27 P&G ad
- $10 ECB from first transaction

= $0.45 + tax

Lots of stuff for me and to donate to charity in this trip, and very low out of pocket cost!  Plus, I got $7 ECB for the next time ($5 from Crest, and $2 from Irish Spring)!  Ninja!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Shampoo/Conditioner at Menards free after rebate!

Menards is once again selling Physique Shampoo for $6, with a $6 mail-in rebate.  The limit is 4.  As long as you have things you can buy at Menards in the future, this is a great way to get some items to donate!

Walgreens 3/13-3/19

This week at Walgreens has some good deodorant deals!  In this Sunday's Red Plum (3/13), there's a coupon for buy one Right Guard deodorant/bodywash get one free.  Walgreens has the same deal in store, so combining the store BOGO with the coupon BOGO means you'll get both free (just pay tax)!  There is also a deal on Irish Spring deodorant--buy 2 for $6, get $4 Register Rewards.  There are $1 internet printable coupons available, so if you have them, pay $4 for 2 and get $4 RR back!  Free after RR!

These make great donation items!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Menards 3/6-3/12

Folks, this is the week to get ready to paint indoors!  Menards has some great rebate deals!

Designer's image paint has an $11 per gallon rebate, making the flat paint free after rebate (semi-gloss is $3 after rebate and satin is $2 after rebate).  The ad only lists white colors, and there is a limit of 5 gallons, but still a great deal if you have a room or two to paint!

They have 2-piece brush sets for $4 with a $4 rebate (limit 2) and roller tray/roller brush/roller combos for $7 with a $7 rebate (limit 2).  They've also got edgers for $2 with $2 rebate (limit 4).

Caulk tools are $5 with a $5 rebate (limit 2), there's a clamp that's free after rebate ($4), and there are garbage bags free after rebate ($2).  Who knows, I might spring for the 9 cent (after rebate) lint rollers!

Overall, an excellent week at Menards!  I'm excited, because I know I can use all the rebate dollars on my garden later!

Sunday, February 27, 2011

CVS 2/27-3/5...

I like this week's promotions at CVS--you don't even need coupons to benefit!

First, they have Crest toothpaste at $3.29 with $3.29 ECB--the limit is 2, and that goes a long way.  In the P&G coupon insert this week, there is a $1.00 coupon and a $0.75 coupon you can use.  Then, there's travel-size contact solution (Revitalens brand) for $5.99 with a $5.99 ECB.  Finally, if you want a power toothbrush and have the P&G, you can get an Oral-B power toothbrush for $3.00 ($6 - $3 coupon) with a $3.00 ECB.

Then, I got a $4 off $20 in my email this week, so I knew what I was going to do right away!

2 Crest toothpaste = $6.58
Revitalens =               $5.99
Oral B toothbrush     $6.00
Softsoap bodywash   $2.99

Subtotal before coupons : $21.57
Tax                                       $ 1.51
- $1.00 toothpaste coupon  (1.00)
- $0.75 toothpaste coupon (0.75)
- $3.00 toothbrush coupon (3.00)
- $4.00 off $20.00              (4.00)
- $10.99 in prior ECB       (10.99)

= OOP of $3.34!  Also, I got $17.57 in new ECB ($6.58 Crest, $3 Oral-B, $5.99 Revitalens, $2 Softsoap)

Not bad!  If you don't have coupons, I'd buy them in smaller transactions (Oral B, using the $3 ECB you'll get on it to buy Crest, using Crest's $3.29 ECB to buy another Crest, and then using the last one to buy Revitalens).  That minimizes what you'll pay out of pocket, but it also minimizes the ECB you'll have at the end.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

This week (2/20-2/26).....

I've got to be honest--I don't see much worth making a trip for.  I realize I just ended my sentence with a preposition, because it seems preposterous to say "I don't see much for which it would be worth making a trip".

BUT...and it's a big "but" (literally, because I used capital letters), next week looks fantabulous at both Walgreens and CVS.  Stay tuned, and I will keep you posted as to why I believe this to be the case....

Saturday, February 12, 2011

CVS deal week of 2/13-2/19

Colgate Total Advanced toothpaste is on sale for $3.79 with $3.79 back in ECB!  The limit is 2, so if you need toothpaste, this is a good week!

If you have access to a January 21, 2011 copy of All You magazine, there's a $1 coupon on page 108. making this deal a money maker!

Detergent deal from long ago...

A while back, CVS had a deal where if you bought $25 of participating products, you could get $10 ECB back.  One of the products was Wisk laundry detergent at $5, so if you bought 5, you could get them for a net cost of $15 ($25 - $10 ECB).  There were also $2 coupons available, so if you had 5, the final cost would be $5 + tax for 5 bottles of Wisk.  Not a bad deal at all!  When I went to the store, they were out, so I got a rain check.

Well, a few days ago I got an email for $4 off any $20 purchase.  So I knew this was now going to be a GREAT deal!

5 Wisk @ $5 each (raincheck) = $25
- 5 $2 coupons                          ($10)
- $4 off $20                               ($4)
- ECB from previous purchases  ($11)

Net price =  Tax only = $1.75

Received $10 ECB for next time

So I have $1 less in ECB, and I paid $1.75 out of pocket, for a total "cost" of $2.75 for 5 bottles of laundry detergent.  That'll go to Take 5 the next time I make a trip over.  The regular price at CVS for Wisk is $8.99 a bottle, so it's over $40 in savings from this one purchase!

Absence explained...

...if you've been checking for updates, you've likely been disappointed.  Our daughter was born 5 weeks prematurely, and is in the hospital an hour and a half away from where we live.  Consequently, I haven't been doing much in the way of couponing.  Honestly speaking, I have been monitoring deals, and I don't feel like I've missed much.  I'll try to post more often.

Our daughter Aria faces a number of challenges.  If you're interested, I blog about her (and her sister Daisy) at

Keep an eye out!  Deals are coming back!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Soda, soda, soda....

The best deal on soda I've ever seen is happening right now at CVS (1/9-1/15)!  Buy 6 12-packs for $20, and get $10 ECB!  This deal is also good next week, so even if you started with nothing, you could do it once this week, use the $10 towards doing it again next week, and end up with another $10 back!  Net cost is $20 + tax for twelve 12-packs!  That's $1.67 apiece, and the best deal I've seen on soda since I started paying attention.

If you're a caffeine addict like me, this is a pretty good deal!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

So, does a Coupon Ninja outrank a Dollar General?

It turns out the answer is "yes"!  There are small (around 8 ounce) bottles of Olay body wash marked at $3, but ringing up at $2 after an unadvertised deal at Dollar General.  There is a $2 Olay body wash coupon from the 12/26 P&G insert, so I was able to get five of them for just the cost of sales tax.

Five small body washes for $0.70--yep, I'll do that.  The sale lasts until Saturday, 1/8, so if you've got a Dollar General nearby, check it out!

Monday, January 3, 2011

CVS trip 1/3/11

I finally got my third free Excedrin coupon in the mail, so I wanted to take advantage of this week's Excedrin deal at CVS (buy $20, get $10 ECB).  Also, I am addicted to Extra gum (buy 3 packs for $2, get $1 ECB).  Finally, on, there are $2 Listerine Zero coupons.  Be sure to print two!  My transaction looked like this:

2 Excedrin @ $4.79  = $9.58
2 Excedrin @ $5.49 =  $10.98
3 Gum  @ $0.67    =    $2.00
2 Listerine @ $5.00  = $10.00

Subtotal:  $32.56

- free Excedrin x 3 = $15.77
- 2 Listerine $2 coupons = $4.00
- $14 ECB from before

Total spent =$1.21 + tax ($2.28) = $3.49, got $10(Excedrin) + $1(Extra) + $5(Listerine) = $16 ECB back

Starting off 2011 with a CVS bang!  Wait until next week at CVS--the deal is 6 Pepsi 12-packs for $20.  By itself, that's not a bad deal, but there's a $10 ECB!  It's like paying $10 for 6 12-packs!  I've never seen such a good soda deal!  Remember, that deal will start 1/9/11 and continue through 1/15/11.