Monday, September 28, 2009

CVS 101

Just like with Walgreen's, I rarely shopped at CVS until I discovered the great deals there. There are many ways to save and even earn money while shopping at CVS. For all you newbies, here are all the tips you will need to start saving today!

We will start with the Weekly Ads. You can get the Weekly Ad online, in front of the store or in your local Sunday paper. The Ad lists all sale items and items that will produce Extra Care Bucks and the quantity needed to earn them.

What are Extra Care Bucks (ECB)? These are dollars that you earn when making a certain purchase and can be used on any future CVS purchase. You do not have to get all the items at the same time but will not earn the ECB until you fulfill the entire purchase. Your ECB will print out on your receipt so make sure to always check before throwing away your receipt. There are weekly and monthly ECB. *You will also earn 2% back in ECB quarterly on your purchases which will print automatically at the end of the sales period.

In order to start earning ECB, you need to have an Extra Care Card. You can get a card simply by asking a cashier for a form or by signing up online. If you fill out the form in-store, you will get your card to start saving imediately. However if you sign up online, it will take about a week to get your card in the mail. Remember to register your account online to receive special offers by email or in your mail box.

In addition to ECB, there are also CRT (cash register tape) coupons that print automatically on your receipt. These are not listed in the Weekly Ad and just print randomly. These are pretty general , for instance, $2.00 off of Huggies Pull-ups. You can also get X off of XX CRTs. It will look like this~ $4.00 off of $20.00. Both are considered stores coupons and can be combined with manufacter's coupons (MFC). You can stack a basic CRT, a X off of XX CRT and a MFC all together for maximum savings. Just make sure to hand the cashier the X off of XX first while the total is the highest. Here's what it looks like:

Buy (2) Huggies Pull-ups @ $10 each = $20.00
Use $4 off $20 first
Use (2) $2.00 CRT's =$4 off
Use (2) $3.00 MFC= $6 off
Total $6.00 for both packs of Pull-ups

Even better if you would earn $5.00 wyb $20 worth of Huggies
Total would be = $1.00!!

Making money at CVS can be very simple! Almost every week there is a promotion where you will earn the same amount of ECB that you spend. For instance:
Colgate Toothpaste $2.99
Earn $2.99 ECB wyb 1
Use $1.00 off MFC
Total = $1.00 overage after coupon and ECB

CVS also has other great ways to save:

Clip-Free coupons
that will automatically be taken off at the register. You can find these in a flyer by the front door.

Email or "snail mail" coupons
- remember to sign up online to get these.

BOGOF sales -
you can use two MFC coupons on a buy-one-get-one-free sale.
For example:
Max Factor Mascara $7.99 BOGOF
Use (2) $3.00 off MFC
Total = $1.99 for both

As with anything, "practice makes perfect" so don't be discouraged if you make a few mistakes. You'll be shopping like a pro soon enough.


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Target Coupon Policy

It has finally happened we now have a Target Coupon Policy online that we can take into the store with us when we shop.

Print the policy and make sure that you bring it when you shop at Target because it will alleviate many problems that you may face or already be facing.

Here is the information:


Target Stores Coupon Policy

Coupons are a great way to save even more when shopping with us, and it's easy to use them at our stores.

•Target accepts one manufacturer coupon and one Target coupon for the same item (unless prohibited)
•Super Target coupons can be used in any Target store if the store carries the item
•We gladly accept valid internet coupons

Because of the variety of coupons available to our guests, we do have some guidelines for how coupons can be redeemed at Target.

When accepting coupons, we use the following guidelines:


•We accept two kinds of coupons: Target-issued coupons and manufacturer-issued.
•We'll accept one Target coupon and one manufacturer coupon for the same item, unless either coupon prohibits it.
•Coupon amount may be reduced if it exceeds the value of the item after other discounts or coupons are applied.
•We can't give cash back if the face value of a coupon is greater than the purchase value of the item.
•We can't accept coupons from other retailers, or coupons for products not carried in our stores.
•All valid coupons should be presented to the cashier while you're checking out.

Learn more about the Target.com Pricing Policy.

Don't forget to print yours!

Thanks, STLMommy!

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Walgreens 101

I started saving with Walgreen's for two reasons. First there is one every five miles in our town and secondly it's so convenient it's silly not too. Walgreen's can be confusing though so I will try to keep this as simple as possible!

The first way to save is with the Weekly Advertisement. They change every week so you can click here to view your advertisement, pick it up in the front of the store, subscribe to your local paper, or check your email once you have registered with Walgreen's and they will send the ads for the week. The weekly advertisement has great deals each week with coupons. Check the limits on the coupons because you can always purchase more than one of the item at the unbelievable price. These coupons also can be used with manufacturer coupons that you find online or in your paper each week. *I will post the Walgreen's coupon match up weekly so you know before you go what you want to clip if you already haven't received the catalog.*

The second way is Register Rewards. Register Rewards are coupons that print at the end of your transaction. When you are browsing the store they tell you exactly what you need to purchase to receive the Register Reward under the product you are interested in. These rewards are coupons good on your next transaction, they have an expiration date and are not valid after the date.

Register Rewards are the same as manufacturer coupons. You are receiving a coupon from a company only good for cash off of your next transaction. You have to have the same amount of products as coupons or your Register Rewards will not print. For example if you are purchasing 2 toothpastes, have two coupons, and will receive a Register Reward you have to have another item to scan or it will not print. Many people just add on a low priced item so they can still use their coupons and receive their Reward.

Register Rewards from the same company will not print in the same transaction. If Johnson's is offering two Register Reward deals in the same week you have to split your transaction because you will only receive one even though you are purchasing both Johnson's products.

You can not use a Register Reward that you received on a specific item on the same deal. For instance Huggies was offering a $10.00 Register Reward if you purchase $20.00 in Huggies products. Many people were trying to use their $10.00 Register Reward on the same deal but the Reward wouldn't print since the register knew they had already received it.

The third way is when Walgreen's issues coupons for 2 specific days that you can purchase $20.00 in products and receive $5.00 off of that purchase. *I will post these for you.*

So that's Walgreen's in a nutshell. Almost everyone I know goes there so why not save.

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2009 Coupon Inserts


This is the 2009 Coupon Insert Schedule. It is a great resource for anyone who likes to purchase extra papers weekly for additional coupons! (Note: coupon inserts may vary depending on newspaper and region.)

Jan 4, 2009 2 Smart Source & 2 Red Plum
Jan 11, 2009 Smart Source & Red Plum
Jan 18, 2009 Smart Source & Red Plum
Jan 25, 2009 Smart Source & Red Plum
Feb 1, 2009 Smart Source & Red Plum, Procter and Gamble
Feb 8, 2009 Smart Source & Red Plum
Feb 15, 2009 No Inserts Scheduled - Valentine's Day
Feb 22, 2009 Smart Source & Red Plum
Mar 1, 2009 Smart Source & Red Plum, Procter and Gamble
Mar 8, 2009 Smart Source & Red Plum
Mar 15, 2009 Smart Source & Red Plum
Mar 22, 2009 Smart Source only
Mar 29, 2009 Smart Source & Red Plum
Apr 5, 2009 2 Smart source, 2 Red Plum, Procter and Gamble
Apr 12, 2009 No Inserts Scheduled - Easter
Apr 19, 2009 Smart Source & Red Plum
Apr 26, 2009 Smart Source & Red Plum
May 3, 2009 Smart Source & Red
May 10, 2009 Smart Source & Red Plum
May 17, 2009 2 Smart Source, Red Plum, Procter and Gamble
May 24, 2009 No Inserts Scheduled - Memorial Day
May 31, 2009 Smart Source & Red Plum
Jun 7, 2009 Smart Source & Red Plum, Procter and Gamble
Jun 14, 2009 Smart Source Only
Jun 21, 2009 Smart Source & Red Plum
Jun 28, 2009 Smart Source & Red Plum
Jul 5, 2009 No Inserts Scheduled - 4th of July (possibly P&G)
Jul 12, 2009 Smart Source & Red Plum
Jul 19, 2009 Smart Source Only
Jul 26, 2009 Smart Source & Red Plum
Aug 2, 2009 Smart Source & Red Plum, Procter and Gamble
Aug 9, 2009 Smart Source & Red Plum
Aug 16, 2009 Smart Source & Red Plum
Aug 23, 2009 Smart Source & Red Plum
Aug 30, 2009 Smart Source & Red Plum
Sep 6, 2009 No Inserts Scheduled - Labor Day
Sep 13, 2009 Smart Source & 2 Red plum
Sep 20, 2009 Smart Source & Red Plum
Sep 27, 2009 Smart Source & Red Plum
Oct 4, 2009 Smart Source & Red Plum, Procter and Gamble
Oct 11, 2009 Smart Source & Red Plum
Oct 18, 2009 Smart Source & Red Plum
Oct 25, 2009 Smart Source & Red Plum
Nov 1, 2009 Smart Source & Red Plum, Procter and Gamble
Nov 8, 2009 Smart Source & Red Plum
Nov 15, 2009 Smart Source & Red Plum
Nov 22, 2009 Smart Source Only
Nov 29, 2009 No Inserts Scheduled - Thanksgiving
Dec 6, 2009 Smart Source, Red Plum, Procter and Gamble
Dec 13, 2009 Smart Source & Red Plum
Dec 20, 2009 No Inserts Scheduled - Christmas
Dec 27, 2009 No Inserts Scheduled - New Years

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Uncrustables Free 4-Pack Coupon


On Monday, September 28th, visit Uncrustables and be one of the first 20,000 to provide your time saving after school organizational tip for a FREE 4-pack Uncrustables Sandwiches Coupon by mail!
Thanks STLMommy!

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Gap.com 25% Off Through September 30th

Save 25% off your entire purchase at Gap.com when you use the code SAVE25 at checkout through September 30th.

Thanks Chicago Mommy!

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