It’s impossible for one person to come up with all of the ways to use coupons in one week. For example, I might come up with a list of the deals at Walgreens, including coupon match ups. If you did the same, chances are good that at least one of our deals would be slightly different.
A good example of this is the Stayfree deal at CVS this month. This is how Money Saving Mom lists the deal:
Buy 1 Stayfree pads (14-24 ct.) at $3.99, Earn $2 ECBs (Limit 5)
Buy 4 Stayfree pads at $3.99 each
Use 1 $1/2 coupon from the 01/04 RedPlum insert
Use 2 B1G1 coupons
Spend $6.98 out of pocket
Get $8 ECBs
That makes sense, because it’s the deal for making the most money. But I’d been passing it over because I only have one B1G1 coupon, having used some at Walgreens a few weeks ago.
Coupon Cravings listed the same deal this way:
Stayfree Pads: buy 2 at $3.99 each
Use buy-one-get-one-free coupon from 1/4 Smart Source insert
Receive $4 ECBs (2 x $2 ECBs each)
Final Price = FREE
This works for me because I only have one coupon. If I’d bothered to figure the deals out myself, I would have reached the same conclusion, but since I don’t need pads, I wasn’t looking for specific deals on them – rather, I was just skimming the “deals posts” to see what’s free.
This is why I subscribe to multiple blogs that discuss the same deals at the same drugstores: the slight variations can make all the difference in whether or not I want the deal. And it takes less time to skim all of the posts in Google Reader than it does to scour the weekly ads and come up with my own scenarios. It’s much easier and faster to take the list of deals and tweak them to fit my circumstances. (I do flip through the ads on my own just to see if there’s a sale on something I need.)
I subscribe to the following blogs that list deals, in no particular order:
- Coupon Cravings
- Common Sense with Money
- Mommy Making Money
- Money Saving Mom
- The “Cent”sible Sawyer
- Bargain Briana
- Money Saving Methods
- Centsible Savings
- I heart Wags
- I heart CVS
- I heart Rite Aid
*I’ve been a member of A Full Cup for almost a year now and it’s a great resource. The deals are easy to locate by store, and the Coupon Database is fantastic. It lets me know what coupons are out there, and when I used to leave coupons in the inserts until I needed them, the database was invaluable for helping me locate the ones I needed. It also links to printable coupons, which makes finding them easy.