Adventures in Couponing, Sales, Specials, Rollbacks and Rewards Savings

Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2014
Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2014

I am not a couponing queen. I do not use coupons for every shopping trip (yet). I do not base all my purchases around coupons (though I may begin to later). I do not have the time to sit down and plan out elaborate shopping trips (though I wish I did).

I do, however, enjoy saving money when possible. I have read about couponing through a pro couponer. And I spent a couple of hours setting up my coupon system. And…

I have used several coupons to score good discounts.

While I am not going to type out entire receipts to show my savings thus far, but I am recording my savings. And I am including savings from my K-Mart rewards program, sales, and Rollbacks, so you can get a more complete idea of how I save as much as I do. (Learn more about rewards programs here.)

4/5: Walmart (Savings = $1.40 coupons)

1 package microwave sandwich $2.00 – .40 coupon = $1.60

2 jars mini ketchup .60 each – (2) .50 coupons = .20 for both

4/18/ K-Mart (Savings = $1.00 coupon, .99 in store special) (Made $7.00 on the purchase of a gift card.)

4 Cadbury Cream Eggs B3/G1 FREE $3.96 – .99 special = $2.97

1 Soft Soap Foaming Hand Soap $2.99 – $1.00 coupon = $1.99

1 K-Mart gift card for $25.00 netted me the $25.00 gift card = $5.00 award card + $2.00 in points

4/19: Walmart (Savings = $15.00 Coupon, $4.36 Rollbacks)

2 (7 count) packages disposable Bic Shavers (Soleil) $4.97 each (Rollback. Were $5.78 each) – (2) $3.00 coupons = $3.94 for both

2 (3 count) Flex 4 disposable Shavers  $4.97 each (Rollback, were $6.34 each) – (2) $3.00 coupons = $3.94 for both

2 McCormick Cumin $3.56 each – (2) .75 coupons = $5.62 for both

2 McCormick Chili Powder – (2) .75 coupons = $4.34 for both

4/19: Kmart (Savings = $3.88 coupons, $2.09 points)

4 Scrubbing bubbles $4.69 each – (2) $1.00 coupons – $1.88 store coupon – $2.09 points = $12.79 for all 4

4/21: Kmart (Savings =$3.50 store coupon, $5.00 points)

1 package Windex Wipes $3.49 – $3.00 store coupon = .49

1 package ladies socks $6.99 – $5.00 points = $1.99

1 roll Smart Sense TP $1.00 – .50 store coupon = .50

4/22: Kmart (Savings = .75 store coupon)

1 roll Smart Sense TP $1.00 – .75 store coupon = .25

4/25: Kmart (Savings= $9.98 coupons, $5.60 in store specials)

4 Vitamin C Drops B/1 G/1 50% off $6.36 – $1.60 special = $4.76 for all 4

4 (72 count) Roliads $4.99 each – $4.00 special – (2) B1/G1 FREE coupons = $7.98 for all 4

8 VO5 Shampoo .99 each – (2) $1.00 off 4 coupons = $5.92

4/26: Walmart (Savings = 1.00 coupons )

2 cans Dole Pineapple .78 each – (2) .50 coupons = .56 for both

4/28/ K-Mart (Savings = $1.00 coupon, $9.86 in points.)

4 Suave Body Wash $1.89 each – $1.00 coupon – $6.08 in points = .48  for all 4

1 Deodorant $2.69 – $2.17 in points = .52

1 Chapstick $1.99 – 1.61 in points = .38

5/3: Walmart (Savings = $7.00 coupons, .56 sales, plus I scored a 9 ct box of Ferrero Roche for .87. My daughters favorites!)

2 (quart size) Rice Dream Rice Milk $2.24 each – (2) $1.00 coupons = $2.48 for both

2 (pouches) chocolate syrup $2.00 each (Sale, were $2.28 each) – (2) $1.00 coupons = $2.00 for both

1 package Hershey’s Minis $2.88 – $1.00 coupon = $1.88

2 (40 ct) Wet Naps $1.97 each – (2) $1.00 coupons = $1.94 for both

6/7: Walmart (Savings = $1.00)

1 (8 ounce) Hormel Natural Choice Honey Ham $2.98 – $1.00 coupon = $1.98

6/14: Walmart (Savings = $3.00)

2 (1/2 gallons) Silk Almond Milk $3.28 each – (2) $1.00 coupons = $4.46 for both

1 (8 ounce) Kraft Shredded Cheese $2.88 – $1.00 coupon = $1.88

$48.51 savings in coupons

$11.51 savings in sales, specials, and rollbacks

$16.95 savings by using points

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$76.97 in savings + A great deal on Ferrero Roche + $5.00 award card + $2.00 in rewards points (+ all the points earned while shopping at K-Mart.)

As you can see, I have saved a lot of money by minimally using coupons. I was able to net a few extra good deals by using coupons on rollbacks, sales, and specials. And I have earned money by making a gift card purchase.

I know I could save more if I had more time to spend planning. And I might even save more by shopping at a place that doubles coupons. I haven’t been to the store to check prices and whatnot. I do plan to in the future.

I will be keeping track of my savings from here on out, and may update you on my progress at a later date.

Tell us about your savings adventures in the comments below.

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Shannon

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