The Fru-Gal: Use coupons with store cards for double savings

Contributing columnistOctober 30, 2011 

What a week for coupons. If you learn how to use them right, the coupons inside your Sunday Herald-Leader will reap you huge savings.

The key is to use the coupons along with the sales circulars to multiply your savings. Because of the plethora of coupons and sales, this week is a perfect time to show you how. And you'll find that it's a perfect time to stock up on shampoo, conditioner, body wash and much more.

So how do you do it? First, let's look at the bonus savings programs you need to join at pharmacy chains, which are ideal to help multiply your savings.

CVS: Sign up for the ExtraCare program. You'll receive a card that gets you all of the sale prices in the store, plus the opportunity to earn ExtraCare Bucks. These savings come out on the bottom of your receipts and are good for your next shopping trip. Register your card online, and you'll get an additional $4 in ExtraCare bucks.

Rite Aid: Rite Aid's program is similar to the one at CVS. Rite Aid calls its card Wellness+ and the extra dollars are called +UP Rewards.

Walgreens: The chain has Register Rewards, which are printed after your purchase and are good toward your next shopping trip.

As a bonus, all three drug store chains and Target will take a store coupon plus a manufacturer coupon for one item. Walgreens distributes a coupon book at stores each month, so you can use that to match with your newspaper coupons to get extra savings.

Now that we've gone over how to save, let's see the best deals using your newspaper coupons this week. Also, be sure to read this column each week, as I offer a couple of great deals using those coupons in each column.

CVS

■ CoverGirl's deal this week gives you half off the second item if you buy two. Use your $2.50 coupon inside to make this a great deal.

■ Cascade Complete is on sale for $4.99. Use the $2 coupon to make it just $2.99.

■ Bounce or Tide Stain Release products are on sale for $3.99. Use the $1 off coupon inside to make it $2.99.

■ Tide detergent is on sale for $5.99. Use the $2 coupon inside to make it $3.99.

■ Buy a 12-pack of Charmin basic bath tissue, on sale for $5.44, and use the 25-cent coupon inside to make it $5.19.

■ Pantene shampoo and conditioner is on sale, $6.97 for two products. Use the $1 off coupon inside to make it $5.97 for two.

■ CVS also is running a promotion that offers a free $10 gift card when you buy $30 of qualifying items. They include area restaurant and retailer gift cards, which make great holiday gifts.

Rite Aid

■ Pantene shampoo and conditioner are on sale, two for $7. Use the $1 coupon to make it $6 for two, and receive $2 in +UP Rewards.

■ Herbal Essences and Aussie products are on sale for $2.99. Use the $1 coupon to make it $1.99, and receive $1 in +UP Rewards.

■ Gillette Body Wash offers half off the second item if you buy two. Use two $1 coupons to make the deal even better.

Walgreens

■ You can get $5 in Register Rewards when you spend at least $20 on certain products. Among them are Febreze products. Some also are 25 percent off, so match those with the coupon inside for $3 off three Febreze items to sweeten this deal. Tide Stain Release and Cascade are included in the deal, so match up those coupons, too.

■ Dawn dish liquid is on sale for 99 cents. Use a 50-cent coupon to make it 49 cents.

■ Tide detergent is on sale for $5.99. Use the $2 off coupon to make it $3.99.

■ Herbal Essences and Aussie products are on sale for two for $7. Use two $1 off coupons to make it $5 for two, and receive $2 in Register Rewards.

■ Walgreens is running the same CoverGirl promotion as CVS.

■ Ricola cough drops are on sale for $2. You'll receive $2 in Register Rewards.

Deborah Morris' weekly column, The Fru-Gal, can help you get through these economic hard times a little more easily. If you know of a way to save some money, feel free to share it on The Fru-Gal blog on BluegrassMoms.com and visit her Web site, Fru-gal-friends.com.

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