What reason is there not to use coupons? Among the responses I hear most often is that single people or couples think it isn't worth it.
But not only do the coupons save you money, they save you time because you have backups of your most commonly used household items. Think of the inconvenience of running out during the night to buy toothpaste or toilet paper.
I'm not talking about having a closet full of products. Try to have just enough to keep you from paying full retail price when you run out. Below are ways to start your backups using the coupons in today's paper and specials at various retailers.
■ Buy $20 of Playtex or Schick products and receive $10 back in CVS's ExtraCare bucks that you can redeem later. Right off, you are starting with a 50 percent savings. You can make it an even better deal by using today's $2 Schick razor coupon, 55-cent Skintimate Shave Gel coupon and 55-cent Schick Hydro Shave Gel coupon.
A $1 coupon for Playtex was available in the Nov. 20 newspaper and helps make this a fantastic deal.
Do remember that the $20 is calculated before the coupons are redeemed. For example, you can purchase two Schick razors at $8.99 each plus one Schick Hydro Shave Gel at $3.69, and your total is $21.67. With that total, you can use two $1 Schick coupons and one 55-cent Hydro Shave Gel coupon plus receive the $10 back in ExtraCare bucks to make it $9.12 for all three products.
■ Nivea lip care is on sale for $2.99, and the second is half off when you buy two. Use today's $3 coupon, and the final price will be just 75 cents each.
■ You can get Sucrets for free by doing the following: Buy them for $2.99 and use the $1 coupon inside the Nov. 20 newspaper, plus you'll receive $2 back in Rite Aid's +UP Rewards.
■ When you buy two Nyquil or Dayquil products for $11.98, you'll receive $2 in +UP Rewards. Plus, you can use the coupon from the Nov. 27 newspaper for a free box of Puffs tissues when you purchase two Vick's products.
■ Schick razors are on sale for $7.99. Use today's $2 coupon and receive $2 in +UPs Rewards to make the final price just $3.99 after coupons and rewards.
■ Scope mouthwash is on sale for $3.99. Use today's 75-cent coupon and also apply for a $2 Rite Aid Single Check rebate. The rebate information is located next to the fliers at the front of the store. The final price after rebate and coupon will be just $1.49.
■ Bags of Mars candy, including M&M's, are on sale for $2 each. When you purchase two, you'll receive $1 in +UPs Rewards. Also, use today's $1 coupon to make the final price just $1 a bag.
■ Nivea Body Wash or Nivea for Men facial care products are on sale for two for $7.
You'll receive $2 in Register Rewards and can use today's $1 coupon to make the final price after rewards and coupons just $2 each.
■ Dove Men+Care Deodorant is on sale for $3.99. You'll receive $3 in Register Rewards for the purchase to make the final price just 99 cents.
■ Playtex tampons are on sale for $6.99. You'll receive $2 in Register Rewards and can also use the $1 coupon in the Nov. 20 newspaper to make the final price just $3.99.
■ Walgreens will send you exclusive offers on your iPhone or Android mobile phones when you download the store's app. Text APP to 21525 to get the direct link. Message and data rates may apply.
■ AARP members can show their membership cards at the checkout to receive exclusive offers each week.
You can get $10 off your next shopping trip at the grocery by buying a combination of items. You'll need to purchase four bags of M&M's that are 9.9 ounces or larger, one 5-pound bag of Meijer sugar and one 5-pound bag of Meijer flour. Be sure to use two of today's $1 coupons on the M&M's.
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.