Now is the time to start your couponing journey. Last Sunday, there were five coupon inserts included in our paper. When that happens, it's time to load up your stockpile.
The best way to get maximum savings from a coupon is matching it with a sale. When you shop at CVS or Walgreens, you want to get additional savings by using their loyalty programs. When you stack the coupons with sales and rewards, you can get tremendous savings that sometimes make items free.
Kroger offers Mega-Deal savings throughout the year. You buy a certain amount of items and get a dollar amount taken off your purchase. This week's mega sale is to buy five participating items, and $5 will come off your shopping total. Think of this as an additional $1 off each item. All of the following deals are for products that are, in many cases, used daily, so loading up isn't wasteful. As a couponer, I would be upset if I had to go and pay retail for the following items because I ran out.
I have laid out a few deals that saved me more than $50 dollars. When using your Sunday paper coupons wisely, you can save hundreds of dollars through the year. As a current subscriber, you can take advantage of a special offer to receive an additional Saturday-Sunday print subscription for only $1 a week. To subscribe, call 1-866-754-8297 and ask for promotional code Subscriber Coupon Offer or go to Subscribetohl.com/couponoffer. This is an exclusive offer only for current subscribers. Double your savings each week with an additional weekend subscription or pick up an extra copy at a newsstand on Saturdays or Sundays. Just think of all the savings by having two sets of coupon inserts delivered to your home. If you need a copy of last Sunday's paper, a limited number are available at the Herald-Leader offices, 100 Midland Avenue.
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Buy two Colgate cavity protection twin packs for $3.59.
Use two SmartSource $2 July 26 coupon inserts.
Pay $3.18, get back a $3 Catalina to use on your next purchase, through Aug. 5.
Buy Colgate toothpaste on sale for $1.
Use a SmartSource 50 cent coupon from the July 26 coupon insert.
Final cost: 50 cents.
My Mega Deal Scenario (this is just one example):
- Scrubbing Bubbles Drop-Ins, on sale for $1.99, was $2.49. I used a Proctor & Gamble 50 cent July 26 insert coupon.
I received $5 off my order, making the final cost $10.95. Before savings, it was $26.15, meaning this was more than half off.
Buy Oral-B Cross Action Power Toothbrush, $5.99.
Use $2 P&G July 26 insert coupon.
Receive $3 in Extracare bucks.
Buy Revlon Super Lustrous lip color, $5.99
Use $3 Red Plum July 26 insert coupon.
Final price: $2.99
Buy Schick disposable razor $5.99.
Use $4 SmartSource July 26 insert coupon.
Final cost: $1.99.
Buy two Bengay on sale two for $9.99.
Use a $3 SmartSource July 26 coupon.
Receive $3 in Extracare bucks.
Buy three participating first-aid products and receive $5 in Extracare bucks.
Use a $2 SmartSource July 26 coupon for Neosporin and Band-Aids plus, get back a $10 back-to-school gift card when you buy $20 of participating brands with the Healthy Essentials program. (Hold your receipt and text BTS to 811811 for more information.)
Receive $5 in Extrabucks rewards when you spend $20 on participating P&G products. Check out July 26 P&G coupons to use with this promotion.
Buy two Clean & Clear facial care for $5.79, buy one and get one 50 percent off, for $8.69 through Aug. 1.
Use the $2 Clean & Clear facial skin care Walgreens coupon found in the August coupon book (will deduct $4) and use two $1 Clean & Clear product coupons from SmartSource July 26 coupon inserts.
Final cost: $2.69 total, just $1.35 each.
Buy Purell Hand Sanitizer eight ounce on sale for $2.99.
Use SmartSource $1 July 26 coupon.
Use one $1 Walgreens coupon found in the August Coupon Book.
Final cost: 99 cents.
Buy two Crest 3D White toothpaste for $3.00 each.
Use P&G $1.50 July 26 insert coupon.
Receive $2.50 in register rewards.
Buy one Total Colgate toothpaste $3.50.
Use SmartSource 50 cent July 26 insert coupon.
Receive $2 register rewards.
Buy Scrubbing Bubbles bathroom cleaner and heavy-duty Fantastik for $3.25 each.
Use two 50 cent SmartSource July 26 coupons.
Receive $1.50 register rewards.
- Mark your calendars. In honor of National Root Beer Float Day, head to your local A&W from 2 p.m. to close Aug. 6 to snag a free small A&W root beer float. While there, consider making a donation to Wounded Warrior Project.