So, I hope you’ve visited the Krazy Coupon Lady to begin learning the ropes.
For awesome deals like mine at Target, focus on these things: print the Target coupons directly from the Target website. If they are Target store coupons, then you can “stack” them with manufacturer coupons that you clip from the paper.
When checking out the Target ad in the Sunday paper, I saw a deal where they would give you a $5 giftcard if you purchased two boxes of diapers. So, for each of the two boxes of diapers, I stacked a Target coupon with a manufactuer coupon. That gave me over $5 in savings per box. Then I got another $5 off with the giftcard. It was a great deal.
For the cereal, I had a Target coupon for one box of Kellogg’s cereal free with the purchase of another box of Kellogg’s cereal. So, I stacked that with a manufactuer’s coupon for the Kellogg’s cereal I was going to purchase, and I ended up with two boxes of cereal practically free.
For the baby wipes, I had a 2 75-cents-off-1 coupons. So I picked up travel wipes which made them practically free!
Walgreens is a totally different story. First off, the Walgreens ad in the Sunday paper is a must. Not only does it contain Walgreens coupons, but it advertises sale items in addition to the weekly Register Rewards items. Register Rewards is very cool. For instance, last week Huggies diapers were a Register Rewards featured item. If you bought Huggies, when your receipt was printed, you were also given these Register Rewards coupons for $4-$6 to use on your next purchase. This is essentially like a giftcard that prints out at the register. You want to check the Walgreens ad to see if you use any of the RR items that week, then stock up while you can.
Finally, HEB is one that I had to learn on my own… without the help of the Krazy Coupon Lady. HEB is more of a Texas thing. Like many people (I’m assuming), we’ve always just tossed those weekly grocery store circulars in the recycle bin without giving them a second glance. That was our first mistake. Look at those grocery circulars! They show you their sales and deals for the week. Then you can compare those to your coupons and really formulate your strategy. Some examples: Large Colgate toothpaste was on sale for 97 cents. I had a coupon for 75 cents off. So, I got a large thing of toothpaste for only 22 cents. This was awesome. They also have deals like “buy a name brand spaghetti sauce and get an HEB brand spaghetti sauce free.” They have deals like that each week. So, with my coupon for the name brand spaghetti sauce, I got two jars of spaghetti sauce practically free.
The thing with coupons is that you buy things in cycles… stock up on spaghetti sauce, toothpaste, and diapers this week, and next week it will be something else. Fresh foods you will still purchase reguarly, but for those items with a longer shelf life, do yourself a favor and stock up when there’s a great deal!