This week we’re going to get over $25 in items at Walgreens for FREE (we’ll actually make some money!) using the premise of coupon match-ups. We’ve talked about this before, but let’s refresh:
What are Coupon Match Ups?
Week 3 is all about starting the more complex process of matching up coupons or “coupon match-ups”. Coupon match-ups are when you pair up different types of coupons and use them together.
There are two main types of coupons:
- manufacturer’s coupons
- store coupons
Manufacturer’s coupons are the coupons that come in the Sunday newspapers, or perhaps in a magazine you are reading, or inside the box of a product you buy. They are made by the manufacturer of the product and say so on the coupon.
Store coupons are coupons that a particular store puts out. Walgreens and CVS have weekly fliers with weekly deals and coupons you can use for that week.
One of the keys to saving big money and getting hundreds in free toiletries and household items every month is in matching up manufacturer’s coupons with store deals. When you learn how to do this, you can start getting amazing amounts of freebies each week! This is what we will be doing this week – doing coupon match ups at Walgreens to get free items and even make money on certain items!
So by now you should have been saving the coupon inserts that come with each Sunday newspaper. Either you are subscribing to this newspaper, or picking up somewhere. If you need to find a Sunday paper that has the coupon inserts go here to this website.
These are the different coupon inserts:
Coupon Insert 1: Smart Source (called “SS” for short in blogs)
Coupon Insert 2: Red Plum (called “RP” for short in blogs) or Valassis (called “V” in blogs) (Check to see if your area still receives this in the Sunday papers here (thanks I heart wags)
Coupon Insert 3: P&G (info on distribution here)
When you get them, put the inserts each week, in a drawer or box devoted to your couponing. Some weeks, like this one, there may be only one insert – and not both – in the the papers.
Here is a schedule of which weeks of the year have which inserts. Again: don’t bother cutting any coupons out of the inserts until you have read on a blog like Saving Money Plan which coupon you need for a particular deal. Just keep them in your drawer or box. So the way you save big money with coupons is combining all the methods we have learned so far on individual deals. This allows you to consistently pick up free or very cheap products on a monthly basis. You have already learned that you can combine an internet printable coupon with a weekly or monthly store deal. Now, we are going to ad in the manufacturer’s coupons that come in those Sunday inserts, because those are a massive source of potential freebies!
Also make sure to stock up on printable coupons below!
At Walgreens this week you can get the following things FREE, and even make some money on your purchases (!) :
Buy 2 Splenda products, get $3.00 Register Rewards (RR)
- Buy 2 Splenda No Calorie Sweetener (100 count), $2.99
- Get $3 Register Rewards Back
- Use two $3/1 Splenda 80 count or larger coupon from the 4/17/11 Smart Source in last Sunday’s paper OR use $2.00/1 coupon HERE
= FREE plus up to $3.03 overage
Nexcare Bandages 20-30 pk. $2.99 (Mail-in Rebate on Package)
Use $0.55/1 Nexcare Product coupon from the 4/3/11 Smart Source insert in the Sunday paper
Submit Rebate on the Package
= FREE plus $0.55 overage
Stayfree Maxi Pads 14, 16 or 24 ct. $2.99, get $3.00 RR
Use $1.00/1 Stayfree Product coupon from the 3/27 Red Plum insert in the Sunday paper
Get back $1.00 RR
=FREE plus $1.01 overage
Luster White 7 Toothpaste 2.6 oz. $4.99, get $4.00 RR
Use $1.50/1 Luster White 7 (Power White or Sensitive) coupon form the 4/3/11 Smart Source insert in the Sunday paper
Get back $4.00 RR
= FREE plus $0.51 overage
Steps on How to Get the Items:
1. At home, print out all the printable coupons you need or look for the coupons in the past Sunday newspapers as explained above.
2. At the store, make your purchases and hand the cashier your printable coupons. If you buy all these items, you will spend out about $11 + taxes after the printable coupons you give the cashier plus taxes.
3. The cashier will ring you up and will give you $10 in Register Rewards.
4. Go home and send in the mail-in rebates to get another $2.99 back!
After making your purchases, makes sure to ail in any necessary mail-in rebates based on which items you purchased and wait to receive those checks back!