Week 3: Coupon Class (April 19, 2010)

Welcome! We’re now in week 3 of the ten week couponing course. Go here to learn more about the free couponing course. Also, make sure to brush up on the week 2 assignment.

This week we’re going to get over $16 in items at CVS for less than $1 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 CVS to get free items and even make money on certain items!

At this point in the coupon course we are still not cutting any coupons, so these are all easy to print off the internet coupons for this week. However, I want you to start saving the Sunday papers you received every week and put them in a box or drawer as I explained in the Introduction. We will start using them next week!

Also make sure to stock up on printable coupons below!

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At CVS this week you can get the following things FREE (and a couple for only $1 dollar!):

Week 3 Assignment:

Halle Orchid or Halle 0.17-1.7 oz. or 2 pc. Gift set; prices start at $4.99
Get $5 extra care bucks

CVS Green Bag Tag $.99
Get $.99 extra care bucks

Colgate Total Advanced or Enamel Strength toothpaste 4 oz. $2.99
Get $2 extra care bucks
$0.75/1 Colgate Total Enamel Strength Toothpaste printable
= $.24

Physician’s Formula Cosmetics 40% off; prices start at $1.99

Use the following rebate for the MIR Physician’s Formula Mascara Duo

FREE After MIR Physician’s Formula Mascara Duo

Tasters Choice Stick Packs $.83
Use Buy one get one free Tasters Choice printable
Use $.75/1 Tasters Choice printable
= $.04 each

Bumble Bee chunk light tuna in water 5 oz. $.49 (limit 10)
$1/5 Bumble Bee Tuna printable
= $.29 each

ThermaCare neck to arm heatwrap 1 ct. $2.49
Get $2.49 extra care bucks (limit 2) Thanks, Carmine!
$1/1 ThermaCare printable
=  FREE plus $1 moneymaker

CVS Facial Tissues $.99
$1/1 CVS Paper Product (store coupon printing at the bottom of receipts – so you may not have this coupon)

Steps on How to Get the Items:

1. At home, print out all the printable coupons you need.

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 $16 + taxes after the printable coupons you give the cashier plus taxes.

NOTE: If you would rather not spend all that out of pocket, then you should split up the purchases above into multiple transactions.

Here’s how:

First buy items 1 and 2, then use those ECBs to buy the next few items on the list! Then if you’re up for it do a third transaction for the remaining items!

3. The cashier will ring you up and will give you $10.50 in Register Rewards.

4. Go home and send in the mail-in rebates to get another $2 back!

That’s it!

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! Congratulations! If you want to see more deals this week to try your hand at some other combinations, make sure to check out the full list that Budget Saving Mom compiled at Saving Money Plan.