Archive for the ‘Wal-Mart’ Category

Coupon Roadtrip: March 7th

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

It’s been a long time since I’ve taken a “Coupon roadtrip”! Yesterday, Jai and I headed to the Walmart in Cornelius for a project that I’m working on. I’m participating in a special “Champions For Kids” campaign organized by All You magazine, where they are asking couponers to use their money-saving skills to pick up items to donate to a local organization that aids children. I’ve written before about how I’ve used items that I got for free to donate to food banks, so this was the perfect project for me. I was given a $25 budget to purchase items for donation and compensated for my time. I wanted to show you some of the deals I snagged – I think I did pretty good, especially since I was shopping at a store I had never been in before and had no idea what they would have in stock or what the prices would be! I’ve only shopped at Walmart using coupons one other time, and that was three years ago. I’ve never bought baby stuff before either, so this post will be especially of interest to the parents out there!

My Walmart shopping trip


Total spent: $47.05 out of pocket, put $1.00 on a gift card that I won
Total before coupons: $87.55
View receipt

Transaction #1:

All You Magazine

1 copy of All You magazine – price: $2.49. I bought this, clipped a few coupons out of it, then went back into the store for my second transaction!

Transaction #2:

Items to donate

These are the items which I bought to benefit two local organizations: A food bank and a “Clothing bank” at a high school which provides teens in need with clothes at no cost.

2 t-shirts – on clearance for $3.00 each.

3 gallons of Gerber Pure distilled nursery water – $1 each, used one printable coupon good for $1.00 off three. Final price: between .66-.67 cents each.

20 jars of Beech-Nut baby food – on sale for .50 cents each, used two printable coupons for $1 off 10 jars. Final price: $8.00 for 20 jars.

4 canisters of Enfamil baby formula – regularly $6.76, used four $5/1 printable coupons. Final price: $1.76 each.

2 boxes of Raisels – .98 cents each. I had two coupons for .50/1 from the January issue of All you magazine, so they should have been .48 cents each, but I realized after I got home that these coupons didn’t get taken off even though I handed them over.

2 boxes of K-Y jelly – these are $2.84 each, and I used two printable coupons for $3.00 off. This made them free plus .32 cents overage! The food bank I am donating to also carries health care items, so in addition to helping pay for my other items, this will be a good item to donate. It’s kind of an embarrassing thing to buy, but I can’t turn down overage! ;) It does have a lot of medical uses so I know the organization I am donating it to will appreciate it.

4 tubes of Aquafresh Extreme Clean toothpaste – regularly .97 cents each, used four $1/1 printables (Jai and I each signed up for them, and you are allowed two prints per computer). Final price: Free plus .12 cents overage! Another good personal care item to donate, too.

5 Starkist Tuna pouches – on sale for $1.08, used five .50/1 coupons. Final price: .58 cents each. Three of these coupons came from this month’s All You magazine – Jai and I both have a subscription, which is how I ended up with three copies! – and two were printable coupons that I got for taking a survey that came in my email.

Our purchases

While we were there, I also picked up a few items for our own use:

1 fleece pullover – on clearance for $9.00

10 lbs of sugar – price: $5.64

2 boxes of U by Kotex pantiliners – priced at $1.24, used two $1/1 printables. Final price: .24 cents each.

1 box of Sally Hansen wax – regularly $4.98, used one $2/1 printable coupon (That’s my referral link, FYI). Final price: $2.98

If you’re curious to see a detailed breakdown of my coupon strategy, along with a picture of how I write out my lists and work out my “Coupon math”, click here to view my Google+ album.

Free Purina Training Pads After Rebate

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

Purina Pet Gear Pads

Click here to “Like” Purina Pet Gear on Facebook, and you’ll be able to download a “Try-Me-Free” rebate form good for one carton of Purina Pet Gear Training Pads (20 count). This rebate is valid on purchases made at Walmart only from August 1st-October 31st, 2011. Thanks, Koupon Karen!

Walmart: $10 Gift Card When You Transfer a Prescription Online

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

Walmart Prescription Coupon

Walmart is currently offering a $10 e-gift card to anyone who transfers a prescription to their pharmacy for the first time. This offer requires that you transfer your prescription using their online system and sign up for home delivery. Click here to read more about this offer. This offer is not available in some states and carries other restrictions, so be sure to read the fine print carefully; they also provide a toll-free hotline you can call with any questions.

I’ve written in the past how I’ve utilized offers such as this to earn a gift card profit & offset the cost of prescriptions. If you’re considering transferring a prescription in order to redeem an offer such as this, it is critical that you call the pharmacy first and find out exactly how much it will cost to fill your prescription. Different pharmacies charge different amounts for the same medications, so make sure that it’s actually cost-effective to transfer your RX first. For example, last year I took a prescription in to a pharmacy and asked how much it would cost to fill (I do this whether I have a coupon or not!). They quoted me $40 for the prescription. I then took it to a different pharmacy on the same day and filled the prescription for $6. Prices can really vary, so do your homework first!

Thanks to Frugal Fabulous Finds for the info about this offer!

Coupon Road Trip: .30 Cent Groceries at Wal-Mart

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

Groceries from Wal-Mart

On our way home from Seattle last week, we stopped by a Wal-Mart that was near a friend’s house. I had a Wal-Mart gift card, and since there are none in our area, this was the perfect time for a little “Coupon Road Trip”!

Remember the Delicious Moments contest that all of you helped me win last year? As you may recall, my original motivation for entering the contest was that they were offering a Wal-Mart gift card and free coupons to the first 75 people to enter. Little did I know that I would get so much more! Once again, coupons led to great things in my life. Well, I still had the $10 gift card that I received through the contest, so this was the perfect time to use it!

Total spent: Put $10 on my Wal-Mart gift card, spent .30 cents out of pocket
View receipt

Got:

2 quarts of half & half - price: $1.68 each, final total for both: $3.36
1 lb of brown rice – price: .76 cents
2 lbs of white rice – price: $1.28
12-pack of Ramen noodles – price: $1.82
1 gallon of milk – price: $3.08

I knew we were out of milk and half & half, since I used it up before we went out of town, so this was a a great opportunity to restock on the way home. $3.08 is much more expensive than the milk prices in Oregon, but since we needed it and it cost me nothing out of pocket, I was OK with that. I had originally planned to pick up some produce with the remainder of the gift card, but since this wasn’t a Super Wal-Mart, they didn’t carry fresh items; so I stocked up on dry goods instead. We were out of rice, so I was happy to pick up two more bags. I was also starting to come down with a cold, so I bought the Ramen because it’s an easy comfort food.

My Coupon Road Trip – January 29th and 31st

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009

Remember that coupon road trip that I took? Well, now that things are getting back to normal around here, I finally have time to share the results with you!

January 29th: Wal-Mart

Total spent: .87 cents
Total before coupons: $10.87
View receipt

Got:

12 boxes of baking soda -on sale for .57 cents each, used six .50/2 printables (no longer available). Final price: .07 cents per box.
3 bottles of Suave hand lotion - on sale for .97 cents each, used three $1/1 coupons from the 1/11 Red Plum newspaper inserts. Final price: Free plus .03 cents of overage each!
1 package of Sally Hansen emery boards - on sale for $1.12, used one $1/1 coupon from the 1/4 Red Plum newspaper inserts. Final price: .12 cents. Not bad, since I needed these anyway.

All in all, it was a good trip, although this location in St. Helens didn’t have most of the items I was looking for – I’m thinking it must not be a “Super Wal-Mart” or something. But I still had fun shopping and got a few good buys. Thank you to The “Cent”sible Sawyer and Deal Seeking Mom for their great Wal-Mart coupon matchups!

January 31st – On the way home from Portland, we stopped at Target:

Total spent: Put $10 on a giftcard that I won in a giveaway from Saving Some Green, paid .75 cents out of pocket.
Total before coupons: $34.59
View receipt #1
View receipt #2
View receipt #3
View receipt #4
View receipt #5

This trip ended up being a nightmare. Originally, I had bought 8 cans of Muir Glen tomatoes, which rang up at a different price than I thought they were, making my total $8.00 higher than it should have been. This brought the grand total to $19.87, so I used my $10 Target gift card prize, and put the remaining $9.87 on my debit card. After I finished checking out, I looked at my receipt and saw what had gone wrong.

Since the tomatoes were a higher price than I had thought, I went to customer service so that I could return them. It ended up taking them almost 2 hours to refund my money! Apparently, Target’s return policy is that if a gift card is used on a purchase in addition to cash or credit, they can only give you a return on a gift card, no matter what you paid out of pocket. So this means that if you were to purchase $100 worth of merchandise, use a $5 gift card and pay the remaining $95 in cash, if you ever have to return that $95 worth of merchandise, they will only issue the return on a gift card even though you paid in cash. Since I had paid $10 on my gift card and $9.87 on my debit card, this caused a huge problem when it came down to refunding what I had overpaid.

Finally, the customer service rep just ended up returning the 8 cans of tomatoes one at a time, so that she could bypass the computer system and return the amount in cash. The total should have been $9.12, and that is what she counted out to me, but the receipts say that they refunded $10.12 because she keyed in the wrong amount on one of them. What a mess!!!!

I don’t think I’ll be shopping at Target again unless they change their gift card policy – it doesn’t make any sense, and if I had realized that I would be in for a 2 hour wait, I would have just cut my losses and left without trying to fix it.

Anyway, after all that, here’s what I got:

1 package of sponges - Price: $1.77
1 toilet brush - I needed a new one! Price: $8.99
4 bottles of Coffee-Mate – on sale for $1.50, used four $1.50/1 printables. Final price: Free!
1 bottle of light Ocean Spray – on sale for $1.99, used one $1/1 coupon from the 1/11 Red Plum newspaper inserts stacked with a $1/1 Target store coupon. Final price: Free plus .01 cent overage.
12 packets of Rolaids – on sale for $1.32 each, used six coupons good for up to $4.00 off two, found in the 1/4 Red Plum newspaper inserts. Since the wording stated “Up to” $4, they keyed in a value of $2.64 for each one, making all of them free.

Thank you to Common Sense With Money for her Target matchups!

And there you have it – my first coupon road trip. I also stopped at an Albertsons, but they didn’t have what I was looking for, so I left empty-handed. It certainly was an adventure (!), but it’s not something that I would do unless the stores were en route to somewhere else I needed to go. Even though shopping locally can be more expensive than the shelf prices in bigger cities, the cost of gas will often negate the savings from going out of your way.