I had quite an adventure at Rite Aid this weekend. I clipped hundreds – I’m serious, hundreds! – of coupons from the Sunday newspapers from the past few weeks then cross-referenced my coupons with what was listed on sale in the weekly flyer. Made a list and headed to the store. I was worried that one of three terrible things would happen:
1. The prices would be higher than advertised.
2. They would be sold out of the products I had coupons for.
3. The cashier would be upset I was using so many coupons!
Turns out none of these things happened. I ended up getting $40.52 worth of stuff for $16.41 including tax. That’s a 60 percent discount! And yes, I bought stuff I wanted/needed.
Here’s what I bought (shown above) and with what coupons:
2 boxes of Quakers Chewy Granola bars, normally $3.59 on sale for 2/$4 + $1 off coupon = final price $1.50/box
2 Peanut M&M bags with 8 mini-packs, normally $1.89 on sale for $.88 each + $1 off coupon = final price $.38 each
1 bottle Vaseline Sheer Infusion mosturizer, normally $6.99 on sale for $4.99 + a $4 mail-in rebate and a $1 off coupon = FREE
1 stick Sure for men deodorant, normally $3.29 on sale for $1.99 + a $1.50 off coupon = final price $.49
1 CoverGirl Professional all-in-one mascara, $5.30 + $1 off coupon = $4.30 (not the best deal but I really needed new mascara, unfortunately)
2 Revlon ColorStay 12-hour eye shadow, normally $6.99 each on sale buy one get one free + a $1 off coupon = $3 each
Total: $18.53 + $1.88 in tax – $4 mail-in rebate = $16.41
I’m going to be blogging a lot more about coupons as part of an exciting new development on BargainBabe.com. More details about this announcement soon!