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The toothpaste experiment

January 10th, 2011 at 04:42 pm

I've been testing my coupon skills (I'm a total newbie) on the low-hanging fruit this week: toothpaste. It's always on sale, I'm not brand loyal, and there is always a coupon.

Today was my first ever free tube of toothpaste. Colgate, on sale for $1, I had a 50 cent coupon, and the store doubled it. I should frame that tube of toothpaste and refer to it every time I need some inspiration!!

Earlier this week, I got a tube of colgate for 29 cents at Target, using a manf. coupon plus a store coupon. That also felt good.

I wanted to test out the BOGO plus using two coupons thing at Walgreens. I was skeptical. But, it worked. I paid more than I ever will again for two giant tubes of toothpaste. Reg 4.29, BOGO, plus I had two 75 cent off coupons. Final price: $3.08 for two tubes.

Also, I had hoped to get some free toothbrushes, but alas the coupon was not good for the ones that were on sale. Using the double coupon policy, I did get two $2.23 toothbrushes, used two 75 cents ($1.50 each doubled coupons) so paid about 73 cents each for the brushes. Fair enough.

I think I'm starting to get the hang of it, although I have yet to figure out when to use the coupons and when to hold on and look for a better deal. I don't want to get so excited that I just go all will-nilly buying things we don't need or using up good coupons when I'm not getting the best deal. Alas, it takes time.

2 Responses to “The toothpaste experiment”

  1. Swimgirl Says:

    Okay, so the only trick at Walgreens is that you cannot have more coupons than items. So you should watch for their 19 cent specials and grab one of those super cheap items if you want to use and extra coupon.

    You are doing great! I just knew you'd be hooked!

  2. ThriftoRama Says:

    I had heard that about Walgreens. I have not figured out their RR program, though. Do you need a "Store" card, like you do at CVS? Or do they just automatically print out on your receipt?

    Now, I'm on to my next task: Finding coupons for the things I AM brand loyal on, and trying to get a discount on everything.

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