There is an excellent coupon package today. Check out the Redplum, Smartsource and P&G inserts in your newspaper. Also, don’t forget to check out www.StephanieSavings.net for additional coupons that can be printed from your computer.
How to coupon
This week’s lesson is how to coupon at Dollar Tree. Dollar Tree started accepting coupons in summer 2012. They have a few simple guidelines. No more than two printed coupons will be accepted per customer per day. Dollar Tree does not give coupon overage. All products in the store cost $1 without coupons, so this makes it easy to get a great deal. They do not have sales like the other stores, but I highly recommend that you take your coupons with you to see what items you can get free or cheap. They have different products all the time.
Deals this week
Rite Aid has several great promotions this week for P&G. If you purchase Pampers, you might want to check out this deal. Pampers are on sale for $9.49 each, plus is you purchase $30 worth; you’ll earn a $10 +Up reward. This makes Pampers less than $5 per pack. This isn’t the best deal, but it’s better than paying $10 per pack. There are also deals for Gillette Venus and CoverGirl. These products not only come with a $5 +Up reward when you purchase $15 worth, but they also come with a $15 mail-in cash rebate when you purchase $50 worth. You do not have to purchase $50 all at once and you have plenty of time to get $50 worth of items. To print a rebate form and see the entire list of participating items go to www.StephanieSavings.net and click the Rewards/Rebates tab.
You will find several Rite Aid coupons in this week’s ad. These are Rite Aid coupons that you can combine with your manufacturer coupons. You will also find two pharmacy coupons that say you can get a $25 Rite Aid gift card when you transfer your prescription. There are two coupons in the ad for this. If you are planning to transfer your prescriptions to Rite Aid, I recommend you do that first, and then you’re shopping. That way, you’ll have those gift cards to help cover your out-of-pocket cost. That’s how I started couponing at Rite Aid years ago. I took advantage of the transferring my prescriptions and then started couponing.
CVS also has several P&G product deals this week. Everything from dental, baby, personal care, laundry and more! You can also scan your CVS card this week and earn CVS coupons off beauty products. Make sure that you’re a Beauty Club member first. You can sign up for this for free at www.StephanieSavings.net, under the CVS tab.
The pros of meal planning
How does your family save money? I know some use coupons and some do not. I’ve mentioned before that I rarely use coupons on food, because I buy mostly fresh produce, meats, dairy, etc. Very rarely do I purchase premade items at the store. My couponing is to help save on non-food items such as household, personal care, baby and dental. I do use coupons for cereal and snacks.
To save money on the items I do not coupon for, I make meal plans. My meal plans are sometimes based on the sale of the week — or to keep things really simple, I shop at Aldi. I create my own meal plans but there are a few websites you can use for help. Some websites charge a $5 per month. I’ve heard that people love this and that it’s worth the $5. Sometimes I use a free one called Food on the Table. First, you enter your zip code. Then, you choose a store in your area. After you select a store, you can enter what type of foods your family likes, such as chicken, steak, etc. Next, you’ll be able to enter in any special diets your family may need, such as diabetic or gluten-free products. This website will create recipes based on the information you give and the items on sale that week. It will give you a list of recipes to select. Once these are selected you’ll get a shopping list. This shopping list can be altered. You can delete anything you already have in your pantry, and you can add other items to the list that you need to pick up at the store — like body wash, or whatever you need. Sign up at www.StephanieSavings.net.