If you have read my “coupon basics” tab, then you know I have several rules for myself about couponing. Couponing works for me because I rarely break those rules. Well, I don’t know what got into me in my recent trip to Walgreens but somehow I ended up with the items in the above picture for $42.69. That isn’t very good at all. I was baffled at the check out counter but had more errands to run and didn’t evaluate my receipt until I got home – broken rule #1! I should have checked it before I left the store.
My pharmacy of choice is Rite Aid but I saw a few deals at Walgreens and wanted to grab them – broken rule #2. I don’t ever go to new stores just for a few deals. I also had a list of three items I was going to get at Walgreens. You can see how I veered quite a bit from my list – broken rule #3. Unless something is just a few cents or free, I don’t usually buy things that aren’t on my list.
My most embarassing confession about the image above is that the NC State tissue boxes were $2.50 a piece. That means just 4 boxes of tissues were $10! I still can’t believe I spent that, but all 4 men in our family are NC state fans or went there so I thought these would be great for Christmas. I did get some good deals though:
Reach floss – on sale for $0.99. I had a $1 off coupon making it free.
Reach toothbrush – on sale for $0.99. I had a $1 off coupon making it free.
Starbucks Refreshers – $1.49. I had a coupon for 1 free can, making it free.
Spiderman mini skateboard – On clearance for $0.89. Great item for OCC boxes – post to come about that soon!
Valentine stickers – on sale for $0.75. This is where I should have checked the receipt because they rang up for $3.00 – I went back and got this taken care of!
Clean & Clear face wipes – on sale for 2 for $10 – plus two $1 off coupons makes it $4 each. This may seem like a bad price, but I use these every day and they are rarely on sale.
Kotex U – $3.99 each or $7.98 total plus two $1 off coupons making them $2.99 each. Plus, $6.00 in Rewards to use next time.
Nice! Salt – $0.99 – this is also where an impulse buy was a bad idea. $0.99 was too much to pay and then once I got home I realized we had a huge package of salt already!
So, not too bad I guess, especially since I got some free items and a few Christmas goodies but I just need to do a little more thinking next time…