Monday, July 6, 2009

Coupon Queen

Okay, I am SO not...I am a wannabe couponing queen desperately trying to figure out the system. There are SOOO many of you ladies out there that have got it going onnn!!! seriously, I am in awe. Lately I have not been able to sleep AT ALL at night. (Up until 4 am awake at 7 am....) So I have been searching and reading up on coupons, freebies, rebates, etc etc.
I am starting to get the hang of some of it....except the CVS and Walgreens rewards points...that is just way over my head. Hopefully I'll get there someday.

There are these AWESOME blogs and websites that pretty much make couponing easy. They list the links of the printable coupons, tell you about the other inserts, put scenarios together (tell you how much to buy and what coupons to use per transaction) to save big. I have been adding their blog buttons on my side bar....check them out when you have time!!!

Krazy Coupon Lady
NWA Deals
Deal Seeking Mom
A Frugal Friend

This post is mainly about my *upcoming* target grocery trip I have planned for wednesday (unless Oliver decides to pop out sooner)

I love Kashi products, but haven't bought them recently because they tend to be on the expensive side. They taste great and are so much healthier for you than the average snack food.
Check out this scenerio (from Krazy Coupon Lady)

Krazy Kashi Scenario:

No newspaper necessary! All you need is ONE computer for printing!
8 products, 6 manufacturer coupons, 6 Target Coupons

Buy These Items:
(2)Kashi 10 oz. Heart to Heart Cereal: $5.32
(2) Kashi crackers $5.00
(2) Kashi TLC bars $5.00
(2) Kashi Go-Lean Waffles unconfirmed price $5.32
pre-coupon total: $20.64

Use these coupons:
(2)$1.50/1 Kashi Cereal Coupons
(1) $0.50/1 Kashi Cereal Target Coupon
(1)FREE Select Kashi cereal with purchase of any Kashi cereal Target Coupon(Heart to heart, Heart to Heart warm cinnamon, or Go0Lean Crunch Honey Almond Flax)
(1) $1.00/2 Kashi Crackers Target Coupon
(2) $1.50/1 Kashi soft-baked cereal bars
(1) $1.00/2 Kashi Granola or Cereal bars Target Coupon
(2) $1.50/1 Kashi Waffles
(2) $0.25/ Kashi Waffles Target Coupon

Final Price: $3.98 for 8 Kashi Products
(if you take out the Kashi crackers, this deal will still be a moneymaker of $0.02!!)


I've been reading that Target isn't the most "cooperative" when it comes to couponing. I am sure this varies region to region, and I am hoping for a friendly cashier....but they do recomment carrying a copy of the coupon policy as sort of "proof" that what you are doing is in fact okay with their corporate policy.
here is the email target sent out explaining their coupon rules:

Thanks for asking us about using coupons at Target. Coupons are a great way to save even more when shopping with us, and it’s easy to use them at our stores. Because of the variety of coupons available to our guests, we do have some guidelines for how coupons can be redeemed at Target.

When accepting coupons, we use the following guidelines:

We accept two kinds of coupons: Target-issued and manufacturer-issued.
We’ll accept one Target coupon and one manufacturer coupon for the same item, unless either coupon prohibits it.
We can’t give cash back if the face value of a coupon is greater than the purchase value of the item; in this case, we’re able to adjust the value of the coupon to equal the price of the item.
We can’t accept coupons from other retailers, or coupons for products not carried in our stores.
All valid coupons should be presented to the cashier while you’re checking out.
For questions about using a specific coupon, we encourage you to stop by Guest Service and ask to speak with the Guest Service Team Leader. They’ll do their best to help while you’re in the store. If you still have questions after speaking with them, please call our Guest Relations team at (800) 440-0680. Either way, we’re here to help!

I'll let you know how my wednesday excursion works out!!