Here’s a Quick Way to Start Using Coupons! 12/30-1/5

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If you’re reading this, chances are you want to start using coupons in 2013!
You can start NOW without having one coupon. Yes, I said, you don’t need to have any prior coupons to get the new year started. Start right where you are.
Head to CVS on 12/30, buy a couple newspapers to get the Sunday inserts and you can do the transactions below. The transactions listed only require this week’s inserts.
No excuses! Make this the year you start using coupons or find the motivation to get back in the game.
Go do the following transactions and then come back and tell me about it!
Some notes about shopping at CVS:


  • Their cash back program is called Extra Care Bucks (ECB), it prints at the bottom of your receipt.
  • Use your store loyalty card every time you shop.
  • Scan your card at the red coupon machine inside the store for CVS store coupons.
  • You can use a CVS store coupon with a Manufacturer coupon on one item.
  • You can use 2 coupons on a BOGO sale.
  • You can use a BOGO coupon on a BOGO sale.


Spend $30 on select P&G, get $10 ECB
Transaction 1
Buy (4) Pantene Shampoo or Conditioners $14.00
Buy (2) Tide Laundry Detergent 19-32 loads $11.88
Buy (2) Dawn Hand Renewal dish soap $1.98
Buy (3) Dawn Dish Soap $2.97
Total $30.83
Use (2) $3/2 Pantene from 12/30 P&G
Use (2) $1.50/1 Tide from 12/30 P&G
Use (2) $.50/1 Dawn Hand Renewal from 12/30 P&G
Use (2) A$.25/1 Dawn Dish Soap from 12/30 P&G
=$20.33, Get Back $10 ECB
Final Price $10.33 for all 11 items! ($.94 each)


Transaction 2 
Buy (1) Sudden Sleep 4ct $2.87
Buy (1) GE Energy Smart lightbulb 1ct $2.99
Buy (1) Gallon of Milk $3.49
Buy (1) Mars Chocolate Singles (M&M’s, Milky Way) $.75
Total $10.10
Use $10 ECB from transaction 1
=$.10, Get back $6.62 ECB ($2.87, $2.00, $1.00, $.75)


Bottom Line:  $20.43 out of pocket, $40.93 worth of product and $6.62 ECB left over
Net: $13.81 for 15 items, $.92/each



10 Coupons Worth Printing:
$0.70 off any ONE Kellogg's Special K Cereal $1.00 off any ONE (1) Reynolds Wrap Foil
$1.00 off any ONE Kashi Soft n' Chewy Bars $2.00 off any Breathe Right product
$2.00 off 2 Right Guard Body Wash Products $2.00 off 2 Dry Idea Roll-On or Gel Products
$2.00 off FOUR Right Guard Sport Deodorants $2.00 off 2 Right Guard TD5 or Xtreme Deodorants
$1.00 off two CRACKER BARREL Cheese $3.00 off any two Triaminic products


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  1. So… when I got to church this morning the first thing my dad asked me was had I read your blog yet today? He then began telling me all about how to start using coupons based on this post! LOL… There ya go! :)

    • How sweet is that!! One of the top 5 resolutions is to save more, and spend less! Tell your dad thanks for the plug. ;)


  3. My nephew just asked for my help in starting to use coupons and I referred him to this post. His girlfriend is pregnant and he wants to start buying wipes and other supplies ahead of time. Luckily I had a spare coupon organizer to give him preloaded with some extra coupons!

  4. Thanks. I want to start couponing better this year. The multiple transactions seem kinda confusing, but I’m gonna get the hang of it.

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