Thanks to the advice on other blogs (listed a right), I went to Rite Aid for the first time in my life. It's not that I had anything against Rite Aid or other drug stores. But I can buy everything in the grocery store, so figured why make a separate trip. Well, coupon friends, I have seen the light!
I had one $1/1 Colgate toothpaste coupon from a few weeks back and two $0.50/1 coupons from last Sunday's paper. Found the Colgate toothpaste selling for $1. Walked out with three tubes (that will last me a long time- I don't have kids) for only $1! I know most super couponers get toothpaste for free, and one of my tubes as actually FREE. But three for a buck makes each tube only $0.33. I used to think $2 was a good deal. Yikes.
Then, with more fabulous blog tips, I went to try out the Nestle/Purina Catalina deal at Price Chopper (my regular grocery store for any who are curious). Purina Beneful is my usual dog food and I will run out in a day or so. I typically buy the smaller bag though because I worry that the food in a large bag will go stale before I can use it up. I have a small dog who eats 1 cup of food/day. BUT, I noticed that the big bags (which are less per ounce), now have a zip top. Probably to cater to people like me. Nice! The deal was if you buy $25 worth of Nestle/Purina products, you get a $10 OYNO (look at me already using blog coupon lingo like a pro- hehe) Catalina. I bought two bags at $12.79 (regularly $15.99- on sale in store). AND IT WORKED! So I have a Catalina coupon to use in the next two weeks for $10! I LOVE LOVE that.
I know these are small beans to some. But for me, this was a big deal. I was so nervous to walk in with my binder. Didn't know what to do with it exactly. But I worked so darn hard putting this binder together that I WILL use it. It just takes time to get the hang of it all. I ended up making up my own categories based on my store and how I typically travel through the store. Plus added tabs for extras like Rite Aid only (because I got $1 up reward on my first visit today!) and clothing, restaurants, etc. Basically I modified it to fit my need and habits. I love it!
So there you go. A few days in and I am already finding success. Here's hoping I start getting the hang of things soon...