Sunday, April 19, 2009

K-Mart Triple Coupons This Week and A $5 Coupon Link

To see if your city is offering triple coupons this week April 19-25, 2009), click HERE. (Tampa, Florida, is participating, Oregon is NOT.)

Here's a link for a $5 off if you spend $50. HERE (You must have a printer on your computer.)

Yes, if you have dollars-off coupons, there are grand deals to be had this week in many states across the USA! But, it's almost a do-it-yourself check-out process to get the most accurate savings as the cashiers seem to be totally lost as to how to 'do' the coupons, so I'm offering a few helpful hints in this article.

In Columbus, Ohio, the lines were long, long, long and slow, slow, slow. My friend, Buffy and her husband waiting in line almost an hour Sunday morning. I had to duck a flying grocery cart full of food when an irate customer lost her patience and gave her cart a hefty shove past all the check-out lines. There were only two lines open on an extremely busy Sunday afternoon for the entire store, and the computer for her lane crashed. Apparently, she too had been waiting for 'a very long time'.

But for us, the wait (and time spent organizing all the coupons) was worth the savings. I spent $22 and saved $110.00! Later, I went back with some extra coupons and did even better percentage-wise. We stocked up everything I had good coupons for, but beware of prices that they jacked up before we got there! Like, Dove body wash was almost $9 a bottle! On the other hand, I think there's a good deal on Huggies, and and most anything that is on sale. I found a discount cart with several items I had coupons for too!

Please note that the Sunday paper (April 19, 2006) and the Smart Source and Red Plus coupon booklets that included $2.50 off for Finish dishwashing soap and $4 off Natural Instincts hair coloring. There's pet food coupons and lots of food item coupons also.

If you don't get the paper or want more coupons, (Smart Source or Red Plum coupon booklets), you can click HERE get them mailed to you each week. I haven't done it, but the website tells you how to request it.

Unlike most stores that take coupons, K-Mart has this strange coupon system where, when they scan your coupon, the cashier has to select the item you purchased from a list of all the items in that category. For instance, I got some Purina dog treats that should have been 'free' with my coupon, but she selected a lesser cost brand and I only got coupon credit for the lesser cost. It's almost impossible to tell the cashier which item you got one at a time, so I'm sure I lost a few dollars because of that.

Later, I only had a few items and when the cashier said, "I have no idea what I'm doing,", I offered to help her by telling her what item on her screen to select. Finally, I paid exactly what I expected to. Hey, does that mean I could work as a cashier now?

Even though I thought I understood the strange coupon credit for K-mart today, I still got confused at first. Here's how it works in our town.

Any coupon up to 75 cents is tripled. (A 75 cent coupon is worth $2.25 off.) Any other coupon is worth double up to $8. That means a $1 coupon will double to $2. A $2 will double to $4. A $4 coupon will double to $8. If the coupon says "Do Not Double", they won't double!!!! We could only get 4 items of the same product with coupons. Also, they say you can't use more than 25 coupons in one day, but there's no way they can keep track of how many times to go through the check-out line.

Or, this is how my blogger friend at put it. " KMart is once again doubling coupons.... Thanks, Kim from STL Mommy for gathering this information:
Kmart will triple any coupon up to $0.75. The maximum discount is $2.25. Kmart will double any coupon from $0.76 to $4.00 which means the discount will range from $1.52 - $8.00 They will not allow you to go over the price of the product, but you can receive the item for free. There is a limit of 25 coupons per person per day. Some stores will be accepting internet printable coupons."

About that 25 coupons per person per day, it's a joke. I went back three times and no one noticed!

So, good luck and happy hunting with triple coupons. But, watch you back and your cashier.

Take Care on the Journey,

Friday, April 03, 2009

Getting Started With Coupons - The Easy Way

(For those who get this by email - This is a new post on my coupon blog at I wrote this article for an English assignment at Bohecker College.)

Free Meals and Good Deals Every Day!

This morning I stopped at the store and accidentally left my purse in the car. As I sheepishly returned to the car, my husband said, “Oh I thought you got everything free with your coupons now.” It’s almost that good! Since I started collecting and shopping with coupons, we have such a big stockpile of food and paper goods that we’ve had to put extra shelves in the garage, and our grocery bill has gone down at least 50 percent!

It started almost three months ago when I was working as a home nurse for a small child. The child’s mother was collecting an arsenal of shampoo, baby food, paper products, laundry detergent, and various household supplies that she proposed to have gotten free – or almost free - by using coupons while shopping.

After observing her for a while, I was convinced it could be a profitable experience for me if I could give it the commitment to time and detail required with such an undertaking

Finding coupons is a challenge, but not the mystery it seems to be once you know all the places to look. (I haven’t learned them all.) Most people have heard about the “Sunday paper coupons”, but do not understand how they work. The coupons are not actually printed in the Sunday paper. There are three popular coupon circulars inserted into the newspaper. These small booklets are chocked full of money-saving coupons. They are called Red Plum (RP), Smart Source (SS), and Proctor and Gamble (PG), but all three are not always in every week’s paper. (You can get a schedule list online at April 5, 2009 is schedule to have five booklets - the only time all year this will happen!

One of the easiest ways to first start collecting manufacturer's coupons is to scout the grocery isles for the small boxes attached to the shelves called “blinkies”. Some have blinking red lights. Help yourself to every coupon box and collect several of the free coupons to use when that item is actually on sale. (There may be a 20-second delay on the boxes.)

Most serious couponers buy or subscribe to more than one Sunday paper so they get more than one coupon booklet. (Drug Mart in Columbus, Ohio, has the Sunday paper on sale for 99 cents every Sunday.)

You can also go online and google for sites that let you download and print individual coupons for free. For instance, yesterday I google-searched for Angel Soft TP because I discovered it was on sale for 99-cents, and I had no coupons on file. I quickly printed out two coupons and got two 4-packs for free just hours before the sale ended! (Go 'back" two or three times after the first coupon prints in order to get a second printout.)

In the Columbus, Ohio, area another way to collect the coupon booklets is on Saturday – Monday when the clear plastic bags with the weekly Kroger ads and coupon circulars are distributed locally. You may already get this delivered on or near your mailbox every week and not know its worth! Treat them like gold! They often contain the coupon booklets, but sometimes not.

Lastly, you can actually purchase the specific coupon booklets online for 45 cents each at This site also 'sells' extra coupons for other items. (They can charge only for handling and postage). (You must register with them first.)

One of the greatest coupon secrets is to collect several of the same coupons for items you use. (That’s why you need to get more than one coupon booklet each week.) For example, a wise coupon shopper will collect a bunch of 50-cent coupons for Campbell’s soup (from the coupon circulars, blinkies, or printing the coupons online). Use the coupons (one for each item) at grocery stores that double each coupon, (Kroger and Giant Eagle in Columbus), and only when it is on sale! (Watch the weekly fliers). The usual cost of that soup has now gone down from $1.67 a can to 25 cents a can!

For me, saving money continues to expand. At first I was glad when I saved a couple dollars, but now I’m pressing toward saving 75-90 percent on anything I buy. I do this by coordinating the coupons I have on file with whatever is on sale that week at Walgreens, CVS and the major grocery stores. Today I spent $26 on groceries at Kroger and saved $32 by studying the weekly sales and using my coupons. (I almost missed the 5 half-gallons of free milk and juice, Buffy.)

Much of my coupon continuing education comes from reading blogs written by people who do coupons full time! I have found several good Internet blogs that list weekly sales and matching coupons, helpful tips and advice, and new coupon information.

Some of the good blogs are:,, (no www on that site), and You can also do a google search for “Walgreens coupons” and “CVS coupons” for more sites and exciting information on how to get free products and free money at drug stores

I’m still learning new things about how to save with coupons, but I know that I’ll never again have to pay a penny for things like paper towels, toilet paper, toothpaste, body wash, shampoo, snack foods, cereal, Tylenol and Excedrin, razors, first-aid supplies, and much more if I’m willing to organize and wait for sales. (Then I stock up like mad!)

Because I’m such an Internet bug, I have several personal blogs. Thanks to my coupon success, I’ve started one for my coupon experiences called, Good Deals and Free Meals. ( (Where I'll post this article.)

I’m always delighted to teach others how to exchange little pieces of paper for hundreds of products we use everyday! I love to answer questions, give out extra coupons, update my friends on new specials and websites, and help others learn how to shop wisely and save money.

My hope is that more people will want to learn from my experience. Many are skeptical about the time it takes to ‘do” coupons. I agree that it’s not for everyone, but those who have learned the art of couponing say they will never go back to paying full price for anything again. I’ve discovered a new world of ‘couponers’. We are united in believing we can save money, and we are united in the new age of the Internet!

Take Care on the Journey,