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Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Double Trouble- When Double Coupons Don't Save

There's not one person reading this blog that's not interested in Saving money . I read an article today ( linked below) about how double coupons don't necessarily save you money. Coupons, in the wrong hands , probably won't save you money. If you're brand loyal or feel some obligation to use the coupons you've clipped then no , you probably will pay far more for you food and personal care items than say , ME :) Here are some tips to make sure that those oh so tempting Albertson Double Coupons don't get you in trouble.

1. Plan what you are going to get. You don't have to spread the love , so to speak. If you want to get 6 free laundry detergents, then get 6 .
2. Look for stacking options. For example at my albertsons

Tide , Downey, Dawn Cascade, pampers, bounty, charmin, duracell and Iams are buy 20 get $7.00 catalina. With Double coupons I could get a large pack of pampers and 2 dawns for $26 before coupons . I would get $6.00 off with doubled coupons and 7.00 back making the total deal 13.00 plus tax . That Kind of a deal is good , diapers are a pretty expensive comodity. But you can do even better.

Scenario Idea:

{BUY 2} Green Giant Frozen Vegetables 7-10 oz. $1.00
$.50/1 Green Giant - (
Final Price: $.25

{BUY 6} Pillsbury Grands biscuits 16.3 oz. $1.25
$1.00/1 FF - Pillsbury Refrigerated Grands Biscuits - (
$1.00/1 IE - Pillsbury Refrigerated Grands Biscuits - (
$1.00/2 – Pillsbury Refrigerated Grands Biscuits – (
$1.00/2 – Pillsbury Refrigerated Grands Biscuits – (
Final Price: FREE -$.44

{BUY 10} Progresso Light or Reduced Sodium Soup $1.33
$1.00/2 IE - Progresso Soup- (
$1.00/2 FF - Progresso Soup- (
$1.10/3 Progresso Soup - (
Final Price: $.50-.63

Total Price Before Coupons and Tax: $22.80
Total After Coupon: $13.60 OOP
Total after factoring in Catalina Savings: $8.60

AFTER your Doubles on the progresso's ( 6 total) you would spend 10.60 ( approx) and walk away with a $5.00 catalina !

Thanks to the Krazy Coupon Lady for the Albies Preview and Scenario
Double coupons may not save you money - Smart Spending Blog - MSN Money: "Double coupons may not save you money"


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