When a Sale is Not a Sale

Posted on April 24th, 2015 by Discount Debbie

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So, I have two kids and there might be a third in the near future. I’ve subscribed to several kid’s clothing site newsletters that pop up in my email inbox daily—sometimes more than daily. Half-daily? Anyway, it sounds like a nuisance, but I’ve come to notice a pattern in those emails and other store emails in which some sales are clearly better than others—or not even different at all.

Of course, if you get an email for KidsClothes that’s a 10% off everything coupon one week, and a 20% off everything coupon the next week, it’s pretty obvious which sale is better. Some are a little harder to figure out, though.

Let’s say a jacket we want to buy from KidsClothes is $20 regular price. Last week, KidsClothes sent a blindingly bright e-mail proclaiming that the whole store was 50% OFF FOR A LIMITED TIME! That brings the price of the jacket to $10! Shipping is $5 so it’s really $15, but still, not bad, right? I get a jacket delivered to my door without ever having to get off my butt for only $15. But say I’m on the fence about buying it, and suddenly the sale is over and the price jumps back up to $20. Lame.

Next week, I get a seizure-inducing e-mail proclaiming that now KidsClothes is having a Buy One Get One 50% Off Sale with FREE SHIPPING! I don’t want to miss another sale and end up paying $20 for this jacket so I should jump on this sale! I have to get two items for the sale to take effect, so I decide to get a second jacket in a different size for my other child. The first jacket is full price, $20, and the second one is half off, $10, so $30 total and no shipping! But wait…that brings the total per jacket to $15, which is exactly what I would have paid during last week’s sale.  Both sales were worded to seem vastly different, but the end price per item ends up being exactly the same.

So what’s the moral here? Keep an eye on those sales and try not to fall prey to the wording that makes you think you are getting a one-time-only mega steal. In this case, after a month, the jacket I wanted ended up going on “clearance” for $15. A coupon that could be used on clearance items was in the next newsletter, and I finally got the item for under $10.  If you’d like to buy new clothing or other items, see if you can subscribe to email newsletters for a few weeks and try to catch the item when it is REALLY on sale… not just when the company wants you to think it is.


Double Check Those Promo Codes!

Posted on April 20th, 2015 by Coupon Cathy

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You get an email in your inbox. Oh! It’s from BestPlaceEver for a whopping 30% off everything in the store until 9pm tonight! But it’s already 8pm, oh no—you’ve REALLY been wanting that gold-plated unicorn horn sculpture made by ancient Unicornians for weeks, but it’s been slightly out of your price range. It’s been a little cheaper on Amazon.com than on BestPlaceEver.com, but definitely not 30% off! Time to buy it, right?

Nope! Companies are great at trying to make you buy things now now  now! That’s American capitalism—if we didn’t buy things our whole economy would collapse! But that doesn’t mean YOU need to be throwing your money at a business every time you get an email. Take a moment to do the math before tossing items in your digital shopping cart.

Let’s say that Amazon.com has your gold-plated unicorn horn sculpture for $29.98 with free shipping. BestPlaceEver has the gold-plated unicorn horn sculpture for $25.99 after the 30% off is applied. Yay! But wait—shipping from BestPlaceEver is $5, and tax adds on another $2, bringing the real price up to $32.99. It’s actually still cheaper to get it from Amazon after all.

It may sound like a pain having to cross-check deals on different websites when you see a sale you really want to jump on. However, if you’d like to save every penny you can, it is a necessity. I can’t believe how many times I have added sale items to an online shopping cart, only to discover that after shipping and taxes, it’d just be cheaper to buy it in person—or at regular price at a different site with free shipping. Online shopping certainly has its place, and I have bought many things I wouldn’t be able to buy otherwise (and I have, of course, saved my own skin by emailing an e-gift card to birthday recipients at the very last minute!). Just make sure to consider if the “sale” is truly a sale or not.


Hot Deals

Posted on November 7th, 2014 by Coupon Cathy

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I’m a firm believer in buying whatever wrapping paper, tissue paper, and ribbons on December 26 for the following year (or years, depending on how much you buy). However, if you are in need of wrapping paper for this Christmas, be sure to get it on sale. Right now, you can get a great deal on wrapping paper at Rite Aid. Check out the other great deals on the list below.

RITE AID

Buy 3 Holiday Gift Bags $1.99, regular price
Buy One Get Two Free through 11/8
Final Price: $0.66 each, when you buy 3

Buy 3 Holiday Wrapping Paper $1.99, regular price
Buy One Get Two Free through 11/8
Final Price: $1.00 each, when you buy 3

Buy 3 Holiday Tissue Paper Packs, 20 sheets $2.49, regular price
Buy One Get Two Free through 11/8
Final Price: $0.83 each, when you buy 3

Buy 2 Cream of Wheat Instant Hot Cereal, 3 pk $1.00, regular price
Use one $1.00/2 – Cream of Wheat Products (creamofwheat.com)
Final Price: $0.50 each, when you buy 2

TARGET

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Toddler Hoodie (reg $15.00) $1.50, clearance price
Final Price: $1.50

The Sunday Target mailer will include an in-ad coupon: $10.00 off a select household or baby purchase of $40.00 or more. Included brands are Cottonelle, Scott, Dixie, Kleenex, Viva, All, Huggies, Solo and Snuggle. This coupon will also be available as a Target mobile coupon. Text STOCKUP to 827438. Get the hot deal below on Huggies products when you stack the $10.00 Target coupon with printable manufacturer coupons.

Buy 3 Huggies Jumbo Pack Diapers $8.99, regular price
Buy 2 Huggies Pull-Ups Night-Time Jumbo Pack, 20 ct $7.99, regular price
Use one $10.00/1 Household/Baby Purchase, $40.00 or more, in-ad Target Coupon
And use three $3.00/1 – Huggies Diapers  (pickupthevalues.com)
And use two $3.00/1 – Huggies Pull-Ups (revtrax.com)
And use one $2.00/1 – Huggies Pull-Ups Product, TARGET COUPON (target.com)
Final Price: $3.19 each, when you buy all 5

Buy 4 Huggies Jumbo Pack Diapers $8.99, regular price
Buy 3 Huggies Wipes, 56 ct $1.97, regular price
Use one $10.00/1 Household/Baby Purchase, $40.00 or more, in-ad Target Coupon
And use four $3.00/1 – Huggies Diapers  (pickupthevalues.com)
And use three $0.50/1  – Huggies Baby WIpes, 32 ct or larger (saveinstore.com)
Final Price: $2.62 each, when you buy all 7

Have you started your holiday shopping yet?


Hot Toy Deals At Target

Posted on September 16th, 2014 by Coupon Cathy

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If you like to plan ahead for the holidays, here’s a little tip for you. Check out these fantastic deals on toys at Target. Take advantage of the sale, stack your coupons and score great deals on early bird Christmas/holiday presents!

Let’s Imagine Elmo $34 (Sale thru 9/20)
Use one $5.00 Off (1) Playskool Sesame Street LET’S IMAGINE ELMO or one (1) BIG HUGS ELMO
Final Price = $29 after coupon, regularly $39.99

Play-Doh 24 Pack of Colors $14.99 (Regular Price)
Use one 20% Off Play-Doh 24 Pack Target Cartwheel x9/20
And use one $1.00 on any (1) one PLAY-DOH COMPOUND purchase of $2.50 or more
Final Price = $10.99

Play-Doh 4 Pack of Colors $2.99 (Regular Price)
Use one $1.00 on any (1) one PLAY-DOH COMPOUND purchase of $2.50 or more
Final Price = $1.99 after coupon

Play-Doh Magical Designs Palace $19.99 (Regular Price)
Use one 20% Off Play-Doh Magical Designs Aurora Palace Set Target Cartwheel x9/20
And use one $1.00 on any (1) one PLAY-DOH COMPOUND purchase of $2.50 or more
Final Price = $14.99

Nerf Rebelle Agent Bow Blaster $29.99 (Regular Price)
Use one 10% Off Nerf Rebelle Agent Bow Blaster Target Cartwheel x9/20
And use one $5.00 on any one (1) NERF REBELLE AGENT BOW (sku# B0344) or RAPID RED blaster
Final Price = $22 each
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More Back To School Deals

Posted on August 7th, 2014 by Coupon Cathy

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Back to school sales are everywhere now. You’ll find them at your local super center and at your local drugstore. Here are the drugstore deals you’ll want to check out!

CVS

Caliber Super Glue, 2 pk $0.99
Caliber Pens, 20 ct $0.99
Caliber Pencils, 10 ct $0.99
Caliber Index Dividers, 5 ct $0.99
Final Price: $0.99

Avery Dividers, 5-8 ct $0.99
Final Price: $0.99
Paper Mate Mechanical Pencils, 5 ct $0.99
Final Price: $0.99

All Crayola
Buy One Get One 50% Off
Use $1.50/1 – Crayola Colored Pencils: Erasable, 24 ct or Twistable, 30 ct (savings.com)
Or $1.50/1 – Crayola Visi-Max Dry Erase Markers (savings.com)
Buy 2 Crayola Crayons, 24 ct $2.77
Buy One Get One 50% Off
Final Price: $2.08 each, when you buy 2

Avery or Caliber Binders $3.99
Final Price: $3.99

Five Star Notebooks
Buy Two Get One Free
Use $1.00/1 – Five Star Product from SS 8/3
Or $1.00/2 – Five Star Products from SS 8/3
Buy 3 Mead Five Star Notebook, 100 sheets $5.99
Buy Two Get One Free
Use two $1.00/1 – Five Star Product from SS 8/3
Or $1.00/2 – Five Star Products from SS 8/3
Final Price: $3.33 each, when you buy 3

Pilot G2 or Precise Pen, 2 pk
Buy One Get One Free
Buy 2 Pilot G2 Gel Rolling Ball Pen, 2 pk $3.99
Buy One Get One Free
Final Price: $2.00 each, when you buy 2
Caliber Multipurpose Paper, 500 sheets $4.99
Final Price: $4.99

Rite Aid

Assorted Backpacks and Lunch Kits
50% Off
Trailmaker Backpack $10.00, regular price
50% Off
Final Price: $5.00

Five Star Stationery
Elmer’s Krazy Glue
Sharpie Markers
Sharpie Highlighters
Sharpie Pens
Buy One Get One Free
Use $2.00/1 – Mead Five Star Binnder, including Hybrid Notebook (teacherlists.com)
Or $2.00/2 – Mead Five Star Reinforced Filler Paper Products (teacherlists.com)
Or $2.00/1 – Five Star Binder from SS 8/3
Or $1.00/1 – Sharpie Clear View Product from SS 7/27
Or $2.00/2 – Five Star Reinforced Filler Paper Products from SS 8/3
Or $1.00/2 – Five Star Products from SS 8/3
Or $1.00/2 – Elmer’s Products, Rite Aid Coupon (adperk.com)
Buy 4 Krazy Glue All Purpose Tube, 2 g $2.79, regular price
Buy One Get One Free
Use one $1.00/2 – Krazy Glue Products, Rite Aid Coupon (adperk.com)
Final Price: $1.15 each, when you buy 4

Fashion and Composition Notebooks $1.99
Book Covers $1.99
Select Playskool Arts and Crafts $1.99
Select Bic Pens, Pencils and Leads $1.99
Select Pentel Pens, Pencils and Leads $1.99
Select Pilot Pens, Pencils and Leads $1.99
Use $1.00/2 – Bic Stationery Products from SS 8/3
Final Price: $1.49 each, when you buy 2

Acme Pens, Pencils, Markers, White Out, Scissors and Sharpeners $2.99
Bic Pens, Pencils, Markers, White Out, Scissors and Sharpeners $2.99
Pentel Pens, Pencils, Markers, White Out, Scissors and Sharpeners $2.99
Pilot Pens, Pencils, Markers, White Out, Scissors and Sharpeners $2.99
Playskool Pens, Pencils, Markers, White Out, Scissors and Sharpeners $2.99
Roaring Springs Pens, Pencils, Markers, White Out, Scissors and Sharpeners $2.99
Zebra Pens, Pencils, Markers, White Out, Scissors and Sharpeners $2.99
Use $1.00/2 – Bic Stationery Products from SS 8/3
Final Price: $2.49 each, when you buy 2

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Sprouts Deals This Week

Posted on July 30th, 2014 by Coupon Cathy

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It’s one of my favorite times of the week. Time to find out Sprouts deals of the week. Check out the best of this week’s deals at Sprouts!

Buy 10, Save $5 – Mix & Match

Abbotsford Farms Liquid Eggs 16oz. – $2.50

Back To Nature Juice Pouches 8pk. – $3.00
$0.75/1 Back To Nature printable
=$2.25

CLIF Kid Multi-Packs – $2.00
$1/1 CLIF Kid Zbar (Ibotta Deposit)
$1/1 CLIF Kid Zfruit (Ibotta Deposit)
$1/1 CLIF Kid Zbar Protein (Ibotta Deposit)
=$1.00
Daiya Dairy-Free Cheese 7.8-8oz. – $2.50

Madhava Raw Organic Honey 22oz. – $6.49

Pirate’s Booty 6pk. – $3.49

Popcorn Indiana 5-7.75oz. – $2.50

R.W. Knudsen Organic Juice Boxes 4pk. – $1.50
$1/1 R.W. Knudsen Family Juice Product printable
=$0.50

Sprouts Albacore Tuna 5oz. – $1.49

Sprouts Fruit Cups 4pk. – $1.99

Sprouts Mayonnaise 30oz. – $3.49

Sprouts Organic Mac & Cheese 6oz. – $1.19

Van’s Cereal 11oz. or Bars 6.2-7.05oz. – $3.49
$1/1 Van’s Product printable (exp. 8/6/14)
=$2.49
Beverages

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This Week’s Back To School Deals

Posted on July 29th, 2014 by Coupon Cathy

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I find that there’s a little bit of tension between getting back to school shopping done early and getting the best deals. I want to make sure that what I want to purchase will be there when I go shopping. So, I’d rather go early for that reason. But, the deals seem to get better the later it gets. Hmmmm…Check out this week’s list!

Walmart

Crayola Crayons, 24 ct $0.50
Final Price: $0.50

Elmer’s School Glue, 4 oz (reg $1.00) $0.50, rollback price
Final Price: $0.50

Mead Notebooks, 70 sheets $0.25 each, sale price
Final Price: $0.25

Mead Five Star 1-Subject Notebooks $1.97, regular price
Use $1.00/2 – Mead Five Star Products (teacherlists.com)
Or $1.00/2 – Five Star Products from PG 7/6
Final Price: $1.47 each, when you buy 2

70 Sheet Notebooks, 5 pk $0.97, regular price
Final Price: $0.97, or $0.19 per notebook

Poly Folder $0.50
Final Price: $0.50

Neon Eraser $0.25
Final Price: $0.25

Target

Crayola Crayons, 64 ct $2.50
Use $2.00 OFF – Crayola School Supplies Purchase, $10.00 or more, Target Coupon (target.com)
Final Price: $2.00 each, when you buy 4

Post-It 3×3 Notes $2.50
Use $1.00/1 – Post-It Notes Product, Target Coupon (target.com)
Or 10% OFF – Post-It Product, Target Coupon (target.com)
Or 10% OFF – Post-It Product, Target Mobile Coupon, Text SAVINGS1 to 827438
Final Price: $1.50

Mead Five Star Graph Paper, 100 ct $3.00
Use $1.00/2 – Mead Five Star Products (teacherlists.com)
Or $1.00/2 – Five Star Products from PG 7/6
Final Price: $2.50 each, when you buy 2

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Back To School Deals

Posted on July 21st, 2014 by Coupon Cathy

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Can you believe that we are nearing the end of July already? If your summer is anything like mine, you may be thinking that you barely remember June, much less July! Summer has never flown by so quickly. That means that school will start in no time. So, don’t wait to compete with last minute shoppers. You know it’s coming. Be prepared. Here’s a little help 😉

Target

Mead Five Star 4 Pocket Poly Folder $0.99
Use $1.00/2 – Mead Five Star Products (teacherlists.com)
Or $1.00/2 – Five Star Products from PG 7/6
Final Price: $0.49 each, when you buy 2

Elmer’s Glue Sticks, 6 pk $0.99
Final Price: $0.99

Up & Up Colored Pencils, 12 pk $0.99
Final Price: $0.99

Up & Up Mechanical Pencils, 8 ct $0.99
Final Price: $0.99

Sharpie Fine or Ultra Fine Point Markers, 2 pk $0.99
Final Price: $0.99

Walmart

Crayola Crayons, 24 ct $0.50
Final Price: $0.50

Mead Five Star 1-Subject Notebooks $1.97 each, regular price
Use $1.00/2 – Mead Five Star Products (teacherlists.com)
Or $1.00/2 – Five Star Products from PG 7/6
Final Price: $1.47 each, when you buy 2

70 Sheet Notebooks, 5 pk $0.97, regular price
Final Price: $0.97

Poly Folder $0.50
Final Price: $0.50

Neon Eraser $0.25
Final Price: $0.25

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