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.


New Printable Coupons!

Posted on April 24th, 2015 by Coupon Cathy

Enjoy some extra savings this week with these new printable coupons!

Buy 3 Hunt's Canned Tomatoes, Get 1 Free $1.00 off one (1) package of Gardein $0.70 off any one True Citrus Product $1.00 off Campbell's Slow Kettle Style soup $2.00 off SHEBA Cat Food and PEOPLE Magazine $2.00 off AVEENO Moisturizer and PEOPLE Magazine $2.00 off AVEENO Scrub and PEOPLE Magazine $2.00 off (1) Persil Proclean™ Laundry Detergent $2.00 off Purina Pro Plan brand Dog Snack $1.00 off Purina Pro Plan brand Cat Snack or Chew $2.50 off any EIGHT (8) Gerber Organic pouches


New Printable Coupons!

Posted on April 22nd, 2015 by Coupon Cathy

This is turning out to be a great week for coupons! Print these new coupons to save even more money.

$1.00 off NESTLE TOLL HOUSE DelightFulls Morsels $0.50 off one 12-pack cans of Diet Dr Pepper $1.00 off (1) Quaker Select Starts Oatmeal $0.50 off ONE Crest Toothpaste or Liquid Gel $1.00 off any ONE Boogie Wipes Product $1.00 off (1) Quaker Real Medleys™ Cereal $0.55 off 1 Package of Mission Soft Taco Tortillas $5.00 off any ONE (1) Zantac $5.00 off any 1 Dulcolax 50 ct or larger $1.00 off one (1) PLAY-DOH MARVEL CAN-HEADS toy $5.00 off ONE Persil ProClean™ Laundry Detergent Buy 1 Cheez-It CHRUNCH'D™, Get 1 Pringles Free $5.00 off any PUR FAUCET MOUNT product $4.00 off any multi-pack PUR FAUCET MOUNT product


Choose your FREE rings! A $100 Value (Just Pay Shipping)

Posted on April 21st, 2015 by Freebie Felicia

Choose either or both! Just pay $4.95 S&P for each!

Genuine Sapphire Princess Ring Inspired by the royal engagement ring, this gorgeous ring features a 2-carat genuine blue sapphire hand-set in a halo of sparkling cubic zirconia.

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Lots More Printable Coupons!

Posted on April 17th, 2015 by Coupon Cathy

Here a bunch more printable coupons to help stretch your savings even further!

$0.75 off any ONE (1) Altoids Arctic tin 1.2oz $0.75 off ONE (1) Juicy Fruit Starburst Gum 3-pack $5.00 off ONE Persil ProClean™ Laundry Detergent $3.00 off two Coppertone sunscreen products Buy 1 Cheez-It CHRUNCH'D™, Get 1 Pringles Free $3.00 off any Alive! Multi-vitamin $4.00 off any Remifemin menopause supplement $4.00 off Any Pearls Branded Product $4.00 off any Primadophilus Fortify $3.00 off GERBER GOOD START Soothe 22.2 oz $5.00 off ONE bottle of GERBER Soothe Colic Drops $2.00 off any ONE (1) NATRIA product $1.00 off any ONE (1) Right Guard Body Wash $1.00 off 2 International Delight Coffee Creamers $0.50 off any 2 Pace Salsa, Picante Sauce, or Dips $1.00 off ONE (1) So Delicious Dairy Free Product $2.00 off one Purina Purpose brand cat litter $3.00 off One (1) PetAction™ Plus Product


JCPenney – Save $10 off Purchase of $25

Posted on April 15th, 2015 by Coupon Cathy

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Save $10 off a purchase of $25 or more of regular, sale, and clearance-priced apparel, shoes, accessories, fine jewelry, and home purchases at JCPenney Wednesday, April 15th – Sunday, April 19th. Printable Coupon – Redeem in-store! Or use online with code SHOPJCP


New Printable Coupons!

Posted on April 14th, 2015 by Coupon Cathy

If you need more savings, check out these printable coupons!

$2.00 off Loreal Paris Butterfly Intenza Mascara $2.00 off any 1 Quilted Northern Ultra bath tissue $1.00 off any 1 Quilted Northern Ultra bath tissue Buy 3 Hamburger Helpers, get 1 ground beef free $0.75 off any one (1) HERDEZ Cooking Sauce $0.50 off HERDEZ Tortilla Chips or Salsa product $0.75 off one (1) HERDEZ Cocina Mexicana Bowl $1.00 off ONE Gillette or Venus Disposables $1.25 off ONE Olay Hand & Body Lotion $2.00 off TWO Pantene Shampoos or Conditioners $1.00 off ONE Crest Pro-Health Advanced Toothpaste $1.25 off ONE Olay Fresh Collections Body Wash $1.25 off ONE Olay Body Wash Twin Pack $0.25 off ONE Ivory Body Wash OR ONE 3 Bar $5.00 off Adult Zyrtec 24-30ct or Childrens Zyrtec $0.25 off ONE Bounty Paper Towel $2.00 off any ONE (1) OxiClean Laundry Detergent $2.00 off TWO (2) ARM & HAMMER™ Detergent Paks $1.50 off Irish Spring Signature™ for Men Wash $0.50 off ONE Kellogg's Frosted Mini-Wheats Cereal


Before You Check Out…

Posted on April 13th, 2015 by Coupon Cathy

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I noticed I started doing this terrible habit about the time my first child was born. In my sleep-deprived haze I realized I would throw completely random items in my shopping basket that SOUNDED like a good idea at the time, and then I’d get home and wonder why I thought I needed three cans of pomegranate-scented shaving gel to begin with. Sure, I’d eventually use them, but there was really no reason to have spent the money on three cans right then and there. So now, after I get everything on my list and have wandered through a few more aisles and am ready to go check out, I stop and go through every item in my basket and ask myself these questions:

Was this item on my list? Yes? Was it on the list because we needed it? Yes? We’re good.

Do I really need this? For example, sure, lipstick is on sale for a crazy deal right now but do I NEED a fourth shade of brown lipstick? It sounds thrifty to preemptively buy something when it’s on sale, but if I’m not going to run out of lipstick for another six months, do I need to buy it right now or can I wait for another sale in the future?

Is this something the kids randomly threw in the basket while I wasn’t looking? Back it goes.

If I’m buying this because I had coupons, did I bring the coupons with me? If I forgot the coupons, or if my infant ate the coupons when I wasn’t paying attention, is this something I really need right this moment or can I wait to buy it until next time, when I remember to bring my coupons?

If this is something I decided to buy because someone else (friend, family member) had it and it looked neat, can I borrow it from that person first to see if it even works for us before buying my own? Can I get a used one in good condition for cheaper elsewhere?

It’s amazing how much you can put back and never miss just by pausing to think for a moment before checking out! What other questions do you ask yourself that help keep your impulsive spending in check?


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