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Saturday, January 21, 2012

For Trish... Caitlin's Family Bridal Shower Food Picts

We made tuna finger sandwiches, veggie & fresh fruit trays, chips & salsa. The silver scrolling decorations were from Dollar Tree and added a nice touch, I thought. I found some blue and silver snowflake designed ornaments on clearance for 75% off at CVS and just added them to some simple glass bowls for decorations on the table. A bag of silver foiled Hershey's Kisses scattered over the table completed the decorations of the food tables.

We also served green olives, Boursin cheese stuffed tomatoes, and ham, turkey & pepperoni slices, cheddar & colby cheese cubed, and I made a "garlic, chive, and 3 cheese" ball and surrounded it with 3 kinds of crackers that I already had on hand. The cake was vanilla flavored on the top tier and chocolate on the bottom one, Pillsbury cookies, a plate of Caitlin's favorite Oreo double stuffed cookies, and Nana Dixie's FAMOUS cream cheese/chocolate brownies were a delightful addition to the dessert table. We made punch by using one and one half bottles of fruit punch flavored soda and one bottle of ginger ale in the punch bowl. 

I had two extra glass bowls from the table decorations we made, so I filled them with Lindt Chocolates in Dark Blue, Light Blue and White wrappings. Caitlin's wedding colors are Marine Blue, Silver, & White. For guest favors, we purchased a couple packages of decorated favor boxes from the Dollar Tree and filled them with Hershey's Kisses colored with Red, Pink, & Silver wrappers. And, I made wallets of Justin and Caitlin's engagement photo, glue-sticked  magnets on the back, and we gave them to each guest. We played 3 games. The first was like "The Newlywed Game" where we asked Justin a series of questions ahead of time and then asked Caitlin the same questions. That was a lot of fun and funny to hear all the different answers the group had. And, I have plenty of food left for snacking on the rest of this week, for sure!

Thanks for asking Trish!
Talk with you soon!
Sonja ♥

Personal Object Lesson and Helpful Reminder

I should have taken a picture of my Walmart shopping trip before I put them away or started to prepare them for my daughter's family bridal shower tomorrow, but I didn't. After a few hours of shopping, I was tired and knew that I had a looooong night ahead helping Meg and Kris to prepare the party favors- they are the official hostesses of this event, after all. I am happily relegated to the roles of shopping assistant, baking assistant, chauffeur (they are 11 and 13), and suggestion maker for this one. I did capture my Shaw's shopping trip, which was mostly for the cupboards, anyway. But, what a difference it makes budget wise; shopping to add to my pantry's inventory (I hate the word "stock pile" and therefore refuse to use it.) and shopping for a single event- even with the use of coupons!
I was reminded as I watched the register total my sale of how I used to shop. And, it dawned on me why some of my friends have expressed the thought, "I try to coupon, but I don't see those results! I don't know what I am doing wrong." I do. I did it today out of necessity and because of this very personal reminder, I thought it to be a good thing to recap it for all of you.

Let's compare. My shopping trip to Shaw's was based on the principle that I was only buying things already on sale at a good price and for which I had a coupon (or two) to match with it. I would buy enough of the sale item to ensure that I would not run out and need to go to the store mid week and buy the same item at full price. Just because an item is "on sale" does not mean that it is at a good price. Some sale prices are higher at some stores than the regular price is at others. It does no good to find these sales and then only buy one of the item. How quickly will that item be used and gone, and leave me buying it at regular price? Here it is:

Items purchased were: 6 bottles of V8 Splash juice (3 flavors), 4 Welch's juices (3 flavors), 4 Shaw's brand fruit punch, 4 Shaw's brand Ginger Ale, 2 boxes Barilla pasta, 1 box Shaw's brand pasta, 2 Newman's Own Alfredo sauces, 2 Newman's own salsa, 3 GM Cocoa Puffs, 7 GM Cinnamon Toast Crunch, 2 containers of tomatoes, 1 lemon, 1 bag carrots, 2 sleeves garlic, 6 Mentos Up 2 U gum. Cost out of pocket, $22.95 for over $107 in groceries. You can read about my sale match up choices for Shaw's this week HERE. In addition to what I already posted I had planned to buy, I used a .25/1 coupon for the carrots from the Shaw's game ticket bringing their price to 1.54/bag. The lemon was free in my email from Shaw's about this week's exclusive coupons. If you have not already signed up for that, you can do so HERE. Each week I get sent to my email about $10 in coupons for Shaw's items. This week, there was also a coupon for $1.50 off any pasta sauce when you buy any pasta. Barilla was on sale for $1 this week, which is normally not a stock up price for me, but when I can buy Newman's own sauce for .69¢ by purchasing a $1 box of pasta, that is a deal I will do. I did it today twice. The My Essentials pasta was free from a catalina when I spent $10. And, I had a $5 off printable Shaw's coupon when I spent $25.00, which came from the email club sign up and a $2 off catalina when I spent $25. Oh, and the Big Chill soft drinks were on sale for .88¢, but there is a .25¢/1 coupon in the same Shaw's game tickets, making them .63¢ each. (I don't usually buy off brand sodas, but for things like grape flavor, ginger ale, or fruit punch flavor, I don't mind since I am probably going to mix them with fruit juices to make punch with them and they work well taste wise for that.) And, the gum were all .01¢ money makers. They were on sale for .99¢. I used the $1/1 coupon from the Sunday insert for that.

Of all the items I purchased, I am planning on using the tomatoes to fill with yummy boursin cheese for Caitlin's shower tomorrow, the carrots for the veggie tray, and some of the Big Chill to create a fruit punch. Everything else goes into my cupboard to have on hand. I will not need to buy cereal for a while! In fact, since I still had 8 boxes left from the last time I bought them, I didn't need to buy them now, but I paid .68¢/box for 2 boxes of Cinnamon Toast Crunch, .88¢/box for 2 boxes of Cinnamon Toast Crunch, and $1.48/box for the rest of the cereal, it was a good stock up price. I did have more of the coupons to make the cereal $1.48/box, but though it was a good price, it was not a great price. Had I had more of the printable .60¢/1 and .50¢/1 coupons, I would surely have used those!

I decided to do the rest of my shopping at Walmart because without coupons, they have the lowest prices on average. Also, I ordered the cake I wanted for the shower there and planned on making some magnets from printing wallet sized engagement pictures at the photo center. I used coupons on any items I planned on purchasing, when I had them, but I only saved $14.00 shopping this way.

I purchased: 1 pineapple, 1 package of celery, 1 package green grapes, (I passed on buying the strawberries and watermelon I wanted because they looked real sad) 1 State Fair mayonnaise, 1 jar green olives, 2 Oreo cookies, 2 Swiss Miss Hot Cocoa, (1) 2 tier cake, 1 Hood sour cream, 1 Good Seasons Zesty Italian packet, 2 Hormel ham/turkey and cheese party trays, 2 Hormel pepperonis, 2 Philadelphia cream cheese, 2 bags shredded cheese, 2 Pillsbury cookie dough, 1 Nutrish dog food, 2 Helluva dips, 6 Ortega taco seasoning mixes. My total came to $94.32 and with the coupon savings, I paid $80.32. There were some savings. The Ortega taco seasonings were only .68¢ and I used a $1/3 coupon on them to make them .35¢ each. And, I used a $3/1 Hormel tray on the 2 trays I purchased on sale for $7.50 each to make them only $4.50 each. The Nutrish dog food was only $5.97 with my coupon.

The cake was the best buy. It only cost $14.98. Originally, I wanted to order a simple 2 tiered cake made, but they start at $49 or so and you have to pay half of that the day you order them. This is a great deal, but I didn't have my wallet with me or anticipated this deposit, so with the help of the bakery fairy, we concocted a regular 1/2 sheet cake and a 8 inch rectangular cake combination which I anticipated costing less than $30 and no deposit. I was pleasantly surprised when I picked it up that she had pre assembled the cake for me and only charged me for $14.98 for the entire thing. The down side to this was that it did not turn out as elegant as I had pictured in my head, but it was very whimsical and followed the snowflake theme of Caitlin's shower. My teens loved it and thought it looked very beautiful. I am happy with the cake and ecstatic with its price and that since I didn't have to fuss with the baking or staging of it, more time for making homemade garlic & cheddar and chive & onion cheese balls, tomatoes stuffed with boursin, tuna finger sandwiches...

Shopping today was a good reminder for me of why I purchase household needs the way I do. And, also why people who use coupons without matching them- do not realize the full saving potential of them, get frustrated, and quit. I would if my Walmart trip was a typical coupon shopping trip. But, when I think back to my Shaw's shopping, putting everything together, that kind of shopping, storing, planning, and saving is what makes taking the few hours each week to sort, file, and plan my trips worth while.

Happy Saving!
Sonja ♥

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Walgreen's: To Roll or Not To Roll?

As I was putting my sales together for this coming week, I realized that I had (4) $1RRs that were going to expire today. I had already made my purchases for this week, used the coupons I had planned on using, and had not anticipated going back into Walgreen's this week. I do not choose to shop each day; instead, I prefer to get my shopping finished in one or two days and move on to other things in my life. So, what to do? Basically, I had $4 that were going to be useless to me come the morning and I did have physical therapy for my shoulder, so to town I was already going... Use those RRs, I would. But, how???

Sean and I grabbed a flyer on the way in the door. First, I checked out the clearance rack to see if there was anything I couldn't live without. There were a couple of items that were interesting; Wet 'n Wild nail polish and Rimmel eye shadow on clearance for .75¢ and $1.09, respectively. But, I passed. I did not really need make up. I did splurge on (2) nail files priced 2/$1. We looked in the paper goods aisle. We could use some paper towels and trash bags, but nothing was on sale for a "stock up" price, so I moved on. ThermaCare wraps were freebies, we decided to buy 2 of them. And, a package of 2 tennis balls for $1.99 for the puppies made its way into the buggy. A quick turn down the candy aisle and I added (2) bags of Lindt chocolates on sale for 2/$5 finished off my shopping. The before sale/coupons/RRs total was $19.15.

The Math:
Sean purchased 1 Thermacare and used one $1 RR= $1.62 out of pocket and he received a $2.50 RR.
I purchased 1 Thermacare and used one $1 RR= $1.62 out of pocket and I, too, received a $2.50 RR.
Then, I purchased everything else; doggie tennis balls, Lindt chocolates, and nail files. My total came to $8.99 I paid with (2) $1 RR, (1) $2.50 RR and $1/2 Lindt from the Walgreen's December coupon book bringing my total to $3.94 with the tax and I still have (1) $2.50 RR to go with the sales I posted for the week beginning Sunday. All told, we spent $5.56 out of pocket. The net cost on these purchases was $3.06. Not too bad.

The shelf was fully stocked with the ThermaCare heat wraps and I use them on my shoulder or any achy muscles in my body, so I anticipate stopping in to grab a couple more of these tomorrow, if I go passed the Walgreen's. I will use a $2 RR (which I earned last week) when I do to make the cost out of pocket only $1.12 and I will earn a $2.50 RR for each one.

Sonja ♥

Shaw's Sales 1/20-1/26

Hello Frugalistas,

I finally completed my list for Shaw's Supermarket tomorrow. I hate when I can't match my list until the night before the sale begins! So frustrating, but here it is, nontheless. Hope this helps with your shopping this week.

Fresh Garlic Cloves (5 count) on sale for .99¢

Newman's Own Salsa (16 oz) on sale for $2. Print a .50¢/1 coupon HERE. You can print this twice, if you wanted to do so. The final price will be $1 each jar.

Super Chill Soda 2 liter is on sale for .88¢.

General Mills Cereal (8.9-13.5 oz) is on sale for $1.88 (when you buy 5). The ad shows cheerios, but perhaps others will be included in the sale. Print a $1/2 coupon HERE from smartsource.com or from www.coupons.com. Or use a $1/3 coupon from the 12/11 Smartsource insert. When you buy 5 boxes, the final price will be only $1.38/box.

Welch's Essentials Grape Juice is on sale for $2.49. Use the $1/1 coupon from the 11/6 Smartsource for a final price of $1.49 each.

Starkist Chunk Tuna is on sale for $1.50. The .50¢/1 coupon from the 1/1 Red Plum will double to make the final sale price .50¢ each.

Nature Valley Granola Bars are on sale for $1.88 (when you buy 5). Use the .75/2 coupon from the 1/8 GM insert to make the price $1.13/box.

Nabisco Toasted Chips, Crackerfuls, or Ritz crackers are on sale for $2.99. You can use the $3/3 coupon from the 1/8 Smartsource insert to make the price at the register $1.99 each box.

Barilla Pasta is on sale for $1/box. If the whole grain option is included in the sale, you can use the $1/2 coupon from the 1/8 Smartsource to make the price .50¢/box when you buy 2 boxes.

V8 Fusion Juice is on sale for $1.99. Use a $1/2 coupon from the 1/8 smartsource insert to make the final price $1.49 each when you buy 2.

Olivari Olive Oil is on sale for $3.49. Use the $1/1 coupon from the February All You magazine to make the final price $2.49/bottle.

FREE 14 count Prevacid

I thought some of my friends might be interested in this limited time offer. You can get your FREE 14 count PreVacid HERE. But, Hurry because this offer will not last long.

Sonja ♥

Match Ups for Walgreens for 1/22-1/28


I have begun putting together the coupon/sale match ups for next week's bargains. I will be updating as I see this week's coupons, so check back!

This is a good week to stock up on medicines, again.

Ultimate Flurry Protein Bar is a Freebie. Buy one for $1.99 and get a $1.99 RR.

Renew Life Flush & Fit Kit is also a Freebie. Buy one for $20.00 and a rebate form for $20.00 will print at the register.

Triaminic Fever Reducer is on sale for $5. Buy two and use (2) $1.50/1 coupons. You will pay $4 at the register and earn a $5 RR for a profit of $1.00.

Tylenol Cold Liquid is on sale for $5. Buy two and use (2) $2/1 coupon. You will pay $6 at the register and earn a $5 RR for a net cost of .50¢ each.

Ex Lax, Gas X, and Maalox are all on sale for $5 and all qualify for the Buy $20 and get $10 RR.
I have these coupons in my binder:
$3/2 Gas X or Maalox Advanced (buy 4, use 2 coupons= $14 at register, earn $10= $1 each)
$2.50/2 Maalox Advanced Products (buy 4, use 2 coupons= $15 at register, earn $10= $1.25 each)
$1/1 Any Gas X Prevention Product (buy 4, use 4 coupons= $16 at register, earn $10= $1.50 each)
$1/1 Any Maalox Advanced Product (same scenerio)
$2/1 Any Ex Lax (buy 4, use 4 coupons= $12 at register, earn $10= .50¢ each)

My plan is to use the highlighed offers and purchase two Gas X and two Maalox. Because I also have RRs to use from last week, I plan on using two $2 RRs. My cost at the register will be $10 and I will earn a $10rr, making my net transaction FREE. In a second transaction, I will buy four Ex Lax. I will use another two $2 RR to make my cost at the register $8 and I will earn another $10RR. I cannot use the first $10 RR on the 2nd transaction because the 2nd $10RR would not print. Doing it this way will cost me $18 out of pocket, but I will earn a total of $20RRs, making me a profit of $2. I will stock these items in my medicine closet to have on hand should anyone require them.

Advil and Advil PM are on sale for $4.99. I have seen mention of a $1/2 coupon, but I did not have one in my binder. If you do, you can buy 2, use one coupon and pay $7.98 at the register. You will earn $5 RR when you buy two, making your net cost $2.98/2 or $1.49 each.

Prevacid is on sale for $20 with a $10RR. There is a $7/2 coupon available, but would buying 2 at the same time be the best way to do this deal? If you buy two and use the coupon, you will spend $33 at the register and earn $10 RR= $23/2 or $11.50 each net cost for a savings of $8.50 over the sale price. However, if you bought the same two boxes in 2 seperate transactions without using the coupon, you will spend $40 at the register and earn $20RR= $20/2 or $10 each net cost for a savings of $10. This only works when you do not roll your RRs. This is the better deal. If you use the 1st RR on the 2nd transaction, you will pay $20 in your 1st transaction and $10 in your 2nd transaction totalling $30 with no RR left for a net transaction of $15/box.

Hershey's Candy Bar are on sale for .59¢ with the in ad coupon. Use the Buy One, Get One coupon on Air Delights. Buy Any on sale Hershey bar and get an Air Delight's Bar FREE. Total cost .59¢ for two candy bars or .30¢ each.

Nice! Brand cookies (3.25-7 oz),  cutlery, and aluminum foil are on sale for $1 each. Get a $2RR when you buy $10 worth of Nice! products. If you decided to buy any of the medicines above and earned the $10 RR, you could use it to buy $10 worth of these items for FREE and still earn a $2 RR.
Or buy $10 worth of these items and earn the $2rr without rolling anything for a net cost of .80¢ on them.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Sales for January 8th-12th

I found a few interesting items for Walgreen's this week. Some of these are not yet combined with its coupon match up, (if I can find a coupon for them), but it is a start...

I am planning another stock up for both Bugles and Chex Mix. These are on sale for 4/$6 with an in store coupon for $1 off 4. 4/$5=$1.25 each. There is a $1/2 coupon in this week's everyday saver coupon insert. Using two of them brings the price to 4/$3 or .75¢/bag.  I found a coupon HERE at coupons.com for .50/2 Chex Mix, bringing the cost to $1/bag. You can print these twice. Bugles are $1.25 each bag.

Eclipse and Orbit gum is on sale for .79¢ with an in ad coupon on page 4. Limit 4.

Butterball Chicken Broth 14.5 oz cans are on sale for 2/$1 with in ad coupon, also on page 4. Limit 4.

Domino Sugar 4 lb bags are on sale for $2.49/bag with in ad coupon on page 5. Limit 5.

Reach Total Care Floss 30 yards on sale for $2.99. Print a $1/1 off any coupon HERE to bring the cost to $1.99 and earn a $2 RR on your next order. You can print two times. Two FREE Reach Total Care Floss Yards.

Kids Omega Smart Ultimate Fish Oils 60 ct with DHA on sale for $10 with a $10 register reward, which makes it like getting it for FREE. Limit 1 per transaction.

Blistex Lip Balm on sale for .99¢ with in ad coupon. There is a $1/2 off any Blistex Lip Care Products coupon that expires on 1/31/12. This brings the price to .49¢ each.

Tom's of Maine Unscented Deodorant, Cool Mountain Mint Mouthwash, and Toothpaste are each on sale for $3.99 with a $3 RR for use on your next purchase for a cost of .99¢ each.

Syntha-6 Meal Replacement Bar on sale for $1.89 with a $1.89 RR for use on your next purchase making this like getting it FREE.

Rite Aid:

Kellogg's Raisin Bran is on sale with a Buy One, Get One Free. I printed two copies of the .70¢/1 from coupons.com last week. These can be combined to get $1.40/2. The price of these is not listed, so I will have to check that before I decide to buy at this price. The ad mentions there being a $1/3 coupon in Sunday's paper, but I didn't see it. I will have to look more thoroughly.

ThermaCare Heat Wrap on sale for $3.00 with a $3.00 RR for your next purchase makes this FREE. Limit one per card.


Land O Lakes Margarine or Spread is on sale for $1.69. Use the .75/1 coupon from 11/13/11 Smartsource, which doubles to $1.50, making each only .19¢. Our family prefers butter, but it would be good to have some of these in the freezer for cooking or to have on hand in a pinch when the butter prices are higher.

Wet Ones Wipe is on sale for $2.49. There were links to coupons.com for a .75/1 printable coupon, but I could not find it when I checked today. If you already printed the coupon, this would double to $1.50, bringing the cost to .99¢ each.

Coffee Mate Flavored Creamers are on sale for $1.99. Use the .75¢/2 printable coupon HERE to make the sale price $1.24 each.

Pennsylvania Dutch Noodles on sale for $1.00 are perfect for stews and soups to warm my family's bellies on cold, winter nights. Print your facebook coupon HERE for $1/2. Final cost $1.00 for 2 bags.


Suave Invisible Solid is on sale for $1. You can use the .75¢/1 coupon from this week's Red Plum insert to make these .25¢ each.

According to a post by BargainBrianna today, All laundry detergent is on sale for $2, not $4. You can use the $1/1 coupons in last week's paper to make them only $1 each!!! You may be able to download a printable $1/1 coupon HERE. They will go fast, though. Great price, right? Additionally, it qualifies for the $10 CVS Gift Card when you spend $30 special this week. Gotta love that!

More to come as I scan through Walmart, Target, and Hannaford sales for the week. So, check back again.

Goodnight, Friends.
Sonja ♥

Thursday, January 5, 2012

$1 Pantene, .99¢ Aussie, & Herbal Essence Hair Care until Saturday

I started my morning at Walgreen’s. My intention? Purchase one pair of Aussie and two sets of Herbal Essence shampoos and conditioners and ten bottles of Soft Soap. The twist to this transaction was that the sale for the shampoos was for individual items, not a “two for”. When you are dealing with RRs, this can be complicated. Setting the sale this way necessitates buying in several transactions to get the advertised RRs. For example, if I were to purchase a set of shampoo and conditioner, my cost would be $2.99 each= $5.98, less (2) $1/1 coupons=$3.98 for two. This transaction would give you one $1rr making the net cost $2.98/2 or $1.49 each. I purchased each shampoo and conditioner separately instead. My cost was $2.99 less the $1/1 coupon= $1.99 and I earned $1rr, which makes the net transaction .99¢ each bottle. I had to make 6 separate transactions to make this work.  I also intended to purchase 10 bottles of Soft Soap. This was on sale for .99¢ each. I had (5) $1/2 coupons to use, which adjusted my price to only .49¢ each bottle. To consolidate my transactions as much as possible, I added two Soft Soap bottles to the first 5 transactions. I could not “roll” the RRs to help pay for the subsequent purchases, because then no new RR would print and I would, in effect, be paying only the sale price.

At Rite Aid, I was uncertain how my visit would turn out. I knew that with the turning of the new year, Rite Aid has begun giving Customers the option of preloading coupons onto their wellness cards. You can sign up at www.Load2CardNow.com or  Just Click HERE. Another difference is Rite Aid is automatically loading earned RRs to our cards. The RRs are available to be used the next day, NOT immediately. These changes are going to be interesting and definitely change how I shop some. To my surprise, the RRs printed on both my receipt and Sean’s. The manager mentioned that the change had not gone into effect yet, but to expect it any day. I still plan on stocking up, it is just going to take more care to make sure that I am using the correct card for each transaction. (According to the red colored brochure detailing the changes to policy I picked up at the register today, each household may have a limit of 4 cards and you must be at least 13 years of age to sign up for a wellness card. SCR are limited to one for each household address.) I expect that I am going to mess up some as I work through my new strategy, but I am up for the challenge!
For today, I had (5) $1RRs to begin my transactions. I also had (4) $3/2 Pantene coupons from last Sunday's insert and a $3/1 Oral B Battery Toothbrush. Pantene is on sale for 2/$7, less the coupon= $4/2 bottles. You earn a $2 RR when you buy 2= $2/2 bottles or $1 each. I split my purchases into two transactions because the limit for this sale was 2RRs per card. I also took advantage of the SCR for 2.99 on the Oral B toothbrush. It was on sale for $5.99, which will make it free when I get the SCR back.
I am a little behind still in sorting the sales for the coming weeks, but I have all my coupons cut, sorted and in my binder. I posted my posts. All in all, not bad for getting back into the swing of a normal schedule. I'll let you know how Rite Aid's new policy is going to work out, once I have it reckoned.
Talk to you all soon!
Sonja ♥

.25¢ Popcorn and .39¢ Hydrogen Peroxide at Walgreen's

Walgreen’s Popcorn and Hydrogen Peroxide

I have been waiting for a good deal on Hydrogen Peroxide for a couple of weeks, since I needed some for my family’s “emergency kits”.  When I saw bottles on sale this week for .39¢ each, I knew that this was a stock up price, so I picked up 3 bottles. My kids love popcorn on cold winter nights when we put on an old movie and snuggle up in the family room. Is there anything better than warm, buttery popcorn and a mug of hot cocoa? Mmmmmm. These individual sized bags were on sale for .25¢ each with the in ad store coupon.
My last purchase at Walgreen’s was Kleenex tissues. With winter here and in force in Maine, I wanted to grab a couple of boxes for the days ahead. These were priced at $2.69 and $2.29, respectively, but they both qualified for the Buy One, Get One sale and I had (2) .50¢/2 manufacturer’s coupons. The math looked like this: $2.69+$2.29=$4.98, less $1=$3.98 for 4 boxes or .99¢ each. Wait. What???? Yeah, that’s right. I spent nearly $1 each for these! I didn’t mean to. When I did the match, I figured $2.69/2-.50¢=.85/box and $2.29/2-.50¢=.64¢/box. This goes to show the importance of understanding the “order of operations” when calculating coupon values. As depicted above, it does matter. In this case, it was a difference of paying $3.98 for 4 boxes or paying $2.98 for 4 boxes. When you are counting your coupons, make sure you subtract their value before you figure in any sale amount on a buy one, get one offer. Lesson learned.
Sonja ♥