remember back in the day, when i used to post something coupon related almost every day? oh, and when my cabinets were puffed out with extra band aids and shampoo, and i had an overflowing box of donate items for the preble street resource center? man, those days were nice.
but then it happens- COUPON FATIGUE.
after a year or more of wringing every possible deal out of every possible store in town, a girl gets tired, or distracted, and let’s those weekend coupon fliers pile up, and even… EXPIRE.
i recently cleaned out my folders to realized that i had indeed lost almost 2 full months of coupon time. blacked out unconscious, i must have been paying full price for everything- TRAGIC. expensively tragic (the worst kind of tragic).
now at this point, the serious coupon clipping mantle has clearly been handed off to maine’s very own extreme couponer, i love to gossip, which is quite liberating (also, she’s a lot better at it). no longer do i feel the pressure to try to keep up with the rest of the coupon bitties, and have time to do other crazy shit like throw clothing swaps and complain about “easy feet”. but this weekend as i leafed through my sunday circulars, i realized that i actually missed it.
i remember feeling so high (remember that money making vaseline lotion at shaw’s?) when i could grab something for free. like i was pulling off a tiny bank robbery or something.
i also remember having 5 unopened dove deodorants in my supply drawer. now i’m sadly chasing a single stick around my apartment… and sometimes i CAN’T FIND IT.
so this week, i decided that i’m actually gonna start trying to get back into the coupon game. i have an empty paper box ready for preble street donations, and i feel mentally ready to be able to find my antiperspirant again.
well, it’s going to have to be a gentle re-entry, because there’s kind of shit for deals this week. and actually, i was zooming through the comments on this week’s iheartcvs.com deal rundown, and people seem grouchy that there hasn’t been anything awesome for a while. has the deal climate changed when i was away? are there still bargains to be had out there in the wild? here is what i’m stalking this week (better to start slow i suppose), let me know if i missed anything:
better than free oral b toothbrushes. i’m personally using a complete shit colgate toothbrush that i hate (my stash of good ones ran out months ago), so an upgrade is definitely in order. you can get $2 in +UP bucks (2 per household) when you buy oral b cross action toothbrushes for $2.99, and i’ve got a couple $1.50/1 coupons from the most recent P&G brandsaver. there are also similar $1/1 coupons for the glide floss and the 3D white rinse that will also work, but i never floss (sorry dad!), so fuck that.
similarly free colgate toothbrushes. there is an identical deal for the very fancy looking colgate 360 surround toothbrush @ $2.99 w/$2 in +UP rewards back at ya (limit 2). i mysteriously have 2 $1/1 coupons for just that product (all you?), so it’s totally toothbrush time at casa broke207.
that’s about it for rite aid, but i may try to see if there’s anything else i can score with my video values coupons and the $3/$15 that i got for taking a customer satisfaction survey.
cvs is complete crap this week (which sucks because they emailed me a 25% off coupon). the only thing really worth attempting is the free neutrogena sunscreen deal (assuming it works). not that i wear sunscreen as often as i should… maybe this is the summer that i decide not to be a shriveled old prune?
and then there’s walgreens. yes, walgreens. now that we have one on the peninsula (marginal way!), it might be time for me to finally break the seal on that one . there is free colgate pro clinical toothpaste– 2 of them actually after register rewards and $1/1 coupons (which i have from somewhere). i have absolutely no idea how to sign up for register rewards, and how it works, but i’m almost out of toothpaste, and i think it’s probably emotionally healthy for me to finally overcome my irrational walgreens fears.
any advice from the pros? am i so rusty that i’m missing out on some amazing this week? please, i need your guidance.