Printable “Buy Price” List

 

Several of you have asked for a copy of this list – so here it is! These are the prices we consider “good buys” and “stockpile prices”.  When an item hits stockpile price, it’s time to get enough to last you until the next sales cycle!  Buying extra each time the price hits rock bottom will ensure that you never (or almost never) have to pay full price again.  We call this “builind your pantry.”  Once you learn how to shop the Time 2 $ave way by shopping out of what you use, instead of what you need all of these numbers will start to make sense.  If you are confused – click here for a link to our new step by step tutorials to help get you started.

Stockpile Price List- PRINT HERE

Coupon Binder Tutorial!! FINALLY!! Binder

So many of you have asked us how to start a coupon binder.  We put this tutorial together for you and tried to be as thorough as possible. (Click “Full Screen View” to see everything more clearly) 
Links to store policies that are published are below. 
Helpful Downloads:
  1. Learning the Lingo HERE (simple version), HERE (detailed list)
  2. Printable Meal Planner HERE
  3. Walmart Corporate Coupon Policy HERE, price matching policy HERE, and FAQ’s HERE
  4. Rite Aid Coupon Policy HERE

Online Store:
We now have Binders, Baseball Card Holders & All You Magazine available online to purchase HERE.


Beat the Rush at Drugstores! (Tips & Tricks)

Or in this case- How To Wait It Out.

There’s nothing like staying up late on a Saturday night, dodging family members, just to frantically plan out an “Amazing Drugstore Deal” that’s supposed to happen the next morning…..only to squeal into the parking lot right after church and discover the shelf has been cleared already!!

So then, you spend the kids’ afternoon naptime (a precious commodity!) driving around town and hitting up all the other drugstores searching for those “HOT items.

What I’m here to tell you girls, is that there is an Easier Way. Sure- most of you have figured this out by now, but for those of you who haven’t- this is for you.

  • Ask the clerk what day their next truck will come to restock the shelves.  Where I go, it comes on Thursday nights.
  • Ask the clerk what time you should actually come back.  My store never has any of their truck unloaded until the next morning, so I don’t bother running in to check anymore.  I just show up first thing in the morning.
  • Ask a manager/supervisor if they have ordered alot of the item you’re after- and if not- tip them off that this is an amazing deal that will be gone fast.  In most cases, they will be happy to bump the order up a little if they know that. (i.e. “Will there be alot of these on the truck?  I just know tons of people who are already excited about getting a few of these while they’re on sale!)  Not only will you be making sure they’ve got plenty of the items YOU want, but you’ll be doing the whole coupon commuity a favor by ensuring there will be enough to go around.
  • Use the extra few day before the truck arrives to plan, clip, gain perspective, and take naps at naptime.  Then on the morning/evening of the new shipment – Be there, in the parking lot, with a bounce in your step and a sparkle in your eye- ready to load your buggy with great deals for you and your family!!
  • Just remember- slow and steady can usually win the race- but if you do occasionally miss out on a fabulous deal, there’s bound to be another one just around the corner!

Now your turn – how do you make sure you don’t miss out on the deals you really want at drugstores?  OR – and this is the case many times – how do you remain calm and keep perspective when you miss out?

Rainchecks: Don’t Pass Them Up!

One of the things that can be a hitch in your coupon giddy-up, is when sale items are sold out.  For instance, I’m betting that many of you weren’t able to get your hands on the FREE Theraflu at CVS this week.  Or perhaps the FREE Irish Spring was just a big empty spot on the shelf at Walgreens.   That can be so discouraging, when you’ve spent time clipping and planning!

I thought it would be a good idea to share with you, in case you weren’t aware, that Rain Checks are some of the easiest and most time-saving ways to make sure you get the deals you’re after.  With a raincheck in your hand, you can return to the store later and “Make your own sale” by just handing over your slip of paper.

Plus, there is no need to rush to the store and fight off the binder-toting coupon crowd, only to realize the shelf is empty.  Take a deep breath, maintain your composure, and kindly ask your cashier to write you a Rain Check for the items you want!  Here’s why you should love rainchecks too:

  • While you wait for the item to restock, you may come across more coupons.  When the clerk asks “How many?’ – I ask “What’s the limit?” even if I don’t have that many coupons at the time.  Given a couple weeks, you’ll probably come across more coupons to use (or better ones)!
  • The selection will not be picked through when you return at a later date.  You don’t want the 2 measly packages of shortbread cookies on the shelf, do you?  You want the Chocolate-Chip Pecan Sandies you had dreamed of!  It’s fine if you ask for a raincheck for a particular flavor/variety that is out as well!  For instance, a few weeks ago at Publix, I requested a raincheck for the Four Cheese Pasta Sauce – even though every other variety was in stock.
  • With a raincheck tucked away in your binder, you can wait for the best possible time to use it.  I got a raincheck for B1G1 Schick Quattro’s at Rite-Aid a few months ago.  I only had one coupon to begin with.  By the time I went back to use it, I had found another coupon so that both were free, AND those razors were earning a Single Check Rebate that would give me money back!

The rules of rainchecks differ from store to store, but you are usually allowed to wait at least a month before redeeming them.  Rite-Aid and Walgreens rainchecks say that they “should” be redeemed within 30 days from the date written.  CVS and Publix, however, have no expiration date whatsoever.

  • CVS will issue you the original Extra Care Bucks Deal upon redemption, but it is a good idea to remind the clerk of the exact details of the sale/deal when they’re writing it out- just in case they’re not familiar with it.
  • Rite-Aid, in my experience, writes the raincheck to reflect the price the item WOULD have been, after considering the +UP reward.  I believe this differs from store to store.
  • Walgreens does NOT write Rainchecks for Register Rewards.  They do write them for sale prices, however.

So remember – asking for a raincheck is NOT a waste of time.  In fact, we really want you to remember to ask for them – which is why we left you space on the Time2Save Printable List to jot down raincheck notes as you make your way through the store.  (It’s the big box on the right!)  My box is usually full of notes like:

- Bertolli Sauce 4-Cheese BOGO
- Coffee-Mate 32 oz Vanilla BOGO
- Allegra Allergy 5ct $6.99 FREE w/ECB’s

What Now? 12/27 (Drug Stores)

The “What Now?” posts are a starting place for newbies (like you!), with great store deals using PRINTABLE coupons (and this week’s insert coupons) only.  We know your coupon-collection will grow, but in the meantime, here’s a list just for YOU!

1) CVS,   2) Walgreens,  3) RiteAid

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{Part 4} Couponing at 18: Elizabeth’s Journey

If you didn’t read the first little installment - go HERE, and the second one is HERE.

Merry Christmas!!!!!

Thank you once again for all of your comments. They are really helping to find the best strategy for shopping.

However, I wanted to do this blog a little differently. I have been talking to a lot of people and asking them if they are excited for Christmas. Most of the time the answer I got was that they weren’t really excited for Christmas.  They are stressed about all of the presents they need to buy and they want to get everyone the perfect present.  So, I have decided to remind everyone what the true reason for the season is.

It is is about the birth of the one who saved us all from eternal damnation. God loves us so much that He sent his only son to die for our sins. I know I am not worthy for this present God gave to me.  So, I am going to celebrate the best gift I could have ever received on Christmas. The birth of my Savior.  Praise be to God!  Merry Christmas, and I wish you and your families the very best Christmas!  Luke 2:1-14

Your thrifty friend,
Elizabeth

{Part 3} Couponing at 18: Elizabeth’s Journey

Here’s a different take on couponing that you don’t hear about often!

If you didn’t read the first little installment - go HERE, and the second one is HERE.

Hey it’s Elizabeth again…. I just wanted to start out again by saying thank you so much for your comments. They really helped!!!!

This time I looked at this website before making a list.  That helped so much!!!!!! I felt like they had made a cheat sheet for me!  After writing my list of what I was going to buy, I gathered all of my coupons and put them in a pencil pouch holder. I arrived at Bi-Lo and I felt a little overwhelmed. However, I figured out that if I stick to my list I don’t feel as overwhelmed.

I got all of my items and went to the check out line. I was very excited to see all of my hard work put into action. Then she handed me the receipt. The orginal price was $118.16 and the price that I paid was $48.33!!!!!!!!!!!!   I was so excited that I did a dance in the middle of Bi-Lo.  Stay tuned for next week savings.

Your thrifty friend,

Elizabeth