Walmart clearance toy mark down. Jan 31st

I did a post earlier this week about the clearance toys at Walmart.  Click here if you missed it.  Today we stopped by, and they were marking them down again.  So if you want to stock up on some great toys you might want to check this out.  I am sure they will go fast.

This barbie  bag was $15 dollars it was marked to $7, then to $5,  then to $3 but we only paid $1

This was $10 dollars marked down to $5  but we only paid $1 , We bought 13 of these, so if you invite my kids to a birthday party…..guess what gift they will be bringing.

This was $35 dollars marked down to $20, then $15, then $10 but we only paid $5.
They were going fast! Go check it out.

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Coupons 101- When you use your coupons

Coupons 101- Part 3
When to use your coupons?

  • When to use your coupons–  Just because you have a coupon does not mean you should buy an item.   In fact if you buy items just because you have a coupon, you will end up spending more money on items you don’t really need, and are still over priced.  The trick is to wait for the coupon to go on sale or clearance which is an even better deal.
  • Wait for a sale–  Wait for items to come on sale then use the coupon along with the sale.  Then buy several of that item, so you don’t need to buy it again till another sale comes along.  Example- I have 10 tubes of name brand toothpaste. People I know tell me “But I don’t need 10 tubes of toothpaste!”. Well what I tell them is that if I can get paid over $10 to BUY 10 tubes of toothpaste (see my post here) then why not do it. And know that I wont need to spend that $30 dollars over the next year. Each time you can save like this adds up, and by year end you could save a ton of money. Or go on that vacation you wanted.
  • Buy one get one free sales– When a store has a buy one get one free sale, this is a great time to use your coupons.  You can use 2 coupons.  One for the item you are buying and one for the item you are getting for free.  WHY,  you need to remember that a coupon is like cash.  The store IS getting paid for that product, by the Manufacturer.  So the store gives you the second item for free, but they can turn in the coupon and get paid for that item they just gave you for free.  Example- chips are on sale buy one get one free.  You pay $4.00 for the first bag of chips, and get the 2nd free.  But you have 2 coupons for $1 off a bag of chips. You can use both of those coupons.  One coupon is applied to each bag of chips (although one bag is considered free) Both coupons are applied to the total sale price.  Bringing the total to $2 for 2 bags of chips.  You would have paid $8 for 2 bags of chips, but using the Buy one get one (BOGO) free sale you have saved $4 PLUS $2 in coupons. 
  • Stacking your coupons– Stacking your coupons is when you are able to use 2 coupons for one item.  You are able to do this when you use a in-store coupon ( a coupon that the store prints, normally in the weekly ad.  It will have the store logo on it) along with a MFR (manufacturer coupon).  When you use the in-store coupon and the MFR coupon together this is called “stacking” your coupons.  So watch for those in-store coupons, and see if you have a MFR coupon to go along with it.  
  • Rebates–  A lot of company’s offer a mail in rebate for their items as part of a promotion to get you to try or buy their product.  Many times this makes the item free after rebate.  Example- The store is selling nuts for $5.00, and they have a mail in rebate for $5.00 which would make the item free.  But if you use a $2.00 coupon on the nuts, after you turn in your rebate they will give you a check for $5.00. SO you will actually make $2.00 for buying the nuts.  
  • Store match or double–  Some stores do this every week, but my local stores only do it a few times a year.  They will match you coupon amount, which gives you the chance to get twice the amount of your coupon.  Example- the store is selling juice for $1.00 but I have a coupon for $.50 off,  The store them matches the price of my coupon giving me another $.50 off, making my juice FREE.   Normally if a store matches or doubles coupons they only let you do a limited of items per shopping trip.  So I plan to make several trip through the checkout line.

Coupons 101- What coupons to save?

Coupons 101- part 2
What coupons to save?
Now that I have talked about where to get your coupons ( click here to read) we are on our way to the next step.
  • What coupons do you save? I clip and save almost every coupon. The only time I don’t save a coupon is if it’s something I would never use even if it was free. So I keep 99% of my coupons. On Sunday when the coupon inserts come out, I spent about an hour clipping them out of 5 different papers. I put them in stacks of similar products. Like all the shampoo goes in one pile, all the cracker coupons in another. By clipping them out of the paper you are able to get rid of a lot of the bulk. Who wants to keep 50 papers around their house. From here you need to organize them, I keep all my coupons in a coupon binder ( I plan to do a post on this next week)
  • Why do I clip and save every coupon? I save every coupon because I never know what is going to come on sale. Or when I might find an item on clearance, and if I have all my coupons in a binder, with me. Then I am able to take advantage of both the coupon and the sale. Before I started my binder I can’t tell you how many times I would buy something that I had a coupon for at home but I just forgot to bring it. Or I didn’t plan to buy it that week, but when I got to the store it was one sale. So I missed a great way to save even more money.
  • Don’t be to stuck on one brand- When you save all coupons, you are able to take advantage of some great sales. If you only save the coupons for the brands, you normally buy then you pay a lot more. For example: My family normally buys JIFF peanut butter, so if I see and coupon for JIFF I will hang on to it. But if I see a coupon for SKIPPY I might just toss it in the trash. Now if both peanut butters are $3.00 a jar I will always buy the one I like best. But if I find a sale later that month for SKIPPY for $1.75 and I have a .75 cents off coupon it would make the SKIPPY a $1 and the JIFF still is $3.00 and at that price I would be happy to buy SKIPPY. SO clip all brands and always bring your coupons along with you.
  • How many to save- I try to get at least 5 of each coupon but I am thrilled when I get more than that. Why do I save so many? Example: If Albertsons is having a sale on Chili, for 75 cents, and normal price is a $1, plus I have a coupon for .25 cents. That would make it half price .50 cents, a great deal….but I don’t really want to go out of my way for one can of chili. But if I have saved 8 coupons, and I can get 8 cans at half price it will then be worth my time to buy it. Plus I then have a nice “food storage” of chili. When you buy items at a low price, and stock up the goal is to have enough so you won’t have to buy it again till it comes on sale. This way you are ALWAYS able to buy your items half off or more.

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