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Thursday, September 24, 2009

Frugal Friday: Know When to Hold 'Em - Part One

Doesn't a good coupon just burn a hole in your pocket coupon binder? We've all been there.... You find a Buy 1 - Get 1 FREE coupon for your absolute favorite product. You see that it's $1 off at Rite Aid this week. You are just dying to run out and pick up a couple.... and to use your coupon.


To borrow the lyrics of the infamous Kenny Rogers (whom I actually did see in concert WITH Crystal Gayle when I was about 10)....

You got to know when to hold 'em.

When I get a Buy 1 - Get 1 FREE coupon that I'm dying to use, I don't. Instead, I wait for a matching Buy 1 - Get 1 FREE sale. At most stores, that means that I will get both items absolutely free. And you can't beat free. Here are two examples from last week.

Rite Aid: CoverGirl Makeup Products

Rite Aid was having a Buy 1 - Get 1 FREE CoverGirl sale last week. I had 2 Buy 1 - Get 1 FREE coupons. I got 4 REALLY nice makeup products that were worth around $50 total absolutely free. And you can't beat free.

Kroger: Dentyne Gum

Kroger had their Dentyne gum on a Buy 1- Get 1 FREE sale last week. There was a Buy 1 - Get 1 FREE printable coupon. We have 2 computers, so I ended up with 4 copies of the printable coupon. I used them to get 8 free packs of Dentyne gum. And you can't beat free.

So the next time you're dying to use your Buy 1 - Get 1 FREE coupon without a sale, sing it with me.....

You got to know when to hold 'em.
Because you can't beat free.

Fore more great frugal ideas, stop by Frugal Friday hosted by Life As MOM.


Mom2fur said...

We get smarter and smarter about how to use coupons, don't we? You got some great deals! Nothing beats free, LOL.

Stacy said...

Rite aid wouldn't honor mine :(

Jennifer said...

Stacy ~ I highly recommend emailing the Rite Aid corporate customer service office. Use the Contact Us link on the Rite Aid website. I did that and specifically asked them about the buy 1 - get 1 free coupons paired with a buy 1 - get 1 free sale. I got a concise answer from them, and I carry it in my coupon binder. That way, if a cashier gives me trouble with it, I can actually pull out the email and show it to them.

If I were in your shoes right now, I would send a separate email to the corporate contact letting them know which store rejected your coupon. Let them know that you're not satisfied. I would hope that they would do something to make it right for you.

I hope that helps!