It`s been a while since I fooled with my coupons. I just feel like I hardly have the time anymore even though I really need to. Anyway, as I was blogging and what not last night Extreme Couponing came on TLC. I`ll admit that I could really care less for the show, especially since I know any retailer would not accommodate the couponers as they do on the show. Sure, you can get great deals, but making it out of there with $800 worth of groceries for $0.50 is unlikely. If it really can happen, they fail to show the full extent of the work involved and how much money is put into getting ALL of those coupons.
Anyway, enough with that rant and on to my experience. It was the show that encouraged me to check my stash out. Half the coupons were expired or near expiring so it was time for a cleaning. After seeing Walmart didn`t have much to score I decided to try for Dollar Tree. If I could avoid the Walmart lines for somewhere more convenient I would. Guess what? I did!
I read plenty of horror stories of people having trouble with their local Dollar Tree so I was a bit nervous on how my experience would go, but surprisingly it went smoothly. I went in, got the goods, and checked out. The cashier had to call the manager for the coupons, all MFG from the sunday papers, but I believe she was new there and still learning.
For everything you see pictured I paid $1.63. It would have only been a few cents but I needed bread. Everything I found with the MFG stashed away in my folder, expiring at the end of the month. The Bounty coupon actually came in the mail with one of the samples I received and the Olay coupons were found in the P&Gs. So in all this is what I scored for FREE:
(5) Olay Soap Bars
(1) Bounty Basic Paper Towel Roll
(1) Box Post Shredded Wheat Cereal
The only thing that got paid for was the bread and the sales tax!
How was your experience couponing at your local Dollar Tree?
TIP: Go to Dollar Tree`s web site and use their product search page to see if they carry the product you`re looking for. Use simple terms such as "Olay" rather than "Olay moisturizing body bar" to pull up better search results on their site.
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