Monday, February 23, 2009

Q & A

From an email...

Coupon Clipper: Quick question for ya...I noticed that Colgate is on sale for .88 cents at CVS this week.

Is there any fabulous way we can use our $1.50 off coupons and get some major coupon overage to work out some good deals this week or is that not allowed?

Me: Sure thing, use the $1.50 Colgate coupon to score some for FREE!

CVS probably won't give you the overage... their system is very smart. In my experience, CVS will allow you to use manufacturer's coupon money up to the amount that your items cost.

For example, a few weeks ago CVS has Colgate on sale for $.99 a tube, with a limit of six tubes. I was able to use (3) $1.50 coupons and I had the 4th coupon adjusted down to $1.44. All six tubes of toothpaste were FREE, but I only used 4 coupons.

So if you are willing to do a little bit of math you can figure out your deals before you even enter the store.

I heart math - so here ya go:
2 tubes
option 1: use (1) $1.50 coupon and pay $.13 per tube.
option 2: use (2) $1.50 coupons and ask for the second coupon to be 'adjusted down*' to $.26.

Coupon Lady Snippet: Adjusting down a coupon means that the cashier will manually need to enter the price of the coupon for less than the face value of the coupon. This is a common occurance at the registers for CVS because CVS does not allow coupon overage. (Coupon overage is coupon value more than the value of the item being purchased. For example, the $1.50 Colgate coupon has $.62 in coupon overage because a tube of Colgate is being sold for $.88) I have never had a problem having a cashier adjust down a coupon for me.