With things slowing down now that Christmas is nearly here, I decided to help fill the day with some posts to reminisce on coupon deals past. Isn’t that what the holidays are about…memories? Also, make sure you claim your FREE 3-pack of Olay Samples if you haven’t done so yet either. Finally, don’t forget about the FREE 8×10 Photo Enlargement ($3.99 value) at Walgreens.com through 12/25! Merry Christmas!
Those of you that have been couponing for a long time know that couponing has changed a lot over the years. We still see some crazy deals occasionally, but the insane deals aren’t quite as frequent. I decided I’m going to start featuring some of these old trips from our archive. Us “old timers” can reminisce about the “good old days,” and the newbies can get a glimpse of what used to be possible.
For my first trip, I decided to feature quite possibly the coolest deal I scored in all of my time couponing. It’s pretty complicated, but it’s pretty awesome too. Back in late 2014 and early 2015, Walmart launched their SavingsCatcher program. That’s the program that is still running today where you can submit your receipts and they will go find the best prices in your area and give you a refund for the difference between the advertised sale price at another store and the Walmart price.
For a limited time in 2014 and 2015, they were trying to encourage people to transfer those savings to an American Express Bluebird prepaid card. When you did that, they would double your cashback from the price matches found by SavingsCatcher. Basically, they were giving you double the difference between their price and the lowest sale price at a nearby competitor. This alone made for a lot of hot deals and moneymakers with coupons.
However…in one particular week around New Year’s Day 2015, there was a glitch. Dollar General had advertised Tide liquid and PODS on sale for $3.95, plus the ad stated that there was a digital coupon to use that would make the final price only $1.95. SavingsCatcher was glitching and treating this Dollar General sale as if the actual sale price was only $1.95. Because Walmart’s price was $5.24, SavingsCatcher was giving $3.29 back. When you transferred those cashback dollars to Amex Bluebird, it was doubling to $6.58. That made bottles of Tide a $1.34 MONEYMAKER even without coupons. But it gets even better…we had coupons to use too!
OK…now that you know how the deal worked…here’s the breakdown of my shopping trip from 1/2/15:
TEN TIDE ORIGINAL SCENT LIQUID LAUNDRY DETERGENT 40 OZ, on rollback $5.24 (matched to Dollar General at $1.95 – insane!)
Walmart total = $52.40
Dollar General total = $19.50 ($32.90 difference)
Get $32.90 cashback from Walmart Savings Catcher for price difference
Get $32.90 cashback from AMEX Bluebird for transferring Savings Catcher earnings
Used two $5/3 Tide Laundry Detergent coupons, 12/28 P&G newspaper insert
and used four $0.75/1 Tide Detergent 40 oz or larger (exc Tide Simply, Tide Pods, 10 oz or ets) printable coupons
Price at Register: $39.40, but received $65.80 total cashback
NET PRICE FOR ALL: $26.40 MONEYMAKER!
***Unfortunately, I was out of $2/1 Tide coupons from the 12/28/14 P&G insert by the time I did this trip, or my moneymaker would have been even larger!
SEVEN TIDE PODS 14 CT, regular price $4.44 (matched to Dollar General at $1.95 – insane!)
Walmart total = $31.08
Dollar General total = $13.65 ($17.43 difference)
Get $17.43 cashback from Walmart Savings Catcher for price difference
Get $17.43 cashback from AMEX Bluebird for transferring Savings Catcher earnings
Get $10 cashback from SavingStar for buying $30 of select P&G products (including PODS 14 ct or larger)
Used two $3/2 Tide PODS coupons, 12/14 RP newspaper insert
and used three $2/1 Tide PODS coupons, 12/14 RP newspaper insert
Price at Register: $18.80, but received $44.86 total cashback
NET PRICE FOR ALL: $26.06 MONEYMAKER!
Note that this Atkins deal ONLY worked in Florida. Savings Catcher matches Publix BOGO sales, but only for Florida Walmart locations.
TWO ATKINS FROZEN ENTREES, regular price $3.97 (matched to Publix BOGO at $2 each with sale)
Walmart price = $7.94
Publix price = $4 ($3.94 difference)
Get $3.94 cashback from Walmart Savings Catcher for price difference
Get $3.94 cashback from AMEX Bluebird for transferring Savings Catcher earnings
Used two $1/1 Atkins Entree blinkie coupons (limit 1 per customer – there were two of us present)
Price at Register: $5.94, but get $7.88 total cashback
NET PRICE FOR ALL: $1.94 MONEYMAKER!
Total Retail Value of All Merchandise: $91.44
Net Price Paid for Everything: $54.40 PROFIT!
Savings Rate (excluding tax): 159.5%