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If you have printed a copy of the Commissary coupon policy yet, or simply want to read over it to get a better understanding of proper coupon use, please head on over to DeCA’s facebook page and take a look.

It is VERY important that we, as military couponers, and those shopping elsewhere, ensure we are well prepared before and during ALL shopping trips. Please DO NOT try to deviate from the guidelines!

We’ve got another coupon clipping service for you. This site offers manufacturer’s coupon at a flat rate of $0.08 per coupon, regardless of the value of the coupon. The coupons are not in lots so you are able to purchase, say, 6, if that’s all you need.

Newer coupons are generally listed and available for ordering on the Monday following the release of the inserts.

I’ll go ahead and add them to the “Need More Coupons” list in the sidebar for future references.

Reaping Your Harvest has begun it’s PTA & Church Fundraiser Events. Schools & Churches that are interested in, not only, raising funds for their upcoming activities, but seeking to assist families with ways in which they can continue to provide for their families for less, while reducing a HUGE stressor for many families…the pressures of not feeling stable enough, with the finances they already have, to feed their loved ones.

Tickets would still be $10 per person, however in this case, $6 would go to the school/church and $4 to Reaping Your Harvest to cover the cost of time and travel.

If you’re child’s school, or your church, is interested in taking advantage of our Fundraising opportunity, please send all requests to Reaping Your Harvest (seedtofeed@gmail.com). Please include the school’s/church’s name, person of contact, as well as dates and times. Reservations will go quickly, so the sooner you forward this information the better your chances of getting the dates/times in which you want.

To ensure adequate materials are available, we do ask that each organization provide a head count, at least two (2) days prior to the event.

If you’re interested in this opportunity for other organizations please forward details for review.

We are available to travel outside of the Tri-County Area! For locations beyond 50 miles from Charleston, SC, we do require, at least, 50 registered participants.

Commissaries.com: Special Orders
Commissary Coupon Policy
Current Sales: Kraft Brands, Sales Flyers, Commissaries.com (for price list)

Like many other stores, the Commissary allows one to place Special Orders for products in which they already carry in the store, and items in which another Commissary carry. This is a great way to get the items in which your family needs in larger quantities, while avoiding clearing the shelves from shoppers who are only interested in maybe 1-2 of the same items.

What information is needed?

When placing a special order you will need to have the item’s UPC number, quantity of items in each case, the price and description of the item. ALL of this information can be found on the price stickers located beneath the products on the shelf.

Special Orders at the Commissary vs Traditional Grocery Stores

A HUGE difference with requesting Special Orders at the Commissary versus a traditional grocery store is that if there’s a price change prior to your order coming in, you are required to pay the newer price, whether it’s lower or higher than the original price.

I was informed by our store’s manager that prices change on the 1st and the 15th of each month. Orders can be placed as early as that same day if you make the request prior to the systems closing down for the business day. If not, they would be sent in that next day.

When will I receive my order:

This is, in part, up to you and when you place your order. If you’re trying to receive it while it’s on sale, it’s best to order as soon as you know you’re interested in purchasing a significant amount to avoid a price change, that could, most likely lead into you paying higher than you anticiapted. My manager asked me when I would like to receive it and I told him, “As soon as possible”. With that, he placed the order right then.

My order was placed late Tuesday afternoon and I received the call early Thursday morning stating that it was available for pick up! Much faster than I expected but great turnaround as I was able to get them for the sale price before it changed after the 30th.

Note: Although all Commissary departments accept Special Orders there are some guidelines in which you need to be aware of, such as, shoppers overseas cannot place Special Orders for items carried stateside. For more information on this check out the Commissaries.com: Special Order section.

Now, on the other hand, I recently placed a Special Order at one of our local Publix stores. In addition to receiving a copy of my special order request form, I was also given a “rain-check” for the price of the items at that time. Had I failed to get this very important paper, I would have been paying an additional $4.49 for this item at it’s regular price!

Now here’s my story:

I was all excited on Tuesday afternoon after successfully completing my first Commissary Special Order. I don’t think that I would have gone through with it had the items would have been on the shelf whenever I visited. The Gain Fabric Softener Sheets and 40ld. Liquid bottles are still on sale and less the coupons they are less than $1ea.

I decided to grab a few things while I was in the store prior to requesting my order brought up to the front. I make no exaggeration when I say, as soon as the young man “parked” the cart containing the products next to me that the entire area filled up with the wonderful, original scent of Gain! Some powerful stuff!

Now in all the excited I failed to realized that some of my coupons weren’t handed over to the cashier. You would think that I would learn by now to triple check these kind of things but, again, I was caught up in the moment. So after having the coupons that I did hand over scanned I began feeling as though something was a bit off as I was expecting the total to be much lower than what it was, even with the additional items I purchased.

Hint: Whenever you experience this feeling explore it! Ensure ALL of you coupons are in their proper place, items scanned properly,

Even after KNOWING my total should have been less, again, I did not follow through as I normally would by checking my receipt because I was distracted speaking with some of the individuals in and outside of the store. I did notice that there was one of the Gain coupons laying right at the top of my purse where I had laid them to grab the items out of the cart, but figured that it was just that one (1) and didn’t dig into the “problem” and further because at this time I was amazed at how quickly the vehicle had transformed into a Gain haven!

…deep, sighing…so this morning after dropping the children off at school and returning to my driveway, where I sit, at times, to think on what else I need to take care of during the day, I decided to return the loose coupons that were in my purse back to their appropriate locations and oh my goodness I thought I was going to faint. Ya’ll not only was there the one Gain coupon that I mentioned early BUT 14 MORE of them on the inside wall of my purse…that’s $15 dollars worth of coupons I failed to hand over! 😦

So here’s my question, do I return with my receipt and request the exchange for the funds since I well-intended to use those coupons and the receipt clearly shows that I only used 25 of the 40 I had. Or do I go to purchase 15 additional products since that deal is such a great one…can never hurt to have extra Fabric Softener and Dryer Sheets.

Join us to learn how you can spend less while getting more of the items your family need, and sometimes, want, through the art of couponing.

When: EVERY Saturday til 12/18/10
Event Times: 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.

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I want to share with everyone, and recap with those who attended the workshop (9/18), some of the questions we discussed. These are things I’ve learned over many hours and trial and error.

Q. How do you obtain a lot of one (1) coupons?

A. When I first began couponing, I spent a LOT of money each Sunday purchasing multiple newspapers in efforts to build my coupon stash. After awhile, I resorted to ordering coupons from coupon clipping services.

Coupon clipping services, are just what the title implies. These are individuals who obtain large quantities of inserts each week, have their staff cut, organize, list online, and mail the coupons in which the couponer is interested in. You would merely pay a processing or handling fee associated with the time and efforts these services provide.

Here are the ones I generally order from:

The Coupon Clippers

Coupons, themselves, are never to be sold! This is illegal, thus, making my next point very important. Say you were interested in ordering multiples of the high value Snuggle coupons that comes out about twice a year in the value of $3/1 ($3 off 1), or most recently, the $1/1 ($1 off 1) Gain Dish washing Detergent, 8/29P&G, and you went to one of these coupon clipping services, one had the Gain coupon for $0.15ea. and another for $0.25ea. and then eBay had them listed anywhere from $7.50 to $9.99 for (20) coupons.

Of course, the best route to take in the above scenario would be the coupon clipping services. Whenever I see someone list these highly sort after coupons for ridiculously high prices, I NEVER order from them because in this case they are then SELLING the coupons. The same amount of time and effort went into getting those coupons, cutting those coupons, and listing those coupons, as did any of the other coupons they have listed so why CHARGE more? Therefore, as my rule of thumb I avoid any services increasing the “time” it cost to make these available simply because they know it’s a “hot” coupon, that many are going to want.

Q. Is bigger always better?

A. No. There are times when you can purchase the smaller item for either FREE or very close to it, as opposed to purchasing a larger size that would still require you to pay additional funds out-of-pocket (OOP) after using coupons.

For instance, the bottles of Gain shown are 11fl. oz. & 30fl. oz., respectively. Using the $1/1 Gain Dishwashing Liquid coupon from the 8/29 P&G (doesn’t have a size restriction) you can buy the 11oz. bottles from Bi-Lo & Wal-Mart, reaping them for FREE, while the larger bottles, 24.5-30fl. oz., are priced at or above $2 at general grocery stores, but less than $1.80 at the Commissary. Even if I were to purchase them at the Commissary, where I could get the lowest price on them, it still would be in my best interest to go to a store where I can get the smaller sizes for FREE, as opposed to paying less than $0.80 for the 30fl. oz.

Why? Because if I were to purchase one (1) 30fl. oz. bottle from any store, I’m paying something OOP after my coupon. Whereas, if I were to purchase three (3) of the 11fl. oz. bottles using the same coupon, depending on where I were to buy them, I would be getting them for FREE or FREE plus overage.

(3) 11fl. oz is equivalent to 33fl. oz for FREE versus (1) 30fl. oz. and paying less then $0.80 to over a $1ea.

Still holding onto your coupons? Here’s where you can get them for FREE this week.

Bi-Lo (Price Lock)
Gain, 11fl. oz., $1ea.
-use $1/1 Gain, 8/29P&G
makes them FREE

Wal-Mart, reg. price
Gain, 11fl. oz., $0.97ea.
-use $1/1 Gain, 8/29P&G
makes them FREE

Walgreens (9/19-9/25)
Gain, 11fl.oz., $0.89 WITH in-ad coupon
-use $1/1 Gain, 8/29P&G
makes them FREE

Q. What is stacking?

A. Stacking is the act of combining a manufacturer’s coupon with a store and/or competitor coupon, where allowed.

Example of Stacking a MFQ with a Store/Competitor Coupon

Each store have their own coupon policy or a guideline in which they go buy in terms of what is allowed and what is not with the use of coupons.

I’m listing some below for you to view and print for your binders to keep on you at all times. (click on them)

For instance, the drug stores, Walgreens, Rite-Aid & CVS Pharmacy all allow you to use one of their store coupons WITH a manufacturer’s coupon on one (1) item. Fellow military members are only allowed either a military store coupon OR a manufacturer’s coupon on each item. Most grocery stores allow you to stack their coupon with a manufacturer’s coupon.

By stacking a manufacturer’s coupon along with a store coupon, shoppers were able to reap FREE boxes of Playtex Gentle Glide & Dulcolax at Walgreens.

Playtex Gentle Glide, $2.99
-use $2/1 Playtex Gentle Glide (PRINT)
-use $1/1 Playtex Gentle Glide, 18ct., Walgreens September Monthly Booklet
makes them FREE

Dulcolax, 7-Day Dosage, $6.99
-use $8/1 Dulcolax (PRINT)
-use $2/1 Dulcolax, Walgreens September Monthly Booklet

*each of the above printables can be printed twice (2)

You are never allowed to use two (2) manufacturer’s coupons on one (1) item.

Q. How do you get the bigger items, such as tissue or paper towels for FREE or very little out-of-pocket (OOP)?

A. I have three (3) favorite stores right now, two of them are Rite-Aid & Publix…ironically, they are two stores that I thought I’d never shop at it prior to couponing. Not only am I able to use the awesome $5/$25 Rite-Aid Purchase coupon (HERE) & (HERE), but there are times when I can use trial size items to assist with getting my purchases up to $25 BEFORE coupons, and then allowing the $5 to cover the bulk of my bigger price items, in this case the tissue and/or paper towels.

The three (3) items pictured are a few of the items I usually add to transactions as fillers. Fillers, in my case, would be items in which I can get for FREE or close to FREE after coupons. I generally, donate them, keep them for travel purchases when we’re out (make personal first aid and/or emergency kits), or create goodie baskets for the holidays.

These items, also, serve as a means to getting as close as possible to $25 so that the Rite-Aid coupon can be used. Whenever I purchase tissue and/or paper towel, I try to wait for a week in which I can also use a manufacturer’s and/or competitor/store coupon on the item. Why? Because, although this doesn’t make the item FREE it still reduces my overall OOP for it, even if I’m using a $X/$XX coupon on the transaction.

Coupons used on the above:

$1.50/1 DayQuil Product, any, 8/29 P&G
$1.50/1 NyQuil Product, any, 8/29 P&G

$1.50/1 Sensodyne Toothpaste (Rite-Aid Video Value)

Q. Where do you get store coupons for the drug stores?

A. There may be other places in which to find these, but here are my most successfully locations:

CVS (HERE), as well as on the end of my receipts & the coupon machines in the store upon scanning my ECB (Extra Care Bucks) card, and within the Reinventing Beauty Magazines, at select stores.

Rite-Aid (HERE), as well as on the end of my receipts, within my wellness member’s e-mails, their weekly sales ads, and, at times, within booklets in the store.

Walgreens (HERE), as well as on the end of my receipts, the Monthly Coupon Booklet found located near the weekly sales ads in the front of the store, within the weekly sales ad, and inside of coupon booklets in various locations within the store, such as near the pharmacy section.

**Important: When you have a Walgreens in-ad coupon to make a specific item a certain price, such as the Gain & Joy in-ad coupon making them $0.89ea. this sales week (9/19-9/25), ALWAYS hand the cashier the in-ad coupon FIRST.

Why? Because if you were have the manufacturer’s coupon scanned first, the coupon value, in this case, would make them item less than the in-ad coupon price of $0.89. You cannot then turn-around and request that item to then be $0.89. The registers will BEEP in such a case.

Additionally, if the value of your coupon will exceed the in-ad price, be certain to purchase other items (check the clearance section) to cover the “overage” as you are NOT allow to get money back at the drug stores, nor most of the grocery stores.

Although these are not all of the questions asked, I’ve highlighted a few that I felt would give everyone a better understanding on how I manage to further reduce our spending on almost, everything we purchase, and how you can, also, apply these same principles to do likewise.

Please feel free to ask additional questions or for qualifications on an answer.

Continued success & prosperity!

Reaping In Abundance,
Kay

Be sure to sign up for the next RYH Seed Sowing: Coupon Workshop (9/25 @ The Hickory Hawg, 9am-11am. First 25 registrants will receive a FREE Little Hawg Combo on Reaping Your Harvest!)

Join us on Saturday, 9/18, from 12noon-2pm, to learn how you can spend less while getting more!


Kay n Hubby FL
Hello and welcome! I am a military spouse & mom of four boys and two girls, ages 1 to 10, oldest diagnosed with autism. We're located in the Charleston, SC area. My family and my faith are very important to me. Since I've started using coupons I have been able to save more money and become a better steward of my household. I hope to seed into the general public, and our military families, how to spend less and get more.

Get ready to take your grocery & household spending to a whole new level! Couponing is not only a means to seed but an avenue to harvest...both opportunities are endless & a joy to delight in.

I welcome feedback and comments! Thank you again!

Kay

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