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Cottonelle Toilet Paper for 25¢ a Roll This Week

Walgreens Cottenelle - 25 cents a roll, Lysol Wipes 30 cents a canister

Coupons. I’ve been using them for years but have stepped up efforts over the last two years.

You can stretch your family budget by 20% on a regular basis and with a little more effort, you can increase your savings to a steady 35% – 40%.

I use a combination of bulk buying, buying on sale and coupons to make the most of our budget.  Planning ahead, planning meals according to what’s in season and what’s on sale can allow you to spend less and even improve the quality of the food your family consumes.

Couponing isn’t for everyone and what works for me won’t work for you.   With that in mind, it’s my intent to post some of my own purchases to inspire and challenge you to look at your own shopping with a critical eye.

I have, BTW, watched an episode of Extreme Couponing.  It’s great for people who can devote 40-50 hrs a week chasing the deal.  But that’s not reality for most of us.   I’m pleased saving an average of 40% most shops and tipping into 50% more frequently over the past year.  I invest hour or two a week organizing and planning shopping; clipping coupons while I chat on the phone and finding/printing what I need online as I build shopping lists.

As time allows I’ll post some of my resources and organization but this is all you need to get in on this great deal.

Disclaimer: this particular Walgreens deal may not be available in all regions.  If your area Walgreens isn’t offering the Rewards Card,  be sure to go by WalgreensRewards.com and ask to be added to the notification list.  Strong consumer interest may help determine where the card is rolled out next.

The Deal

Your Tools:
Walgreens Rewards Card
Walgreens Coupon Book (available in stand at front door)
Catalina Coupon (My Bucks)
Cottonelle Manufacturer Coupon from Coupon.com or trade with friends

The Plan

The Cottonelle 12-pack is $5.00 at Walgreens. For this sale they are taking $1.00 off at the register (Instant Value Coupon a.k.a. IVC) from the May 1, 2011 coupon book. This brings the cost to $4.00 each. The coupon stipulates “One Coupon Per Customer Per Offer” but both of my transactions reduced all rolls by $1.00.

When you buy 2-12 packs you get $3.00 in Register Rewards (RR sometimes a.k.a. Rolling Rewards). You get $4.00 in RR when you by 3-12 packs. This RR is printed by the register, it is a.k.a. Catalina Coupon.

This is my scenario; you’ll adjust the number of rolls and methods to suit your needs. I made two separate purchases to save 50%.

Purchase #1:
3 12-packs of Cottonelle $5.00 each
3-$1.00 IVC (instant value coupon)
3-$0.50 off MQ (manufacturer’s coupon)
Final Cost: $10.50
PLUS: I received $4.00 RR for next purchase of Cottonelle

2 Lysol Wipes / 35-count
$3.59 each
Sale – BOGO
2-$1.50 off MQ
Final Cost: $0.59 – 30¢ per unit or $0.008 per wipe.

Purchase #2:
3 12-packs of Cottonelle $5.00 each
3-$1.00 IVC (instant value coupon)
$4.00 RR from First Purchase
Final Cost: $8.00

The Haul:
72 rolls of Cottonelle Toilet Paper and 2 Lysol Wipes:
$37.81 Cost before coupons and rewards
$19.09 Paid after applying sales, coupons and rewards
$18.72 Savings – 50% or 25¢ a roll.

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