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April 25, 2009

I battled K-Mart and I won

I cannot tell you how nervous I was for this promotion at K-Mart. After everything I'd heard about the register not recognizing coupons, cashier entering in wrong coupons and items not being available I was unsure if I even wanted to brave this one.

This was my first real K-Mart Double and Triple Event. I grabbed a few things and the one in January just to see how everything worked. So, I began to save coupons to prep for one in the future and just when I thought another one would never come, I find out the DAY BEFORE that it is actually coming to St. Louis and to my local store. I called 2 weeks prior to the event and the manager said they would not be participating so I had to rush to get my coupons together last minute. I did the best I could and I am happy with the results. Word of advice if it comes around again, don't sleep in. Be there when it opens. It's worth it.

The Rules: There was a 25 item limit per person, per day and a limit of 4 on identical coupons. I didn't follow this very well but that's typical for me. I did 2 transactions the first day and the other three the following few days. I also purchased 20 of one product using 20 coupons and 14 of another using 14 coupons but I asked ahead of time and they said it was Ok. It was an item not a lot of people had coupons for so what wasn't hot for anyone else was hot for me!

Also, any coupon value up to $.75 could be tripled and any coupon above $.75 and to $4.00 could be doubled. Internet Printables (IP's) were accepted. All coupons doubled but none would produce overage. Let's take the Aveeno for example: It's regularly priced at $3.19 and I had coupons for $2/1. The register takes off the initial $2.00 and then another $1.19.

Transaction #1:

(4) Whiska's Purrfectly Fish 10 pk. packages reg. $5.12
*Used (2) $2.00/1 IP's that each doubled to $4.00
Final Price = $4.48/4

(3) AquaFresh Toothpastes on Sale $1.00
*Used (3) $1/1 IP's
Final Price = FREE

(2) Goodlife Cat Treats on Sale $4/2
*Used (2) $1.00 IP's that doubled to $2.00
Final Price = FREE

(4) Aveeno Lotions reg. $3.19
*Used (4) $2.00/1 IP's that doubled
Final Price = FREE

(2) Glade 3 Wick Candles on Sale $7.99
*Used (2) $4/1 IP's that doubled
Final Price = FREE

(4) Sally Hansen Nailpolish reg. $2.30
*Used $1/1 found in K-Mart Catalog that doubled
Final Price = $1.20/4

Sesame Street Bubble Bath reg $2.49
*Used $.50/ IP that tripled to $1.50
Final Price = $.99

Transaction #2:

(4) Trail Mix Crunch Cereal on Sale $2.49
*Used (4) $1.50/1 IP's that doubled
Final Price = FREE

(4) Oust Air and Surface on Sale $3.79
*Used (4) $2/1 coupons that doubled
Final Price = FREE

(2) Right Guard Deodorants on Sale $2.49
*Used (2) $1/1 coupons that doubled
Final Price = $.98/2

Glade 3 Wick Candle on Sale $7.99
*Used $4/1 IP that doubled
Final Price = FREE

Renuzit Spray on Sale $1.79
*Used $1/1 coupon that doubled
Final Price = FREE

Aveeno Shave Cream on Clearance $2.44
*Used $1/1 coupon that doubled
Final Price = $.44

(2) Aveeno Lotion reg. $3.19
*Used (2) $2/1 IP's that doubled
Final Price = FREE

Transaction #3:

(2) Marcal Small Steps 4 pack reg. $2.99
*Used (2) $1/1 coupon that doubled
Final Price = $1.98/2

(20) AMP Energy on Sale $3/2
*Used (20) $1/1 coupons that doubled
Final Price = FREE

(14) KY Silk, Silk Warming and Warming reg. $4.59 - $6.49
*Used (14) $3/1 coupons that doubled
Final Price = $5.39/14

Received a $2.00 on your next purchase coupon.

Note: This was the funniest transaction! KY, TP and Energy Drinks! I planned it this way because I can't help but make a cashier blush. She didn't even flinch but I giggled during the whole transaction. She probably thought I was in for the night of my life. Ha Ha!

I'm sure your asking what I'll do with all the KY huh? Sell it. I sold half of it on Ebay already. Pretty little profit :)

Transaction #4:

(2) Special K Cereal reg. $3.99
*Used (2) $1/1 coupons that doubled
- $2.00 OYNP coupon (was credited to the Kellogs)
Final Price = $1.98/2

(2) Flipz Snacks reg. $2.29
*Used (2) $.50/1 coupons that tripled
Final Price = $1.58/2

(2) Pledge Multi-Surface reg. $4.19
*Used (2) $2/1 IP's that doubled
Final Price = $.38/2

(2) Hershey's Bliss on Sale $6/2
*Used (2) $1/1 IP's that doubled
Final Price = $2.00/2

Glade 3 Wick Candle on Sale $7.99
*Used $4/1 IP that doubled
Final Price = FREE

Transaction #5:

(2) Yesterdays News Cat Litter reg. $6.69
*Used (2) $3/1 IP's that doubled
Final Price = $1.38/2

Natures Source Cleaner on Sale $2.79
*Used $1/1 coupon that doubled
Final Price = $.79

(2) Halls Naturals Cough Drops reg. $1.99
*Used (2) $.75/1 that tripled
Final Price = $.98/2

(2) Kotex Pantyliners reg. $1.29
*Used (2) $1/1 IP's that doubled
Final Price = FREE

(2) AquaFresh Toothpastes on Sale $1.00
*Used (2) $1/1 IP's
Final Price = FREE

Trail Mix Crunch Cereal on Sale $2.49
*Used $1.50/1 IP's that doubled
Final Price = FREE

Not Pictured, threw it in freezer:

(2) Coffee Mate Creamer reg. $2.29
*Used (2) $1/1 IP's that doubled
Final Price = $.58/2

Received $.75 on your next purchase coupon

I still have some shopping to do today to finish out my coupons but in case I don't I thought I might as well post while I had time to. Also, I heard from a little bird (HCW) that the next event could be as soon as 5.2!

2 comments:

Cecilia said...

Holy cow! I bow down! I am not worthy. LOL. Phenomenal job. I have never done a deal at KMart. I'm starting to regret not doing my homework. :(

My Husband's Watching TV... said...

I'm jealous of the Flipz! So you could do a transaction that was free? My sis and I were wondering if you had to make an actual purchase. She kept wanting me to be the guinea pig! I need to stock up on coupons so I can get into this hardcore!!! Great job!