Photo credit Skrewtape  Foter  CC BY-SA

Photo credit: Skrewtape / Foter / CC BY-SA

Lately I’ve been trying to really get rid of a bunch of stuff.  I’m prepping for a move soon, and really don’t want to move a ton of food and toiletry items.  But I still look at the coupons that come in the mail, and if I find a really good deal, I’ll get it.  One of the things that I loved learning about on my frugal life journey is couponing.
I think, as with most people, it all started with that popular show on TLC.  I was intrigued about how people could get hundreds of dollars of groceries, and in some cases the store paid them to take it home!
Well unfortunately, a lot of the coupon and store policies have changed, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get amazing deals.  Since this site is about learning to save money, no matter how big or small, using a coupon on even a full priced item will still save you a bit of money.
Of course, as any coupon site will tell you, the largest savings will always come from combining your coupons with your store deals.  I hope to soon get into perusing the weekly store flyers and matching my coupons to sales once I get to where I’m going, but until then The Dollar Tree, where every item is only $1, is a nice place to do some light couponing.
There are certain coupons in the flyers that always match up to items in my Dollar Tree.  These smaller coupon trips, limited to a specific store, are a great way to get your feet wet in the couponing world.  It can get daunting, but it’s easier if you learn the rules to only the stores that you will shop.  Dollar Tree couponing is very straight forward.  You can use the coupon if the EXACT ITEM is in store.  I got excited when I spotted these in the recent coupon insert:
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These items are always at the Dollar Tree, so I decided on my way home from work, I’d stop to get some cheap items.  I ended up getting this mini haul, and only paid a little more than a dollar.
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Lance Toastchee crackers:  FREE.  Had $1.00 off coupon
Crest Toothpaste: 50 cents.  Had 50 cent off coupon
Colgate Toothpaste:  25 cents.  Had 75 cent off coupon
Colgate Toothbrush:  50 cents.  Had 50 cent off coupon.
There was a little snafu where the cashier thought she rang one coupon, and she had missed it, but the manager was very nice and they remedied the issue.  Luckily, I’ve yet to experience any rude cashiers or customers on my couponing trips, though I know they are out there.  I try to kill them with kindness, and always offer other customers to go ahead of me if I am using coupons, so that they aren’t put off by me!  
Then I ran over to Rite Aid because I was in desperate need of some hair conditioner.  And I lucked out finding some clearance beauty items that had me pretty excited!

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Impress Nails:  Regularly $7.99, Clearance Price $1.99
Nail Art Sequin Kit:  Regularly $7.99, Clearance Price $1.99
LA Girl Nail Colors:  Regularly $2.99, Clearance Price $1.49
Sinful Nail Colors:  Regularly $1.99. On sale Buy One Get One Half Off.
And the best deal here:  Wet N Wild Lipstick color that started it all:  Originally 99 cents, on sale 40% off, plus I used a 50 cent off coupon, which brings the item to 9 cents!  
This was the icing on the cake of my weekend.  One day to find treasures, and one day to find deals!!

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