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Simple Saving Savvy: Intentional Tuesday Tip: BOGO Coupons ~

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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Intentional Tuesday Tip: BOGO Coupons ~

I'm starting another weekly topic guessed it...Intentional Tuesday Tip.

These tips will be on topics ranging from coupon strategy to cooking to housecleaning to organization get the picture. Some will be old tips, some will be new, some will be borrowed, but none of them will make you blue. Ha! Ok, enough with the cheesy humor.

I hope you enjoy and find some of them useful.

Our first tip is on using BOGO (buy one get one) coupons to your advantage. When I receive a BOGO coupon, I start hoping for a BOGO sale. For example, Walgreens and CVS frequently run BOGO sales on things like cosmetics and household cleaners, personal care items, etc.

When a store runs a BOGO sale, and I have a BOGO coupon, I end up getting TWO items for FREE!!

This is a great week for this tip since Walgreens is running a BOGO sale on Oust. Say the Oust is $3.99. I would buy two. When the cashier scans the Oust, the first one will ring up at $3.99 and the second will ring up as FREE. I'll then hand the cashier my BOGO coupon. When she scans the coupon, the register will prompt her to enter a price. She'll enter $3.99 which will take off the price of the first Oust. Which results in both being FREE!!

For those of you who are visual, it looks like this:

Oust $3.99 (minus $3.99 w/ BOGO coupon)
Oust $3.99 (free with store sale)

This is a great way to make your BOGO coupons work overtime! The only time it would not work is if the store rings up BOGO items at 50% off rather than one item FREE. Homeland is an example of this. When Homeland runs a BOGO sale, their items ring up at 50% off so you actually get the savings by buying only one item.

Also, when you're using a BOGO coupon on an item that is not part of a BOGO sale, you can use another $X coupon on the non-free item. For example say Oust is on sale for $3.99 and you have a BOGO and a $2.00/1 coupon. Here's how the deal would work:

Oust $3.99 (minus $2.00 coupon)
Oust $3.99 (FREE w/ BOGO coupon)
Total: two for $1.99

The only time this would not be acceptable is if either coupon says "not to be used with any other coupons" or something to that effect.



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