Working store rewards can seem difficult at first glance. To give you an example of one of my transactions at Walgreens, I had $23 on my store card as reward money. My goal this week is to stock up on Irish Spring and Soft Soap body washes. My transaction consisted of four Irish Springs bottles and four Soft Soap bottles. I used four Irish Spring $1 coupons from The Daily Times Sunday inserts and $20 from my Walgreens Store Card. The total before any coupons and bonus points, used was $31.92.

I paid using coupons and store bonus points leaving my cash balance at $7.92. This purchase allowed me to receive Every Day points 180, Beauty Club 5,000 points, April Birthday Points 1,620 and body wash promotion 20,000. This left a total of 26,800 points back on my card equaling $26. The goal is always to keep extra store rewards for the next week.

CVS has almost the same type of promotion with Irish Spring. My transaction consisted of four Irish Spring body washes. Total before coupons and store reward was $15.96.

I used four $1 coupons from Smart Source 04-08 and $5 store reward. My out-of-pocket expense with tax was $8.03. After payment I received a store reward called Extra Buck, $8.

Showing you two different stores and the steps of using store rewards and coupons together hopefully shows the actions used to meet your goals in saving money.

Remember, as you save money with couponing, make sure you take advantage of your savings with the 52-week money saving plan. This is the 15th week of the year. Place $15 into your savings program. This would leave a new savings balance of $120 toward your year-end goal of $1,378.

ALDI

Lamb loin chops $7.99

Pineapple $1.39 each

Fresh Southwest Atlantic salmon $8.99 per pound

Food Lion

Fresh chicken leg Quarters sold in 10 pound bag 49 cents

Farm Rich Snacks $4.99 Smart Source 01-28 $1,

Final Price: $3.99

Jimmy Dean Roll Sausage 16 ounce package $3.99, Red Plum 04-08 $1,

Final Price: $2.99

Kroger

Mix and Match Buy 5 and save $5 Event Sale Mayfield Ice Cream Event Price $2.49 Red Plum 3-25 $1,

Final Price: $1.49

Bertolli Pasta Sauce Event Price $1.79 Smart Source 03-25 75 cents/2,

Final Price: $1.42 each

Cheez-it Crackers Event Price $1.99, Red Plum 03-11 70 cents/2,

Final Price: $1.64 each

Nabisco Snack Crackers Event Price $1.49 Smart Source 04-08

Tyson Chicken Frozen $4.99, Red Plum 03-11 $1.25,

Final Price: $3.74

Colgate Toothpaste $1 Smart Source 04-08 50 cents,

Final Price: 50 cents

Food City

Hellmann’s Mayonnaise $2.50 Red Plum 03-25 50 cents,

Final Price: $2

Walgreens

Check Walgreens app to clip bonus points. 7000 points when you spend $20, Crest with Scope $3.99. Buy three and use two Procter & Gamble $1,

Final Price: $9.97, then receive $6 Register Reward.

Aveeno Baby $6.79 buy one second one 50 percent off $3.40. Buy four total, use four coupons Smart Source 04-08 $3,

Final Price: $8.38 then receive $5 in bonus points. Must spend $20 before coupon.

Note: you cannot use bonus points to pay, otherwise you will not receive $5 bonus.

Irish Spring Body Wash $3.99 Smart Source 04-08 $1,

Final Price: $2.99

Buy two to receive $5 bonus points.

Note: Bonus points can be used for this transaction since there is no dollar amount attached to receive bonus points

Hildred Lewis is a bargain hunter and purchaser. Visit her online at www.facebook.com/hildredcoupons.easily.

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