I have specific price points set for the various items I purchase including toilet paper and batteries. When a product reaches a particular price point, I stock up. Well, recently I was made aware that Amazon has a “Subscribe and Save” option on their website for some common items that I always purchase and includes free shipping. Even better, usually if there’s a coupon in circulation that I would normally be using in a physical store, Amazon has that coupon available on their site that is mine for the using, simply by clicking on it at the time of my order.
My price point on my beloved toilet paper is 25 cents a roll (regular roll). Thanks to the “Subscribe and Save” option which lowers the price of the product by 15%, free shipping, and the $3.00 off coupon I was able to take advantage of, I was able to purchase Charmin Ultra Strong toilet paper for only 20 cents a roll! Yeah, baby. I’ll purchase this all day long--so long as there is money to purchase it with. And contrary to some totally gross suggestions to plan on doing without toilet paper, I’m always sure to have plenty on hand in order to avoid a sanitation nightmare someday. (Though I’m sure Big Brother will soon list the “possession of more than a month’s worth of toilet paper” as grounds for “enemy combatant” suspicion. *sigh*)
Just a tidbit of info on the “Subscribe and Save” option, you can cancel and renew it at any time. So if my price on the toilet paper goes above my mandatory 25 cents a roll, then when I get my little notice from Amazon that it’s time for my next shipment, I just click to cancel. There’s more than one way to save money on the things we need folks, and there are plenty of them too!
As another example of big savings on key essentials for the self-reliant household, this week (thru Dec. 17th) both Office Depot and Staples are offering a deal which essentially makes the cost of Duracell batteries (AA and AAA sizes) free. They are presently priced at $12.99 and when you purchase them you get $12.99 back on your rewards card to use on other items in the store, for which you can also use any coupons that are in circulation, folks. So for me, this week I’ll go and purchase Duracell batteries at each location (daily due to the 2 pack limit) and then with my rewards/rebates I’ll purchase paper, Post-it notes, and a few other things that I have coupons for that will make them nearly free anyway. I never seem to have “enough” Duracell batteries, and I can make the continual $12.99 last and last and last by compounding my savings with store coupons combined with manufacturer coupons. See? Getting prepared and stocking up on things you use regularly (or which might even make great stocking stuffers) can still be free or really, really cheap. Staples and Office Depot do this particular regularly AND you can add any manufacturer's coupon on top of this great deal too, making it what we couponers refer to as "a money maker!" There are also frequently deals you will get in the mail from both stores which take of X dollars on a purchase amount of X dollars. You would actually be able to use that offer on top of a manufacturer's coupon for that offer too. Cha-Ching!
If you want a solid grasp on all kinds of scenarios like these, be sure to check out our most popular Preparedness Pro instruction, "Enough and to Spare: Coupon Training Boot Camp" which comes complete with a 2 hour DVD presentation and a large resource guide that also provides pictures to help you with some of the step-by-step ways to save! It's packed with all kinds of strategies like what I've offered here. In fact, you can easily save enough moola from this one tip to pay for the course. Enjoy!
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