One way that everyone can save big, regardless of what they eat, is to use coupons on household and personal care products. I know, I know. You don’t eat Pop Tarts or sugar cereal (me neither — that stuff hasn’t crossed these pure lips, like ever), but the almost all of us need to wash our clothes, our dishes, and ourselves. What if you could save 50-90% on that stuff, freeing up a bunch of money to buy organic, gluten-free, honorable food?
Before some of you blow a gasket: I’m messin’ with ya. I don’t care what you eat. I eat crap about 92% of the time. Because it’s delicious.
My “stock-up” price on laundry detergent is right around 3¢ per ounce or less than 5¢ per advertised load (most 50 ounce bottles advertise “33 loads,” but I know I can milk way more than that from the bottle). Laundry detergent goes this low (combining a store sale with a manufacturer’s coupon) about once every 6-9 months, so I aim to purchase a 9-month supply when a 50 ounce bottle drops to $1.50 or less. A 9-month supply allows me to wait to purchase laundry detergent until it goes back down to my stock-up price.
For what it’s worth, my family of seven goes through a bottle of 50 ounce detergent every 4-5 weeks. We have a front-loader, which requires less detergent and has a larger capacity than a top loader, and I use about half the suggested amount. If you have a top loading machine, you’ll definitely use more detergent that I do. I aim to get 9-10 bottles when the $1.50 per bottle sales come up.
If you’re looking to slash your budget and would like to give this couponing thing a try, NOW is the time to be buying laundry detergent. Like THIS WEEK. You need to get OUT OF YOUR CHAIR and get yourself to the store to stock-up. I promise that these deals are super easy — they don’t involve Catalinas or rebates or rewards. Coupons and cash — that’s it.
Here are the laundry detergent deals running this week throughout the Pacific Northwest:
SAFEWAY — 6/17 only
All Laundry Detergent (50 oz) on sale $3 with weekly ad coupon
Use $1/1 coupon from 5/11 or 6/1 RP insert or $1/1 coupon
Use Safeway double (-$.50)
$1.50 each after coupon & double
*The weekly ad is always available in the store. The All store coupon and double coupon is in there. Safeway doubles up to 4 manufacturer’s coupons per transaction in Oregon and SW Washington. If you live outside this area, your price will be $2. I suggest you hit Walgreens or Albertsons for a better deal.
WALGREENS — 6/17 only
Purex Laundry Detergent on sale Buy One, Get Two FREE (3/$5.99)
Use 20% off Walgreens coupon (the coupon is also on the front page of the weekly ad that came in the Sunday paper, not the ad available in the store)
$1.60 each after coupon
*This is the deal to do if you don’t have any manufacturer’s coupons. Super-dooper easy and you can buy as many sets of 3 as you like in one transaction. You will need to use your Walgreens Rewards Card to get the deal. You can get one for free at the register.
ALBERTSONS — starting 6/18
Arm & Hammer Laundry Detergent (45-75 oz) on sale $2.99 with weekly ad coupon — limit 2
Use $3/2 coupon from 6/8 SS insert or here — direct link
$1.49 each after coupons
*The weekly ad is always available in the store at the customer service counter. You’ll have to do separate transactions if you want more than 2 bottles.
As you can see from the picture above, I actually have WAY more than 9 bottles in my detergent stockpile (the bottles run 3 deep). Why? I just can’t stop myself. And I’m addicted to the idea that a little work now allows me to avoid running out of detergent and having to pay full price at any point in the near future. Plus, I can “gift” detergent to friends and family if they run out or just because. Wait. You think giving detergent as a gift is tacky? Whatever. My friends and my mom think I’m awesome.
Side note: I know we can get detergent for $1.50 or less more than every 9 months at Rite Aid using their +UP Rewards program, but I personally don’t do Rite Aid and this post is aiming to encourage non-Rite Aid and newer couponers to give couponing a try.
So, whatcha waiting for? Go out and buy some laundry detergent!
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