Latonya Davis

Couponpreneur™ & Couponing Success Coach

Helping Stay at Home Moms
Contribute to Their Households with Couponing

Tip to Couponing For Free Items!

One of the key factors I want you to know is just because a blog or couponer states that an item is free I want you to consider the out of pocket (OOP) cost.

Ask yourself, how much cash am I using to get this item without factoring any rewards?

Example: One of the first items I purchased years ago was Nivea Lip Gloss

(This is not the actual scenario but very similar)

cs_freestuff_blogLet’s assume that Nivea Lip Balm is 2/$5 at CVS Get a $10 ECB When You Spend $10 on Nivea

Buy 4 Nivea Lip Balm =OOP $10

Get back $10 ECB = FREE *****(WRONG!!!!)

Once you get home you will soon realize that you spent $10 + tax on just four lip balm.


But what about the $10 ECB? This scenario would be ok if you planned to spend the initial $10 investment to get the $10 reward before you went to the store. Include the out of pocket expense even if a reward is attached to the deal scenario.

As a beginner recognize which deals are actually free.

Example of an genuine free deal:

Buy (1) Toothpaste at $1

Use (1) $1/1 MQ (Manufacturer Coupon) = FREE pay tax only


My actual oop was just tax because the state requires that I pay tax.  Don’t be fooled by the FREE signs flashing everywhere. Focus on the actual out of pocket expense and plan accordingly.

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