The Triples Tale Of A Chicago Couponer

by Alli on May 22, 2011

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We don’t have double coupons in Chicago. For all of the museums and theater that we have available, we are seriously lacking in true couponing opportunities. So when my friend Ann told me that Pathmark was going to be having triple coupons last weekend and that it happened to be on the day that I would be driving from Newark to The Poconos for the Reviewer’s Retreat, we decided that I had to go. Not having ever been to either Newark or The Poconos, Ann found a store on my route and I got directions from Newark to Pathmark and Pathmark to The Poconos. A girl has to have priorities!

After flying in the night before and heading back to the airport to rent a car, I was on my way. I had clipped the coupons on Ann’s Pathmark match-ups and grabbed a few bonus that I thought might come in handy. Remembering that I would have to fly my bounty home, I tried not to go too crazy. And it was tough!

For better or for worse, the store was pretty cleared out by the time I got there. Honestly, it was probably for the better since I spent 20 minutes playing grocery/luggage Tetris before returning my car. The car rental people thought it was hilarious.

Here’s the scoop: Pathmark was tripling coupons up to $1 (for a full value of $3). You were allowed 10 coupons per transaction and only 4 like items per order with your Pathmark card (which I now have). Coupons would be tripled up to the price of the coupons – no overage. This is what I did:

Transaction #1

4 Ronzoni Smart Taste $1.89 each
1 Ronzoni Garden Delight $1.66
1 Sure Deodorant $2.19
1 Colgate Toothpaste $1.99
2 Ivory 3 pk $2.99
1 Thai Kitchen $2.19
Used 2 $1/2 Ronzoni – tripled – $.64
Used 1 $1 Ronzini Garden – tripled – Free!
Used 1 $1 Sure – tripled – Free!
Used $.75 Colgate – tripled – Free!
Used 2 $1 Ivory – tripled – Free!
Used 1 $.50 Thai – tripled $.69
Final Price: $1.67

Transaction #2

4 Ronzoni Healthy Harvest $1.66 each
1 Ivory 3 pk $2.99
1 People Magazine $3.99
Used 2 $1/2 Ronzoni – tripled – $.64
Used 1 $1 Ivory – tripled – Free!
Used 1 $1 People – tripled – $.99
Final Price: $1.84

The bottom line is that for less than the cost of the People Magazine that I probably would have bought myself at the airport anyway, I got $35 in groceries for free. Can I tell you how tempted I am to start driving to other states to participate in doubles and triples? If the price of gas ever goes down, I might seriously think about it!

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1 teresa g. May 22, 2011 at 10:02 pm

We do have double coupons in the north burbs at least. K-mart offers double coupons once a week, but it is a maximum of 10 coupons and I forget what the coupon value max is.

2 linda May 22, 2011 at 10:47 pm

Where in the northern burbs of Chicago are you that the KMart doubles every week?

3 teresa g. May 23, 2011 at 10:53 am

KMart in Round Lake. It has been several months since I have been grocery shopping (living off pantry and freezer) but I believe it is Tuesdays that they do the double.

4 Mary May 22, 2011 at 10:04 pm

I dream of triple coupons! *sigh*

5 Brit May 22, 2011 at 10:20 pm

I hate all the limits places put on coupons!!!
Can’t a single mom save some $$$?

I live in Michigan and the best thing we have is stores like Ric’s and Meijer allow double coupons up to 50 cents. Where do these people on Extreme Couponing live??? Lol

6 Verna Lea Byrd May 22, 2011 at 10:43 pm

I live in Temple, Texas and we don’t have double coupons much less triple! We all need to pray for companies to start price wars and commit to the double coupons! If you have double coupons, you are very fortunate!

7 shannon May 22, 2011 at 11:37 pm

I have wondered WHY!!!!!! Why cant we have double coupon days? I mean come on…we have the highest gas and taxes are awful here, the smog sux, too many people…should I go on or just move!!! LOL but really whats the deal?

8 Tracey Taylor May 22, 2011 at 11:41 pm

I live in wv and most of our stores here only double up to $.50 they used to triple once a week at kroger but that was years ago.some stores dont double at all

9 Savanah Fahrney-Day May 22, 2011 at 11:48 pm

I live in Central Iowa and to the best of my knowledge, no one around here ever triples and Kmart is the only store that is supposed to have a double day (about 20 minutes away), but no one can tell me when.

10 Gwen May 23, 2011 at 8:56 am

@ Linda- there was an excel document out there at one time with the names/addresses of KMart stores participating..I know Zion, Il and Round Lake, IL (near the WI border) were on there, sorry I don’t remember which others…you can always call ahead and ask.
In my experience, you have to REALLY watch the scanning at KMart, and the cashiers appear to not be very well trained on the subject. (i.e. Be prepared to be there a while.)

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