Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Attention Kmart Shoppers!

About a year ago, Kmart started having periodic "super double" coupon events. During these promotions, they double coupons up to $2 (i.e., any coupon with a face value of $2 or less takes off double the face value). Under normal circumstances, I find Kmart to be incredibly overpriced, but they usually have some truly amazing deals during super doubles. They had super doubles this past week, and they will be having another next week. If your local Kmart is participating, I highly recommend checking it out. Tonight was the last night of the current promotion, and this is what I got:

4 Welch's juice @ $2.79 ($.79 each after doubled coupon - you can print a $1 off coupon from the link in my sidebar)
4 I Can't Believe It's Not Butter @ $2.66 ($.16 each after doubled $1.25 coupons from 6/28 insert)
3 cans cream soup @ $.89 ($.22 each after doubled coupon, which I found in the store's ad)
3 Sally Hansen nail clippers @ $1.59 (free after $1 coupon from 8/2 insert)
3 pkgs. bacon (free after coupon - go here and click on "sign up" at the top. Fill out your information, and at the end, it will give you a link to print a $3 coupon for Smithfield bacon. If you hit the back button before closing your browser window, it may let you print a second one; it let me do that on one computer but not on another one.)
2 cans Chef Boyardee (free after doubled coupon received from ConAgra in the mail)
2 loaves bread @ $.89 (no coupon, just needed bread)
2 pkgs. Bic Triumph pens @ $3.99 (free after $2 doubled coupon I printed a few weeks ago, unfortunately the coupon is no longer available)
1 box Kleenex @ $1.33 ($.23 after $.55 doubled coupon that I received from the company in the mail)
1 package Tyson chicken @ $3.32 ($1.32 after $1 doubled coupon from the 8/2 insert)
1 Revlon tweezers @ $1.99 (free after $1 doubled coupon from 8/16 insert)

I also used a coupon for $3 off a $20 purchase. Before coupons, my total was $56.68; after coupons, it was $5.97. That's a savings of almost 90%! Plus, after I paid, I got a coupon for $5 off any "book, magazine, health, beauty, food, or consumables" purchase.

Some of these deals will still be available next week, and I'm sure when next week's ad comes out, there will be even more possibilities. But with coupons, you should be able to at least get the following for free (well, you'll have to pay tax :) ):

Vaseline lotion - on sale for $3, use $1.50 coupon from 8/2 insert = free
L.A. Looks styling gel - regular price $1.69, use $1 coupon from 8/2 insert = free
Sally Hansen beauty tools - various items (nail clippers, tweezers, etc.) are priced under $2. Use $1 coupon from 8/2 insert = free
Revlon beauty tools - various items (nail clippers, tweezers, etc.) are priced under $2. Use $1 coupon from 8/2 insert = free
Velveeta Shells & Cheese cups - regular price is $1.19, use buy one, get one ("BOGO") coupon from 8/9 insert and get 2 cups for free*
Easy Mac cups - on sale for $1, use buy one, get one from July Good Housekeeping magazine and get 2 cups for free
Visine - some varieties are regularly priced at $3.99, use $2 coupon from 8/2 insert and/or the printable link here = free
Kotex liners (small box) - regularly priced at $1.29, use $.75 coupon from 8/23 insert = free
Dove Ultimate deodorant - on sale for $3.99, use $2 printable coupon here = free

If you've never before ventured into Kmart during super doubles, there are a few things you might want to note:

  • They have a lot of rules, and they often change from one promotion to the next. This time, the rules were that you had to have at least $25 worth of "grocery and drugstore purchases," you couldn't use more than 25 total coupons at one time, and you couldn't use more than 4 of the same coupon in one transaction.
  • Kmart also has a lot of ads. They have a monthly ad and usually 2-3 ads, all of which are valid for the week
  • Kmart registers are amazingly inefficient at doubling coupons. Sometimes a screen pops up and requires the cashier to select which items the coupon should apply to. If the cashier does not choose the correct items, your coupons may not double properly, or if he/she does not immediately respond to the screen, any other coupons scanned will not be taken off. I always check my Kmart receipts pretty closely because there is a lot of room for error in their system.
  • If you have a buy one, get one free (BOGO) coupon for something that is priced at $2 or less, the coupon will double and give you both items for free.
  • Not all Kmart stores participate in double coupon events. You may want to call and make sure your store is participating. If you call Kmart's corporate customer service line, they may know more about next week's doubles promotion than your local store does at this point.
When next week's ad is available, I will post a more extensive list of the good deals, but hopefully this will help you see some of the things that are possible.


  1. Do they advertise the super doubles in their weekly ad in the Sunday paper? I don't think our Kmarts do them. =(

  2. Yeah, I think ours have always been advertised in the ad when they do them. If you call the corporate office, they should be able to tell you the closest store that is doing them.