While the numbers of cleaning supplies I have in my inventory may not yet qualify me for TLC’s “Extreme Couponing,” I share one thing in common with those that are on the ‘Extreme’ side of couponing: I pay next to nothing for them. As a rule, I seldom purchase cleaning supplies for less than 75% off.
If you’re watching your calendar for what items to purchase during certain times of the year, late-March and throughout April is the time of year to stock up on cleaning supplies. Families across the country are saying goodbye to Old Man Winter and starting anew with the warming weather. Spring Cleaning is a tradition that has been around throughout cultures for thousands of years. For the northern half of the United States in particular, families get to open those windows and let the dust fly while cleaning supplies do their job.
Retailers and manufacturers are keenly aware of this tradition and have anticipated our desire to give our homes a good scrub down. We can see this in the number of coupons that have been published and the number of sales that are running on cleaning supplies. Match the great coupon with the great store sale, and you’ll get what I call, some ‘enlightened savings!’
How do you get the best prices on cleaning supplies? In my experience, the drug store chains are your best bet. Often, you can apply your coupons from your Sunday paper (or printed from the Internet) to some fantastic sales – or deals that involve getting money back at the register. At Walgreens, you’ll get Register Rewards. At CVS it’s Extra Care Bucks. At Rite Aid, it’s +Up Rewards. Each of these can generally be used on your very next purchase.
If you’d like to fill a shelf or two at home with your favorite cleaning supplies, you can stock up over the next few weeks and pay a fraction of what you’d spend over the course of a year. Buying cleaning supplies only when you need them is the most expensive way to go. Here are some examples of deals we saw last year to give you an idea of what to expect in the weeks ahead. Note that this was only one week – and doesn’t come close to revealing all the deals you’ll find over the next four to five weeks.
PRICE WITH COUPON
Air Wick Freshmatic
Air Wick Freshmatic Unit Refills 6.17 oz
Air Wick I Motion Starter Kit
Air Wick Plug In Scented Oil Warmer Single Pack
FREE +$0.12 profit!
Air Wick Spray Refill 6.17 oz
FREE +$0.75 profit!
Ajax Dish Liquid 16 oz
Finish Gelpacs or Powerball Tabs 20 ct
Finish Jet Dry Rinse 8.45 oz
Glad Trash Bags
Glade Candle 4 oz
Glade Relaxing Moments Spray 9.7 oz
Lysol All Purpose Cleaner 24-32 oz
Lysol Disinfectant Spray 12.5 oz
Lysol Disinfectant Wipes 28-35 ct
Lysol Neutra Air 10 oz
Lysol Neutra Air Freshmatic Kit 6.17 oz
Lysol Toilet Cleaner 24-32 oz
Mop & Glo 32 oz
Soft Scrub 24-25.4 oz
Spray N Wash 22 oz
Ultra Air Wick Freshmatic Kit 6.17 oz
Your total if you bought one of each:
Of course, commercial cleaning products aren’t the only way to go. You can do quite a bit of cleaning in the home with baking soda, vinegar, lemons, and corn starch. An Internet search will reveal many homemade cleaning ideas. When you use a coupon, many of these homemade cleaning product ingredients can also be purchased for a fraction of the retail cost as well.
All information from SavingsAngels.com.