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Coupon Abbreviations
  • SC = Store Coupon
  • MC = Manufacturer Coupon
  • SS = Smart Source
  • RP = Red Plum
  • PG = Proctor and Gamble
Coupon Terms
  • WYB = When You Buy
  • B1G1 = Buy One Get One Free
  • .75/1 = 75 cents off one item
  • .75/3 = 75 cents off three items
  • EXP = Expiration Date

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That’s a trick question…  the answer is FREE!  Seriously, there is no need to ever pay “real” money for toothpaste.  I did a news interview this week, and the host was amazed at the idea of free toothpaste.  Toothpaste is truly a drugstore purchase if your goal is to get it for free.  We’ll get cheap prices in the grocery stores, but the best prices are always using the reward systems at CVS, Walgreens and Rite Aid.

 So how exactly is it free?

To help you understand here’s a pretend example:

$1.50 ECB wyb Z Brand Toothpaste, 4.2 oz, $2.50, limit 2
-$1 off Z Brand Toothpaste, coupon from recent paper

You go into CVS today and buy a specific toothpaste on sale this week for $2.50.  You use a 1 off coupon from a newspaper a few weeks ago.  You’ll then owe $1.50 for the toothpaste, pay it.  After you finish paying you’ll get back $1.50 in ExtraCare Bucks (ECB).  This is a pretend currency that can be used on most everything in the store.  I could even use it on more toothpaste…

Here are two real examples coming in the next few weeks:

Walgreens (starting 2/3)

$2 RR WYB Colgate Max Fresh or Clean Toothpaste 4-6 oz, $2.99
Manufacturer Coupon -.50/1 Colgate toothpaste, 4 oz +, SS 2/03 or SS 1/20
(makes it 49¢)

 So you grab the toothpaste, and use the coupon.  Your total will be $2.49.  After you pay, you’ll get a coupon for $2 off your next purchase of anything in Walgreens.  In the end you basically paid 49¢ for Toothpaste.

Paying 49¢ for toothpaste is great… but once you get into this paying anything for toothpaste is kinda like paying full retail price.  So if you can wait another week, starting 2/10 at CVS you can get completely FREE toothpaste!!

CVS (starting 2/10)

Colgate Max Fresh, Clean or White Toothpaste, 6 oz, $3
Store Coupon -$2.50 off Colgate Max Toothpaste, printing at CVS Coupon Center
Manufacturer Coupon -.50/1 Colgate toothpaste, 4 oz +, SS 2/03 or SS 1/20
(makes it FREE)

If the drugstores are too overwhelming, check out the drugstore section of our free online coupon class.

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    • Thom1977

      I am not picky when it comes to toothpaste so I wait for free. Every month at least one of the drug stores provide free toothpaste. If I miss one sale I’ll just wait for another.

    • Tracy

      Do Kroger’s Catalina’s work the same way? The deals they had didn’t actually print for me, but the customer service lady gave me the refund on my credit card. I was wondering if the coupon that prints out is for the same item for next time or if it is just that much off for your next purchase of whatever.

    • TNqponDad

      Where I live, when I get the CVS ad and look for the free toothpaste, it always has a limit of 1 or 2. We have a family of seven and that doesn’t work to well for us. One tube of toothpaste is gone in a few days when 7 people brush twice daily. Our local Walgreens is the same way here lately. A limit on almost everything and I understand why. We usually get toothpaste at Kroger or Publix, especially if we have a money making item to put towards the toothpaste.

    • Jam

      I always get free Crest and Colgate at Kroger. They will be on sale for $1, then I match coupons for free!! I have a small stash at home. One kid likes Crest while the other likes Colgate. I don’t care for the RR or ECB because I always forget to use them.

    • meg

      I’ve been couponing and stockpiling for 4 years now. I’m to the point with toothpaste that sometimes even free isn’t cheap enough!

    • Lisa

      I have a ton of free toothpaste, however I have started looking for the Optic White and other ‘top shelf’ toothpastes. With those I find that under .50 is a great deal! I know I can get the basic ones for free, and I have. I don’t mind paying .50 for a ‘better’ type.

    • Brandon

      “One tube of toothpaste is gone in a few days when 7 people brush twice daily.”

      No offense, but are you using too much? I’m just one person, but a large tube of toothpaste probably lasts me 2-3 months. That would come out to a tube “used” per week or two, but that’s still a bit more than a few days. Furthermore, I assume not everyone uses the same tube in reality, so you should have a time where there is a gap to stockpile.

      But yeah, I agree that free is probably not going to happen. You could probably coupon swap to get 50 cent toothpaste to your heart’s content though.

    • skunzsgirlie12

      Bilo has Colgate for 1.00, I have a .50 coupon that will double, free toothpaste for us today when I hit up the Bilo in just a bit. :)