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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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This past week someone in the Southern Savers community asked a great “What’s a good price” question.  So I decided we would cover that today.  How do you find a good price/deal on Dish Detergent?

First off, this is a big area where giving up a brand loyalty can save you a ton of money!  There are some brands that we never see go as low as other brands.  A great example is Cascade versus Finish.  In the last three months Cascade 75 oz or 16-20 ct. has gotten down to $2.99, after sales and coupons.  Finish Gelpacs, Powerball or Tabs, 20 count, has gotten down to 84¢ after coupons!  I really don’t care how much you love Cascade, you could basically use two Finish packs per load and it would still be cheaper than the Cascade!

There is one more thing to consider with cost savings on Dishwasher Detergent.  You are going to get more loads out of the gel or powder forms.  I went to test this and my dishwasher soap dispenser holds exactly 1 oz for a full load.  That means that the 75 oz gel is going to give me 75 loads (give or take a couple).  Since it is the same price as the 16 ct. packs, the gel is notably cheaper per load — 4¢ per load versus 18.6¢ per load.  Many times the coupon will limit you to the type that you can buy, so take that into consideration.  If it works on the gel/powder types though you want to consider grabbing that first.

So how do we get the best price?

The Finish Gelpacs, Powerball or Tabs mentioned earlier is a great price because of two things: it went on sale and every 4 months they release a huge coupon.  In the newspaper on January 6th we got a $2.15 off coupon that is good until 3/3.  This has made for crazy prices all over the place.  We usually get that coupon again in late April and September.  So… when you get the coupon, get enough of them to stock up if you can!!  So far we’ve seen them hit 84-85¢ at Kroger and CVS.

Starting Sunday at Walgreens you can get Finish for 84¢ per 16-20 ct. package!

1,000 BR wyb (2) Finish Capsules, Gelpacs or Tabs 10 or 20 pk., $3.50 ea.
Manufacturer Coupon -$2.15 off Finish Powerball, Gelpacs, or Quantum items, SS 1/06

This means:

(2) Finish Gelpacs, 10-20 ct., $3.50 ea
(2) $2.15 off coupons
Total Due: $2.70
Get Back: 1,000 Balance Rewards (=$1)

After points it is like getting each pack for 85¢! That makes it 4.2¢ per load.

Don’t forget to find the cheapest price on specific items, that you can use the item search feature.


    • tori729

      Hmm my $2.15/1 coupons expire 2/9 – tomorrow! And I didn’t get to use them at CVS so I’m trying to find a good price now!

      • hazybuck

        Tori, while it’s not ideal, Publix has the larger containers on BOGO. With your Q, they’re $3.84. Again, not ideal, but better than full price – and it’s the larger boxes..

        Publix – Finish Automatic Dishwasher Detergent, 45-60 ct., at $11.99 ($5.99)
        -.50/1 Finish Powerball or Gelpacs printable
        -.75/1 Finish Quantum automatic dishwasher detergent printable
        -.50/1 Finish Powerball or Gelpacs printable
        -$2.15 off Finish Powerball, Gelpacs, or Quantum items, SS 1/06
        (use $2.15 off, makes it $3.84)

      • Michelle


        Finish Automatic Dishwasher Detergent, 45-60 ct., at $11.99 ($5.99)

        -.50/1 Finish Powerball or Gelpacs printable

        -.75/1 Finish Quantum automatic dishwasher detergent printable

        -.50/1 Finish Powerball or Gelpacs printable

        -$2.15 off Finish Powerball, Gelpacs, or Quantum items, SS 1/06

        (use $2.15 off, makes it $3.84)

      • jbpersson

        I’m in the same boat and have no Publix.

    • hazybuck

      Great summary! When Kroger had their most recent Mega Sale, I traded for more $2.15/1 Finish Q’s and stocked up for only 84¢ per 20 ct box. Great deal and they’re easy to store.

    • hhbeverly

      Math has never been my strong suit but since I’ve started couponing (thanks, Jenny) I’ve gotten better. I’m still not great but . . . the Finish is available at Publix this week as a BOGO. The tabs are in a 60 ct. box for $5.99 and minus the $2.15 q, it nets down to $3.94. Divided by the 60 tabs in each box, a load of dishes costs .07 cents.

      Personally for me, I like the tabs better than liquid because (and yes, I tested this about a year ago when these products became popular) my dish soap box can hold about 2 oz of liquid soap. Although I’ve tried to train the others in my home on why they shouldn’t fill the box up to the top, they just aren’t very trainable :) so I prefer to use the single portions which, in the long run, help control my costs.

      • The fact that you have trained anyone in your house to even start the dishwasher … Means that you are doing better than many of us. :)

    • Audrey

      I love my Finish Quantum and will buy them any time they go on sale with a coupon because I think they work best. I am loving this $2.15 off coupon so far =)

    • mom

      my finish coupon expired 02/09 and sunday is 2/10 if that what she saying to use at walgreens

      • ChristineO

        If your Walgreens is not a 24 hour store, they usually start the Sunday ad sales around 4pm Saturday :)

    • lj

      Ha Ha, Unless you’re like me and have no dishwasher :) Then, you get the little bottles of Dawn or Palmolive for free or at least less than .50.
      But yes, my mom randomly uses coupons so she’s more brand loyal. She ONLY uses the finish powerball tabs. She says her dishes come out cleaner. And she tried powder, gel, cascade, etc

    • I did the math and 75 loads at $2.99 is just slightly a better price than 20 loads at $0.84, which makes me feel good b/c hubby hates all gelpacs (we’ve tried them all with coupons), so we’re back to 75 oz. of cascade.

    • Susan H

      I was a use the cheapest for a long time, now with coupons I can use the best and still come out cheaper. I was told that finish was better than cascade so when I found a good deal I stocked up. About 3 months later I notice my plastic glasses looked horrible. Several of my dishes seemed to suddenly “age” overnight. It was not all of them but enough to get me back to my cascade. There is always a good sale on cascade between publix and CVS.

    • dbb

      I just discovered that you do not get Walgreen points (advertised 5000 points if you spend $25 on a group of products) if you use product coupons or Register Receipts. You must pay $25.00. What a disappointment.

    • MelindaNC

      Consumer Reports did a study about a year ago. Finish Powerball ranked on top for households with extremely hard water. Since I don’t have hard water(got city water 3 years ago), I go with the HT brand powder (had gel, yuck!). My inlaws live 5 minutes away and are on well water (yes I looked up the hardness and it is really bad). So I have been saving coupons and looking for BOGO on the Finish Powerball for them. Thanks for the update on looking for these coupons every quarter. Just started coming to SS site since Oct and have found wonderful clues into saving money at the grocery store. Thanks everyone for all the help and answering newbie questions.:)

    • yourbilletdoux

      Are the finish coupons in 1/06? I can’t find them on the coupon previews.

    • Jessica

      I know this site is dedicated to couponing, but another great way to save money (especially on cleaning products) is to consider DIY methods. We have slightly hard water, but use a homemade dishwasher detergent that works great! It cost about .03/load. Mix 1 cup Washing Soda (not baking soda), 1/4 cup LemiShine (or citric acid), and 1/4 cup pickling salt/sea salt (not table salt b/c of the iodine). Also, use plain white distilled vinegar in the rinse aid (where you’d normally put something like JetDry). The vinegar doubles as a dishwasher cleaner and keeps your washer running great, and my hubby is an appliance repairman/tech and he approves all of my cleaners before letting me use them, lol. Another plus when making DIY cleaning products is that most components are repeated in other recipies…ex. Washing Soda is also used in DIY Laundry Detergent!

      • Jessica

        Forgot to mention that you only use 1-2 Tbsp per load of the dishwasher detergent I listed. And keep the mix in an airtight container.