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How’s Your Electrasol/Finish Stockpile?

by Tara Kuczykowski on January 25, 2010 · 45 comments

Have you been stockpiling dishwasher detergent with the $2.50/1 Finish or Electrasol coupon that was in the 1/3 Smartsource insert? If not, there's still time to order some coupons from eBay or a coupon clipping service and use them before they expire on 1-31-10.

All together (including the $8.35 I spent on coupons) I spent slightly over $18 for 22 boxes of Electrasol/Finish Dishwashing Detergent, including 6 double-count packages, a savings of over 80% off. Had I paid retail for them, I'd have paid at least $97 -- wow!

Here's the breakdown:

The Kroger Mega Sale is good through at least next Sunday, so get out there and stock up!

{ 45 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Jenna January 25, 2010 at 9:16 pm

I have! I bought 10 coupons on HCW for $2.50, plus the cost of a stamp. Then I bought the boxes at Discount Drug Mart for 49c each. I was able to snag 2 of those bonus boxes!


2 Tamara January 25, 2010 at 9:18 pm

That is awesome! I don't know how you do it- I have a 20 month old and a 4 year old and I can rarely find the time to score some of the great deals by buying coupons and stocking up. I have had more than a few meltdown embarrassing experiences at Walgreens and CVS with them in tow. You are my hero! I did get 3 boxes at Walgreens


3 Tara Kuczykowski January 25, 2010 at 9:20 pm

LOL, Tamara -- I actually sent my husband to Kroger today with a list and explicit instructions on how many to buy and which coupons to use. He's my "couponer in training!"


4 Christine January 25, 2010 at 9:21 pm

Did Kroger let you use all 12 coupons in one transaction? I just used my last coupon on Saturday at Target, I wish I had waited and got the Kroger deal!


5 Tara Kuczykowski January 25, 2010 at 9:24 pm

Yep, he was able to use them all in a single transaction.


6 kel January 25, 2010 at 9:52 pm

My Target actually had a sign on the register for the cashier that said "if a customer tries to use 2 of the same coupon in 1 transaction - call the store manager"

I was shocked!


7 Rebecca Alsbury January 25, 2010 at 9:54 pm

I wish we had a Kroger here. I've heard there are some great sales there. We pay an enormous amount for everything in Washington state, and it would be great to find a place with some good savings.


8 SavingsWithSadie January 25, 2010 at 9:59 pm

Yes, I am very lucky also. I have about ten in my stash and got them for .50 each. About the time my stash starts getting low, they put out a another coupon.

At Harris Teeter, they will not take a coupon on the free item of a BOGO. HOWEVER, since I am not that picky, I purchased one gel pack, one hard pack and the quantum for a total of three in one trip. Because they were different and not EXACT -- they rang up with no problem.


9 Mary January 25, 2010 at 10:12 pm

I need to find some deals on it before the 31st! I didn't have the extra coupons when I could have gotten them free or cheap, ugh! Now I have some and need a good sale.


10 MoneyMateKate January 25, 2010 at 10:15 pm

The 31st? Mine expired on the 23rd. Weird.


11 Noelle January 25, 2010 at 10:24 pm

Why aren't there ever great Cascade deals.
All you Electrasol stockpilers make me jealous.
My dishwasher is brand picky, he must have learned it from the previous owner, cause I have tried every detergent and the only one that works is regular powder cascade.
Enjoy your rockin' stock!


12 Mandy January 25, 2010 at 10:41 pm

And I thought I had a stockpile!! I got 13 at Target a week ago for $1/box and I ordered a few more Q's this week for the Kroger sale.

Ha! Tara, my hubby is also a couponer in training!! I have a 2-yr. old and a 4-mo. old, so he's been doing quite a few "deals" lately. I just type it all out and he does SO well!


13 LuB'sMama January 25, 2010 at 11:18 pm

My Target is clearing out some of the tabs...not the gel pacs...I think I saw $3.48 today for a box. With coupon, they'd be less than $1 per box!


14 Tamara January 25, 2010 at 11:19 pm

I am jealous of you ladies with compliant husbands. Where mine will buy the items I sent him for and usually remembers to use the coupons- he wilts at any sign of questioning or confrontation about a coupon and will justify purchasing 20.00 or more of other stuff(usually beer or coffee) because of the money he just saved. My husband has extremely expensive taste in both of the fore mentioned items. And the worst thing is he will pay retail for stuff that i usually have a stack of coupons for if i had only known...He thinks I'm crazy-lol!


15 Amy January 26, 2010 at 1:21 am

Is Food 4 Less the same as Kroger??
I want to get in on this deal???


16 Jennifer C January 26, 2010 at 6:20 am

I have 16 boxes of the power ball tabs, some of which are the 25 packs(Walgreens), 2 boxes of the regular size Electrasol detergent(closeout at Bi-lo) and 3 big jugs of the Electrasol liquid(closeout at Bi-Lo). I think I'm set for a while! I had to order my coupons but it was well worth it.


17 Jan January 26, 2010 at 6:31 am

Just wanted to let you know that I recently purchased 4 more boxes of Electrosol at Target. It was on the clearance endcap marked down to $3.00, so ended up being 50 cents after coupon and I had 4 left. I have a total of 13 boxes... Thanks for all of the heads up on deals!


18 Christina @ Northern Cheapskate January 26, 2010 at 8:51 am

With all of the Finish/Electrasol coupons that have been coming out, I think I have about an 18-month supply now - most of which cost me less than 50 cents a box.

The best deal I got was this week - The Target register spit out a $1 off Electrasol Target coupon that I combined with the manufacturer coupon... plus it was on clearance at my store, too - FREE Electrasol!


19 Tara Kuczykowski January 26, 2010 at 9:08 am

Amy, Food 4 Less is a Kroger affiliate, but the site says it's a "price impact store," so I'm not sure if they have the same sales or not. I'd check your ad to be sure.


20 Ann January 26, 2010 at 9:13 am

WOW that is a great supply. I was never able to get any. Our area did not get the coupon and the stores I shop at were always out, so I figured it was not worth my time buying the coupons. I will have to try again. Hopefully there will some great coupons in the future.


21 Mel January 26, 2010 at 9:43 am

Does anyone know of any good deals this week on Electrasol? I have coupons and forgot to use them!! Eek!


22 Tara Kuczykowski January 26, 2010 at 9:53 am

Kroger affiliates have the best deal which you can find linked in my post, Mel. I've heard that several people have found them on clearance at Target making them less than $1 each; however, I didn't have any luck at my store. Walmart is usually the cheapest beyond that.

Does anyone else know of another sale?


23 Andrea January 26, 2010 at 9:56 am

Target has the electrasol clearanced out at $3.00 or $3.38 a box depending upon the store. I bought my last 10 boxes with coupons ordered thru ebay last week. And, my Target was kind enough to match the Big Lots deal on All detergent, which I got for 50 cents a bottle (for 10 bottles)after my $2.00 dollar coupons which I also ordered off ebay. What a wonderful deal! Now, I am searching for the next deal, shaky, needing my coupon deal fix.


24 chad January 26, 2010 at 9:59 am

How long is the shelf life of this stuff? We stockpiled all ours when we got it free at WG, we have enough for a 3 year supply if it will last that long on the shelf.


25 Mel January 26, 2010 at 10:04 am

Ok, thanks Tara and Andrea! Unfortunately, we don't have Krogers where I live. I'll check Target today at lunch- wish me luck!


26 Amanda January 26, 2010 at 10:05 am

Messege to Kel:

Not sure where you are at in US...I'm in FL. I also have been having the same problem with target. They are stating one coupon per item means you have to ring each item seperately to use more than one coupon?! So if you buy 5 electrosol and have 5 coupons - they have to ring each seperately or they refuse to take the coupons!!! I'm not sure whos training them on coupon policies but this is totally wrong.


27 Hilary L January 26, 2010 at 10:10 am

It might be a good deal but after I switched to using this insead of cascade gel packs ( I made the mistake of buying 5 boxes with those coupons like you did) my dishes are still dirty after they are washed and it leaves a nasty residue. So in other words, I feel it was a waste of my money. I'd rather wait for the cascade paks to get cheap then waste my money on low quality detergant. Oh and som etimes I have to rewash my dishes. So sad, I used to love Electrasol.


28 Lisa January 26, 2010 at 12:09 pm

I stockpiled these last time this coupon was out and will never use them again. Believe me, I was glad to get detergent for 50¢/a box, but it just didn't clean my dishes. I'll have to pass on this one.


29 Laura January 26, 2010 at 1:02 pm

Target has some of these marked down to $3.00 a box on Clearance down the aisle. With the $2.50 coupons, that would make them $.50 a box.

Surprised that others don't like these. I love them. We have a Bosch Dishwasher and the detergent works GREAT!


30 Jenni January 26, 2010 at 1:15 pm

I've found that detergent is only as good as the dishwasher. Once our dishwasher was replaced with a better one, most detergents work so much better.


31 Shannon @ Mommie Cheapest January 26, 2010 at 1:17 pm

WOW! I am impressed! I have a couple of the $2.50 coupons to use, but I missed chances to score great prices earlier in the month. I am definitely going to use them this week before they expire, but I won't get anything close to what you scored!! Congrats!


32 Lisa January 26, 2010 at 1:42 pm

I was wondering what the shelf life was on several products?? Shampoo, conditioner, laundry detergent, lotions, and fabric softner. Is there anywhere to find out this info? I didn't rotate some of my fabric softners and they seemed to separate. Eventually some of my lotions got runny too... Maybe because they were a cheaper brand.



33 Holly January 26, 2010 at 5:54 pm

We don't have Kroger or Discount Drug Mart here in New York. My stockpile from last year is coming very close to an end and I need to use those $2.50 Coupons. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.


34 Amy January 26, 2010 at 6:26 pm

I have about 25 boxes between this coupon and the one from last summer. I know that these qs only come out twice a year, so I have to buy enough to last that long (or longer).


35 Elizabeth January 26, 2010 at 8:03 pm

I found the 10 or 12 count boxes at the Family Dollar an Dollar General for $3.00 a box.


36 shellie January 27, 2010 at 9:29 am

The problem with the coupons that came in our inserts (Richmond Va) was that there were two coupons to "choose" from. Either the small counts for $1.00 or medium counts for $2.50 off. You couldnt use both coupons because it was those that they stick together and when you seperate you ruin one.

I get multiple inserts, so was stuck with these really ick coupons. And since I spend $ on the inserts I cant justify spending more on different coupons. Soooo, medium sizes here (32 count) are almost $5, and small (20 and lower) are $3.69. Definitely no good deals on them for me this time.


37 Melissa January 27, 2010 at 9:59 am

Hi, I'm in NJ and have been looking for this Electrasol/Finish coupon since announced in the 1/3 Smartsource and I can't find it. My paper did have 2 Smartsource packets but its just not there...Boo!!!


38 Mary January 27, 2010 at 12:51 pm

Well, I just returned from Target and they did not have any on clearance. I ended up paying $1.75/box. That was still a decent price considering the normal price. Also, I don't rem. who was asking about the exp. date, but yes, mine were due to expire on the 31st.


39 Amy Barber January 27, 2010 at 5:37 pm

Does anyone know what these cost at Walmart? I have 25 coupons to use so I want to get the most bang for my buck. We don't have Kroger I need to find somehwere other than there to get them. THanks!


40 Rie January 27, 2010 at 6:32 pm

Today at my Target had it for $3.05 on Clearance.but they were sitting right next to the regular price boxes.I was checking since last week ,so some of you might get find this good deal also...

Good luck,Ladys!!


41 Kristin M January 27, 2010 at 9:14 pm

I didnt get them in my insert (I'm in PA) but I did order 20 on ebay. My target has specific scents "on clearance" at Target for $3.64 for a 20 count (the cheapest I can find)

Dollar general has a 12 count for $3.00. Can the $2.50/1 be used on the small counts?


42 Mary January 28, 2010 at 7:36 am

Kristin, I thought the coupon said ANY size. I bought the 20 ct box.
What part of Pa are you in? I got them in mine but then I ordered some extra too.


43 Mary January 28, 2010 at 12:41 pm

Walmart has it for 3.86 a box.


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