My sister, out of all people I know, hasn’t done much shopping with coupons — that is until she moved to a beautiful apartment with a much higher rent. In the past year, I have tried to tell her that the way to save money on groceries and toiletries, she must buy a newspaper or two to get her maximum savings due to the coupon inserts. Since she’s a workaholic, she doesn’t have the time to coupon like I do so she’s been taking baby steps.
Hey, a girl’s gotta start somewhere, right?
This morning she surprised by by telling me she went to CVS and got $50 worth of stuff for $37 PLUS received $18 back in extra care bucks which in CVS terms, she got all her goods for $19.
I was amazed. My sister is actually taking my advice. I was so proud. In fact I was so proud, she made me get my lazy butt off the sofa and get dressed to go out and buy my newspapers (I buy 4 each week). But first, I had to scan my favorite sites to see the best case scenarios.
Here’s What I Did
First I went to CouponMom.com and checked out all the free items I can get with the right coupons. Then I went on MoneySavingMom.com to see what scenarios she had on her post and last, one of my favorite gal pals Vera Sweeney from Ladyandtheblog.com. I just love to see her in action on her latest CVS haul videos. She has become a CVS queen just like I was before blogging took over my life so she is the inspiration for today’s shopping trip.
First of all, I bought some stuff that returned some extra care bucks in the last two weeks so I started with $13 in ECB’s (Extra Care Bucks) for today.
After buying today’s paper (like I said before, I actually bought 4 to maximize my savings), I knew I would have a great day at CVS.
Here’s What I Bought:
1- L’Oreal Lipstick ($5.00)
1-L’Oreal Lip Liner ($5.00)
2- Oral B Pulsar Toothbrushes ($12.00 @$6 ea.)
1-Crest Pro-Health Mouth Rinse ($4.50) 1- 3Pk of Ivory Soap ($.99) 1-Colgate 360 Surround Toothbrush ($2.79)
1-Colgate SmartFoam Toothpaste ($2.79)
2-Newspapers ($3.00 @$1.50 ea.)
1-Collins Spanish/English Dictionary (On clearance for $1.49)
Total BEFORE coupons: $39.47
Total AFTER coupons: $4.72
If you haven’t, sign up for the CVS ExtraCare rewards and make sure you add your email address to get the latest coupons and updates.
This week I received a coupon for $4 off any purchase $20 or more so I printed a copy of that and used it toward today’s purchase. I also scanned my extra care rewards card in-store and received a $3 off a $10 cosmetic purchase which I used towards my L’Oreal products.
CVS print-at-home coupon: $4.00
CVS Kiosk Print Out Coupon $3 off a $10 cosmetic purchase.
Crest Pro-Health Rinse: Used $2/1 coupon from the 6/5 P&G insert
2-Oral-B Pulsar Toothbrushes: Used (2) $3/1 coupon from the 6/5 P&G insert ($6.00)
Colgate 360 Surround Toothbrush: Used $0.75/1 coupon from the 6/5 SmartSource insert.
Ivory 3-Pk Soap Bars: Used $1/1 coupon from the 5/1 P&G insert
L’Oreal Colour Riche Lip Color and Lip Liner: Used (2) $2/1 coupons from the 5/1 RP insert.
And $13.00 in ECB’s.
Total coupons (both manufacturer and CVS ECB’s) used: $34.75
Received: $15.50 in ECB’s for next week!
So technically CVS paid me to shop today. Yay!
Did you save any money today?