Tuesday, May 4, 2010

CVS Trip

I have always thought that using coupons was a waste of time. A few months ago, a friend of mine started couponing on a regular basis and was saving "LOTS" of money on groceries and other items. I decided I wanted to save up to 50% on my grocery bill using coupons too. I started purchasing Sunday Newspapers with coupon inserts in them...at least two a week. I also used Internet coupon sites to print off coupons and found website for specific products where they also offer coupons. I purchased a box to organize all my coupons...and I was ready to go.

I started "following" many different blogs that helped me understand all of that couponing lingo...and was very psyched about saving money. One store that I always thought was "overpriced" and didn't understand why people would shop there was CVS. Granted, I got any prescriptions there...but never would think to buy my shampoo, laundry detergent, deodorant, toothpaste, etc. there....but BOY was I WRONG!!! CVS is a great place to use coupons. I was already a CVS EXTRA CARE rewards member..and every week CVS runs great specials for those with EXTRA CARE cards. They also have a coupon center that you can scan your card at daily to receive coupons for your CVS purchases....as well as they have a Green Bag tag that costs $1. You can scan the card once per day with a purchase (if you have a "green bag") and after it is scanned four times you receive a $1 ECB to use on another purchase. I have been shopping at CVS weekly since I started using coupons...but never really had anything to write about until today!!! I visited one of the blogs that I visit daily Couponing to Disney and she was hosting a Bargain Brag Tuesday link. I visited Friend Family Savings and saw what she had purchased at CVS this week for only $1.43. So I found the coupons I needed to almost duplicate her purchase and........

Here is what I bought

(2) Betty Crocker Warm Delights $1 ea
(2) Nivea Body Wash 16.9 oz. $4.88 ea
(2) Nivea Lip Care $2.99 ea
(2) Dawn Hand Renewal Dish Soap $.97 ea
(4) Tic Tac singles $1.39 ea

I used

(2) $.50/1 Betty Crocker Warm Delights (printable here)
(1) $4.00/1 Nivea Body Wash RP insert 5/2
(1) B1G1 Nivea Body Wash from All You (May 10)
(1) $1/1 Nivea Lip Care RP insert 5/2
(1) B1G1 Nivea Lipa Care from All You (May 10)
(1) $2/2 Body Wash (CVS coupon printed from coupon center – details here)
(1) $1/2 Dawn Hand Renewal for P& G insert 5/2
(2) B1G1 single Tic Tac from RP insert 5/2
$6 ECB from previous purchase

= $0.08 OOP!!!!!!!!

PLUS I received $5 ECB for buying $15 in Nivea products
Total: A $4.92 Money Maker (including the $.25 green card scan it would really be a $5.17 Money Maker!!!


Christine:) said...

WOW! I started a new couponing system recently too, and I am hooked! The CVS carebucks system has always daunted me though, but you've inspired me to give it a try!

Together We Save said...

Great job!! I am loving the CVS deals this week!!

Julia said...

that's awesome! i'm more of a Walgreens gal but wow. good work!