Wednesday, January 19, 2011

My CVS Bounty

I have never posted anything before about my thriftiness.  However, being a stay-at-home-mom we have to save where we can and I feel like a lot of other households are probably in the same situation so I wanted to share a couple of tips.

In any case, I am a frequent CVS shopper.  I am a coupon fanatic, and if there is a grocery store within a 20 mile radius, you better believe I read the flyer each Sunday to find out where the sales are that week.  Today was my weekly trip to CVS and I made out pretty well so I wanted to share.

Here is what I got at CVS today:

Colgate Total Toothpaste - retail $3.99
Crest Pro Health Toothpaste (2 tubes) - retail $7.58 for both
Tom's Wicked Fresh Mouthwash - retail $5.79
Orbit gum (2 packs) - retail $2.58 for both

The total of all of these items retails for $19.94.  I walked out of the store only paying $2.33. 

Here is how I did it:

I start with the items that are on sale in the flyer and find the ones that #1 I have a coupon for, and #2 have an extra bucks reward attached to them.  (In case you didn't know, extra bucks are basically CVS coupons that you can use on whatever you want on your next purchase.  Basically it is free money for the next time you shop). 

Still with me?? Good! Here is the breakdown of how I did it:

The colgate was on sale for $2.99 and I had a $1.00 off coupon.  I also got $1.00 extra buck for buying it (to use next time).

The crest was on sale for $2.99 each and I had a $1.00 off coupon for two.  I got $4.00 extra bucks for buying this (to use next time).

The Tom's mouthwash was on sale for $3.99 and I got $3.00 extra bucks for buying it (to use next time).

The orbit gum was buy one get one free.  Gotta love BOGO deals!

In addition to my 2 $1.00 off coupons, I also had a CVS extra bucks coupon worth $10.00 from my purchases last week (also a very good week)! 

After all the discounts and coupons came off, I walked out of the store only paying $2.33 and I got $8.00 worth of extra buck coupons for next week.  Not too shabby in my opinion!

My favorite part is seeing how much I saved during each shopping trip - today I saved $17.69. 

Needless to say, we will have very fresh breath in our household, at least until the supply runs out! One of these days, I should take a picture of my "stash"...I have a cabinet full of items I got from CVS either for free, or very cheap.

With a little planning and coupon clipping, you can be a CVS shopper saver too!

1 comment:

  1. Your middle name should have been Thrifty. Beats Dad's choice of naming you Illa (Illa Noyes ... just so sad ...). Great blog Linds!! Don't forget to tell folks to save Aiden those labels for school!!!