Monday, May 23, 2011

My newest addicition..CVSing!!

I've embarked upon this couponing journey to save as much money as I can for our family. It is a learning process, but I am enjoying learning new tips, finding new coupon sites, and planning for shopping trips. I am by no means an "Extreme Couponer" nor do I wish to be. I see the logic in buying three or four bottles of shampoo if it's on sale and I have a coupon, however, I don't see myself buying 40 bottles of mustard or clearing the shelves of packaged noodles to stick in every nook and cranny in my house.

The latest leg of my journey took place at CVS. I'm trying to learn how to maximize sales, coupons and their "Extra Care Bucks" reward system in order to save big on health and beauty supplies. Basically, I went through the most recent CVS ad, matching their sales to coupons I had and items I needed. ECB are a form of CVS "currency" which print out after a transaction. For example, there might be a sale like "Buy 2 deodorants and get $3 in ECB back." Then you can turn around and use those ECB as currency on your next transation. It does require multiple transactions at the register, which made me a bit flustered. In all, I had NINE transactions. It was a little embarrasing, but the check out lady was very kind. The next time I do this, I'll probably go in the evening after Munchkin is asleep and The Wiz is at home so I can avoid feeling like I'm holding up a line of people behind me.

Here are my best deals this week, using coupons, sales and ECB:
1 Revlon Nail Polish- I paid $1.06, saving $4.50
3 jars spaghetti sauce, 3 jars of pb- I paid $10, saving $9.98
2 boxes Thermacare Heat wraps- I paid $1.69, saving $12.40
2 bottles Listerine- I paid $1.90, saving $8.80
6 bottles Suave Shampoo - I paid $8.56, saving $5.32 (I didn't have any coupons, but spending this much allowed me to get ECB to save on another item.)
2 boxes Arm and Hammer dryer sheets- I paid $2.77, saving $6.59
4 sticks Suave deodorant- I paid .54 cents, saving $4.98

I bought a few other things, but I didn't save as well on those items. It's a learning process for me, but I am really enjoying it. It's almost like a game to play, that in the end saves my family money.

Any tips for me to increase my CVS savings?? Help a girl out!