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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Using Coupons at CVS

As many of you know, I have been trying to figure out the world of couponing.  Trust me when I say "WORLD" because couponing is a world of its own.  I have become fascinated how people can get hundreds of dollars worth of groceries for mere pennines. If you don't think it's possible, just watch this video.

TLC even has a new show starting up called Extreme Couponing. I watched the first episode, which has re aired several times since the original date back in December.  It was such a success with over 2 million viewers they decided to create 12 episodes.  You will have to check the TLC website for viewing times, as I am not sure when they will begin. 

I will be the first to say that if I were working full time I am not sure I could devote the time it takes to coupon. Actually I am 100% positive that I couldn't... not with 3 kids that would need my attention after a day of work.  I have found that I can devote time during Baby Hudson's nap schedule, on the weekends, or late at night.  I have spent hours reading and finding websites that offer printable coupons.  I laugh and say that I almost consider it my part-time job, but in actuality, it really is saving me money equivalent to a part time job.  Let me give you an example of my shopping trip today to CVS.  This was my first time trying out CVS.  Here is what I purchased. I will give you the break-down of my savings below the picture.

I paid just over $16.00 for this shopping trip.
1 Box of Raisin Bran - on sale for $1.79, I had a .70 off coupon, so it was $1.09
1 Dawn Soap- on sale for .99, I had a .50 coupon, so it was .49
1 Zone Bars- $5.49 a box, I had a $2.00 off coupon, so it was $3.49
1 Reach Dental Floss- on sale for .99, I had a $1.00 off coupon, so it was FREE
4 packs of Orbit Gum- on sale for BOGO free, and I had 2 manufacture coupons for BOGO free, so all were FREE (at 1.29 a pack, this is a savings of $5.16)
1 Montreal Spice- on clearance for 75% off, so it was .50
2 Johnson and Johnson travel first aide kits- cost .99 each, but I had a $1.50 off coupon for 2, paid .50 for both.
2 Purex All in One Laundry detergent- on sale for BOGO free making them $4.50 each, but I had a $1.00 off coupon for each one, so I paid $7.00 for both.
2 Pringles- cost $1.89 each, but I had a $1.00 coupon for 2, so I paid $2.80 for both (probably shouldn't have bought these... oh well)
1 Crest tooth paste- sale for $2.99, but you get $2.00 Extra Bucks, and I had a .75 coupon, which means I paid equivalent to .25

I am different from most people because I like to look just at my coupon savings.  I feel like anyone can search for things on sale simply by using the weekly store pamphlets, but it takes me time and effort to find and clip the coupons.  My efforts for this shopping trip based on COUPONS ALONE was $15.11.

I will be shopping Publix tomorrow and I have LOTS of coupons.  If I do well, I will post my savings.


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1 comment:

Aundrea said...

:) Great Job!! I keep sayign I am going to get into coupons, but I just haven't jumped in yet, it seems super addicting :) I'd love to save $$- keep posting your tips & experiences :)