When I first learned about the art of couponing, I tried my hand at some Walgreen's shopping a bit but never tried CVS. The main reason was that CVS required a membership card, and Walgreen's didn't. A couple of weeks ago hubby needed something from the drug store so we ran into CVS while out running other errands. While there I noticed the area where you could sign up for a new card and decided it was time to bite the bullet.
Flash forward to this past week while I was grocery shopping. I needed peanuts for a garnish on the Thai chicken I was going to make, but they were at least $3/jar at Target and Walmart. I stopped at CVS to look for broth (I had seen that it was on sale for $.49/can, but it turned out they only had chicken and I needed beef) and noticed that they had peanuts on sale for $2.50/jar. I was pretty excited and even more so when I checked out and noticed that my receipt printed with a coupon for $5 off my next purchase of $15 or more. The only problem was the coupon expired just a few days later.
After some careful planning, I think I managed to come up with a pretty successful trip.
Here's how I did it:
Stayfree Maxi Pads: $3.69 x 2= $7.38
Power Bar Energy Gel blasts: $1.50 x 2= $3.00 (sale price, orig. $1.69 each)
Excedrin: $2.50 x 2= $5.00 (sale price, orig. $5.39 each)
Total before coupons $15.38
$5/$15 CVS coupon (5.00)
$1 off Stayfree coupon (1.00)
BOGO free Stayfree coupon (3.69)
$1 off Power Bar coupon (1.00)
$2 off Excedrin coupon (2.00)
Free Excedrin coupon (2.50)
Total after coupons $0.19
Tax .01 (in my state tax is charged on the after coupon price)
Total OOP $0.20!!!
Total Savings= $21.35 or 99%!!!
Also, I earned $4 "Extra Care Bucks" for the Stayfree purchase and $1.50 ECBs for the Power Bar purchase, so I was basically paid $4.30 to shop!
I needed my total to be above $15 so I grabbed 2 of the Power Bar pouches thinking I would get ECBs for both, but found out later that there was a limit of one per household. If I had known this I would have looked for another filler to make my total even less!