March 20, 2014

moderate couponing: this week at CVS...

moderate couponing: CVS trip |
It's been a while since I've really had the need to buy much of anything at CVS, since I've been able to stock up on all the daily necessities. But every now and then it's just too tempting to stop in for a quick trip, especially when I know there are items I can get for free (or ridiculously cheap). I always try to snag free deodorant, toothpaste and shampoo—because even though we don't need any of those things right away, I love adding them to our bag of items to donate.

This week, I was able to get all of the above items for $10.29. I received $5 ExtraBucks rewards back on this purchase, making the grand out-of-pocket total only $5.29. Considering the regular price for just one of those deodorants is higher than that, I'd say I did pretty well!

Side note: Don't ever pay more than a dollar for deodorant. (Unless you use fancy deodorant. But even then, don't pay more than $4, I beg of you.) Almost every single week there is a way to get some sort of deodorant for $1 or less. It's a little ridiculous, really.

Here's the breakdown!

   3 boxes of General Mills cereal, on sale for $3/each
   — Used two coupons totaling $2 (from coupon inserts)
   *Received $3 ExtraBucks back for purchasing 3

   2 cans of Progresso soup, on sale for $1.49 (WHY IS SOUP SO EXPENSIVE?)
   — Used two coupons totaling $2 (from coupon inserts)
   — Used one coupon for .50 (from CVS coupon machine)

   Seventh Generation bubble bath, clearance price of $2.07 (75% off)

   2 Speed Stick deodorants, on sale for $4
   — Used two coupons totaling $4 (printable coupon via Krazy Coupon Lady)
   *Received $2 ExtraBucks back for purchasing 2

Used additional coupon received via email for $4 off any $20 transaction
Total price (taking ExtraBucks into account): $5.29 after tax

This is a perfect example of how to combine email offers, coupons and ExtraBucks promotions. One thing I wasn't aware of before starting to actively coupon was that you are able to use the CVS email coupons towards the pre-coupon total of any purchase. For instance, this trip I was able to use the $4 off $20 coupon because my total before applying coupons was more than $20. So, even if you are paying $0 out of pocket after discounts and coupons, you are still able to apply coupons like these to your total as long as you reach the threshold. Crazy, right?

And this is why CVS is my favorite. True story.


  1. SO inspiring! Love it! Thank you for sharing. One of these days I'm going to be able to study up and start my own moderate couponing adventure. I hope it's soon. :)

    1. You're so welcome! Thanks for the sweet comment, Katie. :) Let me know if you need any help along the way—I've learned so much in the past year and am eager to help anyone I can.


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