I've been so well-stocked on home and beauty products that I haven't had the need to do many bigger shopping trips at CVS or Target for the past several months. But this week I saw a deal I couldn't resist on shampoo (thanks to my go-to couponing blog, Krazy Coupon Lady) and also had a couple high-value coupons for my favorite pressed powder that I was hoping to pair with sale pricing and a CVS coupon. It was perfect timing because I don't have any extra shampoo/conditioner or powder on hand. Once I was back from my shopping trip and checked the receipt, I realized I'd saved even more than I'd anticipated, so I couldn't help but share this deal with all of you!
I always know I've done well when even the cashier stops to look at the receipt and says, "Wow. You saved a lot." (It's a little embarrassing how much pleasure this brings me.)
In any case, this is what I was able to purchase for only $9.18 ($12.44 after tax, and regularly priced at more than $50):
Sidenote: Am I the only one who goes through shampoo way faster than conditioner? That's the reason I bought four shampoos and only two conditioners—in case you thought I was crazy.
Although you would need to receive the Sunday paper inserts to score most of these coupons, I wanted to show this deal as a perfect example of how you can get an incredible deal with very little planning. These days, the coupon blogs do all the work for you! They will even link to the printable version of coupons when they're available, and also let you know whether a deal is actually a deal. I do a quick check of my favorite couponing blog every week to see if there are any can't-miss deals at the stores I'm most familiar with (Vons, CVS and Target) and then gather or print my coupons once I have an idea of what I need. All things considered, it doesn't take me very long, and when I stock up on items in bulk (like the shampoo and conditioner this week!) it means my trips to these stores become much shorter and much fewer.
It's a little crazy to realize how much I've cut spending on things like beauty products, makeup, home products and other miscellany thanks to taking advantage of these deals—not to mention my weekly grocery shopping trips and (somewhat unimpressive) meal planning.
But! More on that later. I promise. (See also: Things I will accomplish if my child naps at all next week. The saga continues!)
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