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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Saving at CVS This Week!

This week, I had another excellent shopping/savings experience at CVS! I love when that happens as I then walk around with a little “bounce in my step” for a few hours.
Smile   However, my kids get tired of hearing me telling them, and others, of how much I saved.  That’s why I’m going to share my savings here.  Shhhhhhhh, don’t tell them.  LOL
CVS has many sales on items I needed this week.  That’s the key--make sure you are buying items you need or that you will give to others in need.  You don’t want to take advantage of a sale just for the heck of it.
On top of the sales, I had some good coupons!  That’s another tip:  Try to match up sales with coupons.  Sales are great, but sales and coupons are better!
Lastly, I’d earned $22.50 in ExtraBucks by using my ExtraCare Card and purchasing certain items during the fall quarter.  You can read more about CVS ExtraBucks at: Couponing: Part One, Six Boxes of Puffs Tissues for  47 Cents  and ExtraCare
CVS purchases 1-9-12        CVS receipt 1-9-12
             What I purchased                                     My receipt
My bill initially was $66.87 for everything and that included sale items.  My pricey item was Zyrtec at $18.99.  After handing over my coupons and the $22.50 in ExtraBucks my subtotal was $23.22.  $.70 tax was added for a total OOP of $23.92.  In the end, I saved $43.65!    
An added plus…Since I bought $30.00 worth of specially marked items and my ExtraCare Card was scanned, I received a $10.00 CVS gift card to use on my next purchase.  Yay!
Thank you, God, for giving me the ability to wisely use the money You’ve provided for my family. 
I hope I’ve inspired you all to hunt for great deals and coupons so you, too, can save.
Happy Couponing!
Bonnie

4 comments :

  1. Great shopping trip!!
    I liked in your post that you mentioned "make sure you are buying items you need or that you will give to others in need. You don’t want to take advantage of a sale just for the heck of it." When I see other blogs about great shoping trips I often wonder if these people are buying things just to buy them and get a great deal and then wondering what they use all this stuff for, especially OTC medications. I believe in having a stockpile of certain items (dish soap, toilet paper, tissues) but 40-50 bottles of body wash is, well to me a little excessive and well actually greedy. Especially when you just keeping it for your family, or an especially dirty person. LOL

    One other question, do you follow more than one store's sale ads?? I find CVS very confusing and their sale paper overwhelming to read. I've been sticking with Rite Aid and have done pretty well. My stockpile is full now with shampoo, body wash... so I haven't been doing a lot of shopping there lately.

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  2. Thank you, Kathy!

    Yes, as with everything, good and bad comes with couponing. Some people use them and some people abuse them. Donating to charities is a wonderful thing for couponers to do if they know they aren't going to use a product and they don't personally know someone who will.

    CVS is the only drugstore I seriously follow. I'm one who usually makes up my own buying scenarios, but there is a good site, www.ourcouponhome.com that you may enjoy. Moderators for various types of stores do weekly match-ups based on the sales ads and coupons. They have a Rite Aid moderator!

    I also follow Kroger ads for groceries, (even though they don't double or triple coupons anymore).

    Sure hope I was able to help you out in some way with my response. Feel free to contact me, again, if you'd like more suggestions or you want to share ideas!

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  3. Would you/ could you donate products like Bengay, OTC meds (tylenol, antihistamines..) to food banks?? These seems to be items that I see bloggers I follow purchase. I just wonder if they are sick all the time or they donate the products.
    Thanks for the link to the blog, I will check it out.

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  4. Kathy,

    I did a bit of research regarding your question. This is what I learned: OTC items can be donated for disaster relief. They can also be donated to the free clinic, local food bank and childrens' emergency shelter. Perhaps a local resale or thrift shop works in conjunction with a charity and can guide you in the right direction.

    If you can call the place you wish to donate to, before taking the items, that may be best. Don't want to drop off OTC items and have them tossed because the organization doesn't accept them.

    Oh! Sometimes, the addresses of womens' shelters aren't known to the public to prevent problems for those staying at the shelters. Sometimes, they are attached to a different organization that is in the public eye and that organization makes sure the womens' shelter receives the items. That's something I never thought of until I did some research.

    At the drug stores, there will be deals where customers earn gift cards and such (like with the CVS ExtraCare card) by buying certain products (like I did in the post you commented on. That inspires some drug store customers to buy, let's say, diabetes testing supplies even though no one in their family uses the items. Those items, can, however, be donated to organizations where those who need them can benefit from them. In the end, the drug store customer bought the item and donated it so a diabetes patient wins. The drug store customer also wins because that purchase was reflected on their store loyalty card and they are going to earn free gift card or money. Everyone is happy!

    I do know a fellow deals blogger who actually shops for two additional households besides her own. All households are related and everyone is happy with the arrangement. In that case, she is buying a lot of stuff, but she isn't hoarding it.

    If I can help in any other way, pleas let me know. I sure hope my responses made sense. Thanks for helping me to learn a few things, today.

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