Last week, I went to CVS and I think that I spent less than $1 for about $30 worth of "stuff". Today, I bought about $50 worth of "stuff" for a mere $2.44 out of pocket (and I will be sending away for two $6.99 mail-in rebates!). I did three transactions while I was there to capitalize on the save $5 on a $15 purchase coupon. I have to admit that I really enjoy the challenge of buying things at CVS, using all of the coupons that I find in the paper or online, using my extra care bucks and trying to increase the amount of extra care bucks that I have remaining.
How do I do it? Well, first of all I love a challenge and I love saving money - so, those two items are combined here. If you are interested in saving money at CVS, I suggest reading two posts written by Money Savings Mom: CVS 101 and Making CVS Work For You. I think that she explains the process of CVSing very well. Then, I would suggest subscribing to her blog. Each week, she gives some examples of what you could do at CVS and she always has a link for you to see all of the deals on a site called Slickdeals. At Slickdeals, they tell you about the deals for the week and if there are any coupons online that you can print out. So, I suggest checking that out as well, and you can see this weeks deals by clicking here. There are a lot of great deals out there, and obviously I took advantage of many of them! I will be going back again this week because there are some more products that I use that I can get for pennies - so, why not take advantage of a good thing! While at the store, just be careful that you choose the correct thing to purchase so that you earn the ECBs that you would like to.
On my sidebar, you can see that as of today:
Total Before Savings at CVS = $165.56
Total Spent out of Pocket = $16.65
Extra Care Bucks Remaining = $39.90