Why I Like (Selective) Shopping at CVS – Tuesday September 1, 2009

I’ve wanted to do a post on this for a while but lost the receipts from earlier shopping trips there and haven’t made a good run with them real recently.

Today everything I purchased was on sale, plus I had coupons for most of them. CVS’ prices are typically higher than dollar stores and wally world so I try to wait until I have a coupon and a sale combined. Otherwise, if I just use one or the other, I pay the same thing as I would other places at regular price.

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Let’s see, left to right. The Mott’s applesauce was on sale, plus I had a $1 coupon.    Total Cost $1     Reg. Price $2.99

The 40-load Tide Powder was on sale plus I had a coupon. It was the same price as the 32-load liquid.    Total Price $4.98     Reg. Price $10.99

Celine Dion perfume. Not sure what the original price was.    Clearance for $4.25.

Glade Fragrance Collection reed diffuser. On sale for $6.99, their sale this week gives you back $6.99 in Extra Bucks, plus I had a coupon for $2.    Total Price  -$2.00      Reg. Price $9.99

Progresso Soup. Good as homemade? Absolutely not but I like to keep some at the office for an occasional, quick, low calorie & low fat meal. I only really like about 3 of their soups. I can rarely find them for less than $2. On sale occasionally for $1.50 to $1.75. CVS had a sale buy 3 for $6, get $2 back in EB. I had a $1.10 off purchase of 3.    Total Price $ .97 per can.     Reg. Price $3.19 per can.

The Dawn soap is their small bottle. This was on sale plus I had a coupon.      Total Price $ .75     Reg. Price $1.99

Softsoap Nutri Serums body wash. I had a coupon for $1, plus they gave back $2 in EB.    Total Price $1.99     Reg. Price $4.99

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My Total Cost with tax $15. 40

My Total Savings: $30.94 (includes Extra Bucks but excludes whatever I saved on the perfume, since I don’t know what the original cost was)

The only thing I haven’t done is checked to see what all of these items purchased at Freds or Dollar General would cost. I think I’ll try to do that and post what I found. Might be really revealing.

I get some coupons from online sources. Occasionally I’ll pick up a Sunday paper. Several months ago I heard about the All You magazine which is similar to Good Housekeeping or Better Homes & Gardens. All You is known for their many coupons. Supposedly Walmart carries them but I couldn’t find any at our local store so I found a site only where I got a 1-year subscription for $9. (Mags Direct.com) I figured if I don’t use many of the coupons it would still pay itself off. I got my first magazine last week and it has about $80 worth of coupons. Granted, I probably won’t use more than $10 of them but if so, that pays the subscription off in one edition.

Coupon clipping can get kind of complicated, especially if you try to match them with sales, and epecially if you live in a small town where there aren’t many stores to choose from. And also with only 2 of us living in the house, we don’t go through things as fast as those of you with families might.

Anyway, I’m probably the last person to actually start doing this!  You’re all probably pros at this by now. Thanks to Judy for the first inspiriation, and to Linda for explaining how you get your good deals. It’s fun to get good deals!!