It’s time to play every cheapskate’s favorite game…. ‘Guess How Much?’ Personally I love this game. If you’re sick of it, please let me know and I’ll stop.
Incidentally, this post will be a little bit about me bragging about my good deals but more about offering some little tips on how to get good deals at CVS.
So--- on with it!
Guess How Much? FYI--all of these items were purchased at CVS (in case you didn't get that from the above reference)
OK—I’m going to make you wait a bit to actually find out because each item purchased needs a little explaining.
First on my list was the Herbal Essences Shampoo and Conditioner.
It was on sale 2/$4.97 (regular retail price $4.79 ea.) PLUS purchasing this deal this week also got me $1 extra care bucks (I’ll explain those in a minute), AND I had a manufacturers coupon for $1.00 off any Herbal Essences shampoo or conditioner product. So, if you’re playing along that means technically I got both of these for $2.97 (or $1.49 ea) Good deal!
I love the name of these— Hilarious!
Skintimate Shave Gel on sale for $1.99 (original price $3.49). You guessed it—I had a coupon for $1.00 off one. Total: $.99
And I must've been in quite the mood yesterday because not only did I buy matching shampoo/conditioner and shave gel, but this one also sounds a little sassy!
|did you know mangos could be flirty? This was news to me.|
Now for the biggie.
Schick Hydro 5 Razor:
On sale for $8.49 (from $9.99) AND receive $5 in extra care bucks (wait for it). I had 2 coupons for this one—one that was $3.00 off and one that was $2.00 off. I wasn’t sure which one would work so I handed the cashier both. Usually when a coupon doesn’t work, when the cashier scans it, it gives him/her a message and they say—‘this coupon isn’t working’ and they’ll tell me why. I kinda let them do the work for me—it only takes an extra second for them and I don’t have to think too hard.
TIP: it’s ok to
play be dumb sometimes—it may just work to your advantage!
Yep—they BOTH worked!! So if you’re counting here’s where we’re at with the Schick razor purchase:
On sale $8.49-- Get $5 extra care bucks = $3.49 + $3.00 off = $.49 + $2.00 off = +$1.51. Yeah—I totally made money on this one!
In the end, I paid $8.98 at the register BUT I got $7.00 in extra care bucks back (almost time...) so TECHNICALLY, all of this loot only cost me $1.98.
One more thing before I reveal my CVS secrets- just so you don't think I spend every waking hour scouring stores for deals... Every Sunday I quickly review the CVS circular to see if there are any AMAZING deals that stand out or anything that’s already on my list that I need where CVS might be the best price that week. Then I kinda sit back and let my favorite couponing sites (mentioned here) let me know if there are any “harder to find” amazing deals—then I head to the store. Not time consuming at all—I’m a lazy couponer if I’m nothing.
OK-- Let me explain a few CVS secrets:
First the Extra Care Card:
TIP—scan it twice because many times it will print out more than one coupon!
Sometimes the coupons are AWESOME—like for free chocolate bars (hello!—FREE chocolate!) and sometimes not so much. I got 4 coupons on this trip—none of which I will use before they expire—you usually only have a week or so—but all it took was a few seconds of my time so…
(oh and p.s.—TIP new coupons print out every day so if you have to go more to CVS more than once in a week—check the machine again!)
A lot of times CVS offers deals that include extrabucks. These “gift certificate coupons” (as I call them) print out on the end of the receipt. They are good on your next purchase at CVS. On ANYTHING. Basically the next time I go in to CVS I have $7 free dollars to spend.
Most of the time, I don’t get sucked into these—because you still have to put more money out up front—and usually for me that’s a deal breaker. BUT because I KNOW I’ll be back at CVS in the near future, I went ahead with these. (FYI—RiteAid has a similar program, but there isn’t a RiteAid that is convenient to me, so I don’t ever make a special trip there for this type of deal)
Just be sure if you’re going to take advantage of a deal like this, that you’ll actually have the opportunity to use the “gift certificate coupons” before they expire—usually only a few weeks later-- otherwise you haven't saved much.
And the Green Bag Tag:
I only learned of this because one of the first coupons that printed for me on the ‘magic coupon machine’ was a ‘Get a Free Green Bag Tag’—so… I asked. If it doesn’t print for you from the ‘magic coupon machine’, I THINK it’s like $1.99 to purchase. (Usually it comes with a little toggle thingy on the end so that you can attach it to a reusable bag, but since I always use a different bag, I took it off of mine and keep in in my wallet with my CVS extracare card.) Every time you bring your own bag—have them scan the card. After 4 visits with the card, $1.00 extra care buck prints on the bottom of your receipt. Apparently this was my 4th visit - thus making my total extra care bucks for this trip $7 (instead of the $6 I specifically laid out before)
So… there are a few secrets that I’ve learned over the past few months of shopping with coupons and the store cards at CVS. I hope they might also help you.
Holy wordy post—sorry.