Sunday, March 7, 2010

A blog-worthy shopping day

So here's what I got at CVS today and below is the breakdown of what I paid:

  • 4 boxes of Kellogg's cereal - 4/$10, but I had two coupons...ended up being 4/$7.50. THEN there was a "extra bucks" reward on them of $5.00 so it was like getting 4/$2.50. That's insane and we both love Raisin Bran and Corn Pops!
  • Bounce dryer bars (we LOVE these!) - sale for $3.99, plus a coupon for $1.50. Net total of $2.49.
  • Secret deodorant (2) - sale for $3.99 each, plus a coupon for $1.00/2. Total before "extra bucks" of $6.98. Extra bucks of $2.00 so a per item cost of $2.49. Not the best deal ever, but not bad.
  • Dawn Hand Renewal Dish Soap - sale for $0.97, plus a coupon for $1.00. FREE!
  • Gillette Fusion Razor - sale for $8.99, plus a coupon for $5.00. Extra bucks of $4.00. FREE (after extra bucks)!
  • Nivea lip balm - sale for $2.99, extra care bucks of $2.99. FREE (after extra bucks)!
  • Oral B Cross action toothbrushes - sale for $4.00 each, plus a coupon of $1.00 so two for $7.00. Extra care bucks of $8.00 - better than FREE (after extra bucks). I got paid $1.00 to buy two toothbrushes!
  • Clairol hair dye - sale for $4.97 each, plus a coupon for $5 off 2. Net out of pocket of $4.94. Extra care bucks of $2.00 so a per item cost of $1.47. I'm quite proud of this deal and my roots thank me.
  • Always pantyliners - sale for $2.99, plus a coupon for $1.00. Net out of pocket of $1.99.
  • Always pads - sale for $2.99, plus a coupon for $1.00. Net out of pocket of $1.99.
My total before coupons and sales was $87.69. CVS sale prices dropped it down to $61.29. Coupons dropped it further down to $42.29. Then I had extra bucks from a prior shopping trip bringing my total down even further to $34.29.

The best part is that I have $23.99 in extra bucks to use before 4/6 which brings the net cost of all that down to $10.30. Now that's just cool.

I am SO loving all this sale/coupon shopping. I'm nowhere near as good as some of the people out there, but I'm pretty happy with the progress I've made so far!


Amanda said...

Ok, I have CVS around the corner from me and I rarely go there. What's the deal with the "extra bucks"? I know you need a card to get the sale prices, but I don't know how it works...

~Jaime~ said...

Ok, CVS stressed me out for a while before I jumped in. First, I went and got the card (free) and a quick sign up.

Then I started comparing sales flyers to coupons I had and found there were a lot of good deals. So...I jumped in.

So the extra bucks are just like Walgreens Register Rewards. Basically at the end of your receipt you'll get coupons on the bottom to bring back and use on a future shopping trip.

So the Nivea lip balm cost me $2.99 out of pocket yesterday, but I got an 'extra buck' back of $2.99 to use in the next month.

So you do have some out of pocket costs, but as long as you remember to use the extra bucks before they expire (usually a month) you're all set.

Oh, you also earn some type of % on your purchases there that print out on your receipt each week too. Not sure what that's all about yet!