Though I look over Couponmom.com religiously, last spring I ended up getting what I call CVS ExtraBucks Fatigue. My mind was just not willing to do the mathematical gymnastics and equations required to shop at CVS. But “need” overcame CVS avoidance. I needed Head & Shoulders shampoo and any decent conditioner on sale. Off to CVS I went with some coupons in hand. Though I’m not about showing groups of groceries I buy each day, I am doing this as a reminder for myself that there are still good deals out there if I use a little ingenuity.
Here’s what happened (as one CVS associate said, “Today’s your lucky day!”). Hoping my math is correct!:
- 3 large Head & Shoulders shampoo (retails for $7.79 each and on sale for $5.99 each)
- 4 bags of candy for Halloween (get ’em now!) (retails $3.99 each and on sale $2.50 each)
- 3 coupons for $1 off of 1 Head & Shoulders
- 1 coupon for $1.50 off of 3 bags of candy
- paid out $24.96 for items that retail a total of $39.33
- plus received $8 in ExtraBucks
- 2 huge bottles of Herbal Essence Conditioners (retails for $7.79 each, on sale for $5.99 each)
- 1 coupon for $3.00 off of two Herbal Essence products
- gave cashier my $8.00 in ExtraBucks
- paid out $1.04 in cash for items that retail $15.58
- but the kicker is that I got a $5.00 ExtraBuck coupon!!!! Hmmmm, wasn’t expecting that one.
I paid out $26.00 for items retailing $54.91. But some coupon experts would say that I ended up paying $21.00 for my items (if I calculated in my $5.00 EB). I’m just happy I saved $28.91 on things I really NEEDED + received $5.00 in EB! Some other couponing experts would also have walked out paying zero for their goods. But I didn’t have any EBs or gift cards going in. I really am hoping the mass hysteria of extreme couponing is over, and we can all just get back to the business of getting decent deals!
So, have I overcome my CVS EB Fatigue? Not sure. Only when I NEED something will it spur me on to do the mental math gymnastics!