It’s been a while since I shared one of my really good shopping trips, and yesterday I had a great trip to CVS! I frequently shop there for diapers, because they accept coupons and often have sales that make name brand diapers cheaper than store brand alternatives.
Here’s what I picked up:
My total out of pocket, after coupons and Extra Care Bucks (ECBs) back, was $8.90!
Here’s how I did it:
This week you can get $10 back in ECBs when you buy $30 in participating P&G items. Pampers diapers were part of that, and I easily made it to $30 by picking up three packages plus some shampoo and conditioner.
The diapers were on sale for $8.99 per Jumbo pack and the shampoo was on sale for 2/$5.97. The total of those 5 items was $32.94 before tax.
I used the following coupons:
- $2.50 off 1 Pampers Baby Dry – I got this at my local Mothering as a Career Club meeting. Another mom didn’t need it.
- $1.50 off 1 Pampers Baby Dry – also from my MACC club.
- $3.00 off any 2 Herbal Essences or Aussie shampoo/conditioner – from the newspaper insert this past weekend.
- $3.00 ECB coupon from a previous shopping trip
- $5.00 off $25 Baby Care purchase – CVS coupon that printed on the bottom of a previous receipt.
- $1/2 Herbal Essences or Aussie – CVS coupon that printed from the kiosk on a previous trip.
That brought my total at the register down to $18.90, but then I also got $10 back in ECBs when I checked out!
Here are a few money-saving lessons from this trip…
1. Pay attention to those ECB deals.
Normally spending $30 on items isn’t something I seek to do, but when the sale involves items we need and I have coupons, I check it out! CVS has ECB deals every week. Some are small, but some are big. Check them all! When you start adding coupons, you maximize your saving.
2. Remember that totals for ECB deals are pre-coupon.
When you are trying to hit a price point to qualify for an ECB deal, remember that you should be calculating on the pre-coupon price. Add up all your items before any coupons or discounts, and that is the number that triggers the ECB deal. Any coupons you have are additional savings on top of that!
3. Always check your receipts.
CVS gives out their ECBs on the bottom of their receipts, but they also give out other coupons from time to time. My husband is the one that came home with the receipt that had the $5/$25 in baby care items. If I hadn’t checked it, I would have missed out on a great savings!
4. Share coupons.
One of the reasons I saved as much as I did was because of two coupons that I picked up at my monthly Mothering as a Career Club meeting. The moms in that group often share coupons they get and don’t need. I was lucky to get two high value Pampers Baby Dry coupons that really helped bring my total down. Find a friend or group that you can share your unwanted coupons with, and pick up ones you don’t have.
Have you had a great shopping trip lately? I’d love to hear about it!