I got some great deals at CVS this week and this time I took pix!
A couple of weeks ago I found out that you can preview next week's CVS ad online on the CVS web site, which is great for planning a weekly shopping trip to snag some deals. There are a ton of people that coupon shop around my area and if you don't get there early, you will probably miss out as things sell out pretty quickly.
CVS does do rain checks though, which helps, but if you have a coupon to use that will expire soon, that could be a problem. So I like to review the ad on Friday or Saturday and make a list of the things we need that are on sale. Then I go through the list and use an online coupon database to match up coupons with the sale items I plan to buy. Finally, I gather up all my coupons and figure out how to group my items to get the best bang for my buck (basically I figure out if I need to divide up my purchase into separate transactions). Usually, I spend about 20 minutes at a time working on this, but if I did it all in one sitting without interruption, I think it would be about an hour's worth of preparation.
This week, I divided my purchase up into 4 transactions in order to maximize my savings. I went to CVS at about 10am, so it was not busy and I told the cashier what I was doing and asked her if it would be okay. She was very nice and helpful, so we got my checkout finished in just a few minutes and no one had to wait behind me.
Here's what I got:
Summary: $9.68 total - $8.79 ECBs = 89 cents plus tax (95 cents total)
Summary: $23.99 - $7 in coupons - $15.68 in ECBs = $1.31 plus tax ($1.40 total)
Summary: $19.99 - $4 coupon - $8 ECBs = $7.99 plus tax ($8.54 total)
Summary: $9.98 - $4 in coupons - $5 ECBs = 98 cents plus tax ($1.05 total).
To conclude, I went home with $63.64 in household items but only paid $11.94. That is an 81% savings!