Yesterday I wrote about how you can save money by properly preparing yourself before you go shopping, and how to combine coupons with sales to maximize savings. I wanted to provide an example of how to do this by using my most recent receipt from CVS.
Keep in mind, I love CVS. You can save so much money there if you shop right.
So here are my purchases, and what I saved:
Tide: Paid 5.97 Saved 3.02
Dawn: Paid .97 Saved 1.02
Colgate toothpaste (buy 1, get 1 free) Got 2 for 2.89 Saved 2.89
Almay foundation (buy 1, get 1 free) Got 2 for 8.99 Saved 8.99
I then used my coupons, as follows:
Dawn – .20 coupon which brought price down to .77
Colgate – Had 2 coupons. 1 for .75 and 1 for 1.00. Since I bought 2 tubes and 1 was free, I ended up getting 2 tubes for 1.14, or .57 each.
Almay – Had 2 coupons, each for a dollar. Bought 2 products for 8.99 total. Less the coupons, paid 6.99 for 2 Almay products, or 3.50 each.
Tide – Had 1 coupon for 1.00. Paid 4.97 after discounts.
At this point, my overall spending for this trip was 12.87. BUT, I also had 6.00 in CVS Extracare bucks from a previous shopping trip. So after all discounts (27.87 in total savings) and including tax, my overall spending for that trip was a flat 8 dollars even. That is a heck of a lot of items for only 8 dollars. In addition, I also got a dollar in Extracare bucks for the Tide I purchased, which I can use on my next shopping trip.
As a word of caution, always check the restrictions and fine print when shopping. For instance, there was a limit on 1 bottle of tide for this offer. So always make sure you don’t end up buying more than the discount is allowed for.