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Money Saving tip #2 – Part 2: How to use those coupons

March 12, 2010 · 62 comments

in Money Saving Tips, Personal Finance

Good morning!

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.

Happy Shopping!!

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Teresa Fiore April 14, 2010 at 12:02 am

Do you find that coupon shopping is better than shopping at Sam’s or Costco?


Kris April 14, 2010 at 8:10 am

Regarding coupon shopping vs Sams or Costco, I find that for many things, I can get it much cheaper by combining sales and coupons. I do not even have a Costco membership anymore. Part of the reason I dropped Costco is I found I was buying things I did not need, not to mention it can be quite an endeavor to go shopping there. Some of the things I used to buy at Costco was bulk paper products, bulk toothpaste, crackers and cereal. I found that if I bought those same things at Meijer when they were on sale and had the coupons, and bought enough until the next sale came along, it was much cheaper at Meijer. I will probably write a larger post about this in the future. Some things I miss from Costco: The giant bags of chocolate chips, the giant bottle of pure vanilla, and the frozen corn. I just love their frozen corn. Thanks for commenting!


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