Over the years I've been asked quite a few questions about how we make ends meet on a limited budget and I've always meant to post more about it. In the past, coupons have been a big part of that strategy and so in addition to hopefully writing other posts about my savings strategies I've decided to do a (possibly) weekly posts on our couponing adventures to share one of the main ways that we save (that possibly is there because the moment I try to do every week posts I almost always forget or have something come up and don't get around to the next one).
Today was our weekly shopping trip and I'd carefully planned and plotted an extra stop at CVS to do a little couponing. I had $26 in extra bucks from last week to use, plus quite a few coupons that I was hoping were going to be problem free (and they were).
I actually wasn't planning on buying diapers today, but when I saw the sale price plus the gift card back and thought about the extra bucks I already had I decided to get them now, while they're a fairly good deal. And we needed wipes, which is why those $3.99-not-a-great-deal-wipes made the cut (I'm always grateful when we do have extra bucks when there's something we need that I don't have a great coupon/sale combo for!)!
Here are today's deals:
I used 2 $1.50 manufacturer coupons (-$3)
And then got a $5 gift card for the purchase (-$5)
Which brings the cost to $6.23 a pack
1 Pack of Pampers Wipes ($3.49)
$2 off manufacturer coupon (-2)
Final Cost- $1.49
1 Large Pack of CVS Wipes ($4.99)
CVS $1.50 off CVS Wipes Coupon (-$1)
Final Cost- $3.99
After adding the diapers and wipes to the cart I got back to the task of finding the deals I'd carefully planned out. The main thing that I needed to get was a razor for Paul, since apparently we're not in couponing razor season (is that fall? I was trying to remember because I know there's a month where men's razor blades were pretty much free on a weekly basis, but I think we're still a ways off from that time of year). Then I found the other super deals on my list and it turned out like this (these are the prices after receiving CVS Extra Bucks back on the receipt):
Birthday Cake M&M's ($.75)
CVS Extra Bucks Back $.75 (-$.75)
Final Cost- Free
Culturelle Probiotics ($10)
CVS Extra Bucks Back (-$10)
Final Cost- Free
Colgate 2 for $6
CVS $1.50 off toothpaste coupon (-$1.50)
CVS Extra Bucks Back $3 (-$3)
Final Cost- $.75 each
Tresemme Shampoo and Conditioner 2 for $8 x 2 ($16)
Manufacturer Coupons 4 x $2.00 (-$8)
CVS Extra Bucks Back $5 (-$5)
Final Cost- $3 or $.75 each
Gillette Venus Razor $11.49 x 2 ($22.98)
Gillette Fusion Pro Razor $9.99 ($9.99)
For a total cost of $32.97
Gillette Venus Razor Coupon $4 x 2 (-$8)
Gillette Men's Razor Coupon $4 (-$4)
CVS Extra Bucks buy $30 get $10 back deal (-$10)
Final Cost $10.97 or $3.66 each
Before coupons the items rang up in the triple digits. Even with the coupons in my hand that always makes me nervous. Then I handed over the coupons and that knocked off $58.50. I paid $47.35 and then got back $36.75 for my next trip.
Not a bad day of couponing! I'm not quite back to where I was when I'd been doing it for a few months but I feel like I'm starting to get back in the swing of things!