I love the idea of saving money but couponing is not entirely appealing to me because I lack the time, patience and organization. So to make it doable I have a low-key way if couponing. Essentially I coupon only at CVS and occasionally Target when I see a deal I can’t pass up.*
I’ve been running to CVS every Sunday after I get the coupons from the paper and I shop solely based on the ECB (extra care bucks) specials of the week. When I get home my husband gets so excited with the stash. And yes we now have quite the stash of shampoo, cold medicine, deodorant, lotion, Chapstick, and feminine products! He has it all organized in our basement in preparation for the apocalypse 😉. Seriously though, he thinks it is amazing and urged me to blog about it.
Here is Sundays’s haul.
I purchased all of this for around 7 bucks. Wanna know how?
First you’ll have to get yourself a free ExtraCare card at CVS and delivery of your Sunday paper for coupons. On your first shopping trip you’ll make an initial investment of about 20 bucks or so because you won’t have any ECBs to spend. Moving forward you will have them for each trip. Before you head out you’ll want to check out the CVS circular, your Sunday coupons AND sites that can help you cheat like Living Rich with Coupons and Passion for Savings. These sites literally zero in on the best deals and can generate a list that you take right to the store. And they do these for every store that exists if you really want to go crazy!
Only purchase items that are on sale and which will generate ECBs. All of the above items did and I had coupons for all of them except the lip balm and milk. I also used ECBs from last weeks trip. Though I spent around 7 bucks I made 11 ECBs so really you can’t go wrong!
Do you think I’m absolutely nuts at this point or are you a crazy couponer too?!
*Target deal from last week was 2 Children’s Triaminic cold medicines for 10 dollars. I had 2 coupons…one for 5 off and one for 3 off two bottles and then Target was running a promotion for 5 dollar gift card when you buy 2 bottles. It was a money-maker for me!