If you didn't read part 1 here it is if you want to catch up.
Ok so, I decided to give this extreme couponing another try. I was determined not to let it conquer me and I'm happy to report that it didn't. I won. Well, I'd say I probably came in more around 2nd or 3rd place. I still felt a little flustered, it took a little longer than I wanted, and I still have the feeling that I can do better. That's just motivation to give it another go though right?
On to the loot.....
CVS Shopping Trip: 3.21.11
Here are my stats for this shopping trip....
Product Value: $49.71
Total Savings (Coupons/Promotions): $34.28
Total Cash Out of Pocket: $15.43
Extra Care Bucks Earned to spend later: $16.98 (basically I earned $1.55)
Here's how I did it....
I used http://www.southernsavers.com/ to create my shopping list. They link printable coupons, tell you where to find clippable coupons and even give you different scenarios to try. It's time consuming at this point, but I can see how it will eventually get easier and take a lot less thought.
Side note: I brought my husband with me who also had a CVS card which was beneficial because they limit certain amounts of deals to one or two per card like the Allegra deal I'm about to share with you. Consider that card stolen...and yeah not sure if that's kosher or not? Oh well, the CVS employees all seemed to be into the extreme couponing thing and were even giving us tips so I don't think they mind. End of side note.
First you go in and scan your card(s) at the coupon station in CVS. It prints off several coupons to use on your shopping trip (supposedly you can do this twice but it never works for me). This will be the first point of confusion as an inexperienced coupon shopper. Stick to your plan my head tells me, this is where mistakes are made! But I didn't and it worked out alright.
Then you find your items....
- 2 boxes of Allegra: $6.99 (plus I used a $2.00 coupon on both) - buying this gave me $6.99 in ECB each for a total of 13.98
- 2 Reach Flosses: $1.00 (plus I had a $1.00 coupon on both) - FREE
- Alaway Eye Itch Relief: $12.99 (plus I had a $4.00 coupon) - earned $3.00 ECB
- Clear Care Contact Solution: $8.19 (plus I had $1.50 coupon)
- Starbucks Frapp: $1.99 (Coupon printed at store for $1.00)
- CVS Green Tag: $1.00 (This gives me $1 ECB for every 4 times I use my reusable bag instead of plastic, yay future savings!)
The lesson I learned this shopping trip is that I need to do multiple transactions to reduce the actual amount of cash that I have to give in the end. Here's what I should have done and this is without using my previous $15.00 in ECB.
- 1 Allegra (limit one per card) - $6.99 minus $2.00 coupon - $4.99
- 2 Reach Flosses - $1.00 coupon off each - FREE
- 1 Starbucks Frapp - $1.99 minus $1.00 coupon - $0.99
ECB earned: $6.99
- 1 Alaway Eye Itch - $12.99 minus $4.00 coupon - $8.99
ECB earned: $3.00
- 1 Allegra - $6.99 minus $2.00 coupon - $4.99
ECB earned: $6.99
- 1 Clear Care Contact Solution - $8.19 minus $1.50 coupon - $6.69
- 1 Green Bag Tag - $0.99
TOTAL CASH OUT OF POCKET: $9.47 before tax
We'll see if I get my nerve up to do the multi transaction thing next time....it's obviously a lot better in the savings department. Agh. Why didn't I think of this before! Oh well, this coupon thing is going to take some time to learn. I'm sure all of your heads are spinning now. Go take some Tylenol and then get to couponing!