I've been asked recently by several people about CVS and how it's been working for our family. Here is this week's success story. On Tuesday night I spent $18.42 out of pocket, Saved $74.43 , still have $12 in Extra Care Bucks for next week. So in reality I've only handed over $5 .58 in cash. This week I basically followed Angie's spending plan with a few adjustments.
Here' what I got for that $5.58
4 12 packs of Diet Coke
1 pack of Huggies
3 packages of 8 AAA batteries
2 bags Hershey's kisses
3 Bars of Baby soap
2 Gallons of milk
1 Box of Kashi crackers
2 Boxes of Kleenex
2 Bottles Robitussin
I must confess that I'm not at all responsible for discovering these great deals. If you can read, click and print then you can do it, too. I encourage you to give it a try.
So, here's how its done. Go to Money Saving Mom and check out the weekly and monthly CVS deals that she has discovered. She actually has a CVS 101 article that you can read to get a picture of how this system works best. She will link you to any online coupons that are available to be printed. Be sure to check out the comments for all of those other diligent shoppers out there who have found other deals as well. Those comments have been a valuable resource for me. I've also found Thrifty Florida Mama to be quite helpful as well.
This does take some time to think through and plan. Normally I'll spend 30 minutes with the coupons and planning for the week. But I know exactly what I'm going to purchase so the actually shopping time is about 10 minutes. It's nice to have some ECB on hand as well if I need to pick up a card or gallon of milk throughout the week.
My goal in all of this? To be able to take the household/diaper/milk/toiletry /pharmacy items out of my grocery budget and to get them for as little money as possible. I don't want to become a hoarder who buys things just because they are free. I've committed to buy only those things that I know we will be using shortly or that I know someone else could use. So far I've been more than pleased with the results!