Thursday, December 13, 2007

CVS Mania

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!

6 comments:

Heather L. said...

I'm totally impressed by you and the other CVS shoppers! Amazing! and a blessing too!

duckygirl said...

So is there a way to take advantage of any of these deals online if you live in a state without CVS stores?? Probably not, but a girl can dream right?

~Laura

eally said...

This is great! Have you ever heard of thegrocerygame.com or something like that? You can google it - I did that for awhile and saved a ton of money - but it takes a lot of time and I ran out of that! LOL

Mary@notbefore7 said...

off to try this tonight with batteries...ironically, on my christmas gift list for my uncle...we'll see how it goes :)

Saralyn said...

Monica--
I'm with you on the buying only what we're legitimately going to use or quickly give away. Everything always goes on sale again, and I don't need to fill every inch of storage space with toilet paper! I guess is weighing what's better, free stuff or freedom from stuff.

Tina (www.the-miles.org) said...

Ok, that just makes me sick! I've GOT to start doing that! Thank you for linking to the sites and I"ve promised myself I'm going to start doing the coupons this next time. (I'd run out to CVS now, but I live in Indy and don't want to go out in the snow now!)