What would your guess be as to how much all this cost me?
First, let me tell you how much it cost before savings
2 small boxes of cheese it's = 4 boxes for $5 on sale
2 small boxes of wheat thins = 4 boxes for $5 on sale
1 box of Kotex $3.49 on sale
1 package of pens $1.99
1 half gallon of milk $ 2.29
Like I said, I have been couponing. In my research of getting good deals I started looking at TheKrazyCouponLady.com. The main driver behind The Krazy Coupon Lady is Joanie Demer. You may remember her on the first episode of Extreme couponing. She is the one who made us all cringe as she went "dumpster diving in that adorable Anthropology jacket. She has a great web site and a book, "Pick Another Checkout Line Honey." I absolutely love her and think she is adorable! I have signed up for her daily email, and get all the great deals spelled out for me.
I also get a daily email from faithfulprovisions.com, and the frugalgirls.com. All of this is so helpful because they do all the match ups for me.
So this week I planned out my CVS trip, and tees he above deals are the deals I got, but because CVS has extra care bucks(ECB), I was really able to keep my out of pocket (OOP)really low.
The whole point with ECB's is to use them, along with coupons to make your OOP to a minimum. They are printed on your receipt so you can't use them on the same transaction.
So this is the breakdown...
I went into the store with $8 ECB from a previous shopping trip so my goal was to keep my OOP really low.
The 4 boxes of crackers were on sale for 4/$5, but I also had a $1 off coupon. It also came with 1 ECB
The box of U Kotex was on sale for 3.49. I had a $1 off coupon. It came with 2 ECB.
The package of pens was 1.99
There was no coupon for these, but I did get $1.99 back in ECB.
1 half gallon of milk was 2.29
Because I had a whole 8 ECB from my last shopping trip, I needed this trip to be big enough to use the whole amount at one time. and we needed milk lol!
So my OOP for all 7 items was $3.19!!! A savings of 72% before sales and coupons!!! I also got 5 more ECB on my receipt!!!