I spent a total of $9.75 at CVS the other day for my essential personal hygiene supplies for the month.
Herbal Essences Tealightfully Clean Shampoo (10 oz) [On sale for 2/$6 from $4.39 each + MFR coupon $1 off when you buy 2] Herbal Essences Tealightfully Clean Shampoo (10 oz) [On sale for 2/$6 from $4.39 each + MFR coupon $1 off when you buy 2] Oil of Olay Luscious Orchid Body Wash (23.6 oz) [On sale for $6 from $7.29 + MFR coupon $1 off]
At CVS, your spending each quarter accumulates, and after you reach certain amounts, they reward you with Extra Bucks. I’ve seen a few extra bucks through my spending, but also receive them occasionally in my email. On this particular day, I had $1 in Extra Bucks so I decided to go to CVS.
I am not brand-loyal at all but I do have preferences. My strategy this time was cutting out a variety of shampoo/conditioner and body wash coupons so I could have them ready when I went to purchase these items. You can go the extra mile and watch for sales if you want to, but most stores usually have something on sale. CVS had Herbal Essences on sale 2/$6. I had a coupon for $1/shampoo and conditioner. This means I got my shampoo and conditioner for even less than I would’ve paid at Wal-mart.
Including the Extra Buck I printed out before I headed to CVS, my total was 9.00, $7.07 less than it would’ve been without any coupons, sales, or rewards bucks applied.
I felt pretty good after I left CVS. I basically paid Walmart prices at CVS in midtown, which tends to have higher prices, without spending all the gas to drive to the burbs for my essentials.