My Mother loved bargains and she would get super excited if she saved a lot of money on a purchase. I think I have her shopping gene and that is the reason I love to go to yard sales and shop for bargains now.
In 2008 when the economy in the US declined and I lost my full time job, I started using coupons in a limited way. I remember talking to a lady in a store one day and she told me she went to a drug store and used her coupons and their bonus rewards because they paid her to shop there. I didn’t get that at all. However, I did buy a book on couponing entitled, Coupon Mom. I enjoyed the book and used some of her techniques. Here is a link to her website: http://www.couponmom.com/
I know many people think you have to spend hours and hours to save money and that is absolutely not true. As I have gotten couponing into my regular routine, I don’t spend a lot of time clipping and saving coupons. First of all, I have signed up for coupons from proctor and gamble and some other manufacturers that have some of my favorite products, Second, I scan the sale papers on Sunday and clip coupons for products that I will use. If there is something on sale at a local store, I will fold that paper in half and know I want to refer to it when I do my shopping on Wednesday.
I save lots of money at our local CVS drug store. In the past, I have gone into the store and the person in front of me would spend less than a dollar for their purchases. I was always curious about how they did that and I would think they stayed up all night clipping coupons and plotting how to do that. I decided that I was going to figure it out.
I have a CVS extra care card and I use it everytime I go into the store for purchases. CVS gives me extra bucks rewards for my purchases and I have also joined their beauty club. I look over the CVS ad each Sunday and see if I have a need for items that have an extra bucks reward for purchase. Here is a link to their website for more information about their program. https://www.cvs.com/extracare/landing.jsp Below are two examples of how I have saved money recently using the extra bucks program.
Purchased 2 hair care products that retailed at 2 for $24.00 or $12.99 each. I had an extra bucks reward of $3 and my beauty club reward of $5 which I applied to the purchase. I had also received an e-mail that included a 30 percent discount for any regular priced items and gave me an additional discount of $7.20. My total discount for the $24.00 was $15.20. However, there was an additional bonus to this purchase. If I purchased two of the products, I would get an extra bucks reward of $10.00 to use for a future purchase. My total for the purchase was $10.58 but the extra bucks reward of $10.00 reduced my purchase to the sales tax that is charged in North Carolina of 58 cents.
When you receive extra bucks they will expire usually within a week or two. I realized after the above purchase that we needed our fish oil supplements and I saw on the CVS weekly circular they were on sale for buy one get one free. A bottle of two hundred of the Sundown brand retailed for $20.99 and I would receive another bottle of 200 free. As I checked my CVS coupons, I not only had the $10 extra bucks but I also had a coupon for $4 off a $20 purchase of any vitamin. Therefore, my total purchase amount was $7.49 including our state sales tax and each bottle of vitamins cost me $3.50.
If you haven’t tried couponing, I would recommend giving it a try. It may seem overwhelming at first but it can also help you to save money for more fun things than vitamins or hair care products. In fact, I think my Mother did the same thing. When we had special occasions she really pulled out all the stops and made them huge celebrations and I think she may have justified that with all the bargains she found along the way.
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