Have you ever watched those extreme couponing people? I am always amazed at the dedication they put into shopping for their deals.
Me, I don’t have the time or patience for all that planning and clipping. I also find that a lot of these extreme couponers are getting food items that aren’t things my family will eat. We are more of a fresh food kind of group and stocking up on 20 boxes of mac-n-cheese just isn’t going to work for me.
While I don’t coupon for food items I have discovered that couponing for other household items is actually beneficial for us. But again, as a SAHM I don’t have 40 hours to put into researching deals and printing or clipping coupons.
I spend maybe 5 min a week “couponing” for household supplies and end up saving my family hundreds of dollars a year.
I only coupon at one store. CVS. Now, I am not a crazy CVS advocate or anything but I find that they are the easiest place to coupon. My local store manager is also really great about helping me if I run into any coupon issues.
CVS has a very easy to understand coupon system. Walgreens has a similar program but they have a points system that needs to be converted into dollars and my mind just doesn’t want to have to go through the trouble of doing that.
I’m just going to hit the high points of the CVS coupon system but you can read their full policy on their website.
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CVS will accept one manufacturer coupon AND a CVS coupon for the same item.
On a BOGO item, you can use a coupon for each item.
Coupons CAN be used on sale items.
Each week CVS has special coupons that print on your receipts AND at special kiosks in the store. You just have to have a FREE CVS card.
This is really the selling feature of the CVS system for me. They essentially offer CVS dollars back if you buy certain items or certain amounts of items each week.
You can also use coupons in conjunction with ECB deals.
I promise it gets less confusing. Let me give you an example.
Say CVS is offering a deal this week of Spend $5 on Crest Toothpaste and get 3ECBs.
You buy your $5 worth of toothpaste and CVS gives you a $3 credit that you can use on your next purchase at CVS.
There is no limit to how many ECBs you can use in a transaction.
Say the toothpaste is $2.50 a tube and you have two $1 off coupons.
You buy two tubes of toothpaste for $3 total after your coupons and you get 3ECBs. You basically ended up getting that toothpaste for FREE.
This still sounds like a lot of planning
It does doesn’t it! Luckily for us, there are LOTS of ladies who have made jobs of matching up all the deals and coupons for us! My favorite website to use is True Couponing. Kati and her team put together all the deals every week AND give you the links to any printable coupons you may need.
All I do is go to True Couponing, click on the weekly match-ups and select the deals I want. I then print my list and coupons and I am ready to go. Seriously that’s it.
What DO I coupon for?
Plastic bags, trash bags, tin foil, plastic wrap
Toilet paper, paper towels, napkins
If there is a great diaper or wipes deal I will buy them. I generally get my diapering supplies from Amazon Mom though.
Prenatals, Tylenol, band-aids
Deodorant, razors, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, feminine care items, toothpaste, toothbrushes, mouthwash, flossers
Most of the brands that the girls and I use are not available at CVS but my husband is pretty basic so most of his personal care items are purchased here.
I can’t remember the last time I paid more than $0.25 for a tube of toothpaste and I usually get them for free. I generally don’t pay for mouthwash or toothbrushes either.
Free items!?! What?
Not convinced? Head over to True Couponing and check out their CVS Deals for the week. I guarantee there will be SEVERAL Freebie deals.
As I am writing this post one of the deals that Kati’s team put together this week is $0.99 Venus Razors!
If you have thought about couponing in the past but have been scared by all the work just start small. CVS is the easiest store to start with and True Couponing literally does all the work for you.
What are you waiting for?