Ever since seeing A&E's show "Extreme Couponing," I've been all about trying to save some cash, where possible. My new frugal ways have led me to great deals on things I already buy on the regular; makeup, nail cosmetics, hair care, hair color, toiletries, personal hygiene products, and even shoes.. Don't get me wrong, I haven't become an extremist at couponing (not that there's anything wrong with that).. but I have been acquiring quite a nice collection of products that I might have wanted but not bought while regularly priced. BUT, I've paid way less for many items than I would have paid for just a few full priced items.
Pharmacies are great deal makers nowadays. So I'll begin there..
1. Enroll in the savings programs which issue you cards that you will scan at the register before buying. You will have to be registered for these programs in order to receive deals/rewards that the store is offering. You can find these deals in the store weekly circulars.
- CVS: CVS Extra Care Program
- Rite Aid: Rite Aid +Wellness Program
- At the moment Walgreens does not have a program.. but you still get great deals.
- Scenario: CVS has Colgate toothpaste for $3.89 and it will generate $3.00 in Extra Care Bucks that you can use on any other purchase at CVS (except for cigarettes/liquor/etc.). Meaning after ECBs it's like paying $.89 for the toothpaste.
- Rite Aid reward generators are known as +UP rewards.. for both Rite Aid and CVS these rewards will print at the end of your receipt, so make sure you cut them off and keep them for the next purchase!
So here's a scenario from one of my recent purchases:
- Revitalens Multipurpose Solution was on sale at CVS for $7.89 from $10.49 and generated $4 ECBs. I used a mfr coupon for $3 off and then $4 ECBs that I already received from a previous purchase. Paid out of pocket= $.89
- Neutrogena Makeup Remover Towelettes were $7.99. I used $4 ECBs + $3 ECBs from a previous purchase. Paid $1.70 including tax.
- Instead of paying $19.19, I paid $2.59!! ACTUALLY, I made a profit of $1.41.. Let's not forget the $4 ECBs I earned from buying the contact solution.