Saturday, April 16, 2011

The Coupon Noob's First CVS (and couponing) Trip

Since I hadn't gotten Sunday's paper but I wanted to see if I could go into a store and make some magic happen like other bloggers did, I chose CVS to be my first place to coupon at.  Tuesday night, since I was driving by a CVS anyways, I went in and got my ExtraCare card and a Green Bag Tag.  I also grabbed this weeks ad too. (If I would have known that the Green Bag Tags were going to be FREE this coming week, I would have waited. I went home and registered my ExtraCare card online at CVS.  There was a promotion that if you liked the CVS Beauty Club on FaceBook you would get a a CVS coupon valid for a FREE full-size Essence of Beauty Antibacterial Collection product via email.  (Coupon offer available until 4/15 - coupon expires 4/18)   Also, I followed CVS on Twitter for another coupon for a free coupon for any one candy or beverage.  (Coupon offer available until 4/14 - coupon expires 4/17)

The other thing I did was to check out what some of the other bloggers shopping scenarios for this sale week.  The easiest way to do this is to google CVS scenarios and the sale week you want them for. In my case, I googled "CVS sales scenario 4/10".  I wanted to start small and wanted to only be about 10 dollars OOP. (Out of Pocket for the really new couponers.)   I chose a scenario from Southern Savers, but modified it a bit.  (To see the scenario that I used, scroll towards the bottom of the page and look for Transaction #2.)  I used only printable coupons for this trip since at the time, I didn't have access to newspaper coupons.

My Transaction

(1) Air Wick Ultra Freshmatic - $6
       Using  (1) -$4 off Air Wick Freshmatic Ultra starter kit Printable
(2) Lysol Neutra Air Kit - $12
       Using  (2) -$4 off Lysol Neutra Air Freshmatic starter kit, (sign in) Printable 
(1) Lysol Disinfectant Spray, 12.5 oz, $4
       Using (1) -$1 off Lysol Disinfecting spray, 12 oz +, (sign in) Printable
(1) 20 oz. Mountain Dew Throwback - $1.59
        Using (1) free drink or candy coupon that I had emailed to me for following CVS on Twitter (good for $2.00)

Printables Tip - Prints are usually tracked by IP address, however with forms like this they may also track with your email address, so to print more from a different computer and/or you may need multiple email addresses as well.

Total Before Coupons -  23.59
Total AFTER Coupons - 10.10 PLUS a $10 ECB back towards my next purchase
Total OOP .10

 Not too bad for a total CVS couponing noob.  There was one catch though - I had planned on using my CVS coupon valid for a FREE full-size Essence of Beauty Antibacterial Collection product that I had gotten in my email, but I couldn't find that product in the store.  The clerk didn't seem to know where it was either because he showed me to the wrong product.  I had a couple of days left before the coupon expired and I knew I was going past another CVS that evening so I figured I'd go in there and use it later.  All in all, it was a successful trip for me.

1 comment:

  1. WooHoo, awesome JOB! Now you get to get sneezed at too! (the airwick automatic thingies)!