I went to CVS this morning and got all the below for $11! Which is less than what 2 packs of batteries (10 packs) would normally cost!
The key to shopping the drugstores is to combine Sale + Coupon + The Store's Special Rebate Program. At CVS, that is the ECBs (Extra Care Bucks) that print at the bottom of your receipt when you make a qualifying purchase, which are marked in the CVS ad. These ECBs are good like cash on future purchases. You can use manufacturer coupons and store coupons and ECBS all on the same item (a sale item!).
In Transaction 1, I bought:
4 of the Easter Milky Way/Snickers that were on sale 2/$1 = $2. The limit for this deal is 2 instead of the normal 1 per household.
1 bag of Gold Emblem Jelly Beans that were on sale for 99¢
The total was $2.99 but I used 2 of the $1/2 Mars Easter candy coupons from 3/18 RP or 3/4 RP and got my total down to 99¢ and THEN I got back $2.99 in ECBS.
So I got back in line for Transaction 2 and I bought:
2 Colgate Optic toothpaste at $3.99 and 2 Colgate Optic toothbrushes at $2.99 for a total of $14. Note the limit is 2 of each of these instead of the normal 1. I then used 2 of the $1 coupons for the toothpaste from 3/11 SS and 2 of the $1 coupons for the toothbrushes from 3/11 SS and got my total down to $10. I then paid with the ECBS from Transaction 1 and paid $7 plus tax ($7.91) out of pocket. BUT I got back $8 in ECBS.
So I got back in line for Transaction 3 and I bought:
Schick Razor for $9.99 and 2 packs of AA batteries (10 packs!) that were on sale BOGO at $6.79. So my total was $16.78. I used the $4 coupon from 2/26 SS to get my total down to $12.78 and then paid with the 8 ECBS from Transaction 2 to get my total out of pocket down to $4.78 plus tax ($5.91). AND I got back $4 ECBS to use next week!! (or by the time they expire which is a month from now).
So I got 4 candy bars, 1 bag of jelly beans, 2 toothpastes, 2 toothbrushes, 20 batteries, and a good razor for $15 minus $ ECBS. . so really $11.
The drugstores, CVS, Rite Aid, and Walgreens are a way to save money on toiletries and baby items. Shopping the drugstores and getting items for pennies is an acquired skill (it takes practice!), but REALLY worth it.
Did you hit any drugstores this week? If you are interested in a special drugstore only class, email me and if I have enough interest, I will hold one soon, April or May. Click here for all the details about this special class.