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I recently started couponing on January 1, 2011 as a New Year's Resolution. I had never really couponed before because it always seemed time consuming- "how could a 25 cent coupon REALLY save you money?" I thought. Plus, I have never really stuck to a New Year's Resolution. So this year I decided to make a change- I would stick to both! And I have. So far I have cut our weekly grocery budget 70%! We used to spend $150 a week on little things that we could not even make a meal out of AND then we would eat out on top of that! Thousands wasted over a year. Now I spend on average $58 a week on groceries and personal items (toilet paper, body wash) AND I stock up on many of these items so I won't need them again for another 6-12 months! These number keeps going down as we begin to live off our stockpile. If you follow my blog, I will teach you some of the ways this newbie couponer has saved lots of money!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

PG Deal & using Quarterly ECBs, Beauty Club ECBs and coupons! (CVS)

Normally I would not have gone to CVS this week because I am not running too low on body wash, toilet paper, etc. (and I have yet to get my Clean N Clear Body Wash deal since my CVS is still out of stock!) but I had a $5 off $25 purchase (expires today) and $20 in ECBs ($10 from my Winter spending; $10 from beauty club) and I wanted to use the $5 off before it expired tomorrow. Can't leave money on the table! ;)

What is Winter Spending? 4 times a year CVS gives you BACK 2% of what you *spent.* This amount is what you have *spent* BEFORE coupons. Since I *spent* roughly $500, I got $10 in ECBs back! This is pretty awesome considering I actually spent $90.93 at CVS since Jan 1 (and I am fully stocked up now on makeup, detergent, body wash, gel, etc!)

What is "beauty club?" Beauty club is something you must join at CVS- it is free to join- just ask your cashier. For every $50 you *spend* (BEFORE coupons!) you get $5 in ECBs. I have gotten a lot of cheap makeup, body wash, etc. lately so I *spent* $100 on beauty club items, so $10 printed off. I actually spent no where near $100, but it is nice to be rewarded. :)

So today I actually spent the most out of pocket I have ever spent, but it was ok since I wanted to use up my coupons before they expired. My philosophy is if you have to use ECBs and you get more ECBs and product you need that won't go bad, you might as well do it. It's like using money to make money, only you use coupons/ECBs to make more ECBs. Don't just spend frivolously, but spend on items that your family can use.

Here is how I did this deal:

Deal: Spend $30 on PG products, get $10 ECB back.

Note: All PG coupons were from today's 04.03 PG circular.

(2) Charmin 9 pack toilet paper packs: (Reg. $7.28 each) on sale for $5.49. Used 25 cent off coupon. Saved $4.10. These two regular priced are more than my entire total for EVERYTHING. :)

(4) Herbal Essence Shampoo/Condition: (Reg. $3.99) on sale for $2.74. Used $1 off 2. Saved $7.

(2) Cover Girl Mascara (Reg $8.79) on sale for $6. Used $2.50 off 2. Saved $8.08. This mascara is great- just always pricey! I am glad I finally found it for a decent price.

Deal: Get $3 ECBs when you buy 3 softsoaps 

(3) Softsoap Bodywashes (Reg. $4.39) on sale for $3. Used .75 cents off coupon (x3) from last SS 3.27. Saved $6.42.

Deal: Get 99 cents ECB when you buy Oral B toothbrush

(1) Tooth Brush $2.99, used $2 off coupon (PG), paid 99 cents. *Note: I was going to get the next toothbrush free, since I had another $2 off coupon and the 99 cent ECB but they were out. I will go back later to get another one for free or get a raincheck.

I used all the coupons listed above, but also used the $5 off $25 or more coupon CVS mailed me and around $20 in ECBs from the beauty club and winter quarterly ECB printoff. 

Total paid: $13.19
Total ECBs received to use for next purchase: $14. 
You *could* say I made $1. :)
Total Saved: $53.08
Value of Product Received: $68.65
Percentage Saved: 77.32%
Price Per Item: $1.09

These deals are good for a week at CVS so head on in if you need any of these items. Also, these $10 ECBs are a great way to start if you are new to couponing and want to stock up on some essential items!

Happy couponing!

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