Here is a real life example of using couponing to save on things I really did need to buy. I am congested so I was planning on going to the store to buy medicine anyways today and then I saw this deal in the CVS flyer.
Vicks products were on sale 2 for $12 with your CVS ExtraCare Card (which is free to sign up for). The 24 counts are normally $9 so this was already a good deal. On top of that you get $3 Extra Care Bucks (EBC’s) to use on your next purchase. I also had a coupon for $3 off any 2 Vicks products.
I bought the 2 boxes of Vicks Sinex, used my coupon, got $3 ECS’s and spent $9 out of pocket total.
Then I bought the Axe Body
Wash for $5.79 each, used a Buy One, Get One Free Axe Body coupon (from a previous SmartSource insert), used a $1.50 off any Axe product CVS store coupon, and used my $3 ECB’s. This means I only paid $2.11 out of pocket for around $12 worth of body wash. Wash
In total I spent $11.11 for $29.55 worth of stuff.