Tobins' Tastes: Saved 61% At CVS

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Saved 61% At CVS

Spent $21 for $52 Worth.
Couponing has taught me many things, not the least of which is that in order to save money you can't always be brand loyal. While I have learned to like and even love many new and different brands, the one things Justin and I remain brand loyal to is our razors.

Sadly Justin and I both really love and only use one type of razor each and they just so happen to be one of the most expensive kinds too. Since I don't like compromising on what type of razors I buy I try to only buy them on great sale, with coupons, or using a drugstore or Target gift card promotion. (Or if possible, a combination of many of those things).

This week CVS has an ECB promotion where you can earn $10 in ECB's when you spend $25 in Schick products. Since my razor blades of choice are Schick Intuition, I decided to take advantage of this deal and use the $10 ECB's to buy other sale items that we needed. I also had a 20% off any CVS purchase coupon so I used that to get my out of pocket expenses a little lower on the first transaction.

All in all, I spent a little over $20 for over $50 with of stuff and with that I paper products and razor blades to last me for a few months. Not a bad day in my book. Part of realistic couponing is knowing that you don't always have to save 90% or spend next to nothing out of pocket. If you are getting items you need and use on a regular basis and saving money off retail price, that is my opinion of successful couponing.

Breakdown of Sunday's CVS trip:
Total retail value: $52.46
Total spent OOP after coupons, sales and ECB's: $20.72
Total saved: $31.74
Percent saved: 61%

Transaction #1
  • 2 packages of Schick Intuition Razor Blades, retails for $12.79 each
  • Used a 20% off CVS email coupon= minus $5.12
  • Total came to $20.46 OOP
  • Earned a $10 ECB
Transaction #2
  •  6 boxes of Puffs Tissues, retails for $2.37 each, on sale for .88 cents each
    • Used two .25/3 coupons from the 7/29 P&G
  • 1 bottle of Dawn Dish Soap, retails for $1.67, on sale for .99 cents
  • 1 package of Bounty Basic Paper Towels, retails for $10.99, on sale for $4.99
  • Total came to 10.26 before tax
  • Used the $10 ECB from first transaction
  • Paid .26 cents OOP before tax
What are you brand loyal too despite your couponing? Don't forget to come back on Thursday for the Weekly Totals Shopping Post link up!

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