Thursday, July 14, 2011

My Couponiversary

I can't believe I missed my couponiversary last month!  Yes, this June I celebrated my first year of couponing.  Check here for my intro to couponing post for the newbies here.  Wahoo!  Oh the dolla dolla bills I've saved makes me wanna do a happy dance.  Picture me doing the snake like Chris Tucker in Rush Hour.  Or maybe don't.  Y'all have seen that movie right?!

Rush Hour Poster


Rent it, laugh your tail off, and thank me later.  But wow, random much?!  Let me get back to the point -my couponiversary celebration!

                                                                               Source: via Christa on Pinterest

I figured the best way to get my coupon partay on was to give you a little tidbit of information that may just change your life.  It certainly changed mine.  Maybe that is a bit of a stretch.  Seriously though, learning how to save money on the things you need to buy means you have more money for the things you want to buy, and yeah, to me that is life changing!  For the diy'er it means more project money!  So are you ready for this?!  Three letters.  C V S!  Yes, CVS, the pharmacy, is a goldmine.  I'm not kidding.  I don't joke about money. ever.

                                                                            Source: via Amy on Pinterest

CVS is a couponer's dream come true!  Check it out y'all.

I learned all that I know about CVSing from the website that beats all other couponing websites that I mentioned here  - Southern Savers.  I'm going to break it down for you because if you're new to the "world of coupons" it may be a bit confusing.  Okay, so let's do this thing!

CVS rocks because CVS gives you ECB otherwise known as Extra Care Bucks.

 What are they?  They are money back to use in the store.  They come attached on your receipt when you buy something that qualifies for ECB.  What qualifies for ECB changes with each weekly sale.  The southern saver will help you out by listing it all under the CVS tab on her website.

To become a CVS rock star follow these 3 steps.  Trust me all the cool kids are doing it okay!

1.  Go to the Southern Savers website and print out your CVS shopping list.

2.  Gather the coupons you have for the items on your list.

A little wine can't hurt.  Ha! 

3.  Then shop and be amazed at your savings.

Here's an example of why ECB rock.

WYB stands for when you buy.  Okay, so in this example you'll earn $1 ECB when you buy one of the Oral B toothbrushes which are on sale for $3.  Now if you happen to have the PG (Proctor and Gamble) Oral B coupon for $2 off this would then make this toothbrush FREE!  As you'd buy it for $1 and CVS would give you $1 back in ECB!!!!  That's how it works and it's awesome!  Who, I ask you, doesn't like to get something for FREE?!

Now here's an example of using the ECB you've earned, otherwise known as an example of CVS awesomeness:

I had $5 in ECB from a previous shopping trip.  I wanted to take advantage of this great deal - get a $10 gas gift card when you spend $30 on qualified products.  The $30 you had to spend is before coupons.  This was my transaction - for realz:

 Pantene shampoo x 3 bottles at  $4.99
Pantene conditioner x 2 bottles at - $4.99
Bounce dryer sheets - $5.49 
Total before coupons = $30.44 (which qualified for the gas card promo)
subtract coupons that I had
Pantene - $3 off
Pantene - $2 off
Pantene - $1 off 
Pantene - $1off 
Bounce - $.25 off
Total after coupons = $ 23.19 
subtract my ECB from the previous week  - $5 
Total spent = $18.19

Don't forget that this qualified for the gas card promotion so I also got a $10 gas card!  Booyah!  
So with coupons, ECB, and the gas card promo I saved $22.25!  I bought 3 bottles of shampoo, 2 conditioners, and a box of dryer sheets for $8.19 (if you subtract the $10 gas card).  Uh-huh, now that's what I'm talkin' about!   

Here are a couple more tips to shopping and couponing at CVS that I've learned from the past year.

- Shop early in the week.  Weekly sales start on Sunday, so try to shop either Sunday or Monday if you can because some of the really great deals (like the ones that make the item FREE) will usually sell out if you wait until Friday.

- There's a coupon kiosk in the store - USE it.  All you have to do is scan your CVS card and it will give you coupons.  Lots of times it will give you coupons for FREE items.  (Like the free Hershey bar with almonds that I didn't need but fully inhaled.)  I see so many people walk right by the kiosk and not scan their card.  It's like leaving money or chocolate in the middle of the street; you just don't do that people!  Ok, maybe you'd leave the chocolate there, but wouldn't you be pissed at the person who left a perfectly good chocolate bar in the middle of the street?!

Lastly, for the record, I've never seen that extreme couponing show.  If it makes people who use coupons look like they're crazy then I probably won't ever watch.  I don't advocate over-shopping or hoarding.  I also do not advocate this mentality.

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So, anyone else down with CVS?  Have you tried the Restore Beautiful Lengths line by Pantene?  It is awesomesauce for your hair!  Once again, thank me later.  :)

Happy Couponing!


  1. i am totally impressed at your organization. and i love rush hour and am not ashamed to say it either.

  2. I started couponing just over a year ago too and it is amazing how much money we have saved. Walgreens is my big saver (we don't have CVS). I was super-busy last month and didn't have time to coupon and I was shocked at how much more I spent. How do you organize your coupons? I have a big binder, but I have not been keeping up with its organization and it is killing me in the couponing/saving department.

  3. OOHHH! They just opened a CVS by my house. I can't wait for my husband (our couponer) to read this post. He's going to be super-excited! Thanks, Carmel!


  4. How funny, recently I realized that CVS is a great place for coupons, and I got into couponing after I watched that show. They do make the people look a little crazy, but that is because they buy $1000 worth of stuff and pay $5, that takes a lot more planning and insanity. I also noticed in the CVS ad they tell you which items also have a coupon in the newspaper that week. I love CVS!

  5. A co-worker has been trying to convince me to start the CVS coupon trend! I just feel like, while it would be worth it, I dont have time to coupon! How long do you think you spend couponing each week? Does it take a lot of time to stay organized?!

  6. I think you may be the first person to ever use the phrase "awesomesauce for your hair" in a post. LOVE. I need to use coupons . . you may have inspired me!

  7. Can I just tell you how much I enjoy reading your posts? Regardless of the topic, it's like we're having coffee and chatting.
    I'm not an extreme couponer, but do love CVS ECBs! Those shows are nuts - the people buy so much JUNK and unhealthy food - I think the trick is to use coupons for only things you would normally buy - not buy stuff because you have a coupon for it. You're inspiring me to go get the Sunday paper out of the recycle bin right this instant!
    Happy couponiversary!

  8. I attended a coupon class tought by a girl who was featured on Extereme Couponing and it was amazing how she said that in actuallity extreme couponing is about few purchases at different locations during the week rather than one big purcahse at one store. I tried using coupons over the years and I still do but I love Costco too much and that's where I spend all of my money.

    Now what I love about couponing it the rush you get when you save. It is very addictive.

  9. Thank you for this! I HAVE watched the extreme coupon show and though I too do not agree with the hording or buying 100 bottles of hot sauce just because it was free {my family and I eat very clean so I don't know if I need 100 boxes of noodles...} I am slightly jealous of how much they are saving! I am happy to see that you have made the couponing game work for you and I am going to jump on the wagon! I actually have been saving the coupon circulars {I think they are called} just incase I get a wild hair! And lucky me there is CVS on my corner!! I will am going to read your coupon tutorial also!!


    Tiffany {Living Savvy}

  10. I spend about 45 minutes to an hour a week couponing and the savings is totally worth the time! I'll be writing a post very soon on how I keep it all organized. Lisa - you're the sweetest! I write this blog the way I talk :) Chatting over coffee sounds great! ;)

  11. I got knocked out of my last comment - probably b/c it was too long. Anyway, love CVS and we save a huge amount there. I don't go anywhere w/out my coupons. Go Carmel and your couponiversary!!

  12. Carmel,

    This is completely awesome! I have to admit I quit couponing about six months ago because I was no longer finding the deals but recently I've been noticing the deals at CVS again. My husband and I got to talking and I think we will resume couponing again but this time in a more organized fashion. Now if only I could find some way to get the glass canisters I've been eyeing at Walmart at a discount. Target used to have some but they quit selling them before they ever went on sale....

    Can't wait to read your post on how you keep it all organized!! Have a great weekend!!

  13. you may have inspired me to get back on the coupon horse. and i need to pay attention at CVS...goodness knows their pharmacy takes enough of my money every month!!!!!

  14. I agree with Cassie!! I shop at cvs and never take advantage of the deals!! You have noe inspired me! Thanks girl!

  15. I am feeling extremely guilty about this coupon business....I NEED to do it and start saving! Blog or collect coupons......


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