Tips and Tricks to saving money in (and out of) Chicago
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
CVS Goodies This Week
We did a quick run to CVS on Sunday mostly because we had coupons that were expiring. Brian had a $5 off $15 and a $3 off $15 plus I had a $4 off $20. All three expired on Sunday so we figured we would just grab a few things and I'm planning on heading over one more time this week.
On Brian's Card: 10 Dove Chocolate Bars 28.90 - 8.90 sale - (10) 1.00 man Q = 10.00 3 ProMax Bars 5.97 - .97 sale = 5.00 1 Complete Contact Solution 9.99 - 1.00 sale - 2.00 man Q = 6.99 2 Lays Chips 7.98 - 3.99 BOGO sale
Total before discounts: 52.84 Total after savings: 25.98 (used 5.00 off 15.00 and 3.00 off 15.00 and 16.98 in ECB, so 1.00 OOP, 1.29 with tax) Saved: 51.55......98% Got Back: 5.00 ECB from Dove, 5.00 ECB from promax, 8.99 ECB on Complete
On My CVS card: 10 Dove Bars 28.90 - 8.90 sale - (10) 1.00 man Q = 10.00 1 RightGuard Spray Deodorant 9.99 - 2.00 man Q = 7.99 1 Tombstone Pizza 4.99
Total before discounts: 43.88 Total after savings: 22.98 (used 4.00 off 20.00 and 17.98 in ECB, so 1.00 OOP, 1.56 with tax) Saved: 42.42......97% Got Back: 5.00 ECB from Dove, 6.00 ECB from Right Guard
I plan on going back and getting a few more things. i want to get more of the ProMax bars since they are free, but this is a monthly deal. I think a coupon came one week in the paper, but somehow I can't find mine. There is also a TON of clearanced makeup, so with coupons some of those should be free. There aren't a lot of great deals this week, but next week will have a ton of free items! You can check out some more deals for this week at the Thrifty Mama.
General: MAN. Q = manufactuer's coupon OOP = out of pocket BOGO = Buy one get one free MIR = Mail In Rebate WYB = when you buy OYNO = On your next order
Walgreens: WAGS = Walgreens WAGS Q = Walgreens store coupon RR = Register Rewards these print off after your reciept and can be used at Walgreens next time. ESC = easy saver catalog ESQ = easy saver coupon ESR = easy saver rebate
CVS: ECB = Extra Care Bucks (just like RR except these are for CVS and you need to use your CVS card in order to get them)
I am a college student here in Chicago, living with my fiancee and trying to survive on a very tight budget. As I attempt to finish school, I've had a hard time finding a part time job, so we are managing on only one income. With our expenses, we try to cut corners as much as possible. Neither of us have a car, we rely on public transportation and good old fashioned walking. We survive without cable (yes, it is possible) and we watch movies at home and find free or discounted entertainment events. I am just learning the fine art of couponing and I hope that many of these tricks will help others.