Tips and Tricks to saving money in (and out of) Chicago
Friday, April 3, 2009
CVS Trip This Week
From this trip: Items : 14 Regular Price: 59.47 OOP: 5.06 Savings: 91% ECB Left: 17.98
I used 7.99 EDB and got back 9.99, plus the 7.99 I didn't use. Also, I will send in the rebate on the Organix shampoo, so there's another 4.99. I wasn't very excited about these deals this week, but I wanted to use a 5.00 off 30.00 coupon that expired on Monday. (You can use those before all your other coupons!)
March End CVS Totals: Items : 90 Regular Price: 274.82 OOP: 65.81 Savings: 76% ECB Left: 17.98
All March Shopping: Items: 264 Regular Price: 682.40 OOP: 203.51 Savings: 70%
Plus: 2.00 RR, 1 FREE softsoap body wash, 17.98 ECB, and 4.99 MIR.
A bit more OOP than I would like, but it's so great to see this improvement from just a few months ago. We are all stocked up on cereal, coffeemate, pasta, and some other everyday needs. April should be a much lighter shopping month. This is only 6 months after I learned how to shop the smart way, and although it takes some time, and I am not always on top of everything, it is so great to have the freezer, fridge, and pantry all stocked up!
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.