You don’t need to be an extreme coupon to get handfuls of items for less than $5. You just have to be an efficient couponer! To give you an example, this budgetologist is going to tell you about my shopping experience today at CVS.
CVS is a fantastic store why? Well, because you can SAVE A TON OF MONEY! And right now they’re having some pretty sweet deals on cleaning products.
So let me break down for you how JUST TODAY I bought 2 tubes of toothpaste, cleaning formula, dish soap and 4 sponges for only $2.28 out of pocket.
Here’s what happened: I had a coupon for $2 in extra bucks. I took that $2 coupon and I bought two tubes of toothpaste. Here is the brand:
Crest Pro Health with Whitening is on sale at CVS right now. Each tube is about $3.79 but when you buy two you get a $4 coupon in extra care bucks. See where I’m going here? So first I buy my toothpaste for a total of $6.15.
Ouch, ok that totally kinda hurt this budgetologist’s soul…it’s just too much…but bare with me little chickities because it’s about to get a lot better.
What I needed: cleaning products! So now that I had my four dollar coupon I was ready to take on the store like there was no frugal tomorrow.
I ran out of cleaner and really needed to get something with bleach in it. I chose Ajax with Bleach. Why? Because right now it’s only $0.99 yeeeeah less than a dolla dolla I’ll take it. (Click on the pic to find it online).
Something I was in desperate need of was dish washing soap. So I, again, reached for the Ajax. This time I got the Tropical Lime Twist because right now at CVS it’s on sale for only $0.77 a bottle. What?! I will spell it out…seventy-seven cents a bottle! You can’t even make DIY dish soap at home for that cheap. Unbelievable.
I would stock up like Costco on that shit if I were you. In this case, this budgetologist didn’t because, well, I didn’t want to spend the money and botch my sweet coupon deal I had going. Below is the bottle label to give you an idea of what to look for. Mine was a little skinnier than that one but hey, I’ll take it…practically for free too.
I also got four sponges. They were $1.99 meaning fifty cents each. I got them A.) because I needed them but B.) because I wasn’t at my $4 coupon limit yet so why not go a little nuts?
Okay, so my total turned out to be $4.28. I used the coupon for a total out-of-pocket cost to me of twenty-eight cents. Add that to the $2 out of pocket cost to me for the two tubes of toothpaste and my total for all my cleaning supplies for the next four months or so comes to: $2.28. I love it.
♥ The Budgetologist