My First Attempt At Using Coupons: Saved 78% At CVS

Holla if you hear me! Ok!! I just went to CVS to give this whole clipping coupons things a try and saved 78% of my ORDER using COUPONS and Extra Care Bucks. Can you stand it?! I thought I was going to do alright, but when I went home and figured out the total cost and amount saved, I just about fell off my chair. This is literally FREE money.

Here’s the deal though – did I need 6 12-packs of Pepsi this week? NOT REALLY! But it’s something you can put in your basement and store. That’s one of the main things that you have to work on — storing the items you save money on.

How did I do it???


I got up REALLY early so no one would be annoyed at my multiple coupon usage. I was literally in CVS at 6:30AM because the one I go to is open 24 hours.  I first bought $20 worth of Pepsi products and then got $10 back in Extra Care Bucks. My cart was filled up, so I went to the car and dumped everything in the trunk and then headed back in.


CVS was having a 3 for $10 deal on Cheerios and Nature Valley products. I printed out those coupons ($.75 off one Nature Valley and $1 off 2 Cheerios) and threw the items in my cart.

CVS is also having a spend $20 on Maalox or Benefiber and get $10 back deal. So I cut out the $5 off Maalox coupon that is in TODAY’S coupon insert in your paper and clipped a $2 off one product from Benefiber ALSO in your INSERT. Everyone has these. They are outside your house as we speak. No excuses. 🙂

Paid with my coupons PLUS the $10 Extra Care Rewards I earned during my first transaction.  Total on this bill was $11.28. I got $10 + $4  Extra Care Bucks back. If I was smart, I would have broken this one up into two more transactions and gotten the cereal for free. BUT I’m just starting, so I am going to make mistakes…


Before I did transaction 2, I asked the kid at the register if I could split up my purchase into 2 and he said no problem. I wanted him to know what I was up to before he got started and he had no problem with it. I am telling you to NOT do this when you come home from work at 5PM. You don’t want a bunch of people behind you hissing at you as you try to figure out how to save the most $$. Just my two cents.

OK — so now we are onto the Airwick and Lysol products.

I had a Buy 1 Get 1 Free coupon that I clipped last week from the newspaper for refills. I also had a $4 off coupon for the Airwick kit – again from the paper. START SAVING THE FLYERS.  CVS has a deal that if you spend $20 on any combo of Lysol and Airwick products you get $10 back. I clipped two more Lysol coupons – one from this week and one from last week’s Sunday paper. All together this bill should have ran me $21 and change. BUT I used transaction 2’s $10 Extra Care Bucks PLUS $12 in coupons — I paid the guy $.27 PLUS got $10 back in Extra Care Bucks.

SO I have $14 in Extra Care Bucks for next week on TOP OF ALL THIS SAVING!!


All in – without coupons – my bill would have been $69 and change.

I used or earned $54 worth of coupons.

Which means I got $69 worth of product for $15 BUCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

IF you don’t want me to include the $15 that I have left over for my next CVS purchase — which is understandable considering that I will use that in my next week’s discount — then OUT OF MY POCKET I spent $28.50 for $69 worth of items. Still not a bad deal.

Moving forward, I am going to be posting all of these on Deal Obsessed. I hope you get into coupon cutting — I will always show you how to make the most out of those circulars, so you don’t have to worry about the time or effort.

Sorry if I sound a bit manic, but clipping coupons is a lot of fun when you do it right. It’s like a legal high or something! 🙂 Now, if you’ll excuse me I have to Lysol my house, drink some Pepsi Max and plug in a few glade scents. 🙂

BINDER MADNESS — Here’s a video showing you how I am organizing all my efforts.

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  1. D wrote:

    Dont 4get to use a reusable bag,at cvs.

    if you use a reusable bag and buy a green bag tag you will get 1extracarebuck after every fourth purchase. it isnt much but its a free dollar!

    Posted 1.9.11
  2. Whitney wrote:

    Good for you Vera! It’s awesome you are getting so into it. I know this sounds totally lame but I’ve always been a bit embarrassed to try extreme couponing. Besides the fact that I’m too lazy to clip, I always think, “what will the cashier think of me?” Or “will the ppl behind me get annoyed?” I know, prob shouldn’t care, right? I do love your idea of getting up early so you aren’t making anyone wait in line behind you tho, that’s a great tip!

    Posted 1.10.11
  3. Allie Clark wrote:

    Wow, that is fabulous! I was just watching Ellen today and saw a lady that does the exact same thing and she got such great deals!

    Posted 1.12.11
  4. Allie Clark wrote:

    I forgot to add that I’m using the comment above as an entry to the WallCandy contest!

    Posted 1.12.11

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