Friday, February 1, 2008

Super Saving Saturday - 2-2-08





I can't believe I have waited until this weekend to make this post! I have been SO excited since Tuesday night but I guess having the flu has made me forget a little about wanting to post my savings so badly!


Tuesday evening I had to drive across the other side of town to take our 15 year old to watch the varsity play basketball against one of the other high schools in our school district. I realized that I was near two CVS stores that are about two miles apart. I decided to try and find some of the items that I have had trouble locating. This was going to be my third attempt at CVSing, as I call it.


I gathered up my coupons and my list and entered the store. They had some slim pickings but I did find a few things that I needed. They also had one of those scanners where you can scan your card....I had never seen one. I kept going over and over things on my calculator and in my head. I waited until no one was around at the checkout since my first two times were humilating with my not knowing what to do and people waiting around for me to finish.


I began my transaction and at first seeing the amount on the little display screen I was freaking out because I began to think I had miscalculated and was already mentally beating myself up and really felt like giving up this whole CVS thing. I handed over my coupons, which I wished I had printed a coupon for 50.00, I can' t remember if it is 5/50 or not but I gave my 5/30 coupon and then all my manufacturers coupons. Finally, I handed the cashier my ECBs that I had been collecting from my previous two transactions. I was nervous because I felt like I had made a mistake when suddenly I heard the cashier say, "Ma'am, I can't pay you and right now I owe you .87 cents" I suddenly remembered fillers....I grabbed two King Sized candy bars and when I gave them to the cashier the crowd that had gathered behind me began to cheer! I was red-faced again but this time with total shock and amazement!


The sweetest little old lady ever behind me said, "Honey, do you want me to take your picture?" It was hysterical and I was so excited. I told her "No thanks" and went on to tell her that I could not believe what had just happened! She and her little friends all had their baskets loaded up and their EasyCare Cards in hand. They told me that they were Coupon Freaks! COUPON FREAKS I say! It was so cute.


So I ended up paying 2.56 for 56.00 value of items AND earned around 20 ECBs. I was so pumped that I called my sisters and my Mom. I would have called my sweetheart but he was asleep since he was working an all nighter later on. I then drove to the next CVS and bought some more shampoo, cereal, Garnier Fructis Skincare and some food items that have already been eaten at my house plus the Soy Joys. I wanted to hang on to my ECBS since I am just starting this and do not have a lot to spend plus I had just earned the most ever! I paid out of pocket 29.00 (I know, I know probably not the best idea) and then the manager went crazy...in a good way....he said, "Oh my goodness look at all the ECBs that are printing out!" He counted them all for me before he ever handed them over...almost 26.00 worth of ECBs printed out!


People, I am pumped! I love the Soyjoys, my daughter is in heaven with the shampoo, the boys love all the candy that I never ever buy, and my husband is so proud of me.


Don't give up you newbies out there! I still feel a little unsure of myself but Crystal gave me very wise advice when I emailed her early on in this adventure. She told me to start small. If you look back at my pictures some of them are mighty slim. This picture does not have that much item wise and it is the culmination of two trips but I am getting there!


If you want to see more Super Savings Saturday head over to Money Saving Mom!

15 comments:

Mrs. Nichole Jordan said...

Good going!!! I LOVE the story about the elder ladies.. hehe I just know one day thats gonna be us. heheh :-D
Keep it up!!!!!

frugalchick.net said...

You did very well! Congrats!

Jamie said...

GREAT JOB!

Bonnie said...

awesome job! I'm new to CVSing myself - but it sure is addictive!

Edi said...

Wow! Is all I can say. Great job!

I have never been a coupon-er...usually when I do have a coupon I forget about it. We do not have CVS around these parts - though based on your shopping, if we did - I might have to begin.

I like the part of the old lady asking if you want your photo taken ;)

Willa said...

Great Job! It's fun once you get the hang of it.

Sarah said...

Remember that the homeland ad coupon for quaker was a manf. coupon- so they won't allow you to use 5 individual quaker coupons and that one. Stinks huh?
Good luck @ Homeland! I had to get rainchecks on a few things, more couponers out there I guess :)

Maggie said...

Wow! I'm totally impressed with your fantastic deals! This was the first week that I was at CVS, and I feel like it's going to take me FOREVER to figure it out...but it's nice to know that it is possible!

Mommin' It Up! said...

Congratulations!! You did awesome! Isn't this fun??

Lady Why said...

Great job!

Kristie said...

Great job! I love CVS! I also love the song you have playing, its one of my favorites!

*Kristie*
www.homeschoolblogger.com/sawickis

Vanessa said...

Man, I wish we had a CVS! That is awesome! I do okay at Walgreens, but it is never that good. I did have that happen to me once at the grocery store. They did triple coupons (woohoo!) and they ended up owing me 11 cents.

Robin said...

Ok, over spring break we are meeting and you are showing me how to do this!

And, thanks for your sweet prayers and comments on my test. I feel MUCH relieved. =)

Guinevere Meadow said...

Hi! I clicked over here from Money Saving Mom. I just started the CVS game too, and on my first trip I earned $6 ECBS and saved $11.00 with coupons-- not bad!! (And yes, I started WAAAYYY small!)

Mrs Nespy said...

Great job! Looks like you're getting the hang of it! I have been doing it for about 6 weeks now and I get pumped every Saturday night waiting for the CVS insert with the Sunday paper. My husband thinks I'm crazy, but he has to keep put up with me, right? =) Congrats on your victory!