Saving Money at Drug Stores - Shopping for Curriculum
Thursday, July 19, 2012
I'm going to go to a home school curriculum store not far from me with some friends. They sell second-hand curriculum and I'm hoping to find something there that I wasn't able to find at the curriculum book fair I went to. If I don't, I'll definitely be ordering online soon.
Since I'm being forced to find more ways to save money due to my go-to grocery store abandoning my area, I went to CVS the other day to pick up some prescriptions for my husband (where we HAVE to have prescriptions filled due to our stupid insurance).
I remember seeing some flyer there in regard to getting $5 in store rewards after you filled 5 prescriptions. When I stopped by there while running errands I found out that my husband had to fill it out so I went ahead and filled my own out (and got extras for my kids and husband) and decided to not purchase them until he got home from work and I would go back and get them.
I did scan my CVS card and got a coupon for $4 off $20 and took that with me. I went back later after he filled it out and got his prescriptions filled and then went shopping for regular stuff. Let me start by saying that CVS and other drugstores are normally very expensive compared to places like Wal-Mart, so I have never been one to shop there. If they had a great deal on something I would just take the sales flyer to Wal-Mart and price-match it instead to save time.
I scouted the sales flyer to see what I could find that was a real good deal and also manage to spend $20 so I could use my coupon to get $4 off. I settled on buying 2 boxes of Lucky Charms (hubby's favorite and something I rarely buy since it's usually very expensive) that were on sale for $1.99. I had a $1 coupon off 2 so used that.
I got 10 boxes of CVS facial tissue (on sale for 88 cents), 5 2-liter bottles of diet drinks (for hubby who is diabetic), 2 bars of Good & Natural bars (had a buy one get one free coupon), and 2 Pantene products that were marked down 50% off and I had a $3 coupon to use as well.
I got 20% off the CVS products with my CVS card, used 4 coupons (including the CVS coupon of $4 off $20) and had my CVS bag tag scanned (where you get $1 for every 4 visits that you bring your own bag in). Let's just say I kept the cashier busy dealing with all that, LOL.
I actually went over $20 (think I had around $27 worth of stuff), but everything was a great deal and I wasn't concerned about barely getting past $20 (to be able to use the $4 off $20 coupon) due to that.
My family goes through facial tissue like crazy so I try to always stock up if I see a great sale. The limit of that price was 10 and that's exactly what they had on the shelf, LOL.
I had a friend who was always surprised that I never shopped at the drugstores in my area in the past for toiletry items (that you could eventually get free), but I didn't need to since I got most of those items for free or close to it at Harris Teeter. Now I'm forced to find alternative ways to save money so I'm exploring the stores that I normally never bothered with.
I also went to Walgreens and got some Listerine mouthwash and 2 packages of dental picks that were on sale (and of course I had coupons for). I got back $6 in Walgreen bucks that I plan to use at Bi-Lo (they will take them there) to make my grocery store bill lower.