Last CVS Haul before delivery and some Babies R Us finds

With the super bowl coming up everything is all about the big game, which means stock up sales. Tailgate food is the primary stuff that the stores push which is perfectly fine by me as long as there is a sale to be had. With the impeding birth of my daughter knew this last haul of stuff was going to be things to stretch and things that were overlooked on the registry. With that being said here’s the break down of what was purchased.

CVS

Every Saturday Thekrazycouponlady.com will post the ad for the upcoming week. Reviewed it but it’s so much easier to review it in person so waited to get a newspaper copy this morning. After clipping coupons and going through with a fine tooth comb it was time to hit the stores. Again with super bowl coming tailgating items were on the list. 

Items purchased:

  • Ragu(3)
  • Dove deorderant(4)
  • Caress Body wash(1)
  • Fiber one bars
  • Nature Valley bars(2)
  • Tresemme(2)
  • CVS brand water(4)
  • CVS peanuts(2)
  • CVS cookies(2)
  • Puffs
  • Cascade
  • Milk
  • Febreze(2)
  • Physician’s Formula eye shadow for nude eyes

CVS ran a couple promos were if you bought $15.00 worth of stuff you received $5.00 in ecb’s. Received 3 of those so that was $15.00 in ECB’s for next time. Physician’s Formula if $10.00 was purchased the ecb’s in that case were/are $7.00. Then got ecb’s from the Febreze. 

Used coupons too on this trip as a result the Puff’s I bought for 99 cents and the $1.00 off coupon made them a money maker to the tune of a penny. Not much but nice to get items for free. 

Overall Breakdown

Original cost=$82.37-coupons($6.25)-CVS cash card($6.27)-($3.00 in ecb’s)-$40.00 gift card= my out of pocket cost $26.85 Woohoo! For all my hard work I earned a total of $35.00 in ecb’s so that $40.00 gift card that was given for Em almost got the whole thing back. Ecb’s are what I use to buy diapers so it doesn’t cause me to go broke. 

Babies R Us

Babies R Us is not one of my most favorite stores but you can clean up if you watch the sales ads. That’s what happen today by a fluke. Having four gift cards to the tune of $100.00 that had to be used there were a few items the baby needed, and a few items she didn’t. First thing was the Medela BOGO 1/2 off deal. Medela is a super mega breast pump for those scratching their heads reading this. Bought one off a friend but storage bags and all that jazz needed to be bought. Then BabyGanics had their laundry detergent BOGO Free. Also needed a waterproof pad for the crib and they were BOGO 50% off. Also in browsing noticed the room decor was 50% off so got two items for the room. got two baby wash products from BabyGanics because they were BOGO Free too. With everything out of pocket cost was $29.08. Not too bad. 

The key to saving money is always have coupons on you because in store sales happen and if you leave coupons at home is always when the best sales happen. After not leaving behind coupons is always review your sales ad’s going over them at least twice. Thirdly, pay more attention to the dates from us that post deals rather then the store. Last week was screwed out of $3.00 because I failed to read the fine print and tried to be sneaky in regards to greeting cards. Just being diligent and knowing the policies and dates  saved time. 

Choose your friends wisely and weekly CVS Haul

Chose your friends wisely

You know how you go to the mall and are hounded by the survey girl? Rather then roll your eyes at her you need to make friends with her, here’s why. The company that she works for is bigger then a tiny room at the mall, they are a marketing firm that are looking for people to be part of a focus group. Granted spending 15 minutes of your time to do a survey on soap is not the idea thing to do on a Saturday it’s in your interest to still make friends with her. Today I completed a survey at headquarters for such a company. They called me I didn’t call them. “Hey are you willing to try this new sandwich on Tuesday? We will pay you $40.00.” $40.00 in hard cash for about 20 minutes of my time, dude sign me up. Who can’t use $40.00?

This is why the annoying survey girl can be your best friend. there is always a new product that Dial, Softsoap, Always, Charmin and others need real people’s opinion and they actually pay you. There is no scam, no we need to sacrifice your first born during a full moon on the third Tuesday of the month stuff going on. This is why focus groups exist to better tweak a sandwich or the fluffiness of toilet paper. So in a week that I missed out on $150 because of Murphy’s Law that $40.00 I received in an envelope included angels singing as it went in my gas tank.

Weekly Cvs Haul

This week really had to scan the paper to find deals but having $30.99 in ECB’s it was time for redemption. There were a few oops in this trip but it worked out. First thing the coupon machine was down so no coupons today, will stop by tomorrow. Then Planter’s peanuts were wiped out, glad I brought backup coupons. So here’s how the shopping trip went. In this weeks circular if one bought $30.00 in certainly marked products you got a Cvs Cash Card. It looks like this:

This cash card is different then the red Extracare Bucks card or a gift card but works as a gift card. Not sure if they had these before as I’m kind of new to the couponing circuit.
To get this little green card this is what got purchased:
2 packs of Duracell batteries
1 box of Always
2 Covergirl Nail glosses
2 Dawn Dish Soaps(little bottles)
2 Kleenex Hand Towels
total cost= $34.93
Then for the other deals not associated with the Spend $30 deal included:
Johnson and Johnson Natural baby products B1g1 50% off
OOPE=$8.98
Third deal was buy 3 American Greeting cards and get $3.00 in ECB’s. Had to be $1.99 or more, not one card was $1.99 though so got three different priced cards for Valentine’s Day.
Fourth and final deal was the big bottles of Suave Almond and Shea butter shampoo and conditioner for 2/6 but buy $12.00 worth and receive $4.00 in ECB’s back.
Overall
Cost $66.88
Extracare Bucks $30.99
Coupons $11.80
Gift Card $25.00
My total cost out the door=$3.08
Rewards
$10.00 Cvs Cash Card
$7.00 in Extracare Bucks
$10.00 coupons from Duracell
Not a bad day of shopping.

 

How to Save on Diapers

Someone the other day asked how I save on diapers because out of the three cases bought thus far the total out of pocket cost is $15.00 for all three. Sounds pretty nice right? The first thing is my favorite store CVS because of the extracare bucks, but will touch base on deals at other stores.

First things first

Before going to any store to buy diapers make sure to price compare them and check coupons to make sure they are not expired(everyone has done this). In this household how we do that is by websites that have already created the wheel.

Websites I swear by
Coupon Preview
The Krazy Coupon Lady
Crayons to Coupons
Babies R Us

There’s why these are great sites, the Sunday Preview site gives a list of what will be in the paper by way of Sunday’s inserts. Pampers for example is a P&G product and they typically release coupons once a month. So when you know by Wednesday that on Sunday a P&G insert is coming out you can buy more then one newspaper to cash in on these deals.

The second site is beyond amazing because she will matchup the coupons that will be released in the paper on Sunday to stores. Just select the store you shop at and bam you know what coupons to use for the week. Also on Saturday’s Sunday’s weekly circular is released so that way before getting a paper you can lay out your coupons and price compare stores. TKCL use to do a section where they would post who was having diaper sales this week but I haven’t seen it since before Christmas so I just do the work myself.

Crayons to Coupons is a blog based site but sign up for the daily coupon rundown there is always diaper coupons in there as they get released not to mention limited grocery coupons that if not printed that day you will be sol on( I learned the hard way).

Babies R Us is a store as every new mom knows but reason I posted them is to sign up for the VIB(Very Important Baby) card. The first year you load it like a pre paid VISA gift card and for every dollar spent you can get a 20% kickback at the end of the year up to $200 free. Babies go through so many diapers why not cash in where you can. Plus on the weekends they keep having “Door buster” sales. I cashed in on wipes a few weeks ago. 528 of them for $9.00 and they were the Babyganics brand which is normally $14.99 for a box. Then this week they had an $80.00 value tote of diapers for $24.99.

Lastly how I save is going to CVS with Extracare Bucks which is the greatest invention that I never use to use until I was explained them from a fellow mama. Right now I have $28.99 that need to be redeemed by the end of the month or the equivalent to a case for free. Plus you can use manufacture coupons with these to maximize results.

Other stores have deals too, just seen that Family Dollar is going to start selling cases of Huggies diapers.  Family Dollar also takes manufacture coupons you can pair with the sale price to get better results.

So this is how my family we save on diapers for my munchkin on the way. It’s all about price shopping, clipping coupons and stacking them to get them for the cheapest price.

Couponing for Charity

Couponing for Charity

So my friend that turned me on to CVS aka the Mecca of all couponing places in my opinion turned me on to couponing for charity. I never understood those extreme couponers that would buy stuff just to buy stuff. My tiny apartment does not have room for a stockpile of crap.

Here’s her thinking, if you can benefit from the couponing whatever you get just give away to charity. Genius in my opinion when it comes to EB’s. Here’s an example, yesterday they had a glucometer for $9.99 and you received $9.99 back so it is like getting it for free. I win by getting 9.99 back in EB’s that can be used for diapers and baby products and someone will benefit from a new meter. My friend is a nurse and volunteers at a clinic that can use it. Essentially that is how one would coupon for charity.

My trip to CVS yielded a return of $28.99 in EB’s and only cost my about $17.00. Toothbrushes were on sale with EB’s given back, the meter, probotics and Maybelline(sp) makeup. Plus they had stayfree pads(which) I don’t use but the church will benefit from them for when they house the homeless in two weeks. Homeless women still get periods so for $6.99 I got two big packs and they can give them to the ladies if need be. Total cost was $56 and some odd change but cost me $17.03 and I got back $28.99 that I plan on using for things for the baby.

The thought of couponing to save money is a great idea, however couponing to help others never crossed my mind until two days ago. This is going to be a new way for myself and my family to look at couponing. Granted charity starts at home but food, a roof over my head and a healthy child I am blessed more then most. With a fixed income it is always hard to find a way to donate to charities but now I have a new way to collect things for charities throughout the year.

CVS Haul via Extracare Bucks

CVS is my new favorite store so much so that people are giving me crap about talking about how much I save. Whatever, nothing like getting diapers for half the cost. So here’s what’s going on, CVS was running a promo that if you spent $30.00 in Proctor & Gamble products, also known as P&G that you receive $10.00 back in the form of Extracare Bucks. These EB’s you can use in conjunction with manufacturer coupons on another purchase. Some couponer’s will do another transaction right then and there, personally my money doesn’t stretch far enough to accomplish this, the $10.00 will be used at a later date.

How did I do it?
To reach the $30.00 before coupons here’s what I bought:

Covergirl single eyeshadows
These retail for $3.89 at the store I went to and were on bogo sale. end price=$5.84
Dawn Hand Renewal Dish Soap
Retail price was $1.67 but on sale for 0.99 each. Had a coupon for $1.00 of 2. End price=0.49 each or 0.98 for the pair.
Pampers Super Pack in Size 1
Retail price is $24.99 at the store I went to. Used a $2.00 off coupon which expired today. End price = $22.99
By combining the manufacture coupons, plus the discount of the eye shadow here’s the breakdown.
Out of pocket cost=26.81
*For some reason the coupon I had with Covergirl didn’t work seeing they were 50% off, but the diaper coupon doubled? I’ll take it.
The box I had didn’t include the coupon book of $45.00 like I was looking for, was kind of bummed out but with the extra money off plus now I have $10.00 in EB’s I’m ok.
Adding in EB’s the total price for everything was $16.81 for everything.
With EB’s as mentioned before I’m not at liberty to pay for a second transaction so the $10.00 will be held on to until the next diaper sale. If there is not big diaper sale, then by the 30th I’ll just go back up to CVS and get a bag of diapers and get them for free because they cost $9.49 everyday or the bigger bag is $11.99.
That’s how one gets diapers super cheap at CVS.

Finally a Follow Up Review

In the second blog I mentioned I received an email from an unknown source but was thankful. In the email there was a code for a sling and a car seat canopy. I received the sling but the canopy has been on back order for a few weeks. Guess what, it finally came in. Below is what it looks like:

The outer part is made with a durable almost quilted material. If you look up top there are buttons on these tabs that have Velcro to fit over “most” car seats.

 

This is the flip side, a soft blanket material.

 

Carseat Canopy is the company that I ordered the canopy from. Must say overall the product seems durable and better quality then what I was expecting. I was leery when the cost was only $11.90, figured if it sucked wasn’t loosing too much money.

 

BzzAgent Review

 

So today just wanted to write quick on this website called Bzzagent. It has a cute little bee as a mascot and has an app. However I wasn’t sure this site was legit because the first campaign I did I never got the coupon to try out the product. That was over a year ago but not to long ago I was selected for a Purdue chicken sample. Got my coupons in today for a free ready to go Purdue Chicken.

What is BzzAgent?
BzzAgent is a website where you basically do market research for companies. Think of it as a online try it focus group. A person creates an account and answers and bunch of questions and when campaigns become available if it peaks your interest join it and you get coupons in the mail to try the products. Sounds simple and yet there is no catch.

Campaigns thus far

So far I have only done three campaigns. First was for a Meijer’s canvas print that i wanted to use as a birthday gift for a friend never got it. The second one was for Pepsi Next. With this campaign I was sent a 12 oz can in the mail with about 5 coupons for different amounts including a free 2 liter bottle. Not a fan of it, blat. But I gave the coupons to a co-worker she was happy. The current one i have is for a Purdue chicken, we know what were having for dinner tonight. Also in the envelope there was five coupons to pass out to family and friends which I thought was neat, in addition to the free chicken one for us.

So if your looking to try some new products and not spend a dime this is a site to try out. If you do let me know what you think. Also will be posting a blog with my thoughts on said chicken.

How I Coupon Maybe It’s For You

I get a lot of objections on how to coupon and that it is time consuming. With the internet that excuse is about as old as Zach Morris’s cellphone. In this blog I’ll show you what I do to save time and ultimately money. Links will be provided so that you too can use them to your devastating  Beauty about the internet people have blogs and websites devoted to couponing so the guess work of uh how to I start is over.

 

Site #1 Coupons.com

 

This site is a given and a stable in using coupons. You have to sign up for an account which is free and you print out the coupons that you need. Typically updated weekly if not sooner. How do you know? They send emails anytime that they get new coupons.

 

Site #2 Coupon Mom

 

This site is like the coupon bible. Again create an account for free but the amount of information will make your head spin. I will do a blog tomorrow on how to navigate through all the info. But the overview is you get an email that is broken down into areas.

 

 

  1. Grocery coupons
  2. Coupons.com area
  3. New coupons
  4. Walmart coupons
  5. Free samples
  6. Retailers like CVS, Walgreen’s and previews for their flyers and store only coupons

All the bullet points are what your email will look like. So reviewing what the flyer is for next week, looking at the clipped coupons you have makes it easy to stack your coupons. ** When stacking coupons typically the week they expire is when you get the best deal** though that is not always the case it seems to be what works best for me.

 

Facebook

Go through your pantry and freezer and see what brands your family uses most. Then when your bored on Facebook like their page. A lot of the times you get free coupons just for liking their page. I did this with Zevia This is a brand of pop,soda,cola, sodapop, depending on what it is called in your home and region and I got a coupon for liking their page. Several other companies do this too just for liking their page. Who doesn’t want to save .50 or $1.00 that’s why we coupon right?

 

This is a neat little site but easier to just follow on Facebook because they post giveaways and links to coupons daily if not several times a day. Their email if you sign up for it they sent you coupon updates daily. This makes it easy to see if the coupons are appealing to you.

 

 

This by far is the best idea ever, reason you can preview the coupon inserts that are going to be in Sunday’s paper to see if it would be worth buying the Sunday paper which is now a whopping $2.00.

 

So these websites and Facebook pages are how I do my couponing. I let others do the legwork for me and I just cash in on the savings.

How I Coupon Maybe It's For You

I get a lot of objections on how to coupon and that it is time consuming. With the internet that excuse is about as old as Zach Morris’s cellphone. In this blog I’ll show you what I do to save time and ultimately money. Links will be provided so that you too can use them to your devastating  Beauty about the internet people have blogs and websites devoted to couponing so the guess work of uh how to I start is over.

 

Site #1 Coupons.com

 

This site is a given and a stable in using coupons. You have to sign up for an account which is free and you print out the coupons that you need. Typically updated weekly if not sooner. How do you know? They send emails anytime that they get new coupons.

 

Site #2 Coupon Mom

 

This site is like the coupon bible. Again create an account for free but the amount of information will make your head spin. I will do a blog tomorrow on how to navigate through all the info. But the overview is you get an email that is broken down into areas.

 

 

  1. Grocery coupons
  2. Coupons.com area
  3. New coupons
  4. Walmart coupons
  5. Free samples
  6. Retailers like CVS, Walgreen’s and previews for their flyers and store only coupons

All the bullet points are what your email will look like. So reviewing what the flyer is for next week, looking at the clipped coupons you have makes it easy to stack your coupons. ** When stacking coupons typically the week they expire is when you get the best deal** though that is not always the case it seems to be what works best for me.

 

Facebook

Go through your pantry and freezer and see what brands your family uses most. Then when your bored on Facebook like their page. A lot of the times you get free coupons just for liking their page. I did this with Zevia This is a brand of pop,soda,cola, sodapop, depending on what it is called in your home and region and I got a coupon for liking their page. Several other companies do this too just for liking their page. Who doesn’t want to save .50 or $1.00 that’s why we coupon right?

 

This is a neat little site but easier to just follow on Facebook because they post giveaways and links to coupons daily if not several times a day. Their email if you sign up for it they sent you coupon updates daily. This makes it easy to see if the coupons are appealing to you.

 

 

This by far is the best idea ever, reason you can preview the coupon inserts that are going to be in Sunday’s paper to see if it would be worth buying the Sunday paper which is now a whopping $2.00.

 

So these websites and Facebook pages are how I do my couponing. I let others do the legwork for me and I just cash in on the savings.

Myth Busted: Couponing Takes to Long

This is a miss conception and once you get a system in place then its a breeze. Using this Blog has a how to guide from someone who’s made her errors you will see couponing is pretty much fool proof.  If I can teach my 60 year old mother how to use and save via coupons I can teach you too. This blog is going to be short and sweet because I gotta go meet up with clients in about 20. So here’s what I do:

I follow several pages on Facebook as well the companies I use a lot of because they will put special coupons on their page.

I get my inserts from mom to mom groups on Facebook rather then buying a newspaper. Not everyone in a mom to mom group is going to need coupons for Pampers and Huggies especially when their kids have been potty trained or they just flat out don’t coupon but get a paper(weird but yay for me).

Their is a email I receive daily that they have daily coupons. Plus that mysterious family email I magically signed up for in my sleep I get some baby gear up to 70% percent off. Weird but thank you Universe.

So I spend less than 20 minutes a day looking at or viewing coupons. Figure while I’m tinkering on Facebook and going through my four email accounts. Why not?

There will be a follow up blog tonight that goes into further details of what sites i use. How to stack your coupons for the best outcome and other tips.

So stay turned!