This year, I said that I’d use the last Friday of each month to track savings from coupons or great deals. A bit of a slow month, as I didn’t make as many stock-up purchases as I might in a normal month. The biggest deal was the CVS Pepsi brand deal. Buy $20 worth of Pepsico items, including their soda, Starbucks drinks and Tostidos chips or salsa and get $10 in ExtraCare Bucks (ECBs) back.
From the I Heart CVS site I had gotten printable $5 off $20 coupons before my visit. So, $40 in total purchases over two trips, using two $5 coupons, and getting $20 back, and I’d be out of pocket $10 plus bottle deposits. Turns out the computer missed my ECB printing on the first visit, so the cashier forced a print. But on the second visit I got 2 $10 ECBs. In the end, I scored $40 worth of stuff for free. The soda all went to a school function where soda was our assigned item, the chips, salsa, and Starbucks drinks are in the pantry.
The other score – Jane 2.0’s school was having a food drive. Store had a buy $20 in Progresso soup (among other stuff I didn’t need) and get $10 toward next purchase. Soup was on sale for $1 (usually about $2.49). I also had 6 coupons for $1.10 off 3 cans. So even though it was for charity, I sent in soup shelf tagged for nearly $50 for $3,40 out of pocket.That was it for this month.
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