So, with the crunch from higher gas prices, food, etc. I've decided to have a go at this trend that is sweeping the nation: no, not hitching up the mules, but a little something called CVSing and couponing. I've only dabbled a little in the CVS world and am by no means an aficionado. I'm kind of more like a parasite actually, I take others ideas (from blogs and websites) and use them for my own benefit. But, that is what they are out there so I don't really feel bad about it. It's a great little deal where you can spend little to no money on everyday essentials. My problem is that I have to tell myself, that we can only use so much toothpaste so I don't have to get every deal. It is just the two of us and Mickey so I don't bother buying stuff we won't use unless I can get it for free and then all bets are off. I'm sure I can find someone to take it!
Now couponing, I think I've got a little better handle on. It's pretty easy; clip your coupons (online, paper, etc.) and again visit a few sites to help with your list and voila! You've got a ton of free stuff (see pic for my free goodies from last week's trip to WM). Wal-Mart is a great example of a place to go with coupons that cover the entire cost of an item. With their low prices and a good coupon you may even have overage. Not every store will give it to you but if they do, that extra $ then goes towards the balance on your bill. So if you plan it right, have the right coupons, and don't buy off your list then there you go: MONEY SAVED! My trip last week, was extremely long, but was very rewarding. My starting total was around $140 and I only ended up paying around $55. I did run into one issue though. Apparently there is a coupon limit at WM and I must have hit it because the checker had to call a CSM over to help the transaction along. When asked, she didn't really know the limit but jeez. I counted and I had used 43 coupons. Not bad right? But yes, I could tell by the looks of the those in line behind me...I was one of those ladies. Price you gotta pay though right?