Monday, October 6

I Overdid it at CVS

I just spent $25 out of pocket at CVS. I totally went overboard!! Here's what I got:

I did two trips in order to maximize my ECBs. I only had $11.98 to start with this time. So on my first trip I got the Always, Bic Soleil, Vitamin Water and M&Ms to round it out. Of course, my CVS looks like it never had any of the Colgate MaxFresh toothbrushes or toothpaste, so that was a lost cause.

Then a $10/$50 printed out. And I was going to come back in anyway to do the Tylenol deal.

So I thought, well I might as well use it now since I'm going to spend at least $20 already. There were a few things that I could've gotten that I didn't get the first time. So I sat in my car for a minute with the ad and my coupons, made a quick list and went in. This time I had only $11.29 in ECBs to work with.

I went in and got 2 Tylenols, one Children's Tylenol and one Children's Motrin. Then I grabbed a Bic Soleil cartridge that I didn't have a coupon for, but I love the razors and at $1.99 after ECBs, it's a pretty good deal. I grabbed my husband's favorite razor, some sale-priced batteries and the Renu that I could kick myself for not going to get Saturday - when it was still on sale for $6.99 - even though I did have a $2 coupon.

My total came to $59.00 before the coupons. Oops. I only needed to spend $50 in the first place. I used all my coupons, all my ECBs and she still wanted more. So begrudgingly, instead of digging in the bottom of my purse for loose change - my usual CVS checkout method - I pulled out......the debit card. (Can you sense the hanging of my head in shame?)

This is what happens when you do things in haste! This is what happens when you go into battle unprepared. I had a list, but it was a lame attempt at organization. I didn't add. I guess I thought that the register would be on my team? I know, I know, I cut my total by more than half once all everything was taken off. Maybe the average person would think that's pretty darn good. But many of you know what I'm talking about. I did horribly!

I hope my husband is not reading this blog today. Perhaps he's busy using the shiny new razor I bought for him =). I had to use my own money this time. Ouch.

Have you ever done this? Please share your stories, so I know I'm not the only one who has had a math meltdown while bargain shopping!


Tiffany said...

Haha! I know what you mean! I feel bad for spending anything more than $10 at CVS since finding about all of the deals that I can do. However... think of all the money you saved on the transaction in the first place. You saved well over 50%. Also, think of the past weeks of money you have saved. In the scheme of things, $25 isn't that much compared to how much you saved. Anyways... I guess think "glass half full" on this one. lol.

MJ said...

I've done this too! Most of the time, I spend very little out of pocket, but occasionally, I head in, and they don't have something I was planning on using in my deal, or I miss something and have to fill it in on the spot... It sucks.. but I try to remind myself of all the great deals I usually score!

Jamie said...

This used to happen to me all the time. I've gotten better organized, but I still do this from time to time. It usually happens when an item I'd planned for is already gone when I get there. I guess I should have a back up plan ready!

Anonymous said...

You are not alone! It has taken me about 6-8 weeks to "figure out" how CVS works (and WAGS). It only "clicked" in my head about 2 weeks ago that you can use the $2/$10 coupon at CVS for your BEFORE coupon total! I was adding everything up AFTER taking off the MCs, then subtracting the $2/$10. I kept wondering why my total was around the $19 mark, etc, etc. Once I "figured it out" I started saving BIG time! Last Sunday I did 5 transactions (something I always said I wouldn't do) and spent $8OOP for about $70 worth of stuff. The guy checking me out was amazed and asked if I could get together with his wife and teach her how to do it.

No doubt I'll mess up again in the future!

Julie said...

I have done this too. Especially when I don't figure it exactly before I go in to shop. When I get in a hurry... It happens to us all from time to time. I think they try to catch us off guard with a high amount coupon.... Julie - CouponSavingFamily