Saturday, June 28, 2008

CVS-Unleash the Inner-Frugal

Up until a few months ago, "frugal" was not a word that would in any way describe me. Then I quit work to stay home with my kids, effectively cutting our household income in half, and frugality was thrust upon me. Now, never to be one to back down from a challenge, I have tried to jump into frugality with both feet and no life jacket.

Enter CVS. I'll be honest, I've never been a CVS shopper. We use a small mom & pop drugstore, and I just always thought anything you could get at CVS, you could get at Wally World, faster and cheaper. So, imagine my surprise when I started reading blogs to try to enhance my newfound frugality and found entire blogs devoted to the art of CVS shopping. It was all Greek to me...they seemed to have their own little language. I had never heard of ECB (Extra Care Bucks for you CVS novices). I have to try this! I have a BS in Math, for Pete's sake! This is right up my alley! So, I went to CVS.com and got me an ExtraCare card. When it arrived via USPS this week, I immediately looked at the weekly sale flier to see what I could get for free. Lo and behold, Pepsi 12 packs- 4 for $11. Not a steal, and no ECBs for them, but hey, we gotta have the caffeine. I looked a little further, and I found my deal. Buy $20 in Charmin and Bounty products and get $10 ECBs. Who doesn't need TP and paper towels? No one, that's who.

So, this morning me and the Abster headed to town for our bi-monthly grocery shopping. Our first stop was CVS. Of course, on the last day of the sale, there was no TP. Apparently people need TP more than paper towels. Go figure... They totally had the Bounty though, so I stocked the cart with 4 8-packs of Bounty (not an easy feat, our CVS has little mini-carts. Seriously, they are Abby's size. As a matter of fact, she pushed it all over the store for me, without any major incidents, I might add.). So my first transaction was the Pepsi's and paper towels...about $3o, which might not seem so frugal...but dude, I won't have to buy paper towels for the rest of the year. Really, 32 rolls, are you kidding?!? But, I got $10 in ECBs, so I turned around and bought Buy-one-Get-one Free RightGuard deo for Burge, a tube of Colgate toothpaste, a tube of Neosporin and a 4-pack of SafeGuard soap, all for a grand total out of pocket expense of...wait for it...$.93! Less than one dinero!

Needless to say, now I'm sold. I'm a believer. I've already looked up next week's flier and worked out my list. And I will be stopping on my way home from church tomorrow, in hopes that all the good deals will not be sold out. Yes, my name is Gina, and I'm frugal. And gosh darnit, I'm proud of it!

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