How to play the drugstore game:

I had a pretty good trip this week:


And decided I wanted to share one way I keep my shopping bill low:

Stock up when prices are rock bottom.

Why? Because then you can go months without buying something you need.

I thought I would share with you some tips for shopping the drugstore deals. If you have been following the circulars, you notice that the drugstores offer a “cash back” program on items that are already on sale. These sales, coupled with manufacturer and store coupons can get you many household, personal care or grocery items for free.

Typically, I only shop here for household items and diapers, and week after week, my bill has stayed pretty low.

Like my trip to CVS this week:

-6 bottles Purex laundry detergent
-2 Maybelline cosmetics

Total from my receipt: $3.76 plus $3.00 “Extrabucks” (store credit) good for next purchase.

Here is how I manage to do it:

1. I look for coupons for stuff I need. Diapers, toilet paper, paper towels, laundry detergent. Then, I scan the circulars and internet for sales, particularly the ones that offer cash back for purchases.

2. After organizing my list, I go to the store and look for this machine:


Which is located in the front of the store. It prints out valuable store coupons that don’t expire right away so I usually hold on to the for later.

3. Buy deals like these:


And use the ECB (Extra Care Bucks) for your next purchase.

So what did I use to pay only $3.76 out of pocket?

This deal I posted earlier this week highlighting the sale on Purex coupled with $10 I had earned last week for buying diapers, store coupons and manufacturer coupons for Maybelline.

It may seem like a lot of work, and it is. However, it allows me to stay home with my boys during the week and be there for them and the time I spend on it pays off, economically.