If you have been reading this blog for a while, you’ve probably noticed that every Saturday night, I post about the best deals at CVS. I do this because CVS is an essential part of my money-saving strategy.
This may be perplexing to some of you. You might be thinking, “Money saving strategy? At CVS? Whaaaat? Isn’t CVS grossly over-priced?”
Yes, full price at CVS is over-priced. But you’re not going to be paying full price. You probably won’t be paying ANYTHING.
Let me backtrack.
When we make our monthly budget, we have one line item for food and household items. That means we have to cover diapers, wipes, cleaning supplies, laundry detergent, lightbulbs, etc. out of the same $400 – $500 that pays for our produce, dairy, dry goods and meat.
When your ground beef costs $4.99 a pound, that’s an awful lot of stuff to buy on a rather tight budget.
Which is why I was so excited to learn about CVSing. By combing sales with coupons with store incentives (at CVS, this means Extra Care Bucks), I have managed to accumulate a stash of products that cost me no more than a few pennies for tax. These include:
- dental floss
- mouth wash
- toothbrushes – including electric ones!
- shampoo & conditioner
- body wash
- over-the-counter medication and vitamins
- toilet paper
Plus, you know that I aim to spend no more than $.10 per disposable diaper. All this from shopping at seemingly over-priced drug stores like CVS!
(You can check out the full extent of my stockpile here.)
Aside from it being totally fun to buy stuff for FREE, shopping like this has allowed me to create MARGIN in our financial lives.
The more items that I can get for free – or close to it – the more room there is for things like grated cheese, fresh produce, chicken and beef. On $400, we still can’t afford to eat prime rib every night — but we can splurge on it every great once in a while, thanks to never having to pay to brush our teeth after a meal!
If you are ready to start shopping for FREE at seemingly high priced drug stores, let me recommend that you start by reading my How to Shop at CVS Tutorial. I prefer CVS to Walgreens because they just seem more coupon-friendly, but if you only have a Walgreens in town, you can get similar savings there as well. And if you only have a Rite-Aid? Same deal!
Are you a CVS shopper? Do you also find that it gives you margin in your budget?