Attention, this Not Me! Monday post also serves as one of my frugal posts.
I did not go to CVS to return some supplements, only to buy the same ones back — to save $16.44! No, not me!
This is what happened — frugal folks, take note: A week ago, I bought two bottles of glucosamine/condroitin supplements at CVS where the deal was that you get the second bottle for half off. That’s a good deal, considering how expensive those supplements are. But I know that CVS sometimes has an ever better 2-for-1 deal, so I decided to return the two bottles I had bought.
As I always do when I walk into CVS, I first go to their coupon-spitter-outer box and scanned my CVS rewards card. And wouldn’t you know it — it printed a $5 off of $15 coupon. It was only good for three days, so I immediately looked around for items I need all the time anyway (toilet paper, etc.) to take advantage of that deal.
I ended up in the vitamin/supplement aisle. And what do I see? They were having that 2-for-1 offer on the glucosamine supplements! I looked around for the best deal — there are so many different amounts of pills in these bottles that you really have to do the math to figure out which one is the best offer — and the kind I had bought previously was still the cheapest.
So I certainly did not walk up to the register and asked the lady to refund me the money for the initial purchase ($38.23). I did not then ask if it was okay to buy the same two bottles back. The sale price of those came to 26.79, and I absolutely did not ask the lady to apply the $5 off coupon to this order, bringing the price down to $21.79. Not me! That means I just saved $16.44! And even more impressive: these two bottles usually retail for $50.98, so I really saved $29.19 on those two bottles.
I was able to save a lot of money today while getting what I needed. Anyone can do this, you just have to watch out for deals and be smart about when to buy certain products. Call me crazy, but after frugal deals like this I feel like I just got paid for my job as a mom. Yes, I don’t bring home as much money as my husband, but I know how to stretch our hard-earned money so skillfully that I am able to stay home with Landon and do the work that I love as a freelancer editor and blogger.
This blog carnival was created by MckMama. You can head over to her blog to read what she and everyone else have not been doing this week.