Living Like a Princess on a Cinderella Budget – Part 2

Today is Part 2 of my Living Like a Princess on a Cinderella Budget.

This morning, I was pleasantly surprised to receive in my CVS app, $10 in Beauty Bucks.  I had expected to get $5, but it seems I had purchased enough beauty products to get $10.  (I love nice surprises like that!)  I had $5 in Extra Care Bucks in my wallet that I received Tuesday on my last shopping trip to CVS.  So, with a total of $15 in Extra Bucks, I went shopping today for laundry detergent.

The deal on Tide was purchase three 37oz. bottles at $5.94 each, and receive $5 back in Extra Care Bucks.   ALL laundry detergent was on sale $3.99 for a 32oz. bottle.  The total before coupons was $21.81 before tax.

I had two $2 off Tide manufacturers coupons, one $1 off Tide, and one $1 off ALL.   I used those coupons, along with the $15 in Extra Bucks I had, bringing my total out of pocket cost, including tax, to $2.64.  And I received $5 in Extra Bucks back to use on a future purchase.

It’s days like this that put me on a coupon high!

My $5 Extra Bucks I received back expires on December 5th, so I will need to use it before then.

I’m pretty well stocked right now with most personal necessities that I need.  But it’s that time of year that I also coupon to make up gift baskets for Christmas.  I will coupon to get good deals on items, like toothpaste, dental floss, toothbrushes, lotions, body washes, shampoos, etc., and give them in a basket to a family who could use them.  Most often, I do this through church.  I’ve already got a head start on a gift basket, but I will keep watching the sales flyers each week to see what items I have coupons for and whether they will match up with a sale.  If nothing matches up, or if it comes out to more than I want to spend, I won’t buy it.  In the past, CVS has had some really good sales starting with the day after Thanksgiving and running up until Christmas.

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