Living Like a Princess on a Cinderella Budget – Part 1

I’m semi-retired, work part-time at my church, have a fixed income, and love couponing and getting a bargain.

When I can save a lot of money on my personal items, like oral hygiene products, facial moisturizers, body wash, etc., it frees up money for those items I want to splurge on, like the Estée Lauder makeup set I recently purchased.  The place I like to coupon the most at is our local CVS Pharmacy.  In addition to being able to use manufacturer’s coupons on name brand items, they also run deals where they will give me back coupons, called Extra Bucks Rewards, that I can spend in their store like cash on future purchases.

To get the lowest out of pocket cost, I match up sales and coupons.  This system works well as long as I don’t purchase items I have no need for just because they are on sale, and I don’t.

I haven’t been in CVS for a while, so I did not have any Extra Bucks to help with my first purchase.  This made my out of pocket cost higher than I like, but I had to start somewhere.  I didn’t do great today, but I consider any savings to be good.

I made my purchases in two transactions so I could use the Extra Bucks from the first transaction on the second one.

First transaction:

2 Maybelline the Falsies Push Up Drama Mascara @ $9.49 each.

1 L’Oreal Visible Lift foundation @ $14.99.

I had two $3 off coupons on the Maybelline mascara, and the CVS deal was buy 2 and get $5.00 back in Extra Bucks.  The L’Oreal deal was spend 12 and get $4 back in Extra Bucks.

My out of pocket cost for this transaction was $30.44, including tax, and I got back $9 in Extra Bucks.
Second Transaction:

Two packages Olay wet facial cloths on sale 2/$8.00.

Two cans Campbell’s Chunky Soup on sale for .77 each.

Two Softsoap body washes on sale for buy one get one free @ $4.99 each.

Two GoldBond lotions at $7.79 and $10.79.  The deal was buy $15 of GoldBond and get $5 back.

I used two manufacture coupons for $1 off the Olay cloths, and the $9 in Extra Bucks from my first transaction, making my total out of pocket $25.86, including tax.  I got back $5 in Extra Bucks from the GoldBond deal to use next shopping trip.

CVS also has a Beauty Club where I can spend $50 in beauty products and they will put $5 Beauty Bucks on my card in a couple days that I can use later.

My total spent out of pocket today was $56.30.  I budget myself $50 per month for CVS shopping, but since I went two months without spending anything there, I’m still within my budget.
This is like a game I love to play.  I get a high on saving money on necessities!  I’m already planning my next shopping trip after I get my Beauty Bucks in a couple days and will then have $10 in Bucks to spend.

I will post my next shopping trip toward the end of the week.

What ways do you save money on your necessities?  How do you live like a Princess on a Cinderella budget?

Please feel free to share.

Blessings.