If I have the time in advance of the sale (sometimes a week or so in advanced), I'll visit Iheartcvs.com to see what is going to be in the weekly ad. I also visit hotcouponworld.com to see if anyone has come up with some great coupon match ups for what's going to be on sale.
If I DON'T have the time (which has been the case lately), I wait until Friday morning when Southern Savers posts the CVS deals for the following week.
- I literally sit down with paper and pencil in hand
- I write down all the deals FREE after ECBs with the limit next to it (because I'll forget if I don't).
- I write down how many ECBs I'm carrying over from last week at the top and any $ off $$ coupons CVS released or I received on my CRT (cash register tape)
- Next I write down any other items on sale that we might need or are a stockpile price
CVS 8 + 6 ECB from last week
free after ECB this week:
4 ct Advil PM $.99 - FREE (1)
Complete contact solution $9.99 - FREE (1)
- $1/1 10/25 RP
- $2/1 IPQ - not available anymore
BIC Disposable razors comfort 3 advance or soleil 4 ct $4.99 - $4 ECB (1)
All Small & Mighty 3.99
- $2/1 12/6 RP = $1.99 each no ecbs
Once all that is written down (because I like to see what I'm doing, hence the scenarios in the first place :) I start the math, literally:
14.00 ECB (from last week)
-9.99 Complete Solution
4.01 ECB leftover
+1.00 Complete Solution coupon
5.01 ECB leftover
.02 ECB leftover
+2.00 BIC coupon
2.02 ECB leftover
-.99 Advil PM
1.03 ECB leftover
-3.99 laundry detergent
+2.00 ALL coupon
-.97 OOP for the first order
receive $9.99 ECB, $.99 ECB, $4 ECB
Double check to make sure there are enough items for the coupons used:
4 items versus 5 coupons, means I'll need to buy a filler item, something cheap under $1 preferably. Usually you can find the caramels at the counter for $.33. If not, go over to the candy aisle to see if there are any "penny" candy on sale.
$.97 OOP + $.33 caramel = $1.30 OOP plus tax
I hope this helps you create your own scenarios.
What kind of items do you buy for filler items?