Drug store deals mean big savings

Stephanie Nelson, the coupon mom.
Stephanie Nelson, the coupon mom.

By Dawn Baker - email | bio

ROSWELL, GA (WTOC) - All week long we are learning how to get the best deal for our money with the help of an expert, known to most as the coupon mom.

Today, we'll look at how to find some incredible deals in the pharmacy. It will change how you look at the those deals in the paper and coupons you may have around the house.

We've all been there before. Waiting in a pharmacy for our prescriptions to be filled. These days you can find just about everything there.

If CVS is your pharmacy, before you get drawn in by the sales, make sure that you get the most out of your extra care card.

"This store has the little kiosk. You scan your card and it prints out coupons. I got some very good coupons. I'll save these in case these items go on sale and I get $1.50 off our order today just for showing up. Free money. I bet a lot of people who bought lottery tickets didn't get a darn thing," says Stephanie Nelson, the coupon mom.

With the new discounts in her hand, the coupon mom leads us on a journey to get some unbelievable deals.

"It's buy one get one free for this blush. It's usually $3.49 each. At buy one get one free, I'll get two for $3.49 and there's a $1 coupon. I can use two of those $1 coupons. So I'll get both for $1.50. I'll pay 75 cents each instead of $3.50 each," explains Nelson.

Before the coupon mom even entered the store, she sat down at home to plan her trip. First looking at the CVS sales circular in the paper to see if she needed anything that's marked down. Then she clipped coupons from the newspaper and scanned her website, www.couponmom.com, for deals she may have overlooked.

She says you also have to learn how to read those coupons so you can cash in on the best deals.

"Here's a good example. This deodorant says $1 off any Degree deodorant. This Degree comes in a trial size and it's  for $2. So it's $1 each and the coupon is for $1 off and I have two coupons so I can get two free trial size deodorants rather than paying $2.69 for one full size. If I used the $1 on a full size, I would pay $1.69. I'd rather get two free," adds Nelson.

You can also use more than one kind of discount towards one item. In the business, that's called stacking.

"Your one opportunity for savings is the fact that it is on sale. The next opportunity is the fact that you have the automatic rebate and then the third one is that the grocery coupon and when you put all three together, that's how you get free items," explains Nelson.

When we got everything on the list, she saved almost $50. By using her coupons and extra bucks, the coupon mom saved $48.88 and even earned $5 in extra bucks. So, she actually made money by shopping at the pharmacy.

Remember, you can find these deals at most stores, but you have to ask the store managers to make sure that you understand how their deals work because every store is different. Also, don't forget to ask if they match their competitors' prices. If they do, that will also save you a lot of time and money.

For more information, visit www.couponmom.com.

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