One of the ways I am trying to keep a little more of my income is to save money on my regular purchases. There pretty much is no way around having to buy the basics like deodorant, shampoo, toothpaste, mouthwash, floss, etc. It may take a little extra time and effort but it can be done.
I saved money this week by looking out for deals in the Sunday paper. If you live in a medium to large city, the Sunday paper is usually chocked full of coupons for those everyday items. By spending $2.00 for a newspaper a few weeks ago, I was able to save $35 yesterday. There is a prescription I take that costs $5 after insurance. I was able to find a coupon in the paper for a free $30 gift card for transferring my prescription to another pharmacy. There was a $5 coupon for any purchase over $25. I transferred the prescription and got my $30 gift card. I then used the $30 gift card to stock up on things like deodorant, shampoo, shaving cream, lotion and toothpaste. The total of those items came up to $34.97. I then used the $5 coupon and brought the total down to $29.97. I paid for the purchase with my free $30 gift card I got from the pharmacy. Here is a breakdown of how much I saved:
- Newspaper: $2.00
- Prescription: $5.00
- Purchases: $34.97
- Total: $41.97 - less $5 coupon, less $30 gift card = $6.97 out of pocket.
Did you save money this week on your regular purchases? How did you do it?
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