What has changed about my love affair with coupons, is that I no longer use them willy nilly. Instead, I now Coupon With a Purpose. I know about the deals ahead of time, and use store and manufacturers coupons to get the best price possible.
It’s working, because my grocery spending resembles Let’s Make a Deal. COME ON DOWN!
But what I want to share today, is how to shop for cosmetics for a fraction of the cost. I do buy toiletries and cosmetics at CVS taking advantage of their Extra Care Bucks. But I’ve found that I can wander through either CVS or Walgreens, look for clearance merchandise, add a coupon, and get the item either free or pretty darn close to free.
Today I went to Walgreens and found these three items, added three coupons, and walked out spending 62 cents.
I have two girls who LOVE nail polish and lip gloss. But I cannot ever bring myself to pay up to $6.00 for a bottle of good nail polish. Walgreens particularly has terrific clearance sales on Sally Hansen and Rimmel nail color. I’ve been seeking out higher value cosmetic coupons ($1.00 or more) from the paper or as a printable and stashing them in my coupon box under “Beauty”. Then when I wander through the drug store, I look for clearance items and check to see if I have coupons for those items.
The 3 things I purchased today were all clearance. The Sally Hansen nail polish was .50, and I had a coupon for .50 off. FREE. The other Rimmel polish was on clearance for $1.09, and I had a $1.00 coupon. And the lip gloss was $2.29, and I had a coupon for $2.00.
I’ve squirreled these items away WAY UP HIGH in my closet for use as birthday gifts, stocking stuffers, or whathaveyou.
The whole stashing gifts for later use idea is a new concept for me this year. I was also able to score $2.00 tank tops at Old Navy last week with a coupon, so that my daughter will be armed with her favorite tanks through the year. And I’m saving them for her birthday. Which is surprising, as I CANNOT KEEP A SECRET.
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And have a fantastic weekend, everyone!