LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - In this economic state, many are finding ways to save money. That's why NewsChannel 11 is bringing you tips from the Coupon Mom. Most of us have browsed nearby shelves while waiting on a prescription and these days you can find just about anything you need in the pharmacy. Stephanie Nelson, the Coupon Mom, wants you to be able to save everywhere possible.
If CVS is your pharmacy, Nelson wants to make sure your Extra Care card really cares for you. "This store has a little kiosk. You scan your card and it prints out coupons. Let's see this is pretty good," says Nelson about the surprise coupons she received. "I bet a lot of people who bought lottery tickets didn't get a darn thing," she says. Armed with new discounts the Coupon Mom is on the hunt for incredible deals.
"It's usually buy on get one free. Usually they are $3.49 each, but buy one get one free I'll get two for $3.49 and there is a $1 coupon. I can use two of those $1 coupons so I'll get both for $1.50 and pay .75 cents a piece," she proudly says about the deal on eye shadow she just got.
Before heading out the door she takes her own advice to heart, and planned her trip. By first looking at the CVS circular to see if there was anything she needed that was on sale. Then she clipped coupons from the newspaper and scanned her own web site couponmom.com for deals she may have missed.
Nelson says it's important to get your coupon lingo down. "Here's a good example, a deodorant coupon says $1 off any Degree deodorant. One Degree comes in trial size and its two for $2 so its $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 and I'd rather get two free," says Nelson.
You can use more than one kind of discount toward one item, and in this Mom's business that's called stacking. "Your one opportunity for savings is the fact it is on sale. The next opportunity is the fact that you have the automatic rebate and then the third is the grocery coupon when you put it all together you get free items," says Nelson.
As she checked out the total kept going down and she spent $4.88 and saved $48.88. Nelson actually earned $5 in Extra Care Bucks so she made money shopping CVS. That's a prescription that's sure to make shoppers feel good.
Coupon Mom Part 2: Plan before you shop
Quick trips to the store can be costly but the Coupon Mom shows how a little planning can make all the difference in your grocery bill. NewsChannel 11's Ann Wyatt Little has your shopping tips.
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