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Today I want to talk about two different stores (good places to get started couponing) and some successful strategies to shop each one.

1. CVS – This by far is one of the easiest stores to shop.  Before couponing I haECBrdly ever visited a CVS, unless I needed a prescription.  Boy, I had no idea what I was missing.  CVS has a reward program they call Extra Care Bucks (ECBs).  To participate you have to ask for a Reward Card in the store or sign-up online.

The way you work CVS is to cash in on the ECB deals they have each week and then start “rolling” your ECBs.  Rolling is taking ECBs from one week to use in purchases for the next week.  To keep rolling, you must purchase items that will give you ECBs.  Sometimes finding items with ECBs can be difficult since sales vary from week to week, but you can always skip a week (so long as your ECBs are not expiring).

CVS will run ECB deals on select items so when you buy it, you get the full price of the product back in ECBs – meaning free products.  Then you use a coupon on top of the ECB’s you get back and you can “make money” on the purchase.  How that works:  You buy product A for $6.99, use a $1.50/1 Q coupon, thus paying $5.49 (+tax) oop and you will get a $6.99 ECB on your receipt.  This is one of the biggest reasons why CVS is so much fun.

2. Publix – Publix is by far my favorite grocery store.  Yes, their prices are higher than other local stores, but with their sales and coupon policy, you can really get some great deals, even some free stuff.  Publix’s coupon policy allows customers to use 1 manufacturer’s coupon and one store coupon per item.  So, if you have Product A for $2.99 and a manufacturer’s coupon for $1/1 and a store coupon for $1/1, you get Product A for $0.99.  Cool right!  Also, the same rule applies to BOGO (buy one, get one) items.  When you get two items for a BOGO sale, you can use a coupon for each product.  I used to think because the product was free, that I could not use a coupon.  That was WRONG!  Publix does allow you to use the free item towards the coupon item count.  This is almost like double coupons (but only on the BOGO items).  Florida stores do not double coupons  – yes it is sad, but we have our advantages.  Also, Publix has a Upromise program, where you can add money to a college savings accont for your child (or a family member).

Publix also accepts competitor coupons.  Each Publix can determine what they deem their competitor.  So be sure to call customer service at your Publix to determine what competitor coupons you can use.

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