This just came up in a comment someone left me, so I thought I'd share!
Since starting all this saving fun, I simply hate to pay for anything out of pocket at CVS. Yet every week I buy the double paper for $2.50 - and there aren't coupons/deals for that! (Well, at the end of last year the early edition of the Sunday paper was $1, so I could get two papers for $2, but that's unusual.) So I try to roll my paper into my ECB deals to get it for free or at least for as little as possible.
It's simple - at the most basic level, I just pay for the paper with ECBs. Nothing out of pocket - but I "lose" the $2.50 in ECBs at the same time. If I can, I'll pay for the paper with coupons instead. How? Here's an example using current deals:
Buy 1 Tums Quik Pak, use a $2.25 coupon (As a side note, this coupon is no longer available to print, but I emailed the company and requested a coupon be mailed to me - if I get it, you'll see me use it soon!)
Buy 1 Colgate toothbrush, use a $1 coupon
Buy the $2.50 paper
In this scenario, you'll get the paper for free AND come out ahead by 75 cents!
This isn't possible every week, but I usually manage to get the paper for at least a discount using this method. And considering that the paper is the doorway to more savings, this is always a great deal!
And of course, if the Sunday paper in your area costs less than mine, you can work this to an even bigger advantage!
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