Good morning !  It is a beautiful day in the Washington DC area. Sunny and cool. Perfect fall weather and I am ready to start my day.

I had a rough afternoon yesterday with my almost 2 year old daughter who I will refer to here as Frack. Frack is not as easy going as her older brother Frick. She is very stubborn at times and is very determined when she gets her mind set on something…which most of the time is getting into trouble!!

So I was counting the minutes until my husband would be home from work. Any stay at home mom knows how important that time of the day is. We love our kids with all of our hearts, but we are also human and need a break at some point right?

I needed to get out of the house last night. By myself. Just to clear my head. Any where better to go….CVS of course!  No need for Bloomingdales or Nordstrom here….just a quiet trip to a close pharmacy would do the trick!  As you can see, I’m very easy to please 🙂

I headed out, by myself ( I love to say that…since it happens so rarely)….and pulled into CVS. Now even though I have yet to study all of the CVS coupon policy rules, tonight I didn’t care. I was yes…by myself!  This kind of trip would usually be a no- no for a new couponer like myself. Shotgun trips to the store will get me into trouble, but last night I was breaking my own rule. We are all entitled to do that once in a while!

I defense of myself, I did have my trusty coupon binder with me and my handy dandy ExtraCare Card, which is the CVS discount card. I headed over to the red coupon machine who I have nicknames Cooper,the Coupon machine. From what I am learning, besides being able to price check items with Cooper, I can also scan my card their weekly and Cooper will shoot out some coupons!

Cooper must have sensed that I was not having the best day, so he gracefully handed over

$1.50 ExtraCare reward coupon

$2.00 off Covergirl Pressed Powder Coupon

$1.00 off Maybelline makeup coupon

Having my binder with me, I flipped to “M” for makeup and matched up some coupons with the coupons that Cooper had just given me….

This is what I ended up with:

1 Maybelline NY Mega Plush Mascara $8.29, minus a $1.00 manufacturer coupon , minus $1.00 CVS Coupon= $6.29

1 CoverGirl clean pressed powder, $7.99, on sale for $7.00, minus $2.00 CVS coupon, minus $2 manufacturer coupon = $3

total came to $9.29, minus my $1.50 ExtraBucks reward= $7.79 for $16.28 worth of makeup. 52% savings!!