I preface this story by saying, I never thought it would be me. Considering the fact that we don’t get a newspaper, the only coupons we get are from the odd-mailer that shows up every few weeks or the rare rewards club membership card we carry.
Earlier this week (read: yesterday) I was heading over to CVS to use my ExtraCare bucks because re: My Fall Five, I figured that in order to give #1 – Gray Nail Polish its full due, I needed to source another shade.
Since I was packing $7 of free money, spending it on frivolous vanities seemed like the only appropriate option.
When I came face-to-face with the Revlon wall display, I entered some sort of cosmetics Valhalla. Without getting too deeply into the math, I was able to quickly determine that for each bottle of nail polish I bought, they would give me money back. And if I used my existing ExtraCare Bucks and had the cashier run each transaction separately, I would actually leave the store with more money than I had entered with.
Sound crazy yet?
I like to think that I softened the blow by explaining to the cashier that I have NEVER behaved like this EVER in my entire life. And yet somehow, I’m guessing that when you work at a drugstore for minimum wage, you probably hear that line more often than one would think.
I boldly pressed-on anyway, having a field day in the nail polish section. I picked practical colors, impractical colors, and colors that I’ve been wanting to buy for a year but have had no justification for whatsoever.
For the record, the color I’ve been sitting on for a year is 85 Minted.
And by the time I left CVS, I was four bottles of nail polish and $1 dollar heavier.
Victory? Or victory?
What’s one nail polish color you’ve been dying to try but haven’t been able to bring yourself to buy?
Have you ever extreme couponed intentionally or unintentionally?