An Accidental Extreme Couponer

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 agree.

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?


12 responses to “An Accidental Extreme Couponer

  1. Way to be a savvy shopper! That sounds like a brilliant plan, especially with nail polish – I am always hesitant to buy unusual shades because if the color doesn’t look good on me, I feel badly about wasting money (even if it’s only a few dollars, it adds up!).

    Also, I tried a lime green polish last summer just for fun, and the resounding consensus of my friends and co-workers was that it was too bold for me and I should stick to my usual reds and pinks. 😦 I guess I am a “classic” (hopefully not *too* vanilla) kind of girl. Last summer, there were some beautiful Tiffany blue shades (ex. China Glaze “For Audrey”) that I adored but didn’t try. So pretty!

  2. Nicely done! I always think I’ll do well with the couponing but it’s usually either A)The coupons aren’t for something I need or B)I don’t end up using them until it’s too late.

  3. I just bought an Essie shade called Power Clutch, which is a fairly dark grey. Haven’t actually put it on yet, because I’m not allowed to wear dark colours for school, but I can’t wait to try it out! I think I might put it on Friday night, since we’ve got a long weekend here (Thanksgiving on Monday) and I would actually be able to wear it for a few days. I also bought Essie’s Aruba Blue and wore it to the formal I went to. I felt very bold 🙂 I’ve always wanted to buy a lemon yellow colour, but haven’t (yet).

    Way to take advantage of the extreme couponing! Brilliant

  4. Score!!

    For some reason it’s really hard for me to buy nail polishes. I think if it’s not a neutral color, that would go with every. single. outfit. then I shouldn’t buy it. It’s completely irrational. I used to be the same way with lipstick, but I think I’m finally starting to break away from that at least. Any who, black is my answer. I’ve always wanted to try it, but I’m still a little shy.

  5. CVS is my favorite place to “extreme coupon,” I try to buy products with my extrabucks that give me extrabucks in return. It’s an awesome, vicious cycle.

  6. Ha ha, I’ve had a couple experiences like that at CVS. I once got about $15 of Physician’s Formula stuff for $1. Sweet! I cannot wait to see how your nails turn out.

  7. I don’t know that there is ever a color I am afraid to try – I love taking risks when it comes to anything to do with fashion, especially nail color. The last few seasons I have been loving Essie’s seasonal collections, and I am all about the fall line currently.

    Coupons – I love them. I actually had someone say to me the other day, “You would totally be the crazy coupon lady if you had more time…” and she was right – I just love seeing that number on the bottom of a receipt, “You saved $xx.xx” Amazing.

    Much love,

  8. My Grandma employs this very strategy habitually. But good for you! Enjoy your new colors. I’ve been meaning to attend to my nails for two weeks now…perhaps tonight I will make it a priority!

  9. That’s definitely victory! When you said extreme, I was concerned that you’d have to put in a walk-in closet for all your new nail polish. It sounds like you managed to stay relatively restrained.

  10. Ha! You are my hero:-)

  11. I never fully read the coupons, so I always miss the separate transaction business. *le sigh*
    I just bought a yellow nail polish. I thought it would be totally cute and fun for summer, but it went on globby? If that even makes sense…

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