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CVS Shopping: Week of 9/5/10

Look at all the great stuff I purchased at CVS this week. 

I purchased $48.96 worth of product (after sales/before taxes) and paid $3.28…a savings of 93% overall!  (Note: I forgot the 3 snacks I bought – guess I had already put them away before the pic!)

As I write this post, I am embarassed to see I made 5 trips to CVS; but between the B1G1 free Sobe deal (I can only purchase 6 at a time) and the $3 off $10 grocery coupon that was printing this week there was just too many good deals to pass up!

Transaction #1:

6 Sobes – B1G1 and used 3 B1G1 free coupons = free +tax
2 Trident – 2x.99 – used $1 off 2 coupon = .98
2 Raisin Bran – 2×1.77 – used $1 coupon = 2.54

Total = $3.52

Used $3 off $10 groceries CVS coupon = .52

Threw in 1 CVS Peanut Butter filled pretzel – $1 (not pictured): did this so I could use my $1 ECB and not lose any value…total = $1.52

Used $1 ECB

Total: .52 + tax = .89

Received a .99 ECB from Trident

Transaction #2:

6 Sobes – B1G1 and used 3 B1G1 free coupons = free +tax
1 Airwick imotion – 4.99 – used $3 coupon = .99

Total = .99

Used .99 ECB – Total: 0 + tax = .70

Received $1 ECB for Green Bag tag

Transaction #3:

6 Sobes – B1G1 and used 3 B1G1 free coupons = free +tax
1 Snickers – $1 – used .75 coupon = .25
1 Raisin – $1.77 – used .60 coupon = $1.17
1 Corn Flake/1 Raisin Bran – 2x$1.77 – used $1 coupon = $2.54

Total = $3.96

Used $3 off $10 groceries CVS coupon = .96

Threw in 1 CVS pretzel – .79 (not pictured): did this so I could use my $1 ECB and use the full $1 value (yep, I’m cheap!)…total = $1.75

Used $1 ECB

Total: .75 + tax = $1.11

Transaction #4:

6 Sobes – B1G1 and used 3 B1G1 free coupons = free +tax
1 CVS Snack – $1 (not pictured)
2 Brownie Mixes – 2x$1 = $2

Total = $3.00

Used $3 off $10 groceries CVS coupon = 0 + tax

Total = .23

(This transaction is confusing, since I normally pay 35 cents tax just for the Sobe; I am guessing that the $3 off coupon does something to affect what is taxed, just haven’t figured it out yet).

Transaction #5:

6 Sobes – B1G1 and used 3 B1G1 free coupons = free +tax

Total = .35
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Thanks to Simply CVS for the great deal ideas!

‘Sort of’ Freebies: Week of 8/29/10

My definition of ‘Sort of’ Freebies: Items that have been purchased by paying nothing, or tax only. If I pay with Extra Care Bucks, Register Rewards, Rebate money or free gift cards and only have to pay tax with my ‘real’ money – then I consider it a ‘Sort of’ freebie.

Here’s my deals for the week of 8/29/10…

Overall, I received $28.82 (pre-tax) of product and only paid 97 cents out of pocket – that’s a 97% savings!

CVS Deals:

Transaction#1: (95% savings!)

1 Snickers – 1.00  (used .75 coupon)
2 Wheat Thins – 1.00 ea (used 2 – 1.00 coupons)
1 Dawn – .97  (used .25 coupon)
1 Ear Bud – 6.99

Total: 10.96 – 3.00 = 7.96
Minus 7.96 ECB (was 7.99 & adjusted down)

Paid 50 cents tax out of pocket!
Received a 6.99 ECB from the Ear Buds

Transaction#2: (97% savings!)

1 M&M – 1.00 (used .75 coupon)
2 Wheat Thins – 1.00 ea (used 2-1.00 coupons)
1 Dawn – .97 (used .25 coupon)

Total: 3.97 – 3.00 = .97
Minus $.97 ECB (was $1 & adjusted down)

Paid 11 cents tax out of pocket!
Received a 1.00 ECB for using my Green Tag

Transaction#3: (95% savings!)

1 Peanuts – 1.00 (used 1.00 coupon)
1 Dawn – .97 (used 1.00 coupon/adjusted to .97)
1 Always – 2.96 (used FREE Always coupon)

Total: 4.93 – 4.93 = 0!

Paid 22 cents tax out of pocket!

Walmart (96% savings!)

I bought the Gain along with my other groceries.

It was 97 cents and I had a $1 coupon (and I got the full $1 on the coupon)

Paid 4 cents tax for this (was 7 cents, but I got a 3 cent “credit” because of the coupon overage!)

Kmart (100% savings!)

Pedometer – $7.99

Used a FREE Pedometer coupon and paid NOTHING (not even tax!!)

Thanks to Simply CVS and A Full Cup for their deal ideas!

‘Sort of’ Freebies: Week of 8/22/10

My definition of ‘Sort of’ Freebies: Items that have been purchased paying nothing, or tax only. If I pay with Extra Care Bucks, Register Rewards, Rebate money and only have to pay tax with my ‘real’ money – then I consider it a ‘Sort of’ freebie.

Here’s my deals for the week of 8/22/10…

This was another great week, only spent $2.00 of my ‘real’ money and received $50.22 worth of pre-tax items…96% savings!

My items were from Pick and Save (cereal and Mentos), CVS (Glade, Herbal Essence, Listerine and Glide) and Target (more free soup!)  Aaaand, I actually figured out the Pick and Save deals all by myself, without using any ‘blog’ help! 

General Mills had an awesome deal, buy 6 and get an automatic $10 off and I had 3 $1 coupons that were doubled, so I paid only $2.34 for 6 boxes of cereal which gave me my 5 boxes free. I paid only $2.34 for the sixth (which was less than the sale price).  Also, they gave coupons for a free gallon of milk and free dozen eggs!!

Thanks again to Totally Target and Simply CVS for the deal ideas!

‘Sort of’ Freebies: Week of 8/15/10

My definition of ‘Sort of’ Freebies: Items that have been purchased paying nothing, or tax only. If I pay with Extra Care Bucks, Register Rewards, Rebate money and only have to pay tax with my ‘real’ money – then I consider it a ‘Sort of’ freebie.

Here’s my deals for the week of 8/15/10…

The total I paid for the following items is $2.28!  The total sale price of these items was $50.59 before tax, so I paid a little under 5% of the cost…95% savings!!

Everything except the soup was purchased at CVS.  The soup was from Target and was TOTALLY free!

Thanks to A Full Cup, Totally Target, and Simply CVS for all the help on their blog(s) to find these deals!

CVS Experiment – Update

As of 6/9/10, the following purchases have been added to my “experiment”…

I haven’t updated in a while, though I have been taking pictures of my “finds”.

Here is what I added to my orignial purchases:

Trans #6:

1 Blade 5 Razor – $6.99 (will get $6.99 ECB)
1 Herbal Essence Hairspray -$2.99 (will get $2 ECB)
3 Glade room spray – $2.50 (will use SC Johnson Rebate of $5 for 3 products)

Total: $12.48

Minus:

$1.00 Herbal Essence
$10.99 ECBs

$11.99 Coupon/ECB total –> $12.48-$11.99 = .49

Received $8.99 of ECBs and another $1 for scanning my Green Tag, so I lost $1 of ECBs, but will submit the 3 Glades for the SC Johnson $5 rebate for 3 items – which will make me almost $4 of ‘real money’.

OOP $1.13 – so $30.87 spent to date.

Trans #7:

2 Gillette Body wash at $4 each (Charity donation) – (will get $4 ECBs per item)
1 Dial Trial size body wash – .99

Total $8.99

Minus:

1 B1G1 Body Wash (-$4.00)
$4.99 ECBs

Coupon/ECB Total = $8.99 —> 8.99-8.99 = 0!!

OOP – .49 (Tax) AND received $8.00 in ECBs!!

Woohoo, only 49 cents!

Trans #8:

P&G came out with their new coupons for June and CVS had some razors on ECB deals.

Rolaids was also an ECB deal, but I did not buy the right ones, soooo, I lost some ECBs, but still got a good deal on the items:

Bought:

1 Venus Embrace – $8.99 (will get $4 ECB)
1 Gillette Fusion – $9.97 (will get $5 ECB)
2 Rolaids at $3.49 each
2 Caramels at .33 each (not pictured, but needed to use my ECB total)

Total: $26.60

Minus:

$5.00 CVS coupon (off $25 purchase)
$4.00 Gillette Fusion
$2.00 Venus Embrace
$4.00 Rolaids
$11.49 ECBs

Coupon/ECB total: $26.49 —> $26.60-$26.49 = .11!!

OOP – $1.24 (with tax)

Received $9.00 ECBs – so, lost 2.49, but still got a good price. Had I bought the right Rolaids, I would have paid $1 more, but got $4 ECBs – Oh well…live and learn to read the sign!!

OOP $1.24 – cheaper than my previous Venus Embrace deal, and I got a second razor (and Rolaids)!

Trans #9:

Found out on a blog that CVS has monthly ECB deals, that may or may not be marked on the shelf…but do not necessarily show up in the ad. So, our CVS did have it marked which saved me having to figure out what was on the ‘deal’.

Bought:

3 Power Bars – .99 each (will get .99 ECB back on each one)
1 Snack – $1.00

Total: $3.97

Used a $4 ECB that they reduced to $3.97 (ECBs only cover pre-tax cost) – soo…

Total OOP = 7 cents! And I received $2.97 in ECBs!!

To date, the result of my ‘experiment’: $32.67 all of these items so far! I am now a true believer that although some prices may be higher at CVS, the ECBs make it worth your while to buy items there.

CVS Lover

I have become a huge fan of CVS and regret that I avoided shopping there for years. I (along with others) always thought that they were waaay overpriced, and, even if they did give back Extra Care Bucks (ECBs), it did not offset the cost of the items I was buying.


Oh, little did I know how much CVS just gives away!

After reading many couponing blogs, I realized that to succeed at CVS you need to take the ECBs that you earn and ‘roll’ them into your next purchase. Meaning 1) use them! Don’t let them expire and end up in the trash and 2) try to buy something that generates another ECB. This way you are continually getting ‘free’ money.

I started an experiment that got put on hold while I was on vacation – and I am still working on it. I decided to pick a purchase where I started with no ECBs (like a CVS newbie), but made sure that the purchase generated ECBs. Then, I would take those ECBs to the next purchases and see how much I could get before depleting all the ECBs.

ECBs usually expire within a month of your purchase, so that gives you 4 weeks to find another sale that you can roll your ECBs into.

So, here’s my scenarios:

#1/#2:

Trans #1:
Bought Charmin, Bounty and 3 Puffs tissues and I had a $4 off $20 purchase coupon from CVS (you get these in an email or when you scan your card).

My total for the items, with tax, was $21.54.

Not a great price (and why I never shopped at CVS before), the Charmin was 9.99 – 50 cent coupon and the Bounty was 12.99 for a 12 roll. Again, neither was a fantastic price, but the purchase generated a $10 ECB for my next purchase.

Trans #2:
Bought a CVS tag for my reusable bag for 99 cents. This generated a 99 cents ECB.

The beauty of this CVS tag is that every time you use a reusable bag and scan this card, CVS keeps track and, after 4 times, it generates a $1 ECB….free money for using a reusable bag!

So, after #1 and #2 I have $10.99 in ECBs.

#1 / #2 : $22.59

Trans #3: 
CVS had a deal, buy $15 in Nivea products and get a $5 ECB. 

I also bought Depends (no, I don’t need them but will donate them since they are free!) They were 6.99 with a $6.99 ECB generated.

And, CVS sent me another $4 off $20 purchase in my email. So…

3 Nivea Body Washes ($4.88 x 3 = $14.64)
2 Nivea Lip Care Items ($2.99 x 2 = $5.98)
1 Depends – $6.99

Total: $27.61

Minus:
$4 CVS coupon (use this first before total is less than $20)
$4 – 2 Nivea Body Wash Coupons (2×2.00)
$4.88 – 1 B1G1 Nivea Body Wash
$2.99 – 1 B1G1 Lip Care

Total = $15.87

$27.61 – $15.87 = $11.74

Now, I use my ECBs from trans #1/2: $11.74 – $10.99 = 75 cents! (You have to pay tax on the full amount, so my total was $2.08)

Cool thing, I get back a $5 and a $6.99 ECB, so I make a buck, because I now have $11.99 in ECBs.

 

Trans #4: 
Venus Embrace (had 2 cartridges in it) was on sale for $9.79, which generated a $6 ECB.

$9.79 – $2 coupon – $6.99 ECB  = 80 cents! With tax, $1.34…pretty good for a $9 razor.

I also got $6 in ECBs, so right back where I started before #3 (ie. I have a $5 and $6 ECB)








#4: $1.34 Out of pocket

Trans #5:
Made a killing in this transaction!
 2 Pantenes – 2/$6.97 (will get $3 ECB)
2 Right Guards – 2/$5.98 ( will get $4 ECB)
1 Crest Pro Health – $3.50 (will get $3.50 ECB)
1 Lady’s Mitchum – $2.99 (will get $1 ECB)
1 Kotex U Liners – $4.99 (will get $4.99 ECB)
1 CVS Wipes – .99

Total = $25.42

Minus:

$5 CVS coupon ($5 off $25 – from scanning card)
$1 Pantene
$3 Right Guard
$1 Mitchum
$1 CVS coupon for Kotex
$1 Kotex

$12 coupon total

$25.42 – $12.00 = $13.42

I used my 2 ECBs, $5 and $6 = $13.42 – $11.00 = $2.42; plus tax = $3.54!! For all of that…

I then received 16.49 back in ECBs, making a little over $2!!

I turned around and bought the 2nd Crest Pro Health (there was a limit of 2) using the $3.50 ECB and spent 19 cents. I received another $3.50 ECB and a $1 ECB for using my CVS tag on the reusable bag.

So, I now have $17.49 in ECBs and still have another $5 off $25 purchase. For the next month I will look for deals that will let me get more free stuff!

#5: $3.73

The total, to date, that I have spent from (and including) the first purchase is $29.74. See the picture with all my products below.

I will keep adding to this note (probably not to the picture, though!!) to see how much will be purchased before I run out of the ECBs.

All of this, so far, for $29.74!!
There are 22 items, so around $1.35 per item!
Or around 7 bucks for everything after my first purchase!