Tuesday, July 27, 2010

CVS Shopping Trip 7/26: Saved $70.89 Spent $.73 ~ Increased Extra Bucks by $6

I had a $5/40 CVS coupon to use and I knew I wanted to use up the 17 Cheerio coupons expiring this week to stock up for the preschool department at church, so that took care of $17 and I knew the couple of free after extra buck items would help, but would not be quite enough.  So I dug into my old rainchecks to get up to the $40 so I could use the $5 coupon.  I had seen $1/1 and $3/2 printables for Right Guard and the b1g1 coupon in Sunday's paper that would
make an old rain check I had a  money maker. It is hard to pass these $/$$ CVS coupons up, but sometimes it is necessary if there isn't a great enough savings overall to justify using them.  I always hang onto my free or nearly free coupons and rain checks to fill in the amount.  Here is an older post I wrote about my strategy for using these $ off total order amount coupons.  I received almost $5 more back in extra bucks than I spent so this trip was a "money maker" for me.

Here is what I got and how I paid:

Saved:  $70.89
Spent:  $.73 (I always pay with gift cards that I earn online or from prescription purchases)
Extra Bucks used:  $15.98
Extra Bucks earned:  $21.98 (I received $6 more back than I used--a money making trip)

I used a $5/40 coupon on the following:
17 -- Cheerios @ $1 [used 17 $.75/1 tearpad coupons]
1 -- Palmolive @ $.98 [used 1 $.25/1 insert coupon]
1 -- Softsoap @ $.99 [used 1 $.50/1 printable coupon]
1 -- Photo book @ $7.99 get $7.99 extra bucks [used a $2/1 CVS Photo book coupon]**
1 -- Kotex U @ $4.99 get $4.99 extra bucks [used a $1/1 printable coupon and $1.50/1 CVS coupon from the Reinventing beauty magazine--there were extra coupon inserts from them by the ads today]**
5 -- Right Guard and 1 -- Dry Idea @ $2.50/ea and buy two get $3.00 extra bucks llimit 3 from an old rain check I had [used 2 -- $3/2 printables; 1 -- $1/1 printables; 1 -- buy 1 get 1 free insert coupon]**

**Money Makers--I got more extra bucks back than it took to pay for them.

You can find all of these deals and more on the current CVS deals post page here and look over the weekly ad and remember you can check the We Use Coupons or the Hot Coupon World coupon databases for coupons for items in the ad that I don't have any listed for.  Also, read how I have learned (from others) how to "stack" the coupons in the right order to pay less tax here.  Some states have to pay tax on extra buck usage and some don't so it may or may not affect your CVS shopping.  And if you don't have any, or many, extra bucks check out this post about how to have the least out of pocket cash when beginning. 

How'd you do this week?


Amy said...

Following you back from Mondays. I love your savings At CVS, i havent shopped much at cvs, but i see the great savings you had...and i may be starting


Anonymous said...

On the cheerios indiviual servings, can you use the manu coupons that say you need to purchase the boxes?

Cheryl @ Simply Shoeboxes said...

Thanks, Amy, for stopping by. You really should start CVSing--it is amazing, though it takes a little while to consistently get "lots for little." But the savings are amazing even for a casual shopper.

Cheryl @ Simply Shoeboxes said...

Anonymous, good question. I never have. Some are vague in their wording--they don't say a size--so may very well work, but I don't know. Definitely not if it has a size limit. These just said "Original Cheerios."

JRFrugalMom and Family said...

Fantastic Cheryl ....and very impressive!!!

Cheryl @ Simply Shoeboxes said...

Thanks, FrugalMom, some weeks are harder than others.

Sunny Simple Life said...

CVS hasn't been as much fun the last couple of weeks. I have just been running in if they have freebies I want. Hopefully it will perk up.

Cheryl @ Simply Shoeboxes said...

I totally agree, coupon challenged, but I am hoping it is just Summer and will pick up, but I am not truly sure it will.

Sunny Simple Life said...

Do you think they are on to all the couponers out there and are going to make it harder to get those freebies and MMs. I have heard others mention this but don't know if anyone knows this for sure.

Cheryl @ Simply Shoeboxes said...

I really don't think so, coupon challenged, because couponers don't cost them money. They get us to shop there instead of elsewhere and they get paid by the coupons instead--also they get paid for advertising all of these products (it is rather complicated from what I read). It was also my understanding that extra bucks are like coupons--the manufacturer actually offers it, not CVS so CVS gets paid for those when we use them, too.

I personally wondered if it is just the economy. Manufacturers have to be hurting, too, and don't have the amount of money to spend on getting their products into consumers' hands to try.

My experience with CVS stores and customer service has always been that they look kindly on us (some employees don't, but overall) and I have been encouraged to keep couponing and my manager actually tells others what I do and tries to explain a little--I have seen her tell a customer to ring up twice and use their extra bucks earned on the second transaction.

So I really don't think the honest couponers are any problem. My manager has mentioned it seems like corporate is sending down changes every week to them and wonders what is up.

But I am still hoping it picks back up--as they say "those were the days" really applies to CVSing! But at least here have been a couple of freebies lately, that is an improvement.

I'd love to hear if you read anything else, I'd sure like to know where it is leading.

Cheryl said...

Great trip Cheryl!! Thanks to you I am now asking for rainchecks as well. That is a huge help when trying to use the $/$$ off coupons. I really appreciate the tips. Have a great week!

Cheryl @ Simply Shoeboxes said...

Cheryl, it took me a looong time to the hang of rainchecks, now they are my best friend. Only thing is, my store is super stocked all the time now--thanks to me encouraging the management of how much they could sell if they stocked well. Oh, well. :-)

Denise @ Shopper Strategy said...

Love your strategies! Thanks for sharing :)

Cheryl @ Simply Shoeboxes said...

Thanks, Denise, I hope by sharing it helps someone else. I learned a lot by reading what others did.

JRFrugalMom and Family said...

Just stopping by to tell you that you are a fantastic CVS shopper!

BusyMom said...

I just wish I ever got $/$$ coupons. I don't seem to have luck with getting them at the magic coupon machine or by e-mail.

Good job!