Tuesday, January 4, 2011

My CVS Shopping Trip for the Weekly Ad of 1/2 ~ Saved $96.71 or 99%

The new CVS deal shopping year found me low on extra bucks!  And there were lots of things I needed that were on sale--not a good combination for low out of pocket.  So I actually checked out four times--I think that is a record for me.  I am considering, that no matter the out of pocket, I should limit it to two, at the most three transactions.  But like this time, the first was to do just one extra buck deal that was a money maker to use on the large second transaction and the last time was just a quicky to
use up the extra bucks on what I needed.  Here is what I got and how I paid:

Total Trip:
Saved:  $ 96.71 or 99%
Spent:  Sub-total:  $ .94, tax:  $ 5.03, Total:  $ 5.97
Extra Bucks used:  $ 43.29
Extra Bucks earned:  $ 31.00
NOTE:  I do not figure in the extra bucks earned in the % saved, I will figure those in the week I use them.  I also figure the % saved before the tax, as I also saved tax by not spending the full amount and that would take quite some figuring.  So my % saved is the total saved off the total original price before tax and extra bucks earned.

Transaction #1:
Spent:  Sub-total:  $ .00, tax:  $ 1.56, Total:  $ 1.56
Extra Bucks used:  $  .00
Extra Bucks earned:  $ 10.00

2 -- Excedrin Extra Strength @ $4.79 each [used two free coupons I had from signing up for them earlier]
2 -- Excedrin Migraine @ $5.29 each [used two free coupons I had from signing up for them earlier]
These were included in a buy $20 of Excedrin get $10 back in extra bucks. So I did this first so I had them to put on the second transaction which had a very high total.

Transaction #2:
Spent:  Sub-total:  $ 1.07, tax:  $ 1.93, Total:  $3.00
Extra Bucks used:  $ 26.29
Extra Bucks earned:  $ 14.00

2 -- Angel Soft @ $9.99 each** [used two $1/1 Printable Coupons, zip 10001--not sure they are still there]
1 -- Wisk @ $5** [used a $2/1 Manufacturer coupon from the 1/2 Sunday insert]
  ** both a part of buy $25 get $10 extra buck deal--it printed tho it was $24.98 total
4 -- Kellogg's Special K @ $3.19 (buy three @ $10 get $4--not sure why they rang up at $3.19) [used two printable B1G1 free coupons]

Transaction #3:
Spent:  Sub-total:  $ -.61, tax:  $ .96, Total:  $ .35
Extra Bucks used:  $ 10.00
Extra Bucks earned:  $ 7.00

1 -- Palmolive Dish Soap @ $.88
1 -- Light bulbs @ $.84 [used a rain check]
1 -- Bayer Aspirin @ $2.99 [used a $2 CVS scanner coupon and a $1 coupon I had (now I see great Bayer printables available and I could have gotten more for my mom who uses it as it is buy one get one for 50%)
1 -- Revlon nail file @ $3.29**
1 -- Revlon Nail Clipper @ $4.39**
  ** part of buy two Revlon get $7 extra bucks deal (already tucked these away for stocking stuffers for next year)

Transaction #4:
Spent:  Sub-total:  $ .48, tax:  $ .58, Total:  $ 1.06
Extra Bucks used:  $ 7.00
Extra Bucks earned:  $ .00

2 -- CVS Dry Sweep Cloths @ $4.99 buy one get one 50% [I had about two of these left so was desperate--they are no where near as thick as Swiffer, but they are much cheaper and do the everyday jobs just fine so I usually get these--they even had 25% more free in them as a bonus]
5 -- Photo Prints @ $1.45 [used a free 5 prints CVS coupon found in the store quite a while ago]

Check out these and all of this week's deals.  Also, read how I have learned (from others) to "stack" the coupons in the right order to pay for tax.  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 how to have the least out of pocket cash when beginning or check out these scenarios for spending less than $5 or $10 out of pocket for several items.

You can read about all of my CVS shopping trips or check out what deals others got this week and if you blog about your CVS weekly shopping trips link up there, if not, share your trip details there in a comment.


Taika Maris said...

$3.19 may be the regular price for your Special K Cereal (prices differ between stores) or there is another 'sale'/clearance (I wouldn't think it would be on clearance) that was less than the advertised sale price of 3/$10. ($3.33/$3.34)

When multiple sales are going on or an item is regularly less than the sale price you get the lower price of the item.

This sometimes leads to confusion on Saturday night when two sales are active at one time.

Cheryl @ Simply Shoeboxes said...

I wondered if it was a regular price lower than the sale, Taika, but our store normally runs higher than any other I see so it was a real surprise. Another reader in S. FL said their ad had 3/$9 not $10.

Missy said...

what an Awesome trip, Cheryl!!! You always do so good :) Now I might have to go back to the store and see if I can get some of these deals, somehow I missed the special k deal and revlon nail clippers on my shop the other day.

Cheryl @ Simply Shoeboxes said...

Missy, it really is better to shop near the end of the week as shoppers across the internet share their finds it helps us get the most there is.

SuzyQpon said...

Wow, what a fantastic trip! You always do so well. FYI - for 2010 I saved 77.68%!!!! I know a lot of people are in the 90%s but I frequently can not get the same deals (usually higher prices) so I am pretty darn happy! Thanks for your help in 2010; looking forward to more savings in 2011.

Cheryl @ Simply Shoeboxes said...

That's great, Suzy! I am going to try and stay at 75% or over this year--I hope :-). That is what is great about CVSing--we can all save at different levels, but the time we have and circumstances surrounding us that make each one's shopping experience unique. As you can see I about got wiped out of extra bucks, though, so next week will be interesting to see.

Anonymous said...

Can't find the Exedrin Pm anywhere at cvs! are they in a special section?:) Thank you! Marisol

Cheryl @ Simply Shoeboxes said...

Marisol, I can't think right off. Sarah said she thinks it is nearer the sleeping aids. If you ask a pharmacy staff person they should know right off (even tho they don't stock it, the front store staff does--they always seem to know when I ask for help in finding an OTC med). Maybe Taika, our resident CVS employee will see this and help us out.

Anonymous said...

Marisol, look for the Excedrin PM on the same Pain Reliever aisle but with the nighttime pain relievers.

JRFrugalMom and Family said...

Wow, Cheryl! You really impress me from week to week. I'm going in for the Special K deal today.

I've only gotten one of my Exedrin coupons, maybe they'll get here later this week.

Frugality Is Free

Cheryl @ Simply Shoeboxes said...

I hope your trip goes well, JR! And check the Excedrin stock while you are there--if they are out by chance, get a rain check for when you get your coupons in.

Anonymous said...

hi, i was just wondering how you got the free excedring coupons? where did you sign p to get them?

Cheryl @ Simply Shoeboxes said...

Hi, Anon! It was about a month ago at one place and then a couple weeks ago at Coupons.com but neither place is offering them now. I posted about it here when they were available, and will again if they become available again. sorry you missed out this time.

Julie said...

Great trip!! :) Can I ask about how many bucks did you have when you went on this trip? And what's the average you normally have on hand when you go shopping each week?

I am going shopping tomorrow for the excedrin deal...I hope they have the migraine ones left because that's all my husband takes for his and they work great....so this would be an awesome deal.

Thanks for all your great help!! :)

Cheryl @ Simply Shoeboxes said...

This week, Julie, I had about $16. I used to always keep at least $50. But now I never get the $/$$ coupons and there are less "money makers" around, so each week I seem to have fewer and fewer. You will begin to see me having to do multiple transactions (new to me) and also having a little more out of pocket. It is actually my plan to spend more this year so I can save more. I wrote about here in case you missed it:


Oh, and if they are out of Excedrin, ask for a rain check! That way you won't miss out on the deal.

Julie said...

WOW!! $50 is a good amount to have. The most I've had I think was $19. Right now I have $7...but it works for me so far. Thank you for sharing what your ecb's were on this trip. :)

I will check out the link, thank you! Definitely going for the rain check if they don't have any, thanks for the reminder! :)

Coupon Teacher said...

Great trip!

Unknown said...

Woohoo! I am skipping CVS this month because I'm participating in the Clean Out the Cupboards Challenge (though I did buy milk with some ECBs left over from December - can't let them go to waste!). So I'll have to get my CVS deal thrills vicariously by reading about yours!

Thanks for coming by and linking up!
-- Laura from Frugal Follies