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Thursday, March 10, 2011

The $25 CVS Gift Card Challenge ~ Given to Frugal Mom

Back in April of 2009 I received a $10 CVS gift card for participation at Gather.com.  At that time I did not have to pay tax when using extra bucks—part way thru my challenge that changed and I had to pay tax.  I challenged myself to see how far I could make that $10 go at CVS.  My $10 gift card lasted for 17 weeks.  At the end of the time I had purchased over $725 dollars worth of products and had 
almost $35 in extra bucks left to spend (I had not extra bucks to begin the challenge).   If you’d like to see my gift card’s journey you can check out the final post in the adventures of the CVS gift card series, which includes links to each trip.  Oh, if only the deals were still as good and I didn't have to pay tax :-).

While on Gather I met Frugal Mom, a stay at home mom and wife who has learned to live life frugally in a queenly fashion.  She blogs about her frugal living and offers many giveaways at her blog, Frugality Is Free, and recently started The Aldi Spot to share how to save on groceries by adding Aldi stores to your weekly frugal shopping.   Frugal Mom definitely knows how to stretch a dollar, or should I say a dime?!


Knowing what a savvy shopper she is I challenged her to see how far she could stretch a $25 CVS gift card.  She has accepted the challenge and Simply CVS is providing her with a CVS gift card.  During the challenge she will:

  • Write a post at Frugality Is Free about how Simply CVS helps her prepare for shopping at CVS.
  • Post her shopping trip each week with the details of how she paid for the products and how much she saved.
  • Post a final tally of the total value of merchandise she was able to get with her $25 CVS Gift Card.


I will be keeping you updated from time to time here of her progress, but if you would like to watch her progress each week you can Subscribe to Frugality Is Free by Email or you can go thru the banner seen here that will be in the sidebar here at Simply CVS while she participates in the challenge.  If you stop by leave a comment letting her know you stopped by from Simply CVS and encourage her on the challenge.

When Frugal Mom finishes the challenge, I may be choosing another blogger to challenge.  If you are a savvy CVS shopper and think you’d make a perfect challenger send your blog address and a paragraph or two on why you think you’d make a great CVS gift card challenge participant to me via email:  simplyblogs at live dot com.

17 comments:

christina said...

Two of ky favorite bloggers together. I am so excited

Cheryl said...

Well, thank you, Christina! How fun you visit both blogs!

SuzyQpon said...

This will be such a fun challenge to follow. And can I say "WOW!" on your ability to S T R E T C H that $10 to the breaking point!!!

Cheryl said...

That was so fun, SuzyQpon! Can't do that anymore because of taxes, but it was so much fun to keep track of it all. I am excited about the challenge and excited to watch and see what FrugalMom can do!

Sunny Simple Life said...

Awesome. Always wanting to see how to be a better CVS shopper.

Cheryl said...

Sunny, that is how I learned to shop at CVS by reading what others did. Really helps in understanding the concept. Glad you look forward to it!

Julie said...

This is sooo neat! I can't wait to read all about how you spent it! :)

Cheryl said...

Julie, I, too, am anxious to see what all she gets with it. She is starting this week I believe.

Amanda said...

That is so awesome. I just started reading her blog too, through this site. I can't wait to see how she does!

Cheryl said...

How great, Amanda! I love her frugal excursions and her amazing photography abilities--I love to look at her stuff on Gather because she shares so many photos. The giveaways she offers are great, too.

Kelli said...

Can you give me a date on your post for paying more/less tax on your purchases. I have bought several of the Revlon Nail Polishes this week, paying only .07 tax/polish and today it was .26 /polish because the cashier scanned the ECB before the coupon. THe .07 polishes the coupon was scanned before the ECB. Both are good bargains, but off course I would have like to get them all for the .07 each. I was curious to go back and read that post.

Cheryl said...

Here you go, Kelli:

http://www.simplycvsshopping.com/2010/05/coupon-order-affects-out-of-pocket-cost.html

Yes, it can make a big difference if you do this each week (if you have plenty of extra bucks with which to do it). It didn't make any difference on mine because the my Revlon coupons beeped and she entered it in for the sub-total amount so I still had to pay cash for the tax.

Cheryl said...

Oh, and Kelli, you can find that link in my shopping post each week near the bottom--I have it linked in there for readers if they are interested.

Tammy said...

What a wonderful idea! We CVS shoppers can make $10 go a very long way!! You should check out some of my CVS trips at http://www.livingonadollar.com I am adding your button to my site! Keep up the great work!

Cheryl said...

Tammy, will do! And you can link those trips up each week at Simply CVS for others to see. I put up the linky Monday morning and there is a small blue button partway down in the far right sidebar that takes you to the linky posts.

Dejah said...

All I can say is WOW on your ability to stretch $10! I think I'm a pretty decent CVS shopper (it's my favorite store to shop at because of the cashiers) but tax kills me! I will have a 0 or in some cases -$.01 or 2 and still have to pay between $1-$2. My most recent trip I purchased $110.47 of merchandise for $10.17 before tax. After tax was $15.82. As you see tax added 50% to my OOP. I hate that! I left with $5ECB so I guess it was still successful but I really wish I didn't have to pay all of that extra for tax. Is there anyway to avoid it??

Cheryl said...

Dejah, that is what eventually ate up my gift card--they changed the tax structure and I had to pay tax where I didn't used to. I have since learned how hand over the coupons to help cut the tax as manufacturer coupons are permitted to pay for the tax just like cash. Check out this post:

http://www.simplycvsshopping.com/2010/05/coupon-order-affects-out-of-pocket-cost.html

BUT, a few coupons do not work this way, and last time it did not work and another reader reported it didn't work for her so they may have restructured it, but many weeks I go quite a bit negative in the sub-total by doing this. Just be prepared with something else in your cart as a filler in case it doesn't work.