Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Sarah’s CVS Shopping Trip for the Weekly Ad of 7/24/11 Saved $112.79, spent $3.73+tax Increased ECB

Since my mom had tests this week she asked me to do the shopping post for the CVS weekly ad of 7/24, so here goes. I had a number of $5 off $25 that printed when I scanned my card the last two weeks. I also had $8 ECB from earlier weeks, a couple rain checks, and some coupons. I was able
to spend less than $4 cash before tax, get items that would have cost $115.45 at regular price, and have $15.99 ECB left. Below are the specifics:

TOTAL CASH:  $3.73 + tax [$ 1.07 coupon overage towards tax (see “Coupon Order Affects Out Of Pocket Cost”)]
MERCHANDISE VALUE:  $77.64 sale priced

Transaction 1:
Bought 1 (one)   Bausch & Lomb Re-Nu Sensitive 12oz @ $7.89  get $6 ECB 
Used 1 (one) $2/1 Renu Fresh or Sensitive Multi-Purpose Solution, any 12 oz - 06-12-11 SS

Bought 1 (one) BenGay vanishing 2oz @ $6.29 get $2 ECB
Used 1 (one) $5/1 Any BenGay printable

Bought 2 (two) NatureMade Calcium 130 @ B1G1 $11.29
Used 1 (one) $7 NatureMade coupon from NatureMade Wellness Rewards
Used 1 (one)$2 off NatureMade from CVS coupon scanner

Used 1 (one) $5 off $25 from CVS coupon scanner

Used 1 (one) $5 ECB from earlier weeks
CASH:  $ - 0.53 + tax (manufacturer coupons paid for part of the tax)
EXTRA BUCKS RECEIVED:  $2+$6=$8  (an increase of $3 ECB)
MERCHANDISE VALUE:  $25.47 sale priced  

Transaction 2:
Bought 1 (one) Lady Speed Stick 24/7 @ $3
Used 1 (one)$1 off any SpeedStick from CVS coupon scanner
Bought 2 (two)SoftSoap Shea Butter @ $2x2=$4 (get $3 from LSS & SS)

Bought 1 (one)   U by Kotex Liners 40-60ct, Pads 14-18ct or Tampons 18ct 1 @ $3.49 get $2 ECB 
Used  1 (one) $1/1 Kotex U liners SS 7/24 (or $1/1 Kotex U Printable)

Bought 1 (one)   Crest Pro-Health 4.2oz @ $2.99get $2 ECB wyb 1
Used  1 (one) $.75/1 Crest Toothpaste, 4 oz or more or liquid gel 6-05-11 PG

Bought 2 (two) GUM Ez flossers @ $2 x 2 =$4 (RAINCHECK PRICE get 2 $2 ECB)

Bought 1 (one) CoverGirl Clean foundation @ $6   (RAINCHECK PRICE get $5 ECB)
Used  1 (one) $1 off CoverGirl insert coupon

Bought 2 (two) Seattle’s Best 9.5oz coffee @ 1.49
Used  2 (two) Free coupons

Used 1 (one) $5 off $25 from CVS coupon scanner

Used  $8 ECB from Transaction 1

Used  $3 ECB from earlier shopping

CASH:  $3.73 + tax
EXTRA BUCKS RECEIVED:  $3+$2+$2+$2+$2+$5=$16
MERCHANDISE VALUE:  $26.46 sale priced  

Transaction 3:
Bought 1 (one)   Schick Hydro 3 or Hydro 5 Razor 1ct or cartridges 4ct $7.99
Used  1 (one) $3/1 Schick Hydro Razor, facebook
Bought 5 (five) Skintimate Shave Cream (excludes trial sizes) $2.49
Used  1 (one) $1.50/1 Skintimate Printable (thanks My Best Printable Coupons)
Get $10 ECB for buying $20 of above

Bought 1 (one)   Paper Mate Grip Pens 8ct @ $1.99 get $1.99 ECB

Bought 1 (one)   Crest Pro-Health 4.2oz @ $2.99get $2 ECB wyb 1
Used  1 (one) $.75/1 Crest Toothpaste, 4 oz or more or liquid gel 6-05-11 PG

Bought 1 (one) photo $0.29    

Used 1 (one) $5 off $25 from CVS coupon scanner

Used  $14 ECB from Transaction 2 (save $2 ECB)

CASH:  $ - 0.54 + tax (manufacturer coupons paid for part of the tax)
EXTRA BUCKS RECEIVED:  $10+$1.99+$2=$13.99
MERCHANDISE VALUE:  $25.35 sale priced 

I hope this helps someone see how they might could use $/$$ if they got one. Happy shopping!  *Sarah*  of [Sarah's Scribblings]

Check out these and all of this week's deals.  Also, read how I have learned (from others) how 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 readers' trips this week and in the past
. If you would like to learn how to earn more Swagbucks towards free CVS (or other) gift cards check out the Swag Bucks tutorial post index.  If you aren't signed up yet for Swag Bucks sign up and start earning toward free gift cards today.   Also, check out how to earn CVS gift cards at MyPoints if you aren't already.
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Pat said...

Thanks for sharing some awesome ideas! I decided play along with the $25 CVS gift card challenge and have been planning how to begin. This post is really going to help me get started.

Kelly F said...

Are you allowed to use more than 1 $5 off $25 coupon? How did you get 3 of them?

Sarah said...

I'm pretty sure that you can use as many as they give you as long as it is on different transactions/orders. I have no idea why I got so many, one day it kept printing out like 3 as I kept scanning my card before it quit. Plus, a couple other days I scanned it and got one.

Kelly F said...

I always get mine through email and not the CVS Machine. It always says one per customer on them, so I'm not allowed to print more than one and use it more than once :(

nikita58467 said...

Holy Moley! That's awesome!

Sarah said...

Yes, the e-mails you can't print out more than once, and they have shorter expiration dates, so it was really exciting to get the scanner coupons.

Crystal said...

i am new to couponing and i got (2) $1 of huggies diapers qs and (1) $3 off $15 baby items. I was wondering if i could use all of these in one transaction and (2) $1.50 huggies mf coupon.

and also i signed up for the online cvs and under the extracare section i looked at my ECB and is that the same as the ones printed at the register
example: I went yesterday and bought the pens got 1.99 ECB and looked online and it has the 1.99 ECB to print. Can i use them both???

Sarah said...

You can use as many manufacture coupons as you have items to cover, you can also use the $3 off $15, I'm not sure if you can use 2 of the $1 off huggies qs in one transaction or not (I assume they are CVS coupons). Just read the fine print and make sure they don't say "one per customer" or "one for transaction", if not you should be able to use both. Also you can use a CVS and a mf coupon on the same item.

No, you can't use both ECBs. The one online to print is only a backup in case you lose the original.

diana said...

where can i get a nature made $7 coupon?thanks

Cheryl @ Simply Shoeboxes said...

Answering for Sarah here. Diana, it is from their reward program. See the details in this post:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing this Sarah... I did something very similar to your's. Just that you had $5 off $25 and I had $10 off $50.

Great Trip btw!!

Debbie said...

I did somewhat decent I think for my trip this week. Luckily I noticed that $5/25 just before I left!

JRFrugalMom and Family said...

Wow, that's really impressive. And here I though it was a slow week at CVS:)

Great job Sarah!

Anonymous said...

How do you do the gift card challenge. Do you buy a $ 25.oo gift card or do they give you on to get started?

Cheryl @ Simply Shoeboxes said...

Anon, the gift card challenge is just a fun thing Simply CVS is doing with other bloggers. We give them the $25 gift card and they post weekly about their trips until they use it all up and then see how much they can get. We have only given out two so far.

Sarah said...

Thanks everybody! $/$$ sure helps one get more items, especially since it can make cheep things free after ECBs.