Monday, October 31, 2011

Share Your CVS Shopping Trip for the Weekly Ad of 10/30

Simply CVS Gift Card ChallengeDid you find any good deals  from the CVS Weekly Ad of 10/30 to purchase?  Are you taking the Simply CVS. CVS Gift Card Challenge?  If you blog about your shopping trip I'd love for you to put a link to your post (a link back would be appreciated, but is not necessary); and if you don't blog please leave a comment below.  I really enjoy seeing what others get and it is a great way to learn how to CVS.  I learned from reading and reading and reading what others did. I am still learning!

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    Anonymous said...

    We didn't get the buy 3 cards get $3 deal (Boston). Here's what I got:

    Schick quattro cartidges $8.99
    Illy canned coffee $2.00
    2 Dawn dish $1.98
    Travel size nail polish remover $1.19 (needed this)
    Filipo Berio olive oil $3.99

    $5 off Schick IP (I love holding on to printables and a sale rolls around)
    Free Illy Scanner Q (took off $2.49, yay overage)
    2 X 25c Dawn (Home made simple booklet)
    $1.50 off Filipo Berio (an RP deal of the day IP)

    Paid with $8 ECB and 73c OOP, got back $4 for the Schick and $1 GBT.

    This CVS only had $10+ Aveeno lotions, so I'll try another store to find the 2.5 oz tube your post mentioned.

    Anonymous said...

    I had a good day at CVS yesterday! I skipped last week but made up for it this week.

    This is what I purchased:

    2 olay regenerist $41.98
    2 Covergirl lipstick 15.98

    $10 off 2 Olay moisturizers
    $15.00 off (2) Free Covergirl lipstick with olay purchase
    $8 off 2 covergirl
    $5 of purchase of 20 skin care your choice
    $5 CVS Beauty club reward (printed for me at kiosk)

    Paid with $6 EB from previous trip and 5.37 oop!

    Got back 10.00 gift card and near another one.

    I wasn't sure about the cover girl coupon but the cashier tried it and she shrugged and said it took it! :)

    Cheryl @ Simply Shoeboxes said...

    Nice trip, Anon, even without the Aveeno and cards. We didn't get the card deal either, I will have to see about the Aveeno this afternoon when I go. I have a small store so probably not. Hope you find it.

    Cheryl @ Simply Shoeboxes said...

    Anon, I will get my first GC this week with the CG deal--so excited, hope they have stock. Great trip--I guess you did make up for missing last week.

    Tiffany said...

    I find that now that I have been couponing for a while, I am able to figure out new ways to use FREE item coupons. One way I like to make my FREE item coupons last is to use them when it will get me extra money off my entire purchase, and Extra Bucks (or other rewards). The image above is my CVS haul from last week. Altogether it cost me $2.49 Here is what I did:


    1-Huggies Little Mover's Slip On's Regular Price= $12.50

    1-John Frieda Precision Foam Hair Color $11.99

    4-Starbursts sale priced 2 for $2

    1- Hershey's Fun Size Halloween Candy 22oz for $7.99

    Total Before Coupons: $36.48


    CVS Coupon for $5 off wyb $30

    $3/1 Huggies Little Movers (SS 10/23)

    $1/1 Huggies Diapers (CVS Coupon Machine)

    Try Me FREE John Frieda Foam Hair Color (CVS Sample)

    2- Buy1 Get1 FREE Starburst Coupon (CVS Coupon) ***no longer available

    $5 off Hershey's Fun Sized (CVS Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags)

    $1/1 Hershey's Fun Sized (

    Total After Coupons (Before Tax): $7.49

    Got Back:

    $3 Extra Bucks wyb $10 of John Frieda

    $1 Extra Bucks for Green Bag Tag

    $1 Extra Bucks for Wrigley Singles (starburst)

    subtotal of ECB's: $5

    Total Price Paid after Coupons and ECB's = $2.49 for everything pictured above!

    By waiting to use the FREE John Frieda Coupon until there was an ECB deal made it a $3 Moneymaker. In addition, I got the $5 off wyb $30 coupon, and it counted before coupons. Altogether I got a killer deal on everything! The point is, don't just use a try me free coupon right away, wait until the best possible deal is available then score really big.


    Elizabeth said...

    I had a great week this week!
    8 Covergirl Blushes
    2 Aveeno Travel Size Lotions
    1 Schick Quattro Refill Pack
    7 packs Up2U Gum
    1 Crest Complete Toothpaste
    3 Greeting Cards
    1 Always Pads

    4 $8/2 Covergirl Q
    1 $4 Schick Q
    1 $2 Crest Q
    1 $.50 Always Q
    7 $1 Up2U Gum
    $3/$10 Mentos Gum CVS Scanner Q
    $11 ECB bucks from Previous week

    Total OOP-.62

    Got Back $16 ECB + $10 GC!
    (Surprise $3 ECB on gum, $1 Bag Tag, + other advertised deals)
    So exciting!-I stashed some of the gum in my OCC boxes and am saving the blush for a girl's retreat in the spring!

    Magda said...

    I'm so happy with my score this weekend.
    Didn't have any Cover Girl coupons yet still managed a money maker =D

    Had an Almay raincheck $4ECB wyb 1 at $5.99. And Almay was part of the GC card deal.
    Also received a $5/$30 coupon on my account.

    Started with $18.48 in ECBs

    Purchased $72.20 worth of products; Total spent $0.38 (+tax)

    Left with a $10 CVS Gift Card, $13* ECBs AND $5.48 on a CVS Money card (refund from a mistake in one of the transactions which was paid with ECBs).

    * $5 will be from Beauty Club

    Did 3 transactions to roll ECBs
    Used one $5 off $30 (from cvs online acct)

    2 Aveeno Daily Moisturizer $7.38
    1 Schick Quattro Razor $8.99 – $5 (printable)
    2 Listerine $7.99 – $4 ($2/1 printable)
    3 AG Cards $2.97 ($.99 ea)
    2 Thermacare $11.98 – $6 ($3/1 printable)
    2 Dawn $1.98 – $1.00 ($.50/1 10/30 PG)
    4 Pantene $13.94 – $6 ($3/2) – CG DEAL
    2 Almay Eye Shadows $11.98 ($5.99 10/16 raincheck) – $2 ($1/1) – CG DEAL
    1 Carmex Lotion $4.99- $1.50 (printable) – CG DEAL

    Cheryl @ Simply Shoeboxes said...

    Tiffany, Nice job. I used to be in such a hurry to use free coupons, but then I learned--wait and you may just save more. Like you said with an extra buck deal or with a $/$$ coupon. Even a sale will net you less tax to pay.

    Cheryl @ Simply Shoeboxes said...

    Elizabeth, great trip! Nice on the gum stash for the OCC boxes. Surprise extra bucks are always fun!

    Cheryl @ Simply Shoeboxes said...

    Very nice money maker for you, Magda! Super on the raincheck for the Almay combination with the gift card deal. I see you had the Quattro printable--I remember posting about it, but I didn't print it--UGH! Hate when I do that. sometimes I am so excited to share here I forget to grab the deal for myself. lol

    Magda said...

    Thanks Cheryl.

    Yep still had one Quattro for women coupon left.

    I gave 2 Quattro men coupons to my 2 favorite CVS employees. They are always so nice =D They always ask me how I do the transactions so I put together a couple of simple transactions and gave them coupons so they can do it too. Can't wait for next week to hear how it went.

    MansfieldMomma said...

    I got the gift card by purchasing 9 Pantene's. My plan was to submit my receipt, and others, to the P&G pink rebate of by $50 get $10 ( However, I've never submitted a mail in rebate if I used ECB to make the purchase. Do you know if it'll work? My concern is that the receipt total is only $3 yet I bought $31 worth of Pantene.

    Cheryl @ Simply Shoeboxes said...

    Nice, Magda, it will be fun hearing what they have to say.

    Cheryl @ Simply Shoeboxes said...

    Kelly, shoppers use extra bucks all the time for rebate items. I am going to be doing this rebate, too. Just circle the individual products and prices.

    nikita58467 said...

    Finally a decent week!

    Schick Quattro Razor $8.99
    Listerine Total Zero $3.99
    Covergirl $6.29
    Covergirl $1.99

    -$4 off $20
    -$8/2 Covergirl
    -$5 Schick Quatrro
    -$2 Listerine
    -2 ECB

    Total $0.26 plus tax Got 6 ECBs :D

    Cam said...

    Ladies be on the lookout for special marked L'oreal mascara and eye pencils. My CVS was putting up a Holiday display and I found L'oreal mascara and eye pencils marked $4.99 (but they were still ringing up $8.49 so watch the register). I bought 3 because it is my favorite mascara, but I am sure if you bought two you will still get your $3 ECB, get $10 applied to your Beauty Club account, and dont forget your $1/1 L'oreal coupons.

    Also they had the Heidi Klum gift sets for $14.99, used (2) $5/1 coupons from the Walmart circular in the Sunday parade; so I was able to get 2 gift sets for $20 and earned $5. Using them for Christmas gifts.

    Cheryl @ Simply Shoeboxes said...

    Nice, Maggie! Love those $4/20's.

    Cheryl @ Simply Shoeboxes said...

    Great finds, Cam!! My CVS doesn't have any Christmas out yet, but since Halloween is over it will be out soon.

    Anonymous said...

    We also didn't get the Greeting Cards deal with extrabucks (Phoenix) but I found it was a great week:

    Transaction #1-
    Listerine Zero Mouthwash-$3.99, get $2eb
    Aveeno Daily Lotion-$3.69
    Aveeno Trial Lotion- $1.49, get $7eb
    Renu Solution- 8.99, get $4 eb

    $2/1 Listerine printable (printed a few weeks ago)
    $1/1 Aveeno peelie I had from a previous purchase
    $2/1 Renu printable (printed a while ago)
    Subtotal: $18.16, minus Q's: $14.16 paid with $14eb I had, got $13eb back.

    *Note: I did this on Sat. night and the aveeno eb didn't print because of the trial size, but the manager was nice enough to print it.

    Transaction #2: (Gift Card Deal)
    Pantene Hairspray (2)- 2/$6.97
    Carmex Lotion- $4.99-
    Cover Girl Lip Shine gloss- $9.99
    Cover girl blush- $4.79
    Cover girl blush- $2.39 (at 50%0ff)
    Cover girl blush- $2.39 (at 50%off)

    $3/2 Pantene exp 10/31/11
    $1.5/1 Carmex Lotion printable
    $8/2 Cover girl exp 10/31/11
    $8/2 Cover girl exp 10/31/11
    $3/1 Cover girl lip shine gloss CVS Machine Q
    $5/$30 CVS coupon from email

    Subtotal: $31.53, minus Q's:$3.02, paid with $3eb, got back a $10 gift card to CVS.

    Transaction #3
    Lady Speed Stick (2)- 2/$6, get $4 eb
    Herbal Essences Conditioner- $2.88
    Schick Quattro Razor- $8.99, get $4eb

    $1/1 Speed Stick deodorant from 10/30 (regional)
    $1/1 Herbal Essences from PG 10/30
    $5/1 Schick Quattro razor printable (from a few weeks ago).

    Subtotal: $17.87, minus Q's- $10.87, got $8 eb back

    Transaction #4
    Illy Coffee- $2.00
    Olay Wet Cloths- $3.99
    Olay Regenerist Cleanser (2)- $5.49 each
    Lumene eye make up remover- $6.26

    $2.49 Illy Coffee CVS Machine Q
    $2/1 Olay cleansing product, expired 10/31/11
    (2) $3/1 Olay Regenerist cleanser or moisturizer, exp 10/31/11
    $4/1 Lumene product (regional
    $4/20 face care purchase
    $5/$30 CVS Q from email

    Subtotal: $23.36, minus Q's: $3.77, paid with $3eb, got $5eb from qualifying for Beauty club.

    Overall, I think this was one of my best trips thanks to all the Machine Q's and the email Q's.

    Also, on a last note- I never pay out of pocket for tax- I use the Swagbucks giftcards I get each week, $10 every 7-10 days to pay for tax. I love Swagbucks!


    Cheryl @ Simply Shoeboxes said...

    Wow, Martha, you had a wonderful week! Great coupons for sure. Really shows up that you print those great coupons, too, when they are available. That really helps out so often.

    Wow--you should give us all some Swagbucking tips, lol. That's great you can get so many so quickly. I have been able to keep up with enough to keep my oop each week paid by free gift cards. so fun.

    Anonymous said...

    Cheryl- I am truly happy with this week. I have been couponing for about 5 months now and it is truly fun. Once you get used to the deals that come and go and come again, you know what coupons are worth printing and keeping in your file for future deals.

    I must admit I am a little addicted to Swagbucks. Some things I do to help me get as many points as possible:

    1. I have 3 computers at home and all of them have the toolbar installed so if I have to print off multiple coupons, I am always using the toolbar to get to them.

    2. I check the swagbucks email constantly, so many deals are offered through them, even if it is just watching a video a day for 3 points.

    3. Surveys are my thing. I truly enjoy taking them, I try to do about 2-5 a day, my goal is 100 points a day using surveys.

    4. I do tasks about 2-3 times a week. These do take a long time in my opinion, but if for example only one survey was available for me in one day, I'll do a task to get to my 100 point daily goal.

    5. Daily points is an easy 1 point a day.

    6. I keep an eye out on several forums for free swagbucks codes.

    7. Finally, most coupons from can be printed from the coupons link from the swagbucks menu, once redeemed, it gives you points. I figure, I am going to print and use them anyway, might as well get points for them.

    Hope this helps others!

    Cheryl @ Simply Shoeboxes said...

    Thanks, Martha, for the tips. I have never done a task yet because of the time. I have written several posts about what is available at Swagbucks--but hearing what one person actually has found to work for them is helpful. For others who want to see what all is available, here is a post with an index to all of the Swagbucks 101 lessons I have done:

    Anonymous said...

    This week wasn't an amazing week for me, but definitely a money maker:

    (2) Aveeno Travel Size Lotions $1.49/each

    (2) Gold Emblem Elbow Mac $1/each

    (5) Mentos Up2U gum $1.49/each

    (2) Mentos Gum $1.87/each

    -$3/$10 CVS Mentos Q

    (4)-$1 Mentos Up2U Q
(2)-$.55 Mentos Gum Q

    -$4 ECBs (from last week)

    OOP $4.07

    $7 ECBs for Aveeno purchase

I made almost $3!


    Cheryl @ Simply Shoeboxes said...

    Money makers are always great trips, Jenny. I hope to get back and get the travel size Aveenos now that it has been confirmed.

    Deal Seeker said...

    WEEK 10/30/2011 ~ $50 CVS Challenge

    Total Spent:  $ 5.33 (including tax)
    ECBs Used: $6.00
    Extra Bucks Earned: $7.00
    Total Saved:  $ 38.67 (without tax)
    Total Value of Products Purchased:  $42.81 (without tax)

    This week's trip's details:
    Transaction 1
    $ 2.00 Illy Issimo Coffee; Free CVS Q $2.00
    $ 3.59 Aveeno 2.5 oz; MQ$2.00; ECB earned $7.00 wyb 2
    $ 3.59 Aveeno 2.5 oz
    Transaction 2
    $ 2.00 Illy Issimo Coffee; Free CVS Q $2.49
    $ 3.99 Olay 2/1 Cloth 33 count; MQ $3.00
    $ 3.99 Olay 2/1 Cloth 33 count; MQ $3.00
    $ 3.99 Olay 2/1 Cloth 33 count; MQ $3.00
    $ 3.99 Olay 2/1 Cloth 33 count; MQ $3.00
    $ 4.49 Olay Foam face wash; CVS Q $5 wyb $20 facial care

    Trip Notes:
    Notice the different prices taken off for the Illy coffee CVS Q in Transaction 1 and 2. It depends on the cashier. Some adjust it down, others allow the whole amount making it a money maker. I love the Olay facial cloths!! I used the coupons on the day they were expiring. Such a deal.
    To Date Totals:
    To Date Total Value of Products: $350.13
    Ending Balance: $ 26.36 ($ 19.36 cash and $ 7.00 ECB)
    Spending power reduced from prior week $ 4.33
    Thanks Simply CVS!

    Cheryl @ Simply Shoeboxes said...

    Nice, Deal Seeker. It is strange how you never know how overage will work on CVS coupons.