Tuesday, November 1, 2011

My CVS Shopping Trip 10/30: Saved $151 ~ Week #8 of $50 Beginners CVS Gift Card Challenge

This week was a little money maker for me--I increased my spending power at CVS from $52.10 to $56.83 on this $50 gift card challenge.  I have two $10 CVS gift cards earned on the CVS spend $30 get $10 Gift Card deal.  I had some of the $8/2 Cover Girl coupons I was hanging onto for just such a time.  I also had a rain check for a free after extra buck item that I had a $3 coupon for. Along with a $4/$20 CVS coupon I was able to bring home a nice haul and extra money to spend at CVS.

Also, I purchased enough beauty items to receive $10 in extra bucks from the Beauty Club the next time I shop.  I only needed about $7 to get one $5 ECB and I purchased over $60 today so I will still receive $10 more on today's deals which I haven't included in the totals. Along with that, I will send off for the spend $50 on P&G beauty items get $10 rebate form so
will receive another $10 for this trip.  So really, I increased my CVS spending power by $24.73.

The nice thing about the CVS gift cards earned is that they can be used on tax, too, whereas extra bucks cannot.  So that will give me some more leeway in my shopping.

I am currently doing a $50 Beginner's CVS Gift Card Challenge seeing how much I can get for a $50 gift card I earned on Swagbucks with a new CVS Extra Care Card just like a new shopper would be able to get.

$50 Beginner's CVS Gift Card Challenge Balances as of Week #8:

Total Saved:  $ 423.22  (including tax)
Total Spent:  $ 19.17 (including tax)
Total Value of Products Purchased:  $ 415.68 (without tax)
Gift Card Balance:  $ 30.83
Gift Cards Earned in CVS Deals Balance:  $20.00
Extra Buck Balance:  $ 6.00 (I began with no extra bucks with this gift card)
Total CVS Spending Power:  $ 56.83 (GC balance + CVS GC earned balance + Extra Buck Balance)

This week's trip's details:

Saved:  $ 151.69  + $ 3.92 tax = $ 155.61 (some of my tax is paid on coupon values, this is the tax on the total product less the tax I paid--that is all I saved on tax)
Spent:  $  1.23 + $ 5.05 tax = $ 6.28
Beginning Extra Bucks Balance: $ 14.99
Total Extra Bucks used:  $ 32.99
Total Extra Bucks earned:  $ 24.00
Ending Extra Bucks Balance:  $ 6.00
Ending CVS Gift Card Balances (earned on deals):  $20.00

NOTE:  Because I often do multiple transactions my total extra bucks earned may differ from the ending extra buck balance and the total used may exceed the beginning balance as I use some from one transaction on another.

I did six transactions this week. I had five Cover Girl coupons and they say limit 4 per transaction so I had to split those up and then the two $10 gift cards I did in separate transactions.  I asked about putting in other things with them, but the fella wanted to do them alone.  Of course I didn't check out all at once, I usually do one, step away, or even go shop  more, and then come back.

Transaction #1:

6 -- CoverGirl blush @ $4.99 each B1G1 50% off (so $4.99 & $2.49)
2 -- CoverGirl concealer @ $6.29 each B1G1 50% off (so $6.29 & $3.14)
CoverGirl was part of the spend $30 get a $10 gift card--so this transaction was enough for one GC with some left over for the next one.
Used 4 -- $8/2 CoverGirl coupons from a recent

Spent:  $ -.13 + $ 2.15 tax 
Extra Bucks used:  $ .00
Extra Bucks earned:  $ .00
Gift Card Earned: $10.00 CVS Gift Card

Transaction #2:

1 -- CVS Gift Card
Used 1 -- CVS Coupon for free $10 gift card from transaction #1

Spent:  $ .00 + $.00  tax 
Extra Bucks used:  $ .00
Extra Bucks earned:  $ .00

Transaction #3:

1 -- Pantene Hair Spray @ $3.49 (part of gift card deal)
Used 1 -- $1/1 Pantene coupon from recent P&G insert
1 -- Listerine Zero @ $3.99 get $2.00 extra bucks
Used 1 -- $2/1 Printable coupon (no longer available)
2 -- CoverGirl loose powder @ $6.29 each B1G1 50% off (so $6.29 & $3.14) (part of gift card deal)
Used 1 -- $8/2 CoverGirl coupon from recent P&G insert
2 -- CoverGirl eye shadow @ $3.99 each B1G1 50% off (so $3.99 & $1.99) (part of gift card deal)
Used 1 -- $2.50/2 CoverGirl coupon from recent P&G insert

Used a $4/$20 CVS Coupon printed from my online account.

Spent:  $ .40 + $1.28 tax 
Extra Bucks used:  $ 4.99
Extra Bucks earned:  $ 2.00

Transaction #4:

1 -- Pur-Absorb Iron @ $15.99 get $15.99 extra bucks (used a rain check from a recent deal)
Used 1 -- $3/1 printable coupon

Spent:  $ $.99 + $1.01 tax (I meant to do this transaction before the last and I would have had more extra bucks to use)
Extra Bucks used:  $ 12.00
Extra Bucks earned:  $ 16.00

Transaction #5:

1 -- Refresh Plus eye drops @ $11.99 (part of gift card deal) -- these are for my mom as she uses them daily
Used 1 -- $3/1 Refresh Printable coupon
1 -- Schick Razor refills @ $8.99 get $4.00 extra bucks
Used 1 -- $4/1 refill coupon from recent insert
1 -- Listerine Zero @ $3.99 get $2.00 extra bucks.
Used 1 -- $2/1 Printable coupon (no longer available)

Spent:  $ -.03 + .61 tax 
Extra Bucks used:  $ 16.00
Extra Bucks earned:  $ 6.00
Gift Card Earned: $10.00 CVS Gift Card 

Transaction #6:

1 -- CVS Gift Card
Used 1 -- CVS Coupon for free $10 gift card from transaction #5

Spent:  $ .00 + $.00  tax 
Extra Bucks used:  $ .00
Extra Bucks earned:  $ .00

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.

Step by Step CVS Shopping for Beginners

I started a step by step lesson series on how to begin CVS shopping as I am beginning as a "new shopper" with a new card and no extra bucks this month and will share what I am doing.

Readers' Gift Card Challenges

If you haven't joined us in the Simply CVS gift card challenge we'd love to have you do so.  Check out the details in this introductory post:  Join the Simply CVS Gift Card Challenge.  If you have joined already, leave a comment below with your most recent trip and/or totals.  If you blog about your challenge trip leave a link below directly to your challenge shopping trip or the post introducing your challenge.  I would love it if you would add the Challenge button like the one here in your post or on your blog so your readers can join us and see what everyone is doing on their challenge (the code can be found in the right hand side bar at the bottom).

Earn CVS Gift Cards Online

If you haven't worked on earning free CVS gift cards online yet, now would be a great time with Holiday shopping just around the corner.  Click the banner below and you can see a few different sources I earn CVS gift cards from, along with free Paypal, to help with my CVS shopping (they offer other prizes, but CVS gift cards are my favorite).  If you'd like to learn how to earn more Swagbucks towards your prizes check out the Index to the Swag Bucks 101 Series of posts.


Anonymous said...

Do you know where I an get a copy of the P&G rebate form. I did not print it out before the 31st and it is longer anywhere.

Melissa said...

Cheryl, you have the patience of a saint to be able to hold on to those $8/2 Covergirl coupons for so long!

I used them up the day I received them!

Awesome haul this week!

Cheryl @ Simply Shoeboxes said...

Sorry, Anon, I have not seen it except thru the P&G link, and as you said, it is no longer there.

Cheryl @ Simply Shoeboxes said...

LOL, Melissa, I just knew a good CVS deal had to come along. I had six of them--I don't usually have that many. I used one last week with the ECB deal--was a $1 money maker. Might should have waited, but decided to do it.

I used to be in such a hurry to use my free coupons, etc., until I learned patience often has a big pay off. I was tickled. This week was like my CVSing of old--I used to bring home $100+ free each week.

Unknown said...

This is awesome! I am so upset with myself for not making myself go. I let my coupons expire, and they would have put be over my next beauty club reward too. *sigh* too too busy around here with family and toddlers. =(

Cheryl @ Simply Shoeboxes said...

Amanda, it can be disappointing to miss out on a great deal--but with patience there is always another great one. But there isn't always a toddler in the house--I speak from experience :-). Enjoy the little ones.

Anonymous said...

you did awesome... :) this is great shopping

Deal Seeker said...

You are amazing!!!

Cheryl @ Simply Shoeboxes said...

Thanks, all4saving & Deal Seeker--I felt like this was a CVSing trip for me of the past. I used to bring home $100+ each week--lately I have really struggled to bring home $50. Those $/$$ coupons really help and I haven't gotten any in a long time.

MansfieldMomma said...


Above is the address for the spend $50 across Venus, Olay, Secret, CoverGirl, Clairol, Pantene, Safegaurd, Ivory, Aussie, and/or Herbal Essences, and get $10 Rebate from P&G. It is a pdf.

Laura @ Frugal Follies said...

Your trips are always so amazing! Good job!

Thanks for linking up with Wednesday Weekly Shopping at Frugal Follies!  Have a great week!