Tuesday, December 20, 2011

My CVS Shopping Trip 12/18/2011 Ad ~ Mini Money Maker: Trip #19 of the $50 Gift Card Challenge

The only thing I really wanted to pick up this week was the Band-aids.  I want to tuck them in one of my Operation Christmas Child boxes next year.  Sarah had lots of ECBs expiring  from Black Friday so she had to go or I may have skipped this week [she hadn't been able to shop a few weeks after her oral surgery].

I had a $1 and a $10 extra buck and neither would work just right with the amount of the Band-aids so I
looked in my trusty CVS rain check file and found the Revitalens that they didn't have the other week and with the coupons I had it came out perfect to use the $10 ecb and I got $11 back--so a mini money maker.  My sub-total actually went 2 cents negative.  I actually think it is nice to have a couple of slow weeks during this time of year--but I will be ready for lots of new deals after the New Year.

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.  The challenge will end when I run out of gift card and cash to be able to pay the tax.  I will  most likely have extra bucks left over, but without cash to pay the tax they are basically useless so this challenge will end.

$50 Beginner's CVS Gift Card Challenge Balances:

Total Saved:  $  1149.17 (including tax)
Total Spent:  $ 61.21 (including tax)
Total Value of Products Purchased:  $ 1135.11 (without tax)
Gift Card Balance:  $  30.56* (began with a $50 GC earned on Swagbucks)
Gift Cards Earned Balance :  $  28.23* (these are CVS gift cards earned on deals purchased with this $50 GC)
Cash from Rebates Balance:  $  9.56* (from rebates sent in on products purchased with this gift card--less stamps)
Extra Buck Balance:  $  12.00* (I began with no extra bucks with this gift card)
*Total CVS Spending Power Balance: $80.35

This week's trip's details:

1 -- Bandaid @ $ 2.99 get $2.00 Extra Bucks
Used 1 -- $1/1 Printable Coupon
1 -- Revitalens @ $ 8.99 get $ 8.99 Extra Bucks [used a rain check and the extra buck printed out at $9.00 even.
Used 1 -- $1/1 Coupon (I had emailed a while back asking for coupons)

Saved:  $ 13.80 + $ .80 tax = $ 14.60 (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:  $ - .02 + $  .13 tax = $ .11
Beginning Extra Bucks Balance: $ 11.00
Total Extra Bucks used:  $ 10.00
Total Extra Bucks earned:  $ 12.00

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.

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 in a comment 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 ink for the code can be found in the right hand side bar).

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 in full swing.  Click the banner below and you can see a few different sources I use to 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.


Pat said...

It's great when those rainchecks come in handy like that! Nice trip and I'm sure the bandaids will make a much needed addition to one of the shoeboxes. :-)

Cheryl @ Simply Shoeboxes said...

I really learned to love those rain checks and I rarely get any now. lol Sarah the little Kitties bandaids to put in. now I need to be sure I have a little red car to match mine and little pink kitty to match hers to add. The boxes are so fun to do :-).

J Rodney said...

I love those CVS rainchecks too! They really do come in handy, when on weeks with no deals. Great job Cheryl! I love those Cars bandaids....we did not have them at my CVS.

I noticed this week that many of the EXTRA bucks deals did not have any yellow tags on them, so I kept running back and forth to the scanner:)

Cheryl @ Simply Shoeboxes said...

So frustrating when the signs aren't up, JR. I thought of your little guy when I got the band aids and hoped you would be able to get some.

Anonymous said...

Where did you print the bandaids coupon from? Having a hard time locating it. Thanks for everything!!

Cheryl @ Simply Shoeboxes said...

This is the link for the band aid coupon, but I do not see it now. I don't know if it is gone or if it doesn't show up because I printed it. Scroll thru the banners at the bottom to see if you can find it.

Anonymous said...

I found a .50 cent coupon in the redplum from 7/31 For the bandaids