Tuesday, December 6, 2011

My "MINI" CVS Shopping Trip 12/4 Ad ~ A Money Maker: Trip #15 of the $50 Gift Card Challenge

Since Sarah, my designated driver, had her wisdom teeth cut out last Thursday I figured she would not be up to CVSing with me on Monday like normal so I had my hubby and other daughter stop in Sunday night and grab one deal for me just in case we can't get out later in the week.

When we got Sarah's prescriptions after her surgery the cashier taped one of the employee/friend 30% off coupons on the bag that was good Saturday &
Sunday.  So I sent it along and told him to just try it on this deal--sometimes it takes something off regularly priced items with extra bucks back and sometimes not.  It did take it off, so made the deal even sweeter.

In last week's CVS shopping trip I used all of my extra bucks to do the gift card deals so all I had on hand to spend from my $50 challenge was cash/gift cards--so my out of pocket was higher than normal.  I was thrilled to have this little money maker to start building my extra bucks back.  These two items will go into my Operation Christmas Child stockpile for next year's boxes.

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:  $  971.55 (including tax)
Total Spent:  $  45.96 (including tax)
Total Value of Products Purchased:  $  (without tax)
Gift Card Balance:  $  30.56*  (began with a $50 GC earned on Swagbucks)
Gift Cards Earned Balance :  $  23.48* (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:  $  6.00* (I began with no extra bucks with this gift card)
*Total CVS Spending Power Balance: $69.60

This week's trip's details:

Saved:  $ 4.03 + $ .21 tax = $ 4.24 (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:  $ 3.75 + $ .32 tax = $ 4.07
Beginning Extra Bucks Balance: $ .00
Total Extra Bucks used:  $ .00
Total Extra Bucks earned:  $ 6.00

Buy two Revlon products get $6 Extra Bucks:
1--Revlon Nail Clips @ $3.19
1--Revlon Emery Boards @ $3.59
Used two $1/1 Revlon Beauty Product Coupons
Used 30% off Total Order Coupon: $ 2.03

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.

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