Monday, December 5, 2011

Share Your CVS Shopping Trip for the Weekly Ad of 12/4

Simply CVS Gift Card ChallengeDid you find any good deals  from the CVS Weekly Ad of 12/4 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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    Rebecca said...

    Such good deals this week I had to run to CVS first thing before work :)

    2-Revlon nail clippers @ 3.19 each
    1-Candy canes @ 1.27
    3-American greetings cards @ .99
    6-bags hersheys candy @ 2.50 each

    -1.00/2 greeting card coupon that printed today...yea!
    -(3) 1.00/2 hersheys bag candy

    Total OOP= $22.XX (don't remember exact...way more OOP than usual)
    ECB's earned = $12 (GBT + the candy canes didn't print the ecb's so the cashier manually entered it and it gave me $2! Bonus!)
    Also, I earned $15 toward a GC by buying the candy which I needed anyway for some Christmas gifts :)

    Anonymous said...

    I did multiple transactions

    2- Revlon nail clippers 2.99
    2- Arm & Hammer head replacement 5.99
    2- Schick Xtreme3 8ct 14.49
    1- Sunday paper 1.50
    1- Luvs diaper
    1- Huggies diaper

    -2 1/1 Revlon tool
    -2 2/1 A&H
    -B1G1 Schick up to 13.99 (the cashier took off 14.49 instead)
    -1 2/1 Schick coupon
    -1 3/1 Huggies
    -1 25% coupon
    -10.49 ECB

    OOP 1.96+ tax. I left the store with 3 ECB for next week!!

    Cheryl @ Simply Shoeboxes said...

    Great week, Rebecca! Yes, when they have to print extra bucks they always round up--so nice.

    Cheryl @ Simply Shoeboxes said...

    Nice trip, Anon. Lots of expensive goodies, too.

    Anonymous said...


    I wanted to say how much I love your site. I have been reading the posts and learning how to save money at CVS. I got interested in couponing from watching the Extreme couponing show on TLC. I started doing some research on it and found a few sites that have taught me so much. Including yours. In fact I check it daily just hoping fore a new post. lol So thank you so much.

    I do have a couple of questions though. i have read through the informational posts and had not seen the answers to them, so forgive me if i just missed them. On the CVS gift cards, spend $30 and get $10 GC. Does the $30 accumulate from week to week or is it a weekly deal that starts over when the new AD comes out on Sundays? Also, I dont really understand the Beauty Club, spend $50 and get 5 ECB. I asked an employee and they told me that you had to buy $50 worth of beauty products that are not on sale. She signed me up and gave me a receipt with a bar code on it. It said i had three days to use it. I just dont understand the concept of it since they print the Beauty Club in the Ad with the products on sale. Was hoping someone could clarify for me.

    Again, thanks so much for all your information. It has been a learning experience for me. I have made some mistakes by trying to get too much in one transaction rather than separating them and ended up paying way more oop than I needed to. It is a little overwhelming and confusing trying to figure it all up the right way. but I think if i slow down and not feel like I have to get all the deals, it will get simpler. lol And my husband thinks it is way cool too. he is even talking about building me some shelves for our up coming stock pile. lol

    Sorry for rambling but I have lurked for so long and had never posted my thoughts. Looming forward to learning more about CVS'ing and saving my family money!


    Cheryl @ Simply Shoeboxes said...

    Welcome to Simply CVS (officially) and to CVSing, Christy.
    1) It does not accumulate week to week on the GC deals.
    2)All of the beauty items listed as counting towards the $50 can be on sale and you can use coupons or extra bucks--it is whatever it scans for. I believe when you sign up you get a 10% off coupon that is good only three days. If you are signed up you don't have to do anything else. I would call 800shopcvs and be sure you got signed up correctly, tho, just to double check. You can watch the bottom of your receipt for a tally of how much you have spent (it updates 48 hours after purchase).

    Starting slow is a good idea--and we all make mistakes even after years of CVSing. The deals will come around again. I know it is exciting and you want to do great and get it all even at first (we all do) but it will take a while, and even when you make a mistake and pay a little more you are still saving money.

    You will need those shelves before too long :-). Glad to have been a help in your becoming a CVSer! Enjoy.

    Martha said...

    Anon, if I may chime in about your beauty club question. I try to maximize my beauty club spending by doing the following:

    First, Cheryl is right, the items can be on sale to qualify. If you go on and find the beauty club banner, it takes you to a site where you can see the type of items that count towards it.

    Second, once you accumulate a stockpile of enough of each items, look out for deals (that have extra bucks or not), that when using coupons will cost you close to nothing. This is what I do. Sometimes I see a beauty item on clearance (ex, the last few weeks I found Biore cleansers on clearance for $3.94, and I had several $2/1 coupons, so I'd get them for $1.94, knowing that I would accumulate $3.94 more for the beauty club.

    Third, if an extra buck deal one week is not TOO great, but it counts for the beauty club, it might be worth it, because you can add up to your $50 total BEFORE coupons.

    Fourth, I check my CVS account online to make sure my beauty club purchases are adding up correctly, and always look out for my extra bucks.

    Hope these hints help :)

    Martha said...

    A short but good week at CVS: Also, we didn't get the greeting cards deals in Phoenix.

    First, I tried to do one more gift card deal from last week on Sat. night, but because of the ad switch the Nature Made vitamins didn't count towards the gift card, but they gave me $10eb instead.

    Ok, for this week:

    Trans. #1:
    1 Candy Canes- $1.27
    2 Nature Made Vitamins - $4.99 ea (B1g1 FREE, so both for $4.99)
    2 Lumene creams- $3.79 ea- $7.58
    Total before coupons: $13.84

    Coupons used:
    2 $2/1 Nature Made CVS Machine Q (I kept getting one each visit)= $4
    1 $1/1 Nature Made Man. Q= $1
    1 $5/1 Lumene purchase CVS Machine= $5
    1 $2/1 Lumene cream from RIB Mag = $2
    Total coupons: $12.00

    Total- coupons: $13.84-$12= $1.84. Paid with $1.49 eb, paid the rest + tax with Swagbucks gift card, got $2 back for the candy canes (it didn't print so the cashier did it manually and it rounded up to $2). Also, i added $7.58 towards the beauty club.

    Trans. #2
    2 Schick Quattro Razors @ $10.49 ea=$20.98
    2 Popcorn Indiana @$2.50 = $5
    Total before coupons= $25.98

    Coupons used: (Schick Deal)
    $4/$20 Just for U Q from my acct.= $4
    1 B1G1 Free Schick Razor Q= $10.49
    1 $2/1 Schick Quattro Q= $2.00
    2 $1/1 Popcorn Indiana CVS Machine Q= $2.00
    2 $1/1 Popcorn Indiana Man. Q
    Total coupons: $20.49

    Total - coupons: $25.98-$20.49= $5.49, paid with $5.49 extra bucks, got $10 eb for the razors, and added $5.00 towards the gift card deal. I haven't decided if I will do a gift card deal yet, I am considering doing the B1G1 50% deodorant and Dunkin Donuts coffee deal since there are coupons for both, and still have a $5/$30 coupon but still considering... will let you know :)

    Trans. #3 (Glade/Pledge Deal)
    4 Pledge cleaner - $3 ea= $12
    1 Crest w/ scope (unadvertised deal, get @2 eb)- $2.67
    Total before coupons= $14.67

    Coupons used:
    4 $1.5/1 Pledge Q (from Right@Home)= $6
    1 $2/1 Crest w Scope Q= $2
    Total coupons: $8.00

    Total- coupons= $14.67- $8.00= $6.67, paid with $6.49 extra bucks, the rest + tax with Swagbucks gift card, got $6 eb back ($4 from Pledge deal, $2 from Crest).

    Happy shopping everyone!

    Cheryl @ Simply Shoeboxes said...

    Thanks, Martha, for the beauty club tips.

    We didn't get the greeting cards, either. Nice on the Nature Made scanner coupon. That $5/30 will be perfect for your final trip for the GC deal. You surely had a great week so far--with more to come.

    Anonymous said...

    Thank you for the info to you both! I did check my on line account and I saw where I was enrolled and the accumulation so far. I will definitely take those suggestions to maximize my savings! I've never been excited to go to the store before. lol I have already saved so much even though I did pay a lot of oop at first, like you said Cheryl. I have even been able to help out my brother in law and sister in law who are having a hard time right now. 8o) I will be keeping my eyes on the posts and continue to work at it!


    renee said...

    It’s been a great week at CVS so far…and it’s only Tuesday! Here’s what I’ve done so far:

    Transaction 1
    (3) Herbal essences ($3.99 ea) $11.97
    (2) Revlon Nail File ($2.99 ea) $5.98
    (1) Schick razors $9.29
    (1) Schick cartridges $12.49
    (1) Candy canes $1.27
    (1) Sunday paper $2.00
    Total before coupons: $43.10

    Coupons used:
    1 25% off all non-sale items: 10.44
    1 $1/1 Herbal essences product
    1 $1/2 Herbal essences product
    1 $1/1 off Revlon beauty tool
    1 $2/1 Schick disposable razors
    1 $2/1 Schick cartridges
    Total coupons used: $17.44

    Total - coupons: $43.10 – 17.44 = 25.66, paid with 21.42 eb (from Black Friday) and $4.24 gift card; received $10 eb for the razors and $6 eb for Revlon. I didn’t receive eb for the candy canes and didn’t realize it until I left the store. I wonder if they will print one if I take in my receipt tomorrow.

    Transaction 2
    (2) Smuckers jams ($2.50 ea) $5.00
    (2) Afrins ($5.99 ea) $11.98
    (2) Chexs ($1.50 ea) $3.00
    (9) Bowl appetites ($1.00 ea) $9.00
    (2) Garnier fructis ($3.99 ea) $7.98
    (2) Listerines ($3.69 ea) $7.38
    Total before coupons: $44.34

    Coupons used:
    1 $1/2 Smuckers jam
    2 $2/1 Afrin coupon
    1 $.50/2 Chex mix
    2 $1/1 Garnier Fructis shampoo or conditioner
    1 $1.50/2 Listerines
    Total coupons used: $8.50

    Total - coupons: $44.34 – 8.50 = 35.84, paid with 16.00 eb (from previous transaction), $10.00 gift card and 9.84 oop; received $10 gift card, 3.00 eb for garnier fructis, and 2.00 eb for Listerine

    Transaction 3
    (6) Honey nut cheerios ($2.50 ea) $15.00
    (2) Chexs ($1.50 ea) $3.00
    (8) Progresso soups ($1.50 ea) $12.00
    (1) 3 pack Kleenex $2.99
    Total before coupons: $30.00

    Coupons used:
    3 $1/2 Honey Nut Cheerios
    1 $.50/2 Chex mix
    2 $1/4 Progresso soups
    1 $2/1 Kleenex CVS q
    Total coupons used: $7.50

    Total - coupons: $30.00 – 5.00 Just for U q – 7.50 mqs = 17.50, paid with 5.00 eb (from previous transaction), 10.00 eb (from cvs advisor survey) and 2.50 from gift card; received 10.00 gift card.

    So far I’ve received a sum total of $117.44 in merchandise for 9.84 oop and I have 17.50 in gift cards for future transactions. Woot!

    Cheryl @ Simply Shoeboxes said...

    Christy, so great you can help a family member in a hard situation. It is a joy to be able to share our great finds at CVS. You will be amazed at how much you can get for very little. Enjoy! And keep us posted on how it is going. Oh, and I hate to shop--but I like to CVS :-).

    Cheryl @ Simply Shoeboxes said...

    Wow, Renee, you have really got it going this week! There have been problems with the candy cane ecbs printing--I would go ahead and take the receipt back and ask, if they won't print them call 800shopcvs and they should set you up from there.

    Deal Seeker said...

    All this for $15.24
    Total value of products: $86.35

    2 standard size Pledge furniture polish (the other two went to my Mom's)
    1 small size Revlon clippers
    1 large toenail Revlon clippers
    3 Hallmark cards $1.99, $1.99 and $3.49
    1 box Candy cane
    6 small size altoid tins
    2 packs 8 ct disposable Schick razors
    2 small size shave gels
    2 regular size boxes Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cereal (used rain check)
    2 large bags Peanut M&M's
    3 pk boxes of Kleenex

    Thanks for this site Cheryl!

    Cheryl @ Simply Shoeboxes said...

    Way to go again, Deal Seeker! You are welcome, too.