Tuesday, January 17, 2012

My CVS Shopping Trip 1/15/2012 Ad: Saved $55 ~ Trip #23 of the $50 Gift Card Challenge

I was able to get a few items for my Operation Christmas Child stockpile:  soap, toothpaste and gum.  I was also picked up three 99 cent Hallmark "thinking of you" cards to send to people from our church who are shut ins or are sick.  I am wanting to reach out more this year and brighten people's lives--we all can use some encouragement, life can be hard.  Free Hallmark cards work out great for this goal.  Also, with the new Glade Printable Coupons that just came out I was able to get free Glade products when I combined them with my CVS scanner coupon that printed last week.

I missed out on 60 cents today and was disappointed--isn't it funny how we hate to miss out any savings at CVS?  I think we get so spoiled with
such great deals at CVS and we know how far a little can go that we can be unduly upset when we mess up.  I think it is the messing up that upsets me more than the missed money.  But I could have gotten another pack of Dentyne gum for my shoe box kids with that 60 cents.

I had a 20% off coupon which I rarely have ever gotten but when I do I throw it in just in case.  Well it took off 60 cents and I knew that it can change after I all of my coupons/extra bucks are taken off.  I had figured so closely and forgot that I may need a "filler" to cover the discount that when she took off the last coupon it "voided" the discount coupon off because I was at zero balance before that coupon.  If I had only thought I could have thrown in another item for 60 cents and got to use it.  I only share this to help you learn with me two things:  you never know if they will take something off (it doesn't count toward sale items), so if you have one try it and see, and secondly, be prepared to pay with less extra bucks or have something else in your cart ready to take up the savings it offers if you have figured closely.

I am currently doing a $50 Beginner's CVS Gift Card Challenge seeing how much I can get by using 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 (from rebates of products purchased with this gift card) 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:  $ 1297.18 (including tax)
Total Value of Products Purchased:  $ 1280.89  (without tax)
Gift Card Balance:  $ 30.56 *  (began with a $50 GC earned on Swagbucks)
Gift Cards Earned Balance :  $  30.62* (these are CVS gift cards earned on deals purchased with this $50 GC--I am using them up before the original $50 GC)
Cash from Rebates Balance:  $ 12.11* (from rebates sent in on products purchased with this gift card--less stamps; I will use this cash after my earned gift cards run out)
Extra Buck Balance:  $  17.75* (I began with no extra bucks with this gift card)
*Total CVS Spending Power Balance:  $ 91.04

This week's trip's details (I did two transactions, but for ease of posting I am combining them here):

1 -- Dentyne Gum @ $.50 -- I am thinking this is on clearance, yet the signs just show 2/$1 on three Dentyne gums, so you may want to look for them.
1 -- Carmex Lip Balm @ $1.19
Used 1 -- $1.50/1 CVS scanner coupon printed last week
2 -- Colgates @ $2.77 get $2.00 extra bucks
Used 2 -- $1/1 Colgate CVS coupons from Reinventing Beauty Magazine
Used 1 -- $.75/1 Colgate manufacturer insert coupon
Used 1 -- $1.00/1 Colgate manufacturer insert coupon
2 -- Glade Sense & Spray @ $5.00 each [**spend $12 get $4 extra bucks]
Used 1 -- $2/2 Glade products CVS Scanner coupon that printed last week
Used 2 -- $3.50 off Glade Sense & Spray starter kit Printable coupons
1-- Glade S&S Refill at $3.00 [**spend $12 get $4 extra bucks]
1 -- Ivory Soap 3-pk. @ $.99
Used 1 -- $.35/1 manufacturer insert coupon
1-- Almay Mascara @ $5.99 get $3.00 extra bucks
Used 1 -- $3/1 CVS scanner coupon printed last week
Used 1 -- $2/1 manufacturer insert coupon
3 -- Hallmark Cards @ $.99 each buy three get $3 extra bucks

Saved:  $ 55.14 + $ 1.76 tax = $ 56.90 (some of my tax is paid on coupon values, this is the tax on the total product less the tax I paid)
Spent:  $ .10  + $ 1.97 tax = $ 2.07
Total Extra Bucks used:  $ 10.48
Total Extra Bucks earned:  $  12.00

Check out these and all of this week's CVS 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 link for the code can be found in the right hand side bar).

Earn CVS Gift Cards Online

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.


Sobeida said...

I cant believe you still have $30 dollars on that gift card. awesome!

Cheryl @ Simply Shoeboxes said...

Sobeida, it is crazy! But with earning gift cards on what I bought with the original gift card I am able to spend those first. I'm not sure this will ever end. lol It will, I know, but some days I wonder. I never thought it would last this long.

Anthony said...

I know what you mean Cheryl. Last week I did the Axe deal, 3 AXE products for $4 EBS, 2 B1G1 CPN. They wouldn't let me used the 2nd B1G1 cpn, it beeped. Well the 1st rang up at 5.99 while the price of axe was 4.49, still a great deal, $4.73 after taxes for all 3. I was going through some cpns I had a few days later and found a $2 Axe cpn that I could have used on the 3rd axe product. Would have been $2.73 for 3 axe products. By the time I found it, the cpn had expired.

Cheryl @ Simply Shoeboxes said...

Oh, I hate when I find a coupon after the fact! Like you said, we still get great deals, but when we know we could have gotten a FANTASTIC deal and that we should have been more organized or had known better it is irritating and disappointing.

Anonymous said...

I loved your comment about being upset over 60 cents! It's so true! I wish I had held on to my $1.50 Carmex coupon for this week--I didn't think the Moisture Plus would be included in the sale, so I picked it up last week at $3.39 shelf price. I had a $1 printable that made it 89 cents after scanner and manuf coupons. Oh how I wish I had saved it for a $1 money maker this week! Doh! :)

Cheryl @ Simply Shoeboxes said...

I'm sorry to hear about other's missed savings, but it sure is good to know I am not alone :-). I learned to hang onto free or great coupons until they are about to expire -- but I still get anxious and use them a week before they expire so I don't miss out and sure enough, very often if I had waited I would have made out much better. It was surprising the moisture plus was included.

I had the Almay coupon last week and checked for something to buy--glad I didn't! At least that worked out great.

J Rodney said...

Cheryl, you are just fabulous!

I am getting so frustrated with my local CVS store that I do not even want to go CVS shopping anymore.

Cheryl @ Simply Shoeboxes said...

JR, I know you have had much trouble with yours. Mine is almost always a breeze--but it wasn't always that way. But I don't blame you--I won't shop at Walgreens because of the staff. But I love my CVS and have recently found Rite Aid to be very helpful and pleasant.

Amie said...

Great job! It really is amazing how much you are able to get at CVS. I haven't been doing a lot of rolling of ECBs lately. I've been using my ECBs and Swag Bucks CVS gift cards on medication, groceries, and diapers, but I am still so happy with my savings. I just had to tell myself to go ahead and spend those ECBs since I'd have to spend cash on those items anyway. It still felt a little wrong though. lol.

Ami said...

I just got a printable coupon in my extra care account online...
"Get M&M's 9.9-12.6oz Bag for $1.49 with coupon on Saturday 1/21"

Cheryl @ Simply Shoeboxes said...

Ami, it is hard to spend them and not roll them, but it is still savings. That's why I wrote the CVSer personality series a while back--there are so many different ways to CVS and they all add up to savings. The thing this with current challenge I am doing it is to show how you can shop at CVS with very little money and still bring home several items weekly. Once this one is done I hope to do one for groceries or donations or something different--and it will not be so long as it will not only include the best deals like this one mostly does.

Think of those extra bucks you use as your own sales or coupons. They are like a coupon good on anything. If there is a free after extra buck deal it makes sense to buy it and then use the ECB on something you would have bought anyways and it is like getting the free item for the purchase of whatever it is you needed in the first place.

Deal Seeker said...

Nice haul Cheryl.

Anonymous said...

Cheryl, great job this week!

I was able to snag 24 twelve packs of Coca-Cola, which is enough to keep my husband and I in soda for the year. (Don't worry, everyone; I spread it out over 5 CVS stores!) It was great to earn $20 in gift cards for what was already a good price on the sodas.

Also, I have been inspired by you to work on Operation Christmas Child boxes this year. I pledged to create 4 shoeboxes, but I'm thinking that since I started now I can do much more than 4. I already have 4 tubes of toothpaste, 4 toothbrushes, 4 lip balms, 4 toys and 4 packs of gum, and it's only 1/18! I'm so excited to put my CVS skills to work for charity.

Cheryl @ Simply Shoeboxes said...

Jenny, how exciting--both on the Coke and the your fantastic start on your OCC stockpile! Mine is getting rather large, too. Have you checked out Clip With Purpose? Jessica gives all kinds of deals for OCC supplies. She is also on FB. Here are the two links if you want to check it out--I learn all kinds of tips of how to add more to my boxes.



Keep me informed on how your stash is progressing and how many boxes you get to do.

Cheryl @ Simply Shoeboxes said...

Jenny, I am guessing you already visited Clip With Purpose (thus your pledge) but wanted to be sure you knew about it :-).

Anonymous said...

Cheryl, that is the site where I pledged. I couldn't remember the name of it when I wrote my comment, but I found her link through your site. It's great to see bloggers cross-referencing each other to get the word out about OCC!

Also, today is the 1/19, not the 1/18. My bad!


Cheryl @ Simply Shoeboxes said...

I thought is where you probably pledged, Jenny. So fun to see that ticker go up! I didn't even notice the date :-).