Tuesday, January 24, 2012

My CVS Shopping Trip 1/22/2012 Ad ~ Trip #24 of the $50 Gift Card Challenge

I really wasn't interested in much this week.  I did have a couple of small money making deals, but because of buying clearance and a needed item I actually spent more so my CVS spending power on my Gift Card Challenge decreased by a couple of dollars.  I also had another 20% off coupon and this week I was careful to not lose the little bit it took off like last week--I had extra cheap items in my basket just in case I figured too closely.

My husband needed Blistex and I had a rain check from when it was 99 cents and $1/2 coupon.  Great deal--but it happened to be on extra bucks
this week.  I didn't know if the extra buck would print or not since the price was adjusted down, but it did, so I paid $.98 for two and got a $2 extra buck.  Also the Revlon deal was a 62 cent money maker.

We needed alcohol so I grabbed the specially packaged CVS alcohol with extra bucks back--cost me $2 in CVS spending power and then I grabbed some goodies on clearance for my Operation Christmas Child stockpile at 50 cents each: socks, 3-pk wash cloths, a straw cup, 8 pk. of gummy candy and a snack keeper.  They had a basket with quite a few of each in--Sarah used some of her extra bucks to buy quite a few, too.  I used another gift card I had earned on Swagbucks to get more, too. I'm thinking about doing a $50 gift card challenge for donations only.  Not sure how long it would last since I "spend" a lot at times on clearance items that don't give extra bucks back, but still could be interesting.

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:  $ 1316.79 (including tax)
Total Value of Products Purchased:  $ 1300.25  (without tax)
Gift Card Balance:  $  30.56*  (began with a $50 GC earned on Swagbucks)
Gift Cards Earned Balance :  $  29.56* (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)
Extra Buck Balance:  $  16.75* (I began with no extra bucks with this gift card)
*Total CVS Spending Power Balance:  $ 88.98

This week's trip's details:

1 --8 pk. Gummy candy package @ $.50 clearance
1 -- Sip a mug @ $.50
1 -- Socks @ $.50
1 -- 3-pk Washcloths @ $.50
2 -- Blistex @ $.99 each -- used a rain check and received $2.00 extra bucks
Used 1 -- $1/2 manufacturer insert coupon
2 -- Revlon Nail Clippers @ $3.19 each Buy two Revlon get $7 extra bucks
1 -- 2 pk. CVS Alcohol @ $3.00 get $1.00 extra buck

Used 20% off coupon = $.80 (I always hand these over just in case they are good on anything and I rarely can figure out what they took off for--this week I would think perhaps the Revlon, but that would have been more like $1.20.  So I have learned to have a little extra in my cart to throw in to cover whatever it does take off in anything, but I never figure ahead of time what it will take off).

Saved:  $ 18.80 + $ .82 tax = $ 19.36 (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:  $ .56  + $ .50 tax = $ 1.06
Total Extra Bucks used:  $ 11.00
Total Extra Bucks earned:  $  10.00

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 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.


J Rodney said...

I always find it amazing, how you can get so much out of so little Cheryl. Great job!

Anonymous said...

You lucked up with the Blistex and the Revlon ECB deals. Great work, Cheryl.

I can't wait to see my husband tonight and tell him your spending power total of almost $89. He is fascinated by how you've managed to multiply that $50 into so much more.

Also, I'm thinking of doing a few different gift card challenges with my gift cards coming from MyPoints: one for OCC, one for birthday/christmas gifting and one for household items.


Cheryl @ Simply Shoeboxes said...

Jenny, it is crazy how you can get so much and increase your spending power. I have other gift card challenge ideas in mind, but this one needs to end first and it just may never :-). I'm working on another blog about shoe box giving (not just OCC but all kinds) and I think I will do a $50 CVS GC challenge for it on that one. Let me know how yours goes.

Coupon Teacher said...

Nice shopping, I skipped the drug stores this week!

Beatrice said...

I recently found your blog and read many of your tips on how to get the most from ECB's at CVS. I recently switched insurance plans and have to get most of my prescriptions from them, so I started paying more attention to their weekly specials. This morning I went there and got tthe following items for $20.97:

2 boxes Special K crackers
1 box Special K cereal
1 package Neutrogena facial cleansing wipes
1 tube Lumene SOS cream
1 package Lumene facial cleansing wipes
3-pack Kleenex tissues
1 tube Blistex
1 Revlon lipstick (on clearance)

I used $3.25 in manufacturers' coupons (Special K, Blistex, Kleenex, Neutrogena) + $7.00 CVS ECB coupon off the Lumene (on sale for BOGO 75 % off) + $6.00 ECB's from last weeks bargains. Wow! I'm very pleased with my purchases. Thanks so much for the info you provide in your blog!

Beatrice (Bea)

Cheryl @ Simply Shoeboxes said...

So glad to help, Bea. Your name brings back memories of my aunt who died a couple of years ago.