Tuesday, February 28, 2012

CVS Shopping Trips for the Weekly Ad of 2/26: Added Another Rebate to Balance ~ Share Yours {Linky}


As most of you know I am not shopping for a couple of months while we prepare for our upcoming move. But once again my $50 CVS gift card challenge balance increased because I received another rebate I had sent in a while ago from products purchased with the money in this challenge.  I received a $10 check and after deducting the $.44 for the stamp I have been able to add $9.56 to my challenge balance for a total CVS spending power of $ 85.77.  I'm hoping for some great deals to start back CVSing in mid-April.

I am currently doing a $50 Beginner's CVS Gift Card Challenge seeing how much I can get shopping at CVS with 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.   I began with a $50 gift card and zero extra bucks.  By utilizing the CVS Extra Buck & Cash Card deals, coupons and rebates at times my actual CVS spending power will be more than my original $50 Gift Card

$50 Beginner's CVS Gift Card Challenge Balances:

Total Saved:  $ 1343.57  (including tax)
Total Value of Products Purchased:  $ 1325.88 (without tax)
Original Gift Card Balance:  $ 30.56
CVS Cash Cards Earned on CVS Deals Balance: $28.98
Extra Buck Balance:  $ .00 (I began with no extra bucks with this gift card and had quite a few, but I spent them all on consumable products so they wouldn't expire and so I wouldn't have anything more to pack)
Mail In Rebate Cash Balances: $ 26.23 (this is money earned from rebates of items purchased in GC Challenge)
Total CVS Spending Power:  $  85.77 (GC balances, rebate cash and ECB balance combined)

Check out these 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 just $5 or $10 out of pocket for several items.

Step by Step CVS Shopping for Beginners

I started a step by step lesson series on how to begin CVS shopping as I began as a "new shopper" with a new card and no extra bucks.  You can check out the series by clicking the banner to the left.

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 directly to your challenge shopping trip each week in this "CVS Shopping Trips ~ Share Yours" post.  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 code can be found in the link in the right hand side bar).

Earn CVS Gift Cards Online

If you haven't worked on earning free CVS gift cards online yet click the banner below and you can see a few different sources where I 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.


Did you find any good deals  from the CVS Weekly Ad of 2/26 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!

PLEASE NOTE:  ONLY link to your CVS shopping post directly, all others will be removed.  I have had readers mention too many links are not to CVS shopping posts.


Amie said...

Great job! It is amazing that you are still making money. I have been spending my ECBs on grocery items thanks to Swag Bucks gift cards. It helps save on my grocery bill, but I usually don't have magnificent savings. I bought 3 Coke 12 packs, 5 Coke 2 liters and 2 newspapers. I used a $3 off $15 coupon and some ECBS and paid $4.39 oop, including tax. I plan to make another trip for Pull-Ups. Although I was already a coupon shopper, I mostly shopped Rite Aid for for almost free diapers until their deals dried up. When that happened, I started going over budget by $40 or more per month (a lot for my family) and even started cloth diapering over my summer break to save money. I didn't even know that CVS emailed the $X off $XX and percentage off coupons, mailed coupons, and offered store coupons on their website. I rarely shop Rite Aid anymore. Thank you for sharing your tips and deals. It has REALLY helped me get those diaper costs down, save on my grocery budget, and even allows me to have soda again. :)

Anonymous said...

Rebates coming in is a good feeling! I wanted to share mine rebate deal from this week.

I bought Physicians Formula eyeliner for 10.49.

I had a 20% off coupon, plus it pushed me over my beauty club $50. Along with this there was a $7 ECB with it. After all that the package had a try me free rebate, so after my rebate comes in it will be approximately a $10 money maker!

Cheryl @ Simply Shoeboxes said...

Amie, thanks so much for the personal testimony. Glad to hear it is helping your budget. I love to be able to save on my groceries at CVS. As soon as this challenge is done I will do another type and I am thinking about doing a groceries one.

Cheryl @ Simply Shoeboxes said...

Anon, don't you love those triple plays--yours is actually more like a quint (okay not sure what a 5 part play would be called) play: sale, coupon, ecb, beauty club & rebate. Great job!

Karen V. said...

Great job!

My CVS trip this week included 2 Pantene items, a Physicians Formula lip gloss,a ThermaCare heating pad (free after ECB's) and the Schick Hydro Silk razor.

$3 off Pantene
$3 off peelie for PF
$4 off Schick Hydro Silk
20% off Coupon
$19 ECB's

Paid $0.75 and got back $15.79 (plus I reached my beauty ECB's)!!!

Cheryl @ Simply Shoeboxes said...

Great trip, Karen. Those high value coupons really add up. with reaching your Beauty ECB's you'll come out $1 ahead!

Ami said...

Anon,I too saw the sticker on the physicians formula eyeliner but it said that it was valid til dec,2011,or am I wrong?And they had $2off and $3off peelies in my CVS for any PF product so that was a sweet deal,I got a lip gloss for 6.34(use $3off peelie+20%off)and got the 7 eb's makin it a $maker..yay..oh and got four up2u gum free:) 4@.99cents and used 4 $1off q's...also got the 15 count mentos gum originally 3/$3 but used three .55cents off man q and a cvs magic machine $1off q so gotem 3/.35cents..you can never have enough gum:)))

Anonymous said...

is there a limit on the fb coupon..."share your pharmacist experience" the $3off15? I used one today and then logged on and it let me do it 2 more times then told me i reached my limit..can anyone help?like is it one per card?thanks

Kristen said...

I got back in the game this weekend. I even got up early to get to cut my coupons and get to the store plus I did something I almost never do and split them in two transactions below:
Transaction 1:
Schick Hydro Silk Razor $9.99-$4 man q.
Used $6 ECB so only paid $.87 for tax and received $4 ECB

Transaction 2:
Thermacare $3.79
Colgate Pro Relief Toothbrush $3.99-$.75 man q
Used $4 ECB and cashier let me used a $1 expired ECB (she said that they usually will let you use expired ECBs if they expired just a couple days ago but mine was a week old and she made an exception, which I thought was so nice.) Paid $2.03 +$.59 tax. Received $4 +$3.79 ECBs
I actually noticed that they charged me the wrong amount for the toothbrush (should've been $4.99) and I only received $2 ECBs for toothbrush. I went back in and the cashier printed the other $2 and I mentioned that I also hadn't paid the correct price and he said not to worry about it. I thought that that was so nice. I really appreciate good customer service.

Ami said...

****about the rebate,just noticed the eye liner rebate is NOT expired,it was the "try me free" peelies for the ORGANIC MASCARA that expired...ugh wish i grabbed that eyeliner now! lol but i still made me .66cents with the gloss:)

Cheryl @ Simply Shoeboxes said...

Anon, I am not sure--but look at the code numbers on it and if they are different I would guess you can use more than one if it does not say one per card right on it.

Cheryl @ Simply Shoeboxes said...

Sounds like a pleasant trip, Kristen. So nice when the staff is so polite.

J Rodney said...

I love that you are still earning money, even though you are not shopping Cheryl. You have really managed to take this CVS Gift Card Challenge to a whole new level.

I did some birthday shopping for my son's birthday at CVS, and I did better than I would have at ALDI.

Thank you Cheryl....for all you do!