Thursday, February 9, 2012

My CVS Shopping Trip 2/5/2012 Ad ~ Trip #25 of the $50 Gift Card Challenge

We are under contract to buy a new house and should be moving in about 6 to 9 weeks.  Because of this I do not want to bring any more stockpile items into the house until after the move--I have enough to pack.  I have plenty to live on until after the move so I only want to buy consumable items.  This also will put my Operation Christmas Child Stockpile on hold for this time; I hope lots of great deals come in time for me to make up for time lost.

So I took all of my extra bucks ($16.75) and headed to CVS to see what I could pick up that we would use up before the move.  I had printed a 20%
off coupon I found in my account, but when I scanned my card I got a 30% off one so used that on some graph paper Sarah needed and little Valentine stamp set I had planned to buy when on sale.  The rest of the extra bucks went for apple juice that was thankfully on sale for $2.50 (regularly $3.99).  So I was able to get five of those (actually with the 30% off they would have been $2.79 so not that much higher).  But I was able to come away with a zero sub-total losing $.28 of my last $.75 extra buck--if they had not been on sale I would have had a $1.17 sub-total after the 30% off.

But this is a great example of how CVSing works.  I built up my extra bucks over time with sales & coupons so when I needed something not on an extra buck deal or great sale I was able to make my own great deal and get just what I need without cash out of my budget. There are so many ways to CVS.

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.   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)
Mail In Rebate Cash Balances: $ 12.11 (this is money earned from rebates of items purchased in GC Challenge)
Total CVS Spending Power:  $ 71.65 (GC balances, rebate cash and ECB balance combined)

This week's trip's details:

Saved:  $ 25.63 + $ 1.15 tax = $ 26.78 (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:  $ .00 + $ .58 tax = $ .58
Beginning Extra Bucks Balance: $ 16.75
Total Extra Bucks used:  $ 16.75
Total Extra Bucks earned:  $ .00
Ending Extra Bucks Balance:  $ .00 As I said above I set out to spend all of my extra bucks so they would not expire before I move and begin CVSing again.

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.

Transaction #1:

5 -- bottles of Gold Emblem Apple Juice @ $2.50 each
1 -- Graph Paper Notebook @ $3.69 **
1 -- Valentine Stamp Set @ $1.99 **
** Used a 30% off CVS scanner coupon and saved $1.71

Spent:  $ .00 + tax $ .58
Extra Bucks used:  $ 16.75
Extra Bucks earned:  $ .00

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 began as a "new shopper" with a new card and no extra bucks.

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 the "Share Your CVS Shopping Trip" 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 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.


Deal Seeker said...

Congrats on the house!

Cheryl @ Simply Shoeboxes said...

Thanks, Deal Seeker, we needed something that my mom will be able to "fit" in comfortably. This one has a little "mother in law" suite that will be perfect for her. We wanted to do the move before she got to the point that she absolutely "had" to move in with us so it would be easier on her. She is excited so that is nice. And her little apartment has wonderful big windows and a nice view of woods.