Tuesday, April 17, 2012

My CVS Shopping Trip for the Weekly Ad of 4/15 ~ Nice Money Making Trip to Get Me Started Again

As most of you know I have not been shopping the past two months while I packed and  moved.  Living off our stockpile worked great during this time.  Most of you also know that I am 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.

While I wasn't shopping I was still increasing my spending power in  my challenge because I was receiving rebates I had mailed in before I stopped shopping.  I reported on some of them, but I have received two  more I did not report:  $2.50 for Lysol wipes (less the 44 cents for a stamp) and $.99  for the Excedrin recall (they reimbursed postage so I added the full amount).  So my balances for the challenge BEFORE I shopped today were:

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 spent what I had built up when I quit shopping)
Mail In Rebate Cash Balances: $ 29.28 (this is money earned from rebates of items purchased in GC Challenge)
Total CVS Spending Power:  $ 88.82 (GC balances, rebate cash and ECB balance combined)

I had a pretty good shopping trip today tho, as always, there had to be some adjustment to my plan.  My ad did not have the NatuRelief.  We looked all over just in case it was there but not advertised, but we never found.  I was disappointed as I actually wanted to try this product.

I was able to get the Depends for my mom (and it was a nice money maker with the coupons) and I also found the coffee she likes in single serve packets on clearance for 25 cents so I used a couple of my extra bucks to pick up eight of those for her.  I am going to try and use some of the "money makers" to pick up grocery items each week to help my grocery budget--so this was perfect.

I used my rain check for free after extra bucks Zyrtec which was a wonderful money maker with the $4 coupon from Sunday's paper and I also was able to get one Colgate to tuck away for my Operation Christmas Child shoe box project.

I also received a $7 quarterly extra buck (I pick up my mom's prescriptions so that is where this came from) and I received a $1 CVS Green Bag Tag extra buck.  Also, I made $4 on the Zyrtec (increased my extra bucks by $4).  So once again I increased my CVS spending power.

$50 Beginner's CVS Gift Card Challenge Balances after my shopping trip:

Total Saved:  $  1366.19 (including tax)
Total Value of Products Purchased:  $ 1348.85 (without tax)
Original Gift Card Balance:  $ 30.56
CVS Cash Cards Earned on CVS Deals Balance: 27.08
Extra Buck Balance:  $ 13.00 (I began with no extra bucks with this gift card)
Mail In Rebate Cash Balances: $ 29.28 (this is money earned from rebates of items purchased in GC Challenge)
Total CVS Spending Power:  $ 99.92 (GC balances, rebate cash and ECB balance combined)

This week's trip's details:

Saved:  $ 21.98 + $ .64 tax = $ 22.62 (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:  $ .98 + $ .91  tax = $ 1.89
Beginning Extra Bucks Balance: $ .00
Total Extra Bucks used:  $ 5.00
Total Extra Bucks earned:  $ 18.00 (including quarterly and green bag tag)
Ending Extra Bucks Balance:  $ 13.00 (editing to add:  the $6 Zyrtec and the $7 quarterly ECB's)

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.

I did four transactions this week (not all right in a row) because I was starting out with no extra bucks and I wanted to roll them and use the least out of pocket possible.

Transaction #1:

1 - Depends @ $3.99 get $2.00 extra bucks
Used - 1 $2/1 CVS Printable Coupon
Used - 1 $2/1 Manufacturer Coupon

Spent:  $ - .01 + .27 tax = $ .26
Extra Bucks used:  $ .00
Extra Bucks earned:  $ 2.00 (Editing to add:  Plus the $1 Green Bag Tag and the $7 quarterly ECBs)

Transaction #2:

1 - Zyrtec @ $5.99 get $5.99 (used a rain check from a while back) the extra buck printed for $6.00
Used 1 - $4/1 any Zyrtec Manufacturer Insert coupon

Spent:  $ .00 + tax $.40 = $.40
Extra Bucks used:  $ 2.00 from transaction #1 (reduced to $1.99)
Extra Bucks earned:  $ 6.00

Transaction #3:

1 - Colgate @ $2.99 get $2.00 Extra bucks
Used 1 - $1/1 manufacturer insert coupon

Spent:  $ .99 + .20 tax = $ 1.19
Extra Bucks used:  $ 1.00 (Editing to add:  from the Green Bag Tag usage)
Extra Bucks earned:  $ 2.00

Transaction #4:

8 - Tasters Choice single sticks packs @ $.25 each on clearance

Spent:  $ .00 + $.04 tax $.04
Extra Bucks used:  $ $2.00
Extra Bucks earned:  $ .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 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 (or leave them in a comment in this weekly post: "CVS Shopping Trips ~ Share Yours").  If you blog about your challenge trip leave a link directly to your challenge shopping trip each week in the "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).

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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.


Brian and Amy Yohe said...

Welcome back, Cheryl! You certainly haven't lost your touch! :)

Cheryl @ Simply Shoeboxes said...

Thanks--I certainly felt "green" in the store :-).

Shopnsavemommy said...

Wow, you rocked it again!

Anonymous said...

Welcome back Cheryl! Hope your move is finally over and everything went well after the initial problems! :(
(Also, hope your fibro wasn't bothered too much!)
Good job on your shopping trip ~ glad you are back!

Cheryl @ Simply Shoeboxes said...

Hi, Tammy, thanks so much for your kind words :-).

Anonymous said...

One more question....where did you get the $1.00 ECB that you used on Trans #3 & the $2.00 on Trans #4? I see on Trans #2 that you rolled from Trans #1, but the ECB that you earned from the Zyrtec ($6.00)-wouldn't that have come as an ECB of $6.00 and you would have had to use the whole $6.00 on your next Transactions. Does that make sense? Just curious.....as always, still learning!!
Thanks, Tammy

Cheryl @ Simply Shoeboxes said...

Hi, Tammy! Okay, let me look this over and remember what I did (I typed this from the receipts). Okay the $1 on Transaction three was from the green bag tag extra buck I earned from transaction #1 (I mentioned it above but didn't put it in the transaction as I thought it would be confusing--guess I got that wrong :-) ). The $2 in transaction #4 was the Colgate ECB from #3. So I still have my $6 Zyrtec ECB and my quarterly ECB. The rest I used in these transactions. I will edit the post to clarify.

Anonymous said...

Thanks Cheryl - I got it! I am out here in Northern California, so I thought maybe the ECB's printed differently or something! (Sorry!) Thanks again for clarifying!

Cheryl @ Simply Shoeboxes said...

Tammy, no problem. When I saw your question I figured I goofed up my typing. It's hard to get it clear on paper for others to understand. And since I haven't typed up a shopping trip in a couple of months I am not sure I am getting it right. Be sure and ask anytime something doesn't make sense.

Coupon Teacher said...

Nice Shopping!

Deal Seeker said...

Inspiring! Congrats on the new house!

Patrice said...

Good to see you back!