Monday, April 28, 2014

My $5 CVSing for Charity Trip Shopping list for Week of 4/27/2014

Here's my $5 CVSing for Charity Challenge Shopping List for the CVS weekly ad of April 27, 2014.
I did not get the Rightguard coupons I had hoped to on Sunday so I had to scratch that from my list.  I really did not have anything else on extra bucks deals I wanted to get so I checked out the grocery deals and decided to go with the canned chili for our church's food pantry.  Even without taking advantage of extra buck deals there are still ways to save at CVS.

Total Retail Price of Products:  $ 17.00 (approx)

Total Sale Price of Products:  $ 6.93

Total Cost (excludes tax):  $ 4.98

Transaction #1 (just one as I am not doing any of the extra buck deals):

Buy:  1 -- Theater box candy 99¢ (I am hoping there is some hard candy that can be used in one of my Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Gifts).
Use:  30¢/1 scanner coupon printing week of 4/27

Buy:  6 -- Hormel Chili @ $.99 each
Use:  3 -- $.55/2 Hormel Chili (from a recent insert and this printable)

$0.55 off any two HORMEL Chili products

Cost:  $ 4.98

My $5 CVSing for Charity Challenge is much like my $50 CVS Gift Card Challenge, but with a bit of different twist.  I will be budgeting $5 each week total for shopping at CVS for items to donate to local or global charities.  I will be emphasizing food as much as possible, as I often get free health & beauty items already.

About my Charity Chest:  One of my favorite things about deal shopping is having more to share with others.  Not only can I get great things with coupons and CVS extra bucks, but by saving on my own budget I have more cash to share, too.  So whenever I can get a fantastic deal on an item that my family does not need I pick it up and tuck it away in my Charity Chest until I find someone who needs it.   Another way I have more to give is by earning free CVS gift cards thru Swagbucks.  I have been able to give thru local charities and my own church as well as thru national ministries like Operation Christmas Child.

Disclosure: Links in this post may be Simply CVS affiliate partners or personal referral links.


Linda said...

I'm curious how many boxes for occ do you fill each year? I'm still fairly new to couponing (3 months) I have been able to donate many items to my churchs food pantry so far but put a goal for 12 occ boxes for myself. I figured one a month and seem to be on my way just fine for meeting that goal now I'm wondering if set the goal to low???

Cheryl @ Simply Shoeboxes said...

Hi, Linda! We have done anywhere from a dozen to four dozen in a year depending on the deals. One of the hardest things, too, is getting the shoeboxes--I like to wrap mine and lean towards the slightly larger boxes. You can order them from OCC direct.

You will have a ball collecting things! Do you like to craft at all? My other blog, Simply Shoeboxes has some crafting & upcycling ideas here: Simply Shoeboxes.

Also, are you familiar with Clip With Purpose? They are a community of "shoe box fillers" and the blog shares all kinds of tips for free items and weekly deals and clearances around the country. Many report being able to fill hundreds each year. They are also on Facebook and everyone shares what they find.

I think it is fun to join others who also love to pack the shoe boxes.

I think you have set your goal perfectly--but don't be surprised if you pack many more! That seems to be the case with many reports from packers.

Happy CVSing & Happy Packing!

Linda said...

Cheryl - Thank you so much for responding and sharing your insight. I did go to the links that you provided and am truly inspired to reach above my original goal. Again THANKS!!!!

Cheryl @ Simply Shoeboxes said...

You are welcome, Linda. It is such a joy to participate in filling the shoe boxes and I love to share it with others. Keep in touch and let me know how you are progressing!