Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Another Great Week at CVS

When I first glanced at this week's deals, I'll admit, I was a little disappointed. Then I came to my senses and got to work. I started figuring out the deals that looked best (with the help of the weekly ad, some websites, and some needs we had in the home) and ended up stocking up on some GREAT stuff! Check it out:

I have done three transactions so far this week (in two trips). During my first trip, this is what I got:
My first transaction:
2 Herbal Essences at 2/$5
1 6x8 photo book 7.99
1 Baby Bottle Candy 1.49 (I was over-charged by $.20 on this one. Too, I thought I was getting $1 ECB on this but didn't realize I had to buy 2. Oops! Tristan was happy, though!).
2 Sure Deodorants 5.38
1 Bic Soleil Razor 6.99
1 Big Soleil Cartridges 6.99
1 Extra page for photo book .79

1 $3/$15 CVS coupon
$3 off 2 Herbal Essences Coupon from newspaper insert
$3 off 6x8 Kodak photo book from n'paper insert
B1G1 Free Sure coupon
$1 off one Sure deodorant coupon from newspaper insert
$4 Bic Soleil razor coupon from n.paper insert
$4 off Bic Soleil razor cartridges from n.paper insert
$12 ECBs

I spent $3.71 cash out of pocket, used $12 in ECB, and I earned $15.99 in ECBs!!!
So I spent $3.71 and saved 35.92!!!

Today I went back for transactions #2 and #3. Here's what I got:

Transaction #2:
1 Neutrogena Mascara 5.99
6 Sally Nail polishes 5.94
2 Colgate Sparkling White toothpastes B1G1 Free 2.79
1 Baby Bottle Candy 1.49 (again over-charged by .20)
1 pack of CVS make-up remover wipes 2.99

$3/$15 CVS coupon
$.75 off one Colgate from n.paper insert
.75 off one Colgate from n.paper insert
1.00 off Neutrogena Make-up from website
2.00 CVS skin care coupon
3.00/2 Sally Nails CVS coupon
3.00/2 Sally Nails CVS coupon (they only gave me credit for 1.95 on this one)
3.00/2 Sally Nails CVS coupon (they only gave me credit for 1.95 on this one)
$5 in ECBs

I spent $1.50 cash out of pocket, used $5 in ECBs, and earned $5 in ECBs.
I spent $1.50 and saved $31.24 on this transaction!!!

My third transaction:
4 Herbal Essences Shampoos and Conditioners $10.00
1 Gain Joyful Expressions 4.99
1 Fiber One Cereal B1G1 Free 4.29
1 Total Cereal FREE
1 Speedstick 24/7 Deodorant

$3/$15 CVS Coupon
3.00 off 2 Herbal Essences Shampoo/Conditioner coupon from n.paper insert
3.00 off 2 Herbal Essences Shampoo/Conditioner coupon from n.paper insert
1.00 off 2 General Mills Cereals from n.paper insert
1.00 off Speedstick 24/7 deodorant from website
11.99 in ECBs

I spent $1.03 out of pocket, used $11.99 in ECBs, and earned $4 in ECBs.
I spent $1.03 and saved $37.54 on this transaction!!!

So far, this week I have spent $6.24 and have saved $104.70! Not my greatest week at CVS, but still really good! AND to make matters even greater, I had a super duper nice guy check me out (by check me out, I mean he rang me up ;)). He was awesome. He said I was a smart shopper and wishes I would teach him how to do it. That's a far cry from the woman who slammed the magazine rack in my face when I went to pay yesterday! :) Oh well. Like Tristan said, she must not have seen me.

I still have to make one more trip to CVS to make another 6x8 photo book and to make a 4x6 one. I haven't had lots of time to spend on the photo machine. I also plan to pick up another Bic Soleil pack.

So much CVSing, so little time! CVS, 99% of the time, I really love you!

Now, it's YOUR turn to save money!!! ENJOY!!!


LeAnne said...

girl...you are the CVS queen!! gotta love cvs bargains.

Summer Kempfer said...

omg!!! i just started doing the cvs thang. i have done all of sharon cook's teachings for two years now but someone told me about "moneysavingmom.com" so this is where i am learning...just curious who taught you how to do this??? it is very addicting...saving $$ and being a steward! yeah. also how long has it taken you to learn how to really save this kind of $. i need quick results.

The Hairston's said...

You are doing great at this! How do you get the Extra Care Bucks?

Alyssa @ KeepingTheKingdomFirst said...

Wow, you are now a seasoned pro! Great job! Keep sending those newbies my way, I appreciate it!

I am so thankful for the new $3/15 coupon, what a difference it makes!

annieck said...

Summer, I really wanted to take Sharon's small group, but for several reasons, I was unable to. That's when I started praying that God would teach me how to save money doing what she was teaching. That's when He led me to some SUPER great websites. I'm not kidding, it was a TOTAL God thing. I was checking out the blogs of some friends of friends from college, and I stumbled across Becentsable. From there, I found another blog that taught me how to do grocery stores and from there another that taught me CVS. God is SO AMAZING! It was such an answer to prayer!
Anyway, it didn't take me long to learn. I studied moneysavingmom and homeschooling four and learned a LOT. Moneysavingmom has CVS 101. That's where it all finally clicked. Until then, I was getting good deals but not $1 deals, you know? That is also where I learned the value of doing more than one transaction. It's GENIUS!

I learned my coupon filing system (which I upgraded to fit my needs) from Becentsable and couldn't imagine doing it any other way. It requires very little time and very minimum cutting (I hated cutting out every single coupon week after week~especially since I get four papers! Too, I hated sifting through coupons to find what I need. Now it's all alphabetized in a sheet protector. Perfect for my ADD mind!).

Study moneysavingmom's "CVS 101", and you'll have this CVS thang in NO TIME! PROMISE!!! :) And when your kids ask you why math is important, show them all your scenarios (that often have to be reworked because CVS is always running out of stuff). :)

Leisha, you can get ECBs a couple of ways. One way is to buy stuff. For almost everything you buy in the store, you receive 2% back in ECBs. These particular ECBs are only distributed quarterly, at the end of each season. The other way, and what I have found to be the most effective, is to watch the ads (or use the GREAT CVS websites) and buy things that earn you ECBs. Then take those ECBs and use them to buy other things that earn you ECBs. I only buy things with my ECBs that will earn me ECBs (99% of the time). That is called "rolling your ECBs". That is the cheapest and easiest way to get out of the store with lots of stuff for very little money. I LOVE IT!!! Those particular ECBs print out at the bottom of your receipt and can be used on your next transaction.

Alyssa, I am LOVIN' the new coupon!!! FABULOUS!

Check out Alyssa's blog for some great info. Also check out Money Saving Mom. Both blogs have links to tons of other blogs that can show you the scenarios that other people are doing. Believe me, there is a wealth of information out there!

I am so thankful that God led me to this and that I am able to buy so many things that I can give away. That is the biggest blessing of it all!!! Praise God!

Any other questions, let me know! Love ya'll!

annieck said...

Oh, and for SUPER great Publix deals, check out Fiddledeedee or Homeschooling Four. Both are GREAT and are my favorite places to go to find the Publix deals!

annieck said...

One more great one for savings:
The Centsible Sawyer!

Alyssa's blog shows you scenarios you can use to get items at CVS for $5 or less. It's great for those who are new to CVS. :)

Hillary Dunham said...

I bet you never run out of toothpaste, razors or deodorant at your house! That is awesome. I've got to start to learn how to do this. I'm totally overwhelmed, though. We have a CVS across the street and I've never darkened the doorstep. I know. Shoot me now...