Tuesday, March 8, 2011

CVS Trip 3/6: Spent $24.27, Saved $80.05!!

Okay, so I spent a whopping $24 dollar this week at CVS, but I had to get a couple of out of the ordinary things including make-up and self-tanning lotion. (We will be going to the beach in a couple weeks and I am white as a ghost and I don't do tanning beds.) I had thought about getting a spray-on tan at the salon, which is $30, but  I decided against it. I figured I would buy the lotion and do it myself and in 2 weeks, I'll be dark enough to show off my legs at the beach...LOL! So, Here's is how I broke my trip up. I did 4 transactions. I started with $4 ECB's from last week.

SS - Smart Source, RP - Red Plum, P&G - Proctor & Gamble, 
GM - General Mills, ECB's - Extra Care Bucks, WYB - When You Buy, NLA - No Longer Available, OOP- Out Of Pocket 

Things to remember when shopping CVS:
  • You have to have an Extra Care card to get the deals. If you don't have a card, GET ONE the next time you go to CVS--just tell the cashier you need an Extra Care Card, you can start using it that very day! 
  • ALWAYS scan your card at the Red Scanner when you walk in the door! I always scan mine twice to receive the most coupons, then if I try again, it usually says "That's all the coupons we have for you today!"
  • Always carry your Green bag, if you don't have one, purchase one and a green bag tag--It earns you $1 ECB every 4th visit (only one scan per day). You use this bag for your purchases instead of plastic bags and the cashier will scan the tag when she/he is checking you out and to reward you for being GREEN, you get $1 ECB on every 4th scan. 
  • ECB's print out on the bottom of your receipt and you use them like cash. They are like CVS Money
  • Just getting started at CVS? HERE is a crash course from Simply CVS!
1st transaction:

 (1) Schick hydro razor ($8.79, get $5 ECB's)
 (1) Nice n Easy Foam (($7.99, get $1 ECB)
(1) Revlon Nail ($3.99, get $3 ECB's)
(1) Revlon Eye ($7.49, get $4 ECB's)

Coupons Used:
-$2 MQ Schick Hydro SS 1/30
-$7.99 Nice n Easy Foam 
(Free Product coupon from Clairol Facebook Promotion that I posted about HERE
-$1/1 Revlon lip or any Revlon Color Cosmetic Product SS 2/13
-$3 off any Revlon Cosmetics purchase (CVS scanner coupon) printing the week of 2/27
 -$1/1 Revlon Grow Luscious Mascara or any Revlon Color Cosmetic Product SS 2/13
-$3 off any Revlon Cosmetics purchase (CVS scanner coupon) printing the week of 2/27

Paid $12.81, Received $13 ECB's ($5, $1, $3, $4)

Here is my receipt:

2nd transaction:
Spend $20 Get $10 ECB's wyb Benefiber, Gas-X, Maalox or Prevacid 14ct.
(2) Gas X Prevention (one is already opened) ($6.49)
(1) Gas X chewables ($5.79)
(1) Benefiber chewables ($6.99)

Coupons Used:
-$4/1 Gas X Prevention 12/12 SS
-$4/1 Gas X Prevention printable on coupons.com, NLA
-$3/1 Any Gas X product printable on coupons.com, NLA
 -$2 Benefiber12/27 SS
-$5 ECB
-$4 ECB
-$3 ECB

Paid $3.08 (with Prilosec OTC Rebate card [I posted about HERE] NOT OOP), Received $10 ECB's

 Here is my receipt:

3rd transaction:

(1)Jergens Natural Glow gradual tanner ($6.99)
(1) Almay Wake up Make up ($12.99, Spend $10, get $4 ECB's)

Coupons Used:
-$1 Any Jergens Moisturizer mailer I got with a Free sample
-$2 Almay 3/6 SS (Birmingham News)
-$1 ECB from 1st transaction
-$10 from 2nd transaction

Paid $7.78, Received $4 ECB's

Here is my receipt:

Last transaction:

Spend $12 Get $4 ECB wyb select household products
(4) Glade Sense and Spray Refills (one not pictured...in use...HA!)

Coupons Used:
(3) -$1 Glade Sense and Spray Refill (CVS Scanner coupon) printing week of 2/27 (I think)
-$1/2 Glade Sense and Spray Refills 2/27 SS
-$1.50/2 Glade Sense and Spray Refills Glade Holiday "Release the Magic of the Season" Mailer Booklet
-$4 ECB's

Paid $3.68, Received $4 ECB's

Here is my last receipt:

Wheeew...That took longer than I thought it would, but I hope it helps you see how I break up my trips to save the most money even when I have to get things I need that aren't at a price I like to buy them...LIKE make-up and gradual tanning lotion!! Anyway, I hope this helps you save some money this week!

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  1. Quite a variety and at great savings. It does seem odd to pay much at CVS, and yet we are still saving so much, but somehow it still seems wrong. :-). Thanks for linking up your CVS shopping trip at Simply CVS.

  2. Great trip, you got a lot of great items...I haven't tried the Glade sense and spray yet, but have been thinking about it! :) I saw you linked up at Simply CVS and just wanted to invite you to link up at my new blog Julie Saving Money

  3. Thanks a bunch for linking up!!


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