Tuesday, July 29, 2008

CVS-ing

I've been doing a bit of research on how to play the CVS "game".  Last week, I picked up a prescription and got a $4 off of a $20 purchase coupon.  I checked out the ad, and was able to find a good sale on training pants (still!), and a few other things to total $21 and change, and got $7 in Extra Care Bucks (ECBs) to use on a future purchase.  This week, I really planned it out - I went in by myself (thank you Toddler Time!!), selected a basket full of items, and then sorted it out into 4 transactions at the checkout counter.  The cashier was incredibly patient, as I had picked a couple items that didn't follow my plan, and talked about how she liked to play the "game", too.  So, here's todays purchases:

Transaction #1

  • Carefree Pantiliners / 13.78 / 9.00 /accumulating
  • Neosporin / 5.49 /5.49 / accumulating
  • Neo To Go / 6.49 / 5.50 / accumulating
  • $4/$20 coupon      -4.00
  • $2.00 ECB           -2.00
  • $5.00 ECB          -5.00
TOTAL / 25.76 / 9.62

Transaction #2
Item / Regular Price / Sale Price / ECBs
  • J&J Bedtime Cream / 4.29 / 3.99 / 10 (combined with T#1 purchases)
TOTAL / 4.29 / 3.99 / 10

Transaction #3
Item / Regular Price / Sale Price / ECBs
  • Starburst / 0.79 / 0.50 / accumulating
  • Hershey's Nuggets / 3.49 / 2.50 / accumulating
  • Kitkat 4 pack / 1.29 / 1.00 / accumulating
  • Trident 3 pack / 2.79 / 2.00 / accumulating
  • M&M Premium / 4.99 / 4.00 / 5
  • Old Spice Deodorant / 3.99 / 2.99 / 0
  • $10 ECB -10.00
TOTAL / 17.34 / 2.99 /5

Transaction #4
Item / Regular Price / Sale Price / ECBs
  • Scott Towels 8 pack / 9.99 / 4.99 / 0
  • Bandaids / 3.29 / 2.99 / 2
  • $5 ECB -5.00
TOTAL / 13.28 / 2.98 / 2

GRAND TOTALS  Regular Price Sale Price ECBs
TOTAL / 60.67 / 19.58 / 2

That seems like a pretty good deal to me.  I stuck to buying only items that we'll actually use.  I also got another $4/$20 coupon, which I will use next week.  I definitely wasn't very smooth, but as I said, the cashier was very patient and nice.  Even adding this to the rest of my grocery spending (for this two-week period) leaves me with $35 for items that come up, saving for future meat purchases, and next week's CVS-ing!

2 comments:

Sarah said...

Huh. Yet another thing I should try when I'm done studying. You are going to keep me so busy!!! :)

queenoftheclick said...

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