My Precious Pennies

I will be AWAY until late February as we do this moving thing...again.

Ginger from Attention Target Shoppers & Tricia from 1stopmom
will be holding down the fort in the meantime - thank you so much, ladies!

Sunday, August 31, 2008

CVS & Walgreens: a rare Sunday edition!



Normally I try to stay in my house on the weekends so to avoid the traffic and people, but I had two coupons that expires today that I needed to use at CVS. And since I was out anyway, I decided to stop by Walgreens to return my ear-less gnome. Things didn't go quite according to my plan, but I think I need pretty good nonetheless.

Walgreens

I had bought a gnome for my husband's weird obsession on Friday, but it turned out that he was missing an ear, so I took him back today. And since I was in the store anyway, I made a quick check for my two missing September EasySaver items: the Excedrin and the water filter. They didn't have any water filters, but they had the Excedrin (which is going to the USO).

These smaller gnomes were on sale for $0.32 each, so I bought some to replace the waltzing gnome. It's a family tradition to hide gnomes in random places for unexpecting innocents to find. And when we're done gnoming each other, I figure we can send them out to the rest of our crazy family and gnome them by mail since we can't do it in person.

Total Walgreens cost: $5.27 + $0.17 tax: $5.44 OOP
Rebate from today: $3.99

This brings my rebate total up to $56.02, or $61.62 with my 10% gift card bonus of $5.60. No, we didn't need the four gnomes, but I think my profit of $22.88 is enough to cover my $1.28 "luxury" spending spree.

CVS


I did two transactions at CVS today...things got a bit crazy but somehow it still worked out.

Transaction #1
Buy 2 CoverGirl Wetslicks ($5.99 each): $11.98
Buy 1 Colgate Toothpaste: on sale for $2.24 (I was expecting it to be $2.99)
Buy 1 Carabine clip (filler item): $0.50
Subtotal: $14.72
Use $2/$10 CVS coupon (-$2.00)
Use $1/1 Covergirl Product coupon from 8/3 P&G (-$1.00)
Use B1G1 Covergirl lip product from 8/31 P&G (-$5.99)
Use $1.50/1 Colgate coupon (-$1.50)
Grand Total: $4.23 (used $5 ECB adjusted down - the Colgate on sale threw me off, so if I knew I had a total of $1.27 to fill, I wouldn't have gotten the carabine clip and bought something else instead.)
OOP expense: $0.68 tax
ECBs returned: $5.99 (CoverGirl). I should have gotten $2 ECB back for the Colgate, so I will have to call CVS on Monday for it. And I'm sure I didn't grab the wrong item either, because in the next transaction I had the same toothpaste. The strangest thing is that it didn't ring up as on sale, and printed ECBs. But they're exactly the same!!

Transaction #2
Buy 1 Colgate Toothpaste: $2.99
Buy 2 Folgers coffee ($3 each): $6.00
Buy 1 Pampers Swipers 180ct. wipes: on 50% sale for $3.99
Subtotal: $12.98
Use $2/$10 CVS coupon (-$2.00)
Use $1.50/1 Colgate coupon (-$1.50)
Use $1/2 Folgers coupon (-$1.00)
Use $0.25/1 Folgers coupon (-$0.25)
Use $1/1 Pampers Swipers coupon from Pampers Potty Training Kit (-$1.00)
Grand Total: $7.23 (use $5.99 ECB)
OOP Expense: $1.24 + $0.10 tax = $1.34
ECBs returned: $2.00 (Colgate)

I looked and looked but couldn't find the BC/Goody Headache Powder, and just as I was about to freak out because my deal was falling apart, I found the Pampers Swipers in their clearance bin for $3.99. I had just received my $1/1 in my Pampers Potty Training Kit yesterday, so I managed to get a bag of wipes for $2.99. And it saved my transaction too!

So things didn't go exactly as planned at CVS, but I'm still pretty happy about the results. I wonder what was wrong with the first Colgate transaction, and I sure hope that I can get my $2 ECBs back. I ended up using $10.99 in ECBs and $2.02 OOP, but only earned back $7.99 in ECB ($9.99 after the missing $2 ECBs). I didn't exactly "grow" anything, but I also bought 3 non ECB tiems that we needed. I'm not worried though because I still have $20.99 ECBs sitting around. I'm not going to be broke in ECBs anytime soon =).

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