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!

Saturday, September 27, 2008

CVS 9/28 - 10/4: early bird scenarios!

UPDATE: The CoverGirl Clean Liquid Makeup is printing out $5.79 ECBs, and the CoverGirl LipSlicks are just $3.39!  Read all about it here!

Normally I never do my scenarios this early, but I need to go on Monday since most of the manufacturer's coupons that I'm using expires 9/30. I know that there'll be identical copies in the P&G Saver coming out on Sunday, but if I go on Monday and use the ones that expire 9/30, I can save the P&G ones for later in the month.

Transaction #1

Buy 2 CoverGirl LipSlicks ($3.99 each): $7.98
Buy 1 Sunsilk creme or styling aid (2/$7): $3.50
Buy 1 Sunsilk shampoo or conditioner (2/$7): $3.50
Buy 1 magnetic clothespin: $0.25 This is a filler item...I'm 2 cents under $15, and I don't think I can find a filler item for cheaper. I've gotten these the past two weeks at CVS so hopefully they'll still be there. They're really useful too!
Subtotal: $15.23
CVS promotion B1G1 50% (-$1.99)
Use $3/$15 CVS coupon (-$3.00)
Use $1/1 CoverGirl coupon (-$1.00)
Use B1G1 CoverGirl lip coupon (-$3.99)
Use 2 $1.50/1 Sunsilk coupon (-$3.00) One is for styling aid, the other one is for shampoo/conditioner
Grand Total: $2.25 (use $2.00 ECB)
OOP expense: $0.25 + tax
ECBs returned: $2.00 (Sunsilk)

Transaction #2
Buy 1 CoverGirl Clean Liquid Makeup: $5.49
Buy 2 Folgers coffee ($2.99 each): $5.98
Buy 1 Gilette Fusion: $9.99
Subtotal: $21.46
Use $3/$15 CVS coupon (-$3.00)
Use $1/1 Covergirl coupon (-$1.00)
Use 2 $0.25/1 Folgers coupon (-$0.50)
Use $4/1 Gilette coupon (-$4.00) It'll be out in the P&G Saver this Sunday!
Grand Total: $12.96 (use $10.00 + $2.00 (Sunsilk) ECBs)
OOP expense: $0.96 + tax
ECBs returned: $5.49 (Covergirl) + $5.00 (Gillette Fusion) = $10.49

Merchandise total: $36.69
Total OOP: $1.21 + tax
Total ECBs left for next time: $10.49
Total ECBs spent: $12.00


I'm not going to be able to grow my ECBs this week, just because there aren't too many good deals at CVS lately. It's getting harder and harder to "make" money by matching ECB items with coupons, so my main source of "income" in my transactions are the $/$$ coupons. Granted, getting the coffee probably didn't help, but we need coffee (again). It's actually not too bad of a deal on coffee if you break it down. The commissary sells the big 34.25oz coffees for $6.99, which is roughly $0.20 per ounce. However, since the CoverGirl is free after ECBs and I can "make" money from the CoverGirl coupon and the $2/$10, I end up spending $2.48 on a total of 22.6oz of coffee. That's $0.10 per ounce.

CVS doesn't exactly sell "cheap" stuff, but I end up getting a lot of non ECB/deal items there simply because after $/$$ coupons and overage from ECB/coupon match-ups, some items (like the coffee) end up being cheaper than buying them at the commissary.

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