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!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

CVS - round 2

It's very rare of me to make two trips to CVS in a week, but due to my goof-up on Sunday, I had to make a trip out to use a $5 ECB that expires tomorrow.  Honestly, my goal today was just to use those $5 up before they expired, but I figured I might as well try to grow some ECBs out of it.  And unfortunately, my transactions didn't go as planned.  They never go as planned anymore...!

I had wanted to buy 3 AMBI soaps at $1.99 each to get back a total of $9 ECBs, but my CVS didn't carry the AMBI soaps!  So I had to compromise and it wasn't too bad.  Here is what I ended up doing:

Buy 1 Chex mix: $1.00
Buy 2 Excedrin ($1.99 each): $3.98
Buy 2 Soft & Dri ($2.99 each): $5.98
Buy 2 Hersey's Candy bars ($0.75 each): $1.50 - This was a last minute filler item to get the most out of my $5 ECB.  They still had to adjust it down, but at least I got the most out of it. 
Subtotal: $12.46
Use $2/$10 CVS coupon (-$2.00)
Use $1/1 Chex Mix coupon (-$1.00)
Use 2 $2/1 Excedrin coupon (-$4.00)
2 $0.55/1 Soft & Dri peelies (-$1.10)
Grand Total: $4.36 (used $5 ECB adjusted down)
OOP expense: $0.11 tax
ECBs returned: $4.00 (Soft & Dri)

Okay, I didn't exactly grow my ECBs, but it's still better than just going in to blow $5.  I do realize that I had $2.14 left until I hit my $5 ECB mark, and I really should have gotten some milk or something more useful than 2 candy bars, but since becoming a mother 4 months ago, one of the most valuable lessons that I've learned is that sometimes you just have to quit while you're ahead.

Before the little princess came along I would have parked myself in an aisle and calculated what I had in my cart.  I would then see that I had $2.14 to play with and would proceed to spend the next 30 minutes roaming the store for the most useful item close to $2.14.  Well, today (like most days) was a grab-and-go operation.  Good thing I got out of there too, because after I went to CVS I drove a block to get our oil changed, and we had a full-on 30 minute screaming fit in the waiting room.  At least I had nothing to do but try and calm her down...I shudder to think of her having a full-blown fit while I'm trying to pay at CVS. 

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