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!

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Thanksgiving haul at CVS

My Thanksgiving CVS haul didn't go too badly - $91 of stuff for $3.10 OOP with $71.24 ECBs left for next time!  That's a $12.09 profit, and of course, you can't forget the $91 of free stuff.  And no, I didn't get the pumpkin at CVS - I just wanted to be festive. 

Although things didn't exactly go as planned, it was still a successful run.  I am WAY behind on everything this week, so I didn't even work up my transactions under late Wednesday night.  We didn't make it out to the store until 9am (they open at 7am), but I guess 2 hours really make that much of a difference.  By the time we got there, they were already sold out of a lot of things.  This is depending on your area, of course, but if you haven't done your CVSing yet I wouldn't be too optimistic about things still being in stock. 

Here are my transaction details:

Transaction #1
Buy 1 Maybelline Mineral Power Liquid Foundation: $8.99
Buy 1 Crest Pro-Health (4.2oz): $3.49
Buy 1 Colgate Total: $2.99
Buy 1 Aussie Hair Care product: $2.99
Buy 1 CoverGirl Smoothers pressed powder: $5.99
Buy 1 Bic Soleil Single Razor: $5.99
Buy 1 L'Oreal Colour Juice sheer lipgloss: $6.99
Buy 1 Sally Hansen max growth nail color: $3.79
Buy 1 Johnson's Soft Lotion: $5.69
Buy 1 Playtex Gentle Glide: $3.99
Subtotal: $50.90
Use $10/$50 CVS card scanner coupon (-$10.00)
Use $3/1 Maybelline mfg coupon (-$3.00)
Use $0.75/1 Crest mfg coupon (-$0.75)
Use $1.50/1 Colgate printable (-$1.50)
Use $1/1 Aussie mfg coupon (-$1.00)
Use $1/1 ANY CoverGirl mfg coupon (-$1.00)
Use $1/1 L'Oreal printable (-$1.00)
Use $0.50/1 Sally Hansen mfg coupon (-$0.50)
Use $3/1 Bic mfg coupon (-$3.00)
Use $1/1 Johnson's printable (-$1.00)
Grand Total: $28.15 (use $15.99 + $9.00 + $1.59 ECB)
OOP: $1.57 + $0.90 tax = $2.47 (on CVS giftcard: balance $15.49)
ECBs returned: $9.00 (Maybelline) + $3.49 (Crest) + $2.99 (Colgate)
+ $2.99 (Aussie) + $5.99 (CoverGirl) + $5.99 (Bic) + $6.99 (L'Oreal) +
$3.79 (Sally Hansen) + $5.69 (Johnson's) + $3.00 (Playtex) = $49.82

My Maybelline ECBs didn't print out, but apparently it's been happening to everyone the entire day.  In fact, the lady behind me had the exact same problem.  It's great that the store can now print missing ECBs on command, because I was able to use the $9 ECBs instantly.  Also, I forgot to fork over my Playtex $1/1 coupon, but the cashier was nice enough to let me lump it in with the next transaction.

Transaction #2
Buy 1 Crest Pro-Health (4.2oz): $3.49
Buy 1 Colgate Total: $2.99
Buy 1 Aussie Hair Care product: $2.99
Buy 1 L'Oreal Colour Juice sheer lipgloss: $6.99
Buy 1 Philips universal remote: $6.99
Buy 1 CoverGirl Smoothers liquid makeup: $7.99
Buy 3 Gatorade ($1.49 each): $4.47
Buy 1 5hr energy drink: $3.99
Buy 1 Hersey's King size bar: $1.00
Subtotal: $40.90
Use $5/$30 CVS emailed coupon (-$5.00)
Use $0.75/1 Crest mfg coupon (-$0.75)
Use $1.50/1 Colgate printable (-$1.50)
Use $1/1 Aussie mfg coupon (-$1.00)
Use $1/1 L'Oreal printable (-$1.00)
Use $1/1 ANY CoverGirl mfg coupon (-$1.00)
Use $1/1 Playtex mfg coupon (-$1.00) missed from last transaction
Grand Total: $29.65 ($4.99 + $5.00 + (from last transaction) $3.49 + $6.99 + $9.00 ECBs)
OOP: $0.18 + $0.45 tax = $0.63 (on CVS giftcard: balance $14.86)
ECBs returned: $3.49 (Crest) + $2.99 (Colgate) + $2.99 (Aussie) + $6.99 (L'Oreal) + $6.99 (Philips) + $7.99 (CoverGirl) + $4.47 (Gatorade) + $3.99 (5hr energy) + $1.00 (Hersey's) = $40.90

CVS run - numbers review
Total Merchandise Total: $91.80
ECBs spent: $36.57 (on hand) + $19.48 (from today's transactions) = $56.05
Total OOP: $3.10
Total ECBs returned: $90.72
ECBs left for next time: $71.24

TOTAL SPENT (ECBs + OOP) = $59.15
TOTAL ECBs LEFT = $71.24
Total profit: $12.09

Technically, I spent absolutely nothing OOP since I paid with my $25 CVS giftcard.  When this giftcard finally runs out in March or something ridiculous, I plan on reloading it with $10.  It's a GREAT way to really put things in perspective at CVS.  It's a scary thought that I forked over $56.05 in ECBs to pay for everything today, but when you take into consideration that I've used the same $25 CVS giftcard since last month, it really puts things into perspective. 

2 comments:

Nancy M. said...

CVS totally rocked! I just wish I could have gotten there earlier and got more stuff. They were out of some of it by the time I got there.

Anonymous said...

Hi Rita, reading your post gave me an idea. Can we use our ECBs to buy CVS gift cards? I noticed you said you would refill yours eventually.
Thanks.

 
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