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Saturday, May 17, 2008

Super Savings Saturday at MSM

I'm linking up with Crystal's Super Savings Saturday at Money Saving Mom; click over and see all the great deals found by the Frugal Faithful this week!

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Alas, it was slim pickings for deals at CVS last week. Since I plundered Walgreens during their P&G RR promotion, the pantry and the goodie box in our hall closet are both well stocked; why spend real $$ or ECBs when I can just "shop" my stockpile at home, right?

I'd decided to skip CVS altogether this week and save my $12 ECBs for another week...that is, until I came home after school drop-off to find one of the pink fake-Crocs belonging to my daughter (purchased a couple of weeks ago at CVS with ECBs, of course) had been happily chewed to bits by our dog, Brownie:


This photo is from one of his prior frenzied moments (German Shorthair Pointers are bundles of energy); I imagine he looked much like this as he tossed my daughters fave new summer shoes around the living room and office.

So what's a mom to do?

Head back to CVS right away!

And so, rather than a picture of my purchase at CVS, I offer you this pseudo-MasterCard commercial moment:

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1 pair pink Croc-like summer clogs, on sale 25% off:

$5.99

Getting a replacement pair for FREE before my daughter discovered her new shoes had become new chews:

PRICELESS

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I did have to burn $7.00 in ECBs (I bought {2} candy bars as fillers for my sons) leaving me with only $5.00 in ECBs to flip in next week's deals.

Which brings me to my next point: I've been hosting Shopping Scenario Sunday here for about a month; as I've worked on changing this blog around a bit, I've been thinking of ways to improve everything and help people who are newbies to CVS, couponing, and living with a frugal mindset.

Starting tomorrow, Shopping Scenario Sunday will change!

Since rolling ECBs at CVS offers one of the best ways to start slashing your grocery/personal care/paper goods budget, I want to focus on helping newbies master the CVS system.

Instead of Shopping Scenario Sunday, I'll be hosting...

The $5.00 CVS Challenge!

Here's how it will work:

1. Come up with your best scenario/scenarios for the upcoming week at CVS using the current weekly ad, monthly deals, and coupons available. Your budget for Out of Pocket (OOP) expenses on the first transaction is only $5.00 (either cash OOP or ECBs on hand).

2. Using up to (3) scenarios (we don't want to overwhelm the newbies with too many transactions), offer up your best scenarios to "grow" that $5.00 into more ECBs to use in following weeks.

3. If you want to divide your $5.00 allowance over the three scenarios to make them work, that's fine!

4. Be sure to list coupons by inserts and/or with links to printables to make it easier for everyone to follow along.

Here's my reasons for coming up with The CVS $5.00 Challenge:

*The CVS ECB game can be tricky and intimidating to newbies who've never tried it or to those out there who are new to coupons in general.

*When starting the CVS ECB game, it's best to set a low OOP budget, like $5.00, and "grow" your ECBs over multiple transactions.

*Many of us are very experienced at the CVS ECB game; this is a chance to use that knowledge to help beginners throughout the blogosphere.

There you have it! A new way to play the CVS ECB game by helping newbies learn the ropes. And who knows - you just might be inspired yourself by some of the deals you find, too!

Come back tomorrow (Sunday 5/18) and look for The CVS $5.00 Challenge post; I may not have all the whiz-bang buttons done, but I'll have the Mr. Linky box ready and waiting for your great ideas!

**Want to get cracking on your deals? Check out Alyssa's preview of tomorrow's (5/18) coupons here; check out Taylor Town Preview, too.

Remember, coupons can and do vary by region and newspapers!**

As always, thanks for spending a few minutes of your day reading The New Frugal Mom, and...

Happy Savings!

4 comments:

Daphne said...

I can't wait to read this tomorrow! I've been wanting to jump into the CVS thing, but I've been reluctant, afraid I won't know what I'm doing.

christy p said...

YEAHHHHHH!!! I am on my second week of CVS-ing, and am looking forward to more tips. Yipeeee!

Lisa said...

I love the new look around here! And although I will miss seeing your great Kroger posts, I am excitted to read all about CVS!!! I have yet to try it out, being a little intimidated by the whole thing so this will help me out a great deal.
As always, thank you for all you do!

Marianne Thomas said...

Glad that everyone is excited about The $5.00 CVS Challenge!

CVS is a bit trickier to master these days as their $/$ coupons are harder to find.

To Lisa: I'll still be posting Kroger, Greater Cincinnati deals and coupon matchups! We all love going Krogering! And thanks for the compliment; the current design is a work in progress and I've still got a ways to go!