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Saturday, April 12, 2008

Shopping Scenario Sunday: CVS Looks VERY Hopeful!

It's SUNDAY! Time to praise, time to relax, and time to scour the weekly ads for the best deals out there!

Let's all join together, frugal faithful, and share our best, most hopeful shopping scenarios for the week!

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CVS looks very hopeful this week, Frugal Faithful!

This is what I see:

Buy (1) Ascensia Contour Blood Glucose Monitoring System, on sale for $14.99.

Earn $14.99 in ECBs (Limit 1 per card)

*use $30/1 Breeze2 or Contour Meter coupon from 03/16 SmartSource Sunday insert.

Get it for FREE with the coupon, earn back $14.99 in ECBs!

The last time CVS offered ECBs on meters that matched up to a coupon that made them free was in January of this year (if I'm remembering correctly). It was a monthly deal with a limit of (5) per card and they were priced at $19.99 earning $19.99 in ECBs.

I bought (4) - when I could find them as they flew off the shelves - and used CVS $50/1 coupons that were in a CVS Pharmacy publication (it pays to look around in stores). The first one I purchased with the coupon did gain me overage of $30 to use; the last three did not - the coupon was adjusted down to the purchase price.

This is an incredible deal either way and I'm sure the meters will disappear quickly again.


My Shopping Scenario:

Buy (1) meter, use $30/1 coupon in anticipation that it will be adjusted down to $14.99.

Buy $14.99 worth of other CVS goodies in the same transaction using current ECBs since I know that I'll earn $14.99 new ECBs on the meter!

Items I'm a-hunting for:

CVS Training Pants, B1G1 Free, $8.99 (Sir Screamsalot still needs these at night and this is a SUPER price!)

Arm & Hammer Liquid Laundry Detergent, 32 loads, B1G1 Free, ($5.99)

*printable $1.00/1 here

Milk, 1 Gallon, $2.99

CoverGirl Clean or TruBlend Foundation (excludes whipped), Concealer, Powder, Bronzer or Blush, B1G1Free, $4.99 - $9.49

*use B1G1 Free coupon from P&G insert 4/6 and get them BOTH FREE!

*I'll revise this post later to let you know how I did!*

**REVISED, 4/14/08, 11:00 AM EST**

WOW! I found the meter at CVS yesterday which meant I could work my best deal and not move onto Plan B.

Here's what I bought:

Transaction #1:

(1) Ascensia Contour Meter, $14.99

(2) Arm & Hammer Liquid Laundry Detergent, $5.99 ea, on sale B1G1FREE

(1) Gallon Milk, $2.99

(2) Benefiber Chewables, $6.99 ea

Coupons used:

$30/1 Meter, adjusted down to $14.99

$1.00/1 Arm & Hammer

(2) $2.00/Benefiber Chewables

Total Cost after sales and coupons: $17.96

ECBs used: $5.00

Gift Card Balance Used: $9.49

OOP Cash Paid: $4.45

ECBs Earned: $24.99

Transaction #2:

(2) CVS Training Pants, $8.49 ea, on sale B1G1Free

(1) Gallon Milk, $2.99

Total Cost: $11.48

ECBs used: $10.00 (earned in Transaction #1 on {2} Benefibers)

OOP Cash Paid: $1.98

I bought some much needed things for my family, paid only $6.43 OOP cash, and still have the $14.99 ECBs earned on the meter to rollover into another great deal!

AND, if you're wondering what I'll do with the meter, I'll do what I did with the meters I bought during the January ECB deal: donate it to Goodwill. I urge you to donate yours locally, too.

FYI: I did attempt to buy (2) CoverGirls (on sale B1G1Free) with the B1G1 Free coupon from the P&G insert 4/6 to get BOTH for FREE: IT DID NOT WORK.

You could still swing a great deal on the CG B1G1Free sale by using (2) of the $2.00/1 CG coupons availabe in the CVS Reinventing Beauty Coupon book.


Now it's your turn! Cook up your best, most hopeful Shopping Scenario and share it here with the Frugal Faithful.

Come back and comment after you've shopped your deal and let us know if it worked, if the store was out of stock, or if any of your coupons didn't work.

Let's share our knowledge and help each other out so that we can be frugal with both our money and our time!

Super Savings Saturday: Walgreens Beat CVS This Week!

I'm late to the linkage over at Money Saving Mom's Super Savings Saturday, so here goes!


As all you frugal faithful out there know, Walgreens released one of it's rare $5/$20 coupons for one day only, Friday, April 11, 2007. I didn't have much time to cook up a Super Deal and I'm still waiting for my current rebate from March to credit to my Easy Saver Rebate gift card which meant no free money to play with at Walgreens.

Instead of using the $5/$20 coupon to increase my Easy Saver Rebates or Register Rewards, I used it to buy some much needed, easy-to-clean (our yard is a sea of mud right now), springtime footwear for myself and two of my three sweetiepies!

For $16.50, I bought:

(2) boxes of Fla-Vor-Ice (and instant SuperAwesomeMommy status with The Royal Monkeys), $1.00 ea = $2.00

(1) pr flip-flops for my daughter, $1.99

(1) pr fake Crocs for myself -they're a child's size 5 but fit my woman's 7.5 feet perfectly, $6.99

(1) bag M&Ms (filler to reach the $20 before tax so the coupon would work; also an incentive to persuade The Royal Monkeys that getting along in the back seat of the van can be a rewarding experience), $0.69

and these:

(1) pr fake Crocs (with Velcro straps! Safer!) for my wee Prince Tatertot who has worn them round-the-clock since I pulled the tags off in the van, $8.99.

Could I have done more with that super $5/$20 coupon? I'm sure I could have! But again, I aim to be frugal with my time as well as my money. I simply didn't have the time to calculate a super deal and hunt down the coupons, nor did I have any extra time on Friday where I could squeeze in a solo-shopping trip without my three kids.

I'm still very happy to have gotten some great mud shoes for Prince Tatertot and myself (Princess Pinky already has a pair) for a great price; too bad they didn't have toddler sizes for Sir Screamsalot!


I hit Walgreens again this afternoon on my way to the Y for a little mental downtime and exercise.

For $2.48, I bought all this:

(3) boxes of Kleenex; (2) cube boxes priced at $1.99 ea and (1) long box priced at $0.99 ea

*used weekly ad coupon, $0.89/box

*used Sunday insert coupon, $0.50/3 boxes

(3) packs Extra Gum, $1.19 ea

*used weekly ad coupon, 3/$2.00

*used Easy Saver (April Book) coupon, $0.99/3 packs

*used Sunday insert coupon, B1G1Free coupon

(1) Zantac 150 Cool Mint 8 pk, $4.99

*used printable $5.00/any 1 Zantac Cool Mint; find it here.

Alas, if only my Easy Saver Rebate bucks had already been credited to my card!

Walgreens offered some great opportunities to cook up deals this week. But it's so important to remember that it's not a great deal if you don't need it and/or you have to bust your budget to buy it.


I did swing through my CVS a couple of times this week, mostly for the chance to earn some ECBs while buying free milk.

This transaction:
(2) CoverGirl TruBlend Whipped Foundations, $9.49 ea

*used Sunday P&G insert coupon, B1G1Free

*used CVS Beauty coupon, $2.00/1 CoverGirl

(1) Chef Boyardee 4 pack (these are in the upcoming week ad; my CVS had them on the shelf already), $4.99

(1) Gallon of milk, $3.29

I paid with $14.97 in ECBs and also paid $1.07 cash oop. I earned back $12.oo in ECBs on the CoverGirl TruBlend Whipped (an April ECB deal, good all month) and $1.00 in ECBs on the Chef Boyardee.

I lost $2.00 in ECBs overall on the deal. I'm fine with that as I still have about $15.oo in ECBs to work with next week (which looks very promising!).

This is the great thing about mastering how to rollover your ECBs at CVS - even in weeks where you don't really need much other than basics like milk or household items, you can usually find a deal that will earn you new ECBs and get what you need for free or nearly free.


My final tally:

Retail Cost (with tax) of all the goodies above: $65.44

What I Paid in Cash (with tax): $21.46

Total Savings: $43.98 or 67%

ECBs earned at CVS: $13.00

I hope you saved even more than I did this week on your shopping trips! Check out the linkage at Money Saving Mom's Super Savings Saturday for more great deals from the frugal faithful!