Archive for December, 2008
I have a friend I’ll be helping with CVSing this week. I thought I’d post some newbie deals…starting with no ECB’s and just coupons from the internet or yesterdays Sunday paper. Then I figure I’ll show what I’ll be getting so you can see how you will be able to work deals as you get better CVS coupons, a larger stash of MQ’s, and grow those ECB’s!
Newbie Transaction #1
2 Nature Bounty Vitamin D 4.49 (BOGO) (earns 3 ECBs)
2 Colgate Total 5.98 (earns 4 ECB’s)
2 Pantene shampoo, conditioner, or styler 7.00 (earns 2 ECBs)
New Subtotal: $4.47 + tax
ECB’s earned: 9.00
Newbie Transaction #2 (this only works if you have a nice friend, like me, who will give you coupons from her stash! Or if you can find a December All You magazine still lurking about at Walmart)
1 Schick Quattro razor 8.99 (earns 5 ECBs)
2 Pantene shampoo or conditioner 7.00 (earns 2 ECBs)
$3/$15 CVS coupon (ymmv, some managers will only let you use one of these a day. You could do this transaction at another time this week if that’s the case. My managers will let me use these two or three times in a row.)
$4.00 Schick Quattro from December All You Magazine
$3.00 Pantene (P&G 12/28/08)
4.00 ECBs from Transaction #1
2.00 ECBs from Transaction #1 (adjusted down to 1.99)
New subtotal: $0 (you will have to pay tax)
ECB’s earned: 7.00
Summary of two transactions:
Total OOP: $4.47
ECB’s to roll:10.00
Now, here’s a dealio where you can see how things may change after collecting those coupons for awhile, taking advantage of the coupons printed on CRT’s and from the scanner machine at CVS and a fairly decent supply of ECB’s already. I’m starting with $24.55 in ECB’s (I blew quite a few buying last minute gifts at CVS. Next year, I hope to be better prepared and not have to do that. I had $80.00 in ECBs! Yikes!)
I plan on doing one transaction because I have a $10/$50 coupon and think this is a pretty good time to use it, since there are several moneymaker deals this week.
2 Colgate Total 5.98 (4 ECBs earned)
1 Schick Quattro 8.99 (5 ECBs earned)
2 Blade energy drinks
2 Nature’s Bounty Vitamin D 4.49 (BOGO) (3 ECBs earned)
2 Pantene shampoo/conditioner 7.00 (2 ECBs earned)
2 Thermacare patches 13.98 (4 ECBs earned)
2 Oil of Olay face wipes 11.24 (BOGO50%)
Coupons to use:
$10/50 CVS coupon (CRT)
2 $1.50 Colgate MQ
1 $4.00 Schick Quattro MQ (December All You Magazine)
1 $2.00 any Blade (CVS coupon)
2 $2.00 Nature’s Bounty MQ
1 $3.00/2 Pantene MQ (P&G 12/28/08)
1 $1.00 /1 Pantene MQ (P&G 11/30/08)(ymmv-my CVS allows this)
2 $1.50 Thermacare MQ (P&G 11/30/08)
1 $2.50/$10 Pain Relief CVS coupon (will work with Thermacare)
1 $5.00 Oil of Olay MQ (P&G 12/14/08)
6.00 ECB (from last week)
4.00 ECB (from last week)
5.98 ECB (from last week)
New Total:$.20 (I’ll be using a gift card for this.)
ECB’s earned: $18.00
Rebate: $15 Oil of Olay
Total value of products: $61.92
Total OOP: $.20 + tax
Total ECB’s earned: $18.00
Total rebates: $15.00
I love me some Bath and Body Works. As a teenager, my friends and I would spend most of the money we earned in this store and I obviously haven’t gotten much better…except now I know how to get more for the tons of money I seem to be willing to dole out!
Anyway, here’s what I got: (I did two transactions, but I’m putting it all together here.)
(Sorry for the fuzzy picture. I’m so ready to get a good camera. Maybe in February…that’s the current plan.)
2 black Little Lambies (coupon here) $8.00 each
1 boxed set of six lotions $20.00
4 pair of lounge socks $3.75 each (on sale 50% off)
2 cosmetic bags $10.00 each
1 Lambie gift set with mask, pillow mist, and aromatherapy roll on $10.00 (on sale 50% off)
1 Lambie sleep mask $5.00 (on sale 50% off)
8 various sample lotions and scrubs 4/$10
Used 2 Free lambie with any purchase (they only had two left in the store and they were black…I really wanted a white and gray one as well…sigh)
Got free lotion sampler for spending $40
Got a free cosmetic case for buying the 4/$10 samples (did this twice)
Total spent: $50 + tax
And took care of lots of Christmas! And got some socks I’ve been dying for! WooHoo!
I also scored some coupons for my next visit! $10 off $30! Which means, I’ll be back!
I’m turning into a huge freebie junkie! I’ve learned that some of the best coupons come from free samples in the mail, so I often sign up for every freebie I can find. It makes mail time so much fun. I’m often getting tubes of toothpaste, feminine products, razors, and granola in the mail. Not to mention great coupons.
Today was a fun freebie day though. I got a $10 CVS gift card, a $15 off a purchase at ftd.com (both from My Points, which, if you don’t do you should. Please email me if you are interested.), a $10 off Victoria Secrets reward, and a free mini loaf pan from Easy Bake Ware (I did pay $1 shipping)!
If you count all the free things I got at KMart and CVS this morning I’ve really racked up today!
I love free stuff!
Isn’t it disappointing to wake up from really, really great dreams?
Like dreams where you own a dress that will magically make you look like Audrey Hepburn?
Then you wake up and realize that nothing you ever own could make you look like Audrey Hepburn? And it’s cold and you’re running late for work.
Kinda makes you want to go back to bed.
I have weird dreams…
But good dreams…while they last.