Sunday, December 5, 2010

Super Savings @ CVS - How I spent $0.20 on items worth $62.22!

I'm going on the Backstreet Boys cruise soon. It's my first time on a cruise so I want to make sure I don't get motion sickness. I've heard Dramamine and Bonine are great for motion sickness. I decided to get both just in case one doesn't work then at least I'll have a back up.

To prepare for my Dramamine and Bonine purchase, on Friday I rolled the Extra Care Bucks (ECBs) I have. The act of rolling ECBs means using ECBs I have on a product or products that produce ECBs which essentially makes the product or products free or almost free. The purpose of rolling is to have ECBs to use for future purchases and to also accumulate additional ECBs.

This week at CVS, the Complete Multipurpose Contact Solution is $9.99 plus get back $9.99 ECBs which if you already have $9.99 ECBs makes it almost free (tax still has to be paid).

Another product that gets ECBs this week is Blink Gel Drops. The price is $9.99 get back $4.00 ECBs. I made this deal better because I had a rain check for this product and on the box there was a $4.00 off coupon. The rain check brought the Blink's price down to $7.99 minus the $4.00 off coupon making it $3.99. Then it produced $4.00 ECBs and with the rain check I had, I got $8 ECBs, so it's like I profited $8.01 after the coupons and discounts.

In December, AZO, a product for feminine itch is priced at $6.99 get back $5 ECBs. There's a $2.00 off AZO coupon from their website so the price becomes $4.99 and get back $5.00 ECBs. It's almost free since tax still has to be paid.

I signed up for a free Ghirardelli Luxe Milk Chocolate coupon when they were giving them away a few months ago. The value of the coupon is $3.99. This week Ghirardelli Luxe Milk Chocolates are buy 2 for $8.00. Plus I got a $1.00 off when you spend $5.00 or more on Ghirardelli chocolate from CVS' in store coupon center.

Here's a rundown of my savings:

-1 AZO wipes x $6.99 each = $6.99
-1 Complete Contact Solution x $9.99 each = $9.99
-1 Blink Drops x $7.99 each with rain check = $7.99
-2 Ghirardelli Luxe Milk Chocolates x $4.00 each = $8.00

Total without coupons and 9.25% CA tax: $35.28

Coupons I used:

-$5.00 off a $30.00 purchase
-$0.99 Extra Care Bucks
-$2.99 Extra Care Bucks
-$4.99 Extra Care Bucks
-$6.99 Extra Care Bucks
-$1.00 off $5.00 or more Ghirardelli purchase
-$2.00 off an AZO product
-$4.00 off a Blink product
-$3.99 off a Ghirardelli Luxe Milk Chocolate

Total after coupons and CA 9.25% tax: $2.98 but I had a CVS gift card I used to cover the remaining $2.98 total. It's like I got everything for free!

I got back $9.99 ECBs from the Complete Multipurpose Solution, $4.00 ECBs from the Blink, $8.00 ECBs from the Blink rain check I had, and $5.00 ECBs from getting the AZO. I got back a total of $26.99 in ECBs!

Now that I rolled my ECBs, I planned a second transaction for Saturday so that I can get the Dramamine and Bonine for motion sickness.

Here is what I got:

-1 Bonine x $4.79 each = $4.79
-1 Dramamine x $5.89 each = $5.89
-2 AZO Itch Relief Creams x $6.99 each = $13.98

Total without coupons and 9.25% CA tax: $26.94

Coupons I used:

-$4.00 off a $20.00 purchase
-$3.99 Extra Care Bucks
-$4.00 Extra Care Bucks
-$5.98 Extra Care Bucks
-$2.69 Extra Care Bucks (adjusted down from $2.99)
-$2.00 off an AZO product
-$2.00 off an AZO product

Total with coupons and 9.25% CA tax: $1.91 but I had $1.71 on a CVS gift card so I used that and only had to pay $0.20!

I also got back $10.00 ECBs from getting 2 AZO products which gives $5.00 ECBs when you buy 1 AZO product.

$35.28 Friday CVS trip + $26.94 Saturday CVS trip = $62.22 full price of 2 CVS trips without coupons, ECBs, and gift card

$62.22 full price of 2 CVS trips - $0.20 out of pocket expense = $62.02 full price eliminated with coupons, ECBs, and gift card

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