How I Spent $14.28 for $99 in Items at CVS + Got Back $14.99 in ECBs!!

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There is currently a CVS Store Coupon available on their Facebook wall that will save you $5 Off a $40 Purchase! Well, I was sharing on Facebook how I really got organized to take advantage of this savings and make a great deal happen. It is a great week because there are tons of really good “essentials” that will help you get to $40. I don’t like the thought of spending $40 unless it is for things my family really needs.

In case you don’t know me yet, I have a family of 6 so all of the items will come in handy VERY quickly in this household. I don’t think this is an example of extreme couponing because I do not have any huge stockpiles in my house – items go on sale so much that by the time I run out, there will be another sale and don’t worry! I did not clear out any shelves as you can see :)

Anyways, there was an overwhelming call from everyone on our Facebook Page to share my transactions so people can see how I made the purchases and I think I did a pretty good job, but as always, we are discussing it on Facebook or you can leave a comment here and we will try and help you out!!

Here Goes…..

1st Transaction: I wanted to spend $40 to use the $5 Off $40 from the CVS Facebook Store Coupon Offer so I bought the following:

2 Herbal Essences Shampoo = 2/$5.49
Less: (2) $1 Off Mfg. Coupon from the P&G Mailer (it was available previously on Facebook and through a Insert Promotion)
2 Herbal Essences Conditioner = 2/$5.49
Less: (1) $1 Off Mfg. Coupon from the P&G Mailer (it was available previously on Facebook and through a Insert Promotion)
2 Tide w/ Febreze 48-64 Loads = $21.98 (for both)
Less: $1 Off Mfg. Coupon from the P&G Mailer (it was available previously on Facebook and through a Insert Promotion)
Less: $1 Off Mfg. Coupon from the P&G Everyday Savings Coupon Booklet (from the P&G Everyday Solutions website)

****The Items Above were enough spent before coupons for the Spend $30 in P&G products and Get $10 ECBs Promotion in the ad****

1 Pantene Shampoo + 1 Pantene Conditioner = 2/$6.97
Less: $2 Off Mfg. Coupon from the P&G Everyday Savings Coupon Booklet (from the P&G Everyday Solutions website)
Less: $1 Off Mfg. Coupon from the P&G Mailer (it was available previously on Facebook and through a Insert Promotion)

****The Pantene Deal was buy 2 and you get back $2 in ECBs****

1 Oral B Toothbrush = $2.99
Less: $2/1 Oral-B Products 4/3/2011 P&G Insert (exp 4/30/2011)

****The Oral B Deal was Buy 1 Oral B Toothbrush and you get back $.99 in ECBs****

Although I listed all of the coupons right under the items like we do in the match ups, when you are using a CVS Store Coupon REMEMBER that your total of $40 is BEFORE any coupons are deducted :)

Sooooo….. I am an established CVS’er, which means I usually have ECBs to “Roll” from one week to the next. Rolling is when you take the previous week’s ECB’s and use them on new purchases that will also reward you with NEW ECBs.

*****Here’s how I paid for this first transaction*****

ECBs from last week: $17.49 (I actually scanned my ECBs card at the Red Coupon Machine when I got there and my quarterly rewards came out for $3!!)
Mfg. Coupons: $10
Store Coupons: $5 Off $40

NOW: You should hand your coupons in this order:
Total: $42.94 + Tax
#1: CVS Store Coupons for $$ Off Your Purchase
Less: $5 Off $40 CVS Store Coupon
New Total: $37.92
#2: Mfg. Coupons – Both Printable and from the Sunday Inserts
Less: $10 for the (8) Mfg. Coupons in varying amounts for each of the items Purchase
New Total: $27.92
#3: ECBs from Previous Purchases
Less: $17.49 in ECBs from last week
Final Total OOP: $10.43 + Tax

So I paid $12.53 after Tax and then that’s when the cheering should commence because I got back $12.99 in ECBs from the qualifying purchases mentioned above. So even though I paid $12.53 – I got back $12.99 :)

*****Moving on to Transaction #2*****
Why did I break up the transaction instead of making one large transaction?

I wanted to come out of pocket less money and continue to Roll my ECBs from one purchase to the next. That way you don’t end up with a HUGE amount of ECBs that you are always trying to use before the expiration date, but at the same time, you also don’t come out of pocket (OOP) that much!

For this purchase I actually had an additional CVS Store Coupon for $5 Off $25 that they had sent to my email. These are card specific and if you would like them too, make sure that your card is registered with your email address on the CVS website.

I bought the following in Transaction #2:

1 Complete Multi-purpose Solution = $8.99 (there is a $1 Off Mfg. Coupon out there but sadly, I did not have it)

****The Complete Solution Deal was buy 1 and you get back $8.99 in ECBs****

1 John Frieda Shampoo Root Awakening = $5
Less: $2/1 John Frieda Product 3/6/2011 SS Insert (exp 4/30/2011)
1 John Frieda Conditioner = $5
Less: $2/1 John Frieda Root Awakening Hair Care Product

****The Items Above were for the JF Deal Spend $10 in John Frieda products and Get $3 ECBs Promotion in the ad****

(2) Right Guard Body Wash = $3.88 each for a total of $7.76
Less: B1G1 Right Guard Products 3/13/2011 RP Insert (exp 4/10/2011)

****The Right Guard Deal was buy 1 and you get back $3 in ECBs and it was a limit of 1****

Here’s how I paid for this first transaction:

ECBs from First Transaction: $12.99
Mfg. Coupons: $7.88
Store Coupons: $5 Off $25

NOW: You should hand your coupons in this order:
Total: $26.75 + Tax
#1: CVS Store Coupons for $$ Off Your Purchase
Less: $5 Off $25 CVS Store Coupon
New Total: $21.75
#2: Mfg. Coupons – Both Printable and from the Sunday Inserts
Less: $7.88 for the (3) Mfg. Coupons in varying amounts for each of the items Purchase
New Total: $13.87
#3: ECBs from Previous Purchases
Less: $12.99 in ECBs from last week
Final Total OOP: $.88 + Tax

So I paid $1.75 after Tax and then that’s when then standing ovation should now happen because I got back $14.99 in ECBs from the qualifying purchases mentioned above to spend on next week’s sales items!!!!

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