Today was full of blessings. First, I was really happy about the fantastic deals I got at CVS this morning. Then, I had an answered prayer later this afternoon that was a cause of celebration! :)
So anyways, I just want to share my super buys from CVS today. I still can't believe I actually only paid $26.04 total for all these awesome stuff! It's like I went shopping at the dollar store, except I got all the expensive brands! :)
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So here's how I approached my CVS purchases today. First, I checked the CVS Sunday ad paper insert yesterday so I can plan my shopping trip accordingly. I found out that they have this great promo this week where you earn an instant $10 CVS gift card when you buy $30 worth of eligible merchandise in one transaction. I found some grocery items I needed that were eligible for this deal and bought those today.
The first thing I do when I enter a CVS store is to scan my CVS Extra Care Bucks card (ECB or reward card) at the CVS scanning machine for coupons. Today, it gave me an instant $2 ECB dollars to use for my first purchase! :)
So, here are the ways I saved money at CVS today:
(5) Rembrandt toothpaste, on sale for $3.99 each = Total: $19.95
Used (3) $5 Rembrandt Toothpaste/2 coupon HERE or HERE
Used another (1) $2 Rembrandt Toothpaste/1 HERE or HERE
(1) Quilted Northern 12 pack Bathroom Tissue @ $7.00
Used my FREE $2 ECB that I got from the machine
Total without coupons: $26.95
Total after coupons: $9.95 + $1.25 tax= $11.20 Total paid
Get FREE $10 CVS gift card!
*I did a bad Math here thinking I already had a $30 total at check out, so when the cashier rang up the total and I was ready to pay, it wouldn't generate the FREE $10 CVS gift card. But the store manager was really nice! She did something to the cash register and yup, I got my FREE $10 CVS gift card! So, I would have needed $3.00 more to complete this $30 transaction. Also, I accidentally gave the cashier my other $5 Rembrandt coupon so that took my total out of pocket down to $11.20! I didn't realize this until I got back to my car and re-checked my receipts. It got me thinking: this mistake might have done something to my "accidental savings" on Transaction #2! Blessing in disguise. :)
(2) All Free detergent, 50 oz, 32 loads on sale for 2/$8 = $8.00
(1) medium box of Kleenex facial tissue = $.99 cents
Total + sales tax= $9.44
Total left on this gift card: $0.68
Used my FREE $10 CVS gift card from Transaction #1
*Big surprise!!! My 2nd transaction triggered another FREE $10 CVS gift card at check out. Accidental savings! So not only I got the three items above totally free, I also walked out of the store with an extra FREE $10 CVS gift card for my next purchase! Sweet!
Since I really, really liked the Rembrandt toothpaste deal and I still have coupons to use for them, I went to another CVS near our house and used my $10 gift card, plus paid an extra $14.84 total for other stuff I needed.
(3) Rembrandt Toothpaste @ $3.99 each = $11.97
Used the same $5/2 and $2/1 Rembrandt Toothpaste coupons like I did on my 1st transaction = $7.00 worth of coupons
(2) Finish Jet Dry Rinse Agent @ 2/$7 in-store deal = $7.00
(2) Johnson & Johnson baby bubble bath and wash on sale @ 2/$6 = $6.00
(2) Johnson & Johnson vanilla oatmeal baby wash on sale @ 2/$6 = $6.00
Used a total of $10.68 CVS gift cards from my 1st and 2nd transaction
Total without coupons and gift card: $30.97
Total with coupons and gift card : $14.84 (including tax)
Get FREE $10 CVS Gift Card
(2) All Stain Lifter laundry detergent, 50 oz, 32 loads on sale for 2/$8 = $8.00
(1) Palmolive Soft Touch dish detergent = $.99
Total: $9.44 (including tax)
Used my FREE $10 CVS gift card from 3rd Transaction
Total = FREE!
Total items purchased: 21 items
Total without coupons and gift cards: $76.80
Total paid after coupons and gift cards = $26.04 (add 1st and 3rd transactions)
Total cost per item = only $1.24!
*Note: Coupons.com and Rembrandt.com will allow you to print one coupon twice, so you should get (4) $5 coupons and another (4) $2 coupons from one computer. Enjoy the savings! Please feel free to comment on this post if you have anything to share about your recent CVS deal shopping! I will appreciate all your feedbacks!
(Thanks, Wild For CVS for the deal scenarios!)
About the Author: Jocelyn Cañasa-Brown is a working mom of two boys and is a recognized blogger and mom influencer in the Washington, DC area. In her spare time, she designs and creates her own handmade jewelry, maintains her jewelry store on Artfire and is an active moms group organizer and leader both online and offline. Hip Mama's Place was nominated for Parents 2011 Best All-Around Mom Blog and named one of the Highest Rated Blogs and Sites on Nickelodeon ParentsConnect for the Washington, DC area. Follow Jocelyn on Twitter and/or Facebook.