It’s been awhile since I’ve shared a shopping trip with you. This is the one I ran last night, 8/2/11 at CVS. I realized I had $14.98 in ECBs expiring that day and while ours usually lets you use them after they expire it’s a “that can change any day” policy. I didn’t want to risk losing out.
Here’s what I ended up finding:
~Hershey’s Air Delight Candy Bar – Used Free Coupon (No longer available)
~Crest Pro-Health Rinse $4.99 – Used $2 Off from 7/31 PG Insert – Earned $1 ECB
~Oral B Power Toothbrush $5.99 – Used $3 Off from 7/31 PG Insert – Earned $1 ECB
~Gilette Pro-Fusion Razor $9.99 – Used $4 Off from 7/31 PG Insert – Earned $5 ECB
~Colgate Sensitive Toothpaste $4.99 – Used $1.50 Off from 7/31 SS Insert – Earned $3 ECB
~2 Skinny Cow Candies @ $.99 each – Used BOGO Skinny Cow Coupon – (Also coupon in 7/31/11 inserts) Earned $.99 ECB
~Listerine Whitening Rinse on Clearance for $1.99 – Used $1 Off Listerine Printable Coupon
~2 Dawn Dish Soaps for $.99 each – Used 2 – $.49 Off Coupon from 7/31 PG Inserts
FINAL PRICE = $3.44 + $2.43 Tax = $5.87 out-of-pocket after my coupons and ECBs. I earned $10.99 in ECBs to use on future purchases. I was so upset with myself for forgetting my CVS Bag Tag that I had earned a few months ago during that free deal.
I also scanned my card at the machine and earned a Free Kotex U Panty Liner 8 ct coupon (they were out of stock so I didn’t pick them up yet) and a $3 Off $10 in Cosmetics Purchase Coupon.
You’ll notice that I broke out my totals to show you tax. The reason I did this is so you can see that even items that are “free after ECBs” cost you in the long run. So always make sure you are buying items that you need or want to donate. A few dollars in tax here and there can add up to a lot at the end of the year for items you are buying just to buy.
This trip was quickly planned. My first instinct was to just head over and work out some deals while I was there as it was late when I realized my ECBs would expire but I did one of my “quick planning” sessions. I thought I’d share in case you guys need a quick trip with not much planning time for whatever reason.
The first thing I do is head to my blog friends Lori and Alli that type up CVS Deals. They are both great deal-finders and I like to always check two blogs as sometimes one will find something the other won’t.
I open up a Microsoft Word blank document. As I’m scanning their blogs, I’ll do a copy/paste on the deals that interest me. I copy the whole scenario for that item as it will include where I can find my coupon if I haven’t clipped coupons that week. (If it includes a printable I don’t have, I print it right away.) When I’m all done, I scan the document to see how much my total is and then whittle it down to what I want to spend if it’s over. I print it off and then I write next to each item the price after coupon. This way, if something’s out of stock in the store, I can quickly re-total without having to do all the subtracting again. I put a grand total of what I think I’ll end up spending and a total of ECBs I’ll earn. It really goes quick and I have a great shopping list at the store in just a few minutes. I find all my coupons and paper clip them to the sheet so I can check my coupon requirements as I find each product–or pull out any I can’t use if the items aren’t in stock.
Hoping you are finding some great deals this week, too!