So, after that successful trip, with a few more ECBs in my hands, and a few leftovers set to expire this week, I couldn't wait to get my paws on this week's CVS ad. I stopped by the store last night, and this is what I came away with.
- Pantene was on sale 2/$7. If you bought 2, you could get $2 ECB. I had $1 coupons for one of their new varieties. So, I used 4 coupons and got 4 bottles. $14 for the sale price, minus $4 in coup's, minus $4 in ECB returned to me, equals $6 for 4 bottles of Pantene. That equals $1.50 per bottle. Not too shabby for Pantene.
- Dry Idea was on sale for $2.99 and you could get $2 ECB in return. I had a $2 coupon that I printed from a link I got at Money Saving Mom. That made my deodorant FREE, plus OVERAGE! That means that they basically PAID ME to take the deodorant.
- True North Nuts were on sale 2/$6, with some varieties on clearance for $1.75. Quaker oatmeal and granola bars were on sale 2/$5. If you bought a combined total of $15 worth of products, you got $5 ECB. I bought two of the full-price nuts, and one of the clearance nuts, along with 3 boxes of granola bars. (Side note: the nuts are OK with South Beach, the granola bars are for Shawn's lunch - I'm not a big fan of granola bars, so there isn't much danger of me snatching one.) So, if you're following along at home, that's $15.25 in product. I had three $1 coup's for the nuts, and one $1 coup for the bars, which brings the price down to $11.25, but since CVS bases their ECBs on the pre-coupon price, I still got my $5 ECB back. That means I got 3 packs of nuts and 3 boxes of granola bars for $6.25, or something like $1.04 per package.
- Irish Spring was on a three day sale. It was $4.99, and you got $4.99 back in ECB. There was a coupon in Sunday's paper, but in my area it was for $1 off two bottles. That would have made the product CHEAP, not FREE. Considering that Shawn already has an impressive stash of body wash, thanks to CVS-ing, and considering that FREE is better than CHEAP, I skipped the coupon.
- BandAid and Neosporin products were on sale for various prices, but if you spent $7 you could get $3 back in ECB. I had two $1 coupons for BandAid products. I tried to do this one as absolutely cheaply as possible. I got one box of SpongeBob BandAids and one box of Hello Kitty BandAids, for $3.59 each. So, $7.18 at sale price, minus $2 in coups, minus $3 in ECB, equals $2.18 for the two boxes, or $1.09 each. And yes, I am cool enough to sport a SpongeBob or Hello Kitty BandAid.
- Dove products were on sale for various prices, and they also had the "buy $15 worth, get $5 ECB" promotion. Shampoo and conditioner were $4 each, and I had two coupons for $1 off any Dove haircare product, as well as two coupons for $1.50 off any Dove conditioner. So, I got two shampoos and two conditioners, for a total of $16, minus $5 in coupons, minus $5 in ECB, for a result of $6 for four bottles, or $1.50 each. Very good for Dove haircare products.
Anyway, the final tally was that the total of my purchases was $60-65.
My coupons brought that down to something like $35-40.
My ECB that I was redeeming dropped it to $20.65.
I then used two $10 gift cards that I got thru MyPoints (which I will write about in another post - Promise!!).
I gave the cashier 65 cents. That's the only cash I put out for all of that. And in return, I got $24 in ECB and a receipt that was longer than I am tall. When the kid was pulling my receipt and it just get coming. and coming. and coming. he said that it must have been some kind of a new record.
I just laughed and said, "That's how I get 60-some-odd dollars worth of stuff for 65 cents!!"