Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Diapers and Snacks, Oh My -- A Super CVS Shopping Trip

Thanks to the Grocery Game and fellow bloggers like Money Saving Mom and Be Thirfty Like Us, I found some great bargains and freebies at CVS this week. Used my coupons, took advantage of sales and rolled my ExtraCare bucks and spent just under $9 out of pocket for a trunkload of stuff. (Granted, my trunk is loaded down with a stroller, a bin of essential baby gear and my reusable grocery bags. But I still got a lot of stuff.)

Here's the breakdown of what I bought at two different stores, using two different ExtraCare cards in three different transactions.

Store 1, Transaction 1:

  • Venus Breeze Razor
  • Adidas Deodorant
  • Cheez It twin pack
Total cost: $20.98
Coupons redeemed: $4 off Venus Razor, $4.99 free deodorant from All You magazine, $3 off $15 CVS coupon (Thanks I Heart CVS!)
ECB Spent: $7.99
OOP: $1.39
ECB earned: $7.99

Store 1, Transaction 2:
  • 2 PlaySkool Jumbo Pack diapers (2/$19.99 plus used $2 off PlaySkool diapers coupon from Very Best Baby -- thanks Be Thrifty Like Us)
  • 3 cans of Pringles (used $0.30/3 coupon
  • Bounce dryer sheets (used $25. coupon)
  • 2 Pampers Baby Wipes (used $2/2 coupon)
  • 4.4 lb bag of Purina dog chow ($1.50 coupon)
  • 2 cans Gold Emblem Peanuts (BOGO)
  • Real Simple magazine ($1 coupon)
Total cost: $46.27
Coupons redeemed: In addition to those listed above, I had a CVS $3/$15 coupon)
ECB Spent: $33.98
OOP: $3.78
ECB earned: $0

Store 2, Transaction 1

  • 2 packages PlaySkool Diapers
  • 1 package Cheerios
Total cost: $21.98
Coupons redeemed: $2/2 PlaySkool diapers, CVS $3/$15. I had intended to use a $0.75 Cheerios coupon, but the store didn't have Fruity Cheerios and wouldn't take the coupon for another variety. But I decided we needed them anyway.
ECB Spent: $15
OOP: $3.72
ECB earned: $0

Total savings of about 90 percent. I'm new to this, so I'm tickled with the deals I got. And I still have ECB left -- only about $4.99, but still.

I'd love to hear your savings scenarios or your strategy for stretching your dollars and ECB further.


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