Monday, May 12, 2008

CVS Shopping 5/12/08

Over $157
for only $5.24.

(click on photo for full view)

(And I'm getting a $20.00 rebate!)

Tonight I had a great shopping trip at CVS! I am so thankful for the $3 off $15 coupons. They really helped me to get some great deals. I did 7 transactions for a total OOP of 5.24.

I started the night with 8.37 in ECB's. Also I did not count what I saved on the Blood Glucose Monitor because I only bought them because they made me money. My total savings would have been over $280. with them.

To help you build your own deals I've highlighted in RED the filler items. You might not need wipes - you can fill in what you need. I've provided the net price (what I paid AFTER the coupons) that way you can fill in with what you have. Just make sure you spend $15 on each transaction before any coupons so you can use the oh-so-wonderful $3 off $15.

Transaction #1-------------------
2 Kellogg's Smart Start Cereal 2/5.00 (net filler 2.00)
1 Colgate Total Advance 2.99
3 CVS Loratadin Allergy - 5 count 3.79ea.


$3 off 15
$3 off 10 CVS brand purchase - printed from scanner at store
$3 off Smart Start (thanks Crystal)
$1 off Colgate

8.37 ECB
.99 Cash

Received 11.37 + 2.00 ECB

Transaction #2

Colgate Total Advance 2.99
2 Adidas Deodorant 4.99 ea
2 Huggies Natural Care Wash Cloths 1.75 ea
1 Huggies Natural Care Baby Wipes 1.99
1 Reese's Big Cup (filler) .50 (net fillers 2.49)


$3 off 15
$2.00 off Huggies (from mail?)
$1.00 off Huggies Baby care
$.50 off Huggies Wipes
$1.00 off Colgate

11.37 ECB (from last purchase)
.41 Cash

Receive 9.98 + 2.00 ECB

Transaction #3
1 Colgate Total Advance 2.99
1 Schick Intuition Plus Razor 8.88
1 Huggies Baby Wipes 1.99
2 Glade Air Freshener Spray .97 ea (net fillers .50 - 1.50)


$3 off 15
$4.00 off Shick Razor
B1G1 (-.97) Glade
$1.00 off glade
$.50 off Huggies Wipes

4.00 ECB (Use the 2 $2.00 ECB's)
1.23 Cash

Receive 6.00 + 2.00 ECB

Transaction #4
2 Colgate 360 Toothbrushes 3.99 ea
1 Colgate Total Advance Toothpaste 2.99
2 Milk 2.79 ea (net fillers 5.58)


$3 off $15
$1.00 off Colgate Toothbrush
$1.00 off Colgate Toothbrush
$1.50 off Colgate Toothpaste

9.98 ECB (From Transaction #2)
.07 Cash

Receive 2.00 + 7.98 ECB

Transaction #5
1 Freestyle Lite Blood Glucose Monitor 10.00
1 Adidas Deodorant 4.99
2 Huggies Clean Team 1.99 ea (net fillers .05+)

$3 off $15
$3.00 off Huggies Clean team

11.98 ECB (2.00 + 2.00 + 7.98)
1.27 Cash

Receive 10.00 + 4.99 ECB

Transaction #6
1 Freestyle Lite Blood Glucose Monitor $10.00
2 Huggies Clean Team 1.99 ea
1 Huggies Wipes 1.99 (net fillers 2.97)


$3 off $15
$3 off 2 Huggies Clean team

10.00 ECB (Adjusted to 9.97)
.21 Cash

Receive 10.00 ECB

Transaction #7
3 CVS Brand Supreme Diapers B2 G1 17.98


$3 off $15
$3 off $10 CVS Brand purchase (printed off scanner at store)

11.99 ECB (6.00 + 4.99)
1.06 Cash

Receive 10.00 ECB (to use next week!) OOPS - Correction! I meant to say you still have 10.00 ECB to use next week. (I think my brain cells turned to oatmeal after figuring those deals!) (Thanks Vicky!)


Also the 2 Blood Glucose Monitors have rebates so I will get $20.00 back from them making tonight a net gain of $14.34.

If you see anything that doesn't look right let me know! Happy Shopping!


S.B. said...

Wow - so impressive! I haven't picked up the monitors for this month yet, but you've given me some inspiration.

Candace said...

Thanks! It takes me a while to put the deals together but I would have to work all week at a part-time job to make what I save out of our budget!

Vicky said...

Hi Candace,

I followed your link from MSM website - are the CVS diapers earning ECB's? I don't see them in the May ECB book, but I didn't know if they were a weekly item. The reason I ask is b/c I have one in diapers and one on the way in September so I am stocking up and CVS is the way to do it! :)

You can email me at VickyO664 (at) gmail (dot) com, or leave me a comment at my blog. Thanks a lot! :)

Candace said...

The CVS diapers are not earning any ECB's but are Buy 2 Get 1 free. They are priced at 8.99 ea. at my CVS, so that's 3 for 17.89. But if you take off a 3/15 and a 3/10 CVS Brand Coupon. That takes them to $11.89 for 3 packs or less than $4.00 a pack.

I apologize I did not mean to say you earned ECB's but that you still have 10.00 in ECB's for next week, after that deal. I will correct that on the post. I appreciate your comments!

Saph said...

That is awesome!!! Did you do all 7 transactions at the same store?

Candace said...

I did do all 7 at the same store. Thankfully, I had the nicest cashier! He was even teasing me that I paid over 1.00.

I did the first 3 transactions and took them to the car. Then I did the next 4.

By the way, if you want to maintain your sanity - Do not try this with kids along! You have to be able to think.

I had planned out exactly what I was going to do on each transaction before I went, but I had to change a few deals that I had planned because they were out of a few things I wanted. (I wanted more of the Huggies baby wash cloths!- I might try to go back for them yet)

Also, I had each of my coupons grouped by the 7 transactions I had planned and that made it easier at the checkout.

Thanks so much for your comments!

Donna(mom24boyz) said...

Wow, you did a great job at working the deals! I need to get better at this! Great Shopping!

nikarphar said...
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nikarphar said...

did you do all the transactions all at one store? you must have a nice cashier! great job though!

check out my zero OOP blog at

Candace said...

I did do all the transactions at one store, but not all at one time.

I did the first 3 and took them out to the car and then did the last 4.

I've never had trouble doing multiple transactions at this store and have learned which cashiers to use and which ones to avoid!

tracy said...

Okay I have one question, this might come off as me being rude or whatever, but the blood glucose testers, do you have diabetes or did you get them because you made money off of them? I don't have an issue about if you are diabetic, but if your not then I don't really think you or anyone should get them if you dont plan on using them for that reason, because there are diabetics out there that go and get the deals and the machines but there gone due to people getting them because they make money off of it. I don't think the is morally ethical, but thats just me and I am a diabetic.

Candace said...

Your comments give me an opportunity to discuss my viewpoint on CVS shopping.

Although, I do not personally have a problem with someone purchasing a blood glucose monitor that is not diabetic, I'm sure that it would be frustrating to someone who wanted one but it is sold out.

I have at times gone to purchase other items that were sold out, such as body wash and pain relief. I've accepted that as part of the process and it is one of the reasons I try to shop on Monday nights.

However, I also do not have a problem with someone who buys allergy medicine, but has no allergies, or Slim Fast but is not overweight. Do you ever buy things that you will not use?

I do my best to follow the rules as CVS has laid them out. I stick to the amount per household rule as it is posted for each item that they offer for sale.

I feel that as long at I am following these rules I am not being unethical. I do feel it is unethical to purchase over the stated household amounts as listed by CVS.

Any items that I purchase, that I am not able to use, are happily donated to someone who can use them.

I would suggest for anyone who purchases a blood glucose monitor that you personally can not use, find someone who can use it. My dad will be very happy to be using one that I bought because his current one is a very old large type model.

Also, nursing homes and the Vetrans can make good use of them too.