Saturday, May 17, 2008

SHOPPING SATURDAY, CVS: Lost ECBs, But Still Free Stuff Up the Butt

Last week I took the plunge and purchased 6 copies of All You magazine at Wal-Mart for the Adidas coupons. We actually had a $10 gift card sitting around that we would have never used so I only paid about $1 out of pocket for this. As a bonus, I also used all the $1.50 off Colgate coupons from the magazines.

What with all the free deodorant earning extra bucks, it WOULD have been a pretty good week, if not for the fact that I LOST a receipt with 9 Extra Bucks after a particularly busy and chaotic shopping trip with the girls. I have emailed CVS about this but have been told before that they will not replace lost ECBs so I don't have my hopes up. I had just activated Epu's card, which would be the THIRD CVS account I was using simultaneously. I think losing the ECBs was the universe telling me 3 accounts is just TOO MUCH CVS. I'm going to limit using Epu's card to occasions when I have more coupons than the limit on good ECB deals. And maybe retire it entirely soon.

Before losing the 9ECBS, here are my totals:

spent 91.98ECBS
spent 11.98 oop
RECEIVED 83.76 EXTRA CARE BUCKS

That means overall, I ended week with $20.20 less than I started with.

Things I purchased that we needed/wanted:

two 8-packs CVS paper towels
cough drops
4 gallons milk
birthday present for Nutmeg's classmate
swimming goggles for Nutmeg
hair bleach for Epu
batteries for garage openers and smoke alarms
night light bulbs
hairbrush and comb for Nut
Viactiv chews for me (I didn't like them, tho)
bubbles
a ton of small toys for future bday presents and for Nutmeg
a shaver for my dad
tv rabbit ears
flushable wipes
2 Zone bars
stapler
ketchup

Not bad for 20 bucks. Arbitrarily, I'll say we spent $20 on hair bleach and the hair brush, and got all the other stuff for free. Also, I got a lot of chocolate that my parents will use for their business which they appreciate, and a few chocolate treats for us too. Oh, and we are ready to make s'mores when camping next month!

I also purchased a few things that didn't pay off, which I plan to return next week. I will do up to $19 in returns which I hope will give me a gift card to offset future oop payments. Finally, I'm planning to refill a prescription at CVS next week for a $25 gift card. So there should be no more oop for awhile!

Here are the transactions:

two CVS toothbrushes 5.98 (i thought this would pay 2ECB each but didn't)
2 CVS hair gel 3.98 (i thought my brother needed this but he didn't)
10 photos 2.99
1 Colgate toothpaste 2.99 (2ECB)
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15.94
- 3 cvs
- 3/10 cvs brand
- 2.99 free prints
- 1.50 Colgate mc
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5.45 + tax, paid 5ECB and 0.56 oop
EARNED 2ECB


3 Colgate toothpaste 8.97 (2ECB EACH)
1 gallon skim milk 2.99
1 gallon whole milk 2.99
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14.95
- 3 cvs
- 4.50 Colgate mcs
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7.45, paid 4ECB and 79 cents oop
RECEIVED 6ECB

In-store photo book 12.99 (5ECB)
2 Glade sprays 1.98
1 Reeces Pieces 0.50 (BUY $10 GET 5ECB)
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15.47
- 3 cvs
- 10 off photo book CRT
- 2 Glad mcs
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0.47 + tax paid 0.77 oop
RECEIVED 5ECB

hair bleach kit 16.49
- 3 cvs
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13.49 + tax
paid 12.99ECB and 0.54 oop
RECEIVED 0ECB

swimming goggles 5.59
2 Hershey's Bliss 8.60 (BUY $10 GET 5ECB)
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14.19 (whoops, unexpected discount)
- 3 cvs
- 4 Hershey bogo mc
- 2 Hershey mc
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5.19, paid $5ECB and 0.37 oop
RECEIVED 0ECB

9-PACK CVS paper towels 4.49
2 CVS toothbrushes 5.98 (i thought this would pay 2ECB each but didn't)
1 gallon skim milk 2.99
1 Adidas deo 4.99 (5ECB)
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18.45
- 3 cvs
- 3/10 cvs brand
- 4.99 adidas
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6.46 + tax paid 7ECB + .75 oop
RECEIVED 4.99ECB

3 Duracell garage opener batteries 9.57 (SPEND $15 GET 5ECB)
1 Drcell 9 volt 7.99
1 Reeces 0.50
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18.06
- 3 CVS
1.50 Duracell mcs
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13.56 + tax, paid with 13.37ECB and .31 oop
RECEIVED 5ECB

2 Colgate toothpaste 5.98* (2ECB EACH - but i forgot i only had 1 more on limit)
2 CVS brand squirt guns 3.18
1 CVS brand toy 2.99
1 CVS brand toy 3.99
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16.14
- 3 cvs
- 3/10 cvs brand
- 3 Colgate mcs
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7.14 + tax, paid 6ECB + 1.51 oop
RECEIVED 2ECB

2 Hershey's Bliss 8.60 (BUY $10 GET 5ECB)
1 Reeses .50
1 Colage toothpaste 2.99 (2ECB)
1 Orapik Traveler 2.79 (2.79ECB)
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14.88 (whoops)
- 3 cvs
- 4 Hershey bogo mc
- 2 Hershey mc
- 1.50 Colgate mc
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4.38 -- paid 3.99ECB and 0.57 oop
RECEIVED 4.79ECB


Adidas deo 4.99 (4.99ECB)
-4.99 mc
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paid 45 cents oop
received $4.99ECBs

Adidas deo 4.99 (4.99ECB)
Colgate 360 tootbrush 4.00 (4ECB)
Hershey bar 1.00 (BUY $10 GET 5ECB)
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10.99
- 3 cvs coupon
1 colgate mc
4.99 adidas mc
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1 plus tax OOP -- (we forgot to put Nutmeg's hairbrush on the counter, so this added up to less than $15, but the checker applied the $3/$15 coupon anyway)
EARNED $9ECB BUT LOST THEM! :-(

Intuition Razor Refill 8.88 (6ECB)
4 night light bulbs 2.99
kid's hairbrush 3.99
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15.88
- 3 cvs coupon
- 4 intuition mc
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$8.88 -- spent 7.78ECBs + 1.54 oop
RECEIVED 6ECB

adidas deo 4.99 (4.99ECB)
CVS 8 paper towels 4.49
1 CVS bubbles 64-oz 2.99
1 CVS ricola 1.99
1 CVS pocket wipes .99
2 Hershey bars 1.00 (BUY $10 GET 5ECB)
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16.45
- 3 cvs
- 3/10 cvs brand
- 4.99 adidas
------
5.46, paid 4.86ECB + 0.23 oop
RECEIVED 9.99ECB (4.99 Adidas + 5 Hershey)

Intuition refill 8.88 (6ECB)
2 Hershey's Bliss 8.58 (BUY $10 GET 5ECB)
1 Reeses .50 (BUY $10 GET 5ECB)
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17.96
- 3 CVS
- 4 Intuition
- 4 Hershey's bogo
- 1 Hershey
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5.96 -- paid 4.99ECB plus 0.96 oop
RECEIVED 6ECB (for some reason the Hershey deal came up as having bought only $9.57, which makes NO sense but anyway I did the following transaction to add a few more Hershey bucks)

Viactiv Multi Vitamin 5.49 (3ECB)
whole milk 2.99
Adidas deo 4.99 (4.99ECB)
Cadbury chocolates 2.99 (BUY $10 GET 5ECB)
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16.49
- 3 CVS
- 1 Viactiv
- 4.99 Adidas
- 1 Cadbury
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6.47
PAID 6ECB and 47 cents oop
RECEIVED 13ECB (5 Adidas, 5 Hershey, 3 Viactiv)

1 Hershey bar .99
2 Zone bars 2.00
2 ColorWonder book/pens2.00
3 Crayola tub crayons 3.00
1 electric shaver 1.00
3 Floam 3.00
1 stapler 1.00
3 Play-Doh funfctry 3.00
1 Philips rabbit ears 1.00
1 pack mini Sharpies 1.00
2 HuggiesCleanteamwipes3.98
1 ketchup 3.19
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25.16
- 3 cvs
- 5/25 cvs crt
- 3/2 clean team mc
- 1 Huggies mcs
- 2 Zone mcs
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11.16 + tax, paid 11ECB and .30 oop
RECEIVED 5ECB


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