Saturday, June 7, 2008

Shopping Saturday: My Week At CVS

I made $13.34 this week SHOPLIFTING WITH PERMISSION at CVS. I spent only about a dollar out of pocket, thanks to the $75 in gift cards I recently got for transferring three prescriptions to the CVS pharmacy.

While earning this money, I was able to stock up on necessities: diapers and wipes (OK, we have enough wipes for Pebbles' entire babyhood now), toilet paper (ditto), batteries, band-aids, dish soap, laundry detergent, q-tips and raisins. I was able to get some items family members had requested -- more bandaids and qtips, and Dove soap. I was able to add a lot of toothbrushes to the bag I'm filling for the local homeless shelter. I was able to start a college supplies basket for a graduate in the family. And I was able to nab some luxuries: Chex Mix, bubbles, Nutter Butters.

All in all, a great week. I am already gathering my coupons for a full-court press on General Mills cereals and granola bars next week. Can I serve cereal for every meal and not cook all summer??

TRANSACTION I -- SPENT $2.59

2 Pampers wipes $ 5.98 (Buy $20, get 5ECB)
1 Duracell rechargeable 14.99 (Buy $20, get 10ECB)
1 9-pack Charmin 4.99 (Buy $20, get 10ECB)
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25.96
- 5/$25 CVS CRT q
4/$20 CVS email q
2/2 Pampers mq
2 Duracell mq
1 Charmin mq
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11.96 + tax, paid 9.99ECB and 2.60 from GC
RECEIVED 10ECB

TRANSACTION 2 - Spent $4.73

1 Chex Mix 1.00
2 Dawn dish soap 2.00 (1ECB)
1 Nutter Butter cookies 2.00 (Epu's favorite)
Swiffer wet cloths 5.99 (Buy $10, get 5ECB)
Swiffer duster refill 5.99 (Buy $10, get 5ECB)
2 Arm & Hammer deterg 5.99
Chicago Tribune 1.79
Oatmeal Cream Pie .35
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25.11
- 5/$25 CVS q
4/20 CVS q
1 Chex Mix mq
.50 Dawn mqs
2.00 Arm & Hammer mqs
2.00 Swiffer mqs
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10.61 + tax, paid 10.69ECB and .04 from GC
RECEIVED 6ECB


TRANSACTION 3 - SPENT $8.61

2 battery 2-packs $5.98 (Buy $20, get 10ECB)
2 travel-size Dove deo 1.98 (Buy $10, get 3ECB)
Dove soap 6-pack 7.29 (Buy $10, get 3ECB)
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15.25
- 3/$15 CVS q
- 1.50 Duracell mqs
- 2.50 Dove mqs
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8.25 + tax, paid 7.98ECB and .63 cents from GC
received 0ECBs

TRANSACTION 4 - EARNED $1.36

2 Pampers 15.98 (Buy $20, get 5ECB)
2-pack Oral B toothbrush 6.99 (6.99ECB)
Johnson's Buddies .99
Reese's (filler) .79
flavored water 1.29
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26.04 (mistake: had I realized I would need a filler to correctly use my ECBs, I would not have wasted a coupon getting a Johnson's Buddies
- 4/$20 CVS q
- 5/$25 CVS q
- 1.50 Pampers q (from Cheerios)
- 1.50 Pampers q (from Cheerios)
- 2/2 Pampers q
- 1 Johnson's mq
- 1 Oral B mq
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10.04 + tax, paid 10ECB and .63 from GC
RECEIVED 11.99ECB

TRANSACTION 5 - EARNED $4.33

3 CVS band-aids $5.97 (5.97ECB)
large CVS q-tips 3.99 (2ECB)
2 Dawn dish soap 2.00 (1ECB)
2-pack Oral B 6.99 (6.99ECB)
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18.95
- 3 CVS q
- 3 CVS brand q
- 1 Oral B
- .50 Dawn mqs
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11.45 + tax, paid 11.50ECB and .13 from gc
RECEIVED 15.96ECB

TRANSACTION 6 - EARNED $2.84

3 x CVS band-aids $5.97 (5.97ECB)
CVS q-tips 2.99 (2ECB)
CVS bubbles .99
2 x clearance L'Oreal hair dye 2.00
Clearance Compound W 1.00
10 4x6 prints 2.90
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15.85
- 3 CVS q
- 3 CVS brand q
- 2.90 free prints
- 2 L'Oreal mq
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4.95 + tax, paid 5ECBs and .13 o.o.p. (for some reason the cashier could not get my gift card to work)
RECEIVED 7.97ECB

TRANSACTION 7 - EARNED $2.67

Dove travel size deo .99 (Buy $10, get 3ECB)
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.99
- .75 mq
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.24 + tax, paid .33 with GC
RECEIVED 3ECB

TRANSACTION 8 - SPENT $0.17

4-pack Duracell rechargeables 14.99 (Spend $20, get 10ECB)
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14.99
- 3 cvs Q
2 Duracell mq
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$10 + tax, paid 9.99ECB and .18 from GC
RECEIVED 10ECB

TRANSACTION 9 - EARNED $5.33

2 Chex Mix 2.00
3 Colgate 360 11.97 (11.97ECB)
Oral B 2-pk 6.99 (6.99ECB)
10 prints 2.90
Snickers ice cream bar 1.69 (bribe for good behavior on hot day)
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25.55
5/25 CVS q
4/20 cvs q
(must have forgotten 2.90 free prints q!)
2 Chex Mix mq
1 Oral B mq
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13.55 + tax, paid 12.96ECB and .67 from GC
RECEIVED 18.96ECB

TRANSACTION 10 - EARNED $3.57

Vitamin water 1.00
2 Oral B 2-packs 13.98 (13.98ECB)
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14.98
- 3 CVS q
- 1.75 Oral-B qs
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10.23 + tax, paid 10ECB and .41 from GC
RECEIVED 13.98ECB

TRANSACTION 11 - EARNED 9.84

3 CVS bandaids 5.97 (5.97ECB)
2 CVS bubbles 3.98
2 Oral B 2-packs 13.98 (13.98ECB)
2 Chex Mix 2.00
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25.93
- 5/25 CVS q
4 CVS q
3 CVS brand q
2 Oral B mqs
2 Chex mqs
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9.93 + tax, paid 8.79ECB and $1.32 from GC
RECEIVED 19.95ECB

TRANSACTION 12 (PLAN TO DO LATER TODAY WITH MY CARD) - SPEND ABOUT .50

1 Oral B 2-pack 6.99 (6.99ECB)
10 prints 2.90
1 Nutter Butters 2.00
1 raisins 2.00
1 Malto o Meal cereal 1.00
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14.89
- 3 CVS q
2.90 free prints
.75 Oral B q
1.00 Malt o Meal q
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7.33 + tax, pay 7ECB and remainder from GC
RECEIVE 6.99ECB


2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Am I looking at this wrong? The Pampers deal looks like you're "super-stacking" - your total is only $26 but you're using a 4/20 AND a 5/25?

And you're using 3 Pampers coupons on 2 packages of Pampers?

The stores I go to would never allow either of those things. There are so many good deals available without abusing the system - I don't get it when I see transactions that look like this one.

Carrie said...

Different stores have different policies. My local store has never had a problem with combining a $5 off CRT coupon with a $4/$20 or a $3/$15. I imagine it is because the $5/$20 that prints out is a special thing, not something you can print out again and again.

My store also puts it through if you have 3 coupons for 2 products, as long as one of those coupons is for buying two.

I take exception to your using the phrase "abusing the system." It's up to the store what coupons they accept, not up to me. If you're not happy with the deals you get, maybe you should go to a different location.