Friday, September 12, 2008

My Week at CVS: Clearance Craziness

Ah, CVS. Crazy week: Lots of clearance buying bookended by a few moneymaking transactions. I didn't get in many times due to Nutmeg being sick and, once she was well, uncooperative. But of course I managed. In fact, if I manage to make my planned visit tomorrow morning, I'll have managed nine freaking transactions. As I said, slow week.

I ended the week with 6ECBs less than I started with, and a couple bucks less out of pocket, mostly in tasx. Not bad considering the clearance hauls, and picking up some necessities such as cleaner, cards and laundry detergent. I also got "conned" into spending $1 off a gift card on the last day of the week when my girls each picked up a pinwheel off the clearance rack. They didn't ring up discounted, but the cashier at least gave me two for a buck.


Transaction 1:

1 Revlon nail polish $3.99 (3ECBs)
1 L'Oreal cleanser 5.99 (5.99ECBs)
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9.98
- 2.00 $2/$10 CVS q
2.00 Revlon CRT
1.00 L'Oreal mq
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4.98, paid ECBs and change
received 5.99 and 3 ECBs


Transaction 2: Clearance Haul Part A

Various summer junk 8.82
1 Chex Mix 1.00
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9.82 (I always aim to have a total of $10 or more to use my CVS coupon, but not all the items are marked so I wasn't quite accurate this time. Usually, the cashiers do not notice either way.)
- 2.00 CVS $2/$10 q
1.00 Chex Mix mq
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6.82 + tax, paid with ECBs and change


Transaction 3:
2 Revlon nail polish 7.98 (3ECB each)
1 Chex Mix 1.00
1 Malt-o-Meal cereal 1.00
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9.98
- 2.00 CVS $2/$10 q
2.00 Revlon mq
1.00 Revlon mq
1.00 Chex mq
1.00 Malt-o-Meal mq
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2.98 + tax, paid ECBs and change
received 6ECB

Transaction 4: Clearance Haul #2

4 coupon files 1.00
7 packs stickers 1.75
Chex Mix 1.00
L'Oreal cleanser 5.99 (5.99ECB)
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9.65 (must have miscounted sticker packs there)
- 2.00 CVS $2/$10
1.00 Chex Mix mq
1.00 L'Oreal mq
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5.65 + tax, paid ECBs and 6 cents
received 5.99ECBs

Transactoin 5: Haul #2 Part B

1 L'Oreal cleanser 5.99 (5.99ECB)
16 packs stickers 4.00
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9.99
- 2.00 CVS $2/$10
1.00 L'Oreal mq
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6.99, paid ECBs and change
received 5.99ECB


Transaction 6:

1 Arnicare 8.99 (8ECB)
1 Chex Mix 1.00
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9.99
- 2.00 CVS $2/$10 q
2.00 Arnicare mq (it doesn't work, fortunately the cashier was willing to override it)
1.00 Chex Mix mq
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4.99, paid with ECBs and change
received 8ECBs

Transaction 7:

2 sympathy cards 5.98
1 Ambi cream 4.99 (3ECB)
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9.98
- 2.00 $2/$10 CVS q
- 3.00 Ambi mq
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4.98 + tax, paid ECBs and change
received 3ECB
Transaction 8:

Clorox brand "green" cleaner $2.99
3 Clearanced Power Bars 1.14
1 Ambi soap 1.99 (3ECB)
1 Ambi cream 4.99 (3ECB)
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11.11
- 2.00 $2/$10 CVS q
- 3.00 Ambi mq (not good on soap)
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6.11 + tax
received 6ECBs

Transaction 9:

4 bottles CVS brand dye/frangrance-free detergent
10.00 (on sale 1/2 off)
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- 2.00 CVS $2/$10
2.00 $2/$10 CVS brand purchase
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6.00 + tax, pay ECBs and change
receive no ECBs


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