Sunday, April 26, 2009

CVS Plan 4/26-5/3 -- Turn $8 Into $12

I was happy to see that there are some possibilities for building up ExtraBucks this week, since I've been pretty low. Money Saving Mom lays out the scenarios, and if you are wondering what the CVS "game" is all about check out her CVS 101 as well. Also see my guide to coupon abbreviations and lingo if you get confused.
Actually, my increase in ECBs will be modest -- my plan allows me to take the 4ECBs I have now, add $4-5 out of pocket, and end up with 12ECBs. The only thing out of all this stuff I really wanted was the Garnier styling product, since when I did the Walgreen's offer a few weeks ago I realized they didn't actually carry the smoothing cream, which I like.
But, hey! I am eating the free chocolate truffles I got today, and free chocolate is always good. I was especially happy to find the truffles on clearance because I have been carrying around a $1/1 coupon from the inside of a 6-pack of Hershey bars since LAST SUMMER and it was jus the freebie I needed to push my total over $30 so I could use the coupon CVS emailed me last week.

Transaction 1 (I did this today.)
5 Roc facial cleansers $19.95 (spend $30, get 10ECB)
1 Intuition razor 8.99
1 bag Hershey's Cacao truffles 1.09
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30.03
- 5.00 $5/$30 CVS Q
15.00 five $3/1 Roc MQs*
4.00 $4/1 Intuition MQ from 4/26 SmartSource
1.00 $1/1 Hershey's Cacao MQ from inside package
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5.03 + tax, spent 3.99ECB + $3 OOP
received 4ECB
* I was able to print 4 per computer

Transaction 2
3 Roc facial cleansers 11.97
1 Garnier styler 2.99
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14.96
- 9.00 three $3/1 Roc MQs
1.00 Garnier MQ from 1/4 RedPlum
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4.96 + tax, spend 4ECBs + $1 or so OOP
receive 12ECBs


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