Apr 122011
Spent $0.29 Saved $19.27 + $3.74 ECB Back

Last week my kids and I were sick, so I were not up for much CVS shopping, and then this weekend my five-year-old son broke his arm….. so I am not in the mood for shopping, I’ll admit it. However, this morning I treated my little daredevil to a much needed hair cut, and the hair salon was in the same plaza as a CVS store, so I did make sure to put together my shopping list thanks to Simply CVS. I even managed to get a negative subtotal before taxes thanks to Cheryl’s CVS tax tip.

I had not planned on getting my son’s hair cut extremely short, but my husband mentioned on the way there that we might as well. Oh my, did we do our little one wrong. He started out being so brave and happy about the hair cut, and then she continued to cut it….oh no…I could see his face changing, but he was still brave. When we got out of the salon he almost broke into tears and said with a trembling voice “I want my hair back! Can we go back and put it on…?” Oh my, I used the rest of the time before school started to convince him that he looked great, but I did offer him a hat to wear. He did not want to go to school, because he was afraid everyone would laugh at him. Of course, no one laughed and seconds after he saw his friends, he had forgotten all about his worries. 

Okay, on to the CVS shopping….which I did get done with my two little helpers. I have to take a $2 Extra Bucks loss though, as the cashier only printed out one $2 Extra Bucks on my rain check, and I was just too overwhelmed with a whiny toddler on my hands to check the receipts until I got home…which of course was too late. Lesson learned…CHECK THE RECEIPTS at the store!

My Final CVS Totals – The Gift Card Challenge Week 6.

The $25 CVS Gift Card Challenge

Cheryl at Simply CVS has challenged me to see how far I can stretch $25 at CVS Pharmacy, and she has provided me with a $25 CVS gift card just for this purpose. With the CVS shopping tips, coupon match-ups and CVS deals alerts from Simply CVS, I hope to be able to stretch the CVS gift card far.

Week 6 of the CVS Gift Card Challenge
Transaction 1

3 Organic Honest Tea on sale at 3 for $4 ($1 CVS Bucks Back)
 1 Whopper Robin Eggs $2.49 
2 x Gum Eez Flossers Raincheck @ $2 each = $4 ($2 CVS Bucks Back (Was supposed to get $4 Back)
Russell Stover Candy $0.74 ($0.74 CVS Bucks Back)
Essence of Beauty Liquid Hand Soap $3.99
– (3 x $1 Honest Tea Coupons at Recycle Bank)
– $2 CVS Candy Coupon Twitter Offer
– $3.99 Essence of Beauty CVS Coupon Facebook Offer 
– $0.75 Gum Eez Coupon
– $0.75 Gum Eez Coupon

Subtotal – $0.27

Tax $0.56
Total $0.29

Saved $19.57
$3.74 Extra Bucks Back 
(Was supposed to get $5.74 Back)

I had a great plan, but it was poorly executed, and I therefore ended up only with a good deal and not a great deal. Thanks to Cheryl’s tax tip, I was able to get some of the tax paid by my extra bucks, by using them first and the Manufacturer coupons last. If I had used the MF coupons first and the extra bucks last, the extra bucks would have been adjusted down. You can read the post about saving on tax at CVS here. 

CVS Gift Card Challenge Update
Week Three of the CVS Gift Card Challenge
Total out of pocket $0.29
Total Saved $19.27
Received $3.74 Extra Bucks back

Total Left on Simply CVS Challenge Gift Card 
$8.28 + 10.74 CVS Extra Bucks

Total saved in the CVS Gift Card Challenge $110.58

With Cheryl’s help, I am already beginning to prepare my shopping list for next week’s CVS ad. To help prepare my CVS shopping list, I used the following Simply CVS posts:

Simply CVS4/17 CVS ad with coupon match ups.

4/17 Extra Bucks Deals

Whenever I need a little encouragement, I always revisit this CVS Shopping post.
You can read more about the $25 CVS Gift Card Challenge at Simply CVS.

Make sure to come on over and enter my $10 CVS Gift Card Giveaway right here at Frugality Is Free.  Ends 4/20

Have you had any CVS Extra Bucks confusion, or CVS mistakes on any of your recent CVS shopping trips? Or is it just me?

I would love to hear about your CVS shopping trip:

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