CVS 4/17 (Steve) – Paid $1.61 for $136.24 of Merchandise (98.8% Saved!)

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0417162058_resizedI had a great trip to CVS today! Stephanie came along for the ride today. She was pretty excited about picking out some Almay Makeup Removers. I also received a $5 Extra Bucks Beauty Bucks Reward when I scanned my CVS card at the Red Coupon Machine today. I included those $5 of savings in the final stats for this trip, since they are unaccounted for elsewhere.

Here’s what we bought, along with the coupons used:

TRANSACTION #1 – MY CARD
TWO SPEED STICK GEAR DEODORANTS, on sale $4 (reg. price $5.29)
Get $2 Extra Bucks for buying Speed Stick Gear (limit 2)
Used two $2/1 Speed Stick Gear Antiperspirant or Deodorant printable manufacturer’s coupons (preclipped)
Price at Register: $4, but received $4 Extra Bucks
NET PRICE FOR ALL: FREE!

FOUR SUAVE PROFESSIONALS GOLD HAIR CARE, on sale 2/$6 (reg. price $3.79)
Get $4 Extra Bucks for buying $12 of select Suave Hair Care (limit 1)
Used one $3/$12 Suave Hair Care CVS store coupon (this printed for me at the Red Coupon Machine last week; not everyone got this coupon)
and used two $2/2 Suave Gold Hair Care *excluding Luxe* printable coupons (preclipped)
Price at Register: $5, but received $4 Extra Bucks
NET PRICE FOR ALL: $1 (or 25 cents each!)

TWO ALMAY MAKEUP REMOVER LIQUID, on sale BOGO 50% OFF $6.49 ($9.73 for two)
TWO ALMAY SOFTIES EYE SHADOW SINGLES, on sale BOGO 50% OFF $5.29 ($7.93 for two)
Used four $4/1 Almay Cosmetic coupons, 4/10 SS insert (regional)
NET PRICE FOR ALL: $1.66 (or 41 cents per item!)

TWO L’OREAL ADVANCED SHAMPOO/CONDITIONER, on sale 2/$8 (reg. price $4.99)
Get $4 Extra Bucks when you buy two L’Oreal Advanced Shampoo/Conditioner (limit 1)
Used one $4/2 L’Oreal Advanced Shampoo/Conditioner coupon, 4/10 RP insert
Price at Register: $4, but get $4 Extra Bucks
NET PRICE FOR ALL: FREE!

TWO COLGATE OPTIC WHITE TOOTHPASTES, on sale $3.99 (reg. price $5.49)
Get $2.50 Extra Bucks when you buy one select Colgate Optic White Toothpaste (limit 2)
Used one $2/2 Colgate Toothpaste CVS store coupon (this printed for me at the Red Coupon Machine recently; not everyone got this coupon)
and used two $0.75/1 Colgate Optic White Toothpaste printable coupons
Price at Register: $4.48, but received $5 Extra Bucks
NET PRICE FOR ALL: FREE + $0.52 MONEYMAKER!

TRANSACTION #2 – MY CARD
FOUR ALEVE PM 20 CT, on sale BOGO 50% OFF $6.49 ($19.46 total for all four with sale)
THREE JUST THE BASICS WATER 24 CT 16.9 OZ, on sale $2.44 (reg. price $3.99)
ONE ALL LAUNDRY DETERGENT, on sale $2.99 (reg. price $7.49)
Get $10 Extra Bucks for buying $30 of participating items (limit 1; my $29.77 triggered the ECB)
Used one $2/$12 Advil, Aleve or Bayer Pain Relief CVS store coupon (this printed for me at the Red Coupon Machine recently; not everyone got this coupon)
and used four $3/1 Aleve PM coupons, 4/10 SS insert (exp 4/17!)
and used one $1/1 All Laundry Detergent printable coupon or 4/17 RP
Price at Register: $14.77, but get $10 Extra Bucks
NET PRICE FOR ALL: $4.77!

TRANSACTION #3 – STEPHANIE
TWO SPEED STICK GEAR DEODORANTS, on sale $4 (reg. price $5.29)
Get $2 Extra Bucks for buying Speed Stick Gear (limit 2)
Get $0.30 cashback from MobiSave for buying ANY Deodorant

Used two $2/1 Speed Stick Gear Antiperspirant or Deodorant printable manufacturer’s coupons (preclipped)
Price at Register: $4, but received $4 Extra Bucks and $0.30 cashback from MobiSave
NET PRICE FOR ALL: FREE + $0.30 MONEYMAKER!

TWO L’OREAL ADVANCED SHAMPOO/CONDITIONER, on sale 2/$8 (reg. price $4.99)
Get $4 Extra Bucks when you buy two L’Oreal Advanced Shampoo/Conditioner (limit 1)
Used one $4/2 L’Oreal Advanced Shampoo/Conditioner coupon, 4/10 RP insert
Price at Register: $4, but get $4 Extra Bucks
NET PRICE FOR ALL: FREE!

Remember, I’ve included $5 of Beauty Club Extra Bucks I received in the statistics below.

Total Retail Value of All Merchandise: $136.24
Net Price Paid for Everything: $1.61
Savings Rate (excluding tax): 98.8%

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Comments

  1. Very good!!!

  2. Love to read about your shopping trips!

  3. Sarah Ragan says:

    Wonder if the l’oreal is regional? it was $4.99 at my cvs :(((

    • Steve Pinski says:

      Did you price check? Regular price at my store is $4.99, but they ring up on sale 2/$8 this week.

    • The CVS closest to me is horrible about putting the signs/tags up. I double-check the weekly ad, then go in with my plan and list of everything (price, coupons, OOP, ECB, rebates such as ibotta, and net price). I price check the things that aren’t labeled correctly at the Red Coupon Machine (a couple of weeks ago, nothing on my list had the tags up!). More often than not, I find that it was my store’s error.

  4. How much did you end up paying oop for everything can you use your extra bucks the same day

    • Steve Pinski says:

      I walked in with Extra Bucks leftover from the previous week. Spent a couple of dollars plus tax (maybe $7-$10 including the tax out-of-pocket.) Yes, you can use Extra Bucks the same day if you wish.

  5. A friend told me about your website a few months ago and although I have not signed up to receive your emails, I have been following your posts. I have seen, day after day the shopping trips you go on and am having a hard time trying to understand how someone can keep buying the same things day after day, week after week. What do you do with all of the shampoo, deodorant, tooth paste, mouthwash, not to mention all of the grocery items you buy. I guess I just don’t understand. Do you have that BIG of a family? I can’t imagine buying all that stuff, even if it so cheap or if I were to come out 1.50 ahead. Don’t get me wrong, I am not bashing you, I just don’t get it.

    Is this your full time job?

    What do you do with ALL the stuff you buy? A person can only use so much of ANY one thing.

    Do you donate it to Charity?

    PLEASE, help me to understand…………. 🙂

    • Steve Pinski says:

      I live in a household of two people. I don’t even have any hair, so you can imagine how easy it is to accumulate hair care. I keep a box in my house that has all the stuff that I buy that we don’t need. Friends and family are welcomed to take whatever they want/need any time they visit. When it gets overflowing, I take it to the local free clinic’s food bank or one of our local women’s shelters.

      Keep in mind, I run a web site with new people coming in all the time. I tend to make a lot of purchases just for the “show” of it. That might help you understand why I MUST shop every week. (No shopping trips = no web site traffic, revenue or bills paid.)

      About this trip in particular…I needed the water and my roommate needed the eye makeup remover (which is rarely this cheap.) I bought the rest of the stuff because I was already there and it made for a good show on the web site. All the free stuff for friends/family/charity is just a bonus.

      As for my full-time job. This web site is one of them. (I have other work too; I’m a workaholic.) In fact, it is more than a full time job. I work on it about 80 hours per week and only get two days off per month. I have several other contributors on the web site that help us maintain a roughly 363 day schedule from 8 am until about 10 pm Eastern time every single day.

      Funny…as I was writing this comment a buddy of mine and his daughter showed up. At my coaxing they took two bottles of Aleve, all the hair care in this trip’s picture, two bottles of Scope Rinse, two Speed Sticks and two boxes of Back to Nature Cookies from my Publix trip.

    • I also buy a lot using these deals and others I find elsewhere or figure out on my own, primarily at CVS, sometimes at Target or Walgreens; I started at the beginning of 2016, so I’m still new. I live in a one-person household.

      I use a couple items for myself (this week is actually comparatively quite a lot: 4 lip balms, 2 Pantene Shampoo/Conditioner, 2 L’Oreal Evercurl leave-in conditioner, 1 Colgate Enamel Health toothpaste). I also purchased another Colgate Enamel Health toothpaste which I will give to friends/family if they want it, as well as 2 L’Oreal Advanced Shampoo/Conditioner, 2 Speed Stick Gear deodorant, 2 Zantac, Schick Quattro for Women, Gillette and Venus shave gel, and probably something else I can’t remember (don’t have the receipt with me) which I will donate to a local food pantry (which may actually pass some of it on to another food pantry); many weeks, I take one item home and hte rest goes to the food pantry on Sunday. Tonight I “paid” around $22 of ECB I had previously accumulated and received $32 back in ECB. I’ll also get $.25 from ibotta and $.30 from Mobisave (one of my best trips yet!).

      I actually make very little working PRN as a social worker (working on improving that, but the job market is tight for new grads), but this is a way I can give back to the community (by donating the items I won’t use from all the great deals) and as long as I spend less than $5-10/week on things I won’t personally use, I figure I’m doing OK.

      Unfortunately, we don’t have any national grocery stores, and don’t have a lot of great deals on groceries in my area (I envy those who have Giant, Publix, etc.), but everything here and on other sites really helps.

      I hope that helps give another perspective on a couponer who buys the same things over and over.

    • I forgot to include: I usually try to use discounted gift cards. I’m currently using CVS and Target gift cards worth $100 that I got for $88 each; the CVS one has lasted since January and still has $1.75 on it. I also got a Shell Gas card worth $100 for $95 recently–another way to save that I don’t account for when figuring out my shopping list, but which helps save as well.

  6. Steve, tell me about rain checks at CVS. I have several, and they include the item, price, ECB, and deal/offer #. However, I tried to use one a couple of weeks ago and the ECB didn’t print (there were multiple errors on my transaction that evening, unfortunately). I called Customer Service and they said that ECB don’t print for rain checks, which seems odd to me. Thoughts/advice?

    • Monica Bragg says:

      They have to key in the offer number in order to get the ECB to print. It will not print automatically. They should know this but you might have to remind them to print your ECB when using a rain check there.