CVS 8/14 (Steve) – $21.23 PROFIT on $87.91 of Merchandise (124.1% Saved!)

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cvs-081416I had an awesome trip to CVS today! I had a $6 off $30 total purchase CVS store coupon, so there’s an extra $6 of savings factored into the final stats for this shopping trip. I also received $5 Beauty Club Extra Bucks from the Red Coupon Machine, and I factor those in at the time they print (since it’s hard to count them as you earn partial rewards on each shopping trip.) So between the $6 off $30 coupon and the $5 Beauty Club Extra Bucks there are $11 worth of additional savings not included with the individual items but included in the trip’s final statistics at the bottom of this post.

I split my trip into three different transactions so I had nice clean receipts for my two rebates. I DID NOT use any Extra Bucks towards the transactions with the rebate items, because I did not want to risk those “coupons” being deducted from the rebates.

Here’s what I bought, along with the coupons used…

TRANSACTION #1
ONE ZANTAC150 24 CT, on sale $8.99 (reg. $9.99)
Get mail-in rebate for the purchase price (up to $11) when you buy one Zantac 24 or 30 ct (we might get the full $8.99, but I have assumed that I will only get my post-coupon price of $3.99 back)
Get $2 Extra Bucks when you buy Zantac 24 or 30 ct or Duo Fusion 20 ct (limit 3)
Used one $5/1 Zantac 24 ct or larger or Duo Fusion 20 ct or larger printable coupon (preclipped)
Price at Register: $3.99, but received $2 Extra Bucks and will get at least $3.99 rebate
NET PRICE: FREE + $2 MONEYMAKER (but possibly up to $7 profit!)

TRANSACTION #2
ONE SCHWARZKOPF STYLISTE ULTIME HAIR SPRAY, on sale $6.99 (reg. $8.99)
Get $3 Extra Bucks for buying select Schwarzkopf Hair Care (limit 1)
Get $2 cashback from SavingStar for buying Schwarzkopf Essence Ultime or Styliste Ultime Hair Care or Styling
Get purchase price of Schwarzkopf Essence or Styliste Ultime Hair Care or Styling product (post-coupon price) with Try Me Free rebate here (expecting my $4.99 paid after coupon)
Used one $2/1 Schwarzkopf Essence Ultime Hair Care or Styling product printable coupon
Price at Register: $4.99, but received $3 Extra Bucks and will get $2 from SavingStar and $4.99 Try Me Free rebate
NET PRICE: FREE + $5 MONEYMAKER!

TRANSACTION #3
ONE GARNIER FRUCTIS SHAMPOO, on sale $2.99 (reg. $4.49)
Get $2 Extra Bucks for buying Garnier Shampoo/Conditioner 13-17.3 oz (limit 1)
Get $1 cashback from SavingStar for buying Garnier Shampoo/Conditioner (not sure if still available to load; I forgot that I had this one!)
Used one $1/1 Garnier Fructis Shampoo, Conditioner or Treatment coupon, 8/7 RP insert
Price at Register: $1.99, but received $2 Extra Bucks and will get $1 cashback from SavingStar
NET PRICE: FREE + $1.01 MONEYMAKER!

TWO COLGATE ENAMEL HEALTH MINERAL REPAIR TOOTHPASTE 4 OZ, on sale $3.99 (reg. $5.99)
Get $2 Extra Bucks when you buy select Colgate Optic White, Enamel Health or Sensitive Toothpaste (limit 3)
Used one $2/2 ANY Toothpaste CVS store coupon, Red Coupon Machine (not everyone got this one)
and used two $1/1 Colgate Total, Optic White, Enamel Health or Sensitive Toothpaste printable coupons (preclipped)
Price at Register: $3.98, but received $4 Extra Bucks
NET PRICE FOR ALL: FREE + $0.02 PROFIT!

TWO PAPER MATE WRITE BROS PENS 10 CT, on sale $1.99 (reg. $2.67)
Get $1.40 Extra Bucks when you buy select BIC, Caliber or Paper Mate (limit 2)
Used two $0.55/1 Paper Mate 2 ct or larger coupons, 7/31 SS insert – THESE BEEPED!
Price at Register: $2.88, but received $2.80 Extra Bucks
NET PRICE FOR ALL: $0.08 (4 cents per 10-pack!)

TWO COLGATE TOTAL MOUTHWASH 500ML, reg. price $5.29
Get $5 Extra Bucks when you buy $10 of Colgate Total Toothpaste or Mouthwash (limit 2)
Used two $2/1 Colgate Mouthwash 473ml or larger coupons, 7/24 SS insert
and used one $2/2 Colgate Mouthwash CVS store coupon, Red Coupon Machine (not everyone got this one)
Price at Register: $4.58, but received $5 Extra Bucks
NET PRICE FOR ALL: FREE + $0.42 MONEYMAKER!

TWO COLGATE OPTIC WHITE 360 TOOTHBRUSHES, on sale $3.49 (reg. $6.49)
Get $2 Extra Bucks when you buy select Colgate Manual Toothbrush (limit 4)
Used two $0.75/1 Colgate 360 Adult Manual Toothbrush printable coupons
and used one $2/2 Colgate 360 Toothbrushes CVS store coupon, Red Coupon Machine (not everyone got this one)
Price at Register: $3.48, but received $4 Extra Bucks
NET PRICE FOR ALL: FREE + $0.52 MONEYMAKER!

TWO ALMAY LIQUID LIP BALMS, on sale BOGO 50% OFF $6.49 ($9.73 for two)
TWO ALMAY EYE SHADOW SOFTIES, on sale BOGO 50% OFF $5.29 ($7.93 for two)
Used one $3/$15 Cosmetics CVS store coupon, Red Coupon Machine last week (not everyone got this one)
and used four $4/1 Almay Cosmetics manufacturer’s coupons, 8/7 SS insert (regional)
NET PRICE FOR ALL: FREE + $1.34 OVERAGE!

Don’t forget, the final stats below include the savings from my $6 off $30 coupon I received in my email last Thursday and the $5 Beauty Club Extra Bucks that popped out of the Red Coupon Machine this morning.

Total Retail Value of All Merchandise: $87.91
Net Price for Everything: $21.23 PROFIT!
Savings Rate (excluding tax): 124.1%

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Comments

  1. MauraFlorida says:

    I did the Zantac rebate already and got the full $8.99 sale price at CVS even though I used a $7.50/1 MQ, and the Zantac was the only item I purchased on that receipt. Total after MQ was $1.49 (plus the ECB). I received a gift card for $8.99 in the mail last week.

    Tresemme 2/$10 – buy 2
    Dove hair 2/$8 – buy 2

    Total $18

    Get $5 ECB for spending $15 on Tresemme/Dove

    Use $4/2 Tresemme MQ and $3/2 Dove MQ

    Submit for $4/2 Tresemme Savingstar and $3/2 Dove Savingstar

    Receive $5 ECB

    Net $1 MM (which really mostly covers tax, but you get $18 towards Beauty Club).

  2. Is anyone having trouble printing the Redplum Schwarzkopf coupon? I have downloaded their printing software but still get the “your coupon didn’t print” error.

    • mary rinder says:

      The link it took me to for Red Plum coupons did not have Schwarzkopf this time or two weeks ago. Almost always happens that way for me, even though I am able to print if they would have the coupon!.
      Also, I have not been getting offered the SavingStar Schwarkopf offers, so it is not worth buying these products. Is Saving Star regional, because I spend all this time and ink getting ready for these offers and then find out they will not ACTIVATE MY OFFERS. Anyone know?

      • Steve Pinski says:

        You must activate new SavingStar offers when they first come out to make sure you have access to them. If you wait until there’s a hot deal, people will scoop up all the activations before you get to them.

        It is a good practice to always visit SavingStar and activate every offer on Sundays and the first day of the month. That’s when we see most of our new offers.

        If you would like the coupon for the hair color, there’s a different $3/1 coupon here: http://www.couponaholic.net/PrintCoupon.php?k=19488126

  3. Anyone know if this Schwarzkopf rebate is a new one? Feel like I did one not too long ago, so I’m wondering if it’s the same or has new participation dates.

    • Steve Pinski says:

      I am not sure. Perhaps someone else does and will comment.

    • mary rinder says:

      I was offered the one two weeks ago, but it would not activate, only the hair color one, which I did not want. This one was not even in my account this week. NOthing for Garnier Fructis either at SavingStar!

      • Steve Pinski says:

        Yeah most people scooped them up a long time ago. I posted a reply to your other comment a minute or two ago, so you may want to check that out.

        It is a good policy to activate all the SavingStar offers, regardless of whether or not you think you will use them. You never know when a moneymaker will pop up on something.

  4. i bought the hair color and when i did the savingstar it gave me the 3.00 for the color and 2.00 for the hairspray for buying just the color

  5. Lola Santos says:

    is the SCHWARZKOPF STYLISTE ULTIME HAIR SPRAY mq still available to print. I can’t find it. Thanks!

    • Steve Pinski says:

      I do not see it now. Looks like it is gone. Since the coupon was going to be deducted from the rebate anyways, you will just pay a little more out of pocket but get more back on your rebate.

  6. Katherine Pohlig says:

    My store wouldn’t let me make money on the Colgate Mouthwash deal. It didn’t allow the store generated coupon in addition the the $2/1 coupons I had as the amount exceeded the price of the item. I was a bit disappointed. There was one other case where it didn’t allow a store coupon, because my sale price was less than the required amount to buy. For some reason I was counting on them going by the non-sale price for my total. Oh well, I’m just getting started at this couponaholic thing. Hopefully I will get better. I do know you have to get out there early to get these deals and I don’t shop on Sunday so that can be a bother.

  7. Cvs told me and then treated my cvs Duo Fusion 20 ct coupons.com $5.00 off coupon as a store coupon. Then they took a 3.00 coupons from the news paper. They both worked no problem on two bottles of Duo Fusion 20 ct. Has this happened to anyone else?
    Also they couldn’t get my 30% coupons too work at all, told me it was all my coupons, extra bucks, etc. Then also said it was because so much of what i had was on sale, but my order was only part sale items, then B1G1, B1G150, then normal prices.
    How do the 20-30% coupons really work? I see on youtube people using theres in larger sales then mine and they are paying less then me by 800% or more. if someone would be able to explain how they do this and how the 20-30% off coupons really work that would be great.
    mark

    • Steve Pinski says:

      20%-30% off coupons deduct for items that are not on sale (but they can be part of an Extra Bucks promotion if the items are regular price.) The 20%-30% discount is calculated by the register after any store coupons for those items have been applied.

      For example, let’s say a tube of toothpaste is $5 and you have a $1 store coupon, a $1 manufacturer’s coupon and a 20% off coupon. It doesn’t matter what order you present your coupons, this is what you will save:
      $1 for the store coupon on the toothpaste
      $0.80 for the 20% discount (20% of your $4 after the store coupon)
      $1 for the manufacturer’s coupon
      Your price is $2.20.

      You can have regular price and sale items in the same transaction, but only the full price items will get the percentage discount. Also, items that are full price but part of a BOGO sale will not get a discount from a percentage coupon. For example, if an item is BOGO and you buy two of them, the percentage coupon won’t deduct anything for these items even though one of them was full price.

      I hope that clears things up for you.

  8. I purchased TWO COLGATE TOTAL MOUTHWASH 500ML, reg. price $5.29
    Used 30%off
    Used two $2/1 Colgate Mouthwash
    but I couldn’t use the $2/2 Colgate Mouthwash CVS store coupon.
    Do you happen to know why?

    The similar thing happened to me last week. I didn’t have percentage coupon last week.
    I purchased 2 toothpaste,and used 2 MFcoupon.
    but I couldn’t use cvs 2/2CVScoupon,I sent my coupon to card.

    It is so hard to make shopping plan now…
    I checked new policy list but I am still confused.