My INSANE CVS Trip 9/19 (Steve) – $23.14 PROFIT on $169.67 of Merchandise (113.6% Saved!)

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cvs-091916I had an incredible trip to CVS in the middle of the night/early Monday morning. I had a plan for a huge shopping trip, but things just kept getting better. My store had the CVS 5 Minute Whitening tagged as an inclusion in the “Buy Crest White Strips or select CVS Whitening product, Get $10 Extra Bucks” deal, even though it was priced at only $6.29. It did not print the Extra Bucks, but my cashier forced it to print.

I also had two other pleasant surprises. On my first transaction, my cashier missed one of my Extra Bucks. Instead of trying to figure out which one she missed, she decided to void the transaction and ring it up again. When she voided it, a $10 off $60 coupon printed for me. She then used that coupon on the transaction when she rang it up again.

The other transaction had a pleasant surprise too. It was a different CVS card and I got a $10 off $60 on my receipt for that one too. I hadn’t used this card in probably six months or more, but it got a 30% off email coupon last Thursday. When I found the card in my desk, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity.

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

TRANSACTION #1
TWO CAMPBELL’S CREAM OF MUSHROOM SOUPS, on sale $0.88 (reg. $1.99)
ONE CAMPBELL’S CREAM OF CHICKEN SOUP, on sale $0.88 (reg. $1.99)
ONE CAMPBELL’S CHICKEN NOODLE SOUP, on sale $0.88 (reg. $1.39)
Get $0.10 cashback from MobiSave for buying ANY Soup
Used one $1.20/4 Campbell’s Condensed Soups printable coupon (preclipped)
Price at Register: $2.32, but received $0.10 cashback from MobiSave
NET PRICE FOR ALL: $2.22 (or 56 cents each!)

ONE CVS 5 MINUTE WHITENING KIT, reg. price $6.29
Get $10 Extra Bucks when you buy Crest White Strips or select CVS Whitening (limit 2; this item was tagged as included, but the Extra Bucks had to be printed manually)
Used one $5/1 Crest White Strips or CVS Whitening CVS store coupon, Red Coupon Machine recently (for some)
Price at Register: $1.29, but received $10 Extra Bucks
NET PRICE: FREE + $8.71 MONEYMAKER!

ONE SCHICK HYDRO SILK DISPOSABLE RAZORS, on sale $5.99 (reg. $13.99 – awesome inclusion in this sale!)
TWO GILLETTE VENUS RAZORS, reg. price $8.99
ONE GILLETTE MACH3 RAZOR, reg. price $8.49
Get $2 Extra Bucks for buying Schick Disposable Razors (limit 1)
Get $10 Extra Bucks for buying three Gillette or Venus Razors or Refills (limit 1)
Used one $5/$20 Mach3 Cartridges or ANY Razors CVS store coupon, Red Coupon Machine recently (for some)
and used one $3/$12 Razors or Shave Cream/Gel CVS store coupon, Red Coupon Machine recently (for some)
and used one $3/1 Schick Disposable Razors printable coupon (preclipped)
and used two $3/1 Venus Razor OR 2 ct or larger Disposables coupons, 8/28 P&G or 9/11 RP insert
and used one $3/1 Gillette Razor OR 2 ct or larger Disposables coupon, 8/28 P&G or 9/11 RP insert
Price at Register: $12.46, but received a total of $12 Extra Bucks ($2 Schick & $10 Gillette/Venus)
NET PRICE FOR ALL: $0.46 (or 12 cents each!)

TWO OREO COOKIES, on sale $0.99 (reg. $2.37)
Get $1.15 cashback from Checkout51 for buying two Oreo Cookies 4.5 oz or larger (limit 1)
Used one $0.75/2 Nabisco Cookies or Crackers coupon, 8/14 SS insert
Price at Register: $1.23, but received $1.15 cashback from Checkout51
NET PRICE FOR ALL: $0.08 (or 4 cents each!)

THREE GARNIER FRUCTIS SHAMPOO/CONDITIONER, on sale 3/$9 (reg. $4.49 for two; $4.29 for one)
Get $3 Extra Bucks for buying three Garnier Fructis on sale 3/$9 (limit 1)
Get $3 cashback from SavingStar for buying two Garnier Fructis Shampoo/Conditioner (no longer available to activate)
Used one $3/2 Garnier Fructis Shampoo/Conditioner coupon, 8/28 RP insert
and used one $1/1 Garnier Fructis Shampoo/Conditioner coupon, 8/28 RP insert
Price at Register: $5, but received $3 Extra Bucks and $3 from SavingStar
NET PRICE FOR ALL: FREE + $1 MONEYMAKER!

TWO PUREX CRYSTALS, on sale $1.97 (reg. $6.29)
Get $2 cashback from SavingStar for buying Purex Crystals (no longer available to activate)
No coupons used (but I would have used a $2/2 printable coupon that I printed some time ago and is no longer available to print, but I couldn’t find it!)
Price at Register: $3.94, but will receive $2 cashback from SavingStar
NET PRICE FOR ALL: $1.94 (or 97 cents each!)

ONE BLACK FOREST ORGANIC CANDY 4 OZ, on sale $1.50 (reg. $1.99)
Get $1.50 Extra Bucks for buying Black Forest Organic Candy 4 oz (limit 1)
No coupons used
Price at Register: $1.50, but received $1.50 Extra Bucks
NET PRICE: FREE!

TWO COLGATE TOTAL DAILY REPAIR TOOTHPASTE 4 OZ, on sale $2.99 (reg. $3.99)
Get $2 Extra Bucks for buying Colgate Total Toothpaste (limit 2)
Used two $2/1 Select Colgate Toothpaste (including Daily Repair) coupons, 9/11 SS insert
Price at Register: $1.98, but received $4 Extra Bucks
NET PRICE FOR ALL: FREE + $2.02 MONEYMAKER!

As mentioned in the intro, I used a $10 off $60 CVS store coupon on this transaction, so there’s another $10 of savings that are factored into the stats at the bottom of this post = $10 EXTRA SAVINGS!

TRANSACTION #2 – MY ANCIENT CARD
TWO COLGATE TOTAL DAILY REPAIR TOOTHPASTE 4 OZ, on sale $2.99 (reg. $3.99)
Get $2 Extra Bucks for buying Colgate Total Toothpaste (limit 2)
Used two $2/1 Select Colgate Toothpaste (including Daily Repair) coupons, 9/11 SS insert
Price at Register: $1.98, but received $4 Extra Bucks
NET PRICE FOR ALL: FREE + $2.02 MONEYMAKER!

ONE CVS WHITENING KIT 5 TREATMENTS, reg. price $12.99
***My 30% off regular price items coupon applied to this item, but those savings are mentioned later in the post
Get $10 Extra Bucks when you buy Crest White Strips or select CVS Whitening (limit 2)
No coupons used
Price at Register: $12.99, but received $10 Extra Bucks
NET PRICE: $2.99 (plus savings from 30% off regular price items coupon!)

TWO COLGATE TOTAL MOUTHWASH 500ML, reg. price $5.29
***My 30% off regular price items coupon applied to this item, but those savings are mentioned later in the post
Get $2 Extra Bucks when you buy Colgate Mouthwash (limit 3?)
Used two $2/1 Colgate Mouthwash 500ml or larger coupons, 9/11 SS insert
Price at Register: $6.58, but received $4 Extra Bucks
NET PRICE FOR ALL: $2.58 (or $1.29 each; plus savings from 30% off regular price items coupon!)

TWO MAYBELLINE LASH SENSATIONAL MASCARA, reg. price $8.99
***My 30% off regular price items coupon applied to this item, but those savings are mentioned later in the post
Get $5 Extra Bucks for buying $15 of Maybelline Mascara
Get $3 cashback from SavingStar for buying Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara
Used two $3/1 Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara coupons, 8/28 RP insert (regional)
Price at Register: $11.98, but received $5 Extra Bucks and $3 cashback from SavingStar
NET PRICE FOR ALL: $3.98 (or $1.99 each; plus savings from 30% off regular price items coupon!)

THREE GILLETTE MACH3 RAZORS, reg. price $8.49
***My 30% off regular price items coupon applied to this item, but those savings are mentioned later in the post
Get $10 Extra Bucks for buying three Gillette or Venus Razors or Refills (limit 1)
Used three $3/1 Gillette Razor OR 2 ct or larger Disposables coupon, 8/28 P&G or 9/11 RP insert
Price at Register: $16.47, but received $10 Extra Bucks
NET PRICE FOR ALL: $6.47 (or $2.16 each; plus savings from 30% off regular price items coupon!)

My 30% off regular price items CVS store coupon I received in last Thursday’s email deducted $20.11, so that’s $20.11 EXTRA SAVINGS!

Total Retail Value of All Merchandise: $169.67
Net Price Paid for Everything: $23.14 PROFIT!
Savings Rate (excluding tax): 113.6%

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Comments

  1. Sheri Martin says:

    you ROCK !!!

  2. I tried using the 3.00 Venus on the 1 ct razors and the manager said no. 🙁 I was bummed. So I walked out without the razors. 🙁 I also did the Schick razors and had a coupon and an app coupon for 5.00 off and it didnt come off. WHy was that? I am buying the correct razors. 🙁 Maybe Ill try another CVS. 🙂 Any suggestions?

    • Steve Pinski says:

      As for the store coupon that didn’t come off, sometimes they just don’t code things properly. As for the Venus coupon, one of the inserts (I can’t remember whether it was the 8/28 or 9/11 insert) had a picture of 1 ct Gillette Razors with the coupons. The 2 ct part follows the “or” and refers to the disposables. In that case, I would just try a different store.

    • Had the same thing happen to me at RA had 25 cp for gain but fine print excludes 9 oz so clerk said to me well it is only 99 cents that is not the point sent note to co no luck
      My feeling if they want us to use their cp they should let us print as many as we can

  3. It’s a blessing u have such a nice cashier. Two Sunday ago I met the rudest & unhelpful cashier, I felt like giving up doing any couponing or ever go back to that store. That store used to have nice & friendly staff but they got all transferred away. I wonder why. I really felt wounded & have no face. I am an Asian, and it’s important we never hurt people’s dignity. I work and pay tax but try to save money doing coupon,,,

    • Steve Pinski says:

      Sorry you had a bad experience. In a case like this one, I try to visit a 24 hour store in the middle of the night. When there aren’t other customers around and I don’t risk backing them up, they seem to be at their nicest 🙂

  4. Summer Walker says:

    Yep, you definitely rock! You are a female couponer’s dream guy! If only I could get my old man to be like you!

  5. That is one beautiful shopping trip!!! I got the awesome Colgate MM on Sunday morning thanks to Couponaholic posts!
    I find going early AM works well for me too. Less stress. For the people feeling like they should give up, don’t! Just try to find different store, different cashier, different time of day. I hope for better luck for you! Thanks again Steve and company…love the simple breakdowns and ease of navigating the site!

  6. I wish we could print as many coupons as we want, after all we are buying their product so why not
    I was using cp to support or food pantry for needy to give them what they cannot buy with food stamps
    toilet paper, tooth brushes, and paste, glide Colgate and Crest were kind to donate as well orab B tooth brushes. Fantastic help for the needy.

  7. Cvs
    Have you ever stopped receiving those cvs coupon emails ?
    I use to get cvs coupon emails all the time and I now don’t ?
    I have contacted them and they say nothing is wrong
    I don’t get it

    • Steve Pinski says:

      I did not receive an email on this old card for at least a year until about a week ago.

    • I would try getting a new card and setting up a totally new email address.
      Don’t link any of the old information to your new card.

  8. HELENA WELCH says:

    in the ad it says must buy razor and cartridges to get ECB’s…is this not true?

  9. I just tried to use maybilline mascara coupon and it didn’t scanned. I bought the same mascara. I left the store without buying them…😔