Thursday, July 3, 2008
Frugal Friday: My CVS Trip Broken Down
This is a quick post as we will be on our way to Gettysburg Friday morning with my family for vacation. This week was not my best at CVS but I did 3 transactions, so I thought I would use this as an example of how the CVS thing works. I know it is hard to get used to but the trick is to buy things that you may not need to get what you will use or need. So, here it is... I started with $2 in ECB (Extra Care Bucks) Transaction #1 CVS After Shave Lotion $2.59 Bic Soleil Razor $6.99 Mascara $7.99 -$2 coupon for the after shave from the internet -$4 coupon for the razor from newspaper -$3/$15 CVS coupon -$2 in ECB So, I spent $7.29 (not that great but bear with me) - I got $1 & $7.99 in ECB back... Transaction #2 CVS Bandaids $1.99 CVS Hair color $6.29 Soleil Razor refill $6.99 -$1 in ECB from above -$7.99 in ECB from above -$3/$15 CVS coupon -$2 printable coupon for the Soleil refills Total after coupons & ECB = $1.51 (And I got $5, $1.99 and $2 in ECB back) Transaction #3 Excedrin Back & Body $4.79 -$1.99 in ECB -$2 in ECB from above Total paid in cash = $.86 I didn't get any more ECB back but I have a rebate to mail in to get the $4.79 back. so the grand total is... $10.36 paid in cash -$4.79 that I will get back in the rebate -gain of $3 in ECB (I still have $5 from above) = $2.57 actually "spent" for all the above stuff and most of it we will use at some point even though we didn't actually "need" it right now - anything we can't use, we will find someone that can. So, that's how CVS works. Unfortunately, in July there are not very many deals on the ECB (which was one of the reasons why I went ahead and did the Excedrin rebate instead of saving it for later)... Everyone have fun celebrating our nation's independance day! Have a safe and Happy 4th of July!