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  • Update on my CVS trip + Easy starter transactions

    Yesterday, I posted my planned transactions for CVS, but alas, it didn’t go quite as planned. For one thing, I discovered that I didn’t have any Cottonelle coupons and the printable coupon had reached its print limit. So my out of pocket expense ended up being a little higher than expected, but I didn’t mind too much since I paid with a gift card earned from filling a prescription. Also, the Colgate toothpaste that’s free after coupon and ECB is MaxFresh, not Total – my apologies if that confused anyone. Here’s how it ended up going:

    1 Cottonelle 20-roll bonus pack $12.88
    1 Colgate MaxFresh toothpaste $2.99
    1 Dove Men+Care Body and Face Wash $5.49

    – $4 off $20 purchase coupon that arrived in last week’s mail
    – $1/1 Colgate MaxFresh from January All You Magazine
    – $1.25/1 Dove Men+Care from 1/31 RP
    – $6 + $6 ECBs

    Paid: $3.11 + tax
    Received: $4 ECB for Cottonelle, $2 ECB for Colgate, $5.49 ECB for Dove

    The store was out of Soyjoy (oh well!), so I ended up just going back for a second bottle of Dove and a pouch of Chicken of the Sea tuna, which is $1 and was “paid for” by the $1 printable coupon I used, as follows:

    1 Dove Men+Care $5.49
    1 Chicken of the Sea tuna pouch $1

    – $1/1 Dove Men+Care printable coupon
    – $5.49 ECB from previous transaction

    Paid: tax only
    Received: $5.49 ECB for Dove

    Summary: Paid $3.11 + tax for 20 double rolls of toilet paper, 2 bottles of Dove Men+Care, 1 toothpaste, and 1 pouch of tuna, plus I have $11.49 in ECBs for next week

    If you’re starting with no ECBs, here’s a simple way to get started with CVS this week:

    Transaction #1:
    1 Colgate MaxFresh toothpaste $2.99

    – $1/1 Colgate MaxFresh from January All You Magazine

    Pay: $1.99 + tax
    Receive: $2 ECB

    Transaction #2:
    1 Dove Men+Care $5.49

    – $1.25/1 Dove Men+Care from 1/31 RP
    – $2 ECB from previous transaction

    Pay: $2.24 + tax
    Receive: $5.49 ECB

    Transaction #3:
    1 Dove Men+Care $5.49
    (item of your choice that’s $1 or $1.25 or just over, depending on your coupon)

    – $1.25/1 Dove from 1/31 RP or $1/1 printable coupon
    – $5.49 ECB

    Pay: tax
    Receive: $5.49 ECB

    Summary: $4.23 + tax for 1 Colgate, 2 Dove Men+Care, and an item of your choice, and have $5.49 ECB to spend on your next transaction

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    1. Laura Webber says:

      Easy starter transactions… what a BRILLIANT idea!

    2. Chief Family Officer says:

      Thanks, Laura!