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  • CVS 201: My Post-Black Friday Transactions

    I posted on Facebook yesterday that I’d gotten 6 bottles of Tide, 12 boxes of Puffs, 6 bottles of Dawn, and 12 rolls of Bounty for less than $6 out of pocket. I didn’t plan on posting the details since I used a lot of coupons and Extra Bucks, so it wasn’t the kind of deal that can easily be duplicated, especially by a beginning Drugstore Gamer. But Sue asked how I did it, and that made me think it might be useful to show how you to take your drugstore shopping to the next level. So here’s what I did:

    Transaction #1:
    BOUGHT:
    4 Tide detergent @ $5.94 each
    6 Puffs tissue @ $0.77 each
    2 Dawn @ $0.88 each

    USED:
    $5 off $25+ CVS coupon (arrived via email; I totally forgot to bring it with me when doing my Black Friday shopping)
    4 x $2/1 Tide detergent 10/30 P&G insert (exp 11/30)
    2 x $0.25/3 Puffs 10/30 P&G insert (exp 11/30)
    2 x $0.50/1 Dawn 10/30 P&G insert (exp 11/30)
    $6.99 ECB from Black Friday shopping
    $3.99 ECB from Black Friday shopping
    $2.99 ECB from Black Friday shopping
    $1 ECB from Black Friday shopping

    Subtotal: $0.67
    Total with tax: $2.78
    Paid: $1.74 on a CVS gift card + $1.04 on my American Express (I’ll get back 5% of that from Amex)

    Received: Coupon for $10 gift card

    Transaction #2:
    Redeemed my coupon for a $10 CVS gift card

    Transaction #3:
    BOUGHT:
    2 Tide @ $5.94 each
    6 Puffs @ $0.77 each
    4 Dawn @ $0.88 each
    1 Bounty 12-roll @ $9.77
    1 Mars bar @ $0.69

    USED:
    2 x $2/1 Tide 10/30 P&G insert (exp 11/30)
    2 x $0.25/3 Puffs 10/30 P&G (exp 11/30)
    4 x $0.50/1 Dawn 10/30 P&G (exp 11/30
    $0.50/1 Bounty 10/30 P&G (exp 11/30)
    $6 ECB from Black Friday shopping
    $5.74 ECB from Black Friday shopping

    Subtotal: $11.74
    Total with tax: $14.35
    Paid: $10 CVS gift card + $4.35 on my American Express (and I’ll get back 5% of that from Amex)

    Received: Coupon for $10 gift card

    Transaction #4:
    Redeemed my coupon for a $10 CVS gift card

    I actually left with less “CVS money” than I walked in with, but I feel it was well spent – I got great prices on things we will definitely use, building up my stockpile so that I don’t have to buy these items at a higher price because we ran out (and I can easily share some of these items with anyone in need). Plus, I didn’t clear any shelves – my store was suprisingly well stocked (I’d only intended to do one transaction, but when I saw how much they had, I felt good about doing two – and the cashier didn’t mind). I also like having just the $10 gift card, because it means I don’t have to worry about any ECBs expiring on me.

    You can see a list of this week’s CVS deals here.


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