Monday, October 31, 2011

CVS 10/30.....Enough to send in for P&G Rebate!

I had a scenario planned out that would get me the $30 I needed for the gas card and for the rest of my P&G Rebate that has to have all items bought by today 10/31/11. I am so excited on this trip! I started with $7 ECBs and $7.91 on a gift card. I earned $7 ECBs and a $10 gift card, so a big moneymaker! Here is the breakdown:

Olay Regenerist $20.99
-$3/1 MQ
-$5/$20 Facial Care CRT

Covergirl Lipstick $7.99
-FREE MQ wyb Olay Regenerist (max $7.50)

Covergirl Eye Shadow $3.89
-BOGO 1/2 sale (took off $1.95)
-$1/1 MQ

Aveeno Travel Lotions (2) $2.98
-$7 ECB Earned (force printed)
-$4.02 MM!
-I was going to see if it would print and when it didn't I just asked and was very willing to hear no, however the cashier says that it should because the ad says .5-18 oz.

All together, my subtotal was $35.85. I used $11.50 in MQs, $10.95 in CVS Qs and sales, and $7 ECBS. This brought my total down to $6.40 plus $1.53 tax for a total of $7.93. Because I only had $7.91 on my gift card left, I did pay $.02 OOP.

Factor in that I will be getting a $10 MIR and I earned an extra $2.07 on a gift card, I made $12.07 on this trip :)

Saturday, October 29, 2011

CVS 10/29....Last Trip This Week was Fun!

I special ordered 60 Seattle's Best and had to go get a raincheck for them. I also had $7.02 left to spend to get a $10 gift card. Without a child by my side grabbing at everything, I took my time and did three transactions. I started with $7 ECBs and $10.22 on gift cards. I ended with $7 ECBs and $7.91 on a gift card. So this means, this all cost me $2.31 on a gift card!

Here is the breakdown:

Tresemme (4) $15.96
-(2) BOGO MQs (took off $12- $6 each coupon...this threw my calculations off too)
-$3.96 or $.99 each

Dove Men+Care Bodywash $5.49
-$1/1 MQ
-$2 ECB Earned

Listernine Total Care Zero $3.99 (raincheck)
-$2/1 MQ
-$2 ECB Earned
-$.01 MM!

Nivea Lotion $10.49
-$2/1 MQ
-$5 ECB Earned

Arm & Hammer Sheets (2) $7
-$1/2 MQ
-$6 or $3 each (this got me my $10 gift card)

Cheerios $1
-$1/1 MQ (from Pampers package)

Dry Idea Deoderant (2) $2.28 (clearance)

-$2 ECB Earned ($1 each)
-$.28 or $.14 each

Covergirl Eyeliner (2) $10.58
-(2) $1/1 MQs
-$3 ECBs Earned
-$5.58 or $2.79 each

Excedrin $.99
-$1 ECB Earned (raincheck)
-$.01 MM!

Allegra $6.99
-$7 MQ (took off $5.97 because last to scan and would not cover tax :(

Skittles (5) $3.09
-$3.09 or $.62 each (used as fillers to use coupons and ECBs and Blenders will be going back because they were $1.19, not $.50)

All together, my subtotal was $67.96. I used $26.97 in MQs, $12 in CVS Qs ($4/$20) and $2o in ECBs. This brought my total down to $8.99 plus $3.32 tax for a total of $12.31 OOP, which was all on a gift card. It felt a lot better than it looks here.

I will also be shopping tomorrow to finish off the P&G Rebate that I have $20 towards now. I also did get $5 Beauty Club ECBs today that I didn't calculate in, but also earned over $42 towards my next $5 today!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

CVS 10/26......Savings of 93.9%

In an attempt to use up my coupons, I had three transactions tonight at two stores. I tried to special order my Seattle's Best at the second store I went to, but they didn't know anything about it. They guy that helped me last time was more than happy to try to help me again. We will see though :) I have used up a lot of those coupons already, but they need to be gone by the end of the week! Here is what I got in all three transactions!

Seattle's Best (13) $13
-(13) $1/1 MQs

Special K Crackers (2) $3.98
-$1/2 MQ
-$2.98 or $1.49 each (counts towards gift card)

Arm & Hammer Detergent (2) $7
-$1/2 MQ
-$6 or $3 each (counts towards gift card)

Glade Sense & Spray (3) $15
-(3) $3/1 MQs
-$4 ECB Earned
-$2 or $.67 each

Snickers (2) $5
-$1/2 MQ
-$3 ECB Earned (bought other two yesterday)
-$1 or $.50 each

Physician's Formula Eye Booster $10.99
-$7 ECB Earbed

Suave Dry Shampoo (2) $6.78
-(2) FREE MQs (took off $6- $3 each)
-$.78 or $.39 each

All together my subtotal was $61.75. I used $31 in MQs, $12 in CVS Qs (3- $4/$20) and $15 in ECBs. This brought my total down to $3.75 plus $2.19 tax for a total OOP of $5.94. However, this was all on a gift card, so I didn't really send anything OOP :) If I didn't have the gift card, it would be a savings of 93.9%.

I also started with $6 ECBs and ended with $7 and and $7.02 away from earning a $10 gift card!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

CVS 10/25...Savings of 99.97%....actually Moneymaking :)

I have to get to CVS this week and use all of the 110 Seattle's Best coupons I bought as well as all of the twenty $4/$20 CVS coupons I bought. I had never bought them before and was a bit nervous about it, but the do scan just fine. However, I hate usong multiple in one store, because I don't want the cashier to get suspicious. Anyways, I had a really nice cashier yesterday, so I did use two and left it at that. It is posted here as one though : )

Seattle's Best Drinks (12) $12
-(12) $1/1 MQs

Progresso Soup (4) $5
-$1/4 MQ
-$1 ECB Earned
-$1.25 MIR
-$1.75 or $.44 each

Arm & Hammer Laundry Detergent (2) $7
-$1/2 MQ
-$6 or $3 each (counts towards gift card)

Snickers (2) $5 (Jason took one bag with him on the road)
-$1.50/2 MQ
-$3.50 or $1.75 each ($5 more to get $3 ECB)

M&Ms (2) $5
-(2) $1/1 CRTs
-$1.50/2 MQ
-$1 SavingStar Credit
-$.50 or $.25 each

Starburst $.50
-$1 ECB Earned (already purchased other 3)
-$.50 MM!

Allegra $6.99
-$7/1 MQ (catalina on ANY size from Walgreens!)

All together, my subtotal was $41.49. I used $23.99 in MQs, $10 CVS Qs (includes two $4/$20), and $7.49 in ECBs. This brought my total down to $.01 plus $.79 tax for a total of $.80 OOP. So, an overall savings of 99.97%

Here is a picture of Haylee at JK's Pumpkin Patch. It's been a while since I have posted one, so she may look huge.....well, she is. Her 18 month check-up, she was 98% in height and 90% in weight :)

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Breakdown of 2 CVS Gift Cards

This picture is of the 3rd transaction that earned me my second $10 CVS gift card this week. I will list the whole break down of both though, so you can see how good of a deal it all was!

Wisk (4) $19.96
-(2) $2/1 MQs
-(2) $1/1 MQs

Pampers (3) $26.97
-$1.50/2 MQ
-$1.50/1 MQ
-$3/$15 CRT

Coke $1.50
-$1/1 MQ

Nature's Bounty Prenatal Vitamins (2) $24.98
-BOGO Sale (took off $12.49)
-$2/1 MQ
-$1/1 MQ

The subtotal for all three transactions was $73.41 (only $60.92 counted towards deal...that's why I didn't finish off the third gift card deal). After the coupons, my total was down to $44.92. I earned 2 $10 gift cards, which means all of this cost me $24.92! A savings of 66%. This may not sound great for CVS, but I really need the vitamins and laundry detergent. I am also 3 Pampers packs away from a free one :)

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

CVS 10/19....Moneymaking Theraflu!

I went to CVS to see what coupons would print out and got quite a few good ones. I also looked at the clearance shelf and wanted to grab some things off of it. Here is how I did:

Pampers (2) $17.98
-$1.50/2 MQ
-$13.48 or $6.74 each (not great, but counts towards gift card!)

Folders (15) $1.80 (clearance)
-$.12 each (good prizes to give at school)

Erasers (3) $.30 (clearance)
-$.10 each (always need these being a math teacher :)

Toddler Shoes $.99 (clearance)
-$.99 (just found out we're having a boy!)

Lumene Wipes $2.87
-$5/1 CRT (adjusted down to $2.87)

Covergirl Lipstick (2) $2.18 (clearance)
-(2) $1/1 MQs
-$.18 or $.09 each

Theraflu (2) $11
-BOGO CVS CRT (took off $5.50)
-$3/1 CRT (printed last week?)
-(2) $2/1 MQs
-$3 ECBs Earned
-$4.50 MM! (made my night ;)

All together, my subtotal was $37.12. I used $7.50 in MQs, $14.37 in CVS Qs and $8 in ECBs. This brought my total to $7.25 plus $2.05 tax for a total of $9.30 OOP. Although I "lost" $5 ECBs, I will be getting a $10 gift card when I spend another $2.04 on participating items! $9 for two packs of Pampers alone is awesome :)

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Walgreens 10/16....Savings of

I wanted to get a couple of freebies at Walgreens and was hoping to get the Cottonelle deal. As you can see from the picture, I was successful, but it was a strange trip. The first store I went to was remodeling everything and their catalina machine was down. The manager found me while I was shopping and told me to keep track of my RRs so he could give me a gift card instead. Because of this, I decided to do my second transaction (Cottonelle) at the Walgreens close to my house. It is all combined here to make it easier though. Also, because I got my RRs back on a gift card, I earned an extra $.60 that was the tax!

Cottonelle (2) $10
-(2) $.50/1 MQs
-$1/1 WQ (took off $2)
-$3 RR Earned
-$4 or $2 each...this is $.22 a roll!

Walgreens Pads (2) $4
-$.50/1 WQ (took off $.50, forgot to use code at first store)
-$2 RR Earned
-$2.14 on GC Earned
-$.64 MM!

Schick Hydro Razor $8.49
-$5/1 MQ
-$4.50 RR Earned ($4.82 on GC)
-$1.33 MM!

Oral B Toothbrush Heads (2) $6 (clearance)
-(2) $3/1 MQs

Reach Total Care Toothbrush $1 (clearance)
-$1/1 MQ
-$2 RR Earned ($2.14 on GC)
-$2.14 MM!

Foil $1.59
-$.69 WQ (took off $.90)

My subtotal was $31.08. I used $13 in MQs, $3.40 in WQs, $11.70 in RRs/GC. This brought my total to $2.98 plus $2.08 in tax for a total of $5.06 OOP! This is a savings of 90%.

CVS 10/16....Savings of 97%

I had to go to CVS to take back a wrong prescription for Jason. It was a pretty successful trip. I wish I had more Wisk coupons to finish the gift card deal. Hopefully I can come across some more before the week is over. Anyways, here is how I did:

Wisk Laundry Detergent (2) $9.98
-(2) $2/1 MQs
-$5.98 or $2.99 each (part of gift card deal too)

Dial Soap $1.88
-$2/1 CVS Q (beeped not for card)
-$1 ECB Earned
-$1.12 MM!

Dawn Soap (2) $1.94
-(2) $.50/1 MQs
-$.94 or $.47 each

Revlon Eye Shadow (2) $9.98
-$5/2 CRT
-$5 ECB Earned
-$.02 MM!

Orbit Gum (2) $2.74
-BOGO Sale (took off $1.37)
-BOGO CRT (took off $1.37)

My subtotal was $26.52. I attempted to use a 30% off CVS Q that beeped not for card, but I only have one card and it printed at the end of my last receipt. The cashier took off $4 for this! So, it looked like this. I used $3 in MQs, $13.74 in CVS Qs and BOGO Sale and $9 ECBs. This brought my total to $.78 plus $1.66 tax for a total of $2.44 OOP! This was a savings of 97%.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

CVS 10/12....Savings of 95%

I had to go to CVS to drop off/pick up prescriptions. Since I had to wait, I had to do a little shopping. There wasn't much for me this week so I used a raincheck from last week on the Dove. I had it planned out to pay with ECBs first so it would pay some of the tax. However, when they scanned my last coupon for $3 and my total was $3.44 at the time, they said they would have to adjust it down to $1.97. For me, it is hit or miss if the ECBs can be used on tax and if a coupons can give overage. is how I did:

Dove Shampoo/Conditioner (6) $18 (raincheck for $3 each)

-(3) BOGO MQs (took off $9)

-$5 ECB Earned

-$4 or $.67 each (shampoo is something I don't have alot of, so happy to get it at this price!)

American Greetings Cards (3) $2.97

-$3 ECB Earned

-$.03 MM!

My subtotal was $20.97. I used $9 in MQs and $11 ECBs. This brought my total to $.97 plus $1.47 tax for a total of $2.44 OOP. I lost $3 ECBs as well, but that is okay. I think I have about $20 or so now for next week! This was a savings of 95% :)

Friday, October 7, 2011

Walmart 10/6...They "confiscated" my coupons!

So, I was going to have a great trip. I went in to return the CoverGirl blush because I forgot to use my $8/2 MQ when I got them. I also used that coupon and another at CVS a few days later. Anyways, I got that $8 back and went shopping for the Schick Razors (moneymaker) and the Scrubbing Bubbles. I had a Cheetos and Pepsi in my order to make my total above the price of the Stomp 'N Go which I am submitting the mail in rebate for.

Anyways, the coupons that I printed off for those had a different bar code and they said they couldn't take them. And, not only that, they were instructed by their managers to keep them! Apparently last week they were accepting high value coupons for I-Pods and PS3s. That's just them being dumb if you ask me, but oh well. I said if it were a better coupon I would have caused more of a stink. I had more Cheetos and Pepsi coupons in my car from last weeks insert anyways!

Here is how I did though:

Schick Razors (4) $7.88
-(2) $6/2 MQs
-$4.12 MM!

Scrubbing Bubbles (2) $7.94
-(2) $4/1 MQs
-$.06 MM!

Bissell Stomp 'N Go $4.97
-$1/1 MQ
-$4.97 MIR
-$1 MM!

Star Wars Popcorn Tin $4.98 (supposed to be $2 on clearance so will be going back for my $2.98!)
-$2---when I go back!

My subtotal was $22.79. I used $21 in MQs and will be getting back $4.97 for the Bissell. This means I made $3.18 not including the $1.46 tax that I paid :)

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

CVS 10/5.....A great trip with MM Seattle's Best!

Well, I used my moms card and I wanted to do two transactions so I could use the ECBs I earned right away since it wasn't my card. I alos put my moms Beauty Club Spending above the $50, so she will be getting $5 ECBs when she scans her card next. Here is what I got and how I did:

Seattle's Best Drinks (15) $15
-(15) $1/1 MQs (from tearpad previously at Walgreens)

-$5 ECB Earned

-$5 MM!

Lance Cookies $.49 (clearance)

Goldfish Singles (3) $1.47 (clearance)

-$1.47 or $.49 each

Nexus Brush $3.62 (clearance- down from $14.49!)

-So glad I found this on clearance as I needed it- can usually only find round brushes!

Conair Hair Ties $.49 (clearance)

Covergirl Blush (4) $19.16

-BOGO 1/2 sale (took off $4.80)
-(2) $8/2 MQs

-$1.64 MM!

All together, my subtotal was $40.23. I used $31 in MQs and $5 in ECBs and $4.80 off for the sale. This brought my total to -$.57. The tax was $1.15 for a total OOP of $.58. This is amazing to me! I REALLY did need a new hair brush and I was able to get a $15 one for free ;)

BzzAgent Package Today!

I got an e-mail saying that I should be getting my Burts Bees BzzAgent package soon if I hadn't already received it. Well, it came today and I was so excited when I opened it because I forgot what I even signed up for. It came with a full-size face wash and facial moisturizer for sensitive skin. My face tends to get dry after I wash it, so I am interested to see what this does for me. I will do an update after I use it for a while :)

Sunday, October 2, 2011

CVS 10/2....Dead Camera, so no pic, but AWESOME trip!

I knew I would be getting a free Huggies coupon at the machine, so this week was perfect week to use it! I was going to use a MQ as well, but left it at home. Oh well, I know some people don't approve of this anyways. (using a MQ on an item made free by a store coupon) Anywho, here is what I got. Sorry I don't have a picture....

Huggies Diapers $8.99
-FREE CVS Q for buy 6 (took off $11.99)
-$1 ECB Earned
-$4 MM!

Seattle's Best Coffee Drinks (2) $2
-(2) $1/1 MQs
-FREE! (I have enough coupons to get 13 more for free and get $5 ECB back too ;)

Schick Hydro $8.29
-$5/1 MQ
-$3 ECB Earned

Reach 2-pk Toothbrush (2) $7.98
-(2) $2/1 MQs
-$4 ECB earned ($2 each pack)
-$.02 MM!

5 Gum (2) $2.57 (one rang up more expensive :(
-BOGO CVS Q (took off $1.57)
-$1 or $.50 each

All together, my subtotal was $29.83. I used $11 in MQs, $15.56 in CVS Qs, and $3.50 in ECBs. This brought my total to $-.23. $1.62 tax had me pay $1.39 OOP and I earned $8 in ECBs, so a gain of $4.50. Woohoo....almost a $5 MM!

September's Savings Totals...Yes, I am still alive!

I have wanted to do post about my trips, but I have lost the charger for my camera and it officially died. I ordered a new one on Ebay and am just waiting for it to arrive. I have also been very busy with little time to coupon. Therefore, I have let some deals go because there just wasn't enough hours in the day for me to cash in on them. Here is how we did though:

Shelf Cost: $1037.52
Manufacturer Coupons: $309.71
Store Coupons/ RRs/ ECBs: $387.28
Mail-In Rebates: $28
Tax Paid: $32.41

I paid $312.53 after rebates plus $32.40 tax for a total of $344.94. I should mention that our budget is up to $275 now after we have taken in our first foster child. (a 13 year old boy) So, yes we were still over by alot, nearly $70 to be exact! My savings was back down to 69.88% this month too....tear....