Monday, December 30, 2013


My CVS totals are kinda skewed this week because I still had some ECBs from back at Black Friday that I had to spend. In fact, they had expired 3 days ago.
Most of my stores will take expired ECBs within the week, but sometimes you run into the odd cashier or manager that is in a bad mood, is just plain hateful, or is absolutely positive that expired means expired.
I should have went last week, for more reasons than just my ECBs expiring. As they say, you snooze you lose, and I lost out on a lot of great Clearance deals.

Even though $50.00 of the ECBs I had was FREE money (Get $50 ECB when you put $150 on Paypal/My Vanilla debit card deal), I still don't like just wasting it paying full price for things, or buying junk.
I like to get more for my money, even if it's Free money.

The items in the picture below were all Clearanced items, and I had coupons for most of them, making them even cheaper.

The Just The Basics hair Conditioner was on clearance for 62¢ each. I didn't have any coupons but that was too good of a price to pass up huge bottles of conditioner.

Also, the Allegra allergy tablets were on sale 50% off, so the box of 12 tablets was $5.74. I had read, though, that someone had found them at their store for 75% off, so I just bought one box today and will check back later to see if they get any cheaper. I hope so, these are the only allergy pills I can take that don't knock me out.

The LA Looks hair gel is clearanced at 99¢, and I had 75¢ coupons from the 10-27 SS and IP, making them 24¢ each.

Burt's Bees Lip Shimmer Radiance clearance price $1.24 and I used a $1.50 IP.

Several of the Clairol hair colors are on clearance as low as $2.62. I found a Dark Auburn color for my Ma and used a $2.00 coupon from the 11-24 RP. I believe there's new (even better) coupons in the 12-29 PG (which I didn't get, boo).

The Neutrogena Wave Sonic...I think it's a face cleaner, I'm not real sure, but the others on the message boards said it was a great deal, and I'm a sucker for a great deal, haha.
The Wave Sonic was clearance priced $4.69, and I had $3.00 IP, and the Wave Refills were clearance priced $1.87 and I had $2.00 IP.
All total I paid $1.56 for the Wave and 30 refill pads.

Some of the Aveeno shampoo was on clearance, but I only found 3 bottles out of 4 stores. The Nourish + Volumize was $1.94, and the Dry Shampoo $2.24 each.  I had (2) coupons for $1.00/1 (11-03 SS), and some coupons for $2/2 (11-03 SS), but since I couldn't find 2 at the same time, I couldn't use those, and I ended up buying one of shampoos not using a coupon at all.
All together I paid $4.42.
Despite being clearance items, they counted towards the Buy 3, get $10 ECB deal this week, so after I bought the 3rd one, I got an ECB for $10.00, which makes this deal a $5.58 money maker.

With  the money maker, all the items pictured above end up costing me $5.34 total.

Regular deals:

This week you get $3.00 ECB for buying Colgate multipack toothpaste or toothbrushes. The 4 pack travel size packs count towards this deal. They were $3.29 at my store (prices vary) so after ECB they only cost 29¢ each.

I looked in my medicene cabinet the other day for a bottle of Robitussin cough syrup (my son has/had a terrible chest cold and cough this week) but it wasn't there. I thought I had some, so I don't know what happened to it.
Oh well, luckily CVS had a sale on it this week.
$4.95, minus $1.00 (12-08 RP or IP)
Pay $7.90 (for 2) and get $3.00 ECB back wyb 2
Makes them $2.45 each

Advil Congestion is the same deal: $4.95 each, get $3.00 wyb 2
- $2.00 IP
Pay $5.90 (for 2) get back $3.00 ECB wyb 2
Makes them $1.45 each

This is a spend $20, get $5 ECB or spend $30, get $10 ECB deal.
(2) Tide $5.94 each - $3/2 (12-01 or 12-29 PG)
(1) Charmin 20 ct. $9.99 - 25¢ (12-01 or 12-29 PG)
(1) Bounty 12 ct. $9.99 - 25¢ (12-01 or 12-29 PG)
(2) Dawn 99¢ each - 50¢ IP
Pay $29.34, get $10.00 ECB
Total cost $19.34 for all

When I scanned my CVS card at the Red Coupon/Price Checker machine, I got a CVS coupon for $3 off $10 (toothpaste, toothbrush, mouthwash...can't remember the exact wording).
There is also a deal this week where you get $5.00 ECB why $10.00 worth of Listerine, Reach, and/or Rembrandt items.
Listerine at my store was $5.49 each
- $2.00 off Listerine IP
- 3.00 CVS coupon
Pay $3.98, get $5.00 ECB
Makes it Free plus $1.02 money maker.

I also got a $4.00 off $10.00 (razor, shaving cream...I forget the wording) CVS coupon from the red machine.
The deal this week is, buy a Gillette Razor, get $2.00 ECB
There are many different male and female razors, and coupons available to go with them.
I had a $3.00 off Gillette Fusion Proglide from the 12-15 RP. Looks like there's also the same coupon in the 12-29 PG, and one for Venus in the 12-15 RP.
The cheapest Fusion Proglide at my store was $9.99
- $3.00 (12-15 RP)
- $4.00 CVS coupon
Pay $2.99, get $2.00 ECB
Makes it 99¢

A $1.00 off the Extra laundry detergent is printing from the red machine this week. These detergents are $2.49, or $1.49 after CVS coupon.

I had a Raincheck for this deal from some time back...I'm not too good about using rainchecks, I usually forget about them, but happened to see this one in my CVS coupon envelope.
The Raincheck price was $5.99 each, get $3.00 ECB wyb 2.
- $1.00 tearpad coupons x 2
Pay $9.98, get $3.00 ECB
Makes it $6.98, or 29¢ per cup of coffee.

Then there was this. I didn't really need a Lunch Crock pot, but others on the message boards said it was a great deal, and we already know what a sucker I am like that. Le sigh.
Anyway it was $4.99, regular $19.99.

The Christmas Trivia cards were 75¢, I needed to spend 60¢ on something to be able to use (not lose) my ECBs. I'll stick this in someone's stocking next year.

So all the regular deals, raincheck, and the Crock pot and trivia cards come to a final cost of $43.39.

Added to the Clearance item cost of $5.34, the Grand Total cost of everything I bought today is $48.73.

But since I earned $50.00 Free ECBs for doing the debit card deal back at Thanksgiving, this was all actually FREEEEEEE.

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