CVS is legendary in the frugal shopping world for their Extra Bucks (EBs) deals where you can get items for free or almost nothing out-of-pocket (OOP). I religiously shopped at CVS all during the spring, summer, and fall of 2008 to build up my stockpile of health and beauty aid items.
Then two thing happened. Firstly, I was so stockpiled up on our supplies that I didn't feel the urgency to go out every week and work the EB deals. Also, I started feeling frustrated with the stores for being out of stock week-in and week-out on the things I wanted to buy. I found myself living from raincheck to raincheck. Eventually, I had a big quantity of Extra Bucks expire. I spent my remaining Extra Bucks on things our family needed in the short-term, and I took a six-month break from CVS.
Now, all that said and done, I was running low on cokes, so last week, I bought four 12-packs at CVS and earned 3 Extra Bucks. Hmmm... What to do with them. I decided to jump back into the fray this week. Yes, there were many of the free school supply items out of stock, but there were still many deals to work with.
Jack Link's Chicken Nugget Jerky, $3.99 - FREE coupon from All*You = FREE
Soft Soap Serums, $4.99 - $2 MQ = $2.99
Used $3 Extra Bucks from last week
Subtotal = -$0.01
Total with tax = 46c
Earned 4 Extra Bucks for Softsoap
Got a coupon for free CVS aspirin
2 Packs of Stayfree, $5 each, - $1 MQ ip, -$1.50 CVS Q from scanner, - BOGO Q = $2.50 for 2
Caliber Compas, $1.50
CVS aspirin, $1.99 - FREE coupon from above
used 4 Extra Bucks from above
Subtotal = 0
Total with tax = 70c
Earned 5 Extra Bucks for Stayfree
Earned $1.50 for Compass
Earned a second Free Aspirin coupon. (I don't know why I got two.)
2 x Caliber 1-subject notebooks, 99c each
1 x Caliber protractor, $1.50
2 x Caliber erasers, 99c each
2 x M&M candy packs (filler) 45c each
CVS 100 ct. aspirin, $1.99 - FREE item coupon
Used $1.50 EBs & $5 EBs from #2
Total with tax, 43c
Earned $1.98 EBs for notebooks
Earned $1.50 EBs for protractor
Earned $1.98 EBs for erasers
I started the day with $3 Extra Bucks,
spent zero before tax,
paid $1.59 in tax.
I ended the day with $5.46 Extra Bucks.
Total value of goods purchased = $34.47 (including sale pricing savings)
(And all that with three antsy kids!)