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Monday, February 01, 2010

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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