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WYB - when you buy CRT - cash register tape
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peelie - coupon located on merchandise Q - coupon

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December 31, 2008

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December 30, 2008

Olay Gift Cards

I did a quick trip to CVS this morning to take advantage of the 2 $15 gift cards that Olay is offering right now. Visit their website for the full details. Here is my transaction:

Buy 2 Olay regenerist cleansing cloths $11.98 (bogo 50% off)
Buy 1 Olay definity pore redefining scrub $8.99
Buy 1 Olay definity illuminating cream cleanser $8.99
-use (1) $5/$25 CVS coupon
-use (1) $3 off facial care product CRT
-use (2) $3 off olay definity cleanser coupon
-use (1) $3 off any 2 olay facial cleansers
=$14.28 OOP, get $30 in gift cards

When I got home and began filling out the rebate form I realized that it says you must have the original sales receipts for both transactions so I called the P&G rebate center and they verified that yes, you need the original for each. So I called CVS and they told me they are unable to print out two copies of a receipt but they can print out a computer copy - I'm hoping that this will work. I plan on making copies of everything that I mail in and hopefully I'll be getting the $30 in gift cards in 6-8 weeks.

*you'll want to hurry if you do this offer - some of the Olay coupons expire on 12/31!!

December 29, 2008

How It Went

Transactions for my card:

#1 - I paid $.30 OOP, received $7 ECBs
#2 - I paid $.59 OOP, received $6 ECBs

I have $8 left in ECBs to use next week.

Transaction for Mike's card:

I paid $2.50 OOP, received $9 ECBs

December 28, 2008

CVS Week of 12/28 - 1/3

I'm hoping to do three transactions this week. Since we have two cards (one for me and one for hubby) I'm hoping to pull this off. I'm starting with $12.58 in ECBs for my card and Mike has $7 in ECBs for his card. Here are the transactions:

Transaction for Mike's card
Buy 1 schick quattro razor $8.99, get $5 ECBs
Buy 1 gillette body wash $3.99
Buy 1 colgate toothpaste $2.99, get $2 ECBs
-use (1) $3/$15 coupon (click here to find out how)
-use (1) $2 schick quattro coupon
-use (1) $2 gillette body wash coupon
-use (1) $1.50 colgate printable
-use $7 in ECBs
=$.47 + tax OOP, get $7 ECBs

Transaction #1 for my card
Buy 2 pantene $7, get $2 ECBs
Buy 1 schick quattro razor $8.99, get $5 ECBs
-use $3/$15 coupon
-use (1) $3/2 pantene coupon
-use (1) $2 schick quattro coupon
-use $7.99 in ECBs
=$0 + tax OOP, get $7 ECBs

Transaction #2
Buy 2 pantene $7, get $2 ECBs
Buy 2 colgate toothpaste $2.99, get $4 ECBs
Buy 1 facial care product $3
-use $3/$15 coupon
-use (1) $3/2 pantene coupon
-use (2) $1.50 colgate printable
-use $3 off facial care CRT (cash register tape) coupon
-use $2.59 in ECBs
=$1.39 + tax OOP, get $6 ECBs

If everything works out I should get almost $48 in products for under $2 and earn $20 in ECBs for next time!

December 22, 2008

Quick Trip

I made a quick trip to CVS this morning. I had a $5/$15 purchase CRT (cash register tape) that printed out yesterday. It was expiring in 3 days so I needed to act fast! I picked up some batteries because I'm sure Logan will be receiving some toys for Christmas that will take batteries. They had Energizers on sale so I picked them up. I was also hoping to stock up on the Arm & Hammer cleaning products ($2.99, get $2.99 ECBs) but they were completely out :( Here is my transaction:

Buy 1 size D 4 pack Energizer batteries $5.99
Buy 1 size C 4 pack Energizer batteries $5.99
Buy 1 size AA 4 pack Energizer batteries $5.29
-use (3) $.75 Energizer coupons
-use $5/$15 CVS purchase coupon
-use $8.58 in ECBs
=$1.44 + tax, get $5 in ECBs

December 21, 2008

CVS Week of 12/21-12/27

I only did one transaction at CVS this week. But who knows - I might go back after Christmas!! We'll see if they tempt me with any deals. I had $9 in ECBs to use for the purchase.

Buy 1 Hall's Natural cough drops $2.59, get $2.59 ECBs
Buy 1 Excedrin express gels $3.99, get $3.99 ECBs
Buy 2 Crest Pro-health toothpaste $2.99, get $2 ECBs
Buy 2 Pedialyte 1 ltr bottles $5.49, get $2 ECBs
Buy 2 J&J safety cotton swabs $1.59
Buy 1 J&J buddies soap $1.19
-use $5/$25 CVS purchase coupon
-use (1) $.50 Halls coupon
-use (1) $2 Excedrin coupon
-use (2) $1 Crest toothpaste coupons
-use (1) $5/2 Pedialyte coupon
-use (1) $3/3 Johnson & Johnson coupon
-use $9 in ECBs
=$2.41 + tax OOP, get$12.58 ECBs

I could have left off the three J&J products and still been over the $25 mark, but I needed to pick up the cotton swabs for my boys. Paying under $3 for all these items still is not too bad and I built up my ECBs for next time too!!

December 19, 2008


Noah (my 3 month old) & I dropped these off at one of the shelters this morning. I went through my "loot" that I got for almost free at CVS. This is not even half of my stash but I thought this would be a nice start. The picture doesn't include a couple of bottles of Pantene that I picked up this past week at CVS.

December 18, 2008

New CVS Coupon

Click here to get a coupon to save $4/$20 purchase at CVS. This is good until the end of the year!!

December 17, 2008


I ordered these products from CVS.com. This was my first experience ordering anything from their website and for the most part it went quite smoothly. I decided to place the order over the internet since I would be getting over $50 worth of Olay products for a little over $9. Nothing to complain about there!! Here is how I got the deal:

-CVS was running a promotion of save $10 off your $50 order
-along with this promotion if you entered the codes "mastercard" and "medicare" in all caps you would save an additional $10 & $5 respectively
-Olay was also running a promotion that if you bought $50 of Olay products you could fill out a rebate form for $20

Today I got the box in the mail from CVS. I had placed the order back on December 1st. I had received an email from them saying the order would be delayed which worried me a bit since the rebate for Olay had to be postmarked by Dec. 20th. Luckily I shouldn't have to worry about that.

So here is the breakdown of what I received:
-Olay Definity pore redefining scrub ($10.99)
-Olay total effects nourishing cream cleanser ($9.99)
-Olay deep penetrating foaming moisturizer ($29.99)
=$54.03 - coupons ($25) - Olay rebate ($20)
=$9.03 OOP

I got a great deal!! I also found some more surprises in the box. In the picture you can see all the freebies that were included and all of them except the Always Infinity included coupons.

Cream Cheese Cookies

Thrifty Jinxy is hosting a cookie exchange, so I thought I would join in on the fun! These cookies are SO delicious and super simple to make! They freeze wonderfully and you can tweak them to your favorite flavor.

Cream Cheese Cookies

1 box cake mix - any flavor (I love using Strawberry)
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 pkg. (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened
1 egg yolk
1/4 tsp. almond extract

Mix all ingredients together; try not to consume all the dough (it tastes like flavored cream cheese). Chill for 3o minutes (if you live in ND, like I do, just set outside). Preheat oven to 375*. Roll dough into 1" balls. Cook for 11-13 minutes; until golden brown around the edges. Cool on wire rack and try not to eat them all!!

December 16, 2008


All of my transactions worked out perfectly!! And I got a nice bonus when I purchased the Pepsi products - I received a coupon to save $5 off my next $15 purchase! I think I'll go back and buy some more of the pantene since I have some more of the $2 off coupons.

December 15, 2008

These are a couple more scenerios that I'll be doing. I'm starting out with $21.98 in ECBs ($17.98 from eye solution and $4 from carefree products).

Transaction #1
Buy 2 colgate toothpastes $2.99, get $2 ECBs
Buy 2 pantene shampoo $5.99, get $2 ECBs
Buy 1 schick quattro razor $7.99, get $3 ECBs
Buy 3 boxes of general mills cereal 3/$10
-use (2) $1.50 colgate coupons
-use (1) $2 pantene coupon
-use (1) $2 schick quattro coupon
-use (2) $.55 trix cereal coupons
-use (1) $.75 cheerios cereal coupon
-use $5/$25 purchase CVS coupon
-use $21.98 ECBs
=$.12 + tax OOP, get $11 ECBs

Transaction #2
Buy 3 boxes of general mills cereal 3/$10, get $10 ECBs (buy $20 in general mills products, get $10 ECBs)
Buy 1 robitussin product $4.99
-use (1) $1 general mills coupon
-use (1) $2 robitussin printable coupon
-use (1) $1 robitussin CRT
-use $11 ECBs from trans. #1
=tax OOP, get $10 ECBs

CVS Week of 12/14-12/20

Transaction #1
Buy 2 colgate total toothpastes $2.99 get $2 ECBs
-use (2) $1.50 colgate coupons
=$2.98 + tax OOP, get $4 ECBs

Transaction #2
Buy Pepsi products 4/$13 get $3 ECBs
-use $1 Dr. Pepper coupon
-use $4 ECBs from first transaction
=$8 + tax OOP, get $3 ECBs


Welcome to my new blog. I decided to start this so that I could have a separate place to fully document my shopping at CVS. I'm sure I will post other deals here from time to time but it will mainly be about CVS. I have been shopping at CVS consistently since July of this year. I decided with the arrival of my second child (Noah) I needed to find a way to save on all the baby items (mainly diapers, baby wash and formula) that I would be purchasing yet again. I discovered a ton of blogs to help me save money in those areas but I also found out how to NEVER pay more than $1 for shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste and razors! I hope you'll continue to stop by and join me on my money-saving adventure!
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