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Coupon Abbreviations
  • SC = Store Coupon
  • MC = Manufacturer Coupon
  • SS = Smart Source
  • RP = Red Plum
  • PG = Proctor and Gamble
Coupon Terms
  • WYB = When You Buy
  • B1G1 = Buy One Get One Free
  • .75/1 = 75 cents off one item
  • .75/3 = 75 cents off three items
  • EXP = Expiration Date

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cvs trip christmas eve

This morning I couldn’t sleep so I got up at 6 am and started cutting coupons (isn’t that what you do?).  My mother was laid off from her job last week and figuring out what to give her for Christmas has been challenging.  She doesn’t need things that are fun (though they would be great) she needs money.

I decided this morning to give her a stocking stuffed with everything she could use.  Practical I know, but she doesn’t coupon (believe me I’ve tried to teach her) so while I spent nothing on all of this, she really would have spent the $130 retail.

I went in armed with two store coupons that really made this a fun trip.  The coupon center also printed a few that came in handy.

40% off CVS Housebrand items, sent by email late last week
$3 off $15 Beauty Care items, sent by email
$4 off $20 oral care, CVS coupon center
$3 off $15 Hair care, CVS coupon center

For anyone getting started this should make you happy… I did it all in one transaction!  The store was very busy for 8 am on Christmas Eve and I thought it the nicest thing to do.

I Bought:

(1) Cadbury Large Bar, $1.99
(1) Tide Free & Clear, 50 oz, $5.94
(1) CVS Hand Sanitizer, 99¢
(2) CVS Toothbrushes, 3 pk., $3.19
(1) CVS Bar Soap, 2 pk., $3.29
(3) Colgate Total Advanced Toothpaste, 4 oz, $3.99
(1) Colgate Total Mouthwash, 1 L, $7.99
(2) Almay Lip Balms, $5.99
(2) CVS Sensitive Skin Body Wash, $5.75
(1) CVS Men’s 5 Blade Razor, $6.99
(1) Gillette Fusion Razor, $9.49
(1) Nuance Shampoo, 10 oz, $7.99
(1) Nuance Conditioner, 10 oz, $7.99
(2) Neutrogena Naturals Facial Cleanser, 6 oz, $8.49
(1) Physicians Formula Foundation, $14.99
(1) Bic Cristal Pens, 10 ct., $1.49
(2) Essence of Beauty Hand Lotions, 1 oz, 99¢

Subtotal: $138.68

Used:

-40% off CVS Brands coupon (took off $47.02)
-$3 off $15 Beauty Care items, sent by email
-$4 off $20 oral care, CVS coupon center
-$3 off $15 Hair care, CVS coupon center
-$2 off Tide detergent, excl Pods and trial size, PG 12/01 (exp 12/31)
(3) -$1 off Colgate Total  toothpaste, 4 oz+, SS 12/15 (exp 12/28)
-$2 off Colgate Total or Optic White mouthwash, 1 L or 33.8 oz printable
-$5/2 Almay cosmetics including makeup removers printable
-$3 off Gillette Fusion ProGlide razor, excl trial size, RP 12/15
-$2/2 off Neutrogena cleansers printable
-$1 off Bic stationery item printable

-$33.65 in ECB from Black Friday week

Total Due: $30.01

That may seem high… but then the ExtraCare bucks started printing!  I got $52 ECB’s back!

$10 ECB from $20 in Colgate
$4 ECB from (2) CVS Toothbrush multipacks
$5 ECB from Gillette Razor
$3 ECB from $10 in Nuance products
$10 ECB from $15 Physicians Formula
$5 ECB from (2) Neutrogena
$4 ECB from $12 CVS Brand cleansers
$1 ECB from Cadbury Bar
$5 ECB from CVS Razor
$5 ECB from (2) Almay

I know the out of pocket would have been lower with multiple transactions, but I’m quite pleased.  A $22 money maker trip is pretty awesome!

A few personal notes:

  • Make sure you are signed up for CVS emails!
  • We rarely see deals on Women’s Razors so get comfortable using Men’s.
  • Remember that you can be a few pennies short and the reward will print.  I have $19.96 in Colgate and $14.99 in Physicians Formula, but both rewards printed.