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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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Friday Finals 12/2

on 12.2.2011 at 8:20pm

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I realized around Tuesday of this week that I forgot to post Friday Finals last week.  Sorry about that!  Here’s our savings for the last two weeks…

It’s tradition  to hit CVS on Black Friday.  This year I took my twin 6 year olds.  They did an awesome job, I think part of their motivation though was that snickers bars were free after extracare bucks.  My store was slammed and cashiers slightly stressed so rather than going for minimum out of pocket I broke it into 3 large transactions and called it a day.   That might not sound like a help, but believe me it was!  Everyone around me was also coupon shopping so no one minded waiting on each other.

Total Before Sales and Coupons:  $31.23
Total Spent: $8.14
Total Saved: $23.09 or 74%

I have $14 in Extracare bucks left from these transactions to spend on another week.  We also got 10 Hot Wheels cars that were on sale for 50¢ so that’s $5 right there!

Total Before Sales and Coupons: $117.60
Total Spent: $59.73
Total Saved:  $57.87 or 49.2%

The included milk, steak, bread and produce!  I also stocked up on clearance light bulbs since for every two you buy you’ll also get a $2 off Catalina coupon off your next purchase.  We broke it into two transactions to use the catalina coupons from the first purchase towards the second.  I still have $6 in catalinas remaining for our next visit.

I would love to hear some of your Black Friday adventures plus this weeks savings.  Leave a comment or a link to your savings post.

    • Lovetosave

      my black friday was wonderful the cashier were so nice and because i went on wendsnesday  at 9 pm they start black friday sales i find everything without problems the store was empty and i made a lot of transactions i took my time every went very smooth my very first black friday was a nice experience 

    • Caroline

      I went Thursday before our noon meal to both CVS and Rite Aid.  Cashiers were great at both.  At Rite Aid the only thing they were out of that I wanted was the Softsoap.  They subbed for the smaller bottles and still took my coupons.  Total spent at Rite Aid: $1.71 with $8.50 in +UPs back!  CVS was out of more things and I had to rework my transactions.  I was already late for dinner and getting stressed so my OOP was higher than I like.  3 transactions (two under $1) and another just over $12.  But I got back $17 in ECB!  Total worth for the day: $109, total spent: $14.41, with $25 to spend between the two stores!!

    • Laura

      Black Friday was AWESOME.  I went with my mother to the CVS in her small town.  The store isn’t open 24 hours, so we got there Thanksgiving Day at 7am, NO ONE was there!  We had gone the night before to make a note of where everything was, and to pick up the CVS beauty mag w/coupons.  We were in and out in less than 30 minutes, and then ran back up there a little later at 10 (once I explained to my mom that she could get more stuff for free with her remaining bucks) and they still had the items we were looking for… I think I started a Thanksgiving tradition of going to her small town to get all the deals without all the crowds!  Our combine total was $416 before sales and coupons and $33 after, plus I have a MIR for $10 on the Sonicare, so my final bottom line is $23 or 94.4% saved!!  Our cashiers were FABULOUS, and complemented us on our organization and capitalization on all the deals – but those complements really go to Jenny and SouthernSavers cause we couldn’t have done it without her tutelage!!! 

    • Karen

      Once again, CVS was an awesome experience. Mine isn’t open 24 hrs, so went in at 7:00. There were 3 others doing the same thing (First year I wasn’t alone in the store!). We all broke our orders down and rotated in and out of line as there was just one cashier. I did three transactions with a total of 6.62 out of pocket and ended with 19 ECB;s.
      We let anyone who came in to just pick something up get in front of us. We even brought in the morning paper stacks. It was very friendly.
      2 of my fellow couponers were using multiple CVS tags…I’m not comfortable with doing that myself. No need for anyone to defend them, I realize we each get to make that decision ourselves.
      Right across the street is Walgreens. They open at 7:00 also…and at 8:00 they were still closed! Someone didn’t set an alarm! But they are never as easy to work with as CVS!!!!