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Coupon Abbreviations
  • SC = Store Coupon
  • MC = Manufacturer Coupon
  • SS = Smart Source
  • RMN = Retail Me Not
  • 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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I know it’s not Friday.  I realized I never typed this earlier today when a 5 year old asked me what day it was.  Yeah… you know you’re a stay at home mom when you have to consult a phone or calendar to answer that question.

This week I didn’t go grocery shopping, just hit CVS.  My goal is to go weekly for the next month and break down for you how we bought it transaction by transaction whether in a post or a video.  This week since I’m already late lets just type it out rather than waiting longer for me to piece a video together.

For this first week at CVS I had no ExtraCare Bucks.  I haven’t been in ages, and still don’t really need to go except for diapers.  I ended up going to a new to me CVS that is right next to my unique Bi-Lo that has no clue about coupons.  This store is also as unique, they don’t advertise sales and ExtraCare Buck deals because no one does them.  Sad day…  so on Wednesday night I walked in as if it were Sunday and got every deal exactly as I planned.  The only hitch for me, was that with no sale tags I had to completely trust my shopping list and the trip took a little longer to find items.

Here’s what I bought by transaction.

Transaction #1
(3) Huggies Diapers, jumbo pk., $9.49
(1) Huggies Wipes, 72 ct., $3
Subtotal: $31.47
-$4 off $15 in Baby Care purchase, from CVS Coupon Center
(2) -$3 off Huggies diapers, excl trial size printable
-$3 off Huggies diapers (share) printable
-$1 off Huggies wipes, play game 3x (Facebook) printable
Total Due: $17.47 + tax
Got Back: $12 ECB

Transaction #2
(2) L’Oreal Youth Code BB Cream, $12
(2) L’Oreal Daily Face Wash, $4.99
Subtotal: $33.98
-$5 off $30 in Facial Care, from CVS coupon center
(2) -$2 off L’Oreal Youth Code item, excl trial size, RP 5/19
(2) -$2 off L’Oreal product, new registrants printable
-$12 ECB
Total Due: $8.98
Got Back: $10 ECB

Transaction #3
(2) Colgate Total Mouth Wash, 8 oz, $4.49
(1) Gillette Venus Razor, $7.29
(2) Crest Pro Health Toothpaste, 4 oz, $2.99
Subtotal: $22.25
-$2 off $10 in Oral Care, from CVS Coupon Center
(2) -$2 off Colgate mouthwash, 8 oz +, SS 6/2
-$5 off Gillette Venus razor, excl disposables and trial size, RP 6/16
(2) -.50/1 Crest toothpaste, 4 oz +,  printable
-$10 ECB
Total Due: 25¢ + tax
Got Back: $12 ECB ($4, $4, $2, $2)

Transaction #4
(2) Crest Pro Health Mouth Wash, 1 L, $4.99
(1) Candy Bar, 75¢
(2) -$1.10 off Crest ProHealth rinse, 458 mL + printable
-$4 ECB
-$4 ECB
Total Due: 53¢
Got Back: $8 ECB

Total before sales and coupons: $114.92
Total spent after tax: $31.27
ECB Remaining: $12 ($8, $2, $2)

Even without the ECB back that is still a 73% savings on things that we will use.  I personally loved the diaper deal and could have cried when the $4 off coupon printed for me.

I have $12 towards the deals we grab next week, which is also awesome!  It should mean we pay next to nothing next week!

How did you do this week?  Leave a comment or a link to your savings post.