Sunday, June 8, 2008

CVS Trips

I made 2 CVS transactions tonight. The going was a little rough because everything I had planned to get to help make the cereal deal better was out of stock. I decided I'd use the Nivea deal to help me out, but even that could have been a whole lot better if I could have printed more coupons from my presently internet-less other computer. It still turned out okay, though, and I'm pretty happy with how much I paid for the cereal.

Transaction #1

2 Boxes Honey Nut Cheerios and 1 Box Fiber One bars = $10.00
1 Nivea shaving gel = $2.69
1 Nivea shaving gel = $3.99
Total before coupons = $16.68
Minus $3/$15
Minus 2 $1.00 off Honey Nut Cheerios
Minus 1 $2.00 off Nivea
Total ECB's used = $9.38
Total oop = $.50
ECB's received = $0.00

Transaction #2

2 Boxes Cinnamon Toast Crunch and 1 Box Lucky Charms = $10.00
1 Nivea Shave Gel = $3.99
1 CVS cotton swabs = $3.19
Total before coupons = $17.18
Minus $3/$15
Minus $.55/2 Cinnamon Toast Crunch
Minus $1/2 from 6/8 Smartsource
Total ECB's used = $10.00
Total oop = $.83
ECB's received = $17.00 (cereal - $10; Nivea - $5; Cotton swabs = $2)

Between both transactions I spent $1.33 cash and $2.38 in ECB's for a total of $3.71. That comes out to about $.67 per box for the cereal, plus some other stuff I can give away. If you only count my actual out of pocket cost, I only spent $.22 per box.

We eat a lot of cereal at our house, so this was a great deal for us! And this to me was not even a great night due to lack of stock and coupons! If you have not started shopping at CVS yet, I hope this is enough encouragement to get started! You can learn the ropes in my 3 part series here, here, and here.


  1. That is a fantastic price for cereal! I will have to add that to my list.

  2. I didn't know you could split the cereal into multiple transactions. Can this be throughout the week too? I thought I had to buy it in 1 trans to get the ECB.

  3. Jennifer,
    Any time there is a deal where you have to buy a certain amount of something before you get the ECB's, you can always do it in more than one transaction. If you look at the bottom of your receipt, it will tell you how much you have spent towards the deal and how much you still need to buy to get the ECB's.

  4. Don't you hate it when your best scenarios are foiled because CVS is out of certain items? Ugh. That drives me crazy. That happened to me on Friday. Was all set to buy 2 Listerine Smart Rinses and they were all out. Had to sub in 2 big bags of M&Ms at the last minute and then delete two other items from my scenario. Fortunately had my calculator on me and I needed to re-stock my co-workers M&M dispenser at work anyway. :)


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