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My CVS (and Meijer!) loot for this week

**If you haven't already, click here to enter my giveaway for a $10 gift card to Target!

**If you're new to the CVS game this post won't make much sense to you. Go here first to read my Beginner's Guide to CVS and learn everything you need to know. Then read the rest of this post to see how I got all of this stuff for free at CVS this week, and how you can too!


This was a pretty good week for me at CVS. My first trip, Sunday, I had a great cashier. When I went in, I did 4 small orders, and she was so friendly and encouraging, I told her I thought I would go put my purchases in the trunk and reorganize a few things and come back in and do a few more transactions to use up all of my coupons. Which I did, and I came back in and did three more small transactions. So the picture below shows 7 transactions, done on my 2 cards, and I spent about $2.50 oop. You can see my scenarios here. (I actually bought 2 of the waters, but one stayed in the trunk for Hubs to take to work, so it didn't make it into the photograph).



On Wednesday, after learning that the Cleansing Towellettes were giving back more ECBs than the ad said, I decided to run in and buy a few of those, before CVS fixed the problem. It seems that I was just in time, too, because the next morning the "bug" was fixed, and they were no longer a money-maker. I was completely out of printer paper, so that money making deal allowed me to get 4 packs of paper (on sale 2/$8) for free!

I bought everything in the following picture (4 packs of paper, 4 rolls of toilet paper, 6 CVS cleansing towelettes, 4 CVS pantiliners, 3 CVS tampons, 6 Revlon Beauty tools, 3 Gatorade G2s, and 2 bags of Doritos) in 4 transactions using my 2 cards, and paid less than $1 oop. I burned a couple of ECBs on the Revlon tools, because they weren't part of the Revlon monthly ECB deal as I had thought (my error reading the ad). But after the expired $5/$15 I used on each transaction (my store takes expired CVS coupons) and the profit from the cleansing towelettes, I almost broke even.


This week, I made a run to Meijer to take advantage of some of the good coupon deals I had. You can read my posts on what I bought here and here.

Everything below cost me less than $6! How exciting that was! And I got a catalina for $4 off of my next order. I'm not usually one for stockpiling groceries, simply because I don't have much space to store it all. I gave 2 of the salsas to my sister, and wasn't even sure we'd use the other 4 bottles before they expired, until my sister suggested I put them in the crockpot with some chicken and maybe some cheese or sourcream, and that could be dinner one night. Great idea! I doubt the salsas will last a month now, I have lots of ideas for working them into dinners.
And the 5 bottles of Lawry's marinades will hopefully be used up by the end of summer, we do a lot of grilling around here.


So all in all, a pretty great shopping week! Now I'm off to the park with my girls to enjoy the holiday weekend. Hope you all had a great 4th of July!

Here are a couple of pics of my 2 year old (with her cousin in the first pic and with Daddy in the second) enjoying our fireworks yesterday!




Free Crazy Bread when you buy a Hot -n- Ready!


Use this coupon to get a free order of Crazy Bread when you buy a $5 Hot and Ready Pizza at Little Caesars!

I used to dislike Little Caesars pizza. Until recently, when they started advertising that you can have garlic-butter and parmesan (the same stuff they use on the crazy bread) added all over your pizza for $0.75 more. Mmmm. I don't suggest this if you are watching your weight or are worried about clogged arteries, but health concerns aside, a large cheese pizza with garlic-butter and parmesan all over it is delicious. Especially with a side of Buffalo Ranch sauce to dip it in.
Ok, I need to stop. My waist just got an inch bigger just thinking about it.

Enjoy!



And while you're at Meijer for the Planters deal...


If you're planning a trip to Meijer to do the Planters deal in my previous post, here are a few other deals worth looking into while you're there:

  • 16oz packages of Tilapia fillets are $5.99 and B1G1. Use 2 Meijer Mealbox coupons for $2 off, making your total $1.99 for 2 bags!
  • Maxwell House Coffee is 50% off. I believe this brings the price as low as $1.65. Coupons.com has $0.75/1 coupons (you can print them from my sidebar). My Meijer will "double" this to $1.00/1, making the final price $0.65!
  • Dole Iceberg salads are 10/$10 with the 11th free. Use $1 off coupon from the May/June issue of Meijer Healthy Living and get them FREE!!
  • Lawry's Marinades are 5/$5. Use $0.50/1 coupon from 4/6 and 5/18 RP, doubled to $1.00/1- final price is FREE!
  • ChiChi's salsa is on sale for $0.99. Use $0.55/1 coupon from 6/29 SS, "doubled" to $1.00/1- final price is FREE!
  • Dove Chocolate is 2/$5. Use B1G1 coupon (from my coupon.com sidebar widget), and $1.50/1 coupon from 5/11 RP. Final price is $1 for 2 bags!
  • Ziploc Storage Containers are 2/$4. Look for peelies on the package for $1/1, making them $1 each! (There were $0.55/1 coupons in a recent insert. These would also "double" to $1, if your store doubles.)
  • Chex Mix is on sale for $1.25. Use $0.65/1 coupon (from my coupons.com sidebar widget), "doubled" to $1, final price is $0.25!
  • Lysol is on sale for 50% off. Some price examples:
    28 Oz Trigger: $1.39
    32 Oz Pourable: $1.39
    Kitchen Cleaner: $1.01
    Toilet Bowl Cleaner: $1.04
    Deep Reach Toliet Bowl Cleaner: $1.49
    Wipes: $1.29

    Use coupons from 6/22 SS, or register to print coupons here, and get these products for super cheap!


$3 off Planters when you buy 3 Kraft products

I have been seeing ads for this coupon for a couple of weeks now on various sites, but it took a while for me to give it some attention and figure out how to make it work for me.


The coupon is for $3 off of any Planters product (9oz or more) when you buy any 3 Kraft products.
There is a list of Kraft products here.


At Meijer, until 7/13, if you buy 3 Planters in one order, you'll get a Catalina for $4 off your next order (oyno).

Here's my scenario:

$0.20 x9 packets of Koolaid (a Kraft product)
$3.19 x3 Planters Honey Roasted Peanuts

$10.77 before coupons

-$9 (3) $3/Planters wyb 3 Kraft

$1.77 after coupons, get $4 oyno Catalina


If you don't have a Meijer store near you, this is still a great deal without the $4 Catalina! Koolaid should be cheap wherever you shop, making this a great deal for some free Planters!


Also, Walmart (and possibly other stores?) had tearpads with various products that you could get free with 3 Kraft products (Wheat Thins, Crystal Light, Kraft Salad Dressing, and Oscar Mayer Hot Dogs). Parade magazine (from the 6/22 Sunday paper) had a coupon on page 2 for a free package of Kraft singles with 3 Kraft products. You can use these coupons along with the $3/Planters coupon for even more savings!


Here are the links to where you can print the $3/Planters coupon (all work in IE, but may not all work in FireFox. If you get the "Please Wait..." in FireFox, close the window and try it in Explorer). You should be able to print two coupons per link.






Cleansing Towellettes Money-Maker Update

I previously posted that the CVS Brand cleansing towelettes were printing out $2.99 ECBs, rather than the $1 ECB that is advertised in the July ECB book.

It seems this deal is no longer generating $2.99 ECBs. As of this morning, CVS seems to have fixed the system and it's now only generating $1. Still free after the $2 off CVS brand Skin Care coupon, but no longer money-maker!

Oh well, it was good while it lasted. Glad I made that unplanned trip last night and picked up 6 packs (3 on each card)!


Another Bloggy Giveaway!

** The winner of this contest has been chosen! Click here to see who won! A great big "Thank you!" to everyone who entered, everyone who linked me on their blogs, and everyone who subscribed to my future posts! **

To say thank you to my loyal readers this week, I am giving away a $10 Target Gift Card!

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Make sure to leave the link to your blog in my comments section so that I can share the linky love!

I'll draw the winner on Wednesday, July 9, a week from today. Good luck! I hope you win!! :)



Hidden CVS Money-Maker


I found this at SlickDeals:

The July ECB deal for CVS Cleansing Towelettes earns $1 ECB.
The price for the "Cleansing and Make-Up Remover" in the blue package is $2.99, and it is being reported that these are free after ECBs, earning $2.99 ECBs back.
The "Exfoliating" ones are priced at $3.29 and are also reportedly earning $2.99 back.

Use the $2 off CVS Brand skin care printable with either of these and both are Money Makers!

Click here to see an ad scan with an image of both products.


Heads Up Monday! CVS deals for the next two weeks!

**If you're new to the CVS game this post won't make much sense to you. Go here first to read my Beginner's Guide to CVS and learn everything you need to know. Then read the rest of this post for tips on how to make the game work for you, too!




Here are the best deals that I see from the July Monthly ECB deals:

Money Maker!

Revlon Accessories:
$5 ECB wyb 2 Revlon Hair Brushes or Accessories (Limit 3)
Revlon has Nail Clippers and Tweezers priced as low as $2.99 each.
Buy 2 at $2.99 and use 2 $1 off Revlon Beauty Tool coupons (from 5/18 SS)
$3.98 after coupons, earns $5 ECBs!

I'm sorry to those of you who bought the clippers and tweezers only to find out that the ECBs didn't print! I got my sale info from SlickDeals and not the actual ad, and I didn't realize that the ECB deal was for Hair Accessories. From now on I'll try my best to verify everything with the actual ad in hand. I lost out on this one as well, I bought 6 tweezers and clippers tonight and lost out on the ECBs! :(


Free!


Pantyliners:
$0.99 CVS/Brand 22ct Pantyliners (earns $0.99 ECBs, limit 2)

Tampons:
$1.49 CVS 5ct. Tampons (earns $1.49 ECBs, limit 2)


Nearly Free!

Deodorant
$2.79 Sure 2.7oz Antiperspirant
$2.79 Sure 2.7oz Antiperspirant (earns $3 when your buy 2, limit 3)
-$2 (2) $1 off coupons (from 5/11 SS or printable)
$0.58 after coupons and ECBs!

Acne Cleansing Pads
$3.99 Stridex 55ct pads (earns $1.50 ECBs, limit 4)
-$1 Stridex coupon (from 6/1 RP)
$1.49 after coupon and ECBs!

Bottled Water:
Buy 2 Dasani 20oz bottled waters at $1.49 each (earns $1 ECB on 2)
Use $1 off Dasani printable
$0.50 each after coupon and ECBs!

Razors:
Buy 2 Bic Soleil Razors or 4ct refills at $6.99 each (earns $5 ECBs)
Use 2 $4 off coupons (from 6/22 SS)
$0.98 for both after coupons and ECBs!
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Here's what I see for the week of 7/6:

Money Maker!

Dish soap:
2/$2 Dawn Dish Liquid (earns $1 ECB when you buy 2, limit 5)
-$2 (2) $1 any Dawn coupons (from upcoming 7/6 P&G)
$1 Profit after coupons and ECBs!

Free!

Pantyliners:
$0.99 CVS/Brand 22ct Pantyliners (earns $0.99 ECBs, limit 2, recycled monthly deal)

Sport Drink:
Powerade is $1.49 and B1G1
Buy 2 and use 2 $0.75 Powerade coupons (from 6/8 SS)
FREE after coupons! (second coupon will most likely have to be adjusted down)


Nearly Free!

Tampons:
$4.99 Playtex Tampons 16-18 ct (earns $3 ECBs, limit 1)
-$1 Playtex Gentle Glide tampons, or Playtex Sport tampons (from 6/21 RP)
$0.99 after coupon and ECBs!


Potato Chips:
2/$2 Pringles (earns $1 ECB when you buy 2, limit 1)
$1 for both after ECB!


Cereal:
Post Cereal is $4.29 and B1G1
Buy 2 Honey Bunches of Oats and use 2 $2 off printables
$0.29 for both boxes after coupons!


Other Deals:

Earn $5 ECBs when you buy $10 worth of Febreze (limit 1)
-"Buy Fabric Refresher and get Air Effects spray free" from upcoming 7/6 P&G
(regular price of Fabric Refresher spray is $5.99, regular price of Air Effects spray is $3.29)
-also, if you haven't signed up for the Home Made Simple coupon booklet, go and do so now. If it arrives before this week's sales, there are coupons inside for $2 off one Noticeables starter kit, $1 off any one Febreze candle, $0.50 off any 1 Air Effects, and $0.50 off any 1 Fabric Refresher.
With these coupons and after ECBs, you should be able to get some of these itmes free or nearly free!


Earn $5 ECBs when you buy $15 worth of Rimmel Cosmetics
-$1 Rimmel product (from 5/11 RP)


Earn $10 ECBs when you buy $20 worth of Olay (includes Gillette/Old Spice/Zest body wash)
-$1.50 Olay Bar Pack, Bodywash, Ribbons or In Shower Body Lotion (from 6/29 RP)
-$2.00 Olay Botanical Fusion (from 6/29 RP)
-$3.00 Olay Regenerist Facial Moisturizer or Cleanser (from 6/22 SS)
-$1.00 Olay Facial Moisturizer or Cleanser (from 6/22 SS)
-$1.00 Olay Body Wash, Bar Pack or In-Shower Body Lotion (from upcoming 7/6 P&G)
-$3.00 Olay Definity Moisturizer (from upcoming 7/6 P&G)
-$1.00 Olay Facial Moisturizer or Facial Cleanser (from upcoming 7/6 P&G)
-$1.00 Olay Quench Hand & Body Lotion or Mousse (Excluding 30mL) (from upcoming 7/6 P&G)
-$2.00 Olay Ribbons Product (from upcoming 7/6 P&G)
-$1.00 Gillette 2 in 1 Body Wash (from upcoming 7/6 P&G)
-$1.00 on any TWO Old Spice Products (from upcoming 7/6 P&G)


Special Offer Deals:

FREE Gold Emblem drinking water case when you buy:
$20 of the P&G products on the front page (Tide, Folgers, Crest, Clairol Nice-n-Easy, Pampers, Pantene Pro-V, Gillette disposable razors, Bounty, Duracell, Always or Prilosec)

FREE M&Ms Nascar Cooler by mail WYB $12 of M&M/mars candy


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Here's what I see for the week of 7/13:

(The only ad scans I could find online anywhere was a 2-page scan. So this is a very little preview! More to come as it becomes available!)


Money Makers!

Photo Books:

$7.99 Kodak 6x8 10-page hardcover Photo Book (earns $7.99 ECBs, limit 2)
-$3 Kodak Photobook coupon (from 5.4 SS or 6/8 SS)
$3 Profit after coupon and ECBs!


Free!

Photo Books:
$3.99 Kodak 4x6 10-page hardcover Photo Book (earns $3.99 ECBs, limit 1)
($3 Kodak manu. coupon is only good for 6x8 or 8x10 size, so not good for this deal)



Nearly Free!

Toothpaste:
B1G1 Colgate toothpaste
Buy 2 Colgate Total 4.2oz at $3.49
Use 2 $1.50 off Colgate Total printables (or from the new All You magazine)
$0.25 each after coupons!

Hair Care:
2/$5 Herbal Essences Shampoo or Conditioner
Use $3/2 Herbal Essences shampoos or conditioners (from upcoming 7/6 P&G)
$1 each after coupon!




My CVS scenarios for the week of 6/29

**If you're new to the CVS game this post won't make much sense to you. Go here first to read my Beginner's Guide to CVS and learn everything you need to know. Then read the rest of this post to see how I got over $115 worth of stuff for free at CVS this week, and you can too!


I have already done all of my CVS shopping for the week this week! I did 7 transactions yesterday, I did 4 small ones on the first trip in, and had a great cashier, so I went out to the car, put my purchases in the trunk, and went back in and did 3 more. I'll post pics of my loot on Saturday.

(I used my expired $5/$15 for these orders because my store accepts expired CVS coupons. If you can't use the $5/$15, you can update your email address on CVS.com and they'll email you a $4/$20 coupon that you can use. This only works if it has been a while since you updated your email address last. Also, I get a lot of comments asking whether you can use a $4/$20 update coupon more than once. My store allows me to use it repeatedly until it expires, once per transaction. This most likely varies by store. I suggest asking your manager or cashier about your stores' specific policy regarding this.)

Ok, now on to the scenarios!

The first four transactions I did on my first card:

$1.99 Crest Toothpaste (earns $1 ECB)
$4.29 Nature Made Magnesium 100ct
$4.29 Nature Made Magnesium 100ct
$4.29 Nature Made Magnesium 100ct
$4.29 Nature Made Magnesium 100ct

$19.15 before coupons
$10.57 after discount for B1G1 Nature Made sale

-$5/$15
-$4 (4) $1 off Nature Made (from 6/1 SS)
-$1 Crest (from 6/1 SS)

$0.57 after coupons, earns $1 ECB!

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$9.99 Accu-Check Compact Plus diabetes monitor (earns $9.99 ECBs)
$6.99 Right Guard Professional Strength (earns $5 ECBs)

$16.98 before coupons

-$5/$15
-$1 Right Guard (from 5/18 SS)

$10.98 after coupons, earns $14.99 ECBs!

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$5.29 Coppertone Water Babies SPF 30 0.6oz stick
$5.29 Coppertone Water Babies SPF 30 0.6oz stick (earns $10 ECBs)
$4.99 Maybelline Collossal Volume Express Mascara (earns $2 ECBs)

$15.57 before coupons

-$5/$15
-$2 Maybelline Face Product (from 4.17 RP)

$8.57 after coupons, earns $12 ECBs

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$4.99 Maybelline Collossal Volume Express Mascara (earns $2 ECBs)
$7.99 Physicians Formula Mineral Wear Mascara (earns $7.99 ECBs)
$2.29 CVS 2oz Sunscreen SPF 30

$15.27 before coupons

-$5/$15
-$2 Maybelline Face Product (from 4/27 RP)
-$1 Physicians Formula (from 6/1 SS)
-$2 CVS Brand Skin Care printable (print at 50% size)

$5.27 after coupons, earns $9.99 ECBs!

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The next 3 transactions I did on my second card.


$2.99 Gold Emblem 24ct bottled water (price good through Monday, goes up to $3.99 Tuesday)
$6.99 Right Guard Professional Strength (earns $5 ECBs)
$7.99 Physicians Formula Mineral Mascara (earns $7.99 ECBs)

$17.97 before coupons

-$5/$15
-$1 CRT for CVS brand water
-$1 Right Guard (from 5/18 SS)
-$1 Physicians Formula (from 6/1 SS)

$9.97 after coupons, earns $12.99 ECBs!

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$2.99 Gold Emblem 24ct bottled water
$4.99 Maybelline Collossal Volume Express Mascara (earns $2 ECBs)
$4.99 Maybelline Collossal Volume Express Mascara (earns $2 ECBs)
$2.29 CVS 2oz Sunscreen SPF 30

$15.26 before coupons

-$5/$15
-$1 CRT for CVS brand water
-$2 Maybelline Face Product (from 4/27 RP)
-$2 Maybelline Face Product (from 4/27 RP)
-$2 CVS Brand Skin Care printable (print at 50% size)

$3.26 after coupons, earns $4 ECBs!

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$1.99 Crest Toothpaste (earns $1 ECB)
$5.29 Coppertone Water Babies SPF 30 0.6oz stick
$8.99 Coppertone Faces SPF 30 (earns $10 ECBs)

$16.27 before coupons

-$5/$15
-$1 Crest (from 6/1 SS)

$10.27 after coupons, earns $11 ECBs!


ECBs spent: $48.89
ECBs earned: $65.97
Total of purchases: $116.47 worth of stuff for free!



My CVS loot for last week

**If you're new to the CVS game this post won't make much sense to you. Go here first to read my Beginner's Guide to CVS and learn everything you need to know. Then read the rest of this post to see how I got all of this stuff for free at CVS this week, and how you can too!
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This is a little late, but here's how I did last week at CVS.
To see the scenarios, go to my post here.


I didn't get the chance to shop this week as much as I would have liked, but I was able to get some snack food and stock up on paper towels that should last us for months. And to my surprise, we found a flavor of SoyJoy that we can actually tolerate. The Strawberry isn't half bad! Hubs has been eating all the flavors for breakfasts this week in place of his normal breakfast bars. While he doesn't detest them, I think he'll be happy when they're gone and he can go back to his Special K bars!

*To see how others fared this week, visit Super Savings Saturday at Crystal's blog!
*For more CVS Superstars, hop on over to Denise's blog!




Wondering where I've been all week?

I'm back!

Sorry for the short absence the last few days. We were experiencing some crazy computer problems. Out of nowhere, Windows crashed on our laptop, and we were hoping to recover it without losing everything we had saved on our hard drive.

After consulting several people we know who are much more computer-savvy than ourselves, we came to the conclusion that it just wasn't possible.

Using a disc that came with our laptop, we finally resorted to restoring the computer to it's factory settings, which means that it now only has the software on it that was on it when we bought it, and we lost all the files that we had stored on it in the past 2 years.

On the positive side, it feels like we got a new computer. It is super fast now, and our wireless internet works again (it hasn't connected to our wireless router in over a year, or anyone else's, for that matter, and no one we asked could figure out why).

Anyways, I have a lot of downloading and updating to do today, and some blogging to catch up on as well!

Expect at least 3 CVS posts today, including my Heads Up post of upcoming deals for the next 2 weeks, and hopefully some deals as well if time allows!

Thanks for hanging in there and not giving up on my blog. As always, I'm committed to keeping you up to date on the best ways to save and earn money online, and I should be back on top of things very soon!