Sunday, February 3, 2008

Let's Play a Game

Take a look.

Take a good look.

How much did all this cost me?


Yes, you read that correctly. I have begun playing the "CVS Game" as Crystal from Money Saving Mom likes to call it. (Thanks Jessica, for posting your CVS savings-- I found Crystal from one of your posts! My husband thanks you too, he just doesn't know it!) I signed up for the CVS ExtraCare Rewards program. This was my second shopping trip on this program, and only my first using ECBs (Extra Care Bucks) I earned previously. How did I do it?

$5/$30 CVS coupon
2 different $4/$20 CVS coupons
$6.30 in manufacturer's coupons
$6.00 of ECBS

for a grand total out of pocket of: $1.78

Oh, plus I earned an extra $15 of ECBs for next time!!

This rocks. This is so fun.

(I did want to note that my ORIGINAL transaction also included a Maybelline eyeshadow, which was advertised in the CVS flier as $5.49 with an equal amount of ECBs earned). When I saw my receipt, it rang up at a higher total and gave me no ECBs. When I asked the cashier about it, he said, "sorry, there's nothing I can do. It's all in the computer." So I just returned the Maybelline.

This is really a fantastic way to save money. As you earn ECBs, you use them to purchase items which will earn you more ECBs. Additionally, you can use this as a ministry. Considering I spent less than $2 on all of that stuff, I am going to donate one of the toothpastes and one box of Excedrin to our local homeless shelter.

I still can't believe that I got all of that stuff for less than what the Starbucks Frappucino alone would have cost me.

This is awesome.


Jessica said...

GREAT DEALS!! I'm glad you were able to get some awesome savings! Keep it up girl!!

kelli said...

Yay! Isn't it fun? I love getting great deals.

Amber said...

Now, THAT is a game worth playing!!!!!

Mamacita Tina said...

Oh my gosh! That's amazing. You've inspired me to try this out!

Susan said...

Oh I just LOVE it when I get this kind of savings. It's so fun. I also know it's fun when the budget is's like getting blessings where it's needed.



Anne/kq said...

I love couponing and deal hunting. It makes me happy.

I haven't been able to do it in a while now. :(

Haley said...

Woo for saving money! ;-)

Damselfly said...

I'm speechless!

5intow said...

Hey, I just saw on another blog that you commented that your ECB's expired before you used them. I don't know if you still have them around, but it might be worth taking them in and asking. At my CVS they will take them up to 2 weeks expired. I have never pushed it more than a few days, but the worst they can do is say, 'no.'

Figured I would let you know in case you still had them and they aren't too old. Sorry, this was kind of a goofy place to post this, but thought it might be helpful for you.

Good luck,