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As the holidays have come to an end and I’ve been getting back into the swing of things, I actually went grocery/drugstore shopping this week for the first time in a while. (Which is good, since we really needed a few things.)

And I scored pretty well on some deals, too – “double-dipping” by making the same product work for more than one deal (store and manufacturer’s coupons, rebates, etc.) is a great way for me to save money.

A few of the things I want to do this year in terms of frugality include a) trying to see how long I can go, with ECBs and the gift card, without actually spending any cash out of pocket at CVS. It’s kind of a game for me with myself. :) b) trying to keep better track of the savings I’m realizing by doing these deals (it’s generally right there on the receipt: “you saved xxx”; I just need to keep track of it.)

At CVS this week, I saved both because my employer recently implemented a benefits card – swiping takes prescription refills directly out of my health FLEX account; I don’t pay anything out of pocket – and because I used a $25 gift card that I had from a previous prescription transfer to CVS. (No way, though, did I spend the entire $25.)

Rx renewal: $10 copy
Used benefits card
Total out of pocket: $0.

Colgate Total Colgate MaxFresh, sale priced at $2.50 each
Huggies Pull-Ups, sale priced at $9.49
Orajel toddler training toothpaste, $3.79
- $1.00 Colgate coupon
- $1.50 Colgate coupon
- 55¢ Orajel coupon
- 25¢ Huggies coupon
- $12 ECBs (CVS ExtraCare Bucks)
Total: $1.98
Paid with $25 CVS gift card from previous Rx transfer
Total out of pocket: $0.00
Earned: $2 ECBs, plus will be reimbursed 75¢ for Huggies purchase by sending receipt to Caregivers Marketplace
Transaction final:$2.75profit
Total savings from receipt: $20.98


Unfortunately, the scattered aspect of the not-quite-back-into-the-routine of this week meant that I ended up making three trips to Walgreens. Still, I did OK.

Transaction 1:
1 gallon milk, sale priced at $2.89
1 Christmas activity notebook (for next year’s Operation Christmas Child shoebox), sale priced at 12¢
Total out of pocket: $3.02

Transaction 2:
6 8-oz. Hunt’s tomato sauce, in-ad coupon priced at 33¢ each
Pampers Easy-Ups, $12.49
Pampers Easy-Ups, $10.49*
2 Arm & Hammer laundry detergent, B1G1 free, $6.99
4 Reese’s Whipps candy bars, in-ad coupon 50¢ each (2 for $1)
2 Stayfree Maxi pads, $6.49 each
Walgreen’s baby wipes, sale priced at $1.99
1 Garnier Fructis shampoo, sale priced at $2.99
- $3 off Stayfree product in-ad Walgreen’s coupon
- $2 off Garnier Walgreen’s coupon from EasySaver booklet
- 2 B1G1 free Reese’s Whipps coupons
- B1G1 Stayfree product coupon
Total out of pocket: $35.40

Transaction 3:
2 gallons milk, sale priced at $2.99
1 pint Ben and Jerry’s “half-baked,”** sale priced at $3.00
- $3.00 off one Ben & Jerry’s Internet coupon
Total out of pocket: $5.98

Grand total out of pocket: $43.44
Total savings from receipts: $36.12

* I don’t even know what this deal is, but if you want to charge me less for the second one, OK. I was actually trying for the “buy of any diaper, get $3 Register Rewards” deal, but it didn’t print – it’s likely pull-up type things aren’t included. Oh, well. I will still add the Pampers Gifts to Grow points from inside the packages to my account, and redeem them eventually for credit for Shutterfly products.

**(a treat for DH, who is into cookie dough ice cream – I am not. He has a special fondness for Ben and Jerry’s ice cream)

Grocery (Cub Foods):

Cub was running a promotion this week where, if you bought $30 worth of a wide variety of items, you get $15 in rewards printed at the register. Many of the items were things we would use, so I made sure I went just over $30 (before coupons) – but the $15 didn’t print out at the register! I had to go to customer service, but I knew whereof I spoke in terms of my qualifying purchases, and I did not leave the store without my $15.

(I did have to adjust my planned cereal purchases based on what was atually on the shelves.)

#= part of $15 credit promo

2 Betty Crocker boxes of fruit snacks, sale priced at $1.99 each#
Cocoa Puffs, sale priced at $1.99#
Trix, sale priced at $1.99#
2 Cheerios, sale priced at $1.99#
1 Bisquick, sale priced at $2.49#
1 Sunchips, $3
1 Ragu spaghetti sauce, $2.33
1 Tide to Go Mini pen set, sale priced at $4.99#
1 Kellogg’s Mini Wheats, sale priced at $2.50
Cub pasta sauce*, 68¢ with in-ad coupon
Cub linguine, sale priced at 68¢
Cub linguine*, 68¢ with in-ad coupon
2 Gold n’ Plump boneless skinless chicken breasts, $6.99 each
1 ground turkey, 68¢ with in-ad coupon
1 bag of baby carrots, $1.50
1 bag of oranges, $3.99
1 bag of grapefruit, $3.99
3 Tombstone pizzas, 3 for $9.99
2 Kraft shredded cheese, 2 for $5
2 Minute Maid orange juice, sale priced at $3.48 each#, **
2 Yoplait kids yogurt packs, sale priced at $2.49 each#
- B1G1 in-ad coupon for oranges/grapefruit
- B1G1 in-ad coupon for chicken breasts
- 2 75¢ coupons for fruit snacks
- $1 off 2 General Mills cereal coupon
- 55¢ off Trix coupon
- $1 off Bisquick coupon
- $1 off 2 kids’ Yoplait coupon
- $3 Cub “holiday bucks” previous reward

Total out of pocket: $62.24
Earned: $15 in store credit coupons; also got cents-off gallons of gas coupon for Holiday stations
Total if you consider credit earned:$47.24
Total savings from receipt: $21.78

* Cub is celebrating their 40th anniversary with prices on some items highlighting “1968.”

**If I can find a good deal on the movies, I may also use the Minute Maid receipt and UPCs for this rebate deal:

Total Grocery/Drugstore Spending for the week: $105.68
Total savings from receipts: $78.88



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Jan. 11th, 2009 04:07 am (UTC)
Great job!

FishMama @
Jan. 15th, 2009 04:26 am (UTC)
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