Scenario Sunday: CVS scenarios for the week of 1/11/09

Finding low out of pocket scenarios for “newbies” or those with low ECBs has been a challenge this week! Find the coupon match ups for the week here.
Here’s the best thing I could come up with:
Transaction #1:

Buy 1 Kotex value pack – $4.99

$2/1 Kotex coupon
Spend $2.99, get $2

Transaction #2:
Kleenex tissues with lotion 3 pk – $3.69
.50/3 pk Kleenex coupon
Use $2 ECB
Spend $1.19, get $1

If you’re not all that impressed with the weekly deals, this would be a good week to try to stock up on some of the monthly items. You can find the coupon match ups for the monthly deals here and scenarios for the monthly deals here.

The BOGO free deals don’t earn ECBs, but they are still great deals.

Depending on which Colgate toothpaste you buy, it will be .79 for two with two $1/1 coupons or a moneymaker if you have the $1.50/1 coupons (these were printables that are no longer available).

Some of the Revlon makeup will be free or close to free, especially if you still have some of the $2 off coupons (they expire this week, so hurry!)

Some of the CVS batteries may be free or close to free with the $3 CVS brand coupon.

If you haven’t discovered the $3 off any CVS brand product coupon, read this post here. I seriously love this coupon! If you buy a product that is under $3, the coupon will beep, so you will need a “filler” item (the CVS pocket tissues are a great choice).

Here are a few scenarios using the BOGO free deals this week and the $3 CVS coupon:

Scenario #1:
Buy 2 Colgate Total toothpaste – $2.79 (BOGO free)
Buy 1 package CVS plastic plates (15 ct) – $2.79
Buy 1 package CVS pocket tissues – .50

Use 2 $1 Colgate Total manufacturer’s coupons (from 1/4 inserts)
Use $3 CVS coupon

Spend 1.08 OOP (out of pocket) for $8.87 in merchandise

Scenario #2:
Buy 2 Revlon Creme Shadow – $6.49 (BOGO free)
Buy 1 CVS sunblock – $2.19
Buy 1 CVS chapstick – $.99

Use 2 $2 Revlon coupons
Use $3 CVS coupon

Spend $2.67 OOP (out of pocket) for $16.16 in merchandise

Here are a few things you can get with this coupon for free or close to free: (this list was developed by me….please do not repost it elsewhere without posting a link to my blog giving me credit…Thanks!)

Vitamins (I took advantage of the BOGO free sales last week and we now have a year’s supply of everything we need!): Folic Acid (800 mg) 100 ct – $2.75, Vitamin B-1 (100 mg) 100 ct – $2.97, Vitamin C (250 mg) 100 ct – $2.99, Vitamin D (400 Iu) 100 ct – $2.99, CVS Magnesium (250 mg) 100 ct – $2.99, Vitamin B-6 (50 mg) 100 ct – $3.49, Vitamin C (500 mg) 100 ct – $3.59, Vitamin A (8000 Iu) 100 ct – $3.79, Vitamin B-12 (100 mg) 100 ct – $3.99, Calcium & Magnesium with Zinc 100 ct – $3.99
**these will range in price from free (remember you need a filler if they are under $3) to .99/each

CVS Pro Vitamin shampoo/conditioner (similar to Pantene) – $3.49/each (.49/each after the coupon)

CVS baby products: baby wash, baby lotion, baby shampoo, and baby wipes are priced at $3.29 (.29/each after the coupon)

CVS brand tissues are priced at $1.19 – buy 3 and pay .57 out of pocket

CVS brand chapstick is .99/each – buy 3 (and a filler) and they are free 🙂

CVS brand cotton balls are $1.99, buy 2 and spend .98

CVS Sunblock lotion (2 oz) is $2.19 (add something else small like chapstick or tissues and this is a great deal!)

CVS lotion (10 oz) – $2.99/each

CVS cleansing cream – $3.99/each

CVS cleansing & makeup remover towelettes (15 ct) – $2.99/each (I love these!)

CVS cleaner with bleach – $3.29 (.29 after coupon!)

CVS wet mopping cloths – $3.99/each (.99 after coupon)

CVS fabric softener sheets – $3.99 (.99 after coupon)

CVS dusting wand and refills – $3.79 (.79 after coupon)

CVS plastic plates (15 ct) – $2.79

CVS plastic cups (30 ct) – $2.79

CVS snack or sandwich bags (50 ct) – $2.79

Gold Emblem (CVS brand) Sparkling Water Value Packs $3.97 Get $2 EB (limit 5)

Scenario Sunday: Walgreens Scenario for the week of 1/4-1/10

This is actually a great Walgreens week, but I didn’t have a chance to do the ad/coupon match-ups. If you want to check those out, check out Nickels-N-Dimes or HCW.

Just a heads up that the Garnier Fructis is free with the Easysaver coupon and the $1 manufacturer’s coupon from today’s inserts. The Reynolds foil is free with the in ad coupon and the $1 coupon from the 12-14 inserts. With both deals, you will want to give the manufacturer’s coupon BEFORE the Walgreens coupons to avoid beepage.

Here’s the scenario I’ve come up with for the week. I have 2 $5 RR I need to roll.

TRANSACTION #1: I recently discovered that I LOVE Theraflu warming liquids, so I’m going to start with that.

Buy 2 Theraflu warming liquids – 2/$10, earn $5 RR
Use 2 $2 blinkies (found at CVS)
Use $5 RR

Spend $1, earn $5 RR

Buy 4 Kellogg’s cereals, 4/$10 earn $3 RR
Buy 2 Special K and 2 Frosted Mini Wheats
Use 2 Kelloggs Frosted Mini-Wheats or All-Bran Cereal, any 11.4 oz.+ $1 (1-25-09) from 12-14 RP insert
Use 2 Kelloggs Special K or Smart Start Cereal, any 11.4 oz.+ $1 (1-25-09) from 12-14 RP insert

Buy 1 box Electrasol tablets – $3.49 ($1.50 MIR from monthly Easysaver catalog)
Use $2.50/1 Electrasol from 12-14 inserts

Buy 1 Revlon Matte eyeshadow – $4.99 (free after rebate from monthly Easysaver catalog)
Use $2/1 Revlon Color Cosmetic Product, Any – 09-14-08 SS

Buy 1 Reynolds foil – .99 w/ in ad coupon
$1/1 Reynolds Wrap Aluminum Foil, Any Excluding 25 Sq. Ft. – 12-14-08 SS
(Give the manufacturer’s coupon first to avoid beepage)

Buy 2 Garnier Fructis – $2.99
Use $2 in ad coupon
Use $1 manufacturer’s coupon (use this first to avoid beepage)

Buy 2 Hunts tomato sauce – .33/each with in ad coupon – these are “fillers” so I can use 2 $5 RR

Use 2 $5 RR

Total OOP = .62, earn $3 RR and $6.49 in rebates

Buy 3 Quaker Oatmeal – $1.99 w/ in ad coupon
Buy 1 Hunt’s tomato sauce – .33/each w/ in ad coupon (this is a filler so I can use the $3 RR)
Use in ad coupon
Use 3 $1 printable manufacturer’s coupon

Use $3 RR from cereal

Total OOP = .30

So, you get $39.42 in merchandise for $1.92 OOP and get $6.49 in Walgreens rebates

Scenario Sunday: CVS scenarios for the week of 1/4-1/10

All coupon match-ups for the weekly deals can be found here and for the monthly deals can be found here.

Scenarios for “newbies” or those with few ECBs to start:
Get $23.97 of “stuff” for $4.98 OOP, walk away with $9.98 ECBs

Transaction #1:
Buy 1 Garnier Fructis shampoo, conditioner or styler – $2.99
Use $1 off coupon

Spend $1.99, get $2 ECB

Transaction #2:
Buy 2 Colgate Total – 2/$5
Use 2 $1.50/1 printables
Use $2 ECB from Garnier

Spend $0, get $2 ECB

Transaction #3:
Buy 2 Speedstick 24/7 Antiperspirant/Deodorant – 2/$6
Use BOGO coupon
Use $2 ECB from Colgate

Spend $1, get $3 ECB

Transaction #4:
Buy 2 Throat Coolers – $4.99 (this is a monthly deal)
Use BOGO coupon
Use $3 ECB from Speedstick

Spend $1.99, get $9.98

My Scenarios for the week:
Card #1: $29.99 of “stuff”, lose $2.49 in ECBs, walk away with $14 in ECBs
Buy 1 Garnier Fructis – $2.99
Use $1 Garnier coupon
Buy 1 Colgate Total and 1 Colgate Maxfresh – 2/$5
Use 1 $1.50 printables
Use $1 Colgate Total CVS CRT

Use 1 $1 Maxfresh printable
Use $1.50 Colgate Maxfresh printable
Buy 1 Children’s Tylenol, 1 Children’s Motrin, 1 Children’s Tylenol Plus, 1 Motrin Cold – 2/$11
Use 2 $2.50/2 coupons
Use $2.50/10 CVS pain relief CRT

Total before coupons: $29.99
Total after coupons: $16.49 – (pay w/ ECBs), earn $14 in ECBs

Card #2: Spend $0 for $13.99 worth of “stuff” and walk away with a $7 ECB
Buy 2 Speedstick – 2/$6
Use BOGO coupon
Buy 1 Garnier Fructis – $2.99
Use $1 Garnier coupon
Buy 2 Colgate Total – 2/$5
Use 2 $1.50 printables

Total before coupons: $13.99
Total after coupons: $6.99
Spend $6.99 (use ECBs to pay), earn $7 ECB

Transaction #2: $29.96 worth of “stuff” for $14.97
2 CVS Daily Multiple Tablets For Men (200 ct) – $11.99 (these are BOGO free this week!)
CVS wet mopping cloths – $3.99 (BOGO 50% off)
CVS wet mopping cloths – $1.99

Total before coupons – $17.97
Use $3/15 CVS/Pharmacy brands coupon – $14.97 (Pay w/ ECBs)

I will “lose” $14.97 in ECBs, but this is stuff we really need and will use. This will be more than a year’s supply of vitamins for my husband and the wet mopping cloths are not quite as good as the Swiffer ones, but for the price, they are worth it. If you need to stock up on vitamins or cleaning supplies, this week is a great time to do it because of the BOGO and BOGO 50% off sale and the $3/15 CVS brands coupon. Even if you spend money out of pocket, it’s still a great deal and the vitamins are flex spending eligible!

TIP: When you’re buying BOGO free or BOGO ½ off stuff, you want to make sure that the two items are the same or very close to each other in price because the “free” or ½ off item will be the least expensive one. If you are doing a BOGO free with 2 high priced items and 2 low priced items, split up the transactions.

Here’s an example:
Buy 2 CVS Daily Multiple Tablets for Men (200 ct) – $11.99
Buy 2 CVS Vitamin C 500 Mg tablets (100 ct) – $3.59

Total would be $23.98 because you’d end up buying the 2 Daily Multi-vitamins and getting the 2 Vitamin C for free