March 15, 2014

A few days ago I realized my $5 ECBs from the Beauty Club were expired.  Fortunately my CVS will allow you to use expired ECBs for a day or two, so I made a mad dash around the store to pick up stuff.  For $5 I got one Rice-a-Roni, one Wesson Oil, and one bag of jelly beans.  I got back $1 in ECBs.

Also Kohl’s sent me a $5 gift card.  I can always spend one of those!  I found a cute zebra-sriped toddler sweatshirt on clearance for $2.50– so I bought 2.  They were originally listed at $15 but I think $10 is a more realistic price.

As usual the food will go to the local food pantry and clothes to  one of the many charities I support.

Approximate value of items donated this week:  $29

Approximate value of times donated this year:  $292

Value of unspent ECBs: $11

March 2, 2014

Last week I was surprised to get another $5 in CVS Beauty Club ECBs.  That brings the total ECBs I have to spend to $15.

Yesterday I was at CVS and noticed that the Colgate Optic White toothbrushes were included in the Buy 1, Get 2 ECBs back promotion.  I had a CVS coupon for $3 off any 2 Colgate Optic White products, and the toothbrush promotion was limit 2.  That meant free toothbrushes!  But wait– I also had one manufacturer coupon for 50c off any Colgate toothbrush! 

If I stacked the manufacturer coupon with the CVS coupon, that would give me a 50c overage to play with.  It’s hard to find anything at CVS under a dollar, but I finally found some individual sized Fruity Pebbles, on clearance for 50c.

So I bought two toothbrushes and a bowl of Fruity Pebbles for $7.50, paid for them with two coupons and a $4 in ECBS, and got $4 in ECBs back.

Approximate value of items donated today: $12

Approximate value of times donated this year:  $263

Value of unspent ECBs: $15

Booties for Alaska

Ten of the twelve pairs of booties I’m sending to a baby shower for military parents in Alaska. They are knit entirely from scraps I had lying around the house. I figure they are worth $5 each. also this week I used $10 in CVS ECBs to purchase one box of Culturelle probiotic, reg. price $15, on sale for $10, get $10 in ECBs back.

Approximate value of items donated today: $75

Approximate value of times donated this year: $251

Feb. 15, 2014

A couple of days ago I went by JC Penney to use that $10 off any $10 purchase coupon they sent a couple of weeks ago.  I wanted to purchase just over $10 to keep my out of pocket spending under 10 cents or so. 

In the baby clearance section I found an adorable $10 two-piece baby girl outfit for $5.99, a pair of $8 shorts for $1.99, and two $8 boys’ socks for $1.99 each.  But when I got to the register I found that the outfit was really $4.97 and the shorts were really 97 cents. 

So I needed to buy something worth at least 15 cents to be able to use the coupon.  But the very nice person at Penneys had a basket at the register with mismatched things priced at a quarter each.   For the purposes of this blog I will only count the pair of baby pants, but I will admit I bought everything in that basket.  What can you get for a quarter in this day and age?

I will donate everything the next time the church collects baby things for the local women’s shelter,

Also at CVS I picked up a $6 Old Spice Body Spray (on clearance for $1.59) and two Colgate mouthwashes (one $4, one $6).  I used a $2 off Old Spice coupon, 2 $1 off Colgate coupons, and a CVS  $2 off any $10 oral care coupon.  I used $6 in ECBS to pay for it all and got $5 in ECBs back.

Approximate value of items donated today: $39

Approximate value of times donated this year:  $176

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Total donated today: $55

Feb. 10, 2014

So I stopped by CVS after work today,and the Big Red Coupon Machine came through for me.  There was a coupon for $2 off any two CVS lotions and another for $3 off any Revlon cosmetic.  I picked up two 3 oz. CVS hand lotions at $1.77 each, and one Revlon nail clipper at $3.   There were also some men’s deos on clearance– I found a Dove for $1.37 and two Right Guard for $1.17 each.  I used a $1 off Dove for Men coupon and a $2 off 2 Right Guard coupon.  Then to finish out the ECBS I would have to use, I picked up 2 travel size CVS baby wipes at $1.19 (second one half price). 

So I bought about $23 worth of stuff for $8 in coupons and $4 in ECBs.

Approximate value of items donated today: $23

Approximate value of times donated this year:  $137

Feb. 6, 2014

So we got 11″ of snow here a couple of days ago, on top of the snow and ice that came down a few days before that.  Kids went to school Monday, but school was cancelled Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, and they are off for teacher conferences Friday.  I haven’t done much shopping.

But Saturday I did get my first $5 in Beauty Buck for the year.  And then on Sunday I used them to buy one tube Colgate toothpaste (used the CVS coupon and a $1 manufacturer coupon to create a few cents’ overage), one 99-cent Wet & Wild lip liner (used a $1 off manufacturer coupon), and two 3-oz. Jergens moisturizers ($2.56 each).  The Jergens purchase gave me back $5 in ECBs– so I basically got everything for free.

The toothpaste as usual will go to the local food pantry.  Most of the makeup I get goes to a local church who outfits disadvantaged girls for prom.  As for the moisturizer, I may hold on to that for awhile.  I have an idea of creating 10-15 adult gift bags for some charity next Christmas and I think various lotions would got great in some of those.  

Approximate value of items donated today: $10

Approximate value of times donated this year:  $114

January 28, 2014

Went back to CVS today.  Picked up two Robitussins (on sale for $5 each), one child Advil ($2) and another Colgate Total toothpaste ($3).  Paid for it with two Robitussin coupons I picked up at the doctor’s ($3), $1 coupons for Advil & Colgate, and my $10 ECBs. 

Got back $2 in ECBs from the Colgate and $3 from the Robitussin/Advil.  But the best thing is, I can submit the Robitussin/Advil items for a $6 rebate (form was in the paper last Sunday).  That will give me money I can spend anywhere, not just at CVS.

Approximate value of items donated today: $21

Approximate value of times donated this year:  $104