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
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
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
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
Total donated today: $55
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
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
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