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
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
Great trip to CVS today!
I started out with $8 in ECBs. Softsoap body wash was on sale for $3, SpeedStick deo was on sale for $2, and today’s paper had coupons for 75c off the body wash and buy one/get one free on the deo. My mom donated the coupons for her paper too, plus I had CVS coupons for $1 off any $5 deo purchase and $1.50 off any 2 body washes.
So I bought 2 body washes and 5 deos and paid for them with 2 buy1/get free coupons, $4 in other coupons, and my ECBs.
I also had a $5 off any Tena product coupon, and CVS had the smaller size pads for $4.19.
Everything to go to the local food pantry- and I have $6 in ECBS to use next time.
Approximate value of items donated today: $28
Approximate value of times donated this year: $68
Ten cent hand sanitizer at CVS today!
I got a coupon last week for $1.50 off any CVS hand sanitizer above 2 oz. The 4 oz. sanitizer was $2 (reg. price). I used my 20% off any non-sale purchase coupon and the $1.50 off coupon and the hand sanitizer was just ten cents.
And since this is my blog and I make the rules, I am going to round that ten cents down to nothing and add this to my totals. The hand sanitizer will go to the food pantry.
Approximate value of items donated today: $2
Approximate value of items donated this year: $40
The deals were pretty good at CVS today.
I used my $10 in Extra Care Bucks to buy a Bayer glucose meter for $10. That generated another $10 in ECBs, which I used to buy 2 bags of Ricola cough drops, 1 Pediacare infant pain reducer, and 1 Colgate Total mouthwash. All were on sale, and I had a $1 off 2 coupon for the cough drops, and $2 off coupons for both the Pediacare and Colgate. I bought all four items with the glucose meter ECBs and came away with $5 in ECBs from the Pediacare and $3 from the Colgate.
The glucose meter will go to the county “medicine chest” for people who may have trouble affording medication, The cough drops and the mouthwash will go to the local food pantry. The Pediacare will go in a new-baby gift basket that will be auctioned off at the church youth group fundraiser in March.
Approximate value of items donated today: $22
Approximate value of items donated this year: $38