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CVS 3-10-10 March 10, 2010

Filed under: Consignment sales,CVS — queen620 @ 6:49 pm




If I had a piece of flair I would have posted that instead!

After last night at Walgreens, I really enjoyed my trip to CVS. 100

Spent $59.08/ $29.32 was actual grocery,healthy& beauty!

Saved $ 125.63  (reflected entire amount spent)

Total Value:  184.71

(includes a $25.  CVS giftcard FREE)

68% saved

ECB left: 30.99 & $25. giftcard for later! So basically I spent $ 5 for everything after ECB and giftcard!!!!

Did I mention I LOVE CVS!! 🙂

Let me clarify the pic.  My assistant didn’t quite pose everything like usual.

The blue packs on the back row are FOUR packs of Stayfree maxi pads @ $3.69 each.

Had 2 BOGO Qns + 2x $1.oo Qn so paid $5.38 for all 4 or $1.35 each.

Then there was an unadvertised deal for 2 ECB for every pack purchased.  I should have gotten back 8 ECB, but not sure if it had to be a particular pack/size/style or what but only got back 2 ECB instead of 8.  Maybe I will ask for a price adjustment when I go later.

So after ECB actual adjusted price would be $3.38 or $.85 each!

4 packs of Oral B tooth brushes @ $4. each –FREE + OVERAGE

-Get back 4 ECB each, card limit of 2 brushes!

Had 2 BOGO Qn + 2 $.75 off  Qn so paid $3.25 for 2 on one transaction and got back 8 ECB, second transaction clerk didn’t adjust for sale price, but regular price so BOGO took off $5.49 & $.75 Qn= 2 toothbrushes $1.26 & got back 8 ECB.  (please remember this isn’t dishonest b/c CVS will still get reimbursed for the full amount whether it was $4 off or $5.49 off b/c that is what the Qn stated.)

-2 large bottles of Head& Shoulders @ $7.49 each

had 2 $1. off Qn, pickup wrong bottle b/c the sale tags weren’t put out correctly.  The sale was supposed to have been for the smaller bottles

@ $4.99 each, 2 ECB back.  When I went to return the items b/c of the mix up.  He realized what had happened and said it would be easier for him to just issue me 10 ECB instead of return the 2 items and then reringing the correct size……

So after my $2 in Qn + 10 ECB back I got 2 large bottles for $1.49 each.  (Walgrreens should take a lesson here in customer service.  He realized that several of the labels had been put out incorrectly and was very willing to make me satisfied.)

*1 venus embrace razor @ $6.00 each  clearance (originally on sale for $8.99)

Had a $2 off Qn and got 4 ECB back so it was FREE!

*2 tubes Nivea chapstick @ 2.99 each

got 2.99 in ECB back so FREE

*5 cans of PLANTAR mixed nuts 12 oz–clearance @ $1.37 each

Had a Qn at home,  could have been better!!!!

*4 Johson & Johnson bathbuddies @1.39 each

4x $1.00 off Qn

They weren’t free this time, but I only paid $.39 each!  The Qn were set to expire on 3-15-10 and I would knew I wouldn’t make it to Walmart or Babies RUs b/4 they expire, so I opted to overpay slightly so as not to waste my Qn!

*1 Rx for Ethan Flouride $6.86 (not sure why insurance doesn’t cover it!?)

*1- $25 giftcard for filling Ethans’s Rx at CVS

*2 Zhu-Zhu Pets for Davis Birthday (I included it in the total b/c I paid for it while out tonight.  I didn’t use my ECB b/c they are my PLAY $$.  Also his birthday was allocated in the budget, so why use my play $$ for something I would buy anyway!  Just b/c I could have used my ECB I wouldn’t spend more on him, b/c then I would have to spend more on each of his brothers.)

2-Gillette Deodorant Clearance for $2.25 each- had $1. off Qn for each. =$1.25 each

Surprise bonus, there was an ECB deal for other Gillette Deodorant for 1 ECB back with purchase they printed out for both clearance items, so I got them for $.25 each + free body wash with one of them.

(Had another Qn for free body wash, but they were our of body wash!)

1 gillette bodywash @ $4.99- free with purchase of gillette deodorant.  (of course they want you to purchase a more expensive item but that wasn’t stipulated in the Qn)

So all in all it was a great night!  I also got several great Qn that printed on my reciepts.  2x save $2 off purchase of $10 of more skincare.  I recently tried the Olay regenerest scrubbing wash and regenerest facial moisturizer.   I still have Qn for free body wash with purchase + $3. Qn off of moisturizer or wash.  So I think I will go by tomorrow when I am out at Sam’s and pick up more cleanser and moisturizer.   I will then also finish off my Olay Rebate and Brad’s Olay rebate and get back $30 total between both rebates.

At that point I will have tried lots of bodywashes, lotions, facial products for hardly anything!

I have come to realize that if a person isn’t brand loyal you can have lots of free or nearly free toothbrushes, toothpaste, bodywash (men’s & women’s), make up!   I am amazed at how little I spend at CVS every week and yet all the toiletries I come home with.  One of my favorite fringe benefits is not having to go into Walmart very often.   I like grocery shopping at GROCERY STORES and getting most of my toiletries at the drug store.  Yes, this takes a bit of time, but I can see how my time b/c less and less the more that I do it.  I am not nearly as worried as my transactions being perfect as I had laid out at home.  I am getting better at going with the flow and seeing how things will probably work out.  I am sure I could cut it closer and pay less out of pocket, but I also don’t like doing more than 3 transactions if I can possibly avoid it.  I would rather keep a higher stash of ECB and then do fewer transactions next week and then save up for the next week.

This was a great week.  I am thinking about looking for another clearance razor tomorrow and maybe some fillers for kids easter baskets.  CVS had a promo where spend $10 of certain candies on sale and get $3 ECB back.  I think I have a few Qn for the items on sale so I might be able to work it out!  My kids aren’t to picky as to what is in their easter basket as long as it is JUNK!  I am also on the lookout for a few DVD, usually we get one for each of the boys.


WeeRuns Consignment sale! 2-21-10 March 2, 2010

Filed under: Consignment sales — queen620 @ 6:52 pm

WOW this pic doesn’t do it justice!
The last few WeeRun sales I have been so frustrated with the sale that I limit myself to only shopping the 70% off sale.  This has worked well b/c I can get great stuff at a fraction of the cost.  As the boys are getting older it is harder to find nice older boy clothes at consignment sales.  What I do find often doesn’t suit our dress standards.   I also have found way to many items at this particular sale to be OVERPRICED and DAMAGED.  This year was no different.  I came home with several items that upon closer inspection were outright broken or had stains.  The quality control checks for this sale have gone way down.  I personally think the owner of the sale has allowed many items that in past years she would have rejected just to pad her numbers!  Yes, in case you can’t tell I have a personal beef with the owner of the sale.   I will keep my choicer words to myself.  But b/c of my past experiences I at this current time no longer will volunteer or consign my clothes.  I also like shopping on the 70% sale b/c of the way she runs her numbers she is loosing $$ not the consignors.  Alright I know enough of my tirade here are my totals…

Total:  $228

so if I had shopped during the normal non discounted days my total would have been between $700-$800!

Did I also mention that I bought 109 items…that is ~$2 per item!

I got two diaper bags for $15 retail value was well over $100 between the two.   I had been eying several at BabiesRUs and decided to wait b/c I had a 20% Qn good for later in the month!

That is far below what i would have paid for many of these items.  Can you imagine walking into Children’s Place, Land’s End, Kohls, JcPenny, Carters, Old Navy and buying almost anything you wanted for only $2. an item?  I don’t think so.  But don’t be deceived and think everything I bought was used, at least 5-10 items still had the tags on them.

Shopping the 70% sales has really helped me stay a few seasons ahead.  B/c I am saving so much per item  I can buy ahead.  What I have noticed is that boys styles don’t drastically change so buying this far out isn’t a problem as long as I stick to more basic items.  But when I buy snow bibs that are a size 16 at $4 I won’t need to get them later and pay more or not find them and shuffle things when it is cold and snowy.  I have also done well doing this with nicer church clothes.

It has also worked great for buying clothes for Ethan.  There are tons of baby clothes left at the end of consignment sales, so using this knowledge I have been able to stock up on basics like nice Carter’s Pj and Baby Gap items for just a dollar or two.   When it comes to Ethan I am also trying to buy two sizes for each season b/c babies grow way too fast 😦  I know he will level off soon enough, but this helps to stretch my budget a lot.

Most seasons I am able to buy 90% of what the boys need during the consignment season.  My goal the last few years has been to spend around $500 per season.  B/c I buy so far in advance this means that buy the time Joshua is ready to wear 12 summer I might already have half of what he needs.   That is very important in clothing boys from consignment sale.  One will be very hard pressed to find 100% of what a growing preteen and teen boy will need by limiting yourself to one season only to look.  B/c I already have half of what Joshua needs this year I have less I must buy and less I might have to buy full price!  The best example of this is buying winter coats.  I bought a BRAND NEW WITH TAGS LANDS END winter coat for $10 one season.  Joshua didn’t need it that year, but he would need it eventually!  I bought it.  He grew faster than anticipated and wore it only a year later, but I had it and didn’t have to worry about finding a winter coat.  (Winter Coats can be very difficult to find at consignment sales, so b/c I always have my eyes open we haven’t had to pay full price for a jacket, coat, or snow bids in over 5 years.)  I also try to buy gender neutral coats and bids so if we ever have a girl it wouldn’t scream BOY.   I have lots of other tricks for consignment sales.   Maybe I will mention more later as there will be plenty more just around the corner!