Saturday, November 29, 2008

Thanksgiving at CVS

CVS started their Black Friday deals on Thursday, meaning technically at midnight Wed. night for our 24-hour store. I was so tempted to gather my coupons and head over at midnight (or a little before) to grab all the great deals to be had, but I convinced myself that THAT would push me into the realm of Crazy-Obsessive Coupon Queen. And besides, I thought to myself, I'm sure no one else is going to grab all the freebies before I get there early Thursday morning!

I was so, so wrong.

It was quiet enough when I pulled into the CVS parking lot at around 7:10 am Thursday. I was pleased to see only a couple of cars. This should be a piece of cake! I got inside and grabbed a shopping cart. I started my rounds, knowing exactly which aisles to head for. And a lady with a cart stopped me. "You're here for the deals?" she asked. I smiled and nodded. "Well, just so you know, they're already out of the razors and iPod headphones. People bought them all last night."


I was fuming through the rest of my shopping. Why on earth didn't I come in last night? I could have gotten the items I REALLY wanted! Later, I ran into one of my favorite cashiers, who told me she had been at CVS at midnight and witnessed the frenzy of the coupon queens. They started crowding the aisles at 11 pm, grabbing items off the shelf before others could, and freaking out over coupons they dropped. Then they all flooded the check-out lines once the sale officially started. Maybe I DIDN'T want to be in the middle of all that.

Well, regardless, I still got some great products (most less than free) and walked out with more ECBs than I came in with. Not too bad! Here's how it went...

Transaction #1:
  • Johnson's Soft Lotion, $5.69, get $5.69 ECB, used $1 MQ
  • Colgate Total toothpaste, $2.99, get $2.99 ECB, used $1.50 MQ
  • Garnier 25-ct towelettes, $5.99, get $5.99 ECB, used $1 MQ
  • Covergirl Smoothers makeup, $7.99, get $7.99 ECB, used $1 MQ
  • Covergirl pressed powder, $5.99, get $5.99 ECB, used $1 MQ
  • Gatorade G2, $1.49, get $1.49 ECB
  • Used a CVS coupon for $5 off a $30 purchase (came in an email)

Total before coupons = $30.14, total after coupons = $19.64. Paid with $18.99 in ECBs, and the remaining $0.65 plus $0.55 tax went on my gift card. Got back a total of $30.14 in ECBs, meaning I made $9.95 from this transaction.

Transaction #2:

  • 2 Aussie conditioners, $2.99 each, get $2.99 ECB for each, used (2) $1 MQs
  • Playtex tampons, $3.99, get $3 ECB, used $1 MQ
  • Colgate Total, $2.99, get $2.99 ECB, used $1 MQ and $1 CVS Q (from scanner)
  • L'Oreal lip gloss, $6.99, get $6.99 ECB
  • Retro air popper machine, $19.99, get $10 ECB
  • Maybelline mineral makeup, $8.99, get $8.99 ECB (which didn't print)
  • 2 King sized Hershey bars, $1, get $1 ECB for first one (fillers)
  • Used a CVS coupon for $10 off a $50 purchase (from scanner)

Total before coupons = $50.93, total after coupons = $35.43. Paid with $35.45 in ECBs (adjusted down to $35.43 by the cashier), and the $0.42 in tax went on my gift card. Got back a total of $29.96 in ECBs, meaning I paid $5.89 for this transaction. I will contact customer service about the $8.99 ECB that didn't print, or else return the item. Then I will be making a profit of $3.10 on this transaction.

Transaction #3:

  • Crest Spinbrush, $5.99, get $2 ECB, used $2 MQ
  • L'Oreal lip gloss, $6.99, get $6.99 ECB
  • Sally Hansen nail polish, $3.79, get $3.79 ECB
  • Universal Remote, $6.99, get $6.99
  • 5-hour energy shots 2-pack, $3.99, get $3.99 ECB
  • Breeze II glucose monitor, $30, used $30 MQ
  • Used another CVS Q for $10 off a $50 purchase

Total before coupons = $57.75, total after coupons = $15.75. Paid with $15.69 in ECBs, and the remaining $0.06 plus $2.97 tax went on my gift card. Got back a total of $23.76 in ECBs, meaning I made $5.04 from this transaction.

So right now, while missing the $8.99 ECB for the Maybelline, I've still made a PROFIT of $9.10 by buying all this stuff. I should have ended up with a profit of $18.09. Believe me, I'll get it taken care of. : )

I gave away almost half of these items at Thanksgiving, which was fun. I felt like Santa Claus! As for the rest, I'm happy to have an air popper, which is something I've always wanted, and the Aussie conditioner is one of my favorites. Yes, I have another glucose monitor, but Uncle Steve says that the Cuba missionaries could use them, so I'll hopefully be able to ship those out very soon.

The shopping trip took maybe an hour, so I was home in plenty of time to start making up some waffle batter, real whipped cream, butter-pecan syrup, biscuits, sausage, bacon, and gravy for a family Thanksgiving breakfast. Mom brought some ham and fruit salad, and Claire brought eggs to scramble. We had quite a feast! I ate so much that I wasn't even hungry until we got to Huntsville for the big family dinner gathering at 5 pm.

All in all, the day went very well, from start to finish. A great Thanksgiving.


Lyse said...


I think you didn't get the 8.99 for the Maybelline foundation because you had gotten it last Sunday. They advertised it as a three day deal but I think it was the same offer.

Good haul though!

Mareydenis said...

Wow! They started overtaking the place at 11?? Jeez Louise!!! Yeah, there's nothing I want that bad to have to fight through that crowd. Sounds like they're one step away from being the people who trample Walmart greeters on Black Friday. YIKES!

Needless to say, you still got some great deals. I have been out of the loop for weeks and am impressed at all of the free after ECB items you got!

WOOO HOOOO, Katy Claus!!!