Gretchen’s CVS Shopping Trip: Spent $2.45 out of pocket for $44 worth of products


CVS Shopping Trip

2 Hersheys Candy – $3 each (Buy 2, Get $3 ECBs)
Used $1.10/2 printable

2 Nabisco Oreo Snacks – $0.99 each
Used $1/2 printable

1 Beauty of Essence Body Mist – $2.99
Used Free printable

1 Tums – $1.19
Used $1/1 coupon from the in-store coupon machine

2 Schick Razors – $8.99 each
2 Skintimate Shaving Cream – $3.79 each
Buy $25 in Schick/Skintimate/Edge products, Get $10 ECBs
Used $1/2 coupon from the 12/8 SmartSource insert
And used Buy One Get One Free razors coupon from the 11/17 SmartSource insert
And used $3/1 Schick coupon from the 12/8 SmartSource insert

Used $3/$15 CVS coupon (I received in my email)

Used $15.46 ECBs from previous shopping trips

Total before coupons, sales and ECBs: $44.73

Total with tax ($2.27): $2.45, Plus received $13 ECBs back

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  1. Kate says

    Impressive, but I’ve found coupon policy use varies widely. Most stores where I live will allow a store coupon and a manufacturer’s coupon together. But, if I understand correctly, you were able to use more than one Smart Source coupon on the same item (the razors), which stores in my area don’t allow. Still, I’ve gotten great deals at CVS and Rite Aid and I’m happy that you can get great deals and are willing to share with us,

    • says

      You can use both a Buy One, Get One Free coupon plus a $/1 coupon as you are getting the discount on the one you’re buying. I hope that helps!

      • Heather says

        Actually I believe Kate is right. The manufacturer’s view a Buy One, Get One Free coupons as attached to both products – the one your are buying and the one you get for free. When CVS turns in the coupons to get their money for them the manufacturer will look at it and say “you sold 2 razors but you have coupons for 3 razors” and then not pay CVS for the difference.

        So before I posted I did a little “googling” and it looks like it all depends on the coupons themselves. (know our stores around here will never understand what Charlene explains below, so I have to view it as the coupon attaches to both products.)

        I think Charlene over at my frugal adventures does a great job explaining :

        • says

          I’ve not heard that that is the case from any corporate source, but I appreciate you sharing this. Very interesting! And I know it does depend from store to store as corporate coupon policies differ.

    • Andrea says

      I’ve found that some cashiers will manually put through a coupon after skimming it quickly, even if the register doesn’t want to take it. In my area, BOGOs are hit and miss!