Jun 22 2008

A simple week at the drugstores

There’s plenty of ways to earn Extra Care Bucks at CVS this week. Check out The Centsible Sawyer for all the details, including other shopper’s purchases and scenarios.

I kept it really simple this week. On the back of this week’s ad, I saw that when you buy $20 worth of Charmin 12 roll (double rolls) $5.99, Basic Bounty paper towels 8-count $5.49, or certain types of batteries, you get $10 extra care bucks.

There are a few $0.25 off coupons out there for the Charmin and Bounty. I didn’t have any.

In the past, I would have been reluctant to do a deal of this kind, since you have to spend $20+ to get $10 back. Normally, I like to avoid paying out of pocket at all.

But these days, I’m stocking up on toiletries so I won’t have to worry about it next winter when I have an infant to care for.

I bought three packs of toilet paper and a pack of paper towels. That total came to $23.46. Oh, and I also bought one of the monthly deals, a bottle of Huggies baby body wash ($3.49 regular price, had $1 off coupon from today’s paper, and earned $2 ECB back).

I had about $9 in ECB from a previous trip, and my out of pocket total was $16.97.

I earned $12 ECB ($10 from the toilet paper/paper towels deal; $2 from body wash).

If you’re low on TP and have some ECBs to burn, consider stocking up. When I consider the price per roll of toilet paper, I tend to calculate the “single roll” price. The TP I bought today was technically “double rolls” (though really, I should calculate how many squares are in each package to be sure…but that would take awhile).

If you bought four packs of TP and had no coupons or ECBs, you’d pay $23.96 out of pocket plus tax. That would be 48 double rolls, or the equivalent (or so) of 96 single rolls. That’s about $0.249 cents per roll (not a bad price), and when you consider that you get $10 ECB back, it becomes an even better deal.

Since you did have to cough up $23.96 initially, I wouldn’t go so far as to say the $10 earned ECBs made it like you were spending $13.96, thus making it about $0.14 per single roll. Instead, I prefer to calculate the $10 ECB savings on my next CVS purchase, since that’s when I actually get that benefit. I hope that makes sense.


I’m transferring my prenatal vitamins prescription to Rite Aid, where I should get a $30 store gift card. The coupon for that has been in several recent store ads, including this week’s.

Once I get that, I’ll get some Crest Pro Night rinse (or toothpaste) which is $2.99 this week (I think) but free after single-check rebate. I guess with the gift card and rebate, it’s double-free. Heh.

7 Responses to “A simple week at the drugstores”

  1. I took advantage of Rite Aid’s rebates today. We don’t have a CVS around here…wish we did.

    Freeman’s Sea Kelp Shampoo – $2.99 sale price w/$2 rebate
    Freeman’s Sea Kelp Shampoo – $2.99 sale price w/$2 rebate
    Finesse Conditioner – $3.00 sale price
    Finesse Shampoo – $3.00 sale price w/$5 rebate if you buy two
    Crest ProHealth Night mouthwash – $2.99 sale price, FREE with rebate
    Crest ProHealth Night toothpaste – $2.99 sale price, FREE with rebate

    (not taking tax into consideration)
    Regular price w/o sale or rebates – $23.94
    Total out of pocket expense before rebates – $17.96
    Total spent after rebates – $2.98
    Savings off regular prices – $20.96

  2. I’m sure that you already know, but CVS takes those coupons from Rite Aid too. I’ve been moving my prenatal back and for between the two every month.

    Oh, and speaking of stockpiles to have with a newborn around… I would also stockpile batteries. It seems like everything runs on them from the swing to the bouncer to the mobile… there’s nothing worse than running out of juice when your little one is only calmed by a working bouncer!

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  3. did you say a while back that you got a closet doubler thing from amazon? is it something like this: http://www.closetdoubler.com/?directLoad&uid=D2FDA44FC6412C528D33F36D6DCE9E54

    If so, do you like it? I’m contemplating buying one.

  4. I was able to hound a good deal on Huggies baby stuff this week at Long’s, but I’m not sure if you have a Long’s Drugs there (or if your Entertainment Book has a Long’s coupon)?

    The deal was buy $30 worth of Kimberly Clark products, get a $10 gift card back by mail.

    Huggies diapers on sale for $9.49 x 2 = $18.98
    Huggies bath & body on sale for $2 x 4 = $8
    Huggies baby wipes on sale for $2 x 2 = $4
    For a total of $30.98

    Coupons used: 2 x $1 off any Huggies diapers; 4 x $1 off any Huggies bath & body; 2 x $.50 off any Huggies wipes; $5 off any $25 purchase at Long’s

    Which takes the total down to $18.98, and you get a $10 GC back, so $8.98 plus tax. I also had overage on another product (of $3) that took care of the sales tax for me, so I ended up at $8.23 after all was said and done for 2 jumbo packs of diapers, 2 body washes, 2 lotions, and 2 packages of wipes (64 count).

    We don’t have children, but friends are due with twins in August and are having a shower next month and asked for baby supplies and diapers.

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  5. Good deal, Rachel! We don’t have a Long’s in Pittsburgh :(

    That will make a lovely present for your friend.

  6. There’s also a $1 off coupon for Finesse. I believe it was in Sunday’s newspaper, but I’m not totally sure.

    Combine that with the rebate, and the two bottles are free!

  7. I wish we had a CVS here. *sigh* We just have Walgreens and Rite Aid.

    I didn’t want to spend even $0.99 on each shampoo/conditioner so I skipped that one. But I did pay $1 for the Finesse. We didn’t get the coupons here. I was bummed about that.

    I also got the Crest mouthwash free after rebate but I thought it was just one rebate for the offer (either or, not both).

    I just started shopping Rite Aid and LOVE all the deals and rebates. I bought film (spend $20 get $10 back) so my MIL will get nine rolls of film for $13 (it ended up being $23 total).

    And if I were pregnant I’d totally be stocking up on things like toilet paper and batteries. :)

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