Jun 4, 2008

Frugal trips to CVS and Kroger

Around 2:00 today the weather finally broke for awhile (though we got hit by a really severe thunderstorm again this evening), and I decided to get my shopping done. I have Brayden Thursdays and Fridays from now on, and I needed to get some fruit and lunch items in before he arrives tomorrow. I went to CVS first. I am SO catching on to this whole ECB program, though I'm still a novice and learning. Today I purchased: 1 8 count package of Bounty papertowels - on sale for $5.99, less .25 coupon 2 pgk CVS brand bandaids - $1.99 each = $3.98 1 Old Spice deoderant - on sale for $2.99, less $1 coupon from Sunday's paper 1 bottle of Bayer Heart Healthy aspirin - $6.99, less $2.50 coupon (get coupon here) Total amount: $19.95 Less mfg coupons $3.50 Less $3.00 off $15.00 CVS coupon Total after coupons 13.45 I used $11.00 in ECB's from my last trip. I actually had another $4 ECB, but didn't realize they wouldn't give you cash back or another coupon back for your change (I'm new at this!). So if I'd spent another $1.55 I wouldn't have had ANY out-of-pocket expense, but I elected to take my $4 ECB back and pay $2.83 (including tax) out-of-pocket. However, I received $10 ECB's for the Bounty (it finished the needed quantity from shopping earlier in the week), plus $3.98 ECB's for the Bandaids and $2.00 ECBs for the Bayer aspirin, for a total of $15.98 new ECB's. So, for $19.95 worth of merchandise (and that's sale prices), I paid $2.83 cash, and received $15.98 back. Yeah baby! Next, I headed to Kroger for my weekly grocery shopping....which you know I've been trying to cut from an average of $140 a week to $60 a week. The first thing I did when I arrived was purchase their $300 gift card to receive the additional $30 bonus. Once again, Kroger had sent me some great "customer loyalty coupons" for items that were on sale this week. For example, they sent me a .60 cent egg coupon, and eggs were on sale for $1.00, so I paid .40. They had Chef Boyardee items (which Brayden likes for lunch now and then) on sale for $1 and I had a $1/2 coupon and a .75/3 coupon, so I bought 5 cans for $3 (Kroger up's all my coupons to $1.00). I purchased $77.60 for $50.27 when all was said and done. I used the gift card to pay for the groceries, which included the bonus $30.00, so I see it as spending $20.27 for $77.60 worth of groceries, including several "stock up" items. A side note: Every blog I've read infers that you can purchase only one of these Krogers gift cards. I talked with our store's customer service manager and she told me customers can purchase up to FOUR. They need to be in $300, $600 or $1200 amounts. This is the second $300 card I have purchased since the beginning of their offer, and I plan on purchasing two more. If you shop Krogers, this is a no-brainer. Pay $300 for $330 Kroger gift card -- instant 10% return on your money. By the time I've purchased my other two, I will have made a profit of $120 just for buying my groceries in the store I always buy my groceries!

4 comments:

Marcy said...

Hi Joan!

Thanks so much for commenting on my site and for the link! I'm glad you found me too...becuase I'm excited to check out your blog! Lord knows I need help in learning how to be a housewife! I'll take all of the help I can get. :-)

Have a great weekend!
Marcy

Tina said...

Joan,
I too am working on the CVS plan....been trying. I tend to only buy things I use, and I have really stocked up in the last two months. This week I did 5 transactions - to use the 3/15 coupon several times. I had sale priced items of $96, used $23 in coupons, $26 in earned ECBs, and still have $7 in ECBs. All items I or my kids use (pampers, wipes, bounty, charmin, pantene.) As you see I am a P&G brand shopper...since I work for them.) But the coupons in last Sundays paper for P&G products were great. A few months back, your blog pointed me to Money Saving Mom....and that has helped tremendously!

Joan said...

Yay, Tina! Although I find it takes a bit of time to organize, I really find the CVS and Walgreens programs worth their weight in gold. I've now even started buying 3 Sunday papers, so when there is a grocery deal I can stock up on, I can do it in multiples. Keep me posted on how you're doing. Are you a Kroger shopper too?

Ann said...

Yikes! I didn't realize there was a limit on the number of Kroger gift cards you can buy--I've bought three already! Guess the last one will be a biggie...