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CVS Deals 2/19/09


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I did a little CVS’ing today.

I started with a $5 ECB from purchasing Oil of Olay Pro-X last week (or the week before?). In addition there was an Oil of Olay $25 rebate if you bought $50 worth of Pro-X. I also had a $5 Olay manufacturer coupon so that was a great deal on some pricey stuff. I hope it makes me look younger. 😉

Today I purchased:

1 Lysol Disinfectant Spray (the February “crud” is in our household so we need to de-germify). $3.50 with a $2 manufacturer’s coupon, final cost $1.50

1 Clorox Anywhere Cleaning Spray $2.50 with a 75 cents off manufacturer’s coupon, final cost $1.75

3 Suave Body Washes (I chose the remaining bonus sizes), $1.99 each with a 75 cents off two coupon, final cost about $5.25 and then I earned $2 ECBs. Final cost $3.25.

2 Dove Deodorants, $3.79 each with a $1.50 off manufacturer’s coupon and I earned $2 ECBs. Final cost $4.08.

1 Herbal Essence Shampoo, $2.99 and $1 ECBs.

1 Ultrabrite toothpaste, bargain priced at $1.49, just ’cause I needed it.

Then I used my $5 ECB from the Olay deal.

My total for all items was $15.36. After earned ECBs, I got it all for $10.36.

No home runs today, but I felt pretty good about my haul.




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Frugal Friday

In this new, devastating Obama economy, being frugal is even more important!

This week’s theme is groceries. If you live in the 7 state Hy-Vee territory, today is their Friday the 13th sale! There are some great deals to be had.

Midwest Country Fare Ice Cream (4 qts) $2.88
Hy-Vee Cereal $.99
Hy-Vee Fresh Sliced Pork Steak (LOL…ironic don’t you think?) $.99/lb.
Bakery Fresh Hamburger Buns $1.13
Not Less Than 80% lean Fresh Ground Beef $4.77
2 Entree Chinese Meal $3.99
Palermo’s Classics Pizza 6 for $10
Pilgrim’s Pride Boneless Chicken Breast $4.99
Hy-Vee Water $2.99 (if you absolutely NEED to have bottled water)
Dole Iceberg Lettuce $.69
Hy-Vee Butter $1.48 (yummm….REAL butter!)
Nissin Top Ramen Noodles $.13

There’s some coupons in the print ad for Midwest Country Fare Brown or Powdered Sugar for $.99, Sour Cream for $.48 and bagged Garden Salad for $.69.

Also pick up a Hy-Vee coupon book at the store entrance. My favorite deal in this book is a code for a Free Red Box rental. A free movie is very frugal entertainment! Just be sure you have time to watch it and return it the next day or you’ll be charged for a second day rental.

You’ve probably noticed that Hy-Vee’s corporate print ad (the one that likely comes with your newspaper) has been much smaller as of late. They have moved towards on-line ads which are much larger. I’m not sure why they’ve done this, but skyrocketing printing costs come to mind as well as the fact that newspaper readership has dropped. You should always check the online ad for a much wider selection of good deals as you make your shopping list. It is available at:

Choose to view the “online ad”. As far as I can see the online ad version includes all the items included in the corporate print ad as well as all the additional items, so there’s no need to print both versions if you do not have the print ad.

You can download it and print it to make it easier to create your grocery spending plan.

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My CVS Grand Slam

I got myself some deals today!

Yesterday I stocked up on Duracell batteries at CVS. I got $15 ECB when I purchased $20 worth of batteries and I sweetened the deal with two .75 off manufacturers coupons. In the end, I got the batteries for $3.50. I also used $9.50 worth of other ECBS toward this purchase as I had a few other essentials to buy. Yes, chocolate is essential. I bought two bags of Hershey’s Bliss chocolates for 2/$6 and used a $2.50 off coupon.

As a bonus I also received a $10 off a $50 purchase coupon–my excitement for the day!

Today I went back (good thing CVS is on the way home from work!), and rolled my $15 ECB into an Olay purchase. I bought three Olay Regenerists products.

Regenerist 14 Day Intervention Kit – $29.99
Regenerist Night Creme – $20.99
Regenerist Cleanser – $7.99
Total: $58.97

I had coupons for each item–one for $5 off (requested this coupon from, and two from the Sunday inserts for $3 each. New total — $47.97.

I bought a few other things including the new Cover Girl mascara which got me a Cover Girl eye liner for free, plus I had a $1 off coupon for the mascara. Cost for both — $7.49 (the eyeliner shelf price was $4.09).

I also got a gallon of Viva milk for $3.49 and had a 50 cents off coupon for that.

Then I rolled my $15 ECB and used my $10 off the $50 purchase coupon.

I got $75.04 worth of stuff for $33.45! Even the register lady was impressed.

That’s not the end of my savings! I’m sending in for the $20 Olay rebate when you buy $50 worth of Olay products. Rebate form is available for download at Once I get the rebate I will have a final cost of $13.45!

Ideally I would have liked to have made my Olay purchases on sale, but I was out of moisturizer and cleanser. I couldn’t really wait at my age.

I’m 41 years old–yes, I NEED the 14 day intervention kit….I’ll let you know how it works….I expect to look 25 in two weeks.

Tomorrow I plan to go back and get the L’Oreal Age Perfect Pro-Calcium moisturizer for “mature, dull skin”. It’s free after ECBs, then I can roll the ECBs into something practical like toothbrush heads for our electric toothbrushes. Boring, but like chocolate, essential.


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The car drives different when…..

…’s not dragging a payment book!!!

Yes, the day has arrived. We made our last car payment ever! Never again will we borrow for a rapidly depreciating asset. The “M” is ours!

I sent the check off Friday to Crapital One….buh bye now.

And so the ticker moves…..four debts down, two to go.



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