Monday, March 12, 2007

Deals for the week

If you live near a Dillons or Kroger store, there is a really good deal on General Mills cereal and Nature Valley Granola Bars going on! I just got home from shopping with some girlfriends, and I just have to mention the deals!

The cereals and granola bars are on sale for $1.50 when you buy 4 (any combination). I used some coupons from my Sunday paper and also a couple that I printed off from here, to get them for $.50-$1.00/box. Hope posted a good recipe for homemade granola bars using cereal , so this might be a good time to try it out!

Also, the granola bars are $1.00/box after you print off the $.75/2 coupon (Dillons doubles all coupons up to $1.00). These are yummy granola bars!

I also went to CVS tonight. Have I mentioned that I love that store!??! Here's what I bought tonight:

2 Alavert 15 ct boxes $6.99 each ($5.00 ECB when you buy 2), minus 2 $6 off coupons, made $3.00!
1 Oust air sanitizer bottle $1.99, minus $2.00 coupon, FREE
3 bottles of Clorox bleach on sale for $1.29 each
1 Clorox wipes 35 ct., minus FREE when you buy 3 Clorox products
1 Purex laundry detergent 32 load on clearance aisle for $3.25, minus $.50 off coupon
1 CVS travel size baby wipes $.99, minus $1.00 off CVS item coupon
2 12 pks of Cottonelle ultra-soft toilet paper, on sale for $5.49 each, minus 2 $1.00 coupons
1 Listerine 250 ml, $2.99, ($2.99 ECB when you buy 1, FREE after ECB)

I used a $4 off a $20 purchase coupon, a $3 off a $15 purchase coupon, an $11.98 ECB and a $2.00 ECB, and paid $1.53 out of pocket!!! And in 2 days I will have generated $8.00 in ECB's to spend again.

My strategy at CVS is to always keep around $20-$30 ECB's at all times, and any extras I generate I use to buy household items (with coupons!) that our family needs or will need in the near future. I just need to keep enough ECB's to buy all the free stuff offered each week, in order to roll over the ECB's to keep generating them. For instance, today when I looked at my account, I had $38.49 total in ECB's available to use. So I bought the items that will generate ECB's (and end up being either free or moneymakers), and used some extra to buy stuff we need. Like TP! I do this every week, and stock up when I can. This way, I really have been able to cut back on the amount we spend on household items.

My mom emailed me today after she bought $25 worth of merchandise at CVS and only paid $.39 out of pocket. Way to go, Mom! I'm telling you, this is the best store I have found. Use coupons and earn money!

14 comments:

andyandjenica said...

Good job Rachel!

I wish we had a CVS here.

I'm doing the Walgreens deals, though. It's fun now that I have the hang of it.=)

bandanachick said...

I wish we had a CVS too! It sounds like it has such great deals...I am so jealous.
I have also done the Walgreens deals though, and am loving it. It is so exciting to get great deals!

shawna said...

so are you going to go back tonight for more cereal? I was thinking I might....try some different varieties and see if they work.

marti said...

Wow! I am so impressed! Too bad OK doesn't have a CVS

shawna said...

move on up Marti! We (and I speak for us and CVS) would love to have you!

Anonymous said...

Hi Rachel! I am impressed with your organizing! At our Walgreens I am lucky if they take a $2.99 extra care bucks coupon I printed off the internet. None of the stores here let you use more than one at a time and sometimes just one a day. This week they wouldn't accept my coupon for 9.99 (Maybelline) or 5.99(Viactiv) which weren't even expired - so the "free" items aren't turning out to be free at all - not to mention to e.c.b. that I've let expire (mea culpa...) How do you do it??
Frustrated in Fayette County

dave & rachel said...

Dear Frustrated in Fayette County,
I am assuming you're talking about CVS from the sound of it, right? Well, you know, if you call CVS customer service (it's the 1-800 number on the back of the card), they will tell you that you that the store cannot refuse them. You might call, and mention this to them, because then they can let your particular store know a little more about the program. CVS heavily advertises their ECB program in our area, and they WANT people to shop in their store... it is a marketing tool, and they want it to work!

All that to say, see if you can figure out WHY they aren't accepting your ECB's. And about that expired one, just call the number and tell them, and they will be happy to reset it for you. I just did it yesterday! :)

Hope that helps! And let me know if you have any particular questions, as I'd be happy to answer them if I can.

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