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Sunday, July 12, 2009

CVS Trip - 7/12

Since I was already in school supply shopping mode from our Staples trip (HERE), I made a quick stop by CVS to snag their school supply deals too. A couple of the items were already gone, but I did get a few goodies.

I posted about how to get this week's school supplies in three transactions, lessening your out-of-pocket expenses (HERE). However, I had some CVS gift cards (HERE) from a couple of weeks ago. My husband and daughter were waiting in the car, so I did everything in one transaction to make it quicker. I was able to use my gift cards rather than rolled ECBs to cover most of the cost. Here's what I did.

I bought:
1 local newspaper (That's my daughter's school on the front page!!) - $1.25
2 Finish dishwasher tabs - $3.99 each
1 Staples 3-subject notebook - $3.99
2 Staples 1-subject notebooks - $.99 each
3 packs Papermate pens - $.99 each
Merchandise Total: $18.17

Coupons Used:
-$2.50 x 2 Electrasol/Finish coupons from today's SmartSource insert
* I forgot my Extra Care Bucks from Friday at home!!! *

Out-of-Pocket: $13.17 ($12.44 from gift cards, $.73 cash) plus tax
ECBs Earned: $8.94 (school supplies - all FREE after ECBs)

Absolutely none of the school supply sale prices were marked here either! Fortunately there is a fabulous cashier at my local store. She ran back and forth from the school supply aisle to the register to price check things. What a gem! I'm planning to donate some of the supplies I got today to my daughter's school. Even if they just use them in the office, it's one way to help them save money from next year's budget!

If you don't have children who can use these kinds of supplies, you might be able to donate them to your local school or to a charitable organization. They can always use office supplies!

You can see other shoppers' great deals over at the Grocery Cart Challenge.