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My Purchases This Last Week – 2/11/12

Last week I got some pretty good deals.  Thought I would share them.   I do get out of the house on occasion and get some of these great finds and some of them are online too.

I learned about the Michael’s $5 off $5 coupon that we used last Sunday (expired on 2/4/12), we got a couple things for the kids.   While Baby A and I went to Babies R Us to get the formula deal my husband took Baby B and Doodle to get some cheap finds at Michaels.  I’m sure I would have found some expensive item to splurge on, but they found crayons, and some off brand lego sets, and glow in the dark sticks.  Fun stuff all for very little.  My husband and I each went to Babies R Us and got the formula deal and we found a cheaper outlet cover using a 20% off coupon.

In the mail, I got the Taste of Home book deal that they offered back in January.  Buy the 10 pack Children’s Hardcover Classics for $14.99 + $1.99 Shipping.  Great deal!

I went to Babies R Us with the boys by myself and got the diaper deal and formula deal.  I even found some of the formula with 25% more free.   In addition, I’ve purchased over 9 cans so I now qualify for a FREE can.

What deals did you get this week?

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Leesburg Premium Outlets Labor Day Sale 9/4-9/7


Wow! There are a lot of sales this weekend at Leesburg Outlets. I will keep this site in mind for other holiday shopping weekends.

Labor Day Weekend Sale
Fri – Mon, Sept 4 – 7
Don’t miss the annual Labor Day Weekend Sale at Chelsea Premium Outlets. You’ll enjoy extra discounts on top of our everyday savings of 25%-65%.

Now – Sept 30
Buy One, Get One 50% Off of Equal or Lesser Value
See store for more details.

Now – Sept 9
Stock Up Sale
Buy 2 pairs, take 20% off*
Buy 3 pairs, take 25% off*
Buy 4 pairs, take 30% off*
*off entire purchase; not valid on clearance items $29.99 and below

Ann Taylor Factory Store
Sept 4 – 7
Fall sweaters- buy one, get one free
Everyday tees- buy one, get one $5
All denim- buy one, get one $10
Dresses- 40% off
Skirts- 25% off

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Understanding CVS


CVS has some great deals. Before this year, I never thought I would be shopping at CVS so much. I always thought CVS was very expensive. In fact, for a lot of items it is, but if you think about their business model it makes perfect sense. CVS stands for Consumer Value Store, and is a neighborhood drugstore and convenience store. For a normal consumer walking in to get their prescription filled they walk into the store through the aisles and pick up a couple items that they need before approaching the pharmacy. Then to bring in more consumers they put items on sale. While some products cost more, others are cheaper. Then CVS went a little further, they provide ExtraCare Bucks (ECB) which are wonderful! ECBs are coupons at the end of the receipt that expire exactly a month from the date you receive them. You can use them like cash and purchase almost anything with them in the store. This system allows the consumer to get things on “sale” or “free” and CVS has a “ticket” hoping that consumer will come back. A very good marketing strategy. In addition, CVS offers CVS coupons to use in the store, plus they accept internet and manufacture coupons.

Now, I’m new to the art of coupons and I recommend CVS to get started. I live where there are a lot of CVS stores but not any  Walgreens and only a couple Rite Aid stores.

Other stores like Walmart have a different approach. Instead of having “weekly” sale ads they try to keep their prices low, and if possible lower prices when they can on popular items. This model works very well because everyone seems to think that they can always get it cheaper at Walmart.

If you shop with coupons and follow the sales at CVS, Walgreens and/or RiteAid you can get most of the things you use for less or free compared to Walmart. If you “need” something Walmart can be the best deal.

The number one lesson to learn about coupons is to understand the concept of stockpiling. The truth is you want to buy the items you use for less or free and when it’s at the rock bottom price buy as many as you can. When the items goes back up in price you have a stockpile on hand. Simple as that.

I started to shop at CVS in August 2008 and I estimate I’ve saved over $500. What am I buying? I’m buying all sorts of items including: diapers, wipes, headache medicine, shampoo, deodorant, cold medicine and make-up to name a few. If something is “free” I will probably buy it even if I don’t “need” it and in turn I can give it to someone that can use it or donate it. A lot of people donate their extra “free” or cheap items. You will be surprised how much you can get for very little.

I’ve mentioned some of these blogs.
To get started at CVS check out the following links:

The Thrifty Mama – CVS 101
I heart CVS
Hot Coupon World – CVS Forums

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CVS Purchases today 11/16/08

I love CVS!

I received in my email a $5/$30 coupon. These are great coupons to get from CVS because it takes off dollars directly off your purchase. You want to get your subtotal at the amount required and not much over that. These coupons come in different amounts some examples include: $2/$10, $3/$15, $4/$20, and $5/$30.

To get coupons like these via email you need to call CVS ExtraCare Bucks department. The number is on the back of the ExtraCare card. Ask the representative to add you to their email list because you would like to get coupons. Usually, within the day you will get a $4/$20 coupon that you can use that week. The coupons they email are sent for only the intended receiver to use.

The best part is you can use the coupon more than once until it expires. Just print it out a couple of times. (Note: You can also get these coupons at CVS at the bottom of the receipt called CRT – Cash Register Tape or at the “Check Price” Red machine. Love that machine! It can be random at what coupons you get.)

I did 2 transactions today.

A transaction is performing a group/single purchase of item(s).
A purchase is an item for sale.

First transaction
1 Duracell 8pk C cell batteries Sale 9.99
1 Oceanspray Cranberry Sauce Sale BOGO (Buy One Get One) 1.69
1 Oceanspray Cranberry Sauce FREE
2 Kleenex Tissues 110 Count BOGO 1.49
2 Kleenex Tissues 110 Count FREE
2 Duracell 4pk AA Sale 5.29
3 Johnson and Johnson Easy Grip Buddies Bar 1.19
2 Schick 2 CT Razor .99

Total 30.79

Coupons I used:
-Duracell 1.50
-Duracell 1.50
-Duracell 1.50
-Kleenex Buy 4 boxes 1.00
-Johnson and Johnson Buy 3 products 3.00
-Any Schick Razor 1.00

-10 ECB
-5 ECB

Subtotal 1.29
Tax 1.03+.04
Out of Pocket (OOP) 2.36
Used gift card (GC) that I got yesterday from transferring a prescription to CVS. I got a $30 gift card.
I used a RiteAid coupon.
True OOP 0.00

Received ECBS:
15.00 from Durcell spend $20 get $15 ECB

I can use the 15.00 ECB to use for anything in the store!

2nd Transaction

4 Glade 4 oz Candles Sale 2/$5
1 Dry Idea Sale 2.99
1 Soft&Dri Sale2.99
1 Loreal Pro-Calcium Sale 15.99

Total $31.97

Coupons Used:
-1.50 buy 2 Glade Candles
-1.50 buy 2 Glade Candles
-.50 Dry Idea or Soft&Dri
-.50 Dry Idea or Soft&Dri
-1.00 Loreal moisturizer

ECB Used:
-15 (from previous transaction)
-3.49 (from an earlier tranaction)

Subtotal $3.48
Tax .50
OOP $3.98
Used GC
OOP $0.00

ECB received
5.00 Glade spend $10 get $5 ECB
15.99 Loreal Age Perfect
4.00 Dry Idea/Softe&Dri
Total ECBs to spend later: $24.99

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CVS – Black Friday Deals

Here is a list of blogs that talk about the great deals coming out Thanksgiving Day at CVS. Look at the ad and see the sale starts on Thanksgiving day! (Doubt I will go that day because I will be so tired from working in the kitchen.) I sure will be there the following day.

When I have sometime I will post what I plan on getting. I’m so excited!

Black Friday CVS ad posted here
Thanks Hot Coupon World!

Lizzy’s Language – She lists the item and matches it up to a coupon from the paper.

The Thrifty Mama – She lists the number of items that you can buy per card.

I heart CVS
also posted images of the CVS ad and included the pictures of the items that are free!

I heart CVS Black Friday deals
I heart CVS Black Friday deals – I found another website that lists the items at CVS Black Friday sale. It shows the final cost minus ECBs so the “free” items are “free” after the ECB.