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Sunday, July 21, 2013

My Massive Sunday Haul, 7/21/13

UPDATED UPDATE: So this is the closest I could find to an official, written, public reply from CVS about this fiasco. It was buried beneath a ton of Facebook messages from people protesting the removal of a feral cat colony from a particular CVS property. Great PR you got going there, CVS! Anyway, the bottom line is that they should honor your reward as printed. Yay! It may still need to be manually adjusted, though. They're stating that the "technical issues" are "handled," not fixed. I'm interpreting that as meaning they've simply informed the stores to honor the rewards. Which only works for those of us with store managers who check their email. Le sigh.

UPDATE: The Huggies deal. What. a. MESS. So apparently they fixed the glitch in the middle of Sunday afternoon, which is shocking in its own accord. That's Jebus's day, you corporate heathens! ANYWHO, now people are reporting that the $20 Extra Buck is scanning in at $10 Extra Bucks. DOH. Apparently the reward was literally a typo that was programmed to the correct amount but incorrectly stated the amount to which it was programmed. So they can't fix the system to scan the $20 rewards as $20, since presumably they include the same programming as the corrected $10 rewards that printed after they fixed the error. (So if they fixed it, all the rewards would scan in at $20. I'm presuming). 

What does this mean? You're going to have to depend on your store to manually adjust the amount of the coupon. Will they? That's the question up for debate. People have been bugging CVS about it on Facebook, but as of this writing CVS has not made an official response. I say keep those diapers bagged and the receipt handy, because you may be returning those suckas if CVS doesn't honor the rewards correctly!

Look! Cheap diapers! Something funky's going on with the Huggies diapers deal at CVS. If you buy 3 jumbo packs, you get $20 Extra Bucks instead of just $10. It's most likely a glitch that will be fixed ASAP, so run! I also cashed in most of my Pantene BOGO coupon stash, since next week's Pantene sale at CVS is lame and the coupons expire at the end of July. Before anyone freaks out, I shop for multiple households, so control yourselves, coupon police.

Hopefully I'll make it to Target and Staples tomorrow. SO FREAKIN' HOT OUTSIDE. Meanwhile, here's what I managed to do today.


Bought 3 Huggies Jumbo Pack Diapers $9.99 each, regularly $13.59 each
Spend $30.00, Receive $20.00 Extra Bucks (supposed to be $10.00 Extra Bucks)
Used 3 $3.00/1 Internet printable coupons (Walmart.com; PullUps.com - must share to receive higher value)
Paid $20.97, Received $20.00 Extra Bucks
Final Price: $0.97 ($0.32 each) for 3

Bought 24 Pantene Shampoo or Conditioner, 12.6 oz $3.00 each, regularly $4.99 each
Used $3/$15 Shampoo/Conditioner purchase CVS coupon that previously printed from Magic Coupon Machne
And used 12 Free Pantene Conditioner or Styler, up to $4.99, when you buy (1) Pantene Shampoo from PG 7/7 (exp 7/31) - took off $4.99 each
And used 6 $2.00/2 Pantene Products Internet printable coupons (Coupons.com; PGEveryDay.com)
Final Price: $2.88 MONEYMAKER

*I went to three different CVSes to buy these, buying 8 at each store (and using 4 BOGO coupons at each)*

Bought 1 Just The Basics Single Roll Paper Towel $0.79, regularly $1.19
Used 1 $0.79/1 Just The Basics Single Roll Paper Towel from Magic Coupon Machine (started printing Sunday)
Final Price: Free

Bought 2 Hershey’s, Nestle, or Unreal Pouches, 6.3-12 oz $3.00 each, regularly $4.69 each
Used 2 $2.50/1 Kit Kat Minis Pouch, 8 oz or larger Internet printable coupons (CVS.com - must watch video and share)
Final Price: $1.00 ($0.50 each) for 2

*I did these in separate transactions as CVS coupons tend to beep when you use more than one of a kind in the same transaction.*

$ 171.10  Shelf price
-   89.67  Coupons
-   62.34  Discounts
=$19.09  Out of pocket cost
-   20.00  Extra Bucks received
=$  0.91  MONEYMAKER

What I actually paid: $19.09 - $18.00 previous Extra Bucks + $6.53 sales tax = $7.62 paid out of pocket. Walked away with $20.00 in new Extra Bucks.

Net Cost: $5.62

Rite Aid:

Bought 2 Stayfree Maxi Pads, 14-24 ct $2.99 each, regularly $3.99 each
Buy 1, Receive $2.00 +Up Reward, Limit 2
Used 2 $1.00/1 Stayfree or O.B Tampon Product Internet printable coupons (HealthyEssentials.com)
or 2 $1.00/1 Stayfree Product from SS 5/5 (exp 7/31)
Paid $3.98, Received 2 $2.00 +Up Rewards
Final Price: 2 Free

Bought 8 Gatorade, 32 oz $1.00 each, when you buy 4, regularly $2.29 each
Buy 4, Receive $1.00 +Up Reward, Limit 2
Used 2 $2.00/4 Gatorade Sports Drinks, 32 oz Adperk coupons (RiteAid.com)
Paid $4.00, Received 2 $1.00 +Up Rewards
Final Price: $2.00 ($0.25 each) for 8

Bought 1 T.G.I Friday’s Snack Chips, 3.5-4.5 oz $1.00, regularly $2.19
Buy 1 Receive $0.50 Ibotta Credit
Paid $1.00, Received $0.50 Ibotta Credit
Final Price: $0.50

Bought 3 Hot Pockets $3.00 each, when you buy 2, regularly $3.79 each
Used 1 B2G1 Free Hot Pockets or Lean Pockets, 8-9 oz, max value $3.99 Internet printable coupon (Facebook.com) - took off $3.00
Final Price: $6.00 ($2.00 each) for 3

*This purchase completes my Spend $30.00 Receive $5.00 Nestle SavingStar Reward*

Bought 1 Meade Composition Book $0.47, regularly $2.09

$  41.95  Shelf price
-     9.00  Coupons
-   17.50  Discounts
=$15.45  Out of pocket cost
-     6.00  +Up Rewards received
-     0.50  Ibotta Credit
=$  8.95  78.7% savings off shelf price

What I actually paid: $15.45 - $15.00 in previous +Up Rewards + $0.51 sales tax =$0.96 paid out of pocket. Walked away with $6.00 in new +Up Rewards and received $0.50 Ibotta Credit, and will receive $5.00 Nestle SavingStar Credit.

Net Cost: $4.46 (including Nestle reward)

$213.05  Total Shelf price
-   98.67  Total Coupons
-   79.84  Total Discounts
=$34.54  Total Out of Pocket Cost
-   26.50  Total Rewards/Rebates Received
=$  8.04  96.2% Savings off Total Shelf Price

Total Net Cost: $10.08

Total Cash Paid out of Pocket: $8.58 (96% savings off total shelf price)

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