On this trip I paid $7.31 out of pocket for $34.97 worth of items. My goal for 2011 is to not spend any money out of pocket, while using coupons and ECBs to get tons of items at CVS, with an initial gift card of $50.

Today I actually messed up because I ended up spending money out of pocket due to not planning for this trip. I had some ECBs from the last time that were expired and I was so excited when the cashier smiled at me and said that she would accept them that I just lost my mind. I used up all of the gift card so I will need to be on the lookout to redeem some more points for another gift card…even though I fell off the wagon by using my own money to pay for items today.

Transaction 1

Item: Aveeno regular lotion

Price: $10.00

CVS Extra Care Bucks earned: $0.00

Coupons used: $4.50 ECB

Item: Aveeno positively ageless (two of them!!!)

Price: $7.99 each

CVS Extra Care Bucks earned: $10.00 for buying $25 worth of Aveeno

Coupons used: $3.00 MFR

Item: Schick Intuition razor

Price: $8.99

CVS Extra Bucks earned: $4.00

Coupons used: $2.00 MFR

Total paid today: $20.26 , on gift card.

Total CVS Extra Care Bucks earned today: $14.00

Total out of pocket to date: $7.31

Total item cost to date: $78.20

Gift Card balance : $0.00

Total CVS Extra Care Bucks earned to date: $33.99

CVS Extra Care Bucks Used to date: $19.99

CVS Extra Care Bucks Balance: $14.00

Abbreviations used

MFR = manufacturer coupon

ECB = extra care bucks

Join me next time as I look for more ways to save money as I visit CVS.