the siren call.

14 01 2010

no secret that i haven’t been giving the love up to cvs lately. it’s the fucking mult-pack madness. they’ll devote whole pages to “over $100 in extrabucks”, but it will all be for multipacks of things that aren’t a good deal- even after ECBs.  i can get $2 a box granola bars any old day. if i wait for a shaws deal- i can probably get them a lot cheaper. color me NOT IMPRESSED. and despite the incredibly lengthy list of ECB deals this week, there are NO FREEBIES (nary a blood sugar monitor!)- and nothing is even close to cheap enough for me to bother hauling my fat ass half a mile in the 5 degree weather (yeah, it’s real cold right now).

so what does cvs do to make it up to me? well, they send me free money.  a mere two days ago, i was asked to do yet another survey for the CVS advisor panel. woot! this time the survey took all of 2 minutes, and i got another $5 free ECBs for my trouble. the disclaimer says that you get about 2 offers a year, and this is my 2nd in the last 3 months. a trend? or are they blowing their load on me early, only to ignore me for the rest of the year? whatevs, i got $5 worth of effortless ECBs to line my pockets right now.

to bring it all home, CVS decided to reiterate their love for me with a $4/$20 coupon in my email this morning (which i find to be the most useful of the regular $/$$s). it doesn’t expire until monday, so i’m hoping to find something happening this weekend that tickles my fancy. although i’ve already checked out the preview (which sometimes differs from my local flier),  and nothin doin.

i am however strongly considering the crave-nx diet spray that is apparently for free this month. it’s probably gross and awful, and will probably give me tongue rot or oozing mouth sores… but skinny jeans are cruelly still in style, and i need some help!

less than zero.

27 12 2009

i’m doing a combination post for rite aid and cvs this week, because they both have fuck all to offer. i guess i’m not the only one who has an xmas hangover. maybe they’re just saving the big guns for the new year? i have my doubts. although i am pretty excited about the rite aid “game of life” promotion that is rumored to be on the way in 2010. but for now…

rite aid is utterly dismal:

kotex products: $2.99 with a $2 SCR & $1/1 coupon that i have from a source i don’t remember= FREE

crest toothbrushes & oral b toothbrushes: $2.49 with $1 SCR & $1/1 coupons from the 12/27 p&g brandsaver= $.49

8-pack rite aid alkaline batteries: $3 with $2/1 coupon that i got for registering for = $1

*if you’re wondering why i glossed over the soy joy & oral b power toothbrush deals, it’s because i think that power toothbrushes are stupid, and soy joy bars give me intestinal issues (i know, gross).

cvs is looking moderately better than rite aid, but still not great:

colgate total toothpaste: $2.99 with $2 in ECB & a $1/1 coupon from the january all you= FREE

ivory soap 3-pack: $.99 with $1/1 multipack from the 12/27 p&g brandsaver= FREE

if i were to mystically get another $/$$ coupon via email or from the magic machine, i might also consider the following:

old spice or secret deodorant: 2/$4 with $1 back in ECB and a $1/2 old spice coupon  from the 12/27 p&g brandsaver= $1 each

pantene or gilette haircare: 2/$7 with $2 in ECB and $3.00 in coupons from vocalpoint that i never used *shame*= $1 each

dawn dish detergent: $.99 with a $.20/1 coupon from that omnipresent p&g brandsaver from 12/27= $.79

i know, unimpressive.

a goddamn xmas miracle

23 12 2009

oh cvs you little minx. today was almost a disaster, another craigslist missed connection in the making. in assessing my coupon situation, i realized that i didn’t actually have a $1/1 oral b toothbrush coupon. then i got to cvs, and i realized that all the thermacare patches were long gone. since mouthwash, body wash, and floss are all sort of marginally donate-able items, and i never really wanted the lipstick… i figured i would have to let my $5/$30 go to waste and head home empty handed…

but then i saw it! smack in the middle of my local congress street ghetto cvs- A COUPON MACHINE!! i’d only ever seen them out of state, or at the rare newly built cvs. i thought that all the old stores were just shit out of luck. BUT I WAS WRONG!!! there it was, a gleaming red obelisk of perfection, sandwiched in between the sugar free candy and the hearing aid batteries. LOVE!

i decided to swipe my card before heading home- and lo and behold- $5/$15!!! holy crap- the holy grail of $/$$s!! with the mouthwash, the floss, the body wash, and a NYC lip gloss that i picked up with a $1/1 coupon from last month’s all you- my total came to $6.40 with $10 back in ECB. i paid for it with the remainer of a $25 prescription transfer gift card, so the OOP didn’t hurt at all. finally, i feel like i’m back in the game!

thanks santa. (or whoever was responsible for this xmas miracle).

meet me under the mistletoe.

21 12 2009

you heard me cvs. i think it’s time we give this relationship another try. first you sent me a coupon for free chap block… and then (just when i was feeling the hurt the worst from that $14.99 in expired ECBs), you pull through with the best week of freebies and ECB deals i’ve seen in a long long time. thanks for coming back cvs. let’s make 2010 our year. ❤

revlon super lustrous or moon drops: $6.99 with $5 back in ECBs. for some vile reason, maine doesn’t get revlon coupons, but i am a sucker for lip stuff…. so this is a distinct possibility.

listerine antiseptic mouthwash: $3.99 with $3 in ECBs plus the $1/1 coupon from the 12/5 redplum makes it free! apparently if you got the flu coupon book from a ways back, there’s a $1/1 in there that you can stack to make yourself a little extra $, but i’m a jerk and didn’t get it.

nivea body wash:  $5.99 + $5 in ECBs. get this hot  hot $2 printable , and make $1 doing it.

thermacare trial pack: i’ve always wanted to try these (would have come in helpful last week with my searing sewing related neck pain). hey, @ $2.49 with $2.49 back in ECB, i can save them for next time.

oral b single manual toothbrush:  $2.99 with $2 back in ECBs wrapped up in the $1/1 from the 11/29 P&G brandsaver makes free!

crest or oral b pro-health toothpaste, rinse, or floss:  $2.88 with $2 back in ECBs + $1/1 from the 11/29 P&G brandsaver makes you $.22 yo.

my master plot is to get 3 thermacare & 1 of everything else, and use the totally sweet $5/$30 that cvs just emailed me (woot!) and make out with $24ish in ECBs after about $20 OOP. not a bad way to get back into the game.

casualties of war.

20 12 2009

in freshening up my coupon stash today getting ready to throw myself back into the breach, i found $14.99 in expired extrabucks. ouch. ouch. ouch.

karmic balance.

19 11 2009

on the heels of my amazing rain-soaked rite aid adventure on saturday, i was flying high this week with what i thought would be an incredible take-down at the rite aid, and an easy extrabuck flip at cvs. apparently, sending that snarky email to the kinkos guy who screwed up my order must have thrown my karmic balance out of whack. or maybe things just can’t always be perfect all the time…

but rite aid was an ultimate clusterfuck. what was supposed to be so simple (coupons in order in a neat stack and ready to rock), turned ugly when my olay coupons (that i had used before at a rite aid in the exact same fashion!) went tits up.

kotex tampons for $2.99 with $2.00 SCR & $1/1 coupon from here. FINE

two 12 packs of quilted northern ultra something or other for $5.99 each with that $5/2 video values coupon, and even though they were for “soft and strong”, these two northern coupons went through JUST FINE.

crest with scope for $2.69 with $1/1 coupon from the 11/1 p&g brandsaver + double dip rebates (118 & 121) for a total of $3.69… FINE.

but then i got greedy. i wanted to use my $5/$25 (from redplum online a week or so ago), and those sweet olay quench coupons (bogo & $3/1) that i got in this month’s marie claire. with olay on buy one get one 50% off… i figured i could get $14ish worth of lotion for a mere $.74.  but it was a mess. first neither of the olay coupons would go through (even though the product was CLEARLY pictured on the coupon). then, they took the bogo one off manually… except he took off the $3.74 50% off one, instead of the full price one. is that some sort of rule that i don’t know about? anyway, then the $3 off coupon wouldn’t go through and they couldn’t even put it in manually… i had been holding up the line for a good 15 minutes. i told the adorable (too cute for rite aid) clerk that i owed him a fruit basket. he told me that i should get fruit baskets for the people in line behind me. *ouch*

in the end, what could have been a very simple and lovely  $8.66 OOP with $5.69 back in SCR, turned into $12.35 OOP instead. after SCRs, do you know how much i spent? EXACTLY $6.66. MY TRANSACTION IS POSSESSED BY THE DEVIL!! i may attempt an exorcism by bringing back the lotion. i’m sure that will be a mess too… i may also try to suck it up and take it as a lesson learned.

to make my deal suckage complete, it turns out that i got the advil deal at CVS wrong this week. in my head, i flip my $6.99 of expiring ECBs by buying one 100 count advil @ $7.49  and getting $4 ECB in return. turns out i had to buy TWO to get the deal. i got some useless CRTs for metamucil and crap (pun intended), no extrabucks, and i just don’t need another 100 advil expiring quietly in my medicine cabinet. boo-urns.


15 11 2009

cvs-pharmacyi’m sure you’re not tired of this yet or anything, but cvs has a big nothing this week yet again. and of course, i have $6.99 in ECBs expiring on the 17th. fuck.

there actually is one decent deal on advil- which is something that i use regularly (generic ibuprofen tastes like bad fake banana candy), and will definitely be buying. 100 ct. for $7.49 with $4 in ECBs. i also hear tell from my boyfriend hot coupon world, that there will be a $2/1 coupon in tomorrow’s paper. that’s a very minimal $1.49 at the end of the day.

also, the 24 oz. whitman’s sampler is on bogo- for $19.99 with $5 back in ECBs. i’m trying hard not to be fat right now, so i probably won’t get this- but that doesn’t make it any less of a good deal. i’m thinking whitman’s sampler challenge?

maine doesn’t get revlon coupons for some insane reason, but if you can lay your hands on some, and you’re the makeup type… the $7 ECB when you buy $15 isn’t such a bad deal.

but seriously, that’s all i got. if you want to see someone examine every single deal from the cold sore meds down to the dreaded snuggie, you can go herehere or even here… but you probably don’t need to waste your time.