Wednesday, January 28, 2009

An interesting turn of events at CVS

Starting next week, those of us in Michigan will be in a CVS test market. What they are testing, I don't know, but it worries me just a little bit. I've seen the ad for next week and the only ECB deal is Hershey bars. Yay.

My plan this week is to roll as many ECBs as I can, and maybe get some rainchecks for the free Gillette shampoo and razor so I can use them to roll more ECBs if the deals dry up as my bucks expire in the next few weeks. Apparently these test markets pop up periodically and they last for a few weeks or so; sometimes the ECB deals are the same and sometimes they aren't.

Anyhoo, here is my random assortment from this week. I blew through a bunch of ECBs but I really needed diapers.

(2) Gillette shampoo @ 4.99, used 2.00/1 coupons and got back 3 ECB each
(1) Dove beauty bar @ .99, used 1.00/1
(2) newspapers @ 1.75
(2) Huggies @ 10.00 each, used 1.50/1 coupons and got back 5 ECBs
(1) cheese eating baby. She was free after ECBs.

Paid with 25.99 ECBs, paid .79 OOP, earned back 11 ECBs.


Jessica said...

BOOO to the test market idea.

At CVS, print 2 of these (if your printer cooperates, mine will not) to get 2 boxes of cereal for about $0.59 I think.

amy said...

cassie - rats! i was going to try to put together something to use a 10 dollar off 50 that i got but it expires this week!!!

Cassie said...

Amy, when does your Q expire, and how many ECBs do you have to work with? You could do this scenario once the Gillette Fusion razors come in on Saturday:

(5) Gillette shampoo or conditioner @ 4.99 each, use 2.00/1 coupons if you have them
(2) Huggies diapers @ 10.00 each, use 1.50/1 coupons if you have them
(1) Fusion Razor @ 7.99, use 4.00/1 coupon if you have it

That will get you just over 50; pay with whatever ECBs you have and cash for the rest and you'll earn back 24 ECBs.

Whether or not it's worth it totally depends on how many coupons and ECBs you have.

amy said...

thanks cassie - i didn't check this again until just now after my run, i ended up going with the pepsi product buy 20 and get 10 eb - and i did do the razor and the gillette stuff so thanks!!

when i look at it shows no test ad for the NEXT week - i have another 10/50 coupon that i could use by the 13th - does it make sense to plot out my transaction using the ad for 2/8 or do you think we will still be in a test market?