I did CVS this weekend.  I tried to work out transactions so that I would use all my ECB since I didnt know when we would be out of town again.    My goal was to do this

Transaction 1:
2 Colgate toothpaste $2.77/1
– $1/1 MFC (lost both of mine. GAH!)
2 Dry idea deodorant $2.99/1
-BOGO coupon
1 Soft Scrub Total $1.99
– $1.00 mfc
1 Dawn dish .99
-.50/1 from P&G mailer
subtotal $8.02
use $7.99 ECB from last week for the eye drops (I had to go to chiropractic so it worked out to do that. :))
pay .03 OOP and get back $2 for Deodrant and $5.54 for toothpaste and $5 beauty extra. 🙂

Transaction 2: would be
Starbucks coffee $6.99
-$1.50/1 MFC
1 Tide 5.99
– $1 mfc mailer
Degree deodorant 2/$7
use 2 $1/1 mfc
1 dawn dish .99/1
-50c mailer coupon
Pay $3.77 oop
get back $2 from degree and $1ecb from Tide

HOWEVER-  this is what happened
Store #1 was all out of toothpaste.  I knew there was one near where we would be staying but there is no guarantee we would go there.  So here’s how it played out-

Transaction 1:
2 Dry Idea $2.99/1
– BOGO coupon
2 Soft Scrub $1.99
– $1/1 soft scrub total and .50 soft scrub cleaner
2 pringles $1/1
– $1/2 P&G booklet of savings
and because I was -$$ I threw in an expensive pack of gum for $1.67
(See can you tell I dont do well when my plan goes awry? :P)
total oop- .43 including tax (was still -.13 before tax. oops missed that)
got back $2ECB

Transaction 2:
1 Tide $5.99/1
-$1/1 P&G coupon
1 Starbucks $6.99
-$1.50mfc
2 Degree 2/$7
subtotal $19.98
used $4/$20 emailed coupon
-$5 ecb from beauty
– $2ECB from transaction 1:
Paid $6.48 (GASP!)
got back $3ECB

Then, on the way home today… We stopped at a big store in Pomona.  Where I did the following transaction

Transaction 3:
1 Dawn dish soap .99
-.50 mfc
Colgate toothpaste $2.77
used $3ECB I had.  Earned $2.77 + $1 for my green tag. 😀

Transaction 4:
1 Colgate toothpaste $2.77
used $2.77 ecb from #3
earned $2.77

Transaction 5:
2 Yuban coffee 2/$6
(friend of mine is trying to save money and I knew she would like this)
used $3.77 ECB
total $2.23
earned $1ECB

Transaction 6:
1 Xtra laundry $1.99
used .50/1 printable and $1ecb
paid .49

So I saved $73.02 and I spent $9.89 ($5.54 more than originally planned)

But still.  I am pretty well pleased Tide and Coffee alone would have cost that much.

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