Saturday, February 26, 2011

CVS $31.89 for $6.32

I don't have a photo to post tonight.  But did want to tell about my CVS trip.

8 candy bars
1 bag of jelly beans
3 12 packs of diet root beer
5 bottles of SoBe

Retail price is $31.89.  After sales, coupons, and extra care bucks, I paid $6.32 (with $1.21 of that being sales tax since tax is paid on pre-coupon price), and I got $6 back in extra care bucks for the next time I shop at CVS.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

$78 for $14 -- then free

Granted, once again I think CVS prices are high so to say this would have been $78, it certainly wouldn't have been that much at Wal-Mart or Dollar General, but I still had a good shopping trip tonight.  (The 90% off items were about $28 overpriced at their original price, but at 90% off I felt they were bargains.)

I walked in CVS and saw a cart of 90% off items.  I bought four packages of trial sized bottles that also included toothbrush holders.  Full sized toothbrush holders are my favorite for even at home, and sometimes it's difficult to find them at reasonable prices.  (Dollar Tree has them off and on, but doesn't seem to ALWAYS carry them.)

Also, there were packages of toy soldiers for 30 cents a package.  (I think an original price of $3 was high, as I see these at Dollar Tree.)  I have an ice cream party every summer, and one of the big "hits" with the children is a pinata.  Last year on a whim I bought a package of toy soldiers to include and even the girls were excited when those started falling from the pinata, so when I saw these, I decided to get them for this year.  (Who knew the kids would enjoy those junky toys so much?  Then again, kids tend to enjoy junky toys, so is it really a surprise?)

Also, on this trip I bought four packages of U by Kotex pads as well as two tubes of Colgate Total toothpaste.

Finally I bought 3 12 packs of Fresca.  My mother can't drink caffiene, she can't have sugar, and recently cola has been banned, so Fresca is a clear soda and it fits what she CAN drink.

After my coupons I paid $14.46.   Well, rather, I paid nothing.  I earned a CVS card with a points program online and used that, so really I paid NOTHING! 

I also received $10.58 back in Extra Care Bucks for next time I shop at CVS. 

Monday, February 7, 2011

For the price of a gallon of milk. . .

I tend to get lazy about bargain hunting this time of year.  It's the weather.  Don't know if you'll be snowed in, and what's the point of trying to find good bargains if you are snowed in. 

But I had about $25 of CVS Extra Care Bucks that were going to expire tomorrow if I didn't use them.  There were not lots of "free after ECB" offers this week (just a pack of gum) so I had to come up with the best way to use these for us.

I bought all this for the price of a gallon of milk.  (Milk is $2.99 at the cheapest place in town and I paid $2.99 for all this.)

2 boxes Quaker Maple and Brown sugar oatmeal
2 boxes Quaker Quick Oats
1 box Fiber One cereal
2 boxes Fiber One 90 calorie bars
1 box Kraft Easy Mac
1 box Velveeta Shells and cheese
1 package Trident gum
1 gallon milk

I paid $2.99.  I saved $37.96  All is stuff we will use.  In fact, my mother told me last night she needed more oatmeal soon.

I also have $11.99 in ECBs to use on future CVS purchases. 

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

The Shelter of God's Promises

I recently was given the opportunity to review the book:  The Shelter of God's Promises .  Here is my reveiw:

In “The Shelter of God's Promises”, Sheila Walsh takes the reader through some of the main ideas of promises in the Bible. She explores the ideas of peace, confidence, love, grace, and more. I'm usually a huge fan of Sheila Walsh's books, but this one didn't seem to be quite as good as some of her others, although it's still a very good read. It felt more of an instructional book than some of her other books which seem more like a chat with an old friend. That said, the story about her bolero and the missionary clothing drive made me laugh out loud and her personal tales woven into her books are what I enjoy so much about her writing. Having grown up in church, I can't say that there was anything new to me in this book, but sometimes it's good to be reminded of the basics that God has promised us. There is also a Bible study in the back of the book which would be helpful for either personal or group study. I did enjoy this book, and it would also make a great gift to someone who is struggling with – well basically – anything as it is a book of general comfort and encouragement.
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my review.