Saturday, May 2, 2009

saturday fun, and cvs trip

The Portsmouth, NH Farmer's Market opened today - hooray! We stopped by this morning, and there were lots of salad greens, vegetable seedlings, perennials, and other fabulous things for sale. We got some beautiful baby bok choy - so there will be a yummy stir fry for dinner today.

We also went to a handful of yard sales after the Market. Didn't find too many treasures today - but we did get a cute little copper mold that will join our collection in the sunroom.

Then this evening we stopped at CVS. Got some great deals! They had Post Trail Mix Crunch cereal 2/$5.oo, and we had 2 coupons for $2.00 off, so those ended up costing 50 cents/box. And they had Crest toothpaste for $1.99, and Colgate for $2.99. At the register, a $1.00 Extra Bucks coupon printed out after purchase of the Crest, and a $4.00 Extra Bucks coupon printed out after purchase of two boxes of Colgate (Extra Bucks can be used on any CVS purchase - they're given based on specific items, usually noted in their sale ad, if you have a (free) CVS card). To make this an even better bargain, we had two $1.00 off Colgate coupons and one $1.00 off Crest coupon which we used on the toothpaste purchase. So the toothpaste was in essence free - we spent $4.97 after coupons, and received $5.oo in Extra Bucks to use on our next CVS purchase.

Then, because we really can't resist a good deal, we took the $5.oo in Extra Bucks that we received after purchase of the toothpaste, and we went back to the cereal aisle. CVS has certain Kellogg's cereals (Special K, Frosted Mini Wheats, and others) on sale 3/$10, with a $5 Extra Bucks reward on the purchase of 3. We had three $1.00 off coupons for Kelloggs, so we bought three boxes for $10, used the three $1.00 off coupons PLUS the $5.oo in Extra Bucks we got from the toothpaste, and paid $2.00 out of pocket. And then the register printed our $5.00 Extra Bucks based on purchase of the cereal.

This is how it all breaks down:

Total spent first trip through CVS: $5.97 (for two boxes of cereal and three tubes of toothpaste)
Extra Bucks received from first trip: $5.00
Total spent second trip through CVS (after coupons and Extra Bucks used): $2.00
Extra Bucks received from third trip: $5.00

Total spent out of pocket at CVS: $7.97
Total Extra Bucks remaining, to use on next CVS trip: $5.00

So in essence, the five boxes of cereal and three toothpastes cost us a total of $2.97... if you consider that we spent $7.97 and then they have given us back $5.00 to use next time we're there. Not sure how many pennies saved this all totals up to, as we didn't write down the original prices on the items we bought (and it sort of makes your head spin to think about it all, doesn't it!?)... but it's an awesome money saving day, that's for sure!!


Virginia said...

Wasn't the market great? I bought six herb seedlings and an eggplant fingerling seedling. Woohoo! (I'll be blogging, with pictures, about the market soon.)

penny-wise people said...

The market was awesome, definitely! Look forward to seeing your blog entry about your trip there!