CVS Shopping Trip: An Awesome Deal On The Fly!

I wasn’t going to post this trip to CVS because it was just kind of boring. But I had to share with you the story about this trip and how, on a seconds notice, I scored $21 worth of products for only $1.75 including tax.

I went to CVS with my ECBs and coupons for some of the sale items this week.  Spent about 15 minutes looking around only to find out that most of the stuff i wanted was sold out.  So, I wound up buying a birthday card for my niece because, like a bad Aunt, I forgot to mail her birthday card.  Sorry Kathryn, it’s coming!  Aunt Cindy is a little forgetful these days.

After I buy the card, I get a $5 off $15 coupon print out at the end of my receipt.  Woohoo!  That never happens.  But of course, there is a time restriction of 3 days.  Hmm?

Head out to the car and get a text from my son.  Most of you know that we dropped him off at college 1 1/2 weeks ago and he has been sending me a list of the things he wants/needs.  Well here was another item for the list.  The text read like this:

Patrick: “look up something called like acuvee 3in1 acne face wipes. i like it” 
note: you don’t see a “Hi Mom, or “how are you mom” do you?!?

Me: “Where do you get it?”

Patrick: “the store?”

Me: “r u sure it’s acuvee?”

Patrick: “no i’ll check”

sitting in the car waiting….

Patrick: “acnefree sport 3-in-one sport wipes”

My brain immediately kicks into coupon mode.  I go through my typical checklist as I make up a deal in my head:

  • Saw $1.00 coupons in store
  • ECB deal going on this week
  • $5 off $15 coupon I just received
  • $13.99 in ECBs to use
  • BINGO…we’ve got a deal!

I went back into the store so fast I forgot my phone in the car.  And, in minutes flat, I scored this deal:

Bought 2 Acnefree 3-in-1 Sports Wipes $10.79 each
-$5 off $15 CVS coupon
-(2)$1/1 peelies found at store
-$13.99 in ECBs
+$1.16 tax
Paid: $1.75
Received a $10 ECB wyb $20 in Acnefree products

How is that for a quick awesome deal!!

Have you scored any great deals on the fly?  Did you get something you weren’t expecting that turned out to be awesome?

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  • Jennifer

    Wow, that’s a great spur of the moment deal! Heck, even without the $5/$15 and ECB’s to use, 2/$10 on those things are still a good deal… my teens are in sports, I will need to check that out when I got to CVS today, thanks!

  • Ginny

    First time commenting…Thanks for all you do. I love your site and I love the way you write. The part about your son’s text message cracked me up.

  • Patti

    Awesome!! I smiled the whole way through the story! My favorite line: “r u sure it’s acuvee”…not sure why but that cracks me up! Hope he appreciates his Sport Wipes!

  • Nice! I have your cell number too so expect to start seeing texts of things I need soon! I promise to at least say hello.

    • Cindy

      Ha you are funny Charlene. 🙂

  • C

    Great story! I got a $5 off $15 coupon earlier this week and had no idea what to do with it! I have at least 3 $4off$20 coupons already too. I saw the John Frieda Luminous Color Glazes were on sale for $8 and with $5 ECB wyb $15. So I bought 2 bottles for $16, used 2- $2 mfg coupons, my $5 off coupon and $7 of ECBs for a grand total of 96 cents (all tax) at the register!!! I also got $5 ECB back for my purchase!

  • Nicely done!!! I split my order into 2 parts the other day at Rite Aid. I then discovered that (at luck would have it) there were two rebates available. I magically had them on separate receipts so I could submit for both! SCORE!!

  • CJ

    I never seem to run into good unexpected deals, and I’ve never gotten a $X/XX coupon from the machine or on my receipt 🙁