Here's what I got this week:
1 EARinse $7.99 (saved $2)
(Received $7.99 EB)
1 Speed Stick $2.99 (saved $1)
(Plus $1 coupon ~ Received $2 EB)
2 Smooth Away $9.99 (saved $9.99~ BOGO) will donate 1
(Plus 2 $1.50 coupons)
Expandable Folder $8.99
$1, $2, $2, $2, $2, $2, $5, $7 EB
Total OOP: $3.94
Total Savings: $39.99(Sale and Coupon and EB)
EB Earned: $2, $7.99 (see above)
Bolded Items: to be donated
Sadly, the expandable folder wasn't on sale, but I really, really needed to get this since I haven't started filing anything for 2010 yet. I had a lot of EB from last week, so I thought I should at least get it for free. That kind of threw off my EB hoarding for next time. Oh well.
Total CVS spending YTD: $39.68
Total CVS savings YTD: $229.72
Now for the second part: Earned $50!
I found a mailing from CVS on the mail room floor. I guess someone who moved out had received a mailing with coupon from CVS and the new person didn't want them. Oh well... my gain! I fill 2 Rx every month and there were 2 coupons for a $25 gift card with a new or transferred Rx. SCORE! Now I have $40 worth of CVS money (I used $10 of the gift card to pay for the second Rx) to play the CVS game with. Let's see how long I can make that last!
My only concern about the $50 is how to account for it in my budget and YTD CVS spending. Right now, I'm treating it like cash in my budget (I've added it to my income). However, on here, for my total CVS spending, it's almost as if it were EB. I basically got $50 for free, just like I get all of those EB for free and then roll them over. Is it really any different? I don't know. And I don't know if this makes any sense! Do you have any thoughts on this?