Dropping by the far CVS with 3 kids in tow, could have been disastrous, but I was feeling very brave with $15 in ECBs, a $4 off $20 purchase and a $5 off $15 cosmetic purchase coupon at the magic coupon machine... What could go wrong, right?
My intentions were to grab some Physician's Formula at 40% off and some L'OREAL Youth Code to take advantage of $10 ECB with $30 skincare purchase using $8 in coupons and submitting a $10 rebate. And that's how it mostly went.
The magic coupon machine was jammed up so I lost a scan, slightly annoying as you can usually scan twice. No biggie. I was worried that the $5 off $15 cosmetic purchase coupon wasn't going to print but it did! Yay! But since I didn't get a second scan, I missed out on (possibly) the $3 off $10 Milani purchase. I used to be able to scan my card several times a week and get coupons, now it's just one or 2 times. :(
So here is what I got (minus filler candy items):
In order to qualify for both the $10 ECB and the $10 rebate, I had to purchase $30 worth of L'OREAL skincare products. I had a $3 off Youth Code and a $5 off $20 L'OREAL product purchase. The L'OREAL Youth Code Skin Perfector serum was $24.99 and the L'OREAL Revitalift cleansing wipes were $7.99.
Physician's Formula Youthful Wear Cosmeceutical Youth Boosting Spotless Foundation in SPF 20 was $16.99. Yowsers! Glad I got it for 40% off and there was a $3 peelie coupon on the product. Yeah $6 and change is more my speed... I got it in shade light and put it on as soon as I got home. One observation, they need a shade in fair. Light, the lightest shade in the range, in terms of MAC, is about NC 25-30 so it is slightly darker than my skintone right now. It has a beautiful semi-matte finish though. It feels less silicone-y than the L'OREAL Magic Powder foundation if you are familiar with that product. I will have a review soon!
I also grabbed with Revlon Skinlights in 100 Bare Light to take advantage of the $5 off $15 CVS coupon and $4 ECB with $12 Revlon purchase. I never tried the original Revlon Skinlights and apparently people went a bit cray cray when they were discontinued 5 years ago. I saw these in the permanent display at Ulta so looks like they are staying for the time being! This product was $13.99.
When I scanned my card at the magic coupon machine my ECBs were on there and also a 20% off coupon that I had sent to my card sometime last week. I thought it had already expired!
So my coupons were:
$4 off $20 CVS coupon
20% off total purchase CVS coupon
$5/$20 L'OREAL product MC
$3 L'OREAL Youth Code MC
25 cent Palmolive CVS coupon
$3 Physicians Formula peelie coupon
Now the $15 in ECB rang up as separate CVS coupons (in today's trip, 3)... Which may cause a slight problem in your transaction. You need to have enough products per coupons being used. I grabbed some candy thinking that I had enough but I needed to grab another filler item. I had 9 items and the register will only take 9 coupons. When the $3 Youth Code coupon beeped, coupon #10, I was going to go back for 2 Cadbury eggs, but then I saw a line of not 1, not 2, but 6 people behind me and 2 of my kids decided to fight over the gum we just bought so... it was time to get out of there fast. :)
Which is okay because I didn't know I still had the 20% off CVS coupon and that saved me an unexpected $6.53.
See receipt below!
Hefty amount out of pocket but I got back $4 in ECB for the Revlon purchase and $10 ECB for the L'OREAL purchase. I will be submitting for the $10 L'OREAL rebate and I will be getting another $5 ECB for the $50 Beauty Club purchase. So all in all, it was a money maker.
I could have broken up the transaction and dumped the $10 L'OREAL ECB on the Revlon and Physician's Formula, which I highly recommend so you are spending less out of pocket, but when people start lining up behind me, I don't like to hold things up and annoy the person at the register.
So let me get that rebate stuff together before I forget... Here's the link to the rebate info!