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My tricky transaction at CVS – wicked cheap toilet paper and candy

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I don’t often do gift card deals at CVS because the items that qualify are not usually things I need in my stockpile. However, this week Scott toilet paper was part of the Spend $30 Get $10 Gift Card deal, so I wanted to take advantage of it.

I knew my Sanford CVS did not have the 4-packs of toilet paper in stock, but I went on over anyway to see if they might have found some.  They had four 4-packs. That was not enough to get me to my $30 minimum purchase, but I had good coupons for cheap candy and that candy was also part of the deal (with CVS the min purchase is before coupons, not after :O), so this is what I did:

I bought these items:
(4) 4-packs Scott toilet paper, sale price $3.49 each
(2) boxes Pot of Gold chocolates, sale price $3.99 each
(2) bags M&M’s, sale price $2.50 each
Total Purchase: $26.94 (not quite $30, but I hoped it would trigger the gift card and planned on buying another box of chocolates if it didn’t)

I used these coupons:
(4) $1/1 Scott toilet paper (don’t remember where I got these)
(2) $1/1 Pot of Gold chocolates (from 12/11 SS insert)
(1) $3/2 Pot of Gold chocolates (from CVS coupon machine)
(1) $1/2 Mars candy (printable, I doubt it’s still available)
(1) $1/2 M&M’s (from the CVS coupon machine)
Total coupons: $11.00

My total after coupons was $15.94 plus tax.

I paid it down by using $11.86 Extra Bucks.

My out of pocket was $4.08 plus tax.

Here’s the tricky part.  My transaction did NOT trigger the $30 gift card (tax does not count on the minimum purchase).  So, I was going to buy another box of chocolates.  However, while I was checking out, they brought out a box of plain M&Ms (I picked up mint M&Ms because they didn’t have any plain stocked). I thought I could just swap the bags, but they had to do a return. They refunded my $5 then I bought the plain M&Ms using that same $5.  That transaction triggered the gift card! I didn’t have to spend any additional money!

I paid $4.08 just plus tax for everything and got a $10 CVS gift card in return!


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