Okay, I'm feeling like I might be getting the hang of this thing....I don't think I made any fatal errors this time, but it wasn't one of those "I only spent $.37 out of pocket!!" transactions....
1 Aussie Conditioner $2.99
1 Colgate Total $2.99
$2 ECB (so I made .49 on this deal!)
1 Oral B 2pk $6.99
$6.99 ECB (= free!)
Bounty Basic 8-roll $5.49
$10 ECB after spending $20 (not met yet!)
$3 off /$15 purchase coupon from CVS
$9 ECB from previous visit
= $5.46 total out of pocket and received $11 ECB on my receipt to use on my next visit
A couple of things I'm learning
....I need to be strategic about getting to CVS at the right time - today I went looking for Charmin Ultra and they were all sold out. 2 weeks ago I was looking for Honey Nut Cheerios for an amazing deal, and hit 3 different stores throughout the week with no luck. Any pointers from anybody who does this?
....it really is nice to have things "on hand". We loaded up on candy a couple weeks ago when it was on sale and I felt a little wasteful because I wouldn't normally buy that much candy. However, it just so happens that my mom called a few days ago and wanted some candy for a care package, and I had it (and it was a bargain!)