Everything above was a total of $19.55 out of pocket. I started with $9.99 ECB and ended with $10 ECB. The Oral-B items and contact lens solution were free or money makers. I used a 3/$5 rain check for the Skippy because my $.50 coupons expire tomorrow and $1.17 each is close to my stock-up price. So after the Skippy, that is $16.05 (including tax) for the five Charmin Basic and one Bounty Basic ($2.68 each).
The spreadsheet below is how I had planned my transactions. It didn’t work out exactly because for some reason the .75 floss coupon would not work on the first transaction so I told Velma (my usual Sunday cashier) to leave that coupon off. For more deals at CVS this week or to check out some other scenarios, visit Simply CVS.
While planning my Proctor & Gamble “buy $30 get $10 ECB” deal Saturday, I started thinking about toilet paper stock up prices. Even after learning about creating a price book for your most commonly purchased items (read this post by Kelly from Kansas City Mamas), I was still unsure of what a good price was for toilet paper. That would be over a year of wondering about it, but never sitting down to figure it out! There are so many things to consider: square feet, double rolls, 1-ply, 2-ply, texture. A 12 roll package of Charmin Basic has 438.3 square feet and can usually be found on sale and combined with a coupon so I tend to get it often. Okay, back to the very interesting blog post that I discovered by Deal Seeking Mom (read it entirely here).
Look at the front bottom of the toilet paper package to determine the total square feet. Now insert a decimal point in this number two places to the left. If the cost of the package minus coupons is less than or equal to this figure, it’s a decent deal — basically $0.01 or less per square foot!
Here is an example of this principle from two types of toilet paper that I have purchased at CVS recently.
The five packages that I bought yesterday were $2.68 on average and that is why I bought so many. I really appreciated the handy tip from Deal Seeking Mom, so I wanted to pass it along. I hope it helps you, too!