Tuesday, February 19, 2013

'APPY DAZE: CVS Bargain Haul

To know me IRL is to be well aware of my penchant for bargain hunting . . . particularly at CVS.  I dutifully enroll in frequent-buyer programs (at CVS I am a member of the Beauty Club, hold a recyclable bag tag, and use my ExtraCare Saving Card like it’s going out of style), scour the weekly sale adverts, and horde coupons like the missing Collyer sibling.  I love a bargain!

Unlike most people, however, I am not satisfied with a sale price.  If the store manager isn’t in tears over my prodigious savings, I have not found a bargain.  This past weekend, I left ‘em bawling!

On Sunday, I went into CVS with two coupons in hand-- $1 off a Wet ‘n Wild product from the manufacturer and a $4 off a cosmetics purchase of $12-- and a dream of super-saver dominance.  As I went over to the Wet ‘n Wild stand to look for a bargain item, my mom scanned the family Extra Care Card at the coupon kiosk; as luck would have it, the machine spat out a $5 Extra Bucks voucher for racking up $50 worth of beauty purchases.  Hello Dolly!-- $12 of products for $2!

Here are the items we picked up (from Left to Right):

[caption id="attachment_449" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Rimmel London Lasting Finish by Kate Moss lipstick in 08, Wet ‘n Wild Mega Last Lip Color in 902C Bare It All, Wet ‘n Wild Fast Dry Nail Color in 225C Sage in the City, Rimmel London Lasting Finish Matte by Kate Moss lipstick in 111 Kiss of Life Rimmel London Lasting Finish by Kate Moss lipstick in 08, Wet ‘n Wild Mega Last Lip Color in 902C Bare It All, Wet ‘n Wild Fast Dry Nail Color in 225C Sage in the City, Rimmel London Lasting Finish Matte by Kate Moss lipstick in 111 Kiss of Life[/caption]

Rimmel London Lasting Finish by Kate Moss lipstick in 08 ($4.99), Wet ‘n Wild Mega Last Lip Color in 902C Bare It All ($1.99)-- for my mom, Wet ‘n Wild Fast Dry Nail Color in 225C Sage in the City ($1.99), Rimmel London Lasting Finish Matte by Kate Moss lipstick in 111 Kiss of Life ($4.99)

To make the deal even sweeter, all Rimmel cosmetics were buy one get one 50% off-- so I got both lipsticks for less than $7.50!

Here are how the Rimmel lipsticks look when swatched on my hand (I’m a MAC NC20/NC25):

[caption id="attachment_450" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Rimmel Lasting Finish By Kate 08, Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate (Matte) 111 Kiss of Life Rimmel Lasting Finish By Kate 08, Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate (Matte) 111 Kiss of Life[/caption]

Fellow MAC fans will notice that 08 looks a good deal like Brave, but slightly darker and minus the slight pearl shimmer.

[caption id="attachment_451" align="aligncenter" width="225"]Rimmel 08, MAC Brave Rimmel 08, MAC Brave[/caption]

Here is a swatch of the Wet ‘n Wild lipstick on my mom’s hand (for reference, she’s about a MAC NW30/ BareMinerals Medium Beige):

[caption id="attachment_452" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Wet 'n Wild Bare it All Wet 'n Wild Bare it All[/caption]

The total retail price for the items we bought (before tax) was $13.96.  When all of our coupons and ExtraCare saving were total together, all four items cost us $1.46 before tax.  A $12.40 cent savings!  That’s right, we got four items for LESS than the cost of the CHEAPEST single item!-- almost a 90% savings!

Bargains do not get any better than this.

‘APPY DAZE!

j.

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