UPDATE: CONTEST HAS ENDED! The winner is Shimkut! Thank you to all who entered.
Life as a blogger can be interesting at times. Especially when you write a blog with a pretty large reach, companies often send samples and free items your way, hoping that you’ll write a review or just become more familiar with their new product lines.
Last month, a large box of products arrived from CVS/Pharmacy. To announce their new house-brand line, “Just the Basics,” CVS/Pharmacy sent an assortment of these new products: laundry detergent, shampoo, facial cleanser, liquid hand soap, dish detergent, and more. It was quite a surprise to receive all of this! To be honest, I always feel a little strange about accepting such a large assortment of items though — I don’t think it’s much fun for people to read a post along the lines of “Hey, look at this big box o’ stuff I just got. Thanks, CVS!” … and it also seems a little weird to me to just keep it all. I think it’s much more fun to share the CVS generosity with my audience.
So, that’s what I decided to do! The trouble was that many of these CVS “Just The Basics” items were heavy or liquid in nature. (Mailing a 100-oz. bottle of laundry detergent would cost me more than it would to buy it in the store!) So, throughout my May and June Super-Couponing workshops, I’ve been giving away many of these CVS/Pharmacy “Just The Basics” items as prizes to audience members in my classes. But, I’ve kept a few of the easier-to-mail items to share with my blog too, and I’ve put together this little “CVS/Pharmacy Just The Basics Prize Pack” for ONE lucky reader! It contains…
- 15ct. Just The Basics 13-Gallon Kitchen Trash Bags
- 1 Just The Basics All-Purpose Sponge
- 1 Just The Basics Deodorant Soap – Fresh Scent
- One CVS “Green Bag Tag” (scan it each time you visit the store, and on every 4th visit, receive $1 in Extra Care Bucks!)
To enter, simply post a comment under this article! This CVS/Pharmacy “Just The Basics” giveaway begins today, June 19, 2011, and runs for one week. The contest will end on June 25th at 11:59pm, and on June 26th, one winner will be chosen via a random number generator!
My thoughts on “Just The Basics”:
CVS has launched “Just The Basics” as a value-conscious line to save over national brands. In the promotional materials they sent that accompanied these products, I was pleased to see them acknowledge that coupon shoppers may often find deeper discounts on national brands by watching sales and matching them with coupons. They included a price comparison card with their products pitted against a national brand:
While you’ll likely note that their Just the Basics prices for a toothbrush or dish detergent are higher than many couponers would pay for a national equivalent (those things are FREE all the time!) some of their store-brand items did strike me as value buys too. The 140-count Just The Basics baby wipes at $2.99 is a fair price for that large-count size of baby wipes — the 64-77ct. national brands regularly sell for $2.99 for half that quantity of baby wipes. Their 100oz. Just The Basics 2x Concentrated Laundry Detergent is priced at $4.99 for 64 loads – that’s about .08 a load, which isn’t terrible if you need it. (The bottle they sent over was “Tropical Scent,” which I kept because the bottle got dented pretty badly in shipping. I have been using it this week, and it seems to clean as well as the name brands that I usually use. It smells really good too!) But the best deal I saw is the trash bags. They’re selling a 15ct. box of Just The Basics 13-gallon Kitchen Trash Bags for $1 – that’s a good price for any brand.
More about CVS/Pharmacy’s Just The Basics products::
While clipping coupons and searching for the best BOGO deals can be time consuming, often the hard work pays off with deep savings. But, you can save on everyday essentials without even opening your weekly circular. CVS/pharmacy’s newest store brand product line, “Just The Basics,” offers a large selection of practical, budget-friendly items from a variety of categories throughout the store. Just The Basics products start at just .99 and can be found at CVS/pharmacy locations nationwide.
Legal: This giveaway is sponsored by CVS/pharmacy and JillCataldo.com. Responding to this post with a comment qualifies readers to enter. Duplicate posts do not increase chances of winning. The contest began at midnight on June 19, 2011 and will end at 11:59pm on June 15, 2011. One winner will be chosen via random-number generator on June 26, 2011 and announced the same day. Winner will receive ONE CVS/Pharmacy “Just The Basics” prize pack consisting of one CVS/Pharmacy Green Bag Tag, one Just The Basics all-purpose sponge, one 15ct. box of Just The Basics trash bags, and one bar of Just The Basics deodorant doap. Products and program information were provided by CVS/Pharmacy. I received a boxed assortment of Just The Basics products from CVS/Pharmacy. Throughout May and June 2011, I gave the majority of these items away as prizes to attendees of my live Super-Couponing workshops, as quite a few of them were heavy, large, or liquid in nature. I kept a 100-ounce bottle of Just The Basics laundry detergent for personal use, and I saved these remaining items to feature in this blog giveaway. I have also received information from CVS/Pharmacy to help promote Just The Basics products. Winner will be contacted via the Private Messaging feature of JillCataldo.com and via email. If a winner does not reply to the message within four (4) days, that winner will forfeit the prize and a new winner will be chosen. Fulfillment of prizes to winner will be handled by JillCataldo.com. Good luck to everyone!