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Saving at CVS June 11, 2008

Filed under: Frugal,saving,Works For Me Wednesday — fullofboys @ 9:45 am

Thanks to all of you who commented or emailed about the Super Savings post on Saturday. I confess that there are weeks I am unable to get the great deals like that. However, I am addicted to looking for the bargain! Many of you asked how to do the savings at CVS. I am going to give you a quick example of some of the things this week that you can do to save. First, you need to know some of the quirks of CVS.

*Buy one, get one free: It really means the 2nd item is free. Some stores will make both items half price (our Publix and Kroger do this).
*ECB: This means Extra Care Bucks. You can earn these when you buy certain amounts of advertised products. It is printed on your receipt. You redeem them on your next purchase like a coupon. The amount of your ECB’s is applied to your total.
*The ECB’s that you earn do expire. They last about a month. You will need to make sure not to loose them and to redeem them before they expire.
*You will need a CVS card in order to get the deals and earn the ECB’s.
* Check out the Money Saving Mom site here for more details on how to make CVS work for you. I love this site and visit often for a list of deals!

If you have never shopped CVS, here is a sample of some deals you can work this week.

Buy $20.00 worth of participating General Mills products, get $10.00 in ECB’s. (includes Honey Nut Cheerios, Fruity Cheerios, Fiber One Cereal or Bars, Nature Valley Bars). Go here to print a coupon for $1.00 off Honey Nut Cheerios. Go here to print coupons for the Fiber One Cereal or Nature Valley Granola Bars. There are also coupons for the cereal too!

Buy $10.00 worth of Nivea for Men Products, earn $5.00 ECB’s. There are some $4.00/2 products that were in the paper this last Sunday. If your husband uses this, I would try to work this in somehow.

Kid’s Listerine, buy 1 at $3.49, get $3.49 in ECBs. Click here to print a $1.00 off coupon (limit 2).

Oral B cross action manual toothbrush (2 pack), buy 1 at $6.99, get $6.99 in ECB (limit 2).

CVS Bandaids, buy 1 at $1.99, get $1.99 in ECB (limit 2).

Sample deal for THIS week (ending Saturday, June 14):

Transaction #1:
Buy $20 worth of GM products. The cereals and bars are on sale for 3/$10.00 (reg. $3.99 at my store). I will be buying the following:
2 boxes of Nature Valley Granola Bars
2 Boxes of Honey Nut Cereal
2 Boxes Fiber One Cereal
Total before coupons: $20.00
Use the following coupons: 2 – $1/1 cheerios, 2-$0.65, 2 – $1/1 Fiber One
Cost after coupons $14.70 plus tax. You will earn $10.00 ECB

Transaction #2:
Buy 1 Oral B Cross Action Manual Toothbrushes (2 pack)
Buy 1 Listerine for Kids Mouthwash
Buy 2 Hershey’s Candy Bars (on sale for 2 for $1.00)
Total before ECB and coupons: $11.48
Use 1, $1.00 of Listerine coupon, Use $10.00 ECB
Cost after coupons and ECB: $$0.48 plus tax AND you earned $10.48 in ECB

Transaction #3:
Repeat Transaction #2, except add another Hershey candy bar (on sale for $0.50).
Your total before coupons will be $11.98
Use another Listerine coupon, use your $10.48 in ECB
Cost after coupons and ECB: $0.50 plus tax, and you earn another $10.48 in ECB

Transaction #4:
Buy 2 CVS Bandaids
Cost before coupons and ECB: $3.98
Use your $3.49 ECB from the Listerine
Cost after ECB: $0.49 plus tax, and you earn $3.98 in ECB

With 4 transactions, using coupons and rolling your ECBs here the breakdown of what you will spend and save.

SPENT: $16.17 plus tax
SAVED: $34.21
EARNED: $10.97 in ECB to roll into a deal for next week!

It might seem like a lot to spend up front because you have no ECB to apply towards the initial purchase. However, by holding your ECB and using them wisely, you can really start to save!

Saving money Works For Me…hope it does for you too!

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5 Responses to “Saving at CVS”

  1. Jennifer Says:

    Wow, I am going to have to print this blog and keep it with me for training purposes. Now CVS is the pharmacy like walgreens right?

  2. Jenn, this is very useful info. I appreciate the fact that you’re such a good steward. I could use all of your advice on this one, since I’m not the best bargain shopper. Thanks so much for your helpful hints – I’ll look forward to your future Super Savings posts.

  3. that’s impressive…I’m like Jennifer, I’ll have to come back here in order to remember how to do all that!

    I do love the coupon program called shortcuts, where you can register your kroger card with certain coupons and then when you buy that product at kroger it automatically matches it with your coupons. So basically paperless coupons!

  4. Kelsey Says:

    WOw verry impressive!

  5. bradruggles Says:

    Wow, that’s quite the breakdown. I guess I’m the kinda guy who walks out and was like, “What did I just buy that cost me $150??”


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