Daily Archives: March 20, 2009

How to Shop at CVS

Shopping at CVS is a great way to get a lot of products for little money. The system for maximizing your savings at CVS is a little complicated, but it is worth the effort to learn. Here is a list of how to get started at CVS:

  1. Apply for a CVS card at the register. This is how you earn ECBs (Extra Care Bucks). It does not cost anything, and the rewards are effective immediately.
  2. Check the monthly and weekly circulars for sale items and ECB deals. The weekly circular is in the Sunday paper (usually – sometimes it is not there for some reason). The weekly sales begin on Sunday and end on Saturday. You will have to pick up the monthly circular in the store.
  3. Make a purchase. Make sure to have your card scanned. If you have purchased items that allow you to receive ECBs, the ECBs will print out at the end of your receipt along with other coupons. ECBs work like cash and there is no minimum purchase.

Here is a scenario from this week:

Dry Idea deodorant @ $2.99; use $2.00 off coupon
Pantene Pro-V shampoo or conditioner @ $3.50
Pantene Pro-V styler @$3.50; use B1 shampoo or conditioner, G1 styler free MC coupon from 3/15 insert

Total: $4.49 OOP
You will get $4 in ECBs to use on your next purchase!

This system is a little more complicated than just purely using coupons, but, once you figure it out, it won’t take much time to plan. In my next CVS post, I will help you figure out what to do with those $4 in ECBs!

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4 Stores – Paid $20.83, Saved $80.32!

Yesterday I went to four stores and took advantage of some great deals! Here is what I bought:

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1st Trip – CVS:

1 Pantene shampoo @ $3.50 (Reg. $4.99)
1 Pantene conditioner @ $3.50 (Reg. $4.99)
2 Pantene hair spray @ $7.00 (Reg. $9.98) – Buy one shampoo or conditioner, get one styler free MC x 2 = Free
1 Right Guard deodorant @ $2.99 (Reg. $4.49)

Subtotal before coupons: $16.99
Used $5.00 ECBs.
Total after coupons: $5.95 ( I used a gift card that I had received as a gift, so I really didn’t pay anything oop!)

I earned $6 ECBs for use on future purchases!
Total savings: $19.46. I saved 77%!!!

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2nd Trip – Target

2 Petite Artisan bread @ $1.98 – $2.00 Target coupons (adjusted to $1.98) = Free
4 Sutton and Dodge steak packages @ $10.54 (Reg. $19.56) – $8.00 Target coupons = $2.54
1 OptiFree Replenish contact solution @ $7.00 (Reg. $7.59) – $1.00 MC = $6.00

Subtotal before coupons: $19.52
*I used the $5 gift card that I received from the Quaker deal that I purchased earlier.
Total after coupons and gift card: $4.40

Total savings: $25.59. I saved 85%!!!
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3rd Trip – Wal-Mart

1 IAMS dog food @ $5.00 – $5.00 MC = Free

Subtotal before coupons: $5.00
Total after coupons: $0.40

Total savings: $5.00. I saved 93% (if I include tax in the calculation)!!!
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4th Trip – Publix

2 – Publix diet cola @ $1.58
3 – Ocean Spray 100% Cranberry juice @ $5.99 (Reg. $11.97) – $3.00 MC = $2.99
Milk @ $2.89
Palmolive dish washing soap @ $1.89 – $0.50 (doubled) – $1.00 competitor coupon = They paid me $0.11.
Band-Aids 20 pk @ $1.50 (Reg. $2.99) – $1.00 MC – $1.00 competitor coupon = They paid me $0.50.
Buddig ham @ $0.60 (Reg. $0.79)
Dawn dish washing soap @ $1.99 – $1.00 MC – $1.00 competitor coupon = They paid me $0.01.
Cover Girl sponges @ $2.49 – $2.00 Publix coupon – $1.00 MC = They paid me $0.51.
Green onions @ $0.50
3.22 lbs bananas @ $2.22
Publix cream cheese @ $1.49
Garden Fresh Jack Special salsa @ $1.80 (Reg. $3.59)
5 lb bag Idaho potatoes @ $2.49 (Reg. $3.99)
Strawberries @ $1.67
Publix hot dog buns @ $1.15

Subtotal before coupons: $30.25
*I used a $5/$25 Piggly Wiggly coupon.
Total after coupons: $16.03

Total savings: $30.27. I saved 65%!

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