Saturday, January 28, 2012

CVS Scenario for the week of 1/29

One of my personal goals for the year (which I haven't written about yet) is to keep track of my coupon and sales savings. One way that I am going about increasing my savings without increasing spending is working on my CVS shopping skills. CVS is an awesome place to shop since there are so many different types of items like food, drugs, household items, and beauty items- all things we need to buy anyway. CVS is great because you can get an ExtraCare card and qualify for their Extra Care Bucks (or ECBs). These bucks can be used toward your next purchase even if your next purchase is another transaction following the first where you earned your extra care bucks.

I could go into lots of details but, being relatively new to the process, my best advice is to check out Simply CVS for in depth tutorials as well as coupon matchups and ad scan previews.

Here, I will list what my plan is for this coming ad! I am kind of excited about this week since this is the most I have ever attempted to wheel and deal at CVS at once. The savings this week are pretty great, too as you will see.

Transaction #1

Buy 2 Speed stick deoderants at $1.99 each = 3.98
Use a B1G1 coupon available in this weekend's red plum - $1.99
Buy 1 Colgate Total Toothpaste at $2.74= 2.74
Use $1 off (CVS Reinventing Beauty Magazine)
Buy 1 Colgate Pro Relief at $2.74= 2.74
Use $1 off (CVS Reinventing Beauty Magazine)
Buy 1 Irish Spring Body wash at $3.00
Use $1 off in 1/29 Red Plum

Total products: $ 12.46
Total Coupons: -4.99
Extra care bucks from last week -6.85
Total Out of pocket= 62 cents
Get back 6 ECB for next transaction

Transaction #2

3 Hallmark cards at .99= 2.97
Get 3 ECB
1 Cadbury egg at .87= .87
Get .87 ECB
3 John Frieda Shampoo/Conditioner @ $5= $15
Use 2 $1 printable coupons
Use 1 $2 coupon from mailer
Get 5 ECB

Total Products: $ 18.84
Total Coupons -$3
Extra Care Bucks from last transaction -6.00
Total Out of pocket = $8.84
Get back 8.87 ECB for next transaction

Transaction #3

Buy 3 Thermacare 2ct at $5.99= 17.97
Use 1 $3 printable
Use 2 $1 off (RP 1/29)

Total products: $17.97
Total Coupons -5.00
ECB from last transaction - 8.87
Total out of pocket= $ 4.10
Get Back 4 ECB for next week

Plus, in this week's Red Plum there is a mail in rebate form for $10 off my Thermacare Purchase! So, they are going to PAY me to buy these products that Husband uses quite often.

This week's totals:
Product value: $49.27
Out of pocket cash: $13.56
PLUS 4 ECB for next week
PLUS $10 mail in rebate

So, all of this is completely free!! :)

See why CVS is awesome?


  1. I always hear that CVS is the place to shop because of the ECBs. I just need to get into the habit of doing it and I need to get organized.

  2. SimplyCVS is a great site because she puts up the ad scan so early in the week that it gives you plenty of time to prepare. :)

  3. Oooh, I didn't see that mail in rebate for the Thermacare! Great job!!

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Patrice! I hope you get that great thermacare deal, too. :)