How I Save Money At CVS: 21 Dec 08

Today I paid $2.09 for $23.54 worth of items.  I am trying to see how much free stuff I can get from CVS while spending the least amount of money. Today I finally did three different transactions because I was at a CVS that did not carry all of the free stuff and I was not sure about one of the items.

I also needed to use about $20 worth of ECB because they were going to expire on December 27 which is the day before the next set of sales.

Transaction 1

Item: Listerine (ad says 16.9 oz but bottle says 500ml and I could not convert. Some people picked it up and put it back because they thought it was the wrong one. Also this one is green and the one in the ad is blue and has a different name.)

Price: $2.99

CVS Extra Care Bucks earned: $2.99 (FREE)

Total coupons used: $1.49 ECB

listerine

Transaction 2

Item: Halls cough drops

Price: $2.59

CVS Extra Care Bucks earned: $2.59 (FREE)

Item: Slimquick energy shots

Price: $4.99

CVS Extra Care Bucks earned: $4.99 (FREE)

Item: Sally Hansen nail polish

Price: $5.99

CVS Extra Care Bucks earned: $5.99

Total coupons used: $13.17 ECB

coughdrop

Transaction 3

Item: Listerine (stocking stuffer for Baz)

Price: $2.99

CVS Extra Care Bucks earned: $2.99

Item: Excedrin

Price: $3.99

CVS Extra Care Bucks earned: $3.99

Total coupons used: $1 MFR found on Excedrin bottle (yippee) + $5.79 ECB

excedrin

Total out of pocket today: $2.09

Total CVS Extra Care Bucks earned today: $23.54

Total out of pocket to date: $187.73

Gift Card balance : $0

Total CVS Extra Care Bucks earned to date: $494.61

CVS Extra Care Bucks Used to date: $465.07

CVS Extra Care Bucks Balance: $31.54

I got a bunch of coupons for other items from CVS from the register….but I am mad that the machine at the front of the store did not print any coupons. This always happens at this particular store so I can’t wait til I go home for the next CVS sale.

Abbreviations used

MFR = manufacturer coupon

ECB = extra care bucks

Join me next time as I look for more ways to save money as I visit CVS.

Author: Lulu

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5 Comments

  1. Wow, you got a lot of stuff for free! That’s pretty incredible. CVS doesn’t exist out here… wonder if I could get similar savings at Longs.

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    • @ HECC
      I am not sure what Longs offers. I have seen forums discussing stuff for CVS, Rite Aid and Walgreens.

      Apparently those all have some type of cash back or rebate or receipt rewards so you might check out those stores if they are in your town. We only have a Walmart and a CVS where I live.

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  2. I had so much fun raking it in at CVS that weekend! I went to two in search of the Thermacare deal (I have problems with my neck-shoulder, which is exactly the one that was on special!), but no luck. And no one even stocked the Arm & Hammer cleaning stuff.

    But I did manage to get my grubby little mitts on about $110 worth of stuff for $1.27 out of pocket, and increased my stock of ECBs from $18 to $30 thanks to coupons and CVS $5-off-$15 printouts.

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