How I Save Money At CVS: 12 Jan 2009

Today I paid $0.02 for $18.00 worth of items. That was the good news.

The bad news is that I did not have two pennies on me and the manager made me pay the money (boo!!!!!) . Oh well I guess that two cents is REALLY going to ding my credit card balance huh?

I loved the Soy Joy Bars sooooooooooo much that I just had to go back and get some more. I got two strawberry (yum yum) and one berry (have not tasted that yet).

Transaction 1

Item: three packs of soy joy

Price: $6.00 each

CVS Extra Care Bucks earned: $18.00

Total coupons used: $17.98 ECB

Amount Due today (paid with gift card): $0.02

Total CVS Extra Care Bucks earned today: $18.00

Total out of pocket to date: $189.16

Total CVS Extra Care Bucks earned to date: $547.59

CVS Extra Care Bucks Used to date: $516.59

CVS Extra Care Bucks Balance: $31.00

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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  1. Great blog, love all the tips you provide on saving Money. CVS should actually carry the Spectamax, the item I use to save money. I do not see it carried outside of automotive related stores and websites, however I use it to hold my Beach and park car permits. Cape Cod requires each car to have a beach and park permit, and each costs a ton of money. Since we have more than one car, and don’t feel its right for Cape Cod to charge us for all the cars when only one at a time might be at the beach, we use the Spectamax (removable suction-cupped box that sticks to your windshield) to hold the passes, So, when we go to the beach, whether with her Caravan or my Mustang, we just pop off the Spectamax and apply it to the car of the day. Saves up hundreds a year!

    Thanks for the great site!

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    • @ Matt
      Thanks for visiting (and liking the blog!!).

      *tell ALL your friends and subscribe to the feed *

      I have no idea what the Spectamax is but maybe you could contact the corporate offices and suggest that to CVS. 🙂

      Good for you that you are reusing an item to save money!!!!!

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  2. Hey, with any luck, you’ll get a CVS coupon in your email good thru Sunday. I got one a few hours ago for $5 off a $30 purchase…not phenomenal, but certainly worth having! Especially for someone like you, with some high-value ECBs ($18) to work your way through. Next week has some okay deals, improved if you’ve got some coupons from the Sunday papers. Plus if you haven’t taken advantage of the monthly deals for January, there are a few freebies worth trying that will count towards your $30 total. Oh, and you can print out more than one! It’s $5/$30 per transaction, not per cardholder. I successfully used my $5/$25 one two weeks ago without a problem. You could totally use it twice and walk off with $60 worth of stuff for about a buck.

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    • I signed up for the CVS thing but I have not gotten any coupons lately. I guess I will have to back and sign up again. I was wondering what happened to all the email coupons.

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      • I didn’t get many at first – just the $4/$20 promised on the register print-out when you register online, then nothing for 2 months. But this is the second one I’ve gotten this month. I think I’ll be using it twice 😀

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  3. I shop at CVS about 2-3 times a week and things have changed I think since last year, you can use more than 1 ECB per order and your ECB print out after your tranaction. So you get them right then and there. If you learn to roll your ECB you can really stack them up and never pay anything or little to nothing. check out

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  4. I give you a lot of credit for hanging in there with CVS. If you do, you save big. I was doing great with it until about 6 months ago. I think I had coupon burn out. You’ve motivated me to seek it out again, though!

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