January 4, 2010

CVS: Getting Started



I know you’re familiar with CVS, but did you know that you can shop there for many of your household and personal care products and pay a fraction of the retail cost out of pocket (OOP).  I’m here to tell you that it is possible to stock your shelves with toothpaste and toothbrushes, toilet paper, shower gel, shampoo, laundry soap, dish soap, body lotion, dental floss and all kinds of other things while only paying pennies on the dollar.  How?  By matching up the weekly sales with coupons found in your local newspaper or online through various websites that offer internet printable coupons, you can maximize your dollar.  Combine these with your CVS Extra Care Card and their loyalty program offering Extra Care Bucks (ECBs) and you can walk out with $50 worth of merchandise for less than $20.  Trust me, I’ve done it!

It takes a little while to get used to shopping this way, but you’ll get the hang of it.  And, I’m here to help.  So why not get started.

If you’re new to this, or just need a refresher because you haven’t yet maximized your CVSing experience, let’s take a look using this weeks circular.

First, when you first walk in find the scanner and scan your Extra Care Card.  The scanners are red and usually at the front of the store.  They are the same ones you use if you want to check the price of an item.  By scanning your Extra Care Card the machine will print out CRTs with some promo on it.  You may want to use or or you can just hang on to it and possibly use it later, depending on what it is.  Now that that’s done, let’s go shopping!

Transaction #1
Buy 1 GE Energy Smart Bulb (1pk) – $2.99
Use 1 $1/1  coupon from 1/3 SmartSource (SS)
Total OOP = $1.99 + tax  Get $2.00 ECBs

Transaction #2
Buy 2 Oust Air Sanitizer Pack ($3.99 each)
Use 1 B1G1 coupon 1/3 SS
Use $2 ECBs from Transaction #1
Total OOP = $1.99 + tax Get $6.00 ECBs

Transaction #3
Buy 1 Nivea Body Wash ($5.99 or $6.99 depending on your market, I’ll use $6.99 so you’ll see the maximum)
Buy 2 Nivea Lip Care ($2.99 each and found near all the lip balms)
Use 1 $2/1 Nivea Body Wash from 1/3 SS
Use 1 BOGO Nivea Lip Care from 1/3 Red Plum (RP)
Use $6.00 ECBs from Transaction #2
Total OOP = $1.98 + tax Get $5.00 ECBs

In Summary:

  • Grand Total OOP = $5.96 + tax for $23.94 worth of merchandise, which is just almost a 75% savings off retail!!
  • In Hand = $5.00 ECBs

Now you have (1) lightbulb, (2) Outs air sanitizer sprays, (1) Nivea Body Wash and (2) Nivea Lip Balms AND $5.00 ECBs for your next transaction!

Ok, ok, I know what you’re saying.  But you don’t need Oust or Nivea Lip Balm or even a light bulb, right?  But, here is where the ‘Saving for Someday‘ magic kicks in.  Yes, you do need these things!  Maybe not right now, but ‘someday‘ soon you will.  Who can’t use a spare light bulb — and a CFL one! — in their cabinet?  Unless you’re particular about your body wash, you’ll be taking showers with whatever you have and why not have a bottle of body wash that was 75% off retail?  Lip Balm?  Who can’t use a nice quality clear lip balm?  Got kids, let them use it instead of your nice stuff.  Or, throw it in your gym bag or suitcase so you’ll always have something when you need it most.

So, there you have it.  Get started and enjoy the benefits of having many things on hand and not having to run out and pay full retail!  If you have questions, please let me know.  If you’d like to post a comment or share your ideas, I’d love to hear from you.  But, most of all, if you like what you read please let your friends and family know about my site.


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