Monday, October 18, 2010

CVS Coupon Deals and Transaction Scenarios 10/17 to 10/23

I started putting together scenarios in July after talking with a friend who insisted that you could shop at CVS for FREE after an initial $25 investment. If this was true, it would work well with my budget. : ) So I decided to give it a try.

Step 1: Buy a $25 CVS gift card. (This helps you to see how much of your initial investment money you've spent.) Tip: If you have to actually buy your $25 gift card, buy it from somewhere that gives you rewards for your purchase (your local grocery store perhaps, Upromise, MyPoints). (I'm a member of MyPoints which allows you to earn pts. for looking at advertisements, among other things. It's slow going, but it doesn't cost me any money. I look at one or two a day and wait for my pts. to accumulate. When I have enough I can redeem them for gift cards. So, to jump start my CVS shopping I redeemed some of my pts. for a $25 gift card.)

Step 2: Get a CVS ExtraCare card (ask for one in the store) and a CVS Green Bag Tag. The tags cost about $1. Hook that tag around any reusable shopping bag (it can even be a plastic CVS bag from a previous purchase) and remember to take it with you to CVS. Every time you go in and make a purchase be sure to have the cashier scan your tag. (Your card will only record 1 scan per day.) You will earn $1 ECB every 4th time the tag is scanned. : ) (Your Green Bag Tag can be used with any CVS ExtraCare card. So the next time you go CVS shopping with a friend, let them use your tag too. Both your card and your friend's card will record one scan.)

Step 3: Clip/gather your coupons and get ready to go shopping. If this is your first trip to CVS you will not have the ECBs to pay for purchase #1. That's okay. This is where you will want to use your $25 gift card to pay for your purchases.

Note: CVS will not accept any internet coupon with a barcode that does NOT scan.

I asked you if you wanted me to continue posting purchase scenarios and the majority of you said "yes." So, here are this week's scenarios.

Since I haven't put together purchase scenarios for a couple of weeks, I'm not sure what ECBs you have. This week I'm just going to do the best I can, and next week we should be on the same page again.  : )


Day 1 / Purchase #1

1 Schick Hydro 3 or 5 $8.99/1
- $4/1 Schick Hydro 5 Razor, exp. 11-14-10 (SS 10/03/10) = $4.99/1
[or $4/1 Schick Hydro 3 Razor, exp. 11-14-10 (SS 10/03/10)]
- $5 ECB (Limit 1) = MAKE $0.01

2 Mentos Gum B1G1 15 ct. $1.79/1
- 2 $1/1 Mentos Gum, exp. 11-30-10 (SS 10/03/10) = FREE

1 Neutrogena Triple Moisture tube (not in ad) split end mender ONLY, 3 oz. (UPC 070501126806) $7.49/1
- $2/1 Neutrogena Triple Moisture
Printable = $5.49/1
- $7.49 ECB (Limit 1) = MAKE $2

Total before coupons = $18.27 + tax (??)
- $8 (in MFC)
Total OOP $10.48 + tax (Use ECBs from past weeks to bring OOP down to $0.)
(Remember to scan Green Bag Tag! - Scan #1)
Earn $5 ECB for Schick
Earn $7.49 ECB for Neutrogena

Day 2 / Purchase #2

1 CVS Brand Hand Sanitizing Spray Pen (not in ad) $??/1
- FREE CVS Brand Hand Sanitizing Spray Pen 
Printable = FREE
1 AZO Itch Relief Cream (not in ad) 1 oz. or wipes $6.99/1
- $2 AZO Itch Relief Maximum Strength
Printable = $4.99/1
[or $1 Azo product
- $5 ECB (Limit 5) = MAKE $0.01

Total before coupons = $?? + tax (??)
- ?? (in MFC)
- $5 ECB ($5 ECB for Schick from purchase #1)
Total OOP $0 + tax
(Remember to scan Green Bag Tag! - Scan #2)
Earn $5 ECB for AZO

Day 3 / Purchase #3 (Choose 1)

2 Revlon Lipstick $7.49/1 = $14.98/2
2 Revlon Nail Enamel $5.49/1 = $10.98/2 = $25.96/all
- 2 $1/1 Revlon Color Cosmetic Product, exp. 11-14-10 (SS 10/10/10 - regional) = $23.96/all
(Note: My local paper did not have this, but the Washington Post did.)

[**or $2/1 Revlon ColorStay Ultimate Liquid Lipstick Printable- if for the correct item]
[**or $2 Lipstick Peelie - if you can find them - If you can find 2, this becomes a $2.02 moneymaker **]
- 2 FREE Revlon Nail Enamel wyb Revlon Lipstick, exp. 10-17-10 (SS 9/12/10 - regional) = $12.98/all )

(Note: My local paper did not have this, but the Washington Post did.)
- $4 ECB (Limit 1) for nail enamel = $8.98/all
- $7 ECB (Limit 1) for lipstick = $1.98/all

Total before coupons = $25.96
- $12.98 (in MFC)
- $12.49 ECB ($7.49 ECB for Neutrogena from puchase #1, $5 ECB for AZO from purchase #2)
Total OOP $0.49 + tax (If you have ECBs from last week, you could use one and have a $0 OOP total.)
(Remember to scan Green Bag Tag! - Scan #3)
Earn $4 ECB for Revlon (nail enamel)
Earn $7 ECB for Revlon (lipstick)

OR YOU COULD (You can only do one of these deals, as the $7 ECB for Revlon is limit 1.)

2 Revlon Single Eyeshadows $4.99/1 = $9.98/2
- 2 $1/1 Revlon Color Cosmetic Product, exp. 11-14-10 (SS 10/10/10 - regional) = $7.98/2
(Note: My local paper did not have this, but the Washington Post did.)

- $7 ECB (Limit 1) = $0.98/2


So, I'll end the week with (1) $4 ECB for Revlon and (1) $7 ECB for Revlon. I'll have used up all my ECBs from past weeks. I'll have paid $0.49 OOP (ie. used my gift card). Total sale value of products is at least $51.52.


  1. Awesome! And I was going to skip CVS this week!

  2. You're welcome. : )

    I'm glad to know that in some small way my post made a difference.