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How to get started with CVS

CVS drugstore offers a multitude of deals on everything from makeup, to toilet paper, to cereal.  This is where I do the majority of my household shopping each month.  With their Extra Care program, several items end up being free.

To begin, you will need your own Extra Care card.  You can get a card by signing up in any store or online at  This is CVS’s loyalty card, similar to other store card programs.  Your CVS card will track your purchases, which you need to get your Extra Care Bucks (they are tied to a specific card).  For each quarter you can also get back 2% of your total purchases in Extra Care Bucks.   The number of cards you get is debatable – usually it is acceptable to have one card per adult in your household.

CVS Extra Care Bucks, or ECB, can be used like cash in any CVS store.  These coupons will print out at the bottom of your receipt after purchasing qualifying items, and they can be used on just about anything (except alcohol, tobacco, and prescriptions).  ECB usually are good for one month, giving you plenty of time to plan how to spend them. Using ECB to buy items that will also give you ECB back is called “rolling”.  Most couponers like to roll their ECB to keep their out of pocket expense (OOP – the cash or change you have to pay) really low.

Besides ECB, there are several different kinds of coupons you can get from CVS:

  • Scanner Coupons.  The price check machine will print out coupons if you scan your card!
  • CRT coupons – these print at the end of your receipt.
  • Reinventing Beauty magazine (RIB).  This is a CVS publication & usually costs $.99.  Sometimes the stores will pull the coupons out of the center & allow you to just take the coupons.
  • – there are several CVS coupons and manufacturer coupons available to print.
  • The pharmacy often runs promotions several times a year.  Asking about their prescription refill programs can usually score you some coupons for $4/$20 purchase 🙂

The main CVS coupon policy states that you can use one CVS coupon and one manufacturer coupon per item.  You can also use one coupon per item on a Buy One, Get One Free (BOGO) sale. even though one of your items will ring up as $0.00.  Combining CVS coupons and manufacturer coupons often will allow you to get an item for free, or even make a bit of money!  You wont get cash back, but any overage could be applied towards other items in your transaction.

Here is a sample transaction based on the sales for 8-9:

1 Revlon Mineral Mousse foundation – $9.99, get $9.99 ECB back

3 Colgate Wave toothbrushes – $2.99 each, BOGO sale

3 Colgate toothpastes – $2.99 each, BOGO sale

Subtotal = $27.93

Coupons to subtract:

$1 any Revlon

$8.97 Colgate BOGO sale (register automatically deducts this)

$9 Colgate coupons (3 x $3 off when you buy a toothbrush & toothpaste printable coupon)

$5/$25 purchase (printable from when you watch the short video for their pharmacy program)

Total = $3.96 + sales tax.

At the end of your receipt, you will get $9.99 in ECB that you can use towards your next purchase.  Since you only paid $3.96 and got $9.99 back, this is a $6.03 money maker (MM).  If you save those ECB until next week to purchase the items that will give ECB back that week, you will be rolling them.


August 10, 2009 at 6:44 pm 3 comments

Drugstore Deals 8-9 to 8-15

Here’s what is free/super cheap this week at CVS and Walgreens.


Before you start, go to and take their prescription drug survey.  You will get a $5/$25 purchase!  It only takes a few minutes.  You can only print out one per computer.  Combine it with the deals below to get even more off of your purchase (or make more money!).  Also, take a minute to go by the pharmacy & ask about their Ready Fill program.  Just for asking you will get a coupon book for $25 in CVS coupons!

Sun-Tues Only: Revlon Color Stay Mineral Mousse $9.99, get $9.99 EB (limit 1).  Use a $1 coupon from 7-19 SS and make $1 on this deal 🙂  If they are all out, dont worry.  Get a raincheck, because next week all Revlon will be BOGO.  You can end up with 2 foundations (or foundation & another Revlon product) for free!

Colgate toothpaste or Wave toothbrush – BOGO.  Go to here and type in zipcode 85031 to find a coupon for $3 off when you buy a toothbrush & toothpaste.  You should be able to get toothpaste for $3.19/tube, and the brushes should be $2.99.  With the BOGO sale & the coupon, you will pay $.19 for both!  Limit is 6/transaction.

Bayer Contour Meter $14.99, get $5 EB.  This is a money maker with the monitor coupon from 3-22 SS.  Pay $0, get $5 EB.

BOGO CVS brand vitamins, minerals, and herbs.  There are printable coupons available for these on  Dont forget – on CVS BOGO sales you can still use two coupons (one per item) even though one item is free.

Sharpie Highlighter 4-pack $.99.  Use the $1 printable coupon here to get these for free.  Here is another bonus – this is a PDF coupon, so there is NO LIMIT to how many you can print!

Some stores are clearancing out their CFL bulbs.  Check the 4-packs and see what they are priced at.  Some people have gotten them for $.49/4-pack!  That is a STEAL for these bulbs.


Colgate Enamel Strength toothpaste – $2.99, get $2.99 RR back.  Use the coupon  from  the 7-26 SS to make this a $.75 MM

Neosporin $3.99, get $4 RR when you buy 2.  There is a $1 printable coupon for Neosporin here, and there is a $2 coupon for Neosporin in the Walgreen’s Activity book.  Look for this – its like a children’s coloring book, but there are also Walgreen’s store coupons inside.  Using 2 printable coupons and the activity book coupon, you end up making $2 on these!

Bic Pens – 2/$1.  Use the $1/2 coupon available here to get these for free (use zipcode 45434).  If you are like me, you can NEVER have too many pens 🙂

Campbell’s soup – $.79 each with in-ad coupon.  Go here to print a coupon for $1/2 – that makes them $.29 each!  Time to stock up on soup now – the sales wont be quite as good once it cools down.

Clean & Clear products – B1G1 50%, prices starting at $4.  If you get 2 $4 items, and use two printable coupons from here, then you end up paying $2 for 2 items, or $1 each.  That is a great price for these!

Jergens Naturals Lotions – $5.99, get $5 RR.  Not free, but not a bad price for this lotion.

Huggies Wipes $2.79.  Grab a coupon booklet from the stand with the ads & use the $2 coupon inside to get the wipes for $.79 each!

Sharpie Highlighter 4-pack $.99.  Use the $1 printable coupon here to get these for free.  Here is another bonus – this is a PDF coupon, so there is NO LIMIT to how many you can print!

Enjoy!  Dont forget to take your reusable bags – if you are like me, you will be making a lot of trips out this week 🙂

August 8, 2009 at 5:12 pm Leave a comment

This week at CVS

CVS has great deals on school supplies.  Most of them are free after Extra Care Bucks.  Here is the deal I will be doing this week:

3-pk glue sticks 2 $ 1.98
1-sub ntbks 2 $ 1.98
CVS pens 2 $ 1.98
Compass/Protractor 1 $ 1.50
5″ scissors 2 $ 5.98
Flex ruler 2 $ 1.98
Lumene facial wipes 1 $ 2.99
Poly Portfolios 2 $ 0.98
Nutri Serums 1 $ 4.99
Deodorant Trial Sizes 6 $ 5.94
Vasoline Trial Size 6 $ 5.94
Tylenol trial size 4 $ 3.96
Blink tears 1 $ 7.99
Nuts – chocolate covered! 2 $ 1.98
$ 50.17

Then I will use these coupons:

10/50 coupon $ 10.00
ecb $ 10.00
crt soft soap $ 1.00
soft soap $ 2.00
deodorant $ 6.25
vasoline $ 6.00
tylenol $ 4.00
Blink $ 1.50
Nuts CRT $ 2.00
Lumene CRT $ 3.00

After all is said and done, I will turn $10 in Extra Care Bucks and $5 in cash into $28 in Extra Care Bucks.  That is a money maker of $13 🙂  I just love it when they pay me to shop!!

July 31, 2009 at 3:58 pm Leave a comment

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How to get started with CVS ________________________________ How to get started with Walgreens ________________________________ How I use my printer to print money ________________________________ How to get coupons and keep them organized ________________________________ Stockpiling Basics

Coupon Terms

BOGO = Buy one, get one (usually buy one get one free).

EB = Extra Bucks. Use these like cash at CVS.

IP = Internet Printable coupon.

IVC = Instant Value Coupon. These are at Walgreens

MIR = Mail in Rebate

OOP = Out of Pocket

P&G = Proctor & Gamble. One of the Sunday
coupon inserts.

RP = Red Plum. One of the Sunday coupon inserts.

RR = Register Rewards. Use these like cash at Walgreens.

SS = Smart Source. One of the Sunday coupon inserts

WYB = when you buy

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