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Saturday, May 31, 2008

Super Saving Saturday: CVS, I Missed You!

I have to tell you - I only went to CVS this week to flip some ECBs that were about to expire. I hadn't been to CVS for over two weeks as the deals just weren't overly fab and I had a well-stocked pantry.

Like I mentioned here, I found these tearpad coupons at my usual CVS for the FreeStyle Glucometers that are part of the May ECB deals, buy (1) at $9.99, earn $10.00 in ECBs, limit 2.

Since my usual CVS was out of stock and the super-wonderful ladies who work there informed me that there would be no more trucks before the end of the week (which is the end of May and thus this deal), I took a trip down to the CVS across the river with hopes I'd find the monitors.

And I did!

Here's my first transaction:

(1) FreeStyle Lite Monitor, $9.99

(2) Boxes Lipton Tea, 2/$6.00

(1) Skippy, $1.50

(1) Hershey Bar, $0.79 (and thoroughly enjoyed by my boys!)

(1) M&Ms, $0.50

(1) Small notebook (not pictured as my older son was busy drawing in it), $0.99

Coupons used:

* (1) $19.99/1 FreeStyle coupon, adjusted down to $9.99

* (2) $0.60/1 Lipton coupons, SS 5/18

* (1) CVS printed FREE Hershey Bar coupon

ECBs used:

$2.99 and $4.69

Cash OOP:


ECBs earned:

$10.00 on FreeStyle


Transaction #2

(1) FreeStyle Freedom Monitor, $9.99

(2) Ragu, 2/$3.00

(1) J&J Softwash Lotion, $5.99

(1) Aquafresh Extreme Clean, $2.99

Coupons used:

(1) 19.99/1 Freestyle, adjusted to $9.99

(1) $0.50/2 Ragu, SS 5/18

(1)$1.00/1 Aquafresh Extreme Clean (sorry, can't remember location!)

ECBs used:

$10.00 from Transaction #1

Cash OOP:


ECBs earned:

$17.99 total

$10.00 (FreeStyle)

$3.00 (for purchasing a total of $10.00 in Lipton, Ragu, and Skippy over the two transactions)

$2.99 (Aquafresh)

$2.00 (J&J Softlotion)


Get ready for the June ECB deals at CVS! Check out SlickDeals listing of June's Monthly ECB deals here!

And be sure to visit Super Savings Saturday at Money Saving Mom and CVS SuperStars at The "Cents"ible Sawyer for more inspiring deals! You might just be able to grab one of those deals for yourself!


Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing your deals. I'm new to CVS. I was thinking that when the ad says you get so many ECB's for buying so much of Ragu, or Skippy, etc. that you had to buy those items in one transaction. Do I understand correctly that the items will be tallied throughout the week by using your card and that the ECB's will be spit out whenever you reach the required amount purchased--even if it is over several purchases?? Can you clarify how this works?

Marianne Thomas said...

To anonymous:

Yes, your understanding is absolutely correct.

At CVS, if the ECB deal requires buying more than one item, you can split the purchases over multiple transactions. When you've fulfilled the number of items/cost of items needed to get the ECBs, they'll print on that final transaction receipt.

There's also a tally of your ECBs deals on your receipt below the transaction details. It says:

This Week's Extra Bucks Offers (on the left), and

Balance (on the right)

You can check this tally every time you make a transaction at CVS. Monthly deals will show up on this as well.

Just as in my (2) transactions above, it's sometimes financially to your benefit to "break up" an ECB deal and purchase the items needed over two or more transactions in order to keep your OOP spending as low as possible.

Like all CVSing, you just have to sit down and run your scenarios a few different ways with your trusty calculator!

Thanks for asking this question - it's a smart one.

You'll do well at CVSing, I can already tell!