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Sunday, June 15, 2008

The $5.00 CVS Challenge: June 15 - 22

For this week only, I think I should rename this The $5.99 CVS Challenge because the best deals out there cost $5.99 after coupons but earn you $5.00 in ECBs back. ;)

Again, the idea of The $5.00 CVS Challenge is to "roll" or "grow" your $5.00 in ECBs into the same or (hopefully) more ECBs, or use $5.00 cash OOP (out of pocket) as buy-in money if you're a beginner at CVSing.

For a more in-depth explanation of how the CVS ECB (Extra Care Bucks) system works, read this post.

You can read a previous $5.00 CVS Challenge here; since it features a Monthly ECB deal, it's good through the end of June if you haven't already bought those items.

I'm so thankful to all of my readers who have already participated in the previous two challenges. By sharing your sweet deals, you've helped others!

I invite everyone to participate in The $5.00 CVS Challenge - no deal is too small, believe me!

Post your $5.00 (or, for this week, $5.99!) scenario on your blog (be sure to note coupons used and their locations to help the newbies), then come back here and drop your post's permalink in the Mr. Linky box below. Please link to this post somewhere in your post; if you want to grab my button above to use in your post by right-clicking and saving it, please do!

Don't have a blog? You can leave a comment with your scenario, too.

And, since I mentioned comments, I really appreciate all of you who drop a note after reading my posts. I absolutely do read all my comments and am happy to say that I've only had to delete one for negative content. That says a lot about you as readers and about the blogosphere in general, IMHO.

I do try to make my rounds in the blogosphere to give y'all a shout out in reply if you've commented here. But LIFE (in the form of my three children) usually gets in the way of my social graces when it comes to blogging etiquette. As so many of you frugal faithful are parents, I know you understand that reality and thank you for that understanding.

Alrighty -- onto the Challenge deals!

Deal #1

Buy (1) Almay One Coat Mascara, $6.99

$1/1 Almay, SS 3/9 or SS 5/18

Total OOP (ECBs or Cash): $5.99

New ECBs earned: $5.00

(There's a limit of {2} for this deal, so you could easily do it twice over two transactions, rolling the ECBs from the first transaction and paying the extra $0.99 in cash.)

Deal #2

Buy (1) Sally Hansen Color Quick (Nail Color Pen), $7.99

$2/1 Any Sally Hansen, SS 3/30

Total OOP (ECBs or Cash): $5.99

New ECBs earned: $5.00

(This one has a limit of {5}, so just like above, you can do this transaction again by rolling that $5.00 in ECBs and paying $0.99 in cash. Or, do the one above and then use the ECBs earned in Deal #1 to do Deal #2 -- roll, baby, roll!)

Deal #3

Buy (2) Oral B Cross Action Power Toothbrush, 5.99 {limit of 5}

B1G1Free, SS 6/15 (as previewed at SlickDeals)

Total OOP (Cash or ECBs): $5.99

New ECBs Earned: $6.00 ($3.00 per toothbrush)

(Again, if you have {2} of the B1G1Free coupons, do this transaction again and use the $6.00 ECBs earned the first time to pay your OOP the second time. Or use this deal as your first transaction then roll the $6.00 ECBs to Deal #1 or Deal #2)


Deal #4

Buy (2) Alavert or Alavert D, 12 or 15 ct, $6.99 ea

$4/1 printable here; print one, then hit back, refresh, and print a second one

(I can't guarantee these will print; as I've been typing this post, I've had this screen open in another window and it hasn't printed for me yet. But my printer and Alavert's website might just be arguing. If you need allergy meds, it's worth trying to print these from your computer.)

Total OOP (ECBs or Cash): $5.98

New ECBs Earned: $5.00

I can't wait to see your $5.00 deals! Thanks for participating!