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Showing posts with label CVS. Show all posts

Saturday, June 7, 2008

CVSing 6/1 - 6/7: Getting What We Needed for $1.06

I'm linking this post up to The "Cents"ible Sawyer's CVS SuperStars and to Money Saving Mom's Super Savings Saturday. I hope you'll visit both posts and be inspired after taking a look at some of the great deals found by other bloggers this week.


I made two trips to CVS this week; I normally make only one trip (if I go at all), but ended up needing milk by the end of the week.

Trip #1:



(2) Listerine Smart Rinse, $3.49 ea

used $1/1 printable here

used $1/1, RP 4/27

(1) Chase & Sanborn Coffee, on sale for $2.00

Total after coupons: $6.98

ECBs used: $5.99

Cash paid OOP: $1.06

NEW ECBs earned: $6.98 ($3.49 on each of the Listerine)

We were out of coffee (horrors!) and my daughter uses this rinse every night; it was a small and effective transaction on something we need right now and something we'll most definitely use in the future.

I realized Thursday that I didn't have enough milk to make it to Monday (my normal Krogering day). So I grabbed my pencil, my ads, and checked out the coupon database at HotCouponWorld to create the best possible transaction I could.

Trip #2:



(1) Gallon Milk, $2.99

(1) Chex Mix, on sale $1.00

$1/1 printable here

(2) J&J Buddies Soaps, $0.99 ea

$1/1 printable here (printed two different coupons to use)

(2) CVS Bandages, $1.99 ea

Total after coupons: $6.95

ECBs used: $6.98 (earned in Trip #1)

Cash OOP: ZERO!

NEW ECBs earned: $3.98 ($1.99 on each CVS bandage)

Again, a small transaction to get what I needed most - milk. But I was also able to get the Chex Mix (we love this stuff!) and the J&J soaps (which my boys love to use) for free after coupons.

And although I lost a net of $3.00 in ECBs, I still earned back $3.98 on the bandages, another item we need as it's summertime and every day brings a new skinned knee, bump, or boo-boo.

And I only spent $1.06 cash overall, keeping me on track for this week's $70 grocery budget for my family of five.

Kroger: $61.52

Wal-Mart: $7.45 (for $22.36 of goodies; see the photo and coupon details here)

CVS: $1.06

Walgreens: $1.35

Total: $71.38 --- close enough!

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New to CVSing? Learn more about how CVS can save you serious moola here.

And feel free to email me or comment below (or at these fine blogs here, here, and here) with your questions on how CVSing works; I'd be happy to help and I know my blogging buddies would, too.

Monday, June 2, 2008

*New $3/$15 CVS Coupon via MSM*

There's a new $3/$15 CVS coupon available through the Beacon Journal. It's good through 6/14/08. ~~ Thanks to Joan for emailing me this deal.

For details on how to get this coupon, visit Crystal's post at MoneySavingMom here. She'll walk you through it, step-by-step.

I'm contacting CVS directly to get their position on using this coupon if you download and print it after signing up for the free two-week trial (thus making you an online subscriber to the Beacon Journal).

As much as I'd like to use it (don't we all just love free money at CVS?), I'd like to know what the final word from CVS is on whether they consider this a legitimate and legal means of acquiring this coupon.

I'll keep you informed!

Thursday, May 29, 2008

*CVS* Tearpad Freestyle Monitor Coupon - $19.99/1


I saw info about this tearpad coupon available at CVS for the FreeStyle monitors posted by fellow BBJ Mama Blogger Jenny earlier this week at her blog. Jenny's CVS posts aren't just inspiring (she knows how to save some moola), they are hilarious! I think she'd keel over if she ever had to live in a town that didn't have a CVS. Go take a looksee when you have time, m'kay?

Well, since I had $4.99 in ECBs about to expire, I took a trip to CVS yesterday to flip a little deal and thought I'd look around for the coupons. I didn't expect to find them; my CVS has a bunch of funny and fab ladies working the registers who are always happy to see me and my three weefolk, but never seems to have any of the great coupons other CVSers find in-store.

Imagine my surprise when I passed the pharmacy counter. Lo and behold! There they were!

Of course, there were no monitors, so I made a trip to my second, secret-destination CVS this morning and found them there. I'll post that trip later this week.

And, if you haven't done much CVSing or didn't get a chance to look at the monthly deals for May, here's how to use (2) of these coupons to get $20 in ECBS for FREE!

* Buy (2) FreeStyle Lite or Freedom Lite (or one of each) Monitors, $9.99 with CVS Card

* use (2) $19.99/1 tearpad coupons (the cashier will/should adjust this coupon value down to the purchase price of $9.99 for each coupon)

Final Total: $0.00 (Fuh-REE!)

ECBs Earned: $20.00 ($10/each monitor with a limit of {2} per card)

Now you're ready for wheeling and dealing at CVS when the June Monthly ECBs start!

If you're new to CVS, read this to help you get started on saving $$ and rolling your ECBs. If it seems overwhelming, remember, I was once a newbie, too, as were all of us out here in the blogosphere. Don't be afraid to comment or email any of us with questions! We're here to help - and Jenny is here to spread the joy!

Happy Savings!

Thursday, May 15, 2008

A Big Shout Out to Denise and Crystal! CONGRATS!

If you haven't checked your Bloglines or your Google Reader yet you may not have seen that MSN Moneyblog, Smart Spending, cited both The "Cents"ible Sawyer and Money Saving Mom for their hard work in spreading the good word about how using the CVS system can save you mucho $$!

Read the full article here.

With gas prices hitting $4.00/gal and consumer goods/grocery prices climbing as well (transportation costs of getting all those goodies to your local stores + other factors), there's no better time than the present to start saving coupons, mastering CVS and Walgreens, and taking an honest look at where your monthly income goes if you haven't started budgeting yet.

Many kudos to Denise and Crystal! From one blogger to another, I know how much time you both spend on bringing the deals! Keep up the good work, girls!

And if you've ever wondered just how to make those fab deals at CVS, you can read my post CVS: How to Save here. Many of us frugal hacks have similar posts; I advise you to click around, read how other bloggers break down CVS, and don't be afraid to email any of us with questions or just drop a comment with your questions. We're all out here blogging deals because we share that same desire to help others.

Three other great resources for you as you start down the road to CVS wheelin' and dealin'. First, Slick Deals and Hot Coupon World - both offer exhaustive forums with deals posted by folks around the USA. Type in "CVS ECBs" in the search box and get reading.

The third resource, A Full Cup, is a site devoted to coupons with one of the best printable coupon databases out there. Click here for the database; A Full Cup also has many forums filled with posts and follow-up comments by very knowledgeable deal-makers.

And now that my Girl Scout Troop's Mom & Me Tea is over (I've spent a lot of time this past week on executing that event), I'll finish up my Walgreens: How to Save post along with a post on Coupons: Getting, Organizing, and Using Wisely.

As always, I thank you for visiting and I wish you...

Happy Savings!

Thursday, May 1, 2008

**CVS $5/$30 Coupon Release via E-Mail

CVSers, it Thursday which means it's time to check your inboxes!

CVS just emailed a $5/$30 coupon good through 5/4/08.

This is, as are all of the coupons emailed directly to Extra Care Card Holders by CVS, intended for use by the recipient. The legalese is clear about not sharing or reproducing the coupon.

If you haven't received this or any of the other Thursday-released coupons, make sure you've registered your Extra Care Card at CVS; click on Update My Extra Care Account.

If you've done that and still haven't received any of these coupons, contact CVS customer care here via email and explain your situation.

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This coupon matches up great with the new May ECB deals available; read them here. CVS also has a number of B1G1 Free items on sale through Saturday, making it possible to use this coupon for some great deals. Check your weekly store ad here.

Happy Savings!

Monday, April 28, 2008

One Last Gasp: The $3/$15 CVS Coupon

Sarah over at Sarah's Savings sent me an uplifting and informative email regarding my stance on the $3/$15 CVS coupon:

I must say I really appreciated your honesty and willingness to stand behind your convictions. I, too, was very uncomfortable with the $3/$15 coupon… it did not feel right. I was confused reading so many blogs that were so excited about it and was very glad when I found someone who saw the other side of the issue.

But as the commenter on your blog, I wanted the coupon! But not enough to go against my convictions. So I wrote to CVS and asked. Is it ok? Is it legal? Or should it only be clipped from a physical paper.

You can read my (CVS) response on my blog, www.sarahssavings.blogspot.com.

If you're on the fence about this coupon, visit Sarah's blog and read what CVS said in response to her query.

I still will pass on this *great* deal; I don't want to carry any guilt (hey, I'm Catholic; I come pre-packaged with enough guilt for a lifetime!) over using it and, as I emailed Sarah, I have a GREAT relationship with the very nice staff at my local CVS. I'd hate to risk ruining it over a few $$.

Thanks, Sarah, for your kind email and for doing what needed to be done: asking CVS if it would be ok to use this coupon. You're one smart Frugal Chick!

Happy Savings!

Sunday, April 27, 2008

I'm Sure Many Die-Hard CVSers Will Disagree

But I have to follow my conscience and post accordingly here at The New Frugal Mom. To do otherwise would be dishonest of me.

I'm going to come right out and tell you that I won't be using the $3/$15 coupon that has been discussed on many blogs and discovered by me at MoneySavingMom.

Why?

The legalese on the coupon states this:

"CVS/pharmacy will not honor any photocopy, facsimile, or any other reproduction of this coupon."

The coupon first appeared in a print edition of the Washington Post, a newspaper which requires a paid subscription or payment at a retail outlet which carries this newspaper.

The coupon was intended for the subscriber and/or purchaser of said newspaper and is meant to be clipped from the printed newspaper.

And, finally, the coupon clearly states that CVS will not honor any other reproduction of said coupon. Point-click-save-printing is - in my book - a reproduction of the original printed coupon.

Again, my deep apologies for posting the link without thoroughly investigating it; I will be removing the link from my original post. I will also be more diligent in the future when a *great* deal arises in the blogosphere and will fully investigate it before posting.

I'm not standing in judgement of anyone out there who may differently interpret the intent, spirit, or legalese of this coupon.

I simply wanted to be honest with all of you as to how I interpret the legalese, why I won't use it, and why I'm removing the link.

I'm closing this post to comments because my personal ethics are just that, personal, and not open to debate.

Thanks in advance for your understanding.

NEW!! $3/$15 CVS COUPONS! Thanks, MSM!

If you haven't heard the good news, there's a new $3/$15 CVS coupon available!

This is legitimate, and available to everyone who follows the registration steps.

Click here to read how to get this great coupon.
*Link removed 04/27/08, 10:42 EST*

Best part of this coupon? It doesn't expire until June 6, 2008, and, the fine print reads that it can be used once per transaction one per customer. (Revised 4/24/08, 10:42 EST)

Fire up your printers, Frugal Faithful!

CVS, we adore thee!

**Revised, Sunday, 4/27/08 9:51 EST**

A commenter below wisely questioned to whom this coupon is intended: by anyone; or only for subscribers to this newspaper.

I have not had the chance to fully investigate this coupon as I've been gone all day with my Girl Scout Troop at a planned event.

I posted the link after seeing it at MoneySavingMom because I trust Crystal's judgement implicitly when it comes to ethical coupon use. She is one of the most honest bloggers with whom I've ever had the pleasure of corresponding; she is also a devout Christian.

I apologize for posting the link without fully investigating it; I will do so now. And I want you to know I do take my blogging seriously. I blog with the intent to help and enlighten and because I love to share what I've learned.

Please, if you feel using this coupon violates your sense of ethics and/or your own religious beliefs - whatever they may be - don't let the $3.00 you might possibly save become a burden on your conscience.

And please comment and share with everyone your particular take on this coupon: fair for all to use or clearly meant for a specific consumer/audience?

Please keep the dialogue respectful, kind, and courteous.

*Closed to comments as of 4/27/08, 10:42 pm EST after further investigation by me; read my explanation here.*

Saturday, April 26, 2008

BeCentsAble's Show and Tell Giveaway...It's Me!

I'm the featured blog over at BeCentsAble's Weekend Show & Tell Giveaway!

My giveaway? A $10 CVS Gift Card!

Click here to follow me over there. Be sure to leave a comment to be entered in the drawing!

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Chuck E. Cheese Coupons & New CVS Coupon


If you like to treat your kids to a trip to Chuck E. Cheese every once in a while, there are some great coupons packaged around Hi-C juice box 10 pks.

They include:

*10 Free Game Tokens with Any Food Purchase (no dollar minimum listed on the food purchase)

*Save $10: 1 Lg Pizza (1-2 topping or Super Combo), 4 regular sized soft drinks, and 30 game tokens, for only $18.99

*Save $10: Buy 40 Game Tokens for $10, get 40 more FREE.

All coupons state One coupon per visit per family/child.

All expire 10/31/08.

And if you're looking for more coupons for Chuck E. Cheese, register for the Chuck E-Club here and you'll be sent links/emails with printables.

Chuck E. Cheese's also rewards for good grades; bring your child's most recent report card and get FREE tokens (they don't state how many tokens on their site).

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CVSer's! It's Thursday, the day CVS sends us their latest emailed coupons! Go check your inbox and hopefully you'll find what I did:

$4/$20 Beauty Purchase, exp 5/3/08.

CVS is tightening up on how they release their coupons; I'd share this with you, but the legal fine print states: Offer Valid Only For Intended Recipient.

There's a bunch more legalese at the bottom, too.

I'd just like to pop in my two cents on ethical couponing: you can get lots of great deals honestly and aboveboard. No deal is worth doing something fraudulent, like using coupons not intended for you, or .pdfs of scanned coupons.

If you haven't received this coupon, be sure you've registered your Extra Care Card at CVS.com and signed up for email alerts and promotions from them.

There are many great beauty deals at CVS to be had; check here for Slick Deals listing of April's Monthly ECB deals.

And click here for the upcoming May Monthly ECB deals. Don't we all just love to plan ahead!

Happy Savings!

Monday, April 14, 2008

CVS ECBs - How Many to Rollover Each Week?

Reader and kind commenter Rhonda (I'd link to her blog but she's not blogging...yet!) asked this very good question via comment:

Do you ever use your ECB's for things that don't generate ECB's? I got the monitor deal and I have several ECB's from last week. I could use a couple of other things with those from the monitor deal. How many ECB's do you keep from week to week?

Thanks for the question and the comment, Rhonda; it's a good discussion-starter.

How many ECBs I keep week-to-week varies; if I can, I try to keep a minimum of $10.00. But there have been some weeks, especially at the end of last year when there were so many CVS coupons available (the handy $2/10 that expired Jan 08 and many other great deal-building dollar-off coupons), where I've used all my ECBs.

One, I needed to use them, particularly around Christmas when they helped to buy stocking stuffers for the kids and all sorts of odds and ends for the Christmas season. Two, with the amazing dollar-off coupons that CVS offered at the end of 2008, I knew that even if I had zero ECBs, I could start from scratch with a small deal that would rollover into bigger and better ECB-earning deals and pay only $1.00 or $2.00 oop overall.

Now that CVS has tightened up on their coupons - and the dollars off coupons in particular - I'm a bit more conservative. As I said, I try to keep $10.00 minimum to use the next week.

But here again is a point to consider: I usually only make one trip to CVS per week and do a maximum of two transactions. I don't try to max out every possible ECB deal, nor do I do deals for things I either don't need to stockpile for myself or don't know someone who could benefit by my giving it to them for free.

Why? Mostly because I have very little time in the course of my busy days to swing through our CVS and because I usually have two or three children with me. My children, to be specific, and while they are wonderful and amazing and always happy and thankful to get a roll of blue Hubba Bubba Bubble Gum Tape, they are still only children. They have their shopping limits, and so do I.

Because I do shop with my children, I pre-plan my scenarios and my back-up scenarios very carefully by calculating the numbers, organizing the coupons, and finding possible fillers. This too takes time and while I adore a great deal, there is a point where being frugal with your time and being frugal with your money intersects and then starts to tip downhill. If I spend too much time "wheeling and dealing," I'm trading that time I could be better focused elsewhere away for good. And unlike money, once time is gone, it's gone. You can't earn more.

That being said, there are weeks like this week where a stellar deal such as the Contour Meter presents itself; getting $15.00 ECBs for FREE doesn't come along very often at all.

This is just the kind of week where I'll make it a point to plan and execute that one extra trip to CVS where I can stock up on some household items or get milk for free by just "spending" some ECBs without worrying about "earning" more on the transaction.

How many ECBs to keep from week to week is really a personal decision, as is just how many trips you're willing to make to CVS each week and how many items you're willing to buy for the sake of earning ECBs. And this is what makes CVS such a great help to budget-conscious frugal folk; after you've used CVS for a month or two, you'll start to find your own personal comfort zone where the deals you're willing to make match up to the time you're willing to put into the endeavor.

I'd love to hear from other CVSers - how many ECBs do you try to rollover each week, and how frequently do you visit CVS? And, equally importantly, do you ever feel like you might be spending too much time planning, seeking, and finding deals at CVS and/or elsewhere? What's your personal balancing point? Comment and join the discussion.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

$24 in CVS Beauty Coupons: Reinventing Beauty Magazine

I found this goldmine at CVS today!

The magazine is in the Beauty section (in my CVS, it was stacked on a display). It's called Reinventing Beauty and is priced at $0.99 - a great filler price for your next transaction.

AND, for that $0.99 investment, you'll get TWO sets of coupons (you can see the green booklet in the picture above) valued at $12.00 each! One is stuck to the outside of the magazine; the other is inside.

Coupons include:

*$2/any Skin Effects purchase, exp. 6/30/08

*$1/2 Dasani or Evian 1 liter bottles, exp. 6/30/08

*$1/1 Hershey Bliss 8.6 oz bag or larger, exp. 9/30/08

*$2/1 CoverGirl TruBlend, exp. 5/31/08
**In April Extra Value Book; earn 6 ECBs on any TruBlend Whipped Foundation

*$1/1 Nail Duets by Nailene, exp. 8/31/08

*$2/1 Clairol Perfect 10, exp. 5/31/08

*$1/1 Powder Palette Multi-Colord Face Powder & Blush, exp. 6/30/08

*$2/1 Pantene Pro-V Styler, exp. 5/31/08

In the spirit of ethical couponing, I encourage everyone to do the right thing and spend the $0.99 for the magazine.

If you come up with any great deal using these coupons, comment or email me! I'd be happy to post them here with credit back to you!

*Revised 4/1/08, 11pm EST:

Thanks to Heather for pointing me to the same coupon booklet online - no scans, this is legit. Click here for online printables of these.

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Also, as of today, 04/01/08, the ECBs you earned on your CVS Winter Spending will print automatically at the bottom of your receipt. You earn 2% every three months on your total spending.

If you're signed up for email alerts from CVS, you'll get an email today telling your your quarterly ECB amount and the option to print them at home. If you're not signed up for email alerts, look at your last CVS receipt from March, find the line that reads WINTER 2008 SPENDING and the amount to the right. Multiply that $ amount by .o2 (2%) and you'll know how many ECBs you'll receive the next time you shop at CVS.

Then make sure you do sign up for email alerts from CVS! You don't want to miss out on their emailed coupons!

Happy savings!

Monday, March 31, 2008

CVS: How To Save

If you're new to the blogosphere, or new to Going Frugal, you may be wondering about the amount of posts, blogs, and forums devoted to deals at CVS.

Below, I will briefly detail how targeted shopping at CVS can save you hundreds of dollars a year.

1. Find your local CVS Drugstore.

If you're unsure, check their website here; go to the "Store Locater" and enter your zipcode to find the closest CVS.

2. While you're at the CVS site, click the header tab marked "Extra Care."

The Extra Care program at CVS is their shopper card program. You apply, either here online or at the store. You'll be assigned an Extra Care account number and will receive your cards by mail if you apply online; if you apply at the store, you'll receive a wallet card and two key fob cards with the same account number on each.

Whether you receive your cards by mail or in-store, be sure to visit the Extra Care Rewards page online at CVS here to create an account linked to your Extra Care Card number and register your email address. You will receive two separate $4.00 off $20.00 purchase CVS coupon by email for doing each of these. And you will also receive other dollar off coupons and special deal coupons in the future from CVS by email.

The Extra Care program works two ways:

*By giving you instant sales prices on items that are on sale that week in-store (much like any Store Shopper Card); and,

*By allowing you to earn rewards called Extra Care Bucks (ECBs) on certain items each week (as found in the weekly ad) and each month (as found in the monthly Extra Care booklet).

ECBs are coupons generated at the point of sale when you purchase items that earn ECBs. These coupons entitle you to a certain amount of "Dollars Off" your next purchase at CVS. ECBs are in essence "CVS money" that you can use toward your next purchase to get it for less or for free.

3. Pick up a copy of the CVS Weekly Ad at the store along with a copy of the CVS Monthly ECB Deals booklet.

These are generally located right by the front entrance of the store in the newspaper rack.

(You can also view the CVS Weekly Ad here and search for the CVS Monthly ECB earning items list at Slick Deals - you can view April 2008's ECB Deals at Slick Deals here.)

Go through both the weekly ad and the monthly ad and note the products that are offering "Extra Care Rewards" back as ECBs. Many times, there are a few Free after ECB items - items that offer back the full amount of purchase as ECBs. For example, this week at CVS, you can purchase Soft Soap Spa Radiant Body Wash for $4.99 and will receive $4.99 back in ECBs.

Take note of the Free after ECB items and also the items that generate a good pecentage of the purchase price back as ECBs (ie: earn 3 ECBs on a $6.99 item - almost 50% back).

4. Make a small ECB earning purchase at CVS.

Be sure to get the best deal possible by using Sunday newspaper coupons or printable coupons. CVS will work best for you if you are diligently using coupons (which I will post about tomorrow) to reduce your total bill.

For instance, this week (March 31, 2008) you can earn $4.99 ECBs on Soft Soap Radiant Spa Body Wash. There is a coupon in the Sunday inserts for $1.50 off 1 Radiant Spa Body Wash. You would pay only $3.49 + tax for the Body Wash with the coupon, but would earn back $4.99 to use in the future at CVS, a net gain of $1.50. I detail this deal here.

5. Using the ECBs you earned, buy more items that will generate more ECBs to use in the future.

This takes time to do, but happens a bit more quickly if you:

1. Always try to use coupons to lower the cost of the items; and

2. Take advantage of the emailed dollars off coupons from CVS.

Ultimately, you're snowballing those ECB dollars into more every transaction so that you'll have them for the future. If you simply use your ECB dollars to buy non-ECB earning products, you'll be back at square one with no ECBs to use.

6. Carefully plan your deal scenarios with the Weekly Ad, the Monthly Extra Care Reward booklet, and with any CVS coupons, manufacturer's coupons, and your current ECBs.

This is the most time-consuming part of saving $$ at CVS - you must sit down with your calculator and work out the best deals possible. By using CVS coupons and manufacturer coupons, and by paying close attention to the Weekly Ad (along with reading about other people's deal scenarios in the blogosphere), you can create scenarios with "overage" - situations where you actually "make" money within the transaction.

For example, using the Soft Soap Radiant Spa Body Wash deal above, let's say I bought 1, used the $1.50 coupon off the Soft Soap, paid $3.50 and earned back $4.99 in ECBs.

What if I turned right back around and did the exact same transaction again, using another coupon for $1.50/1 and the $4.99 in ECBs I earned the first time - what would it look like?

Buy 1 at $4.99

Use $1.50/1 coupon

Final total: $3.49

Pay with first ECBs of $4.99

Earn $4.99 in new ECBs

But the ECBs from my first transaction are for $4.99 and my total for the second transaction is only $3.49. I now have an overage on my transaction of $1.50 I can use to purchase something else I need for that price or less, something that may not earn me ECBs but that I need - like paper towels or tissues. I'll still earn back new ECBs on the second transaction ($4.99), along with getting a great product for free and getting a household item for free.

How to use the oveages you create in your scenarios is up to you to decide; that's the beauty of using the ECB system at CVS. Creating scenarios like this one, ones where you have overages within your transactions and still earn ECBs back overall, are how you maximize your savings at CVS and get non-ECB earning items for free.

Two more points to consider:

1. Ethical Couponing

Using your brainpower to get items for free is ok; having multiple CVS Extra Care Cards for one household is not.

Using several coupons gleaned from different sources to get great deals is ok; using reproduced or scanned coupons, or coupons not directly emailed to you from CVS is not.

Bottom line: fraud isn't frugal, it's illegal.

2. Start Small

CVS and the ECB rollover system may take you a while to master. That's ok. You may have some mistakes; if you stick with it and keep up with the deals online and on blogs, you will succeed overall. The blogosphere will be an immense resource for you in this savings quest.

You may also encounter some CVS employees who have never dealt with so many coupons for one transaction. Be courteous and kind, and remember that if you plan to shop there in the future, you want to leave a good impression. Do what I did: point the employees to the blog or site where you learned how to get such great deals. They'll thank you for it, I assure you!

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Much of what I have learned about saving at CVS has been through the blogosphere. To the many bloggers out there tirelessly posting information on deals, coupons, and sales, thank you.

And to the blogger who started me down this road, Crystal at Money Saving Mom, I thank you immensely! Please visit her blog - she's a frugal diva!

If you want an even more detailed description of how to make CVS work for you, visit Money Saving Mom's CVS 101 post here.

Happy Savings!