On the cover of the CVS flyer that I got in my Sunday paper this week is a 20% off coupon good on all regularly priced items and it’s good for a week. This makes me wish I had waited to buy my new can opener so that I would have gotten 20% off.
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I used my coupons for FREE package of CVS store-brand Alcohol Prep Swabs- $2.59 value
They didn’t have the CVS brand but they were nice enough to give me this brand instead.
The last thing I bought was this can opener which I believe was $12.99. Ours broke and we needed a new one. I wish that I had been e-mailed a CVS coupon for 20% off before I bought it but it expired yesterday. However, this was still a savings over all but the cheapest electric can openers (like the one that just broke) so I figured it was worth a try before we break down and buy an expensive one.
There are three different colors of Physicians Formula Concealer on Sale at CVS for .29¢. All Physicians Formula products that normally cost $6 or more are currently on sale for $6 off which makes these .29¢. If you’re lucky you also got the $1 off Physicians Formula product coupon in the 3/10 Smart Source coupon insert which will make these free. I didn’t get the coupon but this is still a great deal even without coupons.
Click on the link and then scroll down to the lower right part of the page. There you will see an offer to print a coupon good for a FREE package of CVS store-brand Alcohol Prep Swabs- $2.59 value. These will be great for little cuts and scrapes. No purchase is necessary and this coupon is good until 4/30 so you have a little while to use it.
Thanks, Couponaholic.net for this deal.
Tonight I quickly ran to CVS at almost midnight when I got off of work. I wanted to take advantage of the cheap Finish deal, especially after paying $3.99 for dishwasher detergent when we ran out, because it really does seem to work a lot better than cheaper dishwasher detergents. I also wasn’t sure when else I would be able to make it to the store. I like shopping at the 24 hour CVS in the middle of the night because there usually isn’t anyone else in the store and the cashier’s don’t feel rushed when you hand them coupons.
So here are the deals I did-
$1.99 ECB When You Buy PAAS Easter Egg Decorating Kit, $1.99 Limit 1
Note- I bought this first so I could use the ECBs on my next transaction
Finish Dishwasher Detergent- On Sale 2/$8
- Used $1.25/1 Finish Quantum Powerball Tabs or Gelpacs in the SS 3/17
Cost After Coupons- $2.75
Note- Not the cheapest I’ve ever gotten it but still an ok price since I’m out
Coca-Cola products, 2 liter, 99¢ Limit 5
-.25/1 Coca Cola, 2 Liter CVS Coupon from the Coupon Center
Cost After Coupons- 74¢
Totals for Both Transactions-
Usually when I got to CVS and Walgreens I plan my trips around the best couponing deals and prepare accordingly. I write a lot about my couponing trips but what happens when you need to go to the store last minute for one or two things that you just have to buy?
I really needed mascara and dishwasher detergent. At CVS there was a deal on Almay but it turned out to be a better deal to buy NYC brand, which is cheaper even without a sale. There was an old tag for B1G1 half off of any NYC products and the nice cashier honored their sign and discounted the mascara anyways. She even gave me half off the more expensive mascara in the teal tube. I decided to try the $4.99 teal mascara and the $1.99 black mascara and then compare them so I would know which one to buy in the future. The teal mascara was definitely better. I also bought the Free After ECB (CVS Store Dollars) Jelly beans.
Then when I went to buy the dishwasher detergent I realized that it was between $7-9 at CVS and they didn’t have a store brand. I had a hundred things to do that day but instead of overpaying at CVS I made myself stop at Walgreens on the way home. I made the right choice because luckily it was on sale for $3.99 and I was also able to pick up some cheap .69 cents macaroni which was also on sale. We like to make black beans and macaroni and cheese as a cheap and easy lunch.
Today’s shopping trips only prove how much money I really save by stocking up when I find great couponing deals on the things I use, but they also show that even without coupons you can still save yourself a decent amount of money by smart shopping.
- Free 6 Pack of Vitamin Water w/ a $10 purchase at CVS Printable (No Longer Available)
- Free Sprite Zero Coupon From Coke Rewards (No Longer Available)
- Milk on Sale $3.50 with $1 ECBs Limit 2
- Free Essence of Beauty Hand Cream at CVS (Still Available at Time of Post)
- Used a Raincheck for the Cereal from CVS Black Friday Sale
The Minute Clinic Facebook Page will e-mail you a coupon for a free Essence of Beauty Hand Cream at CVS!
I ended up getting some more great free stuff at the extended CVS Thanksgiving / Black Friday sale. I didn’t make it until around 11pm on Saturday only an hour before it ended and they still had some of the items I wanted and I got rainchecks for some they didn’t. I bought the chocolate stick treats from the $1 food section as filler and I paid with my extracare bucks from my earlier shopping that week.
I got a big surprise on Saturday night when I found out that CVS was starting most of their Black Friday Sale on Sunday instead of Thanksgiving night like last year(Click HERE to see my deals from last year). I was very excited with what I got! So excited, in fact, that I went to two stores.
HOW TO QUICKLY AND EASILY SET UP YOUR TRANSACTIONS TO SAVE THE MOST MONEY-
I’m not going to list out how I did my individual transactions, because it would take forever and it wouldn’t help you anyway. Each store will have slightly different items in stock so planning transactions ahead of time would just be a waste of time. There is however a quick and painless method for setting up your transactions in the store so that you save the most money.
1. Go through the store and collect all of the items you wish to purchase (most stores have many items gathered in the front so check there first so you don’t run through the store if you don’t have to)
2. Gather the items that you are getting free/almost free after coupons but will receive back a profit of ECBs (store dollars). For example, the command hooks are $1 and there is a $1 off coupon so the item will be free but you will still receive $1 ECBs. Starbucks Refreshers, Glade Plugins Scented Oil Warmer, and Children’s Advil all have deals where you will receive a nice profit in ECBs. This will be your first transaction. For this first transaction you will pay very little out of pocket and you will receive your profit in ECBs.
Note- If you don’t have coupons for any of the items just start by buying around $6 or $9 worth of items depending on how many transactions you want to do.
3. See how many ECBs you now have. For Example you may now have $9 in ECBs so put your items into groups of $9 and then pay for each transaction with the ECBs from the previous transaction. This is called rolling ECBs. It will keep your out of pocket costs as low as possible. Some of my transactions today were free, most were paid with coin change.
4. Buy the higher priced items first until you are left with all of the dollar items. These are the easiest to break into transactions.
ECBs (CVS store dollars) left over- $9.50
That’s Like getting paid $2 to buy all of this stuff!
# of Transactions- 5
If you didn’t make it in time to score a deal you really wanted don’t worry. Unlike last year, CVS is issuing rain checks for items they are out of. Remember these never expire so if there is something you think you might use it can’t hurt to ask. They know people are going to ask for these so in some cases they have them pre-written.