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sconnell
01-22-2008, 08:13 AM
Ok, so I really want to get into the CVS Deal thread, but it's so intimidating. Any advise for a newbie? How do you strategized it to make sense for you?

HayGan
01-22-2008, 08:47 AM
Please do be intimidated! CVSing is really easy. It takes very little initial investment to really start saving lots of money! As an example I will post again what I plan on doing with my DH's newly acquired card. The CVS coupons are all printables (which I will post in another post after this one.) Your ECBs for items will printout on the end of your receipt. You just cut the off and use them on a future transaction. CVSing is really easy because you don't have to worry about rebate forms! The key is really to find those items that have good ECBs associated with them. I usually look for things that are free after ECBs or close to it. By being able to use CVS coupons and mfr coupons you can really save a TON on stuff. So here goes how I plan on starting DH's new card...

1st transaction

20 Soy Joy bars ($4 for 20 Free coupons off ebay) - $20
2 CVS toothbrushes - $2.99 each - $5.98
1 Bonus pack of CVS garbage bags - $4.99
1 package of CVS cookies - $.49

Total before coupons - $30.46

Coupons to use (I don't super stack):
$4 off $20
$2 off $10
$2 off $10 CVS brand purchase
$20 (Free SoyJoy)

Total OOP: $2.46 (plus tax & $4 for ebay coupons)

ECBs earned:
$20 - Soy Joy
$2 - CVS garbage bags
$5.98 - CVS toothbrushes
Total ECBs: $27.98

2nd transaction

3 - 12 packs Pepsi products - $10
3 - bags Lays/Doritos - $9
1 - 2ltr bottle Pepsi product - $1.25
5 - 24/7 Mennen deodorants - $3.99 each - $19.95
2 - Bonus packs CVS slider bags - $4.99 each $9.98
1 - pack CVS cookes - $.49

Total before coupons: $50.67

Coupons to use:
$10 off $50
$2 off $10 CVS brand purchase
$27.98 ECBs

Total OOP: $10.23 (plus tax)

ECBs earned:
$10 - Pepsi
$4 - CVS slider bags
$19.95 - Mennen deodorant
Total ECBs: $33.95

So for a total of $16.69 ($12.69 OOP at CVS and $4 for ebay q's), I will have all that stuff plus $33.95 in ECBs to keep rolling I will roll these into some M&M deals as well as some of the other monthly deals that we use (especially Cottonelle wipes for my kids.) I think this is a great start for that card!!!


I hope that is somewhat helpful :)

HayGan
01-22-2008, 08:51 AM
Here are the printables that are good thru Jan 27

2.00 off 10.00
http://www.cvs.com/CVSApp/cvs/gateway/promotion?pid=6228&step_nbr=160

3.00 off 15.00
http://www.cvs.com/CVSApp/cvs/gateway/promotion?pid=6229&step_nbr=160

4.00 off 20.00
http://www.cvs.com/CVSApp/cvs/gateway/promotion?pid=6230&step_nbr=160

4.00 off 20.00
http://www.cvs.com/CVSApp/cvs/gateway/promotion?pid=6231&step_nbr=160

5.00 off 30.00
http://www.cvs.com/CVSApp/cvs/gateway/promotion?pid=6232&step_nbr=160

5.00 off 30.00
http://www.cvs.com/CVSApp/cvs/gateway/promotion?pid=6233&step_nbr=160

5.00 off 30.00
http://www.cvs.com/CVSApp/cvs/gateway/promotion?pid=6234&step_nbr=160

10.00 off 50.00
http://www.cvs.com/CVSApp/cvs/gateway/promotion?pid=6235&step_nbr=160

15.00 off 75.00
http://www.cvs.com/CVSApp/cvs/gateway/promotion?pid=6236&step_nbr=160

3.00 off 15.00
http://www.cvs.com/CVSApp/cvs/gateway/promotion?pid=6237&step_nbr=160

4.00 off 20.00
http://www.cvs.com/CVSApp/cvs/gateway/promotion?pid=6238&step_nbr=160

4.00 off 20.00
http://www.cvs.com/CVSApp/cvs/gateway/promotion?pid=6239&step_nbr=160


Here is a $2 off $10 purchase good thru Jan 31

http://www.cvs.com/CVSApp/cvs/gateway/promotion?pid=6051&step_nbr=160

Feel free to ask any questions! Beyond being a huge money saver, CVSing is really fun once you get started!

sconnell
01-22-2008, 08:54 AM
Please do be intimidated!
...
I hope that is somewhat helpful :)

Oh my! This made me :lmao: ! I haven't read through it all and I'm so excited that you replied, but this made me laugh! I know what you meant!

sconnell
01-22-2008, 09:08 AM
So I don't have this:
20 Soy Joy bars ($4 for 20 Free coupons off ebay) - $20
What's that going to mean for me?
Oh, and I do have $3.50 in ECB already, from previous purchase.

HayGan
01-22-2008, 09:41 AM
So I don't have this:

What's that going to mean for me?
Oh, and I do have $3.50 in ECB already, from previous purchase.

Soy Joy bars are a January ECB deal. They are on sale for $1 each. You earn $4 in ECBs for every 4 you buy with a limit of 5 deals. So if you didn't have the free coupons, you could print out two - $1 coupons here (http://www.soyjoy.com/specialoffers.aspx)

So you could do this

20 Soy Joy bars

Total: $20

Coupons to use:
$4 off $20 purchase
$2 off Soy Joy (2 - $1 q's)
$3.50 ECB's

Total OOP: $10.50 (plus tax if your state has tax on food)

Total ECB's earned: $20

Or you could do this

6 Bags of Valentine M&M's (BOGO @ $3.49)

Total: $10. 47

Coupons to use:
$2 off $10
$3.50 ECBs

Total: OOP $4.97
ECB's earned: $9

The key is to look for thisngs that are free or nearly free after coupons (CVS and mfr) and ECBs.

I hope this helping :)

sconnell
01-22-2008, 09:43 AM
Ok, So I also noticed that there are two 4 on $20 and three 5 on $30. They each have a different code, so will they work together?

It's A Happy Day
01-22-2008, 09:49 AM
Ok, So I also noticed that there are two 4 on $20 and three 5 on $30. They each have a different code, so will they work together?

It is up to your store if they will allow stacking with the $/$$ coupons. I normally do not stack as I figure I do well enough w/o stacking and irritating the clerks anymore than I do getting $100 worth of stuff for .01 :lmao: As long as the codes are different, in theory, it will work, it is just up to your store if the "allow" it.

And welcome to the "club" :flower3:

HayGan
01-22-2008, 09:49 AM
Ok, So I also noticed that there are two 4 on $20 and three 5 on $30. They each have a different code, so will they work together?

Well, this is a sticky subject. If your purchase is $30, then some stores will let you "super" stack and use both ($4 & $5 q's.). (Or 2 $4 q's on a $20 purchase, etc.) I personally don't super stack. For instance, some people may use both a $4 off $20 and a $5 off $30 purchase. I would only use both if my purchase were over $50 (but if it was then I would actually use a $10 off $50 instead.)

sconnell
01-22-2008, 10:00 AM
Well, I don't think I would try getting away with the latter, but maybe using two coupons for the same amount. Like the 2 $4 for 20's... Since they don't say you can't combine them. I'll try it anyway.