CVS Newbie...

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  1. sconnell

    sconnell DIS Veteran

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    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?
     
  2. HayGan

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    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 :)
     
  3. HayGan

    HayGan We could all use some pixie dust now and then :)<b

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    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!
     
  6. sconnell

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    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.
     
  7. HayGan

    HayGan We could all use some pixie dust now and then :)<b

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    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

    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 :)
     
  8. sconnell

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    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?
     
  9. It's A Happy Day

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    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:
     
  10. HayGan

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    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.)
     
  11. sconnell

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    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.
     

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