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Coupon Abbreviations
  • SC = Store Coupon
  • MC = Manufacturer Coupon
  • SS = Smart Source
  • RP = Red Plum
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cvs trip

I know the idea of leaving the house and getting out into traffic doesn’t sound exciting… but you really shouldn’t miss two incredibly easy and awesome deals at CVS this week!  I’ve posted both of them, but sometimes just seeing how folks buy things helps it click for folks.

I went into CVS with $11 ExtraCare Bucks (ECB) from previous weeks deals.  They were broken into a $5 and $6 ECB.  I bought everything in the picture in two different transactions.  (If you are brand new to CVS I’ll try to explain below what we bought why you want to split up transactions.)

Transaction #1

(3) CVS Reflective White Toothpaste, 4.2 oz, $3.69
(1) Revlon Nail Polish, $3.19
-$3 off any CVS Brand purchase, $10 + from CVS coupon center
-$3 off Revlon Product, from CVS coupon center
-$6 ECB (from last week)
Total Due: $2.26

Got Back: $10 ECB

Transaction #2

(3) Huggies Pull Ups, jumbo pack, $7.99
(1) Huggies Diapers, jumbo pack, $7.99
-$5 off Baby Care purchase, $30 + from CVS coupon center
-$2.25 off Huggies Pull Ups printable -$4/2 Huggies Pull Ups printable
-$2 off Huggies diapers printable
-$10 ECB (from transaction #1)
-$5 ECB (beauty club from last week)
Total Due: $3.71

Got Back: $10 ECB

Total for the entire trip, I spent: $5.97 out of pocket in real money and left the store with a $10 ExtraCare Buck to use on our next trip.

Now, why break them up??  I could have very easily put everything on the counter at the same time.  However I would have owed $15.97 out of pocket.  We still would have the same outcome leaving the store with $20 in ECB instead of $10, but… it really cost $10 more in real money.  It only takes 3 more minutes to split things up and the cashiers are always super sweet about it (as long as you are ready and know your plan).

See all of the deals at CVS this week!

    • Doug

      Great deal no doubt, but you didn’t make money. You went in with $11 ECBs and used another $10 ECBs from your first transaction. So you left CVS with $11 less in ECBs than what you went in with. So your $4.03 MM actually cost $6.97. ECBs may not be “real” money, but they act just like cash at CVS. Again, great deal, but not a true MM IMO.

    • denny

      Doug, new to this couponing stuff, so what is MM IMO ? I havw watch plenty of video’s but still a little foggy on all the lingo. Thanks

      • Diva Jefferson

        denny, MM means “money maker”, and IMO is short for “in my opinion.” The 2nd abbreviation isn’t quite coupon lingo, it’s more like slang, but hopefully this helps you! Just another quick one is OOP which means “out of pocket”. This is a big one because this is what you pay with real money not ECBs or gift cards. Haha. Jenny should totally write out a sheet for us to print with all of the couponing terms and meanings so we don’t get so confused!

    • morning

      Yeah u should count ecb as cash money:-) but no doubt good deal, last day I went to CVS and buy two CVS brand body wash 2 for 8.50 and 2 CVS brand hand wash 2 for 4 dolor, I use one 25% off on CVS brand lotions,body wash etc and one 20% off on entire purchase, although u cannot use 20% on sale prices but many things are on original price but have ecb, u can get deal like that, I paid 7 dolor 95 cent and get 4 dolor ecb:-) its good deal,