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  • WYB = When You Buy
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Couponing at CVS: Week #2

on 7.3.2013 at 12:22pm

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I constantly hear two excuses for why people don’t coupon:

1.  We only eat organic or non-processed foods so nothing we buy ever has coupons.

2.  Drugstores are way over priced, I get everything at Walmart.

While I can’t always help #1 folks (though I will say everything in the store does go on sale…) I can help everyone with their personal and household needs.  So for the next month I will be sharing through video and detailed posts exactly what we bought at CVS and in what order.  Hopefully after a few weeks you’ll realize just how wonderful the drugstore game is and be up for trying it out.  I’m pretty sure everyone needs soap, toothpaste, shampoo and deodorant — so it can’t hurt to try it!

To see the breakdown of Week #1 go here.

For week two I had $12 in ECB left from my week #1 trip.  This was a slow week for deals, but there were a few fun things so we might as well swing in.  Also if it helps any of you, right now I have no current coupon inserts as I battle the paper carrier to deliver a paper in the boonies… so these trips are almost 100% with printable coupons.

I did this in one transaction:

(2) Dial Body Wash, 18 oz, $4
(1) Renu Contact Solution, 12 oz, $7.99
(1) CVS Brand Calcium Citrate, 60 ct., $2.82
-$2 off $8 in Body Wash, CVS coupon center coupon
-$1 off Dial or Dial for Kids body wash (Facebook) printable
-$2 off Bausch+Lomb Renu Fresh or Sensitive multi-purpose solution, 8 oz+ printable
-$3 off any Vitamin, CVS coupon center coupon
-$8 ECB
-$2 ECB
Total Due: 87¢ (after tax)

Got Back: $7 ECB ($5, $2)

 I also just got an email that between last week and this week I hit the $50 Beauty Club reward, so next time I’m in the store I will get another $5 ECB!!!

So far for the first two weeks my totals are:

Total before sales and coupons: $147.97
Total spent after tax: $32.14
ECB Remaining: $14 (including the beauty reward)

If you are really clueless on CVS, watch the second video above for a beginners guide. See all of this weeks CVS deals and coupons.

    • stacey

      also, for help with #1, I will say the best thing one can do is wrote companies for coupons. My son with autism is gluten free (along with some other food restrictions) and I write to places like Ian’s Natural Foods, Lundbergs, Bob’s Red Mill, Namaste, etc. and these places send me coupons all the time.

      I also get friends to write the same companies to receive coupons for me as well. My son’s diet can get very expensive…so, it helps us out alot to have these coupons.

    • April

      One thing that I have to keep telling people when it comes to CVS shopping is that if you NEVER scan your card when you enter the store, you’ll NEVER get any good “CVS” coupons. Your card not only gives you the “weekly” coupon from the red machine, it also keeps up with the type of merchandise you buy, and therefore prints out coupons accordingly. For instance, I had to purchase a pack of Depends for my grandmother once, and ever since then, I get CVS coupons in the mail AND at the machine for Depends, or “X amount off of any $10 or more purchase of Depends, Tena, etc”.
      When you buy body wash, you will get body wash coupons. When you buy cosmetics, you will bet cosmetic coupons. But ONLY if you scan your card EVERY time you check out, and EVERY time you walk in the store at the red machine.
      And you’ll also never get the $5 off any $30 purchase or 20% off total purchase, etc…if your email isn’t up-to-date in the system. NOT the website email, but the email addy you used when you signed up for your card. There is a difference in the two, and what you’ll receive.

    • denisse

      Im so excited I receive the $5 off $20 purchase. Girls check your emails you might be missing ECB!! Happy 4th of July to all you…

    • Jeffy Walker

      I find it easy to roll the ecb’s i get back on the ones i get back for the next week.

    • guest

      Honestly why should we care that some do not coupon. It seems to me that the more who do, the less coupons there are.