CVS Shopping for the Week of 9.12.10 – Saved $147, Spent $9, Made $84

by Khaleef Crumbley on September 14, 2010

in Coupons,CVS,Deals,shopping

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I decided to publish my weekly CVS shopping trip early in the week so you could take advantage of some of this week’s deals and coupons!

So, as usual here is a list of what we purchased – all shown in the picture above:

3 Bottles of Nivea men’s body wash

2 Bottles of Alive Women’s Energy multivitamins

1 Bottles of Alive Men’s Energy multivitamins

2 Bottles of Skintimate shaving cream

3 Bags of Brach’s candy corn

2 Packs of High Octane energy chews

1 Phillips in-ear Headphones

2 Tubes of Tylenol Precise pain relief cream

1 Box of Tylenol Precise pain relief pads

1 Package of Betty Crocker cornbread mix

2 Bottles of Tresemme shampoo/conditioner

2 Bottles of rubbing alcohol

2 Bottles of hydrogen peroxide

2 Bottles of Airwick Aqua Mist air refresher

2 Tubs of Lysol Wipes

2 Boxes of Milano

1 Box of Golden Oreos

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As usual, every item on this list was either on sale, or we had a coupon for it – and in many cases, both (except for the alcohol and peroxide)! Actually, we try very hard to only purchase items that are on sale AND for which we have coupons!

That is why using the Coupon Database is so important (see below for more details).

Here are the totals of how much we paid, saved, coupons used and tax paid 😡 :

Total Value – $155.03

Savings from weekly deals – $36.09

Manufacturer & CVS coupons – $9.00

Flexible Spending Account – $21.53

Extra Care Bucks Spent – $79.94

Total Savings – $146.56 (94%)

Subtotal – $6.03

Tax – $2.84

Total Paid – $8.87

So, sales tax wasn’t as big of a problem as in past weeks (hence no angry face).

I was still upset with my $6.03 subtotal, but it’s much less than these items would have cost me 6 months ago at CVS. We were able to purchase $155.03 worth of items and only paid $8.87.


Nivea for Men Body Wash – They are on sale for $4.99 with $4.99 in ECBs – making them free! A quick search at our Coupon Database revealed a $1 coupon – meaning that CVS paid us $1 to buy these!

Alive Multivitamins – These are currently on sale for $9.99 with $9.99 in ECBs – another free product! I searched the Coupon Database and found a printable $1 coupon. Another item for which CVS decided to pay us $1 to take off their shelves!

Skintimate – I never heard of this product, but it was on sale for $3.49 with $3 in ECBs – $.49 isn’t a bad price to try out moisturizing shaving cream! Just for fun I took a quick look at our Coupon Database and found a $.75 coupon – meaning that we earned $.26 for picking this up!

High Octane Energy Chews – This week a pack of these energy chews goes for $1.99 with $1.99 in ECBs – another free item! A few weeks ago CVS offered the same sale and there was also a B1G1 free coupon – unfortunately, the coupon is no long available. But free is still FREE!!!

We also earned $83.89 in ECBs, meaning that CVS paid us $75.02 to bring these items home!!!

They also have other great sales this week, such as:

Tresemme – spend $10 get $5 ECBs

Tylenol Precise – $5.99 with $2 ECBs – check the Coupon Database for a $2 printable coupon!

Lysol/Airwick – most products on sale @ 2/$5 – spend $10 get $5. Coupons available in our database!

Nivea/Eucerin – spend $15 get $5 ECBs – Notice a pattern with the Coupon Database? Do I really need to write it again? Just check the database!

Dove/Suave/Vaseline – spend $15 get $5 ECBs – I hope you’re already looking these up!

Purex – $3.99 with $2 ECBs – I refuse to write it again!

Lipton Green Tea 12 pk – $5.99 with $2 ECBs

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How to Find These Deals:

If you want to learn exactly how to spot these deals and use the Coupon Database effectively, be sure to look at the examples I give here:

Oh, and as you can see I used my ECBs more efficiently – read about the Extra Care Buck/Tax lesson that I  learned for more detail.

CVS often has “buy one get one (B1G1) free” sales, so I’ll leave this up…

B1G1 Free at CVS:

Normally you would pay cash for an item and then get the other one free; however, when you have a B1G1 free coupon as well you are paying for the item with the B1G1 free manufacturer’s coupon and then you get the 2nd one free as normal.

Remember, CVS will be reimbursed for the face value of the coupon (plus a processing fee) by the manufacturer, so in their eyes they are not giving you both items for free!

Also, if you have 2 coupons for these B1G1 free items, you can use both of them and knock money off your entire order!

Have you made any great savings recently? Be sure to share them below (I’m looking at you Danielle, Paul, and Barb 😎 ).

Do you have any questions on how to get paid to shop? Any tips?

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1 Cheryl @ Simply CVS

Thanks for linking up at Simply CVS.


2 Lynn

Thanks for sharing. Can you tell me how many transactions you did and in what order. I’m new to using coupons and still learning.



3 Khaleef Crumbley

Hello Lynn,

Thanks for your comment and question. Since I have a Flexible Spending Account, and Tylenol Precise offered Extra Care Bucks, I purchased them first. Then I used the ECBs from that transaction to purchase the other items. This took a few transactions because we went to 3 stores to track everything down (and still had to get a few rain checks).

I would advise you to purchase all of those free items that I listed under “highlights” first, and then use those ECBs to purchase the other items. This will give you the lowest out of pocket cost.

However, you may want to make one large purchase with cash and bank the ECBs for deals in the future.

I hope this helps!


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