There’s plenty of ways to earn Extra Care Bucks at CVS this week. Check out The Centsible Sawyer for all the details, including other shopper’s purchases and scenarios.
I kept it really simple this week. On the back of this week’s ad, I saw that when you buy $20 worth of Charmin 12 roll (double rolls) $5.99, Basic Bounty paper towels 8-count $5.49, or certain types of batteries, you get $10 extra care bucks.
There are a few $0.25 off coupons out there for the Charmin and Bounty. I didn’t have any.
In the past, I would have been reluctant to do a deal of this kind, since you have to spend $20+ to get $10 back. Normally, I like to avoid paying out of pocket at all.
But these days, I’m stocking up on toiletries so I won’t have to worry about it next winter when I have an infant to care for.
I bought three packs of toilet paper and a pack of paper towels. That total came to $23.46. Oh, and I also bought one of the monthly deals, a bottle of Huggies baby body wash ($3.49 regular price, had $1 off coupon from today’s paper, and earned $2 ECB back).
I had about $9 in ECB from a previous trip, and my out of pocket total was $16.97.
I earned $12 ECB ($10 from the toilet paper/paper towels deal; $2 from body wash).
If you’re low on TP and have some ECBs to burn, consider stocking up. When I consider the price per roll of toilet paper, I tend to calculate the “single roll” price. The TP I bought today was technically “double rolls” (though really, I should calculate how many squares are in each package to be sure…but that would take awhile).
If you bought four packs of TP and had no coupons or ECBs, you’d pay $23.96 out of pocket plus tax. That would be 48 double rolls, or the equivalent (or so) of 96 single rolls. That’s about $0.249 cents per roll (not a bad price), and when you consider that you get $10 ECB back, it becomes an even better deal.
Since you did have to cough up $23.96 initially, I wouldn’t go so far as to say the $10 earned ECBs made it like you were spending $13.96, thus making it about $0.14 per single roll. Instead, I prefer to calculate the $10 ECB savings on my next CVS purchase, since that’s when I actually get that benefit. I hope that makes sense.
I’m transferring my prenatal vitamins prescription to Rite Aid, where I should get a $30 store gift card. The coupon for that has been in several recent store ads, including this week’s.
Once I get that, I’ll get some Crest Pro Night rinse (or toothpaste) which is $2.99 this week (I think) but free after single-check rebate. I guess with the gift card and rebate, it’s double-free. Heh.