Dec 31 2007

CVS deals for January


When I was in CVS yesterday (burning all my extra care bucks!), I asked the store manager if the January extra care booklet was out yet. It was, but the prices aren’t valid yet (gotta wait until Jan. 1).

He gave me a booklet, and I’m going to list a few of the better-looking monthly deals:

CVS toothbrush with tongue cleaner — pay $2.99, get $2.99 in ECB back. Limit 2.

I don’t know how long this sale is going on (either three days, or all week? anyone know?) but CVS-brand products are buy one, get the second half off. So, perhaps you could buy two toothbrushes, spend about $4.49 out of pocket, and get $5.98 in ECB back. Let me know if this works, anyone!

-Assorted Reach toothbrushes will earn $1 ECB, limit 2.

Dial complete foaming hand soap 3-pack $6.99, get $2 ECB (I tried to find some online printable coupon for these, but had no luck). I like the foaming soaps because when they run low, you can add water to them and really extend the life of them. At about $2.33 each, it’s not bad, but not a good deal if you don’t need soap. Limit 5 (though who in the world needs 15 foaming soaps?)

Johnson’s “softlotion” with “softwash” (so, 11-14 oz of lotion, 12 oz. of softwash. It looks like a bundled package) $5.97, get $2 ECB. $1 off printable coupon here. Limit 5.

If you need toothbrushes, lotion and bodywash, you could get the two CVS toothbrushes (for either $5.99 or $4.48 total, not sure); and the Johnson’s softlotion for $4.97 with your printable coupon.

That puts your total at $10.95 or $9.45, depending on how the toothbrush deal will go.

If the toothbrushes make your total $9.45, you’ll need an extra .55 purchase so you can use $2 off $10 purchase coupon. Grab a candy bar or something.

Out of pocket, you’ll spend about $8. You’ll get $7.98 in extra care bucks back, good on your next purchase. Don’t forget to give the cashier your extra care card before or during the transaction! You won’t get these deals without it.

Remember, it’s only a good deal if you actually need these products!

What other deals at CVS have you discovered for the month?

Update: I just saw that Angie has posted a quick primer on how to do CVS. It’s concise and tells you everything you need to know! She regularly showcases some great deals, so you’ll want to subscribe to her blog for sure.

Dec 30 2007

Buh-bye, extra care bucks!


I just burned all $9.97 of my CVS extra care bucks. As in, I spent them all without getting extra care bucks back.

I’m totally fine with that.

My husband and I were in CVS today, there to buy a few items we needed. I was out of vitamins, he wanted some mints, I wanted a newspaper, and baby oil (side note: who knew that baby oil, when applied post-shower but before drying off can be such a great moisturizer? Oh, my mother-in-law did. Good tip!).

I bought CVS brand multivitamins for $5.99. This week, CVS brand items are buy one, get one 50 percent off. So, I bought two bottles that should last four months.  In case you’re curious, I buy the children’s chewable kind. I don’t like swallowing pills, and I like the taste of the chewables. Win-win.

I didn’t have a $2 off $10 coupon with me, but it wasn’t worth the drive home to print one off.

Out of pocket, I spent about $5. No more extra care bucks for me.

But ya know what? I’m a-OK with that.

I didn’t need any of the products that generate extra care bucks this week (and there aren’t many). I didn’t want to buy a product simply so I could get the ECBs.

However, I DID need to buy some products for our home. It made sense to just go ahead and get them, saving about $10 off my total order thanks to the ECB.

I just want my CVS-ing to work for me, ya know?

I’ll likely still go to CVS, but probably not each week now. We have a well-stocked supply bin, and we won’t be running out of essentials any time soon. I’ll gradually stock it as needed, but working the deals in October was essentially all I needed to do to get a good start on my toiletry supplies.

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