Friday, August 29, 2008

Start CVSing

I've had quite a few people ask me how to get started on CVS, what's the best way. Here are some easy ways to get you started this weekend. First sign up for your Extra Care Card at CVS. Carry this with you at all times. Scan it when you walk into the store at the price checker, coupons will print out of the side of it (if you don't coupons may print out at the register, but they aren't always the same).
Out of pocket, better known as OOP, is the amount of money you actually spend on each transaction. The goal is to have very little OOP and to get back as many Extra Care Bucks, ECBs, as you can. When starting out you can pay for each item or a few items at a time, usually referred to as a scenario. This can be a little daunting at first, but once you get the hang of it, it's not so bad.
CVS has two fliers out at all times. One is their weekly flier and one is their monthly one. It's very frustrating following some scenarios when you first start because you don't have the coupons that you need. You haven't started to collect them yet. It may take a few months to get on track, but once you do you'll get even better bargains.
For August the only deal we are going to talk about is the one for Children's or infant's Advil (grab a monthly book and weekly flier on your way in the store). In my area they still had the Advil on the shelf, but you will find that the good deals do go fast. The price with your CVS Card (ALWAYS hand your card to the cashier first or it will be much harder to check your transaction) is $5.79 click here to get a $1.00 off coupon. You can hit the back button on your browser to get a second coupon to print. This deal says limit one, but it really is limit 2.
To have the smallest OOP pay for 1 Advil first.
$5.79 -$1.00 coupon = $4.49 OOP. You will get back $5.79 in ECBs. You did it!! On your first transaction, CVS paid you $1.00 to take home Children's Advil. Pretty easy right? Now you'd think you could just do the same with the second bottle, but that won't work. You now have too many ECBs to do that and you would lose money. So here are your options.

1. If you go Friday or Saturday get the Zipfizz energy mix. The cost is $5.99 and you get $5.99 back in ECBs. The limit is 2, so get 2. You can pay for 1 zipfizz & use your $5.79 in ECBs and have a low OOP, $ .20. Then do it again and use the $5.99 you just got and the 2nd zipfizz will be free. Now you have $5.99 in ECBs. Get a box of Playtex gentle glide tampons and pay for that and the 2nd bottle of Children's Advil. That will be $4.79 + $4.99 = $9.78. If you happen to have the Playtex coupon use it and your total will be even less. Now use your $5.99 ECB. $9.78-$5.99 = $3.79 (+ tax). You will get $5.79 for the Advil and $3.00 for the Playtex in ECBs.
So for ($4.49 + $3.79 + $ .20) $8.48 (+tax) you got:
Children's Advil
Children's Advil
Zipfizz drink mix
Zipfizz drink mix
Playtex tampons
and $8.79 in ECBs for next week.

2. If you go Sunday get the Cover Girl wet slicks. If you get the paper there should be a $1.00 off coupon, so based on that your transaction will be $5.99 -$1.00 = $4.99. Get the Colgate Total Advanced or Max Fresh for $2.99 (if you have a coupon for this use it for a better deal).
So $4.99 + $2.99 = $7.98. Use $5.79 in ECBs and pay $2.19 (+tax) OOP. You'll get $5.99 + $2.00 in ECBs. Now pay for your 2nd Advil (don't forget your coupon) and another toothpaste. $4.79 + $2.99 = $7.78. Use your $5.99 ECB. $7.78 - $5.99 = $1.79 (+tax). You'll get $5.79 + $2.00 in ECBs. I know I'm exhausted too, but here is what you got for $ 8.47 (+tax):
Children's Advil
Children's Advil
Cover Girl wet slicks
Colgate toothpaste
Colgate toothpaste
and $9.79 in ECBs for next week.
If they don't have the Advil just start with the weekly deal and go from there. If you have any questions e-mail me!

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