The goal of this CVS challenge is to come up with up to 3 scenarios where the total spent out of pocket is $5, while still growing your ECB’s. I’m going to assume that you start out with zero ECB’s to start with, or it makes it too difficult for others to follow. If you do have ECB’s to start, you can reduce your OOP to almost zero.
For more information on the abbreviations used in this post, please see my Coupons 101 article. For more information about shopping at CVS, visit my CVS 101 article. For additional scenarios, please visit Deal Seeking Mom, Money Saving Mom, Keeping the Kingdom First, and Saving Cents with Sense.
Transaction #1 – Week-long Deals
Total after Coupons: $1.88
ECB’s Earned: $1.89
Transaction #2 – Sun-Tues Deals
Buy Colgate Total Advanced toothpaste $2.88 – Sun-Tues deal
Buy Palmolive dish detergent $0.88 – Sun-Tues deal
Use $1.00 Colgate printable QP or from 7/12 S
Use $0.25 Palmolive QP from 7/26 S
Use $1.89 ECB’s from previous transaction
Total after Coupons: $0.62
ECB’s Earned: $2.00
Transaction #3 – Sun-Tues Deals
Buy Pilot Easytouch Pen 2 Pk $0.99*
Buy Swingline Tot Stapler or Caliber Sticky Notes 2 pk $0.99*
Buy Caliber 100 Page Composition Books $0.99*
Use $2.00 ECB’s from previous transaction
Total after Coupons: $0.97
ECB’s Earned: $2.97
Total OOP: $3.47
ECB’s Left: $2.97
*Other school supplies deals can be substituted. They are also a limit of 2, if you want 2 of the same item.
CVS Erasers, Push Pins or Binder Clips $0.99 – earn $0.99 ECB’s
Caliber Pencil or Index Card Case $0.99 – earn $0.99 ECB’s
Other Good Deals
Arm & Hammer Laundry Detergent 32 loads 2/$6.99 (limit 3)
Use (2) $1.00 printable QP – must register and I could only print in IE (not FF)
Get $2.00 ECB’s when you buy 2
Total after Coupons and ECB’s: 2/$2.99
For more CVS deals, check out this post.