These prices should be good 04/08/2018 – 04/14/2018. Please, please, please check your local ad before you shop!!
I have tentatively dipped my toes back into the CVS game. One of my best friends used to say that necessities shouldn’t cost so dang much and I agree. This is one way to avoid paying full price for the things my family needs. Yes, it does take a little bit of time, but it is worth it in my opinion.
I need to start this out by saying, I started NOT to post this. I am not a couponing expert. Things always have a tendency to go sideways in my world and shopping with coupons and getting back Extra Care Bucks (ECB) make me nervous. How funny is that? With that being said, this might help some of you who literally NEED to get your toothpaste for free, so I am going to try my best to lay it out for you so that you can.
Here’s what I bought this weekend and what I paid.
$17.09 for EVERYTHING including tax
I actually shouldn’t have paid that amount, because I now have a total of $16.00 in ECB and a $10.00 CVS Cash Card that I got for purchasing the things I bought Sunday. Like I said earlier, things rarely go to plan, but having $26.00 to spend another time isn’t a bad thing, right?
A lot of this pricing depends on whether or not you use coupons. I always look for printable coupons, because they are easy. If you get the Sunday paper already, that makes it easy for you too. I picked up two papers this weekend at my Dollar Tree because they had them (most of the time they don’t) and they were $1.00 each.
I break my transactions down when I shop at CVS, that way I can see if I’m actually getting back the ECB that I’m actually supposed to be getting back. Sometimes there’s a glitch and it doesn’t work and they have to physically print them for you, so my advice is: always do small transactions.
Transaction #1: FREE Colgate toothpaste
When you go into CVS scan your card at the red box and it will give you a $2.50 CRT (this is a personal coupon that everyone should get this week), and then use this $0.50 printable coupon.
You will only pay tax. Mine was $0.16. Woohoo!
Transaction #2: CoverGirl Makeup
Ladies, some of us are not born with beautiful eyebrows. My daughter was and so was Hayden. They get it from their Daddy. My hair was white blonde when I was little; as my hair darkened, so did my brows – to an extent. I paid $4.79 each for the brow pencils, used a $6.00 on two CoverGirl products printable coupon (it’s no longer available, but some great Rimmel coupons are) I paid $4.09 for BOTH and this transaction gave me a $5.00 ECB!
Transaction #3: Physicians Formula Mascara
Physicians Formula this week is spend $10.00 get $7.00 in ECB. I bought mascara because Liv takes my makeup all the time, I used a $5.00 ECB I had and a $3.00 Beauty Club ECB and paid $2.10 and still got the $7.00 ECB for next time.
Transaction #4: Gliss Shampoo
Gliss Shampoo is spend $10.00 and get $4.00 ECB. I had a $4.00 off two coupon from the RedPlum in the newspaper and a $2.00 CVS coupon. I paid $4.42 out of pocket for both shampoos and got the $4.00 ECB for next time.
Transaction #5: Garnier Fructis and L’Oreal Elvive Shampoo and Conditioner
Also this week, CVS is running a spend $30.00 and get a $10.00 CVS Cash Card. I bought all of the shampoo you see above – Garnier is 2 for $7.00 and the Elvive is 2 for $8.00 which totaled $30.00. I had $11.00 in coupons from my beloved magazine pile that Denton hates and a $5.00 off $25.00 that CVS gave me earlier this week AND a $4.00 off $18.00 shampoo CRT from CVS and a $4.00 ECB. So. I paid $6.32 out of pocket for all of the shampoos and I got a $10.00 CVS Cash Card which will never expire! Yay!
Note: Some people in their newspapers got $4.00 off 2 Garnier shampoo coupons AND $4.00 off 2 L’Oreal shampoos which I didn’t get. Bummer. If you got them, that makes this a killer deal.
Also: When you scan your CVS card at the red box, don’t just scan it once. After it finishes, scan your card again. And again. And again, until it tells you that you have saved all you can save. You never know what that machine is going to give you.
After doing all of my transactions which took me 7 minutes total and I stepped out of line to let a teenager buy something so he wouldn’t have to wait, I actually paid $1.22 for each of the 14 items I bought on Sunday. Amazing. On top of that, CVS gave me another $26.00 to spend in the next couple of weeks. I love it.
Please let me know if you like this type of post. I don’t want to put it out there if you aren’t interested at all, so just let me know! Did you save a bundle at CVS this week? Don’t forget that these prices and deals are good through April 14th. There are a lot more deals to be had, this is just what my family needed. Check your flyer and see what you can save on this week.