How to Save BIG at CVS

I had a CVS store coupon ($10 off $50) that was expiring today so after my hubby came home from work and we ate dinner, I took a quick trip by myself to CVS.  I gotta say couponing with a 2 year old is not always easy, so I really appreciate the times I can slip out to shop without my son.

If you get either a percentage off or dollar off coupon for CVS, chances are you could save a lot of money if you make sure to use it.  Especially if you can stack it with other promotions.  I didn’t want to let mine expire and I hadn’t done my CVS big weekly trip yet so I figured tonight was the night!

Here’s what I purchased:

  • (2) Head and Shoulders
  • (3) Pantene
  • (2) Pampers
  • (1) Coke 2 Liter
  • (1) Colgate mouthwash
  • (1) Colgate toothpaste
  • (3) Nivea body washes

I got all 13 items above for $3.53 before tax!  After tax it was $7.85!

By combining sale prices (which immediately saved me $15.91), $16.50 worth of manufacturer coupons, $21.63 worth of CVS store coupons, $20 worth of CVS extra care bucks I received from last week’s purchase, and mobile rebates worth $1.60, I was able to save a total of $75.64 on today’s purchase.  Retail price before tax was $79.17, so that makes my percentage of savings 96%.  Amazing!

On top of that, I received $10 in CVS extra care bucks to use on my next purchase!  Icing on the cake!

A Couple CVS Tips from Frugal Mel:

  1. For the $10 off $50 coupon, I checked with the cashier and he informed me it was $50 before taking off coupons.  I was hesitant at first, but when we rang everything up my $10 off $50 coupon worked just fine even though my total after taking off all the other coupons was below $50.  I learned something new!
  2. Recently I’ve been trying to make sure that whatever I purchase, I feel like it’s a good deal even before I receive any extra bucks for it.  I know some couponers have a tendency to kind of count their savings via extra bucks twice: once when they are received and once when they are redeemed.  For me, I think of it this way…  the extra care bucks do me no good unless I use them for something.  I have let extra care bucks expire during some of my less organized couponing phases.  (Shameful, I know!)  So more recently I’ve been calculating them into my percentage savings when I use them and not when I receive them.

If you have any tips you want to share about CVS, feel free to comment or message me!

 

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