Sunday, August 30, 2009

CVS Deals - Week of 8/30

There are some good deals at CVS this week! Who doesn't love $.99/gal. milk? Here are the best ones I saw:

Glade Fragrance Collection soy candle or scented oil reed diffuser @ $6.99, get $6.99 in ECB = FREE. Limit 1.
Use the $2 printable coupon here or $3 printable coupon here (if it doesn't show up at first, put in 45435 as the zip), and make a $2-3 profit!

Dean's milk @ $1.99, get $1 in ECB = $.99
Note: Milk deals vary a LOT in different parts of the country, so check your local store's ad to see if they are running this deal.

Bounce Dryer Bar @ $3.99, get 1 ECB = $2.99. Limit 2.
Use $2.50 coupon from Vocalpoint mailer and get it for $.49 after ECB.
If you're not familiar with Vocalpoint, check out my post here.

Clairol Loving Care hair color @ $4.99, get $2 ECB = $2.99.
Use $4 coupon from 8/2 P&G insert and make a $1 profit.

Gold Emblem Gummi Sharks or Cookie Dough Bites @ 2/$2, get $1 ECB when you buy 2. Limit 1.
I often get CVS coupons for $1 off 2 Gold Emblem candy items, so these would be free after the coupons and ECB.

Bayer Contour glucose meter @ $14.99, get $5 ECB.
Use $30 coupon from 2/1 or 3/22 inserts (note that this coupon will only take off the actual price of the item, $14.99, NOT $30). Get the meter for free and make a $5 profit in ECB!

Eggs @ $.99 (Note that prices on things like eggs often vary by region, so your store may be different.)

If you're new to CVS shopping, check out my post here, which explains the ECB system and how to get the most for your money there.

I went to CVS last night and took advantage of some of these deals. Some CVS stores actually start Sunday's ad the day before, so I often shop there on Saturday night, partly because it fits my schedule better and partly because it cuts down on the number of trips I make to the store. So, this trip includes some of this week's deals, plus some from last week. Here's what I ended up with:

1 Glade candle @ $6.99
2 gal. milk @ $1.99 each
2 Glade Sense & Sprays @ $5 each
2 Speedstick deodorant @ $2.49 each
1 package cotton swabs @ $2
5 pkgs. Nabisco cookies @ $1 each
6 Poise liners @ $2 each
4 Carefree liners @ $3.79 each
1 Clairol Loving Care @ $4.99
1 mega pack diapers @ $10.49

Total before coupons = $75.59
Minus $2 Glade candle printable coupon (see link above)
$4 Glade Sense & Spray from 8/23 insert
Free Glade warmer peelie (-$4.99)
(2) $1.50 Speedstick printable coupons (go to and put in 33907 as the zip)
(2) $1 on 2 Nabisco cookies (from a Kraft back-to-school booklet I found at Kmart)
(6) $2 Poise printable coupons (I don't think these exact coupons are still available)
$1 on 2 Carefree and (2) $1 off 1 Carefree printables
$4 Clairol hair color
$2 off $10 CVS brand purchase (for diapers and cotton swabs)
$1.50 Speedstick CVS store coupon
$2 Lady Speedstick CVS store coupon
(2) $1 off any Glade air freshener CVS store coupon
$5 off any $25 purchase (printable coupon available when you go to and
take a quiz about prescriptions and their ReadyFill program)

Post-coupon total = $28.10 + $2.36 in tax = $30.46

Paid with $29.89 in ECB and $.57 in cash. I got $34.15 back in ECB ($3 from Poise, $15.16 from Carefree, $6.99 from Glade candle, $2 from Clairol, $2 from Speedstick, $1 from milk, $1 from cookies, and $3 from Sense & Sprays). I think this is a pretty good example of my basic overall CVS strategy: Buy things we use when they're at the lowest possible price (even if we may not need it right then), and use any overage to get things we need immediately (milk and q-tips) or that I rarely find great deals on (like diapers). Sometimes this does mean buying things that I may not especially want (like Glade or hair dye), but I can give those things away, and they give me extra money that I can use toward things like diapers.

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