CVS 101

Okay I am not really prepared to teach anyone about CVSing.  But I can easily show you were I learned it and give you a few of my own tips from my experience so far.  With only having made 2 trips so far I am still learning.

So to start an ECB is an Extra Care Buck.  First you must have the store savings card to get the deals.  With that there are certain items that you can get money back on.  They ECBs print at the bottom of your receipt. 

Here is a page from this weeks ad.  Notice the Speed Stick in the lower right hand corner.  You pay 3.99 but get 3.99 in ECB back.  (limit 5)  This is a deal I will take advantage of this week.  My total will be 19.95 plus tax.  I have a CVS coupon for 4 dollars off 20 dollars.  You can find these to print here (this is also where I learned CVSing myself).  Every week Crystal posts all the best deals.  So back to the deal-21.24 after tax + use the 4/20 coupon=17.24 out of pocket(oop).  Then you get 19.95 back ECB on the bottom of your receipt.  You made 2.71 on the purchase!

You will have oop when you first start but after you build up your ECB amount you will use those toward future purchases.  Not all the deals are always really good but I figure how much it would be with out the deal at Wal Mart because that is where I shopped for these things before.  If I am saving money even a little it is a good deal!  I am not trying to get everything for free, just at discount. 

My biggest tip is be organized.  Take a calculator to figure you cost before you get to check out because sometimes you need to pick up fillers (like candy bars or something cheap) to bring your price close to a whole number.  Also have all of your coupons you are using ready.

Sometimes you may end up doing separate transactions to get the best deals; have everything together for each one so that it is easy for the cashier.  The last thing you want is a frustrated cashier because if you plan on going back frequently she will eventually remember you!

Check out Crystal’s tips here for a better explanation of how to CVS.  Also check out Hot Coupon World for CVS tips and many other stores!  (If you join HCW my ID is picchick)

My biggest piece of advice is “Don’t get stingy!”  Lots of people get several cards even though we are only supposed to have one store card.  that way they can get more deals and even make money on lots of things.  I only get things I will use!  Stockpiling is great but I feel like you can get out of control.  Don’t clutter your life with “Stuff” just because it is cheap!

Does this help???  Feel free to ask away if I can’t answer your question I will try to help find the answer somewhere else.


3 Responses

  1. Thanks. I guess maybe I wasn’t the only one asking for help. There’s a CVS right around the corner. I’m definitely gonna have to try it at least once and see how I do.

  2. I’m going today and get a card. Thanks for the information.

  3. I hope I helped. Good luck! Let me know how it goes.

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