My CVS Trip – 4/19

Here’s my CVS trip:

Spent: $69.68 ($4.43 on gift card and $65.25 ECBs)
Saved: $214.89
Earned: $54.89 in ECBs

So everything “cost” me $14.79 in ECBs and gift card monies – just a little more than what I would have paid in the pre-coupon days for two packages of Children’s Zyrtec!

I had to do this in a couple of transactions because I had a $4/$20 Beauty Products CVS coupon (emailed to me) and a $10/$50 CVS CRT that printed at the scanner (you are not permitted to use two CVS $X/$X coupons in the same transaction). I also didn’t have had enough ECBs to cover everything in one transaction, and most of the stores I visited did not have the Bayer aspirin in stock yet.

Aveeno Positively Ageless Sunscreen (7) – $1.14 each
Price: $9.00 each
Coupon: $10/3 and $5/2 printable coupons and $10/$50 CVS CRT (scanned card when I entered the store)


Aveeno Moisturizing Bars (5) – $0.99 each
Price: $2.99 each
Coupon: Five $2.00/1 – printable coupons found here (click “go now”) and
Promo: Buy $25 worth of Aveeno, get $10 ECBs
Earned: $30 ECBs
Limit 3 (newspaper ad states the limit is 1, but I can confirm that $75 worth of Aveeno will generate $30 ECBs)

TRESemme (6) – FREE after coupons and ECBs
Price: 3/$10
Coupon: Six $1.00 – printable coupons + $4.00/$20 Beauty products CVS Coupon emailed to customers (expired 4/19)
Earned: $10 ECBs
Promo: Purchase $10 of TRESemme, get $5 ECBs – Limit 2
You might have to adjust your print preferences to get this coupon to print correctly – e.g. landscape format and/or reduce the size of the image. There is no coupon printing limit.

Gas-X Chewables 18 ct (4) – $0.44/each
Price: $5.69 each
Coupon: Four $1.50 printable coupons AND $5.00/2 Gas-X CVS CRT
Earned: $10 ECBs
Promo: Purchase $20 worth of Benefiber, Gas-X or Maalox, get $10 ECBs – Limit 5
You can also do this deal with Maalox and use the $3/2 or $1.50/1 coupons from 2/22 SS and 3/8 SS for less out-of-pocket

Edge Shave Gel – FREE after ECBs
Price: $2.89 each
Earned: $2.89
Promo: Buy 1 Edge Shave Gel, get $2.89 ECBs – Limit 1

Bayer Aspirin Quick Release Crystals 4 ct (1) – profit of $1.50
Price: $2.00 each
Coupon: $1.50/1 Bayer Aspirin – peelie found on box
Earned: $2.00 ECBs
Promo: Buy 1 Bayer Aspirin Quick Release Crystals, get $2.00 ECBs – Limit 1

Viva Paper Towels (2) – $0.72 each
Price: $1.72 each (on clearance)
Coupon: $1.00/2 Viva mailer & $1.00/2 Viva CVS CRT

Children’s Zyrtec (2) – $3.99 each
Price: $6.99 each
Coupon: Two $3.00/1 Child Zyrtec CVS CRTs

Kleenex Lotion 65 ct (1) – profit of $0.56
Price: $0.99
Coupons: $1.00/1 Kleenex CVS CRT and $0.55/1 Kleenex Madre y Mujer mailer

Lifesavers (2) – $0.75 each
Price: 2/$3
Coupon: $1.50/2 Bags of Lifesavers CVS CRT

Programmable Message Clock* – $1.99
Price: $19.99 on clearance at 90% off
* I thought this might be a fun way for my preschooler to learn to read new words. I can program up to four messages and it comes with several pre-programmed messages.

Flameless Cinnamon Scented Candle – $0.99
Price: $9.99 on clearance at 90% off

Be sure to scan your card on Monday if you can because I’ve read several people are getting $X/$X coupons.

I also received a CVS CRT for $5.00 off Physician’s Formula cosmetics, but didn’t use it because I didn’t have the $1.00 or $2.00 manufacturer coupons with me.

Physician’s Formula is 40% off this week at CVS, so if you have the CRT and the manufacturer coupon, you could get some of the lower priced cosmetics for cheap, free or even at a profit!

There’s also a Try-Me-Free rebate on Physician’s Formula Mineral Wear, so if you find one of the peelies at CVS or Walgreens, it could potentially be a large moneymaker!

Check out Rachel’s additional CVS deals at Surviving the Stores.

3 Responses to “My CVS Trip – 4/19”

  1. April 20th, 2009 at 6:02 am

    Jen L. says:

    CVS is one of the best stores out there for savings. The ECBs and their store coupons alone make it worth it to shop there as much as possible! I once had an order than rang up to $91 total, but after manufacuter’s and store coupons and ECBs, I ended up spending $1.98!

    Jen L.’s last blog post..Comfort Food Saturday: Spinach Balls

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  2. April 21st, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    Angie says:

    I went to CVS to redeem the Tresemme deal. I purchased 6 bottle to get the $10 extra bucks. The cashier said I could only use ONE of the $1/1 because they all had the same code number. It was still a good deal, because I got a couple of bottles with 25% more (40 oz instead of 32 oz).

    The cashier thought I copied the coupons. What is the policy with CVS regarding these types of coupons?


    Hi Angie –
    I’m sorry to hear the cashier would not let you use more than one of the coupons. In cases like that (I’ve had that issue at one Target store), I will tell the cashier that I only want one bottle and then get the rest at another store (or do one or two per day), OR I will void the entire transaction and go elsewhere. Not everyone has multiple CVS stores though, so I know this isn’t possible for everyone. The nice thing about ECBs is you can do a promotion in multiple transactions, so you’re not obligated to buy all the products at one time. It would just depend if the store is convenient for you to return again.

    I have been to one CVS store that told me I could not use more than three of the same coupon, but otherwise haven’t had any issues using any type of coupons at CVS stores.

    The TRESemme coupon is linked from the Marie Claire site so it should be legit:, but I can see how a cashier might think it’s copied.


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  3. April 21st, 2009 at 10:06 pm

    Charlene says:

    I miss my CVS stores! The nearest one to where I am right now is about 50 miles; where I live when I’m in Georgia we have at least 7 or 8 within close driving distance. That’s one of the things I look forward to when I come back to “civilzation”, lol!

    Charlene’s last blog post..Mission Possible, 4/19-4/25

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