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More Free Stuff at CVS – August 9-11

Posted By Jessica Fisher On August 8, 2009 @ 4:21 pm In Budget Living | 8 Comments

CVS is just killing me with these three day sales. Oh my! No more free school supplies, but there is a load more of freebies this week. If you haven’t jumped on the CVS bandwagon, this is a great week to start.

Here’s a primer to help you get started with the CVS 3 Day Sale that runs Sunday through Tuesday. You might want to go early as some stores may run out before the sale ends.

1. Go to CVS.

2. Sign up for an Extra Care card if you don’t already have one.

3. Pick up a weekly ad. Check the dates to make sure it’s the right one.

4. Look through the flyers for items that say “free after ECB’s” or those that give back ECBs. Are any of these items that you or someone in your family will use? If so, choose two to three items to start. When you get to the checkstand, make sure you use your Extra Care card and have them run it before they run the items. Don’t forget to double check the ad with the items to make sure you got the right brand, style, and size of the item on sale.

Purchase the following, after checking the ad for the correct price and variety:

Buy 1 Revlon ColorStay mineral mousse makeup for $9.99
Your total should be $9.99 + tax.

You will pay out $9.99(+tax), but receive back on your register receipt a coupon or “Extra Care Bucks” (ECBs) totalling $9.99.

You basically got your makeup for “free.” That was easy.

The ECBs are good for about a month’s time. Don’t lose them! Now, if you spend your ECBs wisely, you will continue to save money on your pharmacy purchases. If there are other items on sale that you need or will use eventually, purchase those. If you have manufacturers coupons, so much the better. Try to buy things that you have to have or items that generate more ECBs. This is called “rolling your ECBs.”

Now, you could do the following in a second transaction and really maximize on this 3-Day Sale:

Buy one King Size Hershey bar $1.49
Buy one Aussie or Herbal Essences hair care $2.99
Buy one loaf Sara Lee bread $2
Buy one gallon milk $2.29

Your subtotal will be $8.77, so buy another item so that you bump your total over $9.99. (Check the school supplies for some inexpensive options.)

Pay with the $9.99 in ECB coupons.
Pay any remaining amount + tax.
Get back another $7.48 in ECBs
(You got the milk for $1.29)
This means that after the two transactions, you’ve shelled out about $10 (+tax) out of pocket. You have 1 new makeup, a candy bar, a hair care item, a loaf of bread, a gallon of milk, and you still have $7.48 in ECBs to spend on future transactions, plus whatever cheap “filler” item you threw in. That is a great bargain! It took some time and some cash on hand, but you got those items for FREE!

It takes a little practice (and a lot of math) to get the swing of things, but after a few tries, you’ll be gathering all you need in toiletries, OTC meds, and other drugstore items for just pennies.

Money Saving Mom [5] regularly reports the weekly deals at CVS, so be sure to check out her site for other deals available this week.

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