More Free Stuff at CVS – August 9-11

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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 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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  1. Chapsticks and CVS brand Allergy med on clearance 75% off so those are great ways to bump up yor total. Also ask about rapid refill at pharmacy and get a coupon book worth 20 off purchases at cvs.

  2. I don't understand…how would you get your ECB back from buying the candy bar, herbal essence, bread, etc.?

    Excuse me, I'm new to this. haha. Thanks!

  3. I think the second go round of ECBs only worked up until Saturday night, because it was last weeks ad. It won't work Sun, Mon or Tues.

  4. These are sale prices that start today, per my ad dated 8/9-8/11. I'm wondering if CVS is starting to mix up their regional sales?

  5. Sometimes I think I've got it, then I see what you guys have done and feel like I am back at square one. boo hoo. 😉 I can't wait until I get to the point that all of this is second nature. I still spend hours trying to figure out what is a good deal and what isn't. It is inspiring though. I just this week saw many multiple transactions in one trip. Will definitely have to do that. I've got a CVS EB $10 burning a hole in my pocket, expires 8/16.

  6. The CVS in my area has candy bars 2 for $1 and I have coupons for $1 off of 2, which makes them free. Plus if you buy $15 worth you get $5 EB. So, what I am planning on doing is getting 16 candy bars and the make up and using my $10 EB from last time. Then I will get $14.99 EB back. Still working on my second transaction. Might include bandaids, neosporin and Nexus products. 🙂

  7. Here's my deal from last night.

    Bought one Revlon mineral mousse foundation, wrong color because they only had 2 in stock and they said I could exchange later if I brought the receipt-I didn't want to miss the deal. Used a $1 off coupon.

    Bought 10 regular size Snickers and 6 regular size Twix on sale 2/$1. Used $1/2 coupon which made them free.

    Had a $10 EB to use so I bought 4 $.33 caramels to bump up my pre tax total to $10 so I could use the EB. The caramels came in handy later removing one of my daughter's loose tooth!

    Ended up spending $1.15 and have $9.99 to use toward next purchase. I have 6 more candy bar coupons so I will go back and buy 14 more candy bars to get the $5 EB for buying $15 worth of candy bars. I miscounted last night. So I should get all that around $1 for the two candy bars and tax.

    All in all will have $14.99 EB's to use. Still working on the Nexxus products to get the $10 EB. I think their combs and travel brushes were the cheapest things available and they didn't have too many of those.

    Thanks for the ideas on things to buy, that REALLY helps me. Sometimes I just don't see the things you point out, then they become so obvious.