CVS Scenarios for the week of 8/2

The coupon match-ups for the weekly deals are here.

If you are new to shopping at CVS and would like some tips, check out this article here.

The following scenarios are for people who are new to shopping at CVS and have few (or no) ECBs to start with. These scenarios will only work through Tuesday: (these are just ideas….you do not have to follow this exact order and you can skip some items if you do not need them or don’t have the coupons that match up with them) – there are LOTS of other great scenarios this week because there are so many great deals. If you would like to share your scenarios this week, please feel free to link up to your blog post (please link to the actual CVS posting) below!

**NOTE: From what I have read online, the ads were difference in California and Nevada and many of these deals were missing, so check your ad to make sure these deals are included.

The following scenarios are valid Sunday/Monday/Tuesday: spend $3.01 OOP for $10.95 in merchandise, $4 ECB left to “roll”

Transaction #1:
Buy 1 Caliber or It’s Academic 5″ pointed or blunt tip scissors – $2.99

Spend $2.99, get a $2.99 ECB

Transaction #2:
Buy 2 Caliber/CVS Pharmacy 1 subject notebooks – $.99/each
Buy 1 Caliber/CVS Pharmacy ball point pens – $.99/each

Use $2.99 ECB from scissors (they will have to adjust it down to $2.97)

Spend $0 OOP, get $2.97 in ECBs

**You can continue to “roll” your ECBs into buying $.99 items

Transaction #3:
Buy Softsoap Nutri Serums – $4.99

Use $2/1 Softsoap printable
Use $2.97 in ECBs from previous purchase

Spend $.02 OOP, earn a $4 ECB

The following scenario will work all week:

Transaction #1:
Buy 2 Stayfree pads – $5/each

Use $1/1 Stayfree printable (YMMV on being able to use this with the BOGO free coupon)
Use BOGO free Stayfree coupon

Spend $4 OOP (if you use the BOGO free coupon), get a $5 ECB (or spend $5 OOP, get a $5 ECB if you can’t use the $1 coupon)

If you don’t want/need the Stayfree, you could also do this scenario:

Buy 2 Tylenol – $4/each
Buy 1 Listerine – $3/each

Use 2 $2 Tylenol coupons
Use 1 $2 Listerine coupon

Spend $5 OOP, get a $5 ECB

Transaction #2:
Buy 1 Blink tears – $7.99

Use $3 manufacturer’s coupon
Use $5 ECB from Stayfree (they will have to adjust it down to $4.99)

Spend $0 OOP, get a $7.99 ECB

Scenarios if you have a $4/20 coupon (don’t forget to scan your card at the scanners in the store and also to register your card at

Buy 2 Stayfree – $5/each
Buy 1 Blink tears – $7.99
Buy 1 milk – $2.69 (if this is working in your area)

Use BOGO Stayfree coupon
Use $3 Blink coupon
Use $1 Stayfree coupon (if your store allows)
Use $4/20 CVS coupon

Total before coupons = $20.68
Total after coupons = $7.68

Spend $7.68 OOP, get a $5 ECB (Stayfree), $7.99 ECB (Blink), $1 ECB (milk)

**If your area doesn’t have the milk deal, you can substitute 1 Band Aid ($2.99, use .50 coupon)….you will pay $7.48 OOP and get the same amount of ECBs listed above)

If you have a $5/30:
Buy 2 Stayfree – $5/each
Buy 1 Blink tears – $7.99
Buy 1 Gillette Venus – $8.99
Buy 1 Band Aid – $2.99
Buy 1 small candy or filler item (.50) – if you have your “FREE” CVS item CRT already, use this as your filler!

Use BOGO free Stayfree coupon
Use $1 Stayfree coupon
Use $3 Blink coupon
Use $2 Gillette coupon
use .50 Band Aid coupon
Use $5/30 CVS coupon

Total before coupons = $30.47
Total after coupons = $13.97

Spend $13.97 OOP, earn $5 Stayfree ECB, $7.99 Blink ECB, $1 Band Aid ECB, $3 Gillette ECB

Other potential scenarios:
Buy 5 Electrasol – $4.50/each

Use 5 $2.50/1 coupons

Spend $10 OOP, earn a $10 ECB

My Scenarios: (**I did the “Blink” deal early)

Transaction #1:
Buy 2 pocket poly portfolios – $.49/each
Buy 1 Caliber/CVS wooden pencils (10 ct) – $.99/each
Buy 1 Caliber/CVS pens (20 ct) – $.99/each
Buy 1 Caliber/CVS sticky notes (2 pk) – $.99/each
Buy 1 Caliber/CVS glue stick (3 ct) – $.99/each
Buy 2 Caliber scissors – $2.99
Buy 2 Caliber/CVS 1 subject notebooks – $.99/each

Spend $12.90 OOP (pay w/ ECBs), earn $12.90 in ECBs

Transaction #2:
Buy Softsoap Nutri Serum – $4.99

Use $2 IP
Use $2.99 ECB from scissors

Spend $0 OOP, get a $4 ECB

Transaction #3:
Buy 2 Pampers – $10/each

Use $3 Pampers coupon (from home mailer)
Use $2 Pampers coupon (from P&G Year of Savings)

Spend $15 OOP (pay w/ $5 ECB and $10 gift card), earn $5 ECB

**I will also probably buy a milk at some point during the week which will be the 5th milk I need toward earning a free milk coupon!

Frequently asked questions:

Do you really do multiple transactions at your stores?

I usually have $20-30 ECB on hand, so I don’t have to break up my transactions as much as I did when I first started, but when I was getting started, I would do multiple small transactions and even now sometimes if I am doing several deals, I have to break things up. If you are doing multiple transactions, I recommend that you let the cashier know up front that is what you are planning to do. If there are several people in line, let them go in between your transactions. This gives you time to clip your ECBs and get prepared for your next transaction.

My store was out of all the freebie items first thing this morning. Can I get a raincheck?

This all depends on your store. I have contacted corporate about this before because some stores in my area give rainchecks and others won’t. According to corporate, this is up to the individual stores.

I bought the wrong item or I bought the RIGHT item and my ECB didn’t print. What can I do?

If you bought the right item, show the store clerk your ad and your receipt. They should be able to manually print your ECB at the store. If they don’t know how, you can call customer service and they can add one to your account that will print within 48 hours (you have to wait 48 hours from your purchase time to do this so they can “see” your transaction in their computer).

If you bought the wrong item and didn’t receive ECBs, you can do a return and purchase the correct item. If you paid using ECBs, they will have to give you money on a gift card.