Tuesday, August 24, 2010

"Making Money" While Shopping At CVS

When taking advantage of CVS sales, extra buck deals and available coupons there are times when a shopper can make money.  Technically, the shopper does not make "U.S. currency" but "CVS currency" in the way of extra bucks.  A CVS shopper can come home with more in extra bucks than they spent in either extra bucks or cash. 

One of the "tricks" of CVS shopping is combining CVS coupons, manufacturer coupons and extra
buck deals in the same transaction.  CVS allows the use of one manufacturer coupon and one CVS coupon per item purchased.  At times there may be an extra buck deal on an item received free with a manufacturer coupon.  They also allow a dollar of total dollar amount purchased CVS coupon to used on the total order (like a $5 off $30).  So there are a lot of opportunities to "increase" your extra bucks at CVS.

CVS coupons are sometimes found in tear pads or brochures in the store, in direct mailings to your home, at the bottom of store receipts just like their Extra Bucks coupons, on packages, and in magazines. There is a magazine sold at CVS called "Reinventing Beauty" which always has a couple dozen great coupons that often go along with deals available before they expire.  The magazine sells for $.99.  At times there are stacks of the coupon inserts from these magazines available without purchasing the magazine.  Many stores also have a self scanner where a customer can scan their CVS extra care card and receive coupons.

By slowly increasing spending power at CVS a shopper then can use some of their extra bucks for items they need or sale items that do not give extra bucks back and take home things for free even without a coupon or extra buck deal.  A lot of CVSers purchase milk and eggs like this to make their grocery budget stretch further.  I have also read of savvy shoppers "building" their extra bucks quite high near the end of the year and using them for Christmas shopping.  The possibilities are many.

Here are some examples from two of my CVS shopping trips (check out these previous CVS money making deals):

I purchased the following at these sale prices:

Bayer Contour Meter ($14.99 earn $5.00 in extra bucks)
Kleenex Facial Tissue ($.97)
Colgate Total Tothpaste ($3.99 earn $3.99 in extra bucks)
Gold Emblem Almonds ($.99)

I used the following coupons totaling $20.99:

Manufacturer coupons:
$1 Colgate
$14.99 Monitor (coupon was good up to $30 on purchase of 1)

CVS Coupons:
$1 Any Gold Emblem Almonds
$4 on any $20 purchase email coupon

I paid with $1.14 on a gift card used no extra bucks.

I received two extra bucks:  $5.00 and $3.99 so I "earned" $7.85 in this trip and brought home 4 items free.

I purchased the following at non-sale prices: 

2 -- Stayfree ($3.79 each--receive $2 extra bucks each)
2 -- Carefree ($3.99 each--receive $2 extra bucks each)
1 -- Gold Emblem Almonds ($.99)

I used the following coupons totaling $12.78:

Manufacturer coupons:
$3.79 Stayfree (buy one get one free)
$3.99 Carefree (buy one get one free)

CVS Coupons:
$1 Gold Emblem Almonds
$4/2 Stayfree

I paid $1.15 and used a $3.99 extra buck.

I received an $8 extra buck ($2 for each package of Stayfree and Carefree) so I "earned" $2.86 and brought home 5 free items from my CVS deal shopping.

Watch the weekly CVS deal posts here at Simply CVS for coupon match-ups and extra buck deal listings and you, too, will have times when you are actually "paid" to shop.

Disclosure: Links in this post may be Simply CVS affiliate partners or personal referrals.


Anonymous said...

I love your site, but I would like a detail listing of where you find your coupons. If possible will you please let us know where you find each coupon and how you earn CVS gift cards online.

Anonymous said...

Where do you earn CVS giftcards online?

Cheryl @ Simply Shoeboxes said...

There is a tab in the top right corner of this page that says: Earn Gift Cards Online--it takes you to this post:

Each coupon I use in my weekly shopping posts is listed in the current deals lists and there it tells where you can find them. If I use an unusual coupon I try to remember to list them. Also, in the CVS 101 tab below the Simply CVS banner there is a section in that post that talks about finding coupons. I do have a series of posts I am working on for how to find coupons. Maybe it would be helpful. If these do not answer your question, please ask again.

Cheryl @ Simply Shoeboxes said...

I edited this post to include the link to the post about gift cards--I had overlooked that when I did it.

Amanda said...

How often does the Reinventing Beauty Magazine come out?

Cheryl @ Simply Shoeboxes said...

Quarterly, Amanda.

Jubilee said...

Hi Cheryl,

I closed then reopened the page but still dont' see the tab to Earn Gift Cards.

Cheryl @ Simply Shoeboxes said...

oops, Julie, I took that off. I actually took the page off the blog. I'll change this post and then I will put it up as a new post today so you can see it. sorry about that.

Anonymous said...

Hi, Cheryl.

Could you please repost your page on how to earn CVS gift cards? It sounded interesting.


Cheryl @ Simply Shoeboxes said...

Hi, Holly, good idea, I'll do that soon, but meanwhile you can find it here:


Anonymous said...

Thanks, Cheryl.

Cheryl @ Simply Shoeboxes said...

You are very welcome.