I tried the CVS/ECB shopping a while ago, but got frustrated and gave up. The store nearest me never seemed to have the sale items in stock. One week I went back three times because they said that a truck was bringing more, but the items were not on the shelves until the sale was over. What good is it to try to collect ECBs when all the items are out of stock?
Two things happened to make me want to try again. Last month the CVS moved into a brand new building, and I received a $5 certificate for filling out a survey. So, I checked Money Saving Mom’s list of deals, printed some coupons and headed off. I bought 3 different products. Here’s the breakdown:
- 1 24 count of Zantac priced at $9.99 on sale for $8.99, subtract a $5 coupon to make it $3.99, and get $3.oo in ECBs to equal $.99.
- 1 4.2 oz Crest Pro Toothpaste priced at $3.89 on sale for $2.99, subtract a $1 coupon to make it $1.99, and get $2.00 in ECBs to equal free.
- 2 boxes of Honey Bunches of Oats that would total $9.58 but they were buy1get1free that made them $4.79, minus a $2.00 coupon to equal $2.79.
While typing this up I realized that she did not use one of my coupons. But she did take it. Oh man. I really stink at this. I should not have had to pay her $8.79 since I used my $5.00 certificate.
I have $5.00 in Extra Care Bucks for next time. What do you seasoned CVSers think? Did I do bad? good? or just okay? Any tips for next time? Besides making sure she scans all my coupons? Yoy!