CVS Scenario for Beginners 3/11/12

9 Mar

This post is designed specifically for people ready to find out what couponing is all about.  People who want to get started, but really don’t know where to begin.  All the coupons needed below can be found in THIS WEEKS Sunday paper….3/11/12!!  Grab a double Sunday paper this week, they are $5, and you can get one at CVS Sunday morning, and if you look at the end of this post, you can use your Extra Care Bucks earned to pay for your newspaper!

Below is a list of a couple transactions in order.  Be sure to separate the transactions for maximum savings.  At CVS this is called “Rolling” Extra Care Bucks.   Don’t feel awkward approaching the counter and separating your transactions.  The cashiers deal with it all the time…trust me.  There are extreme couponers everywhere….so much so that I suggest you get up early on Sunday, grab your paper and try to be at CVS by the time it opens!  Check with your CVS, some will start their sales Saturday night.  If you wait too long…some things may be gone!!  CVS deals run from Sunday through Saturday.

Here is a little Coupon lingo you may need for this.
OOP – Out of Pocket (What you will pay at the register)
WYB – When you buy
ECB – Extra Care Bucks (Bucks that you will get back at the end of a transaction that can be used at CVS)
RP – That is the Red Plum insert in the newspaper
PG – Proctor and Gamble insert in the newspaper
SS – Smart Source insert in the newspaper

Transaction 1
Buy 1 Zyrtec 5 ct. $5.99
Use: $2/1 Zyrtec Product Printable Coupon HERE
Buy 1 Pedia Care Liquid 4oz or Infant Drops 2oz $5.99
Out Of Pocket (OOP) $9.98
Get back $10.99 in ECB
Final Price: FREE + $1.01 money maker

(You can skip the Pedia Care if you don’t want it…just know that your OOP on this transaction will change to $3.99…You will only get a $5.99 ECB, and it will change your OOP on transaction 3 to $5)

Transaction 2
Buy: 2 Colgate Optic White Toothpaste $7.98 ($3.99ea)
Use: (2) $1/1 Colgate coupon 03/11Smart Source (SS)
Buy: 2 Irish Spring deodorant  $3.50/ea (2/$7)
Use: (2) $1/1 Irish Spring deodorant coupon 03/11 SS
Total $10.98
Use $10.99 ECB
OOP $0.00
Get back $8.00 ECB

That’s a total of $9.98 OOP for all the items above, PLUS you end up with $8 ECB to spend as you please!  Go through the rest of your coupons when you get home and save a little on your groceries too!!

That means all the items above cost you $1.98 and a little bit of your time!

One nice deal you can use your ECB on:

Buy: 2 Purex Ultra pks 18ct $2.49 ea
Use: (1) $1/2 03/11 Red Plum (RP)
Buy: Double Sunday Newspaper…or anything else you would like for $4-5
Total: $8.00 – $8.98
OOP: $0.00 – $0.98

Be sure to have filler items in mind in case your total goes below $0 in any 1 transaction, something like candy, or anything under $1.

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