2 Pennies Hearts CVS

Frugal shopping at its finest. 

For my first trip, I wanted to keep it simple and figure out how these Extra Bucks worked.

1) Got the CVS flyer out and matched up any manufacturer’s coupons that I had with any products that I could earn Extra Bucks.


2) Dug up an old receipt that had a $4 off $20 coupon.

3) Went to CVS, gathered my items together, had my CVS Extra Care Card scanned, gave them my $4 off coupon, then my manufacturer’s coupons. 

Here is what I bought:

Pamper’s Cruisers – Earn 3 Extra Bucks: $11.99 without Extra Care Card.  $8.97 with Extra Care Card.

4 L’Oreal Products totaling $20 to earn 4 Extra Bucks.

* 2 Hair Color kits:  $8.79 without Extra Care Card.  $5.99 with Extra Care Card. 

* 2 L’Oreal Shampoo and Conditioner products:  $6.99 without Extra Care Card.  $5.99 with Extra Care Card.

Zyrtec – Earn 7 Extra Bucks:  $22.99 without Extra Care Card.  $18.99 with Extra Care Card.

Nail polish remover – No EBs, No sale, No coupon: $1.99

Total cost without Extra Care Card:             $68.53
Total cost with Extra Care Card:                   $53.91
Total after using $4 off $20 coupon:             $49.91
Total after manufacturer’s $12 coupons:       $37.91

Total Extra Bucks earned for next visit:        $15.00
Additional $4 off $20 coupon earned:             $4.00
Total Savings to be used for next visit:         $19.00

Wow.  19 bucks!  I have until April 4th to use the $4 off $20 and April 20th for the EBs.  I have since created an account online with CVS and registered my Extra Care Card.  All my coupons and Extra Bucks show up online now in case I lose my receipt. 

Ideally, I will use these 19 EBs towards other purchases that will earn EBs.  I’ll report in a month to see if I was able to keep rolling my savings into each purchase.

Frugal tip of the day:  Start small.  Look at the CVS flyer and go purchase an item that you want that also will earn you Extra Bucks.  The next time, use your Extra Bucks towards another purchase to get your savings back.

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4 Responses to 2 Pennies Hearts CVS

  1. Rebecca says:

    I love CVS. I always feel like I’m ripping them off when I leave, but they always have great sale + coupon combos going on. I’m overrun with toothpaste!

    • Salee says:

      I can’t believe that after 12 years of shopping at the CVS by my house that I had never taken advantage of the deals before! You actually got me interested with that coupon website you use. Now when I shop there and get these crazy deals I want to stop and say, “Are you sure that’s the right price? Maybe you took off a little bit too much…” :-)

  2. Jessica Assaf says:

    Walgreens also offers coupons on their receipts (i.e. $5 off your next purchase of $20 or more) – make sure to check them out before throwing your receipt away!!

    • Salee says:

      Oh my goodness! It seems that everyone is just “giving” money away nowadays. I’ll have to check out Walgreens too after I get CVS under my belt. Thanks for the tip!

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