CVS $5 Challenge

The challenge is to spend no more than $5 out of pocket at CVS using coupons and EBs (Extra Bucks). Make sure that you have a CVS loyalty card and scan your CVS card at a CVS scanner prior to taking your goodies to the cash register b/c you may save more money! Also, hopefully, you have bought a couple of the Sunday newspaper to get you going. See my previous post for a full preview of the CVS deals.

SS = Smart Source coupon insert in Sunday newspaper
RP = Red Plum coupon insert in Sunday newspaper

Coupon Lingo
Sign up for Savingstar Rebates!
CVS Survey
CVS Beauty Club
CVS Diabetes Program
CVS Preview 1/13– 1/19

Scenario #1

Buy (1) Crest ProHealth 3.5-4.6 oz or Complete 5.8-6.2 oz $3
Use -$1 off Crest toothpaste digital coupon

Get Back $2 Extra Bucks

Scenario #2

Buy (1) Blade or Beauty 360 5-Blade razor kits $4.99
Use -$2 Extra Bucks (from scenario #1)

Get Back $4 Extra Bucks

Scenario #3

Buy (2) Softsoap liquid hand soap 8-11.25 oz $5
Use -$4 Extra Bucks (from scenario #2)

Get Back $3 Extra Bucks


My Trip to CVS

Since the Kleenex Wipes Ibotta rebate had reset, I decided to go to CVS again and get the Thermacare and the Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal plus, I had a $5 Extra Bucks expiring on Friday.  Read my previous post about the Kleenex Wipes.

I had read that if you had two $2 Thermacare CVS digital coupons on your account to send them to your card and both coupons would come off on your receipt plus, you could use the $3 off ThermaCare product RMN 1/6 to get the Thermacare for $0.29 and get back $1 Extra Bucks and a $3 Savingstar rebate for a Money Maker.

What I didn’t realize is that the two $1 off 2 General Mills cereal digital coupons that I had sent to card would both come off on my receipt!!!


Buy 2 General Mills cereal $3.98
Use (2) -1 off 2 General Mills cereal digital coupon

Total after coupons used = $1.98

Get Back $0.50 Extra Bucks
Get Back $1 Savingstar rebate

Final Price: $0.48 or $0.24 each!!!

Thank goodness, I bought a 20oz Dr. Pepper which absorbed all those digital coupons and I ended up paying $1.41 and I got back $5.50 in Extra Bucks ($1 Thermacare, $0.50 cereal, $1 Quarterly Rewards and $3 Beauty Bucks)!

I earned $4 Savingstar ($3 Thermacare and $1 cereal) and I earned (3) $0.50 Ibotta rebate!


My Trip to CVS

My allergies started bothering me on Saturday afternoon and I took Benadryl which always puts me sleep but it stops my itchy eyes, the sneezing, cough, runny nose and lessen the headache.

When I got up on Sunday morning, it was raining and I was groggy from the Benadryl but I had to be out of the house by 8 a.m. because I wanted to get the L.A. Times newspapers because my Dollar Tree store newspapers did not have the Smart Source coupon inserts inside of the newspapers. In North Park, we have a newspaper store that carries newspapers from all over the place but it’s on a busy corner (30th and University) and parking is a bear. I couldn’t wait until 9 or 10 o’clock, otherwise, there would be no reasonable parking. But I did get the coupons!

For some reason, the Olly women’s vitamins had gone up to $15.79 while the rest of supplements was $14.99.  There was a problem with the $0.50 Kleenex coupon from the insert but the young male cashier did whatever to the register and pushed it through.

Nicorette $39.99
Olly women’s vitamins $15.79
(2) Covergirl brow pencils $9.98
(3) Kleenex Wet Wipes $4

= $69.76

-$15 Nicorette CVS coupon
-$15 Nicorette digital coupon
-$3 of $15 Vitamins CVS coupon
-$3 Olly SS 1/6
(2) -$3 Covergirl printable coupon (NLA)
-$2 Kleenex, Cottonelle, Viva digital coupon
-$0.50 Kleenex SS 1/6
– $20 in ECBs

= $5.26

Got Back $10 in ECBs – $5 Covergirl and $5 Olly o
Got Back (3) $0.50 Kleenex Wipes Ibotta rebates
Got Back $2 Olly Ibotta rebate
Earned $15 Nicorette Savingstar rebate

FREE + $3.24 Money Maker


My Quick Trips to CVS

On one of my accounts, I had a $3 Beauty Bucks and I had a $2 off $12 Cosmetics CVS coupon plus, I had Extra Bucks doing the Clairol, Covergirl, candy, L’Oreal Elvive and the Everpro hair color.  The Rimmel deal at CVS, buy $12 get $8 Extra Bucks is a great way to roll Extra Bucks into cash.  I did the Rimmel deal on both of my accounts because I have two S* accounts.

The mascara was $6.99 and the lipsticks is $6.29 each.  I went to 2 different CVS, the first store only had the mascaras and some kind of liquid eyeshadows and the other store had a full range of Rimmel products.  Keep in mind that I had did the clearance Rimmel Money Maker at Rite Aid a few weeks ago so I already had money towards the Rimmel rebate.

(2) Rimmel lipsticks $12.28
-$2 off $12 Cosmetics CVS coupon
-$10 in Extra Bucks

= $0.28

Get Back $8 Extra Bucks
Earned $4 S*
Earned $1 S*

Note: The $1 S* rebate offer was a rebate that came and went very quickly because I only have it on one of my accounts.

Also, on my second card, a $6 Beauty Bucks printed as expected.


My Trip to CVS

Oh my God, when I got up to the CVS cashier, she was a woman about in her mid-40’s and she was drunk as a skunk and it was midmorning.  The liquor that she had been drinking was literally seeping through her pores.  If I was the manager, I would have sent her home by Uber because in her drunken state could kill someone while driving.

Since the L’Oreal Elvive, Clairol hair color and the Everpro Gray Away hair color rebates had reset and they are Money Makers for me, I did the deal on my other card.  Both of my cards had the FREE Hair Color CVS coupon and the candy is also a Money Maker.

Everpro Gray Away hair color $8.99
(2) Clairol Root Touch $16.58
(2) L’Oreal Elvive treatments $8
(2) Hershey’s Gold candy bars 10 oz $6

= $39.57

-$9 FREE Hair Color CVS coupon
-$2/2 Hair Color CVS coupon
-$7.99 B1G1 Clairol hair color coupon (NLA)
-$2/2 L’Oreal hair care CVS coupon from Coupon Ctr
-$3/2 L’Oreal hair care RMN 12/9
(2) -$2 off HERSHEY’S GOLD bag 10oz – 16.45oz coupon
-$8 in ECBs

= $4.58

Got Back $15 ECBs = $3 candy, $4 Everpro, $4 Clairol and $4 Elvive
Got Back $10 Ibotta rebates = $2 Everpro, $6 Clairol and $2 Elvive