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 Ibotta rebates
Sign up for Checkout 51 rebates
CVS Survey
CVS Beauty Club
How to Reprint Your Lost ECBs
CVS 98% Rule
CVS Preview 2/7 – 2/13

Scenario #1

Buy (2) L’Oreal Elvive shampoo, conditioner 12.6 oz or Purple 5.1-6.7 oz. $8
Use -$4/2 L’Oreal Elvive haircare or Advanced Hairstyle products, excl 1 oz product, 3 oz shampoo & conditioner, or twin or value packs, limit 1, RMN 02/07

Get Back $2 Extra Bucks

Scenario #2

Buy (2) Colgate Total, Optic White toothpaste $6.98
Use -$2 Extra Bucks (from scenario #1)
and Use (2) -$1 off Colgate 360, Optic White or manual toothbrush, excl Plus, Triple Action, Extra Clean or Classic Clean, SS 01/31
or $.50/1 Colgate Toothpaste 3.0 oz+, SS 02/07

Get Back $4 Extra Bucks

Scenario #3

Buy (1) Select Tom’s of Maine oral or personal care $5.99
Use -$4 Extra Bucks (from scenario #2)
and Use -$1 off digital coupon

Get Back $2 Extra Bucks


  • Nick February 7, 2021, 13:42

    My sister Joanie is an avid Clairol user, said she added all her related digitals to her account and got 2 boxes of hair color (sale price 2/$15) for only $4 and got $2 back in ExtraCare. Can’t offer more specifics, just try and see if it works (YMMV depending on your offers).

    Haven’t found Oatsome in any store so we’ve given up on that one!

    • Ms. B. February 7, 2021, 14:25

      Nick, thank you for letting us know about the Clairol. Plus, the purchase counts toward beauty and the Hair Color Rewards program!

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