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CVS: Deals for the week of June 29-July 7, 2008

After a few rather sparse CVS weeks, I’m excited about the deals this week–especially since I got some great CRTs which match some of these deals! Here are the best deals I see so far (let me know if you see any mistakes):

******ECB DEALS******

As always, remember that if you’ve not updated your email address here, you can do that and print out a $4/$20 CVS coupon.



Buy 1 Crest Toothpaste at $1.99, Get $1 ECB (Limit 1)
Use $1/1 coupon from 06/01 P&G insert (expires 06/30)
Free after coupon and ECB! (Only Good Through Monday!)

Buy 1 Clairol Natural Instincts at $5.99, Get $1 ECB (Limit 1)
Use $4/1 coupon from 06/01 P&G insert (expires 06/30)
$0.99 after coupon and ECB (Only Good Through Monday!)


Buy 1 Physician Formula Mascara at $7.99, Get $7.99 ECBs
Use $1/1 coupon from 06/01 SmartSource
Free plus $1 overage after coupon and ECBs

Buy 1 Accu-Check Compact Plus Diabetes Monitoring Kit at $9.99, Get $9.99 ECBs (Limit 1)
Free after ECBs

Buy 1 Bic Soliel Razor and 1 4 ct. Cartridges, Get $5 ECBs (Limit 4)
These are reported to be priced at around $6.99 each. Buy both and use two $4/1 coupons from the 06/02 SmartSource insert.
$0.98 after coupons and ECBs

Buy 1 Right Guard Professional Strength at $6.99, Get $5 ECBs (Limit 1)
Use $1/1 coupon
$0.99 after coupon and ECBs


 Buy two Coppertone Sun Care Products, Get $10 ECBs (Limit 1). If the lip care products are included like last time, this could be a money-maker. Let us know if you try it. Also, there is a $3/$15 face care CRT out which could be used with this.

Buy 1 Carefree Pantiliners (92-120 ct) or Stayfree pads (28-48 ct) or O.B. tampons (40 ct) at $4.49, get $1.50 ECBs (Limit 1)

*Deal (if you got the $2/1 Stayfree CRT)*
Buy 1 Stayfree at $4.49
Use $2/1 CRT
Use $1/1 Stayfree printable here
Spend $1.49 out of pocket
Get $1.50 ECBs
Free after coupons and ECBs

******NON-ECB DEALS*******

Life Savers are on sale B1G1
Buy 2 and use the B1G1 coupon 06/08 SmartSource
Free after coupon

Kashi Cereals are on sale for $2.50 each
Use the $2/1 coupons here or here (or from the VocalPoint mailer)
$0.50 each after coupon

CVS-Brand Diapers are on sale Buy 1, Get 1 50% Off – Use a $3/$10 CVS brand coupon with this to get an even better deal!

Trial-sized Johnson & Johnson baby products are regularly-priced at $1use this coupon and get them free.

Schick Disposable Razors (trial size) are $0.99 each – Buy 2 and use the $2/1 coupon from last week’s Red Plum insert to get them free (your store might allow you to only buy 1 and get $1 overage!)

And I mentioned this a few weeks ago, but don’t forget about the $2/1 CVS skincare product coupon here (print at 50%). There
are a number of small skincare products this could be used on such as
the Essence of Beauty sponges and loofahs, hand sanitizers, soaps,
lotions, and more. It will be up to your individual store as to what
constitutes a "skincare" product. Here’s one small money-maker deal
idea using this coupon, let us know what others you find:

*Small Money-Maker Deal Idea (ONLY GOOD THROUGH MONDAY!)*
Buy 1 CVS men’s after shave at $2.59
Use this $2/1 CVS skincare coupon
Spend $0.59 out of pocket plus tax
Get $1 ECB back!

See the ad scans for this week here, courtesy of SlickDeals.net.  See all the deals and coupon match-ups here.


Buy 1 Listerine Smart Rinse (250 ml) at $3.49, Get $3.49 ECBs (Limit 4)
Use $1/1 coupon here
Free plus overage after coupon and ECBs
(There are reports of some stores having tear pads with a full rebate on this product so look for those!)

Buy 1 Brut Deodorant (2.5 oz) at $2.69, Get $3 ECBs (Limit 5)
Use $1/1 coupon from 04/06 insert
Free plus overage after ECBs

Buy 1 Oral B CrossAction Manual Toothbrush (2 pk) at $6.99, Get $6.99 ECBs (Limit 2)
Free after ECBs

Buy 1 CVS Pharmacy Sheer or Plastic Bandages (40 ct) at $1.99, Get $1.99 ECBs (Limit 3)
Free after ECBs

Buy 1 Huggies Lotion or Wash (15 oz) at $3.49, Get $2 ECBs (Limit 5)
Use $1/1 coupons from 05/18 insert
$0.49 each after coupons

Buy 1 CVS Cotton Swabs (500 Count) at $3.19, Get $2 ECBs back (Limit 5)

See all monthly deals with coupon match-ups here.


New to CVS-ing? Don’t try to make heads or tails of this post because it probably won’t make a lot of sense to you. Instead, go here where I explain the CVS program in full detail. Want to join in the fun and incredible savings? Then go here where I share more about how to make it work for you. After that, go here where my friend FishMama maps out a simple plan for beginning CVS-ers to maximize on the ECB deals this month.


Share Your Scenarios!

your shopping trip planned or did you come up with a great deal
scenario/idea? Just post about it on your blog and leave your link
below. Please include full details on coupons you are using, etc. so
that those who are just beginning to get the hang of CVS can especially
benefit from seeing things broken down for them like this. If you don’t
have a blog, feel free to share your scenarios in the comment section.

Note: So as not to confuse the newbies, please only post deal scenarios/deals which are applicable at CVS this week. Thanks so much!

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  1. says

    Hold on to your coupons for B1G1 free on Hershey’s bliss. I just went tonight and my CRT printed out a $1.00 off Hershey’s bliss coupon. I combined that with the Hershey’s B1G1 free coupon and got a good deal on some sweet and yummy choclate!

  2. Audrey says

    I haven’t been getting any CRT’s, and I’ve only been getting a CVS water coupon and a CVS sunscreen coupon at the scanner. Am I doing something wrong? I also purchased 1 package of the Bounty and 3 packages of batteries (they were always out of the Charmin), but didn’t get the ECBs. I did two transactions; first with Bounty and batteries, the second with 2 batteries. Anyone know why it didn’t work? And is there anything I can do to correct it? Thanks!

  3. Jen Sullivan says

    I have a $5/$30 from an email, so I want to make the most of it. Here’s what I came up with.

    1 Diabetes Monitoring Kit 9.99
    1 Physician Mascara 7.99
    1 Bic Soliel Razor 6.99
    1 Bic Soliel refill 6.99

    -2 $4/1
    -18.00 ECB
    OOP: $.96
    ECB’s earned: $22.98

    I’m new to the whole CVS thing, but I’m very happy with this transaction.

  4. says

    Random happy CVS experience today – Went to CVS today for paper towels (bounty basic) and toilet paper. They only had the 9 pack of toilet paper but the sign said that it could be substituted. Imagine my dismay when the computer didn’t print the ECB for $10. The lovely manager (who is accustomed to my visits) came over and handed me $10 in cash. First time this has happened, so I was delighted!

  5. Lisa D. says

    Reporting that the Coppertone Baby stick sunscreens ($4.79 at my CVS) are producing 10 ECBs WYB 2. Just did it on both of my cards early this a.m. before church. Small moneymaker

  6. says

    I am wondering if I am the only person having a hard time printing the CVS brand coupon. I put it at 50% and the whole half bottom of it is cut off. I tried going larger and still is not printing right. Any ideas?

    Also…Crystal could you give us a rundown of what is changing with the rules of CVS as far as coupons. Do you think they will come off with another $/ coupon again or are they not accepting and doing this anymore. There seems to be alot of talk but no word of what is the truth.

    I appreciate the time and effort running this blog.

    Mom to four~ 13,5,4,and 2 yrs.

  7. says

    I did 3 separate transactions and with my crts, email coupons and regular coupons, they paid me $7.27! See my blog! I also went dumpster diving at the thrift store this morning and got some good books for my little girl.

  8. Joanna says

    CVS trip

    I went this afternoon and ran into a few problems. First the mascara rang up at $5.99 and didn’t print off the ECBs. Then my coupon for lifesavers wouldn’t go through (I even got 4 bags thinking since I was buying 2 and getting 2 free the coupon would go through as it had already failed to go through at a grocery store that was running the same deal when I only got 2 bags). I got a refund for the mascara and since it wasn’t ringing up correctly, they gave it to me for free. I left the lifesavers on the order because I needed a $30 order to use my $5/$30 and with the mascara ringing up $2 cheaper I needed a $2 filler (I had already planned on paying for one bag, just not the second). So in the end it all worked out. Just wanted to let people know they might run into a few problems this week. Looking forward to all the July deals! =o) I’m in central Maryland.

  9. says

    My CVS trip was good – but I will have to stop in at another location because “my” store didn’t have the mascara at all. Not just out of it, helpful associate and I looked and there wasn’t a sign for that type on the wall or anywhere else we looked. That seemed odd to me thta one of their featured items wasn’t even stocked in the store.

    Oh well, got lots of macadamias and cashews and the candy. BTW – I got three Lifesavers bags free. The computer wouldn’t let me use both of the B1G1 Qs. Still, not bad!

  10. Tiffany says

    I was able to purchase 2 of the coppertone waterbabies sunblock sticks for $4.79 each and get my $10 ecb’s. It printed out with no problems. There was no sign that it worked but I read on AFC that it was working. I tried it and sure enough it worked with no problems. It’s the pink sticks that are 30spf, net wt 0.6oz :)I like these b/c they are easy to keep in the diaper bag at all times.

  11. Katie says

    I’m not sure how to get the “insert” coupons that you mention. Are they in a local paper, or a subscription magazine of some type? Sorry, I’m really new to this and don’t know where to look. Thanks!

  12. Natalie D. says

    Bought 2 Coppertones for 11.69 and 9.99
    used $4/20 face care CRT,
    10.59 ECB
    7.40 OOP
    and 10 ECB back.
    Not bad for something we really need.

  13. Kristen says

    I bought two Coppertone Face Stick for $5.99 each and received $10 ECBs. I had a $3/15 CRT so I was happy :)

  14. Parrotheadmama says

    Just wondering what the ECB offers and balances mean.
    My receipt says:

    Listerine, Buy 1 Get $3.49 EB
    Quantity Toward this reward 2
    Quantity Needed to Earn Reward 1
    I thought you could only do this deal twice and I did so what’s the “reward”

  15. says

    I had a $3 off 1 Physicians Formula coupon that I found a little while back laid out on a display table at my local CVS. They took it for the mascara deal and I got a $3 overage! Yeah baby!!!

  16. Jess O. says

    Bought Crest toothpaste for $1.99 and used $1.00 off coupon (mine was $1.00 off 1). Also bought the Physicians Formula mascara and used $1.00 coupon on that as well. Used $3.98 ECBs from the bandaids I bought last week, and $4.00 ECBs from Colgate last week–Total Cost $9.98, total off from coupons and ECBs $9.98–paid nothing! Not to mention I got $8.99 in ECBs for next time!!

  17. says

    My Walmart had boxes containing 2 Suddenly Salad Mixes in them for $1.25. I was able to use 2 internet printed coupons for $0.40 and get them for $0.85 cents each. There’s also coupons for Suddenly Salads in this week’s Sunday coupon insert for $0.50/2. Thought I’d pass the info along. Maybe they have these in other Walmart’s.

  18. says

    I’m new to the CVS things too, this is my third week. I finally posted on my blog about my experience! I’m bummed though that I didn’t use my $4/$20 coupons that I had which expired today. That would have meant even less ECBs used on my two transactions today! Thanks for keeping the info coming to us!

  19. says

    I went to CVS today and did the mascara deal, the coppertone baby face sticks deal and the Kashi deal (2/$5- use the $2 off online coupon for Kashi).

    Another great deal I found… If you have gotten the coupon book in the mail that Moneysaving mom posted recently… there are several Swiffer coupons in the booklet. I was able to get and the Swiffer sweeper starter kit and 24 mop refill pads for around $1.50. Great deal!

  20. Audrey says

    I have 2 $2/1 coupons for the Schick Intuition razors and refills. Does anyone know if I can use them with the B1G1 deal to get $4 off total?

  21. says

    Saw where someone in MD was having trouble with the mascara. Mine rang up fine 7.99 and I got 7.99 back. The Physicians formula Mascara was in a small location spot on the wall–no big “Physician’s Formula” sign above like other make-up manufacures such as Maybeline or Almay–I just scrolled the aisle and found a small section of this brand of make-up. Luckily my CVS had 4 quite a bit in stock too. So I am getting the word out to my friends to go grab their free mascara!

  22. Debbie says

    There is a BOGO coupon for Stayfree pads in the Redplum flyer in this Sunday’s paper. I used that and ended up getting 2 packages for 4.99 minus the 1.50 ECB.

  23. Angela says

    Anyone know what the limit is on the monthly Oral B 2-pk? I bought 3 and my receipt doesn’t say limit reached.

  24. mb78 says

    For Sarah,
    I tried to use 2 $4 off the B1G1 Intuition deal and the register beeped and would only take 1 on the coupons. The cashier said that it was because you already got one for free. I would bet that applies to everything that is B1G1. This seems like it may be a new change to the rules because I remember doing this before and both coupons were taken. Anyone have a different experience?

  25. Brook says

    The Coppertone sticks are working in PA too. They are priced at $5.49 here. I was able to get them, the mascara, right guard, and some other stuff, used my $5/$30 and made a few bucks. yey! I also picked up another sunday paper, because there are some good coupons for the July deals in there.

  26. says

    I also went today to CVS to take advantage of the B1G1 sale on Lifesavers candy. I was told that they are “updating” their system and wouldn’t take the bogo coupons combined with the bogo sales. The shift leader came up and took the coupons off for me, though. Has anyone heard about this policy change? Is this company wide or just store wide?

  27. says

    It’s not as much fun without $/$$ coupons, so I tried to update my email address per your suggestion (to get $4/$20 coupon), but nothing happened. How long does it normally takes to get the coupon emailed?

    Also, thanks for the heads up about the Coppertone sticks. They were $5.99 here, but still a good deal for something we need.

  28. Ellie says

    I would just like to thank you for this wonderful website! I have just started clipping coupons and searching for a way to cut our grocery bill down. I’m a stay at home mom and want to save us as much money as possible, and thanks to you I have been very sucessful so far! I haven’t tackeled CVS yet but I have used their ads for Walmart to price match! I was able to get Kashi cereals for .50 w/ my coupons last night, even the new Kashi Vive cereal for .50! In all I saved 30.00 last night w/ all my coupons! I was so excited I didn’t know what to do w/ myself! Plus I’ve signed up for all the freebie stuff, just waiting for it to arrive. My husband said if I keep this up I should be able to stay at home w/ our kiddos for a lot longer than planned! So, thank you, thank you, thank you!

  29. bonnie says

    If you got the CRT for $1.50 off Speed Stick, you might want to use it this week. After the sale, it is $0.49 (not the greatest but good for raising your speeding amount).

    Also, my store had vitamins in their clearance section and they had CVS diapers on clearance too! I don’t know if they would work for the CVS diaper deal but you could try.

    About the BOGO coupons…. I couldn’t use it on the Lifesavers either.

    About CRTs and $ / CRTs… I haven’t gotten any good ones lately either, and no $ / CRTs. I asked the cashier and she said that it was a momentary thing because the quartly ECBs were about to come out. ??? Okay.

  30. Amy says

    I purchased:
    $6.99 – Right Guard Professional Strength (coupon for $1 off)
    $6.99 – Bic Soleil (coupon for $4)
    $6.99 – Bic Soleil refill (coupon for $2)
    $5.99 – Natural Instincts (coupon for $4)
    $1.99 – Crest (coupon for $1/2 – oops! had to run and grab a second which earned no ECB’s – boo)
    $1.99 – Crest
    $1.99 – CVS Bandaids
    $2.19 – Lifesaver candy (coupon for B1G1)
    $0 – Second bag of candy as CVS had them on sale

    Used $5/30 coupon and $13.98 ECBs for a total of $2.86 OOP (if only I’d read my crest coupon more closely)! And $13.99 ECBs back. I’m new to this, so I was pretty happy with my purchase. The register did beep when my candy coupon was scanned, but the manager (who happened to be checking me out) took a look at it and pushed it through. He did, however tell me that CVS would no longer be accepting coupons printed on a computer due to some lawsuit CVS is involved in. I’ll be anxious to hear if anyone else is told this at their stores.

  31. Jenn says

    I’ve been CVSing for about a month now…and had my first EXCELLENT CVS adventure last night…every week it keeps getting better…and I will go back and do the sunscreen and Kashi later this week.

    First off: Got a $15 gift card for a new perscription. Used the coupon from 2 weeks ago in the Sunday paper for a $10 gift card at Target w/new script… CVS honors these (and will backdate if you have the receipt)…the guy that did it for me last night said they give an extra $5 on top of it (they didn’t do that last time…but..YIPPEE)…

    ALSO: We only have one CVS in town…and they are constantly running out of stuff. They will give rain checks for their deals… but the ECB won’t print out on your reciept…so they take it straight off of the transaction…which is sort of nice.

    Here is what I got on my first transaction:
    6 Peg Bags of Lifesavers (Used 3 B1G1 coupon…clerk manually entered it in so it took it..got all 6 for free)
    1 Brut Deoderant Stick $2.89 ($1/1 coupon)
    1 Crest $1.99 ($1/1 coupon)
    1 CVS Aftershave $2.99 ($2/1 CVS coupon)
    2 Huggies Nat Care Bath $3.49 ea (2 – $1/1)
    1 Bic Solei Razon $6.99 ($4/1 coupon)
    1 Bic Solei Refill $6.99 ($4/1 coupon)
    1 Old Spice Body Wash Trial Size $1.49 ($1/1 Coupon)
    2 Schik Razors Trial Size (Used 2 $2/1 coupons…again had clerk ring it in manually! Woo Hoo!)

    Used coupons plus $5/$30 from emailer and $6 ECB (which he applied to the whole amount…giving me an overage)…pretax total of -$1.13 plus tax…OOP = $.50! ECB Earned: $13 (had 3 leftover from last time)…Total ECB= $16

    I did the mascara for the second transaction and was even steven…again I didn’t end up paying tax? Maybe a new clerk 😉

    In sum: I got $53.07 in product… paid $.50 and walked away with $16ECB and a $15 gift card!

  32. miou says

    Cheap nail polish & Cover Girl moneymaker:
    Trolled the beauty clearance & I found:
    Diamond Strength Nail polish $1.09
    Diamond Strength Nail polish $2.04
    -$3/2, for net OOP of .13
    Also used my last Cover Girl coupon from the Sunday inserts (expires 6/30):
    Smoothwear lip gloss for $1.64
    Nail polish .74
    -$2 off any Cover Girl lip product
    -$1 off any Cover Girl product
    Money maker!

  33. says

    Has anyone else had trouble with their $4/20 coupon? I *thought* everyone used it more than once (even though it says one per customer), but on Sunday I had an awful time trying to use mine. I know what it says but I’ve never had an issue until Sunday and THEN my ECB’s didn’t print for the swiffer deal. I think I will take a break from CVS…

  34. says

    I tried to combine a Pepsi and a Lipton tea to get 1 ECB, but it didn’t print out. I didn’t really notice till later, so I might go back and see about that. (I did end up getting another Pepsi later, and the 1 ECB printed fine, but another Lipton later on might make a good filler, if indeed it is part of a deal.)

    Anybody else have a problem with this?

  35. FrugalChic says

    CVS NEWBIE here! I am in Southern CA and made the following purchase from CVS this morning:

    Transaction #1
    2 Coppertone Baby Sticks 5.29 ea.
    Final Total (incl.tax) = $11.45
    ECB earned = $10

    Transaction #2
    1 Gold Emb Bottled Wtr 24pk. 2.99 ea.
    2 Gold Emb Dark Choc Almonds 5.99 ea. BOGO
    2 CVS Panty Shields .99 ea.
    1 CVS 15ct face towelette 2.99
    1 Dasani Water 20oz. 1.29 ea.

    Coupons used: $1 off CVS water/$1 off CVS nuts/$2 CVS skin care/$2 off $10 CVS brand/$10 ECB earned on transaction #1

    Final Total (incl. bottle deposit & tax) = $0.49
    EBC Earned = $2.98 (.99 ea. for liners/$1 for face towelettes – these did not earn $2.99 as with some other folks)

    CASH outlay for this trip = $11.94. I am really happy because I needed everything I bought (well, maybe not the chocolate almonds…)

    *MOMMY NOTES* Dark Chocolate covered almonds are yummy! The Coppertone sticks work really well for my kids and compact enough to keep in my purse.

    Thanks to everyone for the lessons and tips. What a great site!

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