Tuesday, December 27, 2011

CVS Scenarios - week of 12/26

I'm torn, the CVS ad feels weak this week. It's a short week and much of their focus is likely on moving Christmas merchandise. I just read that the CVS Beauty Club credits reset at the start of the new year. I am about $20 away from the next $5 reward. So, do I stock up on makeup that I don't need, spending in the neighborhood of $20, I could net $15 in ECBs ($5 - Revlon, $5 - Physician's Formula and $5 - CVS Beauty Club) or do I just let them "expire". The thing is, I have earned the CVS Beauty Club Extra Bucks a few times just through my normal course of shopping - so it's not like that $30 I have towards it is something that I bought by design for the Beauty Club.

Transaction #1
2 - Theraflu Warming Syrup

-$3 Theraflu mfg coupon
-$2 Theraflu IP or IP

Total $4.54, earn $3 ECBs. Of course, if you have two of the coupons from the paper, it is an even better deal. This is my go to medicine when I have a cold - I like the warming effect of the syrup, so a net of $1.54 for two bottles sounds great to me.

Transaction #2
1 - Zyrtec 5ct

-$2 Zyrtec IP (or is this a trial size)

Total $3.99, pay with $3 ECBs and $.99 OOP. Earn $5.99 ECBs.

Transaction #3 (if I go with the makeup plan)
2 - Revlon Eye products (PSA $4.99)

-$1 Revlon mfg coupon
-$1 Revlon mfg coupon

Total $7.98, pay with $5.99 ECBs and $1.99 OOP. Earn $5 ECBs.

Transaction #4
1 - Physician's Formula makeup (PSA $9.99)

Total $9.99, pay with $5 ECBs and $4.99 OOP. Earn $5 ECBs. (plus, I will earn $5 CVS Beauty ECBs.)

Total OOP is $12.51 with $10 ECBs to roll, for $35.50 in product at sale prices, a savings of 73%. Or, if I skip the makeup, it would be $5.53 OOP with $5.99 in ECBs to roll, for 15.53 in product at sale prices, a savings of 74%. Numbers alone would suggest that if I don't need the makeup, I should skip trying to get to the next $50 increment on the CVS Beauty Club.

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debbielynne said...

Thanks for the heads-up on the beauty club! I'm less than $10 away from my next reward so I'll be sure to get there this week.

A Busy Mom of Two said...

@debbielynne it was news to me, so I figured it would be good to share. If you are that close, then it definitely is worth it. If you haven't gotten your free hand lotion, it might apply towards your total.