Monday, December 24, 2012

CVS Scenarios - week of 12/23

I will be the first to admit that the CVS deals are not that exciting this week. I also will say that I was a little bit disappointed to see that CVS is open on Christmas. It used to be that most places were closed on Christmas. The only places I can remember being open - a handful of gas stations (but not all), Waffle House and the movie theater. Now, it seems like more and more places are open, for limited hours, but open none the less. Christmas is about family. Those workers are not able to join their families and who is shopping? Sure, it is nice to know that if you need some pain medicine or cough medicine, that there is a place to go, but at whose expense?

I think I might stop out to pick up a couple of things on Christmas Eve, because their toothpaste deal includes the kids' variety, which never seems to be included.

Transaction #1
2 - Crest Kids

-$1 Crest mfg coupon

Total $2.98 OOP, earn $2 ECBs.

Transaction #2
2 - Dimetapp Cough and Cold

-$2 Dimetapp IP
-$2 Dimetapp IP
-$3 Dimetapp CRT

Total $2.98, pay with $2 ECBs and $.98 OOP. Earn $3 ECBs.

For the trip, the total OOP is $3.96, with $3 ECBs to roll, for about $14 in product at sale prices, a savings of about 77%.

For more deals and scenarios, check out Deal Seeking Mom and Money Saving Mom. For more $5 Scenarios, check out the CVS $5 Challenge.

UPDATE: After I hit publish, I realized that if I flip these two transactions, I actually will only pay $2.98 OOP for the medicine and can pay with an ECB reduced to $2.98 for the toothpaste. This will leave me with a total of $2.98 OOP, with a $2 ECB to roll for $14 in product, a savings of 81%.