Planning your trip to CVS is a big part of the drugstore game. Before headed to the store you need to know what’s on sale, what sales come with ecb’s and you must have all the coupons you will need with you. Matching up the sales, ecb’s deals and coupons, both cvs coupons and manufacturer coupons before you go. Don’t forget you extra care card!!
Start by looking over the weekly sale flyer taking note to the deals that will give you ecb with your purchase, you will use these ecb’s earned on your next shopping trip
I always make a list of possible items to purchase, then I check to see what I also have coupons for, this makes for the biggest savings.
If an item is on sale as buy one get one free and you have a coupon for that item that is also buy one get one free you will get both items free.
When you walk into your cvs always scan your ecb card on the coupon scanner, usually located at the front of the store, you can combine cvs coupons along with manufacturer coupons as long as the coupons match up to the item.
Read others posted shopping trips-I found this very helpful when I was just started off, it helps you to get the idea of how it all fits together and how to get your total oop down to penny’s.
If you are just staring out and you want to spend very little out of pocket you can do more then one transition and roll over your extra care bucks, there is an example of mine from 3/8/11 were I do 3 separate transaction in 1 shopping trip to spend the least amount of money. If you do not have any ecb to start you will be spending some money out of pocket for the first few weeks but it will be worth it.
After awhile the employees at your store will get to know you and see what you are trying to do, they actually get excited too as they start taking off your coupons and ecb’s watching your total get down lower and lower. They were excited for me when I finally got the hang of it and left paying only cents on my order. One of the cashiers at my store even said she would like me to teach her how to do this, I thought being she worked there she knew this already, but surprisingly she didn’t. Sometimes the cashiers will even help you, a few months ago I had a $5 off a $30 purchase and my total came to $29.75 or something like that, I was going to buy a candy bar to get my total to $30 and she said no, wait, just buy this single chocolate covered cherry, it’s cheaper and will get you to your $30. I really do have fun doing this and the employees at my store know I do.
Don’t forget to check your stores clearance sections, often times if you have a coupon for something on clearance it ends up being free or even less then free!! Last month my store had the Thermacare heat patches on clearance for .85 cents and I had coupons for $1 off 1, this was a money maker for me and I bought several of them.