Nov 252010
 
Cheryl from Simply CVS is going to share some some fabulous tips on how to shop smart on Black Friday at CVS Pharmacy. She always amazes me with how far, she is able to stretch a dollar or two at CVS, and now she is teaching all of us here at Frugality Is Free to do it too.
As I shared in last week’s Spotlight on CVS post, rolling extra bucks from one transaction to the next helps a shopper have the least out of pocket cash expense while shopping at CVS Pharmacy. In the Black Friday Ad which runs Thursday, Friday and Saturday, there are 13 free after extra buck items with various limits allowing a shopper to virtually get 25 items free which are sale priced at a total of $68. Actually you buy them and get the same amount of extra bucks back. By using the extra bucks from one transaction on the next you can have less out of pocket.
With just $2.27 and tax (which varies, some states do not charge tax when paying with extra bucks, some do) you can walk out of CVS on Black Friday with 25 items (if you don’t eat one of the candies before you leave) totaling $67.91 (sale priced) and extra bucks equaling $9.53. This does require multiple transactions and the coupons listed–it is the normal practice, in couponing etiquette, to go to the end of the line after each transaction. You can easily combine some of the transactions and have a higher out of pocket cash cost. If you do not have any of the coupons listed, you can just pay a little more money (about $9) and still have all of this and extra bucks equaling the cash (less tax) that you paid when you are thru.
By using coupons on free after extra buck items you actually get “paid” to shop. AND if the scanner is giving out any good coupons it can be even better. Be sure to check your email for coupons before you shop, too. This is exactly why I love CVSing and why I decided to start Simply CVS to share these great opportunities with others.
I hope you get a chance to hit CVS this weekend, JR! 
Transaction 1:
Buy Gillette Odor Shield Deodorant 2.6oz for $4
Use $2 Gillette Deodorant P&G 10/31/2010
CASH: $2 + tax
EXTRA BUCKS RECEIVED: $ 4
MERCHANDISE VALUE: $4 sale priced
Transaction 2:
Buy Colgate Sensitive Toothpaste 6oz for $3.99
Use $1 Colgate Sensitive Toothpaste Printable Or $1/1 Colgate Sensitive from the 11/14 SS
Buy Advil PM 4ct for $0.99
Use $4 ECB from transaction 1
CASH: $0 + tax
EXTRA BUCKS RECEIVED: $ 3.99 +0.99=4.98
MERCHANDISE VALUE: $4.98 sale priced
Transaction 3:
Buy Colgate Sensitive Toothpaste 6oz for $3.99
Use $1 Colgate Sensitive Toothpaste Printable Or $1/1 Colgate Sensitive from the 11/14 SS
Buy Excedrin Migraine, PM, or Extra Strength 8ct for $0.99
Use 3.99 ECB from transaction 2
CASH: $0 + tax
EXTRA BUCKS RECEIVED: $ 3.99 +0.99=4.98
MERCHANDISE VALUE: $4.98 sale priced
Transaction 4:
Buy 2 Listerine Pocketpaks 3pk. for $2.99 x 2=5.98
Use 1) Listerine Pocketpaks, 24 ct+, … or Listerine Essential Care RP $0.50 SS 8/1/2010
1) Listerine Pocketpaks, 24ct+, … or any Listerine Essential Care Toothpaste $0.50 RP 10/10/2010
3.99 and 0.99 ECBs from transaction 3
CASH: $0 + tax
EXTRA BUCKS RECEIVED: $5.98
MERCHANDISE VALUE: $ 5.98 sale priced
Transaction 5:
Buy Eucerin Daily Skin Balance Body lotion for $6.99
use $1 Eucerin Printable $1.00 Eucerin hand or body product 2oz – 16.9 oz RP 11/7
$5.98 ECB from transaction 4
CASH: $0.01 + tax
EXTRA BUCKS RECEIVED: $6.99
MERCHANDISE VALUE: $6.99 sale priced
Transaction 6:
Buy Philips In-ear headphones or Universal remote control for $6.99
Use $6.99 ECB from Transaction 5
CASH: $0 + tax
EXTRA BUCKS RECEIVED: $6.99
MERCHANDISE VALUE: $ 6.99 sale priced
Transaction 7:
Buy 2 Herbal Essences Hydralicious Shampoo or Conditioner 10.1oz for 2 x $3.99 =7.98
Use $1/2 Herbal Essences or Aussie Shampoo, Conditioner P&G 10/10
$6.99 ECB from Transaction 6
CASH: $0 + tax
EXTRA BUCKS RECEIVED: $ 7.98
MERCHANDISE VALUE: $ 7.98 sale priced
Transaction 8:
Buy L.A. Looks Styling Gel 20oz for $2.99
Buy Renpure Organics Shampoo, Conditioner, 13.5oz or Amazing Miracle Reconstructor 8oz for $4.99
Use $7.98 ECB from Transaction 7
CASH: $0 + tax
EXTRA BUCKS RECEIVED: $2.99+4.99=7.98
MERCHANDISE VALUE: $7.98 sale priced
Transaction 9:
Buy Renpure Organics Shampoo, Conditioner, 13.5oz or Amazing Miracle Reconstructor 8oz for $4.99
Buy Carmex Lip Balm 0.15-0.35oz for $0.99
Use $0.30 Carmex Lip Balm SS 11/7/10
Buy 3 Reese’s Singles 1.4-2oz for 3 x $0.79= $2.37
Use $2.99 and $4.99 ECBs from Transaction 8
CASH: $0.07 + tax
EXTRA BUCKS RECEIVED: $4.99, $0.99, and $2.37=$8.35
MERCHANDISE VALUE: $ 8.35 sale priced
Transaction 10:
Buy 5 Mars King Size Assorted 1.94-3.63oz for 5 x $1.59 =7.95
Buy 2 Reese’s Singles 1.4-2oz for 2 x $0.79= $1.58
Use $0.99 from Transaction 2
$4.99, $0.99, and $2.37 ECBs from Transaction 9
CASH: $0.19 + tax
EXTRA BUCKS RECEIVED: $7.95 and $1.58=9.53
MERCHANDISE VALUE: $ 9.53 sale priced

TOTAL CASH: $2.27 + tax
EXTRA BUCKS REMAINING: $9.53
MERCHANDISE VALUE: $67.91 sale priced
RP—RedPlum, SS—SmartSource, ECB—extra buck
You could also buy Sarah Peyton Wellness: 4pc personal spa set. Hot or cold applications with your ECB’s and $0.35+tax and get $5 ECB back as another transaction.
You can then either buy any of the other CVS Black Friday extra buck deals or sale items or save your extra bucks for the next week’s extra buck deals.
This is how CVSers save week after week. They shop originally, investing $5, $10 or even $20 on extra buck deals, use coupons to increase those amounts into more extra bucks until they build them up to $15 or $20 and then spend those same extra bucks week after week on more extra buck producing items. This is how I have been able to pay almost nothing but tax on over $3,000 of products this year at CVS.
You can find all the current, and many future, weekly CVS deals at Simply CVS. Each week we offer $5 and $10 out of pocket cash scenarios for that week’s extra buck deals. There are also many tips and lessons available.
Simply CVS
Thank you Cheryl for sharing this Thanksgiving Edition Black Friday CVS Pharmacy post in the Spotlight on CVS series, I am so glad that you decided to team up with Frugality Is Free in my effort to spread frugality and save the readers lots of money. I am going to print out your list and bring it with me, when I hit CVS Pharmacy on my Black Friday route.
I would like to invite all of my readers to stop by Simply CVS. Cheryl gives daily CVS Pharmacy updates, tips, coupon match ups, clearance updates and much much more. I also encourage all of you to follow Simply CVS, and if you do not want miss out, make sure to sign up for emails as well.

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