Jan 132011

Hot Deals at CVS Pharmacy for the Week of 1/16/2011:

Spend $20 get $10 extra bucks when you buy any of these Pepsico products – Limit 1
Pepsi 12 oz. cans 12 pk. 3/$10
Amp 16 oz. cans 4 pk. or Frappuccino 9.5 oz bottles 4 pk. $4.99
$1 Starbucks Frappuccino Printable (you have to do something—design an artwork on their site or something)
Pepsi 2 ltr., Thirst Quencher Gatorade 32 oz. or Lifewater 20 oz. selected varieties 5/$5
Aquafina Pure Water 12-16.9 oz. 12 pk., 24 oz. 6 pk., or Lipton tea 128 oz. 2/$6
Doritos or Lay’s potato chips 10.5 oz. – 13 oz. selected varieties (excludes Baked) 2/$5

Tom’s of Maine Deodorant 2.25 oz, toothpaste 4-6 oz or mouthwash 16 oz.
$3.99 -Get $3 extra bucks 
Limit 2

Listerine Original, Cool Mint, Fresh Burst, Total Care, Zero Mouthwash 16.9 oz. or Pocketpaks 72 ct. $3.99 Get $1 ECB Limit 2
$1/any Listerine Antiseptic Mouthwash Printable Coupon

Successfully saving while shopping at CVS Pharmacy depends on the use of coupons combined with their extra buck program and weekly sales.  There are many places you can find coupons to increase your savings.
Manufacturer coupons are found in various places.  The Sunday edition of the local newspaper usually has inserts of coupons. There are three companies which publish Sunday coupon inserts:  SmartSource, RedPlum and Proctor and Gamble.  You can check each Wednesday at Simply CVS to see what coupons will be put in the Sunday paper or you can check on Thursdays at Sunday Coupon Preview (they also have a list of the scheduled inserts for the year).

Some coupons are sent via snail mail.  In some areas the RedPlum inserts are mailed to residents and customers who contact companies in regard to a compliment or complaint about their product will often receive complimentary coupons.

Grocery and drug stores are great places to find coupons.  The most common are:

Tear Pads–found on displays or on the shelf near the product

Peelies–a coupon stuck to the product that can be peeled off when purchased

Blinkies–little red machines with blinking lights that are on shelves near products;  A small shiny coupon “pops” out, when taken another one will pop out within a couple of seconds, then a minute or two later another one will pop out.  These are changed out every month or so and new products offer the coupon.

Coupon pulls–small boxes or larger “flat window” displays holding coupons you can pull out; These are often in the dairy section.

There are three main sites online where you can print coupons (CouponsRedplum and SmartSource) and often manufacturers’ websites have coupons to print or you can sign up to receive them periodically via email. Manufacturer coupons can often be found inside packages of products.  Also, some manufacturers will have mailing lists and send out coupons from time to time.

CVS coupons are sometimes found in tear pads or brochures in the store, in direct mailings to your home, at the bottom of store receipts just like their Extra Bucks coupons, on packages, and in magazines. There is a magazine sold at CVS called “Reinventing Beauty” which always has a couple dozen great coupons that often go along with deals available before they expire. The magazine sells for $.99.  At times there are stacks of the coupon inserts from these magazines available without purchasing the magazine.

Some CVS coupons say “one per customer” and apparently mean “one per transaction,” because they allow you to use more than one, but the register will only allow one per transaction.  At least this has been my experience when I have asked various managers.  Most CVS stores now have self scanner machines which allow a customer to scan their card and receive CVS coupons printed especially for use with their card–just like the ones on the bottom of the receipt.

Here is the great thing about couponing at CVS: CVS policy states a customer may use ONE manufacturer and ONE CVS coupon per item. So if you have a Colgate coupon put out by the manufacturer and a Colgate coupon good only at CVS you can use both on the one tube of toothpaste. AND if there is an Extra Buck deal on the product you receive that, too.

All coupons have an UPC symbol. Manufacturer coupons will have a UPC beginning with a 9 or a 5, CVS coupons begin with a 4.  This is a good test to use to check which it is if you are confused.

So if you want to do some extreme couponing at CVS Pharmacy, keep your eyes open for coupons, collect them up, check out the current and future deals at Simply CVS and head on over to CVS Pharmacy and enjoy your savings.

Simply CVS
Thank you Cheryl for sharing your shopping tips for CVS Pharmacy here at the Frugal Shopping at CVS series at Frugality Is Free.

I would like to invite everyone to stop by Simply CVS. Cheryl keeps CVS Shoppers updated on the all latest CVS Pharmacy deals, and she also provides CVS shopping tips, coupon match ups, clearance updates and more. If you would like to learn how save big at CVS make sure to follow Simply CVS, and if you do not want miss out on any of the best deals, don’t forget to sign up for emails as well.

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