Mar 112011
I have accepted the $25 CVS Gift Card Challenge! Cheryl at Simply CVS has challenged me to see how far I can stretch $25 at CVS Pharmacy, and she has provided me with a $25 CVS gift card just for this purpose. With the shopping tips, coupon match-ups and CVS deals alerts from Simply CVS, I hope to be able to stretch the CVS gift card far.
I actually took a long break from CVS shopping in the fall, as my local CVS Pharmacy stores were not very coupon friendly, and it seemed as if I ran into one problem after another. In the past couple of weeks, I have been able to score some great deals though thanks to the CVS deal tips from Simply CVS as well as due to Cheryl’s encouragement, and fortunately I have not run into any CVS coupon issues lately.
I am hoping that the CVS Gift Card Challenge will light my CVS shopping fire again, and I highly appreciate all the guidance from Cheryl over at Simply CVS. I feel a bit rusty in my CVS shopping knowledge, and I am going to be leaning on Simply CVS a lot, because Cheryl really is an expert when it comes to CVS. In 2010 Cheryl saved $3635.94 at CVS Pharmacy.
In all honesty, I thought I knew everything there was to know about smart CVS shopping – until the day I met Cheryl. Years ago we met at, an online community where you earn gift cards for participation. Back in 2009 Cheryl challenged herself to see how far she could stretch a $10 CVS gift card that she had earned at She ended up stretching the $10 CVS gift card over 17 weeks, and she was able to purchase $725 worth of products with the gift card. You can see the details at the CVS gift card post.
Now, I highly doubt I will make it this far, and the way that CVS taxes products has since changed. This means that I will be very careful to only purchase products that my family can use, or which I can donate, because I will be taxed on everything.
This week was a small shopping week for me across the board, but it was still a great start on the Simply CVS Challenge.
CVS Gift Card Challenge – Week 1

Transaction 1:
CVS Baby Wipes 12 ct $0.99 – $0.99 CVS coupon = $0
Tax $0.06
Total out of pocket $0.06
Total Saved $0.99

Transaction 2:
2 x Reeses Peanut Butter Cups @ $0.89 each = $1.78 – $2 Facebook coupon = $0
Tax $0
Total out of pocket $0
Total Saved $1.98
Received $1 CVS Buck Back Green Bag Tag reward)
Week One of the Simply CVS Challenge
Total out of pocket $0.06
Total Saved $2.97
Received $1 Extra Buck back
Total Left on Simply CVS Challenge Gift Card $24.94

Now, thanks to Simply CVS I am already planning my next shopping week, and this time I will actually be spending money.
For next week’s shopping trip I am using the following Simply CVS posts, to help get me ready.

Simply CVS3/13 CVS ad with coupon match ups.
3/13 CVS Deals under $1 and Free CVS deals.

Whenever I need a little encouragement, I always revisit this CVS Shopping post.

You can read more about the $25 CVS Gift Card Challenge at Simply CVS.


I would love to hear how you did on your savings – you can link up below.

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