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 gather.com, 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 Gather.com. 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.

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

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