Thursday, April 30, 2009

CVS: Getting Started

A year ago, I thought nothing about dropping $10 on shampoo and conditioner and even more on razors. I had never even stepped foot in a CVS. That was until I found HotCouponWorld.

How it works:
Each week CVS offers items that let you earn Extra Care Bucks when you buy them.
Extra care bucks, also known as ECBs, work as cash on your next purchase.
By combining coupons, ECBs and store coupons it is easy to get most of your over ther counter meds, dental, and beauty care products free or close to it.

HotCouponWorld's CVS forum allows you to view ads weeks in advance so that you can collect the coupons.

First thing you need to do is get an Extra Care card. (register it online too!)
Most CVS introductions I have read recommend starting out with $5 in cash.

Example from this coming weeks sale:

$earn 3 ECB when you buy Adidas Deodorant $3.99 Limit 3
use 1 Adidas Anti-perspirant, deodorant, body spray or body wash, any size/variety $1.00/1 (5/30/2009) V 4/5/09
earn $2 ECB WYB Colgate Max Fresh or Max White $2.99 Limit 2
use 1 Colgate Adult or Kids Toothpaste, 4 oz.+ .75 (5/31/09) SS 2/22/09

Your total out of pocket will be about $5.50
and you will earn 5 ECBs to use on another purchase.

Another great deal:

earn $5 ECB when you buy Kelloggs Cereals 3/$10 Limit 1
Thanks to MoneySavingMom you can print $1/1 Kelloggs Coupons.
can use 3 of the $1/1 coupons
Also use the 5 ECBs you earned on the first transaction

making your total out of pocket only $2 for 3 boxes of cereal.
and you will earn a new 5 EBCs to use next week.

Eventually you will build a larger amount of ECBs to use each week, depending on the sales and the ECB payouts for the week.

Are you asking yourself, what if I dont need these items? Well they are only examples of combos, there are many more deals available. But I have to say, since I try to keep a 20 ECBs tab, it makes these things free and I can find a use for free stuff! I have a stash of 15 tubes of toothpaste, 30 shampoos and conditioners, 10 Glade Plugins, you get the idea...
My family stop by my house instead of Walmart when they need things.

Go check out HotCouponWorld and get started this weekend!


Denise said...

I've been a member of other coupon saving communities, but this is the first time I've heard of HotCouponWorld. I joined through your link and hope you get credit. I found your name on your blog mom2nji and signed up under that. I'm excited to see all HCW has to offer. Thanks for the link. Denise (momster4de3)

mom2nji said...

Denise, HotCouponWorld is the best! And thanks for the reps(credit) on there!