Are You Ready to Play the Drug Store Game?

May 11, 2010 in Couponing,CVS

It’s another great week at CVS. Yesterday I got two tubes of toothpaste, a box of panty liners, a box of tampons and a razor for just 74 cents!  If you’ve been resisting CVSing, now is a good week to get started because Crest Pro-Health toothpaste and U by Kotex tampons (or pads and liners) are both free with ExtraCare Bucks through Saturday (and you can save even more with coupons). 

There are moments when I feel like a complete dork for getting so excited about my weekly trip (or trips) to CVS, but it feels so great to know that I haven’t paid more than a dime for things like body wash, toothpaste, mouthwash, tampons, and dish soap for the past four months.  I heard about CVSing, also known as the Drug Store Game, for months before I decided to try it.  I resisted the idea that getting ExtraCare Bucks was worth my time or effort for many of the reasons I hear from my friends now:

It Takes Too Much Time

It takes all of 10 minutes or so to figure out what’s on sale and part of an ExtraCare Bucks promotion.  Sites like I Heart CVS and Southern Savers are great resources for finding coupon matches that will help you to save even more on your purchases.  10 minutes of figuring out deals for a week often translates into $25 in savings.  Maybe you make $25 for 10 minutes of work, but I definitely don’t.

I Don’t Need the Things That Are On Sale

Sure, there are some things that you can get for free like Depends or glucose monitors that you may not need, but toiletries, paper products, and cleaning supplies are things that almost everyone needs (and are often free with ExtraCare Bucks at CVS).  Plus, if you aren’t embarrassed about buying things like Depends, you can buy them to get Bucks for things you actually want and then donate them to a charity that could use them.

There Are Too Many Exclusions

The only things you can’t use ExtraCare Bucks are prescriptions, alcohol, gift cards, lottery tickets, money orders,  postage stamps,  pre-paid cards and tobacco.  One of my friends went on and on about how this limited her from using ExtraCare Bucks.  Almost all of the things I use on a daily basis fall out of these categories (and that’s probably a good thing).  Plus, if you’ve been in a CVS lately, you know there’s plenty of other stuff to buy.  You can use ExtraCare Bucks to get necessities like milk and bread, or As Seen on TV impulse buys (I’ve been eyeing the Big Top Cupcake).

I understand that this isn’t for everyone, but now’s a great time to try it out!

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Cassie May 11, 2010 at 11:27 am

Thanks for a great post. I’ve had a CVS card for awhile now, but never really understood how to use it to my advantage. I signed up for an online account and found out I have been missing out on some great savings!

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single&saving May 11, 2010 at 11:33 am

That’s great! I had mine for 5 years before I started using ExtraCare Bucks and can’t believe I didn’t try it out sooner. You’ll be amazed at how much you can save there.

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Katie May 11, 2010 at 7:54 pm

I was planning to skip my weekly CVS trip this week, but you have inspired me to gather up some coupons and head out!

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single&saving May 12, 2010 at 5:29 pm

Great! Can’t wait to hear what you got.

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Sean W. May 12, 2010 at 3:39 pm

Thanks for the tips cousin, I was able to get tooth paste, Ajax dish soap and 2 right guard deodorants for 6.72 at CVS using coupons and the CVS card!

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single&saving May 12, 2010 at 3:43 pm

That’s great, Sean! I love that you went CVSing…watch out, it gets addictive.

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chelseavose October 25, 2011 at 1:43 pm

I still don’t get it… I think I need a step by step lesson on how to get things free and how to research…. :) That would be great if you had time.

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single&saving October 25, 2011 at 3:30 pm

I’m teaching my friend Emily about couponing in the next couple of weeks. I’ll have to blog or vlog the experience. I promise that it’s not that hard; I was intimidated by drug store deals for a long time but it’s totally worth learning.

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chelseavose October 25, 2011 at 5:31 pm

thanks! I cant wait!

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