CVS 5/10 (Wayland) – $3.87 Profit on $70.07 Worth of Merchandise (105.5% Saved)


CVS 5-10So yesterday was an odd day for me at CVS.  Normally CVS trips I don’t have to worry about things going wrong.  They just work.  Not this week apparently.  During the first transaction every single Tena coupon beeped.  (The cashier manually overrode this.)  During the second transaction, for some odd reason, one of my Extra Bucks beeped, so the cashier put it in manually as a CVS coupon. Because of that change, the amount deducted by my 30% off email coupon dropped turning that second transaction from having a small profit to costing me a small amount.  Actually, it has the potential to cost me more, as the Optic White toothbrushes didn’t count towards their Extra Bucks deal either and thus I was shorted $10 in Extra Bucks.  CVS has always been good about making things right, so I am going to assume that they will print manual Extra Bucks for me tomorrow.  Still even with the hiccups, a profit on over $70 worth of stuff is nothing to sneeze at, so assuming they make the Colgate Optic White right, I’m ok.  So here’s how it went:

Transaction #1:

For some reason every single Tena coupon beeped but the cashier overrode the machine.

FOUR TENA SERENITY LINERS 26CT on sale BOGO 50% off $3.99
Get $4 in Extra Bucks when you buy two Tena Products, limit 2
Used (4) $2/1 Tena Product Printable Coupon (preclipped)
Price at register: $3.96 but got $8 in Extra Bucks
Net Price: $4.04 MONEYMAKER!!!

Transaction #2:

FIVE SALLY HANSEN HARD AS NAILS, regular price $3.19
Get $5 in Extra Bucks when you spend $15 on Sally Hansen Cosmetics, limit 3
Used (5) $1.50/1 Sally Hansen Nail Color Printable Coupon; Includes $3.19 or More Printable Coupons
Price at Register: $8.45, but got $5 in Extra Bucks
Net Price: $3.45 or $0.69 each!

Get $5 in Extra Bucks when you spend $15 on L’Oreal Hair Care or Color, limit 1
Used (4) $2.00/1 L’Oreal Advanced Haircare Shampoo or Conditioner – 4-26-15 RP; Excludes 1.7 oz, Trial or Travel Size (exp 05/23/15)
Price at Register: $10, but got $5 in Extra Bucks
Net Price: $5  or $1.25 each!

For this next one, I am going to assume they are going to reimburse me my Extra Bucks when I go back in and talk to them.

Get $5 in Extra Bucks when you spend $10 on Colgate Optic White Products, limit 2
Used (2) $1.00/1 Colgate Total, Optic White, Enamel Health, Max Fresh, or Sensitive Toothpaste – 5-3-15 SS; Includes 3 oz or Larger; DND (exp 05/16/15)
Use (2) $1.00/1 Colgate 360 or Slim Soft Manual Toothbrush – 5-3-15 SS; DND (exp 05/23/15)
Price at Register: $16.16, but (hopefully) will get $10 in Extra Bucks
Net Price: $6.16 or $1.54 each!

I kinda got the short end of the stick with my % off coupon.  For some odd reason one of my Extra Bucks beeped, so the cashier put it in manually as a CVS coupon.  (Most Extra Bucks are manufacturer funded.)  Only because the % off coupons are calculated off the post CVS coupon amount, it dropped almost $2 off my % off coupon. 🙁

Used (1) 30% off email coupon (Deducted $14.44)
Net Price: $14.44 MONEYMAKER!!!

Total Retail Value of All Merchandise: $70.07
Net Price Paid for Everything: $3.87 PROFIT!
Savings Rate (excluding tax): 105.5%

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  1. Timoree says:

    I have been having trouble in the past month with using % off coupons and having them adjust down once I use ECB. It’s is frustrating and has become increasingly difficult to figure out my total before I check out because I never know how their register is going to calculate discounts. I’ve had the cashiers tell me things such as the % comes off after MQ which hasn’t been the case in the past. How is it supposed to be calculated (CVS coupons, beauty rewards come off before % off then MQ?)

    • Wayland P says:

      Take your total. Subtract any items on sale. Subtract any CVS $ off coupons that are not manufacturer funded, including Extra Bucks. (For the ECBs usually these will be ones that are manually printed ECBs, beauty club or earned on CVS items.) You can tell whether or not they are manufacturer funded, (both for ECBs and store coupons) by looking if they have MFR beneath the barcode to the right of the number. If it has MFR it will not effect your %-off coupon. If it does not, it will.

  2. Regina Sellers says:

    Great job!!! My Tena coupons beeped today too. The cashier manually put them in though. The CeraVe is bogo 50% off and I bought two soaps and had two $6.00/1 coupons and he had to manually put one in but wouldn’t do the other one (saying the register was rejecting it), so I had him take off one and I ended up paying $.29 for the one. He also had a problem with the Almay coupon (free makeup remover with purchase of mascara or eyeliner) but he called a manager and he finally got it to go through and took off $8.79 for makeup remover.

  3. Old Granny says:

    Mr. Wayland
    Those are the breaks! No one owes you anything.

    CVS has always been more than fair, more than accommodating whenever I have shopped there.

    I try not to be a prick, because those cashiers are still my neighbors.

    They stopped selling tobacco and with the exception of a few crotchety cashiers, they are really OK.
    They were even cool with those tiny Nivea lotion MMs. C’mon.

    I really don’t “know” CVS. Steve can tell you the order to present the coupons and some other
    neat stuff about CVS.

    Try watching the videos. Sometimes I watch to see people that have actually gone to the store, before I go.

    Word of the Day:


    adjective: crotchety
    “he was tired and crotchety”
    synonyms: bad-tempered, irascible, irritable, grumpy, grouchy, cantankerous, short-tempered, tetchy, testy, curmudgeonly, ill-tempered, ill-humored, ill-natured, cross-grained, peevish, cross, fractious, pettish, waspish, crabbed, crabby, crusty, prickly, touchy, snappish, snappy, cranky, ornery
    “it’s the dreadful arthritis that has made him so crotchety”

    Maybe you can make that $5 in “points boosters” at Wags work for you.
    Thanks for reminding me to have a good attitude of gratitude.

    I am even going to walk some of these L’oreal Butterfly mascaras over to my neighbors. They really enjoyed them.

    Please, no more selfies.

    Try to have a good day young man

  4. Great job!…..Unfortunately big changes have hit us hard here in South Texas. I think in quite a few Texas stores. We have had big changes to how Cvs takes our coupons, we are now only allowed to use one coupon per item per transaction Ex. if I were to buy 4 bottles of tide detergent I can only use one $2 coupon instead of using 4 they will only take one! supposedly this is all coming from corporate. so much harder to work the deals that you guys post for us… sad.

    • Steve Pinski says:

      I would call the corporate office about this. That sounds like a load of baloney. I think your stores or a district manager covering a few stores is making things up and needs to be reprimanded.

      • I think corporates phones have been ringing off the hook…but nothing has changed. I heard they had a big meeting and decided to make these new changes. This is reaching stores from here in south texas all the way to El Paso and Laredo. It was a district manager that began this whole mess but I was told that corporate is the one telling them to inforce these new changes or its their jobs.

        • Steve Pinski says:

          Well, that’s the only want things might change. Otherwise you’re kind of screwed.

    • Wayland P says:

      You may want to contact corporate about that, that’s not what their coupon policy states.

      “CVS/pharmacy accepts one manufacturer coupon and applicable CVS/pharmacy coupon(s) per item, unless prohibited by either coupon offer.”

  5. Christa says:

    I got a tip from another component that a bright CVS manager figured out that to make it go smoothly, ECBs first, then manufacture coupons and % coupons LAST. Haven’t tried it myself yet but it came from a reliable source who saw it done. Hope this helps.