The CVS $5 Challenge: July 5-11

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Welcome, my fellow CVS fanatics and newbies! It’s Sunday, time for our weekly CVS $5 Challenge. The place to go for simple CVS scenarios with step-by-step instructions.
Update: I will soon be featuring The Walgreens $5 Challenge on my blog each Sunday as well!  Until I get it up and running, feel free to link up your Walgreens scenarios here.  Same rules apply.  Have fun!
Don’t forget you can now grab a clickable CVS $5 Challenge Button for your post or blog.

If you are a first time visitor, here’s the lowdown:

Join me on Sundays as I host The $5.00 CVS Challenge!

Seasoned CVSers: share your best scenario(s) for the upcoming week at CVS.

Your budget: $5.00 out-of-pocket cash.

Your mission: to grow that $5.00 into even more ECBs to use in upcoming weeks.


*RULES* Bloggers: Please make sure at least one scenario is $5 OOP or less

1. Come up with your best scenario/scenarios for the upcoming week at CVS using the current weekly ad, monthly deals, and coupons available. Your budget for Out of Pocket (OOP) expenses on the first transaction is only $5.00 (either cash OOP or ECBs on hand).

2. Using up to (3) scenarios (we don’t want to overwhelm the newbies with too many transactions), offer up your best scenarios to “grow” that $5.00 into more ECBs to use in following weeks.

3. If you want to divide your $5.00 allowance over the three scenarios to make them work, that’s fine!

4. Be sure to list coupons by inserts and/or with links to printables to make it easier for everyone to follow along.


Here is MY $5 Scenario for the week of July 5th:
*coupons in red

Transaction #1
Buy 1 Caliber or CVS Pencils (20-pk.) or Double Blade Pencil Sharpener @ $0.99
Buy 1 CVS Pantiliners (22-ct.) @ $0.89
Buy 2 Dawn Dish Soap @ 2/$2.00
(2) $0.25/1 Dawn (P&G 7/5/09)

Total After Coupons= $3.38

ECB’s earned= $0.89, $0.99, $1.00

Transaction #2
Buy 3 Post Trail Mix Crunch cereals @ 3/$10.00
(3) $2.00/1 Post Trail Mix Crunch printables
$1/2 Post Cereals via Upromise (make sure you link your Extra Care Card to your Upromise account)
Pay with $2.88 ECBs from above

Total After Coupon & ECB’s= $1.12

ECBs Earned= $5.00

Grand Total OOP= $4.50

Total Value= $13.88 with $5.00 ECBs remaining!

Keep rolling those ECBs for even more savings!


There you have it! A way to play the CVS ECB game by helping newbies learn the ropes. And who knows – you just might be inspired yourself by some of the deals you find, too!

Simply post your scenarios on your blog, then drop by Keeping the Kingdom First and add your permalink to the Mr. Linky box below.

Please link directly to your scenarios. Links directly to your homepage will be deleted. Linking back to this meme to share it with others is greatly appreciated!

Don’t have a blog? You can leave a comment with your scenario, too. I invite everyone to participate!


  1. says

    I’m very excited about the Walgreens $5 Challenge! Thank you so much for bringing us the CVS $5 Challenge. I use it all the time to help plan my trips! :D

  2. Alyssa Francis says

    Hi Frugal Friend! The Upromise coupon is a loadable ecoupon that will actually add $1.00 to your Upromise account for college savings.

    You won’t see the savings on your receipt, but it will reflect in your quarterly account statement from Upromise. Log into your Upromise and activate your desired ecoupons every month. It is a simple way to save!

  3. says

    I was a little sad today when I went to CVS and tried to use 2 of the same manufacturer coupons to purchase 2 of the frebreze noticeables. They cashier told me that they were really cracking down on only taking 1 coupon per purchase for the same item and wouldn’t accept the 2nd coupon. I didn’t try to argue with her as I wasn’t quite sure if she was correct in what she said or not. I smiled and politely put back the frebreze as I didn’t want to pay that much for them. Have you ever had this happen before?
    .-= Dawn´s last blog ..CVS challenge 7/5 =-.

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