CVS $5 Challenge: January 3-9

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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.

It’s a great week to start CVSing! There are several possibilities for scenarios under $5. Why not teach a friend the ropes for the New Year! :)

All you need is an ExtraCare Card, a CVS ad, a printer and coupons to get started. Be sure to register your CVS loyalty card with Upromise for extra college savings.

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

Join me on Sundays as I host The CVS $5.00 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.

Want to participate? Start by reading the rules here. New to couponing? Learn the lingo here.


Here is MY $5 Scenario for the week of January 3rd:
*coupons in red

Transaction #1
Buy 1 GE Energy Smart Bulbs @ $2.99
$1.00/1 GE Bulbs printable here (FF) or here (IE) OR
$1.00/1 GE Bulbs (SS insert 11/22- regional)

Total After Coupon= $1.99

ECBs earned= $2.00

Transaction #2
Buy 1 Aquafina (12-pk.) @ $2.49
Buy 1 Colgate 360 Manual Toothbrush @ $2.99
$1.00/1 Colgate 360 Manual printable here
Pay with $2.00 ECBs from above

Total After Coupon & ECB= $2.48

ECBs earned=$1.00, $1.00

Grand Total OOP= $4.47

Total Value= $8.47 with $2.00 ECBs remaining!

Keep rolling those Extra Care Bucks for more savings!


Now let’s see what fabulous scenarios you come up with for around $5.00!

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

    I’m kinda new at this, so I offer this tidbit with utmost humility! :) I used the GE light bulb coupon found here which is $1.50/1. Not sure if I did it right, but it worked and I walked out of the store having made a little money!
    .-= Amy Andrews´s last blog ..As 2009 draws to a close =-.

  2. Taka says

    I’m also a newbie! I wasn’t able to walk away with any extra ECBs but I did get $38.79 worth of products for $1.64 out of pocket…Here’s what I did today:
    Transaction 1 I bought 2 Oust, used B1G1 coupon from 1/3 inserts, total was $3.99 + tax but I used $3.50 ECBs to pay so my OOP was $.49 + $.52 tax; I got $6 ECBs for buying 2 Oust
    Transaction 2 Used the $6 ECBs from #1 to buy 6pk of Soyjoy bars, got $6 ECBs back, paid $.06 OOP
    Transaction 3 I bought 1 bag of holiday M&Ms at $0.99 and 2 ALL detergents for $3.99, used $3 off 2 coupon from 1/3 inserts and ECBs from Transaction 2, my subtotal was zero but tax was $.57 OOP


      • Taka says

        It’s not in the weekly sales ad. I was looking at the bonus pack section and the air fresheners were right near it in my store and I noticed the ECB tag and remembered that I had some B1G1 coupons from last week’s sunday inserts.

  3. Kari says

    I just got back from CVS and wanted to mention that although the packaging on the oust says limit 3, I purchased 4 and got $12 ECB. I’m not sure if it was a fluke, or if the limit is really higher? My receipt says I have 1 more to reach my limit, so maybe the limit is really 5? Just wondering if anyone else had this happen? Thanks so much

    .-= Kari´s last blog ..Today’s Gets…Free TP from CVS! =-.

  4. says

    The supervisor rang me up and he “warned” that I would not get ecb’s for all 4 Oust but I had Bogo free coupons so I told him that’s ok. Well They did give me $3 ebc’s for each Oust. So I got $12 too.

    • Alyssa Francis says

      Ha! That’s funny, Crystal. He is wrong, using a BOGO will not affect ECBs at all at CVS. We know better. ;)

  5. Amanda says

    Hi I was wonderng if anyone knows if you can use a CVScoupon and a Manufactor coupon on the same item? ( like target allows)

    I’m New to this couponing thing so all extra ifo would be great.
    danaamandanichole at yahoo dot com

    • Alyssa Francis says

      Hi Amanda- Yes, you sure can! CVS does allow you to “stack” a store coupon with a manufacturer coupon. You can even pay with ECB’s on top of that, so it’s a fantastic way to save big!

  6. Priscilla says

    My son had a horrible dentist visit and as a treat I was able to pick him up 2 toys for practically FREE because of this CVS challenge! Thank you and I love your website!
    .-= Priscilla´s last blog ..FREE Sample of Kleenex =-.

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