CVS $5 Challenge: June 6-12

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cvs-5-dollar-challengeWelcome, 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 is a great week for newbies at CVS. 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. Curious how to do multiple transactions at CVS? Read this post.


Here is MY $5 Scenario for the week of June 6th:
*coupons in red

Transaction #1
Buy 2 Mylanta or Rolaids @ $3.99
$4.00/2 Pepcid, Rolaids and Select Medications Coupon (RP insert 06/06/10)

Total After Coupon= $3.98

ECBs earned= $4.00

Transaction #2
Buy 2 Pantene Pro-V Shampoo/Conditioner @ $3.49
- (2) $1.00/1 Pantene Product Coupon (Parade 05/23/10) or Rouge Magazine
Pay with $4.00 ECB’s from above

Total After Coupons & ECB’s= $0.98

ECBs earned=$2.00

Grand Total OOP= $4.96

Total Value= $14.95 with $2.00 ECBs remaining.

Keep rolling those ECBs 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. says

    I just had a question about these scenarios. You always seem to walk away with ECBs and RRs, so why do you not include those in the next weeks scenarios? Do you buy something else with them during the week? I was just curious. I had been wondering about that for some time now.
    .-= Amanda´s last blog ..Update on Tom Thumb Mix and Match Sale =-.

    • Alyssa Francis says

      @Amanda, That’s a great question, Amanda. My goal with the challenges has always been to help and inspire the newbies. So each week, someone completely new to CVS or Wags can jump in and spend under $5 to get started playing the drugstore “game”.

      But you have a very valid point, and perhaps I should add another scenario each week for those with ECB’s or RR’s from the week before.

      Thanks for your feedback! :)

      • says

        @Alyssa Francis, I’ve started doing the same with my scenarios. I want them to reflect the deals newbies are able to take advantage of. My actual out of pocket is less the previous week’s remaining ECBs.

      • says

        @Alyssa Francis,

        Thats great! I’m just getting my blog started up and I know some of my readers are new because they are my family who are always asking how I do that, so I haven’t really decided the best way to go about doing the posts yet, so I’ve just been showing exactly what I got and with what coupons. I put my post from today in up there as number 10. I’ve never linked a post up before, but I thought this was an especially good week. =)
        .-= Amanda´s last blog ..Update on Tom Thumb Mix and Match Sale =-.

  2. Monic says

    i love the scenarios the way they are i go to other pages sometimes to see other scenarios and they start with a lot of EBCs when you don’t have them or you are a newbie is hard to follow or to use that as a shopping list

  3. says

    I did pretty good this week. I bought 8 items, spent $6.98 before tax and I have $9 in extra bucks for next week, or my next visit. :0)
    .-= JamieAnne´s last blog ..CVS $5 challenge =-.

  4. says

    Since many people are reporting getting a $5 off $15 on their receipts (I got one Sunday with my FREE milk coupon) I included that in my first transaction. Also, I got $2 off Dove, and only paid $0.50! I’m more excited about that than 6 FREE Dove deodorants.!

    I made a short video (link #9) to help those visual learners, too. Check it out!
    .-= FrugalFriend´s last blog ..CVS Deals June 6-12 =-.

  5. Lauren says

    I did my first Mr. Linky today! SO excited to be getting in on this! Hoping it helps someone!
    .-= Lauren´s last blog ..I rocked CVS – Spent $4.69 Saved $43.04 =-.

  6. Stacey in Texas says

    My question is, do you go to the register letting the casheir know that you are diving up your purchases in more than one transaction? Do they ever give you a hard time for doing this? I typically use all my ECBs to use the following week but I like that you use them the same day and are OOP minimally. :)

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