CVS $5 Challenge: September 12 – 18

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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 an easy week full of FREEbies! 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 FAQ’s.


Here is MY $5 Scenario for the week of September 12:
*coupons in red

Transaction #1
Buy 1 Brach’s Candy Corn, Autumn Mix, or Candy Pumpkins @ $0.99

Total= $0.99

ECBs earned=$0.99

Transaction #2
Buy 1 Tylenol Precise @ $5.99
$2.00/1 Precise External Pain Relief @CVS Printable AND
$2.00/1 Tylenol Precise (SS insert 09/12/10)
Pay with $0.99 ECB’s from above

Total After Coupons and ECB’s= $1.00

ECBs earned= $2.00

Transaction #3
Buy 1 Nivea for Men Active 3 Body Wash @ $4.99
$1.00/1 Nivea For Men Body Wash (RP insert 07/25/10)
Pay with $2.00 ECB’s from above

Total After Coupon & ECB’s= $1.99

ECBs earned=$4.99

Grand Total OOP= $3.98

Total Value= $11.97 with $4.99 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. Nikki Eddy says

    I hope this isn’t cheating, but our CVS is NOT a 24 hour store, which means they simultaneously run both weeks sales at the same time on Saturdays. That’s when I go in (good thing too because a lot is sold out and it’s not even Sunday yet) and this is the amazing deal I got! $43.52 in stuff and paid only $4 Out of Pocket. I also did not start out with any previous ECB’s.

    transaction #1-Skintimate Shave Gel (used $0.75 Q) – paid $3.24 OOP, got $3 ECB

    Transaction #2-Candy Corn – $0.99, Energy Chews – $1.99 – paid w/ my $3 ECB from Gel and got $3 ECB’s in return for candy and chews.

    Transaction #3-Tylenol Precise ($5.99) (used $2 CVS printable and $2 MFG printable) used $2 ECB from Chews = Free (I think I paid pennies in tax) got $5.99 in ECB’s, Men’s Nivea Wash ($4.99) (used $1 MFG from some Sunday paper) Paid with $1 ECB from Candy and used my $3/10 in Grocery Coupon I got when I walked in and scanned my card. Everything came out free (again, paid pennies in tax) In return I got back $5.99 ECB’s from Tylenol and $4.99 ECB’s from Wash = about $11 in ECB’s toward my next transaction:

    Transaction #5: Huggies ($8.99 from last weeks’ sale) bought 2 packages. Huggies wipes ($3.59), Purex ($3.99)

    coupons used: $5/25 CVS coupon, save $4 when you buy huggies and wipes CVS coupon, $0.50 off huggies wipes from some sunday paper, $4 off Huggies when you buy 2 printable, $0.35 off Purex (sunday paper) I then used my 11 in ECB’s from the last transaction and paid $0.17 out of pocket. Received $2 ECB’s from the Purex for next week.

    Altogether paid almost $4 for everything and still have $2 ECB’s for next week! By far my best week at CVS EVER!!

      • Nikki Eddy says

        @Melissa, I’d have to say that it’s really up to the person checking you out. Technically those are both items found at a grocery store at least that was the argument I made. The week before I used $3/10 Grocery on their summer clearance and she let me use it on beach balls and flip flops. I guess it just depends on who is checking you out.

  2. Stacy says

    So I started couponing last month and I am still getting the hang of things and need the help of a coupon expert.. or at least the opinion. CVS is advertising a $6 ECB on Olay Regenerist this week. In today’s paper, they have a coupon for $1 off Olay moisturizer and B2 moisturizers G1 regenerist free. I also have two q’s from a previous paper that are B1 moisturizer, G1 Olay Body wash free. Could I, in theory, team these all up together?
    IE- Buy two moisturizers, two body washes, and one regenerist. Use the $1 off for the moisturizer, use the 2 Q’s for free body wash for the body wash AND use the B2G1 regenerist Q for the Regenerist and get $6 back? So, all I’d be paying for is the 2 moisturizers -$1 off and getting the other 3 items free. Is that a legitimate deal? I’d appreciate any feedback!!

  3. Dee says

    very successful trip!

    4 lysol wipes @ 2.50 ea
    1 bounty basic paper towels 8pk @ 5.49 [3 day sale]
    1 tylenol precise @ 5.99
    1 lays bbq chips @ .99
    – $4 off $20 cvs cpn
    – $2 cvs tylenol cpn
    – $2 tylenol manf cpn
    – (4) $1 lysol wipe cpns (from hangtags in bi-lo earlier this summer)
    – $.25 bounty cpn
    – $10 ecb last week [johnson&johnson baby deal]

    subtotal $.22
    tax $1.24
    total oop $1.46!! + i received $7 ecb [$2 tylenol, $5 lysol]

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