CVS personal/hygiene spending for August - savings with my ExtraCare Rewards

OMG Savings at CVS!

I am not what you would call a loyal shopper by any means, but I do believe brand loyalty pays off. That’s why I stick with certain stores for certain things.

A girl’s gotta stay clean! When it comes to personal supplies like shampoo, conditioner, and body wash, I go to CVS because your spending adds up quarterly and they constantly reward you for shopping there with coupons and additional coupons and offer chances to earn more rewards. One thing I like about CVS is if you can’t print your coupons, you can send rewards they send you to your card and print them in the store (yeah, I have a printer but it’s all out of ink :P)

When I first got paid, I stopped in to CVS to get some cash back and bought some L’Oreal True Match Mineral Powder (Nudge Beige) and a three-pack of gum. When I bought the face powder, I noticed an offer for $5.00 ExtraBucks when you spent $15 on L’Oreal products. I am loyal to this product. I won’t pay more than $10 for it– so I shop around from store to store to see who has the best deal on this. I knew I would get that $5 ExtraBucks that I could use when I was ready for my monthly supply run.

I paid $7.67. I saved 61% or $11.33.

The receipt breakdown is as follows:

CVS personal/hygiene spending for August - savings with my ExtraCare RewardsHerbal Essences Moroccan My Shine Conditioner (on sale for 2/$6)
Herbal Essences Naked Shine Shampoo (on sale for 25% off)
Caress Daily Silk Body Wash ($2 off with CVS coupon)
CVS Tampons (regular) 18 pack (20% off with CVS coupon)

I also got my birth control prescription (FREE… thanks Obamacare! &yes, you do just walk into CVS and hand them the prescription at first, then you can auto-refill it and pick it up and you don’t pay.. if your coverage works like that.)

My total savings this year with CVS ExtraRewards is $51.20. If you sign up or participate in ExtraRewards, make sure you are also signed up for the Beauty Club as well, which just adds to your rewards.

I’m a fairly simple girl. I know that these few items and some face powder isn’t necessarily what most people buy. The point is, I went in with a list, a little bit of preparation, and an idea of how much I could save if I combined all of the various offers. Next time we revisit CVS ExtraRewards, we will hear from one of my girls who puts way more effort into looking fabulous than me 🙂

Herbal Essences Shampoo & Conditioner and Oil of Olay body wash

How I saved almost half off at CVS

CVS ReceiptI spent a total of $9.75 at CVS the other day for my essential personal hygiene supplies for the month.

Herbal Essences Tealightfully Clean Shampoo (10 oz) [On sale for 2/$6 from $4.39 each + MFR coupon $1 off when you buy 2] Herbal Essences Tealightfully Clean Shampoo (10 oz) [On sale for 2/$6 from $4.39 each + MFR coupon $1 off when you buy 2] Oil of Olay Luscious Orchid Body Wash (23.6 oz) [On sale for $6 from $7.29 + MFR coupon $1 off]

At CVS, your spending each quarter accumulates, and after you reach certain amounts, they reward you with Extra Bucks. I’ve seen a few extra bucks through my spending, but also receive them occasionally in my email.  On this particular day, I had $1 in Extra Bucks so I decided to go to CVS.  

I am not brand-loyal at all but I do have preferences. My strategy this time was cutting out a variety of shampoo/conditioner and body wash coupons so I could have them ready when I went to purchase these items. You can go the extra mile and watch for sales if you want to, but most stores usually have something on sale.  CVS had Herbal Essences on sale 2/$6.  I had a coupon for $1/shampoo and conditioner.  This means I got my shampoo and conditioner for even less than I would’ve paid at Wal-mart.

Including the Extra Buck I printed out before I headed to CVS, my total was 9.00, $7.07 less than it would’ve been without any coupons, sales, or rewards bucks applied.

I felt pretty good after I left CVS.  I basically paid Walmart prices at CVS in midtown, which tends to have higher prices, without spending all the gas to drive to the burbs for my essentials.