CVS $5 Challenge: May 16-22

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 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 May 16th:
*coupons in red

Transaction #1
Buy 1 Clairol Herbal Essences @ $2.99
$1.00/1 Herbal Essences product (RP insert 05/16/10)

Total After Coupon= $1.99

ECBs earned= $2.00

Transaction #2
Buy 1 Colgate Pro Clinical Toothpaste @ $3.99
$1.00/1 Colgate Pro Clinical printable or (SS insert 05/16/10)
Pay with $2.00 ECB’s from above

Total After Coupons & ECB’s= $0.99

ECBs earned=$2.00

Transaction #3
Buy 1 Mennen’s Speed Stick Stainguard @ $2.99
$0.75/1 Lady Speed Stick printable
Pay with $2.00 ECB’s from above

Total after Coupon & ECB’s= $0.24

Grand Total OOP= $3.22

Total Value= $9.97 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.

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About Alyssa Francis

A thirty-something wife and mother of four! Two daughters by birth, one son by marriage, and a sweet baby boy born in April of 2009. Oldest sister of four girls raised by a single mom. California native. Grew up in Hawaii. Somehow ended up in North Texas. Once a single mom. Former agnostic. A survivor of abuse and addiction. Forgiven by a great big God. Married to my best friend.


  1. You’ll never believe what I did this week Alyssa! I started over $30 so I could use my $5 off $30 coupon.
    .-= JamieAnne´s last blog ..Introducing: Email Your Deal for a Chance to Win =-.

  2. Fun! I love this $5 Challenge. I think I may be addicted. Thanks for the linky!

  3. Thought I would pass along a scenario that I did last night at CVS if you’re interested. Have a great day!



    Blade 5 Razor $6.99, Limit 1
    Pay: $6.99, Receive $6.99 in Extra Bucks
    Final Price: FREE

    Herbal Essences $2.99, Limit 2
    Aussie Shampoo, Conditioner or Styling Product $2.99
    Buy any Herbal Essences or Aussie Shampoo or Conditioner and Receive $2.00 in Extra Bucks
    Purchase 1 Herbal Essences Shampoo or Conditioner
    Purchase 1 Aussie Shampoo or Conditioner
    Purchase 1 Aussie Styler Product (i.e. Hairspray or Mousse)
    *Use 1, Buy Aussie Shampoo or Conditioner, Get Aussie Styling product FREE (RP 5/16)
    Use 2, $1.00/1 Herbal Essences Shampoo, Conditioner or Styler Products (SS 5/16)
    *Pay: $5.98 to $6.97, Receive $4.00 in Extra Bucks
    *Final Price: $1.98 to $2.97
    (*Coupon varies from region to region; Some Aussie coupons are BOGO. Some are Buy One get $2.00 off the purchase of an Aussie Styler)

    Tampax Pearl 36-40 Count $7.99, Limit 1
    Buy Tampax Pearl and Receive $2.00 in Extra Bucks
    Use 1, Tampax Pearl or Compak Pearl 18 Count or Higher (PG 5/2)
    Pay: $5.99, Receive $2.00 in Extra Bucks
    Final Price: $3.99

    Use 1, $4.00/$20.00 CVS Extra Bucks coupon printed from Extra Bucks in-store kiosk (I can verify it’s been printing this week as I just printed one off last night.)

    Sub -Total: $23.95 + tax
    Total after manufacturer coupons and CVS coupon: *$13.96 to $14.95 + tax, Receive $12.99 in Extra Bucks
    Final Price after Extra Bucks: *$0.97 – $1.96

    **Even if you are unable to print the $4.00/$20.00 CVS Extra Bucks coupon from the in-store kiosk, you will still only pay $4.97 to $5.96 for everything!

  4. The linkys don’t seem to be showing up for me on multiple browsers…is anyone else having this problem?
    .-= Claire at Saving Money Plan´s last blog ..*Hot* Another Way to Earn Money Printing Coupons! =-.

  5. I am new here and this is only my second week doing this with CVS. I know I went over by 2 bucks but I needed toilet paper.. other wise I would have walked out with 7 ECB’s like when I walked in.

    transaction #1
    5 Blade razor @ 6.99
    used my 7.00 ECB from last week
    grand total of 0.00
    got 6.99 in ECB from razor purchase.

    transaction #2
    3 musketeers bar .49
    used .25 cent off coupon (5/16 insert)
    Aussie scrunchie spray 2.99
    Aussie Moist Conditioner 2.99
    used 2.00 off coupon (5/16 insert)
    Herbal essence hair mousse 2.99
    used 1.00 off coupon (5/16 insert)
    Tone bar soap 1.88
    Colgate pro toothpaste 3.99
    used 1.00 off coupon (5/16 insert)
    CVS beauty q tips .99
    used 1.00 off coupon printed from Redbox
    Gillette body wash 4.99
    got it free with coupon (5/16 insert)
    Gillette deodorant 5.49
    used 3.00 off (5/16 insert)

    Used my 7.00 ECB
    grand total of 7.05 oop
    gained 7 more ECB from transaction #2

    transaction #3
    CVS brand toilet paper 4.99
    used 1.00 off coupon printed from redbox

    used 5 EBC
    grand total of 0.00 oop
    2 ECB left for next week.
    .-= Windy´s last blog ..Awesome deal alert @ Krogers =-.

  6. This is such a cute site. Love it.
    .-= Bree´s last blog ..I HATE TAX!!!!!!! =-.

  7. Love CVS, am with Bree though, that tax is a killer. I have learned from others to put my coupons in order correctly and it helps pay for some of it so I can get lower out of pocket. I, too, try to keep my OOP down–now that I have my extra bucks built up I can keep it under $1 usually, except that tax can kill you!
    .-= Cheryl at Simply CVS´s last blog ..Contacting Companies to Receive Coupons thru Snail Mail =-.


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