February 12, 2009

How Deals at CVS and Walgreens Help Me When We're Sick

We're all under the weather here at our house; a terrible flu virus has run through my daughter's second grade class (one-third of the class was absent on Tuesday). Not only does she have the nagging cough and intermittent fever, her two brothers have also caught it as well.

I'm fighting this nasty virus, too. Being Mommy means constant exposure to whatever germ of the week my kids bring home. Unfortunately, we moms don't get sick days, do we? ;-)

One of the *best* ways that shopping CVS and Walgreens has helped me over the past year or so (since I discovered the fabulous world of getting goodies for free or nearly free) has been the fact that my medicine cabinet is well-stocked with what I need when all of us get sick. Just about everything I need - Tylenol, Motrin, cold medicines - I have on hand after buying those items for a fraction of their true cost by combining coupons with store sales, rebates, and ECBs.

Need to stock up your medicine cabinet for the last gasp of winter flus and colds? Here are some great deals you can grab!


Weekly Ad, 2/8- 2/14

Nyquil Double Packs, Liquid or Liquicaps, $9.99 {earns 2 ECBs}

*$1.50/1, PG 2/8 and 1/18 (you might be able to use 2 coupons since this is a double pack)

Aleve 80-100ct {earns 4 ECBs}

*$1.00/1, SS 1/4; $1.00/1 printable here

February Extra Value Book (deals good all month)

CVS Children's Chewable Aspirin, $1.99

*Free after earning back $1.99 in ECBs

Band Aids, 10-25 ct childrens, earns $1.00 ECB

*$1.00/1, SS 02/08

Excedrin Migraine, 80-100 ct, earns $3.00 ECBs

*$2.00/1 printable here

Bayer Heart Advantage, 60 ct, earns $1.00 ECB

*$1.00/1, RP 02/01

Tylenol Arthritis, 150 ct, earns $3.00 ECBs

*$1.00/1, RP 01/04

Advil LiquiGels, 135 ct, earns $2.00 ECBs

*$1.00/1, RP 01/25

Buy (2) Triaminic Liquid, Thin Strips, or Vapor Refills, earn $5.00 ECBs

*$1.00/1, SS 01/04

*$1.50/1 printable

Buy (2) Theraflu Packets, Vapor Patch, Caplets, or Warming Syrup, earn $5.00 ECBs

*$1.50/1, SS 01/04

*$2.00/1 printable

Imodium Multi-Symptom 18-42 ct, A-D, 20-48 ct or Advanced,18 ct, earns $3.00 ECBs

*$4.00/2 or $1.00/1, RP 01/04 (depends on which region you're in)


Weekly Ad, 02/08-02/14

Halls Cough Drops, $0.99 with in-ad Coupon

*$0.50/1 or $1.00/2, SS 02/08 (depends on which region you're in)

Buy (2) Tylenol Cold or Pain Products, earn $3.00 in Register Rewards at checkout
Tylenol Cold, $4.99

*$1.00/1, RP 02/08 and RP 01/04

Tylenol PM & Tylenol Extra Strength, $7.49

*$1.00/1, RP 02/08 and RP 01/04

Buy (1) Mucinex 28-40 ct, $18.99, earn $4.00 in Register Rewards

*$1.00/1, SS 01/18

*$1.50/1, SS 12/14

Monthly Easy Saver Catalog Deals for February (deals good all month)

Buy (2) Children's or Adult Pepto, get $5.00 Rebate

*$1.00/2 or $0.55/1, PG 01/18

Buy (2) Triaminic or Theraflu, get $6.00 Rebate

*$1.00/1 Triaminic, SS 01/04

*$1.50/1 Triaminic printable

*$1.50/1 Theraflu, SS 01/04

*$2.00/1 Theraflu printable

Need help figuring out how to shop for deals at CVS or Walgreens? Read these:

*CVS Explained

*Walgreens Explained

I hope you won't find yourself needing any of these over-the-counter meds, but it's always better to have them on hand if you do!

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  1. Hi Marianne! It was great talking with you today.

    If you can make it on the show tonight (no pressure), this is a great topic and so true!

    Hope you get to feeling better very soon!

  2. Alyssa: Thanks for inviting me on...and for forgiving me for my awful sick-voice!

    So much fun!! Will link it tomorrow!

  3. I love your blog, just started trying to live frugal! I woke up sick this morning & saw your email. So I got out my coupons & headed to CVS after dropping off my son at school. I bought 2 Theraflus, 2 Triaminics & 1 excedrin for $36.15. Had $6 in coupons & got $13 in ECB. So it's like I spent $17.15!!!! THANK YOU so much! My husband is happy too!

  4. The Horns: I'm glad the post helped you!

    Now you've got a nice stash of ECBs to roll over at CVS - you're in the game!

    Thanks for commenting!


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