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Saving with CVS

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I don’t know about you guys, but I ♥ CVS.  Seriously love that place.  The pharmacist, Steve, knows me by name and is always so friendly and helpful.  In addition to Steve and his team I also love:

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All that AND they carry WINE.  It really is a magical place.  And it just got better!  Last month they changed their name from CVS Caremark to CVS Health.  They started the movement with the addition of the wholesome Gold Emblem Abound snacks and stepped it up one BIG notch when they decided to STOP selling tobacco products in their store. And they have programs at every store to help people kick the habit all together.  Pretty amazing!

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There’s also something else to really LOVE about CVS: the savings!  They have the nation’s largest savings and rewards program, ExtraCare.  I talked a little about couponing and the class I took in this post, but what I didn’t tell you is that the teacher of the class said that CVS is her go-to place for paper products, razors, medicine, and beauty products.  Like before, you have to do some work before you go.  First, you need to sign up for the Extra Care Program in-store, online, or in the app.  Then you want to enroll in the ExtraCare Beauty Club, they give you $3 on your birthday and $5 for every $50 you spend on beauty items.  Next, set up a Pharmacy and Health Rewards account, if you get regular prescriptions add them, you can manage your prescriptions and refills and occasionally earn Extra Bucks.  After this, connect your ExtraCare Card to CVS.com account to earn even more Extra Bucks.  Make sure you sign up for the Weekly Ad at from your local CVS on the website.

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After all this, go the CVS.com/extracare website to see your available offers and browse the weekly store deals.  While there, you can add the offers to your card or to a list that you can print and take with you.  After you’ve enrolled in the program/s and done some shopping at the store, occasionally CVS will send emails to enrolled participants with coupons like $3 awards.  These can be used like cash in store.  When you get one of these emails, read it carefully.  It will ask you to print it out at home, add it to your card, or redeem at the coupon kiosk.  Pay attention and do what it tells you.  Once you are in store, the first thing  you do it walk to the coupon kiosk and get your coupons!  You can do this with your card or by your email or phone number.

You can use these coupons as well as the ones loaded into your card and any other’s you printed out.  This is the prime time to pull out those manufacturer’s coupons.  Remember to go to the magical website before you shop to see what items are on extreme or have red stars.  If they also have coupons listed find them (using the method from this post) and you are about to triple your savings!  That’s the stuff good days are made of!

XOXO

A

PS – If you’re a Target fan, yuou can see my tips for saving money at Target here.

 

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Meet Sue

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Today’s mama is my mama!  You may remember her from this post.  She’s the most amazing mom ever.  She loves to laugh, always has a smile, is constantly looking on the bright side, and is the most nurturing person on the planet.  She truly sees the good in everyone.  She’s always up for an adventure.  She would give you her last penny if you needed it.  She’s taught me so many things in my life and continues to be an example of grace, patience, love, and faith.

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The Common Cold

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Back to school is a time of year when children glean more than just an education from their classroom and classmates, they can also get the common cold and many other illnesses.  Which means that parents, caregivers, teachers, and just about everybody else are at risk as well.  No fun!

My husband will tell you that I am a terrible patient who HATES to take medicine.  Sadly, this is true.  I chalk it up to having a fabulous mom that took really great care of me all the time, but especially when I was under the weather.  I just need a little extra TLC, sheesh!  Anyway, when Nick and I were engaged I got super sick but couldn’t take any time off work because I planned to use all my vacation days for the wedding and honeymoon.  One day he stopped by my office and brought me an entire grocery bag of get-well goodies.  Orange juice, cough drops and syrups, magazines, vapor rub, healing bath salts, tea, shower melting things, a humidifier with essential oils… I think he basically bought out the entire medicinal section.  Love that man.  The bottom line is that no one has time to be sick, no one likes being sick, and I don’t like to take medicine!  Ha!  See, it’s true.  But I am a fan of vitamins – go figure.

Today’s pinsperation is all about the common cold.  For more health inspiration follow my Health and Fitness Board.  You can find all my boards and pins here.  Enjoy!

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Self Defense and CVS Snacks

headerLast night I hosted the first ever Momtourage Safety Course with our expert, Hector Alvarez of Violence Prevention Academy – Alvarez and Associates.  It was eye opening and empowering.  Hector is a wealth of information and no topic was off the table.  I’m taking so much info from the course and applying it to my daily life.

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Mama Tech: Top 10 apps for Moms and Kids

 

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A good app can make life soooooo much easier!  I love when I can get things out of my mind and clear up some space.  I also like an app that will keep my kids busy and educated.  I’ve never really given my kids free range of my phone or even let my kids handle my phone much.  Not that there’s anything wrong with that, it’s just been what I’ve done, it wasn’t a conscious choice I made, it was just something I never thought to do.  Both my kids get plenty of tech exposure from relatives and their dad.  From phones to the iPad, they know how to navigate to apps or pictures.

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