Throwdown: Target vs. CVS

By | November 18, 2013

I spent the last week hunkered down at home writing articles on British fashion and bridal apps. Today, with no deadlines other than the self-imposed variety, I decided it was a good day for a field trip. Other coupon moms speak of CVS in such reverent, awe-struck tones that I thought I’d give it a try to see if the interloper could come between Target and me. Here’s how it went down:

 

Round 1: Peanut butter

CVS: Skippy peanut butter, 16.3 oz., sale price 2/$5, coupon $.75/2 = $4.25 for 32.6 oz., or  $.13/oz.
Target: Market pantry, 40 oz., regular price $4 = $.10/oz.

Unless you just prefer Skippy over Market Pantry, Round 1 goes to: Target.

 

Round 2: L’oreal hair color

CVS: $9.79 , $4 in ECBs, 2 coupons for $3/1 = 2/$9.58
Target: $7.99 + 2 coupons for $3/1 = 2/$9.98

Round 2 goes to: CVS (But keep in mind that I wouldn’t have been able to use the $4 in ECB until my next purchase. Without that, the round would have gone to Target. You can calculate it either way; you just can’t double-dip!)

 

Round 3: Purex

CVS: $5.99 for 18 ct UltraPacks. $4 ECB for a $10 purchase. So 11.98 for 2 and $4 ECBs  = 36 packs for $7.98, or $.22/each.
Target: $8.99 for 61 packs = $.14 each.

Round 3 goes to: Target.

 

Admittedly, this is a very small, statistically insignificant sample. But based on this, I doubt I’ll be going to CVS again. It’s farther away, and the Extra Care Bucks – the only thing that keeps CVS in the running – require another trip.

And that’s not even counting the Target REDcard. You have one, right? If not, why the heck not? Unless you’re committed to paying with cash – the actual green stuff, rather than a debit card – I can’t think of a good reason not to get 5% off every purchase. And, no, I get no commission whatsoever for saying that, although I should. 😉

You can read more about my basic strategies for Target and Walgreens here.

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