Save on Snacks and Sun Care at CVS/pharmacy #ExtraSavings #spon

by Marcy on June 27, 2014 · 1 comment

cvs extracare program savings

We are 5 weeks in to summer break at my house, and I can honestly say that this might be my best summer yet as a work at home mom. My girls are 4 and 8 now, and we are out of the diaper/nap/stroller/baby stage. And while I treasure those younger days with my girls, I have to say that I’m finding this stage to be a lot more fun! I’m going to soak it up while it lasts – because the tween years are a comin’! ;-)

One of the best things that we did this summer was a buy a membership to the water park at our local zoo. We live really close to the zoo, and after weighing our options, we felt that we got the biggest bang for our buck by purchasing this membership vs. joining a local pool. We saved over $200, actually. My girls have a wider variety of things to do, we are still close to home, plus we enjoy other zoo benefits (free zoo rides!), so it has been a win, win for us.

The water park opens at 10:30, so we typically try to get there around that time, and stay until about 12:30 or 1. I am not opposed to purchasing food at the water park, but obviously it can get expensive really fast. We are allowed to take 1 water bottle and 1 small snack baggie of food in per person. I try to keep a variety of snacks at our house, that I fill snack baggies with, but I also love these individually wrapped snacks from CVS/pharmacy:

save on summer essentials at cvs pharmacy

They are easy to grab, take up very little room in my bag, and keep us full until we can grab lunch at home. And when I do bag my own snacks, I often use CVS brand Total Home sandwich baggies:

cvs total home products

Sun care is also a very important part of our day at the water park. I have been using CVS brand sun care products for the last several summers, and I have been super happy with them. I love the spray products – SPF 50 for my kids (I use lotion on their faces), and SPF 30 for me and my husband (SPF 50 on our faces). We typically put our suits on and then go out on our patio to spray ourselves down. We rub the sunscreen in an let it soak in while we are driving to the park.

cvs brand sun care products

I also love CVS brand Aloe Vera when I accidentally get a little “crispy” and CVS brand dry shampoo since I often wait until we get home from the park to shower. It smells amazing!

Recently I shared 7 Ways to Maximize Your CVS ExtraCare Program Savings. CVS might not be the first store that you think of when you are trying to save on summer essentials, but CVS is actually one of the first stores that I visit to stock up on summer goodies. That includes sun care, snacks, make up, beauty products and more.

I know and trust CVS store brand products, and I have yet to find a CVS brand product that is inferior to the national brand. I will buy name brands – especially if I can earn ExtraBucks – but I also love the savings that can be had on CVS brand items. I always scan my CVS card at the “magic” coupon center when I walk in the store – and often I will receive coupons to save even more on the CVS brand products that I know and love. (My 4 year old actually looks forward to watching the coupons come out of the machine. :-)) And selfishly – I love that I can run in and out of any CVS store within minutes – with both kids in tow – because the stores are well laid out and a manageable size for me to get through fast.

In the next few weeks I’ll be sharing other ways that I save on summer essentials at CVS/pharmacy. I would love to hear what your favorite CVS products are in the comments!

View my weekly CVS/pharmacy sale and coupon match ups here.

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1 Marie June 28, 2014 at 11:06 AM

There are so many great things at CVS that it would take me all day to list them all. LOL! Seriously though, it is my go to store. I pass by CVS literally everyday and if you pair sales with coupons and extrabucks it is a win win in my book. There are days when I venture into Meijer/Walmart but many times I can get a better deal at CVS. Especially since I don’t have to drive as far. Plus, the employees are very nice and easy to deal with.( Being a couponer sometimes can be an issue)

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