One of my favorite places to shop is at my good old CVS Pharmacy. Without a doubt, just walking into CVS can be a bit overwhelming. Two words, “Price Tags”!! Just looking at them would make anyone go running out of the store. Yes, CVS is over priced on a lot of items, but after reading this post you will find that you can purchase those same over priced items for close to free.
How do you save at CVS?
Number 1: Sign up for an Extrcare Card. Your new card will be your life line to shopping at CVS. It will provide you with savings opportunities through e-mail newsletters and in store.
The Extracare system is a customer loyalty program. It will track all your purchases, savings and provide you with ECBs (extra care bucks), quarterly ECBs that you have earned on qualifying purchases.
How do I sign-up for an Extracare Card? Head to the nearest registar and ask to sign up for a card. After filling out the required form you can then begin your shopping experience or sign-up online and your card will be mailed to you.
Number 2: Register your card online at CVS. While you are registering your card don’t forget to sign up for the beauty club rewards (for every $50 beauty club purchase you will recieve $5 ECB). Within a week of registering you should receive your FIRST e-mail containing your first coupon.
What are Extra Cards Bucks or ECBs? These are in store cash coupons for future purchases. After making qualifying purchases they will print at the end of you reciept or at the “Magic” coupon machine. ECB usually expire 30 days from the date issued.
Every quarter CVS will track your spending (including prescription purchases) and provide you 2% back via ECB. Don’t forget your beauty club rewards as metioned above. Another way to save and go green is to purchase a Green Bag Tag for $0.99. Attach the tag to your reusable bag, for every 4 uses (scans) you will receive $1 ECB.
Number 3: Every time you enter CVS the very first thing you need to do is take your Extracare Card and scan it at the “magic” coupon machine. Usually located at the end of an aisle and near the cash registers. It is usually visable as you enter the store.
After scanning your card, you will receive numerous CVS in store coupons. The great thing about these coupons is that you can stack them (or use them) with a matching manufacturer coupon.
Number 4: Read the weekly ciculars, pairing the sales with coupons and ECB rewards. It sounds difficult to do, but really it is quite simple.
Number 5: Roll your extra care bucks by making multiple purchases.
Here is an example of 2 transactions using coupons and rolling ECBs.
Items on Sale:
Schick Hydro 5 Manual or Power Razor, $8.99
Get $4.00 ECB when you buy *limit 1*
Use $4.00/1 Schick Hydro Razor
Final price: $0.99 (after coupon & ECB)
Oral B Manual ToothBrush, $2.77
Get back $2 ECB, * Limit 2*
USE $1/1 Oral B Manual ToothBrush from P&G Mailer
Final Price: FREE, Plus make $0.13
Dawn Dish Detergent, $0.99
USE $0.25 off any one Dawn Dish Detergent
Purchase (1) Schick Hydro razor @ $8.99, get $4 ECB
USE (1) $4.00/1 Schick Hydro Razor
Pay Initially $4.00 OOP and receive $4 in ECB for your next transaction
Purchase (2) Oral B Manual Toothbrush @ $2.77 each, get $2 ECB each
Purchase (1) Dawn Dish Detergent, $0.99
USE (2) $1/1 Oral B Manual ToothBrush from P&G Mailer,
USE (1) $0.25 off any one Dawn Dish Detergent
USE $4 ECB from Previous Purchase
Pay $0.28 OOP and Receive $4 ECB to use on your next transaction
Rolling ECBs is possible. You use the extra bucks from last week on this week extra buck items and then you use this week’s extra bucks on items that give extra bucks next week. As long as there are extra buck deals each week (or at least once a month) you will be able to “roll” them over and over again before they expire. Makes sense?
If you are new to shopping at CVS watch for my CVS shopping trips. I will post items purchased, coupons used and ECBs rolled. If you are confused or have questions just ask. One of my favorite places to shop is at CVS.