Here are 3 things you’ll need to do before we get started…
- Go here to find a CVS near you.
- Sign up here (or in store) for a CVS Extra Care Card. If you’re excited to get started, ask for it at the store. Otherwise you’ll have to wait for it to arrive in the mail. You’ll need to have the card scanned for each of your purchases.
- Then register your CVS Extra Care Card, you’ll receive coupons from time to time and a $4 off $20 coupon right away just for signing up!
Next, earning ECBs…
ECBs are earned through promotions, such as “Buy X, receive $ in ECBs.” you will see these promotions in the weekly ads. The ECBs print at the end of your receipt – clip them and keep them as carefully as you would cash, they are linked to your Extra Care Card so no one else can use them, but if they are lost they will not be replaced.
Also, 2% of your spending amount will be issued to you quarterly. This is your post-coupon total spent. Rewards are redeemable in-store and online.
Here is an example of a recent FREEbie at CVS…
Colgate Total Advanced or Enamel Strength Toothpaste – $2.99 ea
Get $2.99 Extra Care Bucks (Limit 2)
USE $0.75/1 Colgate Total Enamel Strength Toothpaste printable
OR $0.75/1 from the 10/3 & 10/10 SS
Final Price: FREE + $0.75 Money Maker!
So let’s dissect this equation above….
If I was typing it out on the blog for you to read, it would look like it does above. If I were talking to you in person and I was telling you about this deal at CVS this is what I would say…
If you go to CVS this week and buy a tube of Colgate Total Advanced or Enamel Strength Toothpaste for $2.99 ea you’ll get $2.99 in Extra Care Bucks – they are like cash and you can spend them on your next shopping trip (or transaction.) There is a limit of 2 so you can buy (2) tubes and get (2) $2.99 ECBs (Extra Care Bucks). It gets even better, if you use this $0.75/1 Colgate Total Enamel Strength Toothpaste printable coupon or the $0.75 from the 10/3 or 10/10 Smart Source Sunday Coupon Insert you’ll end up paying $2.24 and getting back $2.99 in ECBs for a “Money Maker” of $0.75 per tube! Now since it’s not actually cash – I’m hesitant to call it a money maker, but it basically means you are now ahead $0.75 at CVS. I hope that helped!
How to keep your OOP (Out Of Pocket) low at CVS…
You can use your ECBs right away, just not on the same transaction you earned them on. So basically if you plan it out ahead of time and split your transaction up, you can use the ECBs you earned from the first transaction to pay for the second. They will print at the bottom of your first receipt so just tear it off of your receipt and hand it to the cashier.
ECBs expire a month after they were issued to you. So you want to keep getting items each week, or at least every other week, so that you don’t lose your ECBs. If you keep getting free items, or close to free after ECBs, then you are doing what is called “rolling” your ECBs. Every time a new ECB prints the expiration date is farther away. So you “roll” those ECBs so that you never lose them
Scan those Extra Care Cards!
Using the red price check/coupon scanners throughout the store you can scan your Extra Care card for more valuable coupons! Often you will receive a $/$$ coupon, such as a $4.00 off the purchase of $20.00 or more. Often this is the difference between your product being free or a money maker! I love to use these type of coupons to put towards an item I need that isn’t free or that I don’t have a coupon for.
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