Saturday, July 4, 2009

CVS Shopping Basics

I have been procrastinating. It took me awhile to figure out how CVS shopping works. It has taken me a little while to figure out how to explain CVS shopping! Here's my attempt! It really isn't as difficult as it sounds - just try it and you'll see!


CVS has a rewards card called the Extra Care Card. By shopping using this card, you earn Extra Care Bucks, or ECB's. You earn 2% of your purchases each quarter back in ECB's plus one ECB per prescription you have filled ($2 ECB in promotion periods). Extra Care Bucks are bucks that can be spent in the store like cash. To get started with ECB's, there is an initial investment, but that investment grows as you shop smart and pair coupons with ECB deals.

Earning ECB's
  • Earn ECB's through normal shopping - 2% of your purchases are refunded each quarter as ECB's
  • Purchase specific items for extra ECB's
  • Fill prescriptions
Using ECB's
  • ECB's print out on the bottom of your receipt. They have an expiration date - make sure to not let them go to waste!
  • When checking out, use your ECB's like cash - just don't pay with more ECB's than the total - you won't get them back in change.
  • You can "roll" ECB's that are near expiration by using them on deals that net more ECB's.
  • Check your newspaper insert for details on ECB deals for the week. Pay attention to limits - if you purchase more than the limit, you will not get extra ECB's
Getting Started
Here are some deals for this upcoming week (starting Sunday 7/5) that can get you rolling. Thanks to Centsational Saver for these details!
  • $.89 CVS Brand Pantiliners 22 ct., earn $.89 ECB
    Limit 1
    Cost: $.89 but you get $.89 back in ECB's to use later
  • 3/$10.00 Post Cereals, earn $5.00 ECB when you buy $10.00
    Limit 1
    $1.00/2 Post Grape Nuts, Shredded Wheat, or Raisin Bran Cereal 6/21/09 SS
    $2.00/1 printable here
    Cost: Money Maker to $1.33 each after coupons and ECB
  • 2/$2.00 Dawn 10.3 oz., earn $1.00 ECB
    $0.25/1 Dawn, any size 6/7/09 P&G
    Cost: $.25 each after coupons and ECB

There are many other scenarios posted on the Centsational Saver blog.

Happy Deal Hunting!


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