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Getting Started at CVS June 27, 2009

Filed under: CVS,Getting Started — thesimplesaver @ 11:18 am


CVS is my favorite drugstore for getting GREAT deals! Here’s some info to get you started…

CVS has a customer loyalty program called Extra Care. Before you begin shopping at CVS, you will need to sign up for the Extra Care program at your local CVS or online at It is free and you will be given a card to scan with every CVS purchase. Your card works much like a Kroger Plus card or a Food Lion MVP card.

In the weekly ad for CVS, you will see many deals that say “$5 Extra Care Bucks”, “FREE after Extra Care Bucks”, “Spend $10 and receive $2 ECB”, etc. First of all, Extra Care Bucks (or ECB’s) are “CVS money”. If you purchase a product that gives you ECB’s, there will be a coupon at the bottom of your receipt for money off your next purchase.  The goal is to “roll” your ECB’s so that you can get free stuff again and again and again with very little money out of pocket!  Here’s is an example…

Let’s say that your CVS ad has Listerine mouthwash on sale for $4.99 and you receive $4.99 ECB’s.  In order to get this deal, have the cashier scan your Extra Care card and purchase the Listerine for $4.99 + tax.  At the bottom of your reciept, you will see a coupon that says you have earned $4.99 ECB’s.  These ECB’s can be used on another transaction right away or saved for another week.  ECB’s do expire so be sure to keep a check on the dates.

Let’s say that the next week CVS has deodorant for $2.99 with $1 ECB’s and razors for $3.99 with $3 ECB’s.  Here’s what your transaction would look like:

Buy deodorant for $2.99

Buy razors for $3.99

Use $.50 coupon for deodorant

Total:  $6.48

Use your $4.99 ECB from the previous week.  (Works just like cash!)

Pay $1.49 + tax

Receive $4 ECB’s off your next purchase!

As seen in the previous example, you can use coupons on items that give you ECB’s.  This is the best way to maximize your savings!  I will have CVS coupon matchups available in the near future!  One more thing you need to know when using ECB’s…You cannot get change back if your puchase is for less than your ECB’s.  If your purchase was $4.35 and you paid with $5 ECB’s, you would not get $.65 back.  When this happens, I always throw in a piece of candy or gum to make the purchase price more.


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