1. Extra Care Card
2. Scan Card at kiosk
Always scan your card at the price check kiosk machine. Most times it will print CVS store coupons. These can be stacked with a Manufacturer coupon to better your savings. Scan your card as many times as it will let you until it says No more prints available. Many times, it will let me scan it several times, and usually the last time around I may receive a $/$$ coupon. ( ex: $5 off $20 purchase) These are BEFORE Coupon!
3. Extra Care Bucks (ECB)
When you look at the CVS weekly ad, there will be items listed as ~ buy and receive $ECB…this is extra care bucks…your CVS MONEY! ECB’s prints separately on your receipt at the bottom. These are good on most anything in the store ( excluding pharmacy, tobacco, lottery, gift cards) You can cut them off, and use it to purchase your next item at CVS!!!!
**these have an expiration date so make sure you check it**
The key is to buy things that will give you an ECB, AND you have a coupon for.
Dry Idea deodorant: $2.99 get $2.99 ECB
Then there was a $1.00 coupon out at the same time
Therefore, I bought the deodorant,
Dry Idea Deodorant = $2.99
- $1.00 coupon
Total = $1.99
received $2.99 in ECB
This is what we call a MONEY MAKER!!!
4. Extra Care Bucks limits
ECB items usually have a limit, this is in fine print underneath the sale in the ad.
Example: The Dry Idea deodorant was a limit of 2. Therefore on the 1 Extra Care Card that I have, if I buy the Dry Idea deodorant that week, I will only get the $2.99 ECB 2 times.
5. The required ECB amount is always before coupons
If an items is stated in the ad:
Buy $10 worth of Cover Girl Cosmetics, Get $3.00 ECB
You can put $10 in your cart, and then use as many coupons as possible, and you will still receive the $3.00 ECB!
6.What if ECB is more than the total?
If you are wanting to pay with an ECB that is more than the your total, you will not receive cash back, but they can adjust the ECB down. Meaning if you have a total of $1.97 and your ECB is $2.00, you will simply lose the $.03.
*If it is anymore than $.30 I will always add in a small pack of gum or single piece of candy so I do not lose the money*
7. Rolling Extra Care Bucks
This is where it gets fun. The key to CVS shopping is to do smaller transactions, and roll over the ECB’s. Buy only a few items at a time, receive the Extra Care Bucks, and use those to pay for the next items you wish to purchase.
** I usually do a few transactions when I am in CVS, I just make sure there is not a long line, or I will let people go ahead of me***
Once you have everything in your buggy, before you check out, make sure that you set up your strategy. Divide your items into transactions to where you are paying with ecb’s for each transaction. You can use AS MANY ECB’s as needed to pay for an item.
EX: If your item is $4.00, you can use 2 $2.00 ECB’s or 4, $1.00 ECB’s!
The idea is to spend as little out of pocket. I would rather pay with Extra Care Bucks than money from my bank account.
8. Coupon Order
When at check out, use this order
1. scan card
2. scan items
3. scan any $/$$ coupons you may have
4. scan any CVS store coupons
5. scan any Manufacturer coupons
6. Scan ECB’s you are using
9. Always double Check Receipt for ECB’s
BEFORE you leave the store, make sure that any ECB’s you qualified for printed at the bottom of your receipt. If they did not, just politely question it. If for some reason you accidentally bought the wrong items, you can always return them ( I know from experience)
10. Rain Checks
ALWAYS ask for a rain check if they are out of an item you want. Rain checks do NOT expire at CVS. If the item has an ECB deal linked to it, when you redeem your rain check, they will manually prompt the machine to print the Extra Care Bucks!
Here is the CVS Corporate Coupon Policy. I advise printing it and taking with you if you encounter any problems.