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A CVS Primer for July

Posted By Jessica Fisher On July 1, 2008 @ 3:49 am In Budget Living,Grocery Geek | 11 Comments

I never set foot in CVS prior to February of this year. But after seeing bloggers post pictures of their purchases (insert raised eyebrow) and reading all that Money Saving Mom [4] had to say on the topic, I decided to give it a go. And I made plenty of mistakes. But, all in all, I can say that shopping at CVS has saved our family a ton of money and introduced us to products we might not have tried otherwise. For instance, FishPapa really likes Cranberry Grapefruit SoBe, but one can only get the diet variety here in KC. Thanks to a CVS sale on SoBe Lifewater, he has found a reasonable substitute.

If you haven’t tried out CVS’ Extra Care program, you might want to give it a go. If you use your brain and the math skills that God gave you, you, too, can save your family a chunk of change.

Here’s how:

1. Go to CVS.

2. Sign up for an Extra Care card if you don’t already have one.

3. Pick up a weekly ad and the current month’s Extra Care Book.

4. Look through the flyers for items that say “free after ECB’s.” Are any of these items that you or someone in your family will use? If so, choose two to three items to start. When you get to the checkstand, make sure you use your Extra Care card and have them run it before they run the items. Don’t forget to double check the ad with the items to make sure you got the right brand, style, and size of the item on sale.

In the July book, there aren’t too many “freebies,” but they are definitely items that most MOMS (or their daughters) will use. For example, purchase:

2 CVS Brand pantiliners @ $.99 each = $1.98
2 CVS Brand tampons @$1.49 each = $2.98

Your total should be $4.96 + tax.

You will pay out $4.96 (+tax), but receive back on your register receipt coupons or “Extra Care Bucks” (ECBs) totalling $4.96. You basically got those feminine products for free. The ECBs are good for about a month’s time. Don’t lose them!

Now, in many stores, there are scanning machines. If you scan your card, often it will spit out a coupon. A regular coupon that is generated is a $3 off $10 CVS brand purchase. So, hypothetically, if you got this coupon, you could do the following deal instead of the above scenario.


2 CVS Brand pantiliners @ $.99 each = $1.98
2 CVS Brand tampons @$1.49 each = $2.98
Choose $5.04 worth of CVS products to get your subtotal over $10.
Minus $3 coupon
Pay $7 + tax, receive back $4.96 in ECBs. It’s as if all the products you bought, really only cost you $2.04!

Now, if you spend your ECBs wisely, you will continue to save money on your pharmacy purchases.

Check out these primers:
June CVS Primer [5]
May CVS Primer [6]

The deals are no longer good, but they may help you understand how the ECB system works. Happy Shopping!

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