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A CVS Primer for January

Posted By Jessica Fisher On January 3, 2009 @ 4:42 pm In Budget Living,Grocery Geek | 9 Comments

Months ago I prepared this primer [3] for the benefit of my two younger brothers at college. Neither one of them took advantage of their big sister’s advice. (Yeah, I can’t believe it either.) But, since I posted it to the blog, several moms have benefitted from it.

Now that I live a mere two blocks from said brothers, I intend to take them to task and teach them the ways of CVS and Walgreens. Here’s a CVS primer for you if you haven’t yet shopped there, making use of their Extra Care program. Prices should be good through January.

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” or those that give back ECBs. 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 January book, there aren’t too many “freebies,” but let’s go with what’s there. They’re helpful for cold season. And since they’re free, great things to stock up on.

Purchase:

Buy 2 Children’s Throat Cooler Ice Pops @$4.99 each = $9.98
Buy 1 Naso Gel Drip Free gel spray @$7.99
Your total should be $17.97 + tax.
Use this coupon [4] for the Throat Cooler and this coupon [5] for the gel spray. (The first you can print directly, the second you’ll need to fill out a form and they’ll email you the coupon.)

So, 17.97 subtotal
Minus $4.99 BOGO throat cooler coupon.
Minus $2 Naso Gel coupon
TOTAL $10.98 + tax

You will pay out $10.98(+tax), but receive back on your register receipt coupons or “Extra Care Bucks” (ECBs) totalling $17.97. You basically got those products for free PLUS got extra “money” to spend at CVS. The ECBs are good for about a month’s time. Don’t lose them!

Now, if you spend your ECBs wisely, you will continue to save money on your pharmacy purchases. If there are other items on sale that you need or will use eventually, purchase those. If you have manufacturers coupons, so much the better. Try to buy things that you have to have or items that generate more ECBs. This is called “rolling your ECBs.”

The above items have limits of 5 throat coolers and 2 nasal gels. So you could do the exact same transaction again. For example, you could buy:

Buy 2 Children’s Throat Cooler Ice Pops @$4.99 each = $9.98
Buy 1 Naso Gel Drip Free gel spray @$7.99
Your total should be $17.97 + tax.
Use this coupon [4] for the Throat Cooler and this coupon [5] for the gel spray. (The first you can print directly, the second you’ll need to fill out a form and they’ll email you the coupon.)

So, 17.97 subtotal
Minus $4.99 BOGO throat cooler coupon.
Minus $2 Naso Gel coupon
TOTAL $10.98 + tax

Pay with the ECBs that were generated from the Throat Coolers the first time ($9.98).
Pay the remaining dollar + tax.
Get back another $17.97 in ECBs

This means that after the two transactions, you’ve shelled out $11.98 (+tax) out of pocket. You have 4 boxes of throat coolers, 2 nasal gel sprays and still have $25.96 in ECBs to spend on future transactions. That is a great bargain!

Check out these other primers to get an idea of how the CVS system works:

How to CVS with Big Store Coupons [6]
May CVS Primer [3]
June CVS Primer [7]
July Primer [8]
MOM Deals and a CVS Primer [9]

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

Thanks to Hot Coupon World [10] for the coupon links in this month’s primer! HCW also has a very nice FAQ [11] prepared for CVS newbies.


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