Months ago I prepared this primer for the benefit of my two younger brothers at college. I don’t think either one of them took advantage of their big sister’s advice. 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 until next Saturday.
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 October book, there aren’t too many “freebies,” but there are several in this week’s sales flyer. For example, purchase:
1 Always Infinity pads for $4.98
1 Glaceau vitamin water for $2.29
Your total should be $7.27 + tax.
You will pay out $7.27 (+tax), but receive back on your register receipt coupons or “Extra Care Bucks” (ECBs) totalling $7.27. You basically got those products for free. 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. For example, you could buy:
1 Bic Soleil razor for $5.99 (gives $4 ECBs)
2 Mennen deodorant for $1.99 (gives $1 ECB each)
1 Colgate Max Fresh toothpaste for $2.99 (gives $2 ECBs)
This would total $12.96
There are coupons for each of those from recent inserts. If you have those, you could:
Minus $2 Bic Soleil coupon
Minus $.50/2 Mennen coupon
Minus $1 Colgate Max Fresh coupon
This would bring your total down to $9.46 + tax.
Pay with your $7.27 in ECBs
Pay 2.19 and the tax in cash, receive back $7 in ECBs
This means that after shelling out $9.46 out of pocket and receiving back the final $7 in ECBs, your “cost” for 1 Always, 1 vitamin water, 1 razor, 2 deodorants and 1 toothpaste, was $2.46 + tax. That is a great bargain!
Check out these other primers to get an idea of how the CVS system works:
The deals are no longer good, but they may help you understand how the ECB system works. Happy Shopping!