Extra Care– Your Store Loyalty Card:
:: You will need to go in store and sign up for this card.
:: Fill out a small form and they give you a card right there.
:: Need this card before you start doing any deals!
Extra Care Bucks or ECB:
:: This is essentially CVS cash.
:: You will know when an item gives you this by simply looking at the ad or the price sticker.
:: It will clearly state if you will receive ECB on the item.
:: ECB will print at the end of your receipt.
:: Make sure you watch for limits.
What you can use your ECB’s on:
:: You are allowed to use ECB’s on almost everything in the store.
:: Exclusions include: prescriptions, alcohol, gift cards, lottery, money orders, stamps, prepaid cards, & tobacco products.
:: Notice that list doesn’t include milk like many of the other catalina/coupon restrictions!!
:: YES, you can buy milk with your ECB’s!
Extra Care Coupons:
:: This is a CVS coupon. Most of the time you can get these through the CVS Coupon machine, at check out, or online.
:: Can be “stacked” meaning you can use one CVS coupon and one MQ for the item being purchased.
Additional Coupons Offered:
:: Often releases $3/$15 or $4/$20 coupons.
:: Coupons which often print at the bottom of your receipt.
How to “roll” ECB’s:
This is how you get the best savings on products at CVS.
:: “Rolling” is a term used when you use ECB’s to purchase another item that will give you ECB’s back.
:: When you first start out, you will have to pay cash initially, but as long as you continue using your “CVS money”, you will pay little on your next transaction.
Here is an example:
Huggies $8.99 Get $3 ECB back
Buy (1) Huggies at $8.99
Get back $3 ECB
=5.99 for Huggies after ECBs
Hold on to all ECB’s!
You “roll” by purchasing other items that gives you back ECB’s and paying with the ECB from transaction 1.
Doritos 2/$4 get back $2 ECBs
Buy (2) Doritos chips = $4
Use $3 ECB (from Huggies transaction)
Pay $1 out of pocket; get back $2 ECB.
Now if you have coupons to use, this makes the deal even better!
It’s as simple as that!
Tips to Shopping CVS:
:: Always hit the coupon machine and scan your card. You may get coupons to use for your purchase.
:: You can use MQ on ECB purchases, this helps to get the lowest OOP as possible!
:: Goal should be to not only roll your ECBs over and over week to week, but to “grow” them so you have “overage” to use towards other groceries you need.
:: If you plan to use a ECB at checkout, make sure your total is over the ECB amount. You will not get cash back.
Example: You have a $10 ECB but your purchase is only $8, you will not get back the $2 in ECB. It dies and goes to ECB heaven.
Secrets to shopping CVS:
:: Some stores turn their ads on early! I have two stores near me that both have their ads on by 10 pm Saturday night!
:: Ask your local CVS if they take expired CVS coupons (many do this, just ask!) If yes is the case, you will want to hold onto those to use at a later time!
CVS Coupon Policy
:: Multiple Coupons:
:: Will accept 1 MQ & 1 CVS coupon per item.
:: Offers at the Register (OAR) ie: $3/15 etc. are unearned and issued at the register. Will take one (OAR) coupon per transaction.
:: You can use a B1G1 MQ to get both for free or you can use 2 $ off coupons.
:: Reserve the right to limit quantities.
:: Does not accept competitors coupons or match competitors sale prices.
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