Making the Most at CVS pharmacy
CVS is a pharmacy chain in most areas of the United States. At first glance CVS seems like any overpriced pharmacy, however if you learn to use the ExtraCare program you can get lots of items for free each week. By combining coupons with sales at CVS you can get the items you need spending little to no money.
CVS's ExtraCare program gives you ExtraCare bucks when you purchase certain items each week. The first thing you need to do is go into your local store and sign up for an ExtraCare card. This is the card you need to earn the ExtraCare bucks (ECBs). ECBs are like cash that can be used on a later purchase. Treat these like money!
When you get home go to the online site and sign up to receive their email specials. This is one store that you really want to receive emails from because they email you coupons for dollars off a certain dollar amount purchase - for example $3 off a $15 purchase or $5 off a $30 purchase. You should get a welcome email with a coupon that you can print for $4 off a $20 purchase.
Because things are so overpriced you can quickly hit that $20 amount by purchasing just a few household and toiletry items. Now go through your weekly ad that comes in each Sunday's paper. If you don't have it, look online, you can view it on the CVS website. You want to find things that you need, want or will use that are also generating ECBs this week. These offers vary each week, so if there isn't anything that you need, then wait until the next week.
When there are items that you need offering ECBs it is time to shop. Gather up any coupons you can find for the items on your list. Make a detailed list for what you plan to get, including exact item description and size of item. You don't want any surprises at the store and the sales are not always marked. Once you get to the store get the items you need to put you right over the $20 mark. Give the cashier your ExtraCare card first. After the items are scanned, give the cashier your $4 coupon and then any other coupons for products you are purchasing. After you pay your total, your ECBs will print out on the bottom of your receipt.
Let me give you an example from this week's paper. Colgate toothpaste is on sale for $1.88, and offers a $1 ECB with purchase, limit 5. Gillette Fusion Phenom razors are priced at $9.99 and offers a $6 ECB with purchase, limit 1. Gatorade G2 is priced at $1.29 and offers an ECB of $1.29, limit 1. If you were to purchase 5 toothpastes, 1 razor and 1 Gatorade your total should be $20.68 before tax. There are coupons out right now for $.75 off Colgate toothpaste and $4 off the razor. If you have 5 toothpaste coupons this would be $3.75, plus the $4 razor coupon, plus the $4 off $20 coupon which you will give them first. The total will now be $8.93 plus tax, which you will pay out of pocket. When your receipt prints it should print off a $6 ECB for the razor, a $1.29 ECB for the Gatorade and a $5 ECB for the toothpaste. So you spent $8.93 plus tax and got back $12.29 to use next time.
So when the next week's sales start you will have $12.29 to spend and you should be able to get more items you need that generate ECBs, pay less money out of pocket and get more ECBs back. If you did another transaction like our first one and used your ECBs to pay for it, you would have paid no money out of pocket except for tax. I have been able to steadily grow the amount of ECBs that I have from $5 to almost $40 in just a couple of months. Now I am able to go shopping there each week and spend usually no more than a dollar out of pocket, for sometimes as much as $80 worth of items.
CVS frequently offers other dollar off coupons that you will receive in your email and coupons print on your receipts too. I went today and my receipt printed a $3.50 off any Stayfree product, a $10 off $50 purchase and $2 off any Triaminic. These types of coupons print off regularly and you can use these CVS coupons along with manufacturer coupons. So I could use a $1 off Triaminic coupon along with the $2 one that CVS printed to equal $3 off a Triaminic. If an ECB offer comes along before these coupons expire it will be an even better deal.
It does take a little bit of cash to get started; however it is well worth your time and money to participate in this program. I have a house stocked full of soaps, cleaners, toilet paper, toothbrushes, toothpastes, medicines, shampoos, razors, batteries, etc. I have also been able to donate quite a bit of these products as well.
So if you use any of these products, this program will benefit you. The key is to combine coupons with the ExtraCare bucks deals of the week and you will almost always come out ahead of purchasing these products anywhere else. You might not always get the items for free, however you will pay much less than you would have at other stores. So get started and have fun!