CVS is one the many places that you can save big on items that you would normally buy anyway and things you may not normally by but would like to try.
CVS has a Extra Care Program. Every week when a new ad becomes available you can look through it and notice some items if you buy them will give you ECBs (Extra Care Bucks). For instance if you look at the ad and it states get $2 extra bucks when you buy 2 Glade candles for $5, this means that if you buy the two candles you will get a $2 ECB that will print after you pay for you purchase.
How to use these ECBs?
You can use the ECBs on anything in the store except for prescriptions, alcohol, tobacco, etc. This is shown on the end of the ECB. There is an expiration date on the ECBs though some stores may allow for you to used expired ECBs, some may not. Therefore I would suggest organizing your ECBs from earliest to lastest expiration date so that you will not over look one that is about to expire.
In order to receive items for very cheap or even free I would also suggest buying mostly items that will generate ECBs. Use the ECBs on you next purchase on items that also generate ECBs. This method is called "rolling" your ECBs so that you can get items for the cheapest price while building on to your ECBs.
Going to CVS on the first day that the ad comes out is the best way to get items that are in stocked. Or else you may be out of luck and everything may be sold out. Though you can get a rain check on items that are out of stock if you ask.
The same rules apply as if you where couponing elsewhere in a sense. You can use a Manufacuter coupon with a store (CVS) coupon on the same item. No this is not the same as using 2 manufacturer coupons (which is not correct) on one item. Also you are allowed to use a $/$$ coupon if you have one.
A $/$$ coupon is for example a $5 off your purchase of $25 or more. Just remember when using these you should always hand this one over to the cashier first so that you can get your money off. If you wait to the end your total will be too low to use the coupon.
Also, every now and again CVS store coupons may print on your receipt for example, $2 off CVS products purchase of $10 or more. These usually expired earlier so pay attention.
For a few months now there has been a new thing called the Green Bag Tag. This is a little tag that you simply put on your keychain with your other cards. It cost $1 to get one but it is well worth it. You can get it scanned once per day during your transaction. For every 4 scans you get a $1 ECB printed at the end of your receipt. I have received several $1's now. Though it does not seem like it will add up much but if you go to CVS 1-3 times per week they wil add up quickly. The object of this green bag tag is not to use plastic bags so you can use your own or buy one of their reusable tote bags ($.99) or you can carry your items without a bag and still get your tag scanned.
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