ExtraCare Bucks – Rolling the Savings Forward at CVS

1 May

As I mentioned in a previous post, my husband & I made a trip to CVS yesterday. We ended up walking out with quite a few free products, and I just wanted to highlight our technique. We did three transactions in all, and being able to roll the ExtraCare Bucks forward from one transaction to the next allowed for amazing savings.

NOTE: ExtraCare Bucks are cash-value coupons that print out at the register at CVS after you purchase certain items. (They are usually marked in-ad or in-store so you know what to purchase to receive these rewards, and how many you can receive. They often have limits to how many transactions you can do and receive the reward for, so be sure to read the fine print!)

Our CVS had an advertised special, in which if you bought $15 or more of certain brands of food items, you’d get $4 ExtraCare Bucks. We chose food items we would otherwise purchase anyway; frozen foods, snacks, etc. The prices were higher than we usually pay using coupons, but the resulting reward was worth it. After that transaction, we applied our $4 ExtraCare Bucks to a second transaction, consisting of body wash, which were on sale, and that we also had coupons for. Buying those body washes made us several more ExtraCare Bucks, which we applied toward a third transaction, which included sale priced toothpaste and candy, both of which we also had coupons for. So for the non-food items, we ended up paying a total of 64 cents (tax, basically) and walked out with about $16 worth of products. Not too shabby.

PLEASE NOTE: This type of rewards dollar-shopping is easy at CVS, but other stores like Rite Aid make it a but harder. The rewards dollars at some stores go straight to your card, aren’t available until the next day or later, and are automatically applied to whatever your next qualifying purchase is, rather than allowing you to apply them to whatever you’d like. Be sure to check out the rewards program details at your store before planning a big trip.

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