Shopping at CVS is a great way to get a lot of products for little money. The system for maximizing your savings at CVS is a little complicated, but it is worth the effort to learn. Here is a list of how to get started at CVS:
- Apply for a CVS card at the register. This is how you earn ECBs (Extra Care Bucks). It does not cost anything, and the rewards are effective immediately.
- Check the monthly and weekly circulars for sale items and ECB deals. The weekly circular is in the Sunday paper (usually – sometimes it is not there for some reason). The weekly sales begin on Sunday and end on Saturday. You will have to pick up the monthly circular in the store.
- Make a purchase. Make sure to have your card scanned. If you have purchased items that allow you to receive ECBs, the ECBs will print out at the end of your receipt along with other coupons. ECBs work like cash and there is no minimum purchase.
Here is a scenario from this week:
Dry Idea deodorant @ $2.99; use $2.00 off coupon
Pantene Pro-V shampoo or conditioner @ $3.50
Pantene Pro-V styler @$3.50; use B1 shampoo or conditioner, G1 styler free MC coupon from 3/15 insert
Total: $4.49 OOP
You will get $4 in ECBs to use on your next purchase!
This system is a little more complicated than just purely using coupons, but, once you figure it out, it won’t take much time to plan. In my next CVS post, I will help you figure out what to do with those $4 in ECBs!