Would you like to purchase everything for half price, sometimes getting items completely free?
CVS currently has a way for us to stretch our hard earned dollars even further, on those things we need. CVS’s gives extra savings in the way of something called ECB’s (extra care bucks). The extra care bucks print out on the bottom of your sales receipt when you check out.
Most stores now have a red machine ( scanner ), in the store, it scans your card, gives you coupons to use on that visit, or hold and use later.
Thats all well and good, how does it work?
Lets say for instance you see an add that says, Suave shampoo $1.00 The ad also says you will earn 1 ECB for purchasing the shampoo, that makes it free. Here is the plan.
Go in and purchase 1 bottle of shampoo $1.00 Now you have a bottle of shampoo and a $1.00 ECB when you leave the store.
Now you look at your circular ( in your car ), and notice, baby lotion is on sale for 2.00 and you have a coupon for $0.75 off that same bottle. Go back into the store and purchase the lotion. $2.00 – .75 coupon = $1.25 – $1.00 ECB – total owed $0.25 out of pocket.
If you had done that all in one transaction, you would not have been able to use your ECB, because it prints out after the transaction and therefore you would have paid more. A sin!
Some sales are even better, soyjoy bars on sale 4 for $4.00 with $4.00 ECB’s back. Purchase them. Now with your $4.00 ECB’s, you go back in for:
Toilet paper is on sale for $4.99 – your $0.75 coupon for that toilet paper = $4.24 – your $4.00 ECB = $0.24 for the toilet paper. You now have 4 soyjoy power bars, 1 package of toilet paper all for $0.24
1. Always use seperate transactions where ECB’s are involved, until you get the hang of it and “build up ” some ECB’s. Don’t forget, ECB’s do expire!
2. Always use coupons, before ECB’s. I remember that this way, ECB’s are “play money”, you pay your money at the end of the transaction. ( so I don’t forget mine, I keep mine in my billfold, just like real money ).
3. The sales circulars make it easy to pick out what is a deal for that week, including what items have extra care bucks ” attached ” to them.
4. The most inportant rule to remember, even though items are a “deal”, don’t buy what you don’t need. The only exception to that rule is if you can get the item for free, and, can use the ecb’s on something you do need.
I hope this information helps you save some $$ at CVS stores.