Are you getting the most out of your CVS card? I wasn’t. *UPDATED*
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My CVS card has taken up space in my wallet for about three years now. As far as I knew, I just needed my card to take advantage of the sales; and possibly get extra care bucks. Honestly, I treated the extra care bucks program like it was scam, and just completely avoided it. If you don’t know what an extra bucks advertisement looks like, then here is an example:
Either I am getting it for free or not. In addition, what are these extra care bucks? How can I use them? Will these extra care bucks expire on me tomorrow? Why would I spend $3.99 for this mouthwash when I could probably get it for cheaper somewhere else? #importantquestions. Now let’s get to some answers.
What are extra care bucks?
According to the CVS website, Extra Bucks are rewards that you earn at any CVS/ pharmacy store or online when you use your ExtraCare card.
Ok, pretty simple. Now how can I use them?
Well, these extra care bucks can be used towards ALMOST anything in the store, and no the extra care bucks will not expire on you the next day. However, you will have to wait three months before you can use the extra care bucks.
Three months. O_O
Yea, I know. This is exactly why I never really saw the point in participating in the Extra Care rewards programs. First, I am spending $3.99, in cash, just so I can get $3.99 in extra care bucks. Second, I have to wait at least three months for my extra care bucks, um…ok?.
I finally got the opportunity to try out the ECBs because CVS had an add for Colgate toothpaste where you spend $3.79 on the toothpaste and receive $3.79 back in ECBS. To answer everyone questions….yes I did receive instant ECBs, on my receipt. I was pretty excited to see that it worked for me because if it hadn’t, then I would have been upset, and out of $3.79.
The three month wait is for another set of ECBs that you can receive. See, when you spend money at CVS, you get 2% back in ECBs, and you have to wait three months to receive those ECBs. I hope this makes because it did in my head.
My whole out look on CVS rewards program was pretty negative until I saw these videos from Coupon Divas:
Sooo, the mouthwash is actually a good deal?
Yes, because you will receive that money back instantly and it could be applied to almost anything in the store. As a matter of fact, you can turn the mouthwash into a sweeter deal if you use a coupon to it. It will be like CVS is paying you for the mouthwash, if that makes sense.
The moral of the story is… with a little planning, a little patience, and a few coupons, you too can make the most out of your CVS care card, and their rewards program.