CVS ExtraCare rewards is a rebate program that allows CVS shoppers to receive credit or cash back to spend at CVS. The credit that customers receive are in the form of ExtraCare bucks or ECBs. ExtraCare bucks are rewarded on certain advertised items. For instance, there may be an ad in the CVS circular which states: “Spend $10 when you buy these Wrigley’s or Mars candies, and get $3 extra bucks.” This is an instant reward and the ExtraCare bucks will print on the bottom of your receipt, when the transaction is complete. You can also earn 2% cash back on the money that you spend at CVS. The 2% cash back is rewarded every four months. This reward will print at the bottom of your receipt during the period when rewards are made. There is also the option of having the 2% cash back reward sent to your ExtraCare card.
The ExtraCare program also allows customers to enjoy sales on products, and store-issued coupons. Customers can also earn 1 ExtraCare buck for every 2 prescriptions filled at the CVS pharmacy or at cvs.com. If you understand how the program works, there is the potential to make tremendous savings. I have personally saved hundreds of dollars over the course of several months, so I can testify to this. The first time that I used ECBs, I was actually a little nervous and astounded at the small amount of money that I paid at the register.
To get started you will need to apply for a CVS ExtraCare Card. Applications are available at CVS stores or you can also sign up online at cvs.com. If you choose to sign up at the store, your ExtraCare card will be issued on the spot, and available for use immediately. If you take the route of signing-up online, it may take a few weeks for you to receive the card in the mail. It’s a fairly quick and simple process, and only your name, address, phone number, and e-mail address are needed to sign up.
You are not required to have an ExtraCare card in order to shop at CVS, but you will not be able to reap the benefits of the program without one. The customers are charged the regular price on sale items if the Extra Care card is not used. Another perk to using the ExtraCare card is that by scanning your CVS ExtraCare card at the CVS coupon center, oftentimes nice store coupons print out. Just scan the card and wait for coupons to print. Scan your card again until the coupon center display tells you that no more coupons are available. You may not like the fact that your purchasing habits are being tracked, but it’s a fair trade-off when you tally up all the money you will save with the ExtraCare rewards program.
How I got a free Bayer Contour USB blood glucose meter with the CVS ExtraCare rewards program
Last year, I purchased a Bayer Contour USB blood glucose meter and the original price was $75.00. The sale price was $30.00 and I used a manufacturer coupon from the Sunday paper during this purchase for $20.00. After the value of the coupon was deducted, it brought the transaction total down to only $10.00 plus tax. That’s a total savings of $65.00. This isn’t the end of my savings, because I received $10.00 in ECBs to use for future purchases. I basically got the blood glucose monitor for free. Just to reiterate:
|Bayer Contour USB Blood Glucose Meter that I got for free from CVS pharmacy|
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