CVS has a program that gives you Extra Card Bucks (ECB). You need to sign up for their Extra Care Card and they will automatically print when you purchase certain items. They print at the bottom of your receipt, so watch for them and tear them off for a future purchase.
- They are like cash, to be used on future purchases. Most expire within a month. (Don't throw them away if you miss the expiration. Most CVS locations will take them slightly past their expiration date. It's worth asking!)
- The can't be used to pay tax.
- The full amount can be adjusted down if wanted. (If your total is $4.98 and you have a $5 ECB, you don't have to buy something else. It can be accepted for $4.98.)
- Watch the limits in their ads. They are tied to your card. It doesn't help to ring them separately or make a return visit.
- Some offers have a monthly limit. Sometimes they are advertised more than once in the month and/or I highlight them more than once. Check the bottom of your receipt to see if you've hit the offer limit before you do it again. I suggest saving them and checking before you make future purchases, if you don't want to have to remember when you purchased what.
- It's often wise to ask the cashier to ring up multiple transactions so you aren't stuck with a bunch of expiring ECB. (So, split your order up to use the ECB that you just earned on the following transaction.)
- Get a raincheck if they are out of an item. They are wonderful about writing rainchecks with the ECB amount on them. When you return, just be sure they give it to you since it's a manual process.
- Scan your card on the scanners that are usually located near the front of the store. There are often good coupons that print.
- Purchase a Green Bag Tag for 99¢. Attach it to any reusable bag and get $1 ECB every 4th time you use it.