There are three drugs stores across the USA, Rite-aid, CVS/Pharmacy, Walgreens. Where I live, there is no Rite-Aid, which I wish there was, because it seems like Rite-Aid, has some awesome deals just about every week. I have a walgreens, and CVS on the same street. I just love CVS, not so much for Walgreens. So, I will give you information on how to play the drug store game for cvs.
What is the Drug Store Game?
To me, the drug store game is being able to strech my dollar, and getting more for my money. Being able to spend as little out of pocket, for a bunch of items.
What you need to start?
You will need a CVS Extra Care Card. To get one, sign up here.
Know the Lingo
ECB- Extra Care Bucks
CM- Coupon Machine- (Its big and red, close to the front of the store)
Green Bag Tag- A green leaf tag, that you scan every time you purchase something when you use a reusable bag
OOP- out of pocket
You can use two coupons per item. One manufacture coupon, and one cvs coupon.
Things to remember-
Always, bring your ECB card with you.
Always, scan your ECB card at the red coupon machine.
Always, give the cashier your ECB card.
Always, roll your ECB
Have fun, and don't let it overwhelm you.
How to get started-
Every sunday starts a new cvs sales ad. Just about every week, cvs will have an item that is free after ECB. If you are just getting started, you will have to spend some money oop, but you will get back ECB. I will give you an example with an item in this weeks ad.
Example: (Free After ECB)
Oral B- Pulsar Toothbrush $6.00
Use the $3/1 coupon found in the P&G 6/5 insert
Total OOP: $3
Get back $3 ECB to spend on something else.
For me: the goal is to keep rolling your ECB to get as many items as you can for as little oop as you can! If you ever need help in rolling your ECB, or coming up with a scenario, just leave a comment or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org subject line: cvs! I'd be happy to help in anyway possible!
A new rule for me:
If the store is out of a products I want, a product thats free, or a product thats going to make me ECB, Always get a rain check!