Walgreens has been my rebate store of choice for a while now but I discovered CVS a while back and like it more in some respects. The main reason being – although it’s trickier to work their deals out, they don’t just give you one product. A few months ago I didn’t just get 1 bodywash free, I got 5. So it’s worth the extra effort (especially as I’m doing most of the leg work for you!) Without further ado here’s how to shop CVS, or play the CVS game as some call it!
Secondly, scan your card at the coupon scanner at the front of the store each time you visit to get more good deals.
Next, always have them scan your card before they start ringing up your transaction. All of the deals are tied to your card account number, so if they don’t scan your card, you won’t be able to get any of the deals.
Some weeks there will be things that are not free but a good deal. For example – Buy $30 worth of J&J products, get $15 back. Well that’s quite a good deal. What I then look at is, do I have any J& J coupons? If I have $10 worth, I can then buy $30 worth of products, use my $10 in coupons and get $15 back in ECBs so overall I spent $5.
Unless it’s something you really don’t want, if it’s free get it! Think of somewhere to donate it to or swap with someone else who may have something you want. The bucks do expire and in the past I’ve rolled my bucks over by buying something I didn’t really need but it was free and gave me bucks back that expired a month later.
This can be quite complicated until you get the hang of it so I would start out easy and build up. I will try and post deals each week and how to do them but if you need more help, don’t hesitate to email me.
Lastly, when you are doing a more complicated transaction, make sure you have your coupons in good order so that your transaction goes smoothly and you get the most money off. The best way I have found to do this, is to always give $2/$10 (etc.) coupons first. Then give any other CVS coupons, then your manufacturer’s coupons. Lastly, give your ECBs as they are like cash. If you have an ECB that is for more than what your total is, they can either manually reduce it down and just take off the amount for your total (and thus you lose the rest of your ECB), or you can add on another small item to make up the difference.
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