How The CVS ExtraCare Bucks (ECBs) Work

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How CVS ExtraCare Bucks Work

CVS ExtraCare Bucks ReceiptYou may have seen us post about CVS ExtraCare Bucks (also called ECBs for short). If you are new to couponing at CVS here’s how it works:

CVS’s loyalty program is called ExtraCare and when you enroll online or in the store you will receive a CVS ExtraCare card. You must have this card to receive any possible ExtraCare Bucks. The card not only allows you to receive special sales prices on certain items, it also allows you to receive ECBs in return for purchasing certain items. Your ECBs will print at the end of your register receipt (similar to Rite Aid). You can use your ECBs on a future purchase at CVS. Most ECBs expire one month from the purchase date so make sure you use them before they expire or you are just throwing money away! You can use as many ECBs as you want on a transaction (no matter how many items you have) as long as the total does not go negative.

Important CVS ExtraCare Bucks Tips
  • When you sign up for your ExtraCare card make sure to provide your email address because every week or two CVS sends out special coupons that can be printed or sent electronically to your card. Often they are % off or $ off a certain purchase level. Every time you go into CVS make sure to scan your ExtraCare card at the red machine located in the store. The machine will print out CVS store coupons that can be stacked with manufacturers coupons.
  • CVS ExtraCare “deals” or “offers” usually have a limit, which means if you were to purchase more than the limit, you would get the sale price but not the ECBs.
  • One thing to mention here is that your ECBs can combine if you purchase more than one of the same item. For example, let’s take this deal – Buy one Revlon Nail Polish at $4, receive a $4 ECB, limit 3. This means that you can purchase 3 nail polishes at $4 each. If you were to purchase these all together in one transaction you’d get a $12 ECB on your receipt ($4 x 3=12). If you were to purchase them all separately, you would have three $4 ECBs on three different receipts. You still have the same amount of ECBs, but sometimes it is easier to use a $4 ECB rather than a $12 one. You cannot receive cash back for any unused CVS ExtraCare Bucks, but you CAN get the cashier to reduce the ECB amount. So, if your purchase was only $5 and you had a $7 ECB, they can reduce it to cover your purchase, but you will lose out on the remainder.
  • CVS runs promotions at different times of the year. Right now they are running a promotion where if you purchase $30 worth of certain advertised products you will receive a $10 CVS cash card. You can purchase these items all at one time, or you can spread it out over the ad week and your ECB for the $10 cash card will print once the $30 has been met. But make sure to purchase everything by the end of the week because your balance will not roll over to the new week. Most of the time the $30 limit is before coupons, which makes the deal even sweeter.
  • Most stores impose a restriction on the use of CVS ExtraCare Bucks towards stamps, milk, alcohol, tobacco products, prescriptions, and gift cards.
  • You cannot use someone else’s ECBs on your transaction because they are attached to the card.
  • Most stores will only allow one CVS card per household but YMMV
Other Perks at CVS

When you enroll in the CVS ExtraCare Bucks program you will earn 2% cash back on what you actually spent out of pocket each quarter. So for January through March, the system will calculate how much you actually spent out of pocket and on April 1st if you scan your card at the red machine it will print an ECB for 2% of those purchases that you can use on your next transaction. You can also earn ECBs when you have prescriptions filled at the CVS Pharmacy.

When you purchase $50 in Beauty products at CVS you will receive a $5 ECB. The $50 total may be reached before coupons. “Beauty” products include: cosmetics, skin care, hair care, fragrances, hair color, hair appliances, hair accessories, hosiery, sun care, and healthy skin care. Excluded items include travel/trial size items, Beauty 360, gift cards, and prescriptions.

Hopefully you got some good information on the CVS ExtraCare Bucks program. If you ever have any questions, we’re here to help!


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