Rolling ECBs at CVS to Maximize Savings


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Rolling ECBs at CVS

Rolling ECBs at CVS

How do you get the most bang for your buck at CVS? Why rolling ECBs of course! What are ECBs? I’m glad you asked because I’m going to explain to you what they are, how you get them and the best way to use them to maximize your monies. Get ready for the savings. If you don’t know this little trick, you’re in for a fun surprise!

What Is this Thing You Call ECB?

 
ECB stands for Extra Care Bucks. From this point on I will call them ECBs. It just rolls off the tongue and besides, “Extra Care Bucks” is a lot to spell out each time! An ECB is a store coupon worth money that you receive for buying participating items at CVS. Check the ad each week for the newest offerings. You can also receive them for reaching different thresh holds such as a $3 ECB for spending $30 on Beauty Products or a $5 ECB for fulfilling 5 prescriptions at the pharmacy. There’s a myriad of ways to earn them, but for the purposes of this article, I’ll stick to the ones that you earn on their weekly sales.

The best way to explain it is to give an example so that is what I shall do. Last week CVS had a sale on Colgate Optic White Toothpaste. When you bought one tube at $3.49, you received a $2 ECB. An ECB is a coupon, or money if you will, that you can spend on anything you want in the store, with a couple of exceptions such as lottery, milk & gift cards. I can always use more toothpaste, especially since we have a long-term house guest at the moment, so off to CVS I went, with coupons in hand. Now for the fun part. Keep reading!

Rolling, Rolling, Rolling ECBs

 
That toothpaste was $3.49 and you earned a $2 ECB. I had a $2 ECB from a deal I did the week prior so I used it on this deal. The total was



$3.49, I “rolled” my $2 ECB from the previous deal, which brought my total down to $1.49; woo hoo! You read that right. You can use an ECB earned on one deal to bring your total down on another deal that produces an ECB. That’s what we call “Rolling ECBs.” If that excites you, hold on to your seatbelt because it’s about to get even more spectacular! You can use manufacturer coupons too AND, hold me back! CVS store coupons if available.

There just so happened to be a $1/1 Colgate Toothpaste manufacturer coupon available last week that I also used on this deal. It was $3.49, I used the $1/1 coupon and rolled my $2 ECB I had so my grand total was $0.49 for that toothpaste, not $3.49 or even $1.49 AND I got another $2 ECB back. Let’s just suppose, for example, that I had a $0.50/1 Colgate Toothpaste CVS coupon. I could have thrown that in too and gotten that puppy for FREE, but I digress. $0.49 Is pretty darn good for $3.49 toothpaste so complaining, I am not. If that was hard to follow, let me break it down again:

  • Buy 1 Colgate Optic White Toothpaste @ $3.49
  • Use 1 $1/1 Colgate Toothpaste coupon from 2/3 SmartSource
  • Use 1 $0.50/1 Colgate Toothpaste CVS coupon from Red Machine
  • Roll 1 $2 ECB from a previous deal
  • Out of Pocket = Free + another $2 ECB back for my next deal

For those of you good at math, I’m sure you noticed that the total came to $1.99 before I used that $2 ECB. I’m going to lose that penny. The register will adjust the ECB down, but I’m A-OK with that. For those of you familiar with my deal posts, you’ll recognize that breakdown setup and now maybe understand, when I include that “Roll 1 ECB from a previous deal” wording, what I’m referring to.

Impress Your Friends with Rolling

 
Rolling ECBs at CVS - impressiveNow when your friends ask you what the heck an ECB is and what you can do with them, you’ll know and when you’re in the know, you’re ahead of the game. You’ll be able to tell them how to maximize their savings too and look like a genius. CVS is my main squeeze when it comes to the drug stores and I’m sure it’s obvious why. To keep abreast of the latest deals, especially ones where you can practice rolling ECBs, make sure to check the CVS Deals page here often. As always, if you ever have any questions, feel free to ask in the comments or in one of my Facebook groups.

Until next time, happy shopping!
~Michele
 

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CVS Tips:

ExtraBucks Rewards are checkout coupons that print on the bottom of your receipt when you make a qualifying purchase. The best part, purchases track on your card. That means if the promotion is Spend $15, Receive $5 ExtraBucks, you will get the $5 reward when your spending reaches $15.

CVS Coupon Center (also known the Red Machine) is a magical machine that spits out extra savings personalized to your shopping habits. Can also be used as price scanner. You should scan your card before shopping, to see if you have any extra savings available. Be sure to scan until it displays No More Coupons Available.

Raincheck Policy – CVS has the best raincheck policy around! If you find that a product that is part of an ExtraBucks promotion is out of stock, let your cashier know and they will write you up a raincheck. These rainchecks never expire!

E-mail Coupons – Be sure to register your ExtraCare card online to receive e-mails. Every Thursday, CVS e-mails special coupons, some are in-store, some online only. For example, you could receive a 25% off coupon or $5 off $15 purchase coupon. Since these are store coupons, they can be stacked with manufacturer coupons. Score!

CVS Beauty Club – Another great way to earn ExtraBucks rewards for things you are already buying, is to sign up for the ExtraCare Beauty Club. Once you’re enrolled, you will receive $3 ExtraBucks for every $30 spent on qualifying purchases. This is my favorite CVS perk!

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