Everyone likes to think themselves a savvy shopper, but are you missing out on some deals? If you are not shopping at CVS, you probably are!
CVS is one of the largest retail pharmacies in this country. Aside from being a place to purchase Band-Aids and medicine, CVS offers shoppers such staples as shampoo, deodorant as well as some grocery items. Normally, pharmacies are overpriced on items and one can generally find these items cheaper at a discount store such as Wal-Mart. While it may be true that this is the case, a savvy shopper can spot a sale at CVS, couple it with a coupon and perhaps even earn Extra Bucks.
CVS’ Extra Bucks program allows shoppers to earn money back just for making purchases. This amount is generally a small percentage of what you have spent, is paid out quarterly and prints at the bottom of your receipt. However, Extra Bucks are also offered on various products listed in the weekly sales flyer. These particular Bucks print out immediately after you have paid so that you will have the Bucks to spend the next time you shop. Often one can find things that are free after Extra Bucks. For instance, you might find a particular brand of toothpaste that is new to the market on sale be free after Extra Bucks. These new items often have a coupon that comes out in the Sunday paper, so scour your paper for a matching coupon. If you have a coupon for the item, use it. You have now just made money being a savvy shopper because you used a coupon on a sale item that turned out to be free after Extra Bucks!
Recently, CVS ran a promotion where you buy $20 of select Kraft products you would receive $20 in Extra Bucks. Free food! Sure you had to pay the $20 out of pocket at first (less if you have coupons to match the products), but you got your $20 right back at the end of your receipt. What do you do now? The best way to use Extra Bucks is to roll them if you can. By rolling it is meant that you purchase other items that generate Extra Bucks on your next purchase. Nothing on sale that you want next week? Don’t worry. Your Extra Bucks generally have a shelf life of about one month from the date they print out. Be sure to use them before they expire.
Some offers at CVS are not limited to just one purchase per card. In these cases, if you find an item on Extra Bucks that is free and limited to 3, you can buy 3 and still get all of your money back. This is an excellent way to stockpile items, or, if it isn’t a product you would use but would be free after Extra Bucks, you can always donate the item to the needy.
Don’t forget to check your receipt for other CVS coupons. These coupons have a shorter life, generally only about two weeks from the date of being printed out, but you could get a gem like $4/$20 purchase or higher to use on your order. Basically, the more coupons you use, the more bang for your buck at the checkout counter. It is suggested, however, that you use coupons in a certain order at the checkout because if your purchase amount falls below the $20 because the clerk took off your manufacturer’s coupons, you won’t be able to use the $4/$20. So always give the clerk the coupons in this order:
First: Any $4/$20, $5/$30 or $10/$50 coupons you may have
Second: Any other CVS coupons you may have
Third: Any manufacturer coupons you may have
Using this strategy will save you the hassle of having the clerk have to re-ring your order. If you need to, only give them one set at a time so they don’t try to take them off in the order they prefer, which will likely not be the order you prefer!
Last but not least, sign up at cvs.com to receive emails as often CVS will email you printable coupons for the $4/$20 or other denominations to use in-store. Join their Advisor program as you will receive survey invites that reward you with Extra Bucks. So take a minute next Sunday and take a good, hard look at the CVS ad in your paper. You will soon discover that some items are cheaper at CVS after all!