Friday, May 02, 2008

CVS Game

By the way, now that I'm home with the kids full-time (and more on that in a later post), I'll be writing more, in addition to all the pictures, about life at home.

The CVS Game is pretty easy to play. What you need:
The weekly CVS circular
A CVS Extra Care Card (available at your local CVS)
Coupons (not totally necessary, but really helpful--just get the Sunday paper)

How it works:
Check out the CVS weekly circular for the deals. There will always be at least one deal that is advertised at a certain price, say $7.99, with $7.99 in ECBs (Extra Care Bucks) back. What that means is that you pay for that item, and on the bottom of your receipt there will be $7.99 in ECBs to use (just like cash) on your next purchase.

So the goal of the CVS Game is to make your first purchase and get as many ECBs back as you can. Then the next week, you'll know which items are free with ECBs, and you can use your ECBs from the week before to make money. So you keep rolling over your ECBs and you don't pay cash for anything.


Let me give you an example. Let's say you need some more razors. So you look at the CVS flier, and sure enough, they are offering deal on razors this week--buy one at $5.99, get $3 ECBs back. You have a manufacturer's coupon for this worth $2.00 that you found in the Sunday paper. And from your trip to CVS three weeks ago, you have another $1.00 off coupon.

So it looks like this:
$5.99 original price
-$2.00 coupon
-$1.00 coupon

Total paid: $2.99

Pay with $2.99 of ECBs from the week before, get $3 to use for the next shopping trip. You've effectively earned $3 for something that cost you nothing.

So the goal should be to pay pennies out of pocket at CVS each week, while rolling over your ECBs and getting lots of free stuff.

I know this isn't the best tutorial, and thankfully, someone who has been doing this much longer than I has a better one. Check out her blog.

This can also be done at Walgreens, and possibly at your local drugstore/pharmacy. Let me know how it goes!

1 comment:

Lyndsey said...

Good! I expect 1 post per hour.