Successful Strategies for shopping at CVS
I will let you in on a little secret…..There is a game all couponers play. It’s called the “drugstore game”. Whether you play it at Walgreen’s, CVS, Rite Aid etc. the idea is still the same. I am going to teach you about CVS because it is my store of preference. You may decide you want to play with UP’s or whatever store currency your store of choice uses. CVS uses what is called Extra Care Bucks. (More on this later)
In a nutshell, you use the rewards the drugstore gives you, to ‘roll” on household items that offer other rewards. This drastically cuts your out of pocket expenses for household items, and health and beauty care.
Over the next few days, I am going to teach you how to play the drugstore game, which a vital part of slashing your grocery budget. Secret #1-Ask for an Extra Care Card and a Green Bag tag at your local CVS. The CVS card is free, but the bag tag is .99. Well worth it, trust me on this. Go home and register your card here. Sign up for emails, and you will receive a $4/20 coupon, and may or may not receive more. (I personally have not received any in a looonnng time!)
Attach the bag tag to your favorite canvas bag, and scan it every time you make a purchase at CVS. The smallest purchase. 4 times using your bag tag gets you $1 ECB. What is an ECB, you may ask? More on that tomorrow………
Post updated to add: CVS is revamping the Green Bag tag program. CVS still accepts green bag tags from customers that have them, but are no longer selling them at this time. I asked my CVS manager and he says they are expected to return.