Every time I go to CVS, I always am prompted either to use my CVS ExtraCare Card or apply for one if I don’t have it. And while I’m all for saving extra money, should I take and extra two or three minutes at the checkout just to save a little? Believe it or not, you can save a lot of money if you use your card wisely. You also can take advantage of ExtraBucks, which are essentially coupons that you can use toward your next purchases. Walgreens and RiteAid also have similar savings plans I will mention in this article.
Sign up for their free program either in-store or online, and receive the Extra Care card. Each time you spend money at CVS (in-store and online) and use your EC card, you will earn Extra Care Bucks (or ECBs). You’ll earn 2% back for most purchases, or 1 ECB for every two prescriptions filled at CVS. Pay attentions to your local CVS circulars and online to find out current ECB earning promotions and instant savings on certain items. To find out your current ECB earnings, check your receipt or on the CVS website.
Walgreens doesn’t have a savings card, and they ended their EasySaver Rebate Program in May of this year. They do, however, have coupons you can print directly from their website. However, it’s not really the same. If you want to save well when shopping at Walgreens, you’ll have to keep tabs on their Sunday ads and coupons.
Rite Aid’s Single Check Rebates program is quite similar to the one offered by CVS. This program is also free to join and easy to work. Simply check the Rite Aid website for a list of the month’s current offers, enter your receipt information, and request your check. But unlike CVS’s ECBs, online purchases don’t qualify for the Single Check Rebates, which is ironic considering you can redeem your rebates online. Nonetheless, there are some good deals to be had.