- If you shop on Saturday night, you can get the deals from the current week AND the deals from the upcoming week. I don’t know what time this starts. I arrived at 8:30, and the new Extra Care Bucks (ECB) shelf tags were already out. The tough part is that the old ECB shelf tags are put away. You have to know what’s going to generate ECBs for you.
- If you shop on Saturday night, the 3-Day Sale items will NOT generate ECBs. The cashier can’t even force the register to do it. Those items must be purchased on Sunday, Monday, or Tuesday if you want the ECBs. I didn’t know this when I went tonight, and I learned the hard way. My gracious cashier kindly returned the two items for me. Fortunately there wasn’t anyone in line behind me.
- ECBs no longer expire. I know that there’s a date printed on them, but you can ignore it. The same is true of the other coupons that print at the end of your cash register tape (a.k.a. CRT coupons). I have received updated information from the CVS corporate office concerning this. Please read my post HERE for accurate information.
- For some ECB deals, the limit per card is more than one. If you buy multiples in one transaction, you’ll get the ECBs for all of them. However, they will print as one large ECB, not multiple smaller ones. Example, if you can buy 3 Colgate toothpastes that each generate $2 ECBs, you’re going to get one ECB coupon for $6. It can sometimes be hard to spend the big ECBs, so watch how many you put together.
- ECBs can only be used to pay your total BEFORE tax. If your total is $2.14 but $.14 of it is tax, you can pay with $2 in ECBs. You will need to pay the $.14 tax out-of-pocket.
- You cannot use ECBs to buy gift cards, alcohol, lottery, money orders, postage stamps, pre-paid cards, tobacco products, or prescriptions.
- If the store is out of an item that generates ECBs, you can get a rain check. That rain check is good for the sale price of the item AND the ECBs it was supposed to generate. One manager told me that these rain checks never expire, but I haven’t verified that anywhere else.
- ECBs generated using your Extra Care Card can only be used with your card. You can’t pass them along to someone else. They are card-specific.
The best advice I can give you is to carry your ECBs in your wallet along with your cash. I have lost mine at home twice in the last two weeks. I spent quite a bit of time hunting them down. Fortunately I was able to find them each time! I used to carry them in my wallet and got out of the habit. But I’m definitely going back to that now!
Do you have any other Extra Care Buck tips to share? Anything you’ve learned along the way?