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Aug
18
2011

Understanding ExtraBucks (EB)

ExtraBucks receipt2 Shopping CVS * CVS Deals
CVS Info Page

Here’s a few FAQ about ECB. If you have any questions not answered here feel free to email me: patsy@consumerqueen.com.

What are ExtraBucks (EB)?
EB are coupons that print attached to your receipt when you make qualifying purchases.  Think of them as instant rebates for products you buy at CVS. EB can be used like cash towards your next purchases excluding postage stamps, alcohol, tobacco products, gift cards, prescriptions and lottery tickets.

How do I know what items will give EB?
Each week CVS will advertise products that will give you EB in their ad.  Occasionally you will see unadvertised EB deals in your local store indicated by signs placed on the product shelf.

Can I use EB with coupons?
Yes, since EB are considered as cash you can use them with manufacturer’s coupons, store coupons, and gift cards.

Is there a limit as to how many EB I can use on an item?
No limit

What if my EB are more than my purchase, will I get change?
No change is given if the amount of EB used is more than the item. For example: you buy body lotion for $4.00 and you use a $5.00 EB to pay for it. You’ll not get $1.00 back so you’ll need to add something to your purchase so the EB doesn’t go to waste.

Will I still have to pay tax even if the ECB used comes to more than my purchase?
Yes, if your states collects sales tax you’ll have to pay that even if your purchase total is $0 after ECB and/or coupons.

Do EB have an expiration date?
Yes, every EB will have an expiration date  printed on them. They usually expire about 2-3 weeks after print.

Are EB the same thing as the cpns that print when you scan your card at the big machine at CVS?
Although EB can print from the machine, most of the time it’s store coupons that will pop out.  EB will always state a $$ amount reward (like the picture at the top of the post).  Store coupons will state a specific price off of a specific item.

What is rolling EB and how can I do it?
Rolling EB refers to using the EB you earn one week to pay for the products you buy the next week.  If you’ve never shopped at CVS or don’t have any EB right this moment then you need to start out with what I call a little “seed” money. That’s money you’ll spend for products in the ad to get your first EB.

For Example:

Week One: You buy several products from the ad that offer EB when you buy them and use any coupons you can find to use on the items to get your out of pocket expense as low as possible.

Buy Schick Razor for $9.99 – get $4.00 EB when you buy 1
Use $4.00/1 Schick Razor coupon
Pay $5.99 after coupon and get $4.00 EB

Buy Dove Shampoo $3.99 – get $2.00 EB when you buy 1
Use $2.00/1 Dove Shampoo coupon
Pay $1.99 after coupon and get $2.00 EB

Buy Suave Lotion $4.99 – get $2.00 EB when you buy 1
Use $1.00/1 Suave Lotion coupon
Pay $3.99 after cpn and get $2.00 EB

You bought 3 items totaling $18.97 and used $7.00 in coupons for a total of $11.97 out of pocket. The $11.97 is your “seed” money.  You also got $8.00 in EB for buying the 3 items.

Week Two: You have $8.00 in EB to spend this week so you look over the ad and see what you’d like to buy that also offers EB when you buy it.

Buy Dove Deodorant $2.99 – get $1.00 EB when you buy 1
Use $1.00/1 Dove Deodorant coupon
You pay $1.99 and get $1.00 EB

Buy Crest Toothpaste $2.99 – get $2.00 EB wyb 1
Use $1.00/1 Crest Toothpaste coupon
You pay $1.99 and get $2.00 EB

Buy Nature Made Vitamin D $6.00 – get $6.00 EB wyb 1
Use $2.00/1 any Nature Made Vitamin coupon
Pay $4.00 and get $6.00 EB

You bought 3 items totaling $11.98 and used $4.00 in coupon for a total of $7.98.  You use the $8.00 in EB you earned the first week to pay the remaining balance and get all 3 items for just the tax!  You also earned $9.00 more EB to use next week!

If you have any questions just give me an email: patsy@consumerqueen.com

Happy Shopping!

 

 

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  • Jackie November 20, 2011, 11:43 PM

    Hi there,

    I have a question about the ECB. If you buy something and it gives you ECB, can you use the ECB’s that you were going to receive on the item you just purchased? For example, If I were to buy Dove Deodorant for $3.99 and get $2.00 in ECB for that purchase, can I just request for it to be added to that current purchase? Or does it only apply to me next transaction, thus making me come to the store and purchase again?

    Thank you,
    Jackie

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    • Queen Mum November 22, 2011, 10:52 AM

      Nope, they are only good on your next transaction ..hope this helps :)

      Reply
  • Pam November 26, 2011, 3:13 PM

    where can i get the ECB card?

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    • Princess Stacey November 26, 2011, 3:43 PM

      Pam, you can sign up for a free ECB card at your local CVS

      Reply
  • Pam November 26, 2011, 7:05 PM

    Ok ! Thanks !

    Reply
  • Brenda summers March 3, 2012, 3:00 PM

    Where can I find the $4.00 coupon for the Schick razor? I have been searching and can’t find. Please help. Thanks.

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    • Princess Karen March 4, 2012, 6:26 PM

      There were $4 off Shick razor coupons in the 2/26 SmartSource (OK)

      Reply
  • Crystal S. March 28, 2012, 1:57 PM

    Wow, I can’t believe it has taken me this long to really understand how to use the ECB rewards, thank you for taking the time to explain it ;-) Just need to get my “seed” money to start really reaping the benefits of the ECB rewards. Thank you again!!

    Reply
  • Amber August 22, 2013, 4:52 AM

    I’d looked into ECB in the past and thought I understood, but never really took advantage. After reading this, something finally clicked. I’ll be heading to CVS today with my seed money :)

    Reply
  • nena March 14, 2014, 2:54 AM

    i have a question, is the offer EBC a 1 time offer?or do i get EBC everytime i make the same transaction?and if so can i do it more than once a day but different stores?? :)

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    • Queen Mum March 15, 2014, 7:25 PM

      ExtraBuck deals always have a limit. If the limit is one, that means you can do the deal one time per CVS card. That’s one time total for the whole week. :)

      Reply

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