I had $2.85, so I went to CVS to go shopping.
I had not shopped much at CVS during 2010 but at the very end of the year I had a small balance in our medical spending account to use up. (If you haven’t heard, you can no longer make over the counter purchases with these accounts.) I purchased a few items that earned me some Extra Care Bucks, or ECBs. I stopped by CVS with $10 in ECBs this morning.
To find deals at CVS, I read the CVS section at afullcup.com and I check www.iheartcvs.com for updates and coupon matchups.
This week, buying 2 Revlon tools or makeup earns you $7 in ECBs.
I bought a nail polish (boy, I remember when you could only get cheap black nail polish at Halloween!) for $5.49 and a 24-pack of Revlon brand emery boards for $3.29.
The total for the two Revlon items was $8.78. I had $10 in ECBs to spend, and I could have stopped there, but I would have forfeited $1.22 in ECBs, so I added two pairs of soft, cushy socks to the order to bring the total over $10. I could have bought just one pair, but I wanted one and grabbed a pair for my mom, too.
The 2 Revlon items earned me $7 in ECBs to use next week, which printed at the bottom of my receipt:
At some point before 2/5, I need to find something else in the CVS ad that I want/need that will earn ECBs. I’ll then use these $7 in ECBs to help pay for that purchase. By doing this on a consistent basis, I can pick up cheap things all the time.
I am just a small-time CVS shopper. I only buy what I will actually use and I tend to keep the amount of ECBs I have low. Some are much more into the shopping and buy things they have no use for and keep tons of ECBs that constantly have to be spent. I get a kick out of just keeping useful things around that I paid very little for.