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ECB – Extra Care Bucks – This is a coupon that prints with certain items during a weekly sale. Extra Care Bucks are not for a specific item. They are a coupon for a certain dollar amount of your next purchase. For instance if you have $6 ECB you could buy anything for $6 or more in the store and the $6 will be deducted.
Extracare Card – This is the CVS card you must have to do deals at CVS.
Green Tag – If you agree to use reusable bags you can spend $1 and get the green
tag. For every 4 transactions you have them scan this tag you will be given
Limit– CVS limits the amount of deals you may do per Extracare card you have.
Rolling ECB’S– When you use and ECB to purchase an item you know will prompt an ECB of equal value.
Expiration Date– All ECB’S have expiration dates which you must follow.
You will have to start out by getting ECB’s. I recommend buying items that are free after ECB. What that means is that you would pay $4 and get an ECB valued at $4.
Some people will strictly buy the items that are free after ECB. You can use coupons on an item that gives an ECB. This helps sometimes because you can spend less and walk away with more.
You must be careful though. CVS limits the quantity of ECB’s given on the purchase of an item. If it says limit of 2 in the ad then you can buy 2 in one transaction but you will only get ECB’s for 2. Anything about 2 would not generate an ECB.
This is done by card so you can not just do another transaction to get around it.
Publix does not have a written coupon policy so rules may vary based on the store you shop at.
Some stores will allow overage. An example of overage is: I have a coupon for 2/1 and the item is 1.97. The 3 cent difference is called overage. Some stores will apply that to your purchase. Some will adjust the coupon down. It just depends on you manager’s rules.
You can use one manufacture’s coupon and one store coupon for each item you buy.
You must buy the item listed on your coupon but not necessarily the one pictured.
If the coupon reads one coupon per purchase that does not mean you can only buy one each time you enter the store. It means you are able to use one coupon per item. If you have 10 boxes of Caprisun for instance and 10 coupons for one dollar off of one you may use all of them in one transaction because you are using one coupon per purchase.
If you have more coupons than items in your cart you will need to purchase something inexpensive as a filler item. Your coupon to item ratio must be equal.
Publix accepts competitors coupons. These are to be treated as a store coupon and can be combined with a manufacture’s coupon.
These rules apply mainly to a true BOGO where one item rings up full price and the other rings up free.
In my area of Florida a BOGO sale means that when they put two items in the register one will ring up full price and one will ring up as $0.
When you purchase an item that is on BOGO you may use one coupon for each item though your price is only for one item. For instance if I were to buy 2 candy bars that are on a BOGO sale, I am able to use 2 coupons that read 1/1. If I also had 2 store coupons that read 1/1 I would be able to use those as well.
If an item is on a BOGO sale and you have a BOGO coupon you will get the item for free. The store pays for the free item and your coupon pays for the other.
For those of you who don’t live in a true BOGO area your sales respond differently. Instead of one free item and 1 full price both items are half off.
This can be both an advantage and a disadvantage to you.
You are not limited to quantities of 2 at a time.
You can not use a BOGO coupon on a BOGO sale and get both free. =(