How to Maximize your CVS ExtraCare Program Savings + a Giveaway

by Marcy on April 21, 2014 · 147 comments

tips to maximize cvs extracare savings

Update: This giveaway has ended, winner is #85, Marie.

If you are a CVS/pharmacy shopper, chances are good that you are a member of the CVS ExtraCare program. And if you aren’t – you should be! The CVS/pharmacy ExtraCare program allows shoppers to save and earn rewards on everything from household products, to beauty items and gifts. You can save and earn rewards in a variety of ways, including getting 2% back on almost all of your purchases.

I thought it might be helpful to share some information with you on how to maximize your savings with the CVS ExtraCare program – since there are so many different ways to save.

7 Tips to Maximize your CVS ExtraCare Program Savings:

  • myWeekly Ad: myWeekly Ad features a weekly digital circular personalized just for you, with the deals on products that you love and buy. You can also easily see your latest ExtraCare savings and rewards, and easily browse the ExtraBucks Rewards offers in one place.
  • ExtraCare Coupon Center: (Otherwise known as the “magic coupon machine” – at least to me!) Available at all CVS/pharmacy locations, ExtraCare Coupon Centers are the red kiosks often located at the front of the store where you can scan your ExtraCare card and receive coupons on the spot. These coupons are customized for you based on your previous shopping. You can also print your quarterly ExtraBucks® Rewards for immediate use. The Coupon Centers also function as a price-checker.
  • ExtraCare E-mail: ExtraCare members can opt-in to receive additional coupons and health and beauty information directly in your e-mail inboxes. I’m not a huge fan of extra email, but in my opinion, these emails are worth it! I love receiving special coupons personalized to me. You can register for these emails at: CVS.com/extracareemail.
  • Send to Card: If paper coupons are not your thing, the new “Send to Card” feature lets shoppers redeem ExtraSavings™ and ExtraBucks® Rewards digitally! ExtraBucks® Rewards and select coupons are delivered via email or on CVS.com straight to your ExtraCare cards quarterly when you use this option.
  • Social Media Savings: Shoppers can follow the official CVS/pharmacy ExtraCare Twitter account or “Like” the CVS/pharmacy Facebook page for the latest deals, savings advice and inside scoop updates, as well as exclusive coupons and contests.
  • ExtraCare Beauty Club: Members who sign up for the Beauty Club receive special savings and rewards, including $5 ExtraBucks® Rewards for every $50 spent on qualifying beauty products, plus email newsletters with exclusive coupons, beauty tips and new product information. Shoppers can also follow the Beauty Club on Twitter or Facebook to gain insider access to special offers, hot deals, product news and expert beauty advice. I buy a lot of my beauty products at CVS and I love this!
  • ExtraCare Advantage for Diabetes: Members who sign up receive exclusive savings, Double ExtraBucks® Rewards on more than 100+ diabetes-related products, prescription management services as well as recipes, member stories and pharmacist tips all year-round.

Get the full scoop on the CVS ExtraCare Program here.

I also share CVS sale and coupon match ups every Saturday! Find the most recent CVS Sale and Coupon match ups here.

WIN IT! One lucky winner is going to receive a $50 CVS gift card. $5o at CVS can go really far when you shop the deals! :-)

What am I giving away?

1 $50 CVS Gift Card

How can you win?

You can enter up to 5 times:

1) Leave a comment letting me know what you would buy with your $50 CVS gift card. (Note: Scroll to the bottom of this post and click “Post Comment”. You must be on my site – you can’t do this through a reader.)

2) Tweet about this giveaway on Twitter:

Win a $50 @CVS_Extra gift card @stretchingabuck! http://www.stretchingabuckblog.com/?p=76440  #giveaway #cvsaccess

3) Fans of the Stretching a Buck Facebook Page automatically earn an extra entry. Just be sure to leave a comment here letting me know that you are a fan!

4) Subscribe to my feed or email newsletter and stay on top of all of the deals that I write about each week! If you already subscribe, please leave a separate comment letting me know that you are currently a subscriber (thank you!).

Who is eligible?

You must be 18 years old and have a valid US address to be eligible.

When does this giveaway end?

Friday, April 25, 2014 at 5 PM EST.

The winner will be chosen via the random number generator at random.org and will be notified via email. Please note that if I do not hear from the winner within 2 days that another winner will be chosen.

Good Luck!

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by CVS/pharmacy.Opinions expressed here are strictly my own. View my disclosure policy here.


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1 Wendy April 21, 2014 at 10:19 AM

I would buy batteries, toiletries, and other necessities. Thanks for the giveaway!

2 Wendy April 21, 2014 at 10:20 AM

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3 Suzanne Reinbolt April 21, 2014 at 10:20 AM

I would get some get ready for summer items – sunglasses, sunscreen, bubbles for the kids, etc!

4 Wendy April 21, 2014 at 10:20 AM

I subscribe via Feedly blog reader.

5 Suzanne Reinbolt April 21, 2014 at 10:21 AM

I am fan of your Facebook page.

6 Geri April 21, 2014 at 10:28 AM

You could buy so many things at CVS and $50 can go a long way with all their great savings!

7 Geri April 21, 2014 at 10:31 AM

I am a subscirber

8 Alyssa April 21, 2014 at 10:38 AM

hopefully things with Extrabucks to keep it going!

9 Lisa Brown April 21, 2014 at 10:56 AM

i would buy makeup

10 Lisa Brown April 21, 2014 at 10:57 AM
11 Lisa Brown April 21, 2014 at 10:57 AM

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12 Lisa Brown April 21, 2014 at 10:58 AM

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13 Elena April 21, 2014 at 10:59 AM

I would buy vitamins

14 Elena April 21, 2014 at 11:00 AM

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15 Elena April 21, 2014 at 11:01 AM

I subscribe to your emails

16 Elena April 21, 2014 at 11:02 AM
17 steve weber April 21, 2014 at 12:02 PM

I would get some contact solution and toothpaste.

18 steve weber April 21, 2014 at 12:03 PM

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19 Sharon April 21, 2014 at 12:25 PM

I follow you on Facebook!

20 Sharon April 21, 2014 at 12:26 PM

I also receive your email newsletter

21 Sharon April 21, 2014 at 12:28 PM

I’d buy toilet paper and deoderant for the men, and shampoo and and other hair care products for the girls.

22 rachel April 21, 2014 at 12:37 PM

I’d get diapers and any other last-minute necessities!

23 Janet W. April 21, 2014 at 12:53 PM

I would probably buy over the counter medicines like Tylenol and shampoos.

24 Janet W. April 21, 2014 at 12:54 PM
25 Janet W. April 21, 2014 at 12:54 PM

I like you on Facebook.
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26 Janet W. April 21, 2014 at 12:55 PM

I subscribe to your emails.

27 Mami2jcn April 21, 2014 at 12:58 PM

I would buy allergy medicine for my son.

28 Mami2jcn April 21, 2014 at 12:59 PM

I subscribe to your email newsletter.

29 Mami2jcn April 21, 2014 at 12:59 PM

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30 Jenny April 21, 2014 at 1:03 PM

I am an email subscriber.

31 Jenny April 21, 2014 at 1:04 PM

I would purchase beauty products.

32 Jessie C. April 21, 2014 at 1:46 PM

I would get lip gloss, body lotion and shampoo.

33 Jessie C. April 21, 2014 at 1:47 PM

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34 Jessie C. April 21, 2014 at 1:47 PM

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35 Jessie C. April 21, 2014 at 1:47 PM

I am a subscriber

36 Frances April 21, 2014 at 2:19 PM

I would say I would buy cosmetics but I would probably really buy HBA and paper products.

37 Frances April 21, 2014 at 2:19 PM
38 Frances April 21, 2014 at 2:20 PM

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39 Linda April 21, 2014 at 4:41 PM

I would use the $50 gift card on beauty items.

40 Linda April 21, 2014 at 4:42 PM

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41 Elis B. April 21, 2014 at 5:02 PM

milk, coffee, and mouthwash.

42 Elis B. April 21, 2014 at 5:03 PM
43 Elis B. April 21, 2014 at 5:04 PM

I’m fan of Stretching a Buck Facebook Page

44 Lisa W. April 21, 2014 at 5:05 PM

I would definitely buy vitamins!!!

45 Elis B. April 21, 2014 at 5:06 PM

I’m subscriber of email newsletter.

46 John April 21, 2014 at 5:10 PM

CVS is my main place for deals & a $50 gift card would go miles & miles toward my shopping there!

47 John April 21, 2014 at 5:11 PM

I subscribe to your emails

48 John April 21, 2014 at 5:12 PM

Stretching a Buck Facebook fan.

49 shelly peterson April 21, 2014 at 5:28 PM

I would buy diapers, beauty products, toilet paper.

50 shelly peterson April 21, 2014 at 5:30 PM
51 shelly peterson April 21, 2014 at 5:32 PM

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52 shelly peterson April 21, 2014 at 5:33 PM

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53 Juanita Davis-Edwards April 21, 2014 at 6:14 PM

I’m a current subscriber to your newsletter and I’m a fan on Facebook. I’d use the gift card to stock up on batteries and toilet paper.

54 Juanita Davis-Edwards April 21, 2014 at 6:15 PM

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I’m a Facebook Fan

55 Juanita Davis-Edwards April 21, 2014 at 6:16 PM

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I’m a current subscriber to your newsletter.

56 Juanita Davis-Edwards April 21, 2014 at 6:16 PM

Duh! Separate Comments
I’d use the gift card to stock up on batteries and toilet paper.

57 Jessica To April 21, 2014 at 6:28 PM

I would buy toilet paper and paper towels!

58 karen f April 21, 2014 at 7:02 PM

I would buy sunscreen.

59 karen f April 21, 2014 at 7:03 PM

I subscribe to your emails.

60 karen f April 21, 2014 at 7:04 PM

I am a Facebook fan.

61 alicia k April 21, 2014 at 8:36 PM

i would stock up on vitamins and paper goods.

62 alicia k April 21, 2014 at 8:39 PM
63 alicia k April 21, 2014 at 8:41 PM

i am a fan on FB (Petite Pilates Pixie)

64 alicia k April 21, 2014 at 8:42 PM

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65 shelly April 21, 2014 at 9:09 PM

splurge on make up!

66 Kelly D April 21, 2014 at 9:15 PM

I would buy vitamins with my CVS gift card.

67 Kelly D April 21, 2014 at 9:15 PM
68 Kelly D April 21, 2014 at 9:16 PM

I like you on FB(Kelly D Saver)

69 Kelly D April 21, 2014 at 9:16 PM

I subscribe to your email.

70 Ellie W April 21, 2014 at 11:19 PM

I would use it to buy my grandson’s monthly Advair. It’s not a fun purchase, but a necessary one.

71 Ellie W April 21, 2014 at 11:20 PM
72 Ellie W April 21, 2014 at 11:21 PM

I like you on FB (Ellie W)

73 Ellie W April 21, 2014 at 11:21 PM

I subscribe via Feedly

74 Tabathia B April 22, 2014 at 1:10 AM

I would purchase allergy medicine

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75 Tabathia B April 22, 2014 at 1:12 AM

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76 Tabathia B April 22, 2014 at 1:12 AM

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77 Heather M April 22, 2014 at 1:13 AM

I would get stock up on vitamins and get a puzzle book for fun.

78 Heather M April 22, 2014 at 1:14 AM

I subscribe via feedly.

79 Tabathia B April 22, 2014 at 1:14 AM

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80 Heather M April 22, 2014 at 1:15 AM
81 Gina M April 22, 2014 at 5:51 AM

I would buy their weekly extra bucks deals on makeup, household items, and food!

Thanks for the chance to win!
wildorchid985 at gmail dot com

82 Gina M April 22, 2014 at 5:52 AM

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83 Gina M April 22, 2014 at 5:52 AM

I am an email subscriber!
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84 Gina M April 22, 2014 at 5:53 AM

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85 Marie April 22, 2014 at 6:58 AM

It wouldn’t be hard to use this giftcard at CVS since I am there usually a couple times a week. Probably buy either food/drink items or healthcare items. Thanks for the opportunity.

86 Kristie Speakman April 22, 2014 at 8:04 AM

I would buy diapers….with 2, soon to be three, in diapers we need lots of them!

87 Kristie Speakman April 22, 2014 at 8:05 AM

I’m a facebook fan

88 Kristie Speakman April 22, 2014 at 8:05 AM

I get the emaiI & rss feed

89 Michelle April 22, 2014 at 8:33 AM

What couldn’t I buy at CVS with $50?!!! Love CVS and $50 could go a long way to get everyday essentials.

90 Michelle April 22, 2014 at 8:33 AM

I am an email subscriber.

91 Michelle April 22, 2014 at 8:34 AM

I am a Facebook Fan!

92 Nancy P April 22, 2014 at 8:54 AM

I am a subscriber – thanks for the great work!

93 Nancy P April 22, 2014 at 8:55 AM

I guess I would maximize the gift card by buying things that have great coupon savings and are paying ECBs. The Speed Stick this week or the Huggies deals are good examples. I always strive to use my ECBs to roll to purchase other necessities.

Thanks!

94 Katie April 22, 2014 at 10:24 AM

I would buy diapers

95 Katie April 22, 2014 at 10:24 AM

I follow on Facebook

96 Katie April 22, 2014 at 10:24 AM

I subscribe to your emails

97 Larena April 22, 2014 at 11:22 AM

I would stock up on toilet paper and children’s meds!

98 Larena April 22, 2014 at 11:25 AM

I subscribe via feedly.

99 Larena April 22, 2014 at 11:25 AM

I am a fan on facebook.

100 shelly peterson April 22, 2014 at 12:35 PM
101 Susan Christy April 22, 2014 at 12:52 PM

I would buy toilet paper, laundry soap and makeup.

102 Rosie April 22, 2014 at 1:53 PM

I would go cray! I already do, but try so hard to spend as little as possible, that I would feel hog wild with $50! I’d start with beauty supplies, some of my fav’s are CVS – like their cold cream, and buy some nice soaps, I love J&J baby soap and Dove, and get some CVS dry roasted peanuts for a snack, and some readers so I can see my receipt!!! I’d get some chocolate, too!!!

103 Christine April 22, 2014 at 2:30 PM

I would use the gift card on whatever the great deals are at the time that I have it! :)

104 Christine April 22, 2014 at 2:30 PM

I like SABB on Facebook.

105 Laura J April 22, 2014 at 10:02 PM

Oh I would love to get some of their great deals! Probably some shower gels and shampoos!

106 Laura J April 22, 2014 at 10:03 PM
107 Laura J April 22, 2014 at 10:04 PM

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108 amanda whiltey April 22, 2014 at 10:17 PM

i would use the gc to stock up on diapers and wipes.

109 amanda whiltey April 22, 2014 at 10:19 PM
110 LaShawna Harris April 23, 2014 at 10:15 AM

I would buy kitty litter, cleaning products, coffee, walnuts, laundry soap and whatever else I could match with coupons.
Thanks.

111 Elle April 23, 2014 at 12:06 PM

I don’t have anything specific I’d use it for – I go to CVS weekly so whatever the deal/good priced items are for that week that I’d buy, I’d use the gift card.

112 Elle April 23, 2014 at 12:07 PM
113 Elle April 23, 2014 at 12:07 PM

I am a fan on Facebook

114 shelly peterson April 23, 2014 at 12:22 PM

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115 Carrie Gray April 23, 2014 at 1:18 PM

I like you on Facebook.

116 Carrie Gray April 23, 2014 at 1:19 PM

I would buy diabetic supplies for my son and combine the gift card with the ExtraCare Advantage for Diabetes. ;)

117 Vunda V April 23, 2014 at 1:57 PM

i would buy toilet paper and paper towels

118 Lynda Del April 23, 2014 at 2:52 PM

I’d buy vitamins and toiletries.

119 Lynda Del April 23, 2014 at 2:52 PM

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120 Lynda Del April 23, 2014 at 2:54 PM

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121 Cori Westphal April 23, 2014 at 3:17 PM

I’d stock up on shampoo, toothpast, and bar soap! We can never have too much

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122 Cori Westphal April 23, 2014 at 3:17 PM

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123 Cori Westphal April 23, 2014 at 3:18 PM
124 Amanda Sakovitz April 24, 2014 at 8:55 AM

I would buy makeup and hair care products!

125 Amanda Sakovitz April 24, 2014 at 8:56 AM
126 Amanda Sakovitz April 24, 2014 at 8:56 AM

I like you on facebook as Amanda Sakovitz

127 Amanda Sakovitz April 24, 2014 at 8:58 AM

I am a subscriber!

128 Tara April 24, 2014 at 9:27 AM

I would buy cosmetics and shampoo!

129 Tara April 24, 2014 at 9:27 AM
130 Tara April 24, 2014 at 9:27 AM

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Tara H.

131 Dawn W. April 24, 2014 at 3:02 PM

I would buy diapers, toilet paper, make up…whatever I could get some more ECB’s with!

132 Dawn W. April 24, 2014 at 3:03 PM

I am a facebook fan.

133 Dawn W. April 24, 2014 at 3:04 PM

I receive your daily e-mails.

134 shelly peterson April 24, 2014 at 7:38 PM
135 Jessica B. April 24, 2014 at 8:48 PM

I would buy diapers and wipes for my two sons.

136 Jessica B. April 24, 2014 at 9:12 PM

I’m a fan on facebook Jessica Beard

137 Jessica B. April 24, 2014 at 9:14 PM

I subscribe to your newsletter.

138 Jessica B. April 24, 2014 at 9:15 PM
139 Susan Christy April 24, 2014 at 10:33 PM

Like you on Facebook

140 Thomas Murphy April 25, 2014 at 12:14 PM

I would buy cleaning products.

141 Thomas Murphy April 25, 2014 at 12:15 PM
142 Thomas Murphy April 25, 2014 at 12:15 PM

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143 Thomas Murphy April 25, 2014 at 12:16 PM

I Subscribe to your email as rounder9834 @yahoo.com

144 David April 25, 2014 at 3:58 PM

I would use this to buy groceries, specifically milk.

145 David April 25, 2014 at 3:59 PM
146 David April 25, 2014 at 4:00 PM

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147 shelly peterson April 25, 2014 at 4:47 PM

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