I’ve been burning through my ECBs lately, unable to generate enough to completely replace the ones I’ve been spending on things we really need, like tissue. (We’ve been going through a lot of tissue lately – I hate allergy season!) CVS has also had some great deals that I couldn’t pass up, even though they weren’t money-makers.
I still have about $20 of ECBs left, but if I keep going, I’m going to whittle those down pretty quickly. There just aren’t enough money-makers in the store, even with the $3 off $15 purchase coupon, unless I do five transactions per visit. Unfortunately, the CVS stores around me don’t seem particularly receptive to that (the employees at the two Walgreens I go to have been so much nicer).
So I’ve been thinking about ways to acquire more ECBs or giftcards without spending any money out of pocket. Here’s what I’ve come up with:
- My Points – I’ll be writing a review of the MyPoints program very soon, but in a nutshell, you earn points that you can redeem for your choice of giftcards. A few days ago, I cashed in 3600 points for a $25 CVS giftcard, which will hopefully arrive soon (I’m just waiting to receive the card before I publish the review). With the way I shop at CVS now, I should be able to stretch this $25 giftcard into hundreds of dollars worth of products.
- CVS Advisor Panel – If you join the CVS Advisor Panel, they’ll send surveys and reward you with ECBs for completing them. Unfortunately, I’ve only received one survey so far (giving me $10 ECBs), and I’ve been signed up for about two months now. About a week ago, I figured out that I hadn’t completed the profile, so I did that in the hopes of triggering more surveys. Nothing’s come yet, but I’m remaining optimistic.
- Fill prescriptions at CVS. – CVS frequently offers giftcards for filling new prescriptions, and many stores accept competitor coupons. So I’ll start saving the coupons and the next time I need a prescription filled, I’ll head to CVS first.
That’s all I’ve got. Does anyone have other suggestions?