Posted by: thesavinghabit | June 9, 2010

Save on Drug Store Deals

I used to be a big fan of Eckerd Drug Stores and Walgreens. Both offered a monthly rebate club where they usually had a few “free after rebate” items. And if you used a coupon on the “free” items, they actually ended up paying you to take the item. Then if you had your rebates put on a gift card instead of a check, you earned an additional ten percent. But, sadly, Eckerd moved out of the area and CVS moved in. Walgreens discontinued their rebate club, which was very disappointing.

However, both CVS and Walgreens do offer some pretty good deals. CVS offers Extra Care Bucks (ECB’s) on various items each week, and Walgreens offers Register Rewards (RR’s). Essentially both are the same thing. They are store coupons for a specific dollar amount that you can use on your next purchase. If they didn’t expire, it would be just as good of a deal as their rebate club. But they usually expire within a couple of weeks so be sure to watch your expiration dates closely so you don’t lose out on the deals.

Here’s how to make the most of these deals. Let’s say, for example, that CVS is offering Crest Toothpaste for $2.00 and is giving a $2 ECB on it. Usually CVS allows you more than one deal, so look closely in the ad for that. Purchase the Crest using a manufacturer coupon if available. Essentially you’ve been “paid” the value of the manufacturer coupon to purchase the Crest. If you have additional purchases to make during that trip, use the $2 ECB on the next order. I often split up my purchases into multiple orders in order to get lower value ECB’s. If you purchase all ECB items on one order, you get one ECB for the full amount of all items. I’d rather have several small ECB’s (or better yet use them right after I get them) because I don’t often need much at CVS at any one time. They do NOT give cash back on ECB’s so if your ECB is more than what you purchase, you lose the balance. To be courteous to other customers, I try to shop when I anticipate it being slow, or I’ll go back and get in line again for additional purchases. Be sure to have your CVS Frequent Shopper Card scanned in order to get the ECB’s.

Walgreens Register Rewards program works the same way. The only other challenge I’ve found with Walgreens is that if you have a manufacturer coupon and a RR coupon to use and are only purchasing that one item, the register declines the manufacturer coupon and you have to call a manager to override it. And, with Walgreen’s, if you use the RR to purchase the same item your RR was for, you will not get the RR the second time.

Some great websites to help you find the best deals at CVS are CVS Simply and IHeartCVS. For Walgreens, try IHeartWags.

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Now, on to this week’s deals.

Know the Lingo
BOGO – Buy one, get one free
SS – Smart Source (coupon inserts in Sunday’s papers)
RP – Red Plum (coupon inserts in Sunday’s papers)
PG – Proctor & Gamble (coupon inserts in Sunday’s papers)
GM – General Mills (occasional coupon inserts in Sunday’s papers)
Blinkie – coupon dispensers in stores
Peelie – coupons found on products that you peel off
Hangtag – coupons found hanging on bottles
All You – Magazine sold at Walmart or via subscription

Whole Foods: Click here for their coupons. If you prefer to shop at Publix, they should accept these as competitor coupons.

Publix Greenwise: Click here for their weekly ads.

Many thanks to for their great tips on shopping at Publix!

Ask Have a question about using coupons or shopping at Publix? Click here to read answers to questions or submit your own question.

For Publix “Super Deals” for June 10-6/16, please click here.

For Publix full sale list with coupon match-ups, please click here

Renita’s Favorite Money-Saving Sites

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Renita is a resident of Palm Beach County, and author of “Wow! You Saved How Much?” For more information, visit her website at


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