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While I typically write about travel deals, those that read this blog often know that I love ANY deal – shopping, groceries, anything! One of my favorite places to get free stuff is CVS. After sales, coupons, and extra care bucks, many times I am able to get a slew of items for free, and if not really really cheap. While I do not typically write about CVS deals…. there is one specific deal from this week I wanted to point out. Those that keep up with the weekly circulars know that CVS deals run Sunday – Saturday, so this specific promotion will expire Saturday August 3, 2013.
At CVS this week you can purchase a $100 gift card to Old Navy, Gap, or Banana Republic and get $15 in Extra Care Bucks. Extra Care Bucks (ECB) are linked to your rewards card and will print out with your receipt. This $15 ECB can then be used on a future purchase. For those that make purchases at CVS often, you can think of this as getting your $100 gift card for $85. One thing to note though is that the $15 ECB must be used on a future purchase of $15 or more, you are not able to break it up into multiple CVS visits/purchases. ECBs do expire, however, I am not sure of this specific expiration date.
Note: Manhattan CVS stores have a different circular, the 12+ page is cut into 4 pages EVERY WEEK so not all deals are available. Unfortunately, this offer is not available in Manhattan, but if you find yourself in one of the borough’s or in the suburbs, you can take advantage.
This is limited to one per card, but if you have multiple cards per household you can stalk up with each card – assuming that you make purchases at one of these three stores often.
For most, this is better than purchasing gift cards at an office supply store (i.e., Staples) and getting 5x points with your Chase Ink Bold or Plus card. The same $100 gift card will give you 400 more points than purchasing at CVS during this deal. You’d need to get about 4 cents per point for it to be a better deal.