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This is a reminder that the $50 ExtraCare Bucks at CVS ends today! I originally broke the news first thing Sunday morning when this went live and there are a few other promotions too on gift cards for Gap/Banana Republic/Old Navy and iTunes. There are probably a decent number of stores that have sold out of these PayPal cards, but they are still out there. If your store is sold out ask if you can get a raincheck. They are not required to give you a raincheck on gift card ECB promotions, but it never hurts to ask!
UPDATE #1: I can confirm you can get 2 per account, just do 2 different transactions.
UPDATE #2: If you do not unload the $150 within a short time you will be charged $4.95 maintenance fee. I purchased the cards about 9am Sunday night and the next morning when I went to activate some of the cards I saw my balance was down $4.95. Still $40 profit of ECB, but just an FYI!
UPDATE #3: If you are looking to purchase a bunch of these it takes some effort. I personally am having some difficulty! If you aren’t willing to put in the effort, I suggest only purchasing one. There is a limit of three cards per SS#.
This morning I wrote about a bunch of CVS deals where you will get ExtraCare Bucks (ECBs) for certain purchases, included PayPal Reloadable Prepaid MasterCards. The deal is if you purchase a this PayPal card and load $150 on it you will receive $50 ExtraCare bucks printed on your receipt. I noticed this deal earlier last week as I always skim the upcoming CVS ads and was so excited when this actually went live today!
At the time I wrote about the deal I had not yet visited CVS to make my purchase. I live in NYC and unfortunately the CVS’s in NYC have only a handful of deals compared to the suburbs. Luckily though, I made the drive up to Boston today and was able to stop at a CVS along the way.
So here are some FAQs about the deal:
Question: This deal is not in my CVS’s circular, does it still apply?
Answer: There was an error in many CVS’s where even though the deal is stated in the online circular it was not printed in the store circular. To see if it is available in your CVS, check online and enter your zip code to see. If it is available in your CVS then the $50 ECB will still print.
Question: How many PayPal cards can I purchase and get the $50 ECBs?
Answer: The deal is limited to one per CVS card. Although I read somewhere that folks were having luck getting 2 per card if they made the purchase with two separate transactions. Anyone have luck with that? Update: I just went back to my local CVS and was able to get a 2nd card with $50 ECB with the same account. Just make sure to make the two purchases under different transactions.
Questions: How many Reloadable Prepaid Mastercards can I add to one PayPal account?
Answer: Three. You will need to give your SS# when activating.
Question: When do ExtraCare Bucks expire?
Answer: The $50 will expire one month from the date it was earned. You will then need to use the $50 on a future CVS purchase of $50 or more in a single transaction. There are actually a lot of free after ECB items at CVS right now so you can use the $50 for those items and then get smaller amount of ECBs.
Question: Can I use ExtraCare Bucks on a gift card?
Answer: Unfortunately no. If you were then looking to purchase a $100 Gap gift card for example (since you get $25 ECB right now with this purchase), the $50 cannot be applied.
How I took advantage of this deal?
I purchased 1 $150 PayPal Reloadable Prepaid MasterCard for $4.95 totaling $159.95. On my receipt a $50 ExtraCare buck printed which I will probably end up using tonight or tomorrow easily. The card fees state that there is monthly fees of $4.95 and the first fee is deducted from the card account within 36 hours of purchase. To avoid this fee I wanted to immediately use the amount. I first registered my card www.paypal.com/prepaid and once activated unloaded it via Amazon Payments. On Amazon Payments I added the MasterCard as a payment type and then paid my husband $150.
Upon registering I also saw that there is a referral for the card of $5, for both the referrer and referee (as long as the referee adds at least $10 onto their card). When signing up for an account and activating your card you might as well use a referral to get $5 for free and balance out the $4.95 paid for the card. Feel free to leave your referral code in the comments section. If you want to use my referral code, which of course is always appreciated, mine is: 3819876210
How much free money will you end up with at CVS?
So if you use a referral code and unload the card immediately you can end up with $50 for FREE items at CVS!
This is one you should ABSOLUTELY take advantage of and not pass up. This is easy breezy free money.