Aug 17, 2011
Store Loyalty Cards – absolutely necessary to get the best deals. I remember a time I told stores I didn’t shop there enough to get one of their loyalty cards. Well no more. Even if I just go there once I get a loyalty card. These are best ways to get deals. Every store has a different name for their loyalty program (examples are Extra Care at CVS, Wellness+ at Rite Aid, PetPerks at Petsmart, MaxPerks at Office Max, and there are many others.) Walgreens is different in they don’t have a “loyalty program,” they have Register Rewards. Please see my article on Register Rewards at Walgreens. Let me explain how sales with loyalty cards work. CVS had a sale that was spend $5 on Gatorade G Series Fit, get $5 Extra Bucks. This means that you spend $5 when you buy the Gatorade (unless you had coupons for it) and you get a $5 coupon you can use on your next transaction at CVS. The amount is always before coupons – it can say spend $5/get $5 and as long as it rang up to begin with for $5 you get the Extra Care Bucks. You can then use coupons and get the total down as low as you can. A couple of weeks ago CVS had the Gillette Pro Glide Fusion Razors for $9.99 and get $5 Extra Care Bucks. That week there was also a $4/1 coupon in the P&G Insert. Meaning for $.99 you got a razor plus 2 Cartridges that normally costs $9.99.
So as you can see at most stores Loyalty cards are an absolute must. Just remember to read fine print on ads. A lot of times there is a limit of one offer per card so you can’t do the deal twice and get all the extra care bucks.