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Saving Sunday #5

I always get rather excited when I find little ways to save a few dollars here and there. After finding these savings I like to share my little hidden gems with other people. In most cases, I have found that most people haven't found these little gems either.

Now for some, they feel they have better things to do with their time or their time is more valuable to spend doing some of the things to save a few dollars. Understandable!!

But if you are like me and you like small instant gratification, then in these weekly blogs I will teach you a few of the ways I have saved or earned a few dollars here and there.

So this week's Saving Sunday will cover a program I just entered into last month.  I had seen the signs in CVS promoting their program Carepass  for months but never took much interest into the program until a manager explained all the benefits to me. 



I will not go into great detail about CVS and their ExtraCare program.  I will say you will need to enroll in ExtraCare first to get the maximum benefits of the new Carepass program.  I personally use CVS and the ExtraCare program to purchase all my personal care and household items.  The CVS programs allow my household the ability to pay very little for essential products we use.  These products include detergent, dish soap, toilet paper, paper towels, cleaners, deodorant, tampons, and dryer sheets to name a few.  It is a free program to enroll into that has endless benefits. The coupons you receive from CVS will be tailored towards your spending habits and the products you normally purchase. 

Now back to the new program, because I could spend hours explaining how to save with ExtraCare but that is not what this post is about.  This post will explain the Carepass program instead.  For a monthly fee of $5 that is charged to a credit or debit card you will receive $10 Extrabucks monthly (store credit).  So I choose to pay the $5 monthly to receive my $5 back plus another $5 that I would have spent in the store anyways.  The other benefits to Carepass include free 1 to 2 day shipping on eligible Carepass items, free delivery on qualifying RX, 20% discount on CVS health brand products, and 24/7 pharmacist helpline. 


My household is pretty healthy and at this time has no required RX prescriptions or need for the pharmacist helpline.  Sonthough we will not be utilizing those benefits we could use the others. There are times we need over the counter medicines and the 20% CVS brand discount will definitely be a small savings.  I tried to order online today and there are many items from each store category that qualify for the 1 to 2 day free shipping, but with the current market situation and Coronavirus many were unavailable.  Like I stated before I am new to the program but since enrolling last month I have already received $20 Extrabucks.  Once you enroll you receive $10 Extrabucks immediately and then $10 Extrabucks every 30 days later. 



A person  will be able to add these benefits on top of the benefits received from the ExtraCare program and maximize their family's savings at CVS.  A person could use CVS coupons received in the mail, coupons added to their ExtraCare number through the CVS app, quarterly spending Extrabucks, and now this Carepass to save buying all of their health, personal, and household products. CVS allows many of these to stack upon each other and be used all at once in the same transaction.  Doing so allows me to usually save at least 60-70% saving value on my transactions.

I will update this blog as I use the program more and become more familiar with the benefits.  For now I will enjoy the $10 Extrabucks I receive every 30 days for my $5 monthly fee. 

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