My parents were in the middle of preparing for their Memorial Day picnic, when my mom realized that she was out of sugar. I offered to go, bringing along my 5 Extra Care Bucks (ECBs) from my last 2 trips, my weekly CVS advertisement, and a coupon for $2/1 Preparation-H product.
Scenario #1: First, I bought 1 10 count box of Preparation-H wipes for $3.99. They were worth 3.99 ECBs. Then I used my coupon for $2/1 off. I also bought 2 packages of Peanut Butter M&M’s. Unfortunately, I bought the wrong size so I didn’t get the discount on these. I paid $0.96 and my 5 ECBs for this order. I got 3.99 ECBs back.
Scenario #2: Second, I bought a 4lb canister of sugar on sale for $2.99. I used the 3.99 ECBs to pay for it. The woman at the register informed me that I could spend $1 more, because I would not be receiving change from the ECB. Now I understand what a “filler” is! I picked up the 2 packages of Peanut Butter M&M’s (this time in the correct size) that were on sale 2/$1. My final total was $o.06, and I got 1 ECB back. Yeah!
1. Double-check the size of your items to be sure that they qualify for any discounts!
2. If you spend more ECBs than you have items to buy, then you get to purchase “fillers” like candy at the register.