No, we are not going bowling at CVS with our Extra Bucks. To "roll" an extra buck means to spend it at CVS on an item that will give extra bucks back. You "roll" it into another extra buck with a later expiration date while "purchasing" a free, or nearly free, product with your current extra buck you earned from an earlier transaction at CVS. This is key to getting the best CVS deals.
There are two main benefits to "rolling" extra bucks at CVS:
#1: You will pay less cash out of pocket at CVS.
#2: Your extra buck will have a later expiration date ensuring it won't expire before you use it.
Rolling perpetually is possible. You use the extra bucks from last week on this week's extra buck items and then you use this week's extra bucks on items that give extra bucks next week. As long as there are extra buck deals each week (or at least once a month) you will be able to "roll" them over and over again before they expire.
Sometimes you may need to roll your extra bucks by buying something you do not necessarily want or need just to be able to keep up the process of rolling--these items you will find good homes for by donating to non-profits or sharing with friends. I sometimes ask the cashier if she would like it. The sales at CVS dictate what you are able to purchase to roll your extra bucks.
By the use of manufacturer coupons and CVS coupons you will find that you will often actually increase your extra bucks. You may enter the store with $15 in extra bucks, buy $30 worth of product for tax only by using the coupons and extra bucks and leave with $18 in extra bucks for next week's deals. As they increase you can then spend them on items on sale or that you need that do not give extra bucks.
A simpler way is to just roll them each week. You can make more than one transaction (see the CVS 101 lesson on Numerous Transactions) using the extra buck earned on the first transaction on the second, those earned on the second on the third, etc. Then before you leave the store spend any extra bucks you have on sale or necessary items. You will have greatly reduced your out of pocket cost and increased your spending power.
CVS shopping has its own rules and way of thinking. It seems foreign at first, but after just a few weeks a shopper easily gets the hang of it and begins to be amazed at the savings possible.
When an extra buck item is out of stock at CVS request a raincheck, they are good at any CVS store and never expire. Rain checks for extra buck items are a good way to roll your extra bucks before they expire.
See CVS 101 for the ten steps to saving big while shopping at CVS.
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