Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Go Green with CVS Green Bag Tag and Earn Extra Bucks

Since Extra Bucks are the foundation of saving at CVS, free ones are an added bonus.  CVS has a "green" program which rewards you for using your own shopping bag.  They sell "green bag tags" for $.99 and when you shop and refuse a bag they scan the tag and with four 
scans you earn a $1 extra buck.  So you actually earn $.25 for each time you use your own bag but the extra buck does not print until you've used it four times.  It can only be scanned once a day.
You can find them hanging by the checkout, by the ads and I also saw a new display for reusable bags with them on.  Here are the details of how the tag works from the CVS website:

ExtraCare cardholders get extra green for going green.
Help the environment with Green Bag Tag™ and earn ExtraBucks.

Is the ExtraCare card required for Green Bag Tag™ to work?
Yes, your ExtraCare card or phone number linked to your ExtraCare household account is required. If you don't have an ExtraCare card, learn how to get one >
What are ExtraBucks?
Extra Bucks are like FREE CVS money you can use on almost anything in the store.
How can I tell how close I am to getting my Green ExtraBucks reward?
We keep track of it for you. Check your receipt under "This Week's Extra Buck Offers".
Can I use Green Bag Tag" only with a CVS/pharmacy reusable shopping bag?
You can use any re-usable shopping bag, re-use a plastic bag from a previous purchase, or simply carry out your items. Anytime you decline a one-time use plastic bag, you will receive a Green Bag Tag™ credit.
What is Green Bag Tag™ made from?
Green Bag Tag™ is made with corn-based material - an annually renewable resource.

*To earn Extra Bucks® for a transaction in-store, your ExtraCare® card, Green bag tag, and reusable bag must be presented with purchase at checkout. Limit of one Green bag tag use/scan per day per household. Every fourth purchase your Extra Bucks reward will print at the bottom of your cash register receipt as a $1 coupon good for your next purchase. Extra Bucks can be used until the expiration date shown on the coupon. Extra Bucks are not redeemable for alcohol, gift cards, lottery, money orders, prescriptions, postage stamps, pre-paid cards and tobacco products. Extra Bucks can only be used when presented in conjunction with the ExtraCare card associated with the rewards. CVS/pharmacy reserves the right to modify or terminate the Green bag tag program without notice. Green bag tag rewards cannot be earned with® purchases.

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Caroline said...

I love my Green Bag Tag! I always bring my own bag anyway so this is just an added bonus (especially since I picked up my GBT for only $0.50 after a scanner coupon). I really like having the low value ECBs for those times when you are only picking up one or two small things. This week the only deal I really wanted was the Trident so I used my green tage ECB and didn't have to worry about doing any math or coming up with a filler item. Great program!

Cheryl @ Simply Shoeboxes said...

Yes, Caroline, those $1 extra bucks are great to have. I always remember my bag, and my tag is attached,but I don't always remember to have them scan it. I chat too much, I think, and we forget to do it since they have to scan a product first.

Shannah said...

Hi everyone!

I love my green bag tag too! I must say it's a little tricky though because it's yet another thing to remember. It took me a while to get the order of everything right: card, purchases, green bag tag, $/$$ coupons, mani coupons, ECBs! Phew! I also agree that low value ECBs are welcome, I can never figure out how to spend the high dollar ones (>$8) because I mostly do small trips of just the very best deals that are just enough to use my $3/$15s!

Cheryl @ Simply Shoeboxes said...

Hi, Shannah! $3/15's, I miss my $/$$'s :( . Glad to hear you get them. It is confusing to get it all correct. I read a hint on a couponing board, one gal super glued her tag to the back of her card to help her remember.