Wednesday, December 15, 2010

PROGRAM ENDED: CVS Green Bag Tag ~ An Easy Way to Go Green and Earn Free Extra Bucks

Since Extra Bucks are the foundation of saving weekly on CVS deals, free ones are an added bonus.  CVS has a "green" program which rewards shoppers for using thier 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 also in the display for reusable bags.  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.

So if you haven't purchased your tag yet, be sure and pick one up the next time you are shopping for CVS weekly deals and start earning free extra bucks.  Be sure the cashier remembers to scan it--it must be scanned after at least one item on the order and before payment is made.

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J Rodney said...

Not too long ago a CVS employee told me that I had to use the green bag only, even though I showed her that it said any reusable bag on the green tag:)

Frugality Is Free.

Cheryl @ Simply Shoeboxes said...

That's sort of funny, JR, since CVS has recalled the green bags.

Anonymous said...

Is there a limit to how many green bag tags you can use per card?

Cheryl @ Simply Shoeboxes said...

No, they are all exactly the same.

Caroline said...

Just had a frustrating call with CVS customer service and wanted to let you know about a current problem with the green bag tags. I don't know when it started but I noticed that my last 3 purchases (all on different days) were scanning the green bag tag but my totals were not increasing on the bottom of my receipt and my extra buck didn't print. CVS said they were aware of the issue (even though my store manager hadn't heard anything about it) and would credit me for the one extra buck I should have earned, but the problem won't be fixed until January 6th and if I were to earn another buck, I would have to call back to have them credit it (otherwise those scans would essentially be lost). Your readers should make sure to check their receipts!

Cheryl @ Simply Shoeboxes said...

Oh, wow, Caroline, thanks for letting us know. I'll put up an alert post soon with your info, Thanks again.

Anonymous said...

Is there an advantage to having more than one green tag?

Cheryl @ Simply Shoeboxes said...

Rita, it does not get you more extra bucks--they are all the same. But I like to have one on each re-usable bag--that way if I grab just one bag I know it is good to go with a tag. So when they are free I pick up the extra ones.