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We’ve been cataloging our experience with CVS’ Extra Care program. With the program on select items each month you pay the regular price, but you get some or all of the cost back as Extra Care Bucks. These ECBs are just like cash at CVS stores except they expire one month after you get them.
My wife and I have been pretty busy lately and haven’t had a lot of time to look through all of our coupons to maximize our savings. Unfortunately I remembered yesterday that we had an ECB for $4.99 that was due to expire at the end of the month. We should look and see what we can use it on, I thought to myself.
I went to our handy coupon accordian file only to discover that the ECB had expired the previous day.
Frustrating, but it goes to show you really have to stay on top of these things. We are still tweaking our system for couponing and it is evident we need to adjust even further. To prevent this type of error in the future I am considering creating a calendar reminder on the day before all of our ECBs expire. It would pop up on my phone or Gmail to remind me — hey, you’ve got one more day to use this.
For all of you coupon masters out there, what do you recommend to keep yourself organized?