Best Reward System: CVS


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Amy Whyte, Development and Recruitment Editor

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Among the only convenience stores located within walking distance from campus, CVS/Pharmacy is the car-less college student’s go-to for just about everything — making participation in the chain’s ExtraCare program an absolute essential. Ownership of an ExtraCare card grants shoppers access to special deals and daily coupons that customers can print out simply by scanning their card upon entry into the store. Those benefits alone would be enough incentive to enroll (for free!) in the ExtraCare program, but they aren’t the only advantages to the tiny red card so many NU students carry on their keychains. ExtraCare shoppers can rack up ExtraBucks — in-store dollars to be spent on any item of the customer’s choice — by buying specifically marked items or even just filling prescriptions. BeautyClub allows ExtraCare customers to earn ExtraBucks simply by buying makeup. The program even has a philanthropic side, offering additional benefits to customers who have diabetes. Without an ExtraCare card, shopping at CVS can get a bit pricey — but with it, the savings will add up.

— Amy Whyte