Here is your intro to Extreme Couponing 101, How to Shop CVS! There are many ways to save and even earn money while shopping at CVS!
:: More Store Resources
: Contact CVS
- CVS Customer Service: 1-800-SHOP-CVS (1-800-746-7287)
- E-mail feedback to CVS Corporate Headquarters
:: Coupon Policy
CVS accepts the following types of coupons:
- CVS store coupons
- Manufacturer coupons
- Internet printable coupons
- Competitor pharmacy coupons
- ExtraCare Bucks
We will start with the Weekly Ads. You can get the Weekly Ad online, in front of the store or in your local Sunday paper. The Ad lists all sale items and items that will produce Extra Care Bucks and the quantity needed to earn them.
What are Extra Care Bucks (ECB)? These are dollars that you earn when making certain purchases and can be used on any future CVS purchase. Your ECBs will print out on your receipt so make sure to always check before throwing away your receipt. There are weekly and monthly ECB. You will also earn 2% back in ECB quarterly on your purchases which will print automatically at the end of the sales period.
You do not have to get all the items at the same time but will not earn the ECB until you fulfill the entire purchase.
In order to start earning ECBs, you need to have an Extra Care Card. You can get a card simply by asking a cashier for a form or by signing up online. If you fill out the form in-store, you will get your card to start saving immediately. However if you sign up online, it will take about a week to get your card in the mail. Remember to register your account online to receive special offers by email or in your mail box.
In addition to ECB, there is also CRT (cash register tape) coupons that print automatically on your receipt. You can also get these CRTs by scanning your Extra Care Card at the red price scanner (the magic coupon box we refer to) usually located in the front of the store. These are not listed in the Weekly Ad and just print randomly. These are pretty general, for instance, $2.00 off of Huggies Pull-ups and sometimes Freebies!
These CRTs are considered CVS Store coupons and can be combined with manufacturer’s coupons (MFC). This is called “Coupon Stacking” and here’s what it looks like:
Buy (1) Huggies Pull-ups Jumbo Pack @ $9.00
Use (1) $2.00 CRT
Use (1) $3.00 MFC
Total $4.00 after using both coupons
Making money at CVS can be very simple! Almost every week there is a promotion where you will earn the same amount of ECB that you spend.
Colgate Toothpaste $2.99
Earn $2.99 ECB wyb 1
Use $1.00 off Manufacturer’s coupon
Total = $1.00 overage after coupon and ECB
Here are a couple of additional ways to save at CVS:
Email coupons – remember to sign up online to get these.
B1G1 Free sales – you can use two MFC coupons on a buy-one-get-one-free sale.
Max Factor Mascara $7.99 B1G1 Free
Use (2) $3.00 off MFC
Total = $1.99 for both
As with anything, “practice makes perfect” so don’t be discouraged if you make a few mistakes. You’ll be shopping like a pro soon enough.
Did you miss the beginning of our Extreme Couponing 101 Series if so check out these articles:
-Extreme Couponing 101: What Are Coupons & Where Do I Find Them and Coupon Etiquette & Tips
–Extreme Couponing 101: Coupon Lingo What Does It Mean?
–Extreme Couponing 101- New Coupon Labels
–Extreme Couponing 101- How to Organize Coupons
–Extreme Couponing 101-How to Shop Walgreens
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