CVS 101 – Couponing at CVS

CVS 101 - Coupning at CVS

CVS 101 – Couponing at CVS

CVS is one of my favorite places to shop and get deals. My wife and I go every Sunday and make sure to take advantage of any free offers or sales where we can stack our coupons to get things at unbeatable prices! You won’t have to pay for many things like toothpaste, shampoo / conditioner and lotions ever again if done right. Also we find when the right deals hit these are the best places to buy most of the make up needs for our family.

If you don’t already have your ExtraCare card from CVS you are missing out on some really great money saving deals. The program can seem a little complicated but it is well worth the time. Plus it is free. Here’s what you do.

First, sign up for your ExtraCare card at your local CVS. You can also sign up on-line but I recommended going to the store so you can start saving immediately. You will be given two cards, a little one to put on your key chain and a bigger one for your wallet. We keep ours in our coupon book.

Second, before the cashier begins ringing your purchase, simply hand them your card to scan and start saving money by earning Extra Bucks. Extra Bucks are coupons for dollars off your next purchase that are printed at the bottom of your register receipt. This is one way you get things free (you may pay today but will get ECB’s as they are called towards your next purchase). Simply save them for your next weeks trip.

Here’s how it works:

First you earn 2% back on in-store or online purchases. These are given out quarterly. You also earn $1 Extra Buck for every 2 prescriptions purchased.

The best part of the program is each week CVS runs promotions in which you can earn more Extra Bucks. Here are a few examples:

Buy Duracell Batteries for $2.99 and you get $1 Extra Buck Reward. But wait, it gets even better. I can also use my $2 off coupon on Duracell Batteries. So I am going to pay 99 cents for the batteries and get $1 Extra Buck for my next purchase.

You can also stack your coupons. Here is an example: The promotion is buy $10 on Band-Aids or Neosporin and get $5 Extra Bucks. So lets say the Neosporin is $3 and the Band-Aids are $2. You are going to have to buy several items. So let’s buy 2 Neosporin’s for $6 and 2 Band-Aids for $4 equaling the $10 needed to get the $5 Extra Bucks. Then use 2 Neosporin coupons for $2 off each one and 2 Band-Aid coupons for $1 off each one. Now I have spent $4 out of pocket and got back $5 in Bucks.

Now, you can start saving some serious cash by stacking your Extra Bucks to limit the amount you spend out of pocket.

There are a few items that you can’t use Extra Bucks on like alcohol, tobacco, lottery, gift cards, money orders, postage stamps, pre-paid cards, prescriptions, and special order Home Health Care items, including footwear.

It takes some practice. Each week sit down with the CVS ad and find the products that offer Extra Bucks. Match those products up with your coupons. You will be amazed at the amount of products you can get for little or no money at all. Because of this program we haven’t paid for items like tooth paste and shampoo in months because we are able to get it free using coupons and ECB’s.

Another thing to keep in mind is at the front of each CVS is a red machine where you can scan your CVS card. Do this as you start each shopping trip because often times it will print valuable coupons for you to use. Also after every quarter you can print your rebate (2% back on purchases) from this kiosk.

Here is the CVS coupon policy too. Make sure to print it and carry it with you in your coupon book in case any question come up.

CVS 101 – Couponing at CVS


  1. Andy says

    one quick question. Is it okay to break up your purchases into 2 transactions to use your ECBs that you earn on the 1st transaction right away instead of waiting until your next trip? I saw someone on youtube do this and I’m curious if some cashiers will give you trouble for it.

  2. Charlirae1 says

    you can use the ecbs for most anything. it has on the bottom what you are not able to buy and most of them are good for a month. i don’t usually have them that long. you can also use them the same day you get them lots of times i will get my coupons ready the night before. i make two lists. one of things i need or want that earns ecb’s and the second of things to pay for using my ecb’s i just earned. hope this helps

  3. Sandy a.k.a Mrs. Coupon Dad says

    @ Kelly- When you walk in the door, look around and you will find a red box that look like a price checker (it is actually). The one at our store has a red light on top of it. You can scan your Extra Care Card and it gives you coupons! These coupons can then be stacked with manufacturer’s coupons.

    I hope this helps. If you have any other questions you can always contact me at

    Thanks for reading.
    A.K.A. Mrs. Coupon Dad

  4. Kelly says

    CVS really IS a great place for savings! We go there every week! Though, I’m not sure what you mean by the “red machine” out front. Can you clarify? I haven’t seen this and am intrigued! Thanks!

  5. Cherryness04 says

    do you know much about rite-aid? if so, do you know if you take part in one of thase “spend $x on produsts” deal (like the band-aid one ) and you use the coupons aswell making your total less the amount the deal asked for (ex: spend $15 on products, and ur total equals that before adding in your coupons and after coupons it totals to $6) would you still get the register rewards like you stated cvs would? I always take into account for my coupons and the sale price and make sure that my total after the coupons and discounts are added that my total comes out to the minimum asking but it kinda sucks because i end up having to spend atleast that min. amount out of pocket!

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