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. 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, Sandy buys all of her and the girls cosmetic needs at CVS. The the help of sales and coupons, we pay very little, if anything for these items.

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 once you practice a time or two, you will be shopping like a pro. 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:

Scenario 1:
Duracell batteries, 2 pack – $2.99
Use $2 off 1 coupon
Out of pocket cost (OOP) = $.99
Get $1 in Extra Care Bucks
Final price = FREE

I am going to pay $.99 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 spend $10 on Band-Aids or Neosporin and get $5 Extra Bucks. Stack this deal with coupons to pay very little or get it free.

Scenario 2:
Neosporin – $3, grab 2
Band-Aids – $2, grab 2
Use (2) $1 Neosporin coupon
Use (2) $1 Band Aid coupon
OOP = $6
Get $5 in Extra Care Bucks to use on your next purchase
Final price = $1 for 2 tubes of Neosporin and 2 packages of Band Aids. That’s only $.25 for each of the items.

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 Care Bucks. Match those products up with your coupons. Use our Coupon Database to help with that process. 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 toothpaste 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 Coupon Machine where you can scan your CVS card. Do this before you start each shopping trip because often times it will print valuable coupons for you to use. Also, 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.