Are you ready to learn How to Shop at CVS? By the time you are through reading this CVS Shopping guide, you’ll be able to navigate the store like a pro and shop like an Extreme Couponer!
Does CVS Accept Coupons? YES! CVS accepts printable, insert, mobile and digital coupons.
Can you use 2 coupons on a B1G1 FREE Sale? YES!
Can you use a B1G1 FREE coupon on a B1G1 FREE Sale? YES!
CVS Extra Care Program: One of the first things you are going to want to do when shopping at CVS is sign up for an Extra Care Card. This store loyalty card, will allow you to get the sales prices found in the weekly flyer, as well as get you in-store coupons. The Extra Care Card comes as a stand alone card to keep in your wallet, or as a keytag to keep on your keychain.
CVS Extra Care Bucks Program: The CVS Extra Care Bucks program is a reward program offering incentives for purchasing select sale items.
- Extra Care Bucks (ECBs) are used like cash at CVS
- ECBs print out at the end of your receipt once the required purchase is made
- ECBs do have an expiration, be sure to check the date before using.
- ECBs can be combined with manufacturer & store coupons. Total purchase price minus coupons must be at least the amount of the ECB in order to use it.
How Do You Earn Extra Care Bucks?
Extra Care Bucks are earned by purchasing promotional items offered in the CVS Weekly Flyer. Above you will find an example of an in-ad Extra Care Rewards Deal.
The Extra Care Deal show above: Buy $10 Worth of Revlon or Maybelline Cosmetics & Receive $3 Extra Care Bucks.
A typical deal scenario would look like:
Buy (2) Revlon Single Eyeshadow $5.99
Use (2) $1/1 Revlon Cosmetic coupons
Pay $7.98 & Receive $3 ECBs
Final Price = Like Paying $4.98, or $2.50 each!
Once you pay the $7.98, a $3 Extra Care Bucks Reward will print out on your receipt. You are then free to use that as a coupon on your next purchase of $3 or more. Extreme Couponers love earning Extra Care Bucks, because they can be used to get FREE items. For example, an Extreme Couponer might take the $3 ECBs she earned from the last transaction and do a second transaction:
Buy (2) Maybelline Eyeliners $5.99
Use (2) $2/1 Maybelline Cosmetic coupons
Use $3 ECBs earned from the last transaction
Pay $4.98 & Receive $3 ECBs
Final Price = Like Paying $.99 each
You are then free to take the $3 ECBs and ‘roll’ it into your next transaction.
One thing you will want to keep in mind is that all Extra Care Buck deals do have a limit of 1 – 4. Be sure to know the limit of each deal before shopping.
CVS Beauty Club: One other program available to CVS shoppers it the Beauty Club. All you have to do is sign up in-store or online for the Beauty Club. Once you purchase $50 worth of beauty products (pre-coupon price), you will receive a $5 ECB the next time you swipe your Extra Care Card at the CVS Coupon Machine.
CVS accepts Sunday Newspaper coupons, printable coupons, store coupons, digital coupons & mobile coupons.
CVS accepts one manufacturer’s coupon and up to 1 store coupon per item also known as Coupon Stacking.
SavingStar is a digital coupon service that works at CVS. You will want to sign up for a SavingStar account and enter your Extra Care Card number to get started. Once you sign up for an account, you are free to load SavingStar coupons to your store loyalty card. Once you purchase that item and swipe your card at the checkout, the SavingStar savings will be deposited into your SavingStar account, usually within 72 hours.
Mobile Coupons: Both Ibotta and Checkout51 are FREE mobile couponing apps that work at CVS. Both can be downloaded in the iPhone App Store or Google Play. Once the select item is purchased, you can upload a picture of the recipe to either the Ibotta or Checkout51 app to get a rebate deposited into your account. Money can then be transferred to your Paypal account.
Email Coupons: CVS frequently sends out in-store coupons via email, so it is a good idea to sign up for their newsletter and myCVS account.
One thing that most couponing newbies don’t know is that each CVS store features an in-store coupon machine. The coupon machine pictured above can usually be found towards the front of the store. Each time you visit the store, swipe your Extra Care Card and coupons will print out of the machine. The coupons are store coupons and CAN be stacked with manufacturer’s coupons.
Here are some couponing terms abbreviations that you may see in reference to CVS Deals:
CVS Specific Abbreviations:
ECB: – Extra Care Bucks
CRT – Coupon Register Tape is the coupon that is printed at the end of a receipt
General Couponing Abbreviations:
B1G1 or BOGO – Buy One Get One
FAR – Free After Rebate
IP – Internet Printable coupon
MoneyMaker – A deal where you pay out less than you receive (Usually in the form of ECBs)
NLA – No Longer Available (Usually in reference to a printable coupon that is no longer available)
OOP – Out of Pocket
P&G – Proctor & Gamble Insert
Q – Coupon
RP – Redplum Coupon Insert
SS – SmartSource coupon insert
WYB – When You Buy
CVS/pharmacy coupons (ExtraBucks® Rewards and ExtraCare® Coupons) and Third Party Manufacturer Coupons are accepted in our retail stores in accordance with the following guidelines:
- CVS/pharmacy does not accept expired coupons.
- CVS/pharmacy will not accept third party manufacturers’ coupons with another retailer’s logo
- Coupons cannot be exchanged for cash or gift cards.
- Third Party Manufacturer coupons are issued by a third party and sales tax may be charged on pre-coupon price.
- CVS/pharmacy does not accept coupons for items not carried in our stores.
- CVS/pharmacy only accepts ExtraBucks Rewards applicable to the ExtraCare card offered at time of purchase.
- CVS/pharmacy does not currently accept coupon bar code images displayed on a Smartphone, iPhone, Droid etc.
- The total value of the coupons may not exceed the value of the transaction. Sales tax must be paid, if required by state law.
- Certain CVS/pharmacy coupons may be subject to state sales tax rules similar to Third Party Manufacturer Coupons and sales tax may be charged on pre-coupon price
- Language at the bottom of CVS/pharmacy coupons provides specific coupon acceptance rules.
- Any coupon offer not covered in these guidelines may be accepted at the discretion of CVS management.
- CVS/pharmacy will accept manufacturer coupons for an item that is on sale. CVS/pharmacy will not accept percent off coupons for an item that is on sale.
- In the event that any item’s price is less than the value of the coupon, CVS/pharmacy will only accept the coupon only to the price of the item. CVS/pharmacy does not provide cash back in exchange for any coupons.
- CVS/pharmacy accepts one manufacturer coupon and applicable CVS/pharmacy coupon(s) per item, unless prohibited by either coupon offer.
- There is no limit to the number of ExtraBucks Rewards that may be used in a transaction as long as it does not exceed the transaction total. The number of manufacturer coupons used in a transaction may not exceed the number of items in the transaction.
- The coupon amount will be reduced if it exceeds the value of the item after other discounts or coupons are applied. (For example, a $5.00 coupon for a $4.99 item will result in a $4.99 coupon value).
- CVS/pharmacy accepts multiple identical coupons for multiple qualifying items as long as there is sufficient stock to satisfy other customers, unless a limit is specified. Management reserves the right to limit the quantity of items purchased.
- CVS/pharmacy reserves the right to process coupons in any order.
- CVS/pharmacy accepts multiple Dollar off Transaction coupons (e.g. $3 off $15) in one transaction if they apply
Example: Customer may use two 3 off $15 coupons if they are purchasing over $30.00
Buy One, Get One Free Coupons
- Sales tax must be paid for any Buy One, Get One Free coupon offer, if required by applicable state laws. Two coupons may be used on a Buy One, Get One Free promotion as long as it does not exceed the item total
Example: Suave Shampoo is on sale for $2.00 Buy One, Get One Free and the customer is purchasing two shampoos; customer may use two coupons for $1.00 each and pay the applicable tax.
- Buy One, Get One Free promotions may be combined with Buy One, Get One Free Coupons. Customers are responsible for paying applicable tax
Example: Suave Shampoo is on sale for $2.00 BOGO and customer has a MFG coupon for Suave BOGO. Customer will receive both items for free but will need to pay any applicable tax.
- CVS/pharmacy accepts internet/print at home coupons that include a barcode.
- CVS/pharmacy will not accept reproductions or rebates.