CVS has an official Corporate Coupon Policy. You can view and print and view the policy here. I suggest printing a copy and placing in your binder.
CVS is another great place to shop for savings. Some weeks savings are better than others. The stores always seem very clean and well lit, with friendly cashiers. I like to shop the CVS grocery section with my overages/money makers (MM).
CVS coupon shopping is a more simple experience than other stores. As soon as you understand CVS shopping, the HUGE savings will be coming your way. My CVS shopping video explains many pointers and takes you along on my shopping trip to CVS so you can see it in action and get a better understanding as to how couponing at CVS really works. It is important to pay close attention to the details to insure you are saving the most on your orders.
In order to maximize your savings the key is to combine a Extra Care Buck (ECB) producing deals or a great sale price with a manufacturer’s coupon and possibly even a store coupon. This allows you to purchase items for free or at the lowest possible price so you can build your stockpile at a minimal cost.
Understanding CVS Loyalty Card
CVS has a loyalty card called an Extra Care Card that you use every time you shop there for sale prices, to earn Extra Care Bucks (also know as ECB’s), CVS Cash Cards, and additionally earn 2% back on all your purchases. The first step to CVS savings is getting your card you can sign up on line here. It costs nothing/totally free but limited to one per person/phone number. Just ask a sales associate at your local CVS or order one online to have one mailed to you. If you do it in store, then you can start using it right away. If you get one at the store make sure to register it online. CVS quite often sends emails with printable coupons for card-holders.
Understanding The Scanner and CVS Coupons
These are some of the great ways to “stack” manufacturer coupons and CVS coupons for savings. Upon entering CVS you will notice a Red Price Scanner near the front of the store. When you go into CVS the first thing you should do is go to the scanner and scan your Extra Care Card. The scanner will print CVS Store Coupons , these are called CRT’s in coupon lingo. CVS gives great store coupons that can be combined with manufacturer coupons to allow you even more great savings. Additionally, they quite often produce coupons for $4 off a $20 order, $5 off a $25 order. Also, CVS has a magazine available for sale in the cosmetic department called Reinventing Beauty Magazine (RIB) that contains CVS coupons, I like to pick up a few of these as they usually pay for themselves very quickly:)
Understanding Extra Care Bucks
Extra Care Bucks (ECB) are like CVS money or instant rebates. When you purchase an item advertised as earning extra bucks you will pay for the item and then the ECBs will print at the bottom of your receipt. You cut these off and use them like cash at CVS. Then the next time you buy something you can use your ECBs to pay for it.
The best way to produce mega savings is to “ROLL” your Extra Care Bucks (ECB). Purchase items that earn Extra Care Bucks (ECB) then use those Extra Care Bucks (ECB)to purchase something else that earns Extra Care Bucks (ECB). This way you make your initial cash purchase and then use CVS money (Extra Care Bucks) for all future purchases. Now, don’t waste Extra Care Bucks (ECB), they expire and you cannot use a $5 Extra Care Buck (ECB) on an $3 purchase and keep the $2. Your purchase must be equal to or greater than (before tax) the Extra Care Buck (ECB). You will not get cash back and your Extra Care Buck (ECB) will not be carried over. You can purchase most anything in CVS with your Extra Care Bucks (ECB) with some minor exclusions.
Understanding Quarterly Extra Care Bucks
In addition to the weekly Extra Care Bucks (ECB) that you earn for buying advertised products, you also earn quarterly Extra Care Bucks (ECB) CVS rewards you with 2% back on all your purchases. Every 3 months you will get an Extra Care Buck (ECB) for 2% of what you spent at CVS that quarter.
Since CVS uses Extra Care Cards (loyalty card) limits on items that are on sale or are and Extra Care Buck item, quite often have limits. So, for example the week sale is buy Colgate for $2.99 receive $3 Extra Care Buck (ECB) limit of 2, you can only receive 2 -$3 Extra Care Bucks (ECB) for the legth of the promotion. Your limits how many you have reached/ or have left will show on your receipt so it is easy to keep track of.
Understanding Monthly Deals
Each month CVS puts out an Extra Value Book with Extra Care Buck (ECB) deals that are good all month long. Some of these deals are featured in the weekly ads. Make sure to pay attention to the limits. If it is limit one in the monthly ad and is featured in the weekly ad at limit one that means it is limit one for the whole month.
Understanding The Green Tag
CVS recently issued a green bag tag program to encourage shoppers to “go green”. Purchase a green bag tag, attach it to your reusable shopping bag. Each time you have the green tag scanned at CVS (once per day max), you will receive a bonus $1 Extra Care Buck (ECB) every 4 times you scan the card. Just another way to add on to your CVS savings.
Get Your Lists and Scenarios and Make it a Breeze
Every week I take the time to match up any current coupons with the items that are on sale in the CVS sales circular. All you will need to do is jump on cincyshopper.com, grab the coupons listed and follow the shopping scenarios to maximize your savings