I love to shop at CVS! I rarely have a problem with the CVS coupons printing, the stores are always clean, and the Cashiers and Managers are friendly (at least at my neighborhood stores). And, most importantly, there are several ways to save! I have spelled them out for you below:
The first and most important thing that centers around all of your savings at CVS is the CVS ExtraCare card. You can apply for one here or get one instantly in-store. When you check-out at the register, this is the first thing the Cashier will scan, even before your groceries. Many of the sale prices on groceries are tied to this card, and you will not receive the sale prices without it. I suggest you apply online, because you still need to register it online for even greater savings, as you will see below. You can only have one card, but family members can also have a card! My spouse and I both have a card. Use this to your benefit if you shop together, but keep your transactions separate, or you’ll get screwed up at the register.
Print a copy of CVS' Coupon Policy to take with you when shopping at the store.
This is a large red standalone scanner machine that is usually near the front of the store. The first thing you should do every time you walk into the CVS store is to walk up to the CVS Coupon Center scanner and scan your CVS ExtraCare card as many times as it will allow (usually 2 or 3 times). It will print CVS in store coupons! Check these coupons to see if you can combine them with anything that you’re purchasing during this shopping trip. Even if you can't, remember, since they’re Store coupons, they can be combined with Manufacturer’s coupons and you can use them during later trips and stack them with manufacturer's coupons. Best of all, approximately once per month, CVS in store coupons will be good for a free product. They will inform you of this freebie in their weekly circular.
Every week in their circular and every month in their in-store booklet, CVS has items that are either free AFTER the ExtraCare Bucks discount, or much less AFTER the ExtraCare Bucks discount. These are the items that we are usually focusing our attention on. But there are other good offers as well. I’ll give you some examples of what to look for:
Paper Mate Pens
You Pay With Card $1.99
ExtraBucks Reward $1.99
It’s like getting it for… FREE after extrabucks
Limit 1 per household with card.
You will receive a CVS coupon at the bottom of your receipt for $1.99, which is like CASH to be used toward future purchases, thereby making this item FREE.
Crest Pro-Health Toothpaste
You Pay With Card $2.99
ExtraBucks Reward $2.00
It’s like getting it for .99 cents after extrabucks
Limit 2 per household with card.
You have two $1.00 off Manufacturer coupons for Crest Pro-Health toothpaste, so you purchase 2 of these, and it’s a .02 cents moneymaker!
You will receive a CVS coupon at the bottom of your receipt for $4.00, which is like CASH to be used toward future purchases.
Spend $20 get $10 ExtraBucks when you buy any Playtex and Schick products (shown below)
Purchase (2) Schick Hydro 5 Razor on sale at $7.99 each = $15.98
Purchase (2) Skintimate Shave Gel on sale at $2.19 each = $4.38
Total = $20.36 which meets the $20 requirement, now let’s start deducting:
$10.00 ExtraBucks CVS coupon you will get back
$ 4.00 off a $20 purchase coupon that CVS emailed to you
$ 4.00 off Manufacturer coupon for Schick Hydro 5 Razor that you clipped in Sundays Paper
$ 4.00 off Manufacturer coupon for Schick Hydro 5 Razor that you clipped in 2nd Sundays Paper
$ .75 off Manufacturer coupon for Skintimate Shave Gel that you clipped in Sundays Paper
$ .75 off Manufacturer coupon for Skintimate Shave Gel that you clipped in 2nd Sundays Paper
Total deductions = $23.50
Makes this transaction a $3.14 moneymaker!
Continue to roll your ECBs (spend the ECBs from the previous week to pay for the next weeks purchases and so on) from week-to-week and you’re barely coming out-of-pocket with any more money.
Note: ECBs cannot be used for alcohol, tobacco, prescriptions and some similar products.
VERY IMPORTANT!!! Set up an online account with CVS, and under Email Communications, select that you wish to receive emails regarding Special Offers. Also make certain that your phone number is listed, so that if you ever forget to take your CVS card to the store with you (or you send your spouse without a card), they can pull you up by your phone number. Also enter your Birthday so you can get a Gift on your birthday. The rewards and benefits of receiving emails from CVS are plentiful:
These eGift Cards are usually offered in November and sometimes at other times during the year. They are paper Gift Cards that you can purchase online in increments of $25.00, and for each $25.00 you spend, you receive an additional $5.00 for FREE! I load up on these when they’re offered.
Present your coupons to the Cashier in this order:
1. Store dollar-off Coupons (such as $4 off a purchase of $20 or more)
2. CVS coupons
3. Manufacturer coupons
4. ExtraCare Bucks
This way, if you don’t need to use all of your ExtraCare Bucks for that transaction, you can use them later for another transaction.
CVS also gives Rainchecks, even for items that they issue ECBs for.
Enjoy your freebies!
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