I began my coupon journey at CVS. I’ve always loved how convenient this store was – I could drop off my prescriptions, and while I waited I could go pick up my favorite brand of tampons. I’ll admit, I wasn’t a fan of CVS’s prices at first (Walmart offers the same items for much cheaper), but then I found out about their coupon policy and I was hooked!
CVS offers stacking of coupons, which is when you can combine a manufacturer’s coupon with a CVS store coupon. Combine the coupon stacking with Extra Care Buck (ECB) deals, and you can save some serious cash!
Extra Care Card
If you’ve never stepped foot into a CVS before, the first thing you want to do is sign-up for their Extra Care Card. This card is gold. With the card, you’re able to save so much more money by participating in the sale prices and the ECB deals. You can sign-up online too, but you’ll have to wait to get a physical card mailed to you.
Once you’ve gotten the Extra Care Card, download their app on your smart phone and/or tablet. On the app you can use a digital version of your card (if you forgot it at home), view the current weekly sales ad, re-fill prescriptions, and so much more.
Each time you go into CVS, scan your Extra Care Card at the Price Scanner/Redbox Machine (not the movie rental box) located at the front of the store. Store coupons will print on receipt paper (CRT = cash register tape, for short), which can be stacked with MFR coupons.
When checking out, have the cashier scan your Extra Care Card first so that the item’s prices will reflect the advertised sale price. Also, you’ll get 2% cash back on every purchase made in store or online. The cash back will be in the form of an ECB once every three months.
As an additional perk to the Extra Care Card, you can sign up for their Beauty Bucks program. For every $50 you spend, you’ll earn a $5 ECB. Additionally, after enrollment you’ll earn a 10% off shopping pass & on your birthday you’ll receive a $3 ECB!
In the weekly ad, several ECB deals will be advertised. An ECB is essentially CVS money that you earn for purchasing specific products, which can be used on future transactions. The ECB will print as a CRT at the bottom of your receipt (see the above photo).
As an example, Speed Stick GEAR deodorant is on sale for $4. You’ll pay $4 (before tax) and get back $2 ECB. Your net cost will be $2 after the earned ECB. You can do this deal twice, as stated in the sale ad. To make this deal even better, you can use a $2 MFR coupon towards each deodorant, making your net cost FREE after the earned ECB!
Stacking MFR & Store Coupons
As previously mentioned, you can stack a MFR coupon, a CVS coupon, and an ECB deal to get the most savings. This is a deal from earlier this year:
Irish Spring Body Wash: 2 for $7
Earn $3 ECB WYB 2
Buy 4 (2 for $7 x2) = $14.00
CVS CRT $4 off $14 body wash = -$4.00
Use (4) $1 off Irish Spring MFR coupons = -$4.00
Earn $6.00 ECB
If you prefer not to carry around multiple store coupons in the form of a CRT, you can send the CVS coupons to your card on the mobile app. You’ll just have to let the cashier know you want to use your digital coupon when you checkout. On Thursdays, CVS will sometimes send a coupon to your email address, too. These are usually a % off coupon, or a specified amount off coupon (like $4 off a $20 purchase).
TIP: If you have a % off store coupon, these will only work on items that are not on sale for a specific price. If the item is full-price and part of an ECB deal, the % off coupon will work. The best way to utilize a % off coupon is to stack it with MFR coupons and an ECB deal.