I love shopping at CVS and have been a CVS shopper for years (long before I started stockpiling). CVS has a fabulous system and if you use it to your advantage you will walk away with free products each and every week! If you work the CVS system to your advantage you will not pay for any health of beauty item!
They do not double coupons. They do however allow you to stack manufacturer and store coupons. It is a very coupon friendly chain. They do have a store card – extra care card and you can have 1 per household. My advice is to never shop at CVS without it. You can pick one up from the cashier before checking out. Then be sure to link your card to your email account so that you can get their email updates.
Always hand your CVS card to the cashier first before they ring up a single item. This allows for you to get credit and the correct sale prices. At CVS you can earn Extra Care Bucks (ECB) and Extra Care Coupons (ECQ) which print at the bottom of your receipt.
ECB’s have an expiration date of month month from the date they are printed and they are the same as cash. If you were to find an expired ECB they will normally allow you to use it for 7-14 days after the expiration date. You must have your Extra Care Card to redeem your ECB and ECQ. You will have to pay tax (unless it is food) when using an ECB. Make sure you use your ECB from highest to lowest in value because they will not allow you to use ECB to pay for sales tax.
If you work the CVS program you will be able to walk out the door with free merchandise and normally make money while doing so (by earning ECB’s to use the following week).
Always scan your CVS card at the Coupon Kiosk to see if you have any special offers available or store coupons.
You will need to invest money the first time you shop at CVS to start the process. What you are going to do is target items that produce an ECB. You are going to select the items that net free after ECB. You are actually earning the same amount or sometimes more than what you are paying for the item in ECB’s. You are going to “roll” your ECB’s earned towards a purchase the following week on additional items that net free after ECB. Meaning you can pay for an item with ECB’s and earn ECB’s at the same time. This system will allow you to spend the least out of pocket and if worked correctly after your first investment you are going to pay very for all of your future shopping trips.
Also you can earn by using the GREEN BAG TAG program. The cost is $.99 but you earn $1.00 ECB every 4th time you make a purchase using your Green Bag Tag. It is a great way to earn additional ECB’s.
We do a weekly CVS Matchup that is posted weekly on Friday at 1:00 pm EST. This is for the following week’s ad.