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  • MC = Manufacturer Coupon
  • SS = Smart Source
  • RP = Red Plum
  • PG = Proctor and Gamble
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  • WYB = When You Buy
  • B1G1 = Buy One Get One Free
  • .75/1 = 75 cents off one item
  • .75/3 = 75 cents off three items
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7 Ways To Save More At CVS

on 4.17.2015 at 2:55pm
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To make drugstore deals super simple, here's 7 ways that you can up your CVS game and save even more money!
In case you haven’t caught on yet, CVS is my favorite store to shop in.  I love the thrill of checking out and seeing a total due of $1.25 for $50+ in products!  I’ve been “CVSing” (it’s a verb) for almost 9 years now, so what seems second nature to me might be a bit over whelming for others.

To make it super simple, here’s 7 ways that you can up your CVS game and save even more money!

7 Ways To Save At CVS

Start online.   Grab your CVS card and head to CVS.com to create a My CVS account.  Register your card there and sign up for their weekly emails.  Every Thursday you’ll get an email with a printable coupon to help you save on your next trip.  They are normally always general purchase coupons (meaning they aren’t for specific products) like 25% off or $3 off any $15 purchase.

Tip: Wait and print out your coupon from the weekly email on Saturday or Sunday and your CVS store coupon will not expire until the middle of the next week!  Now you can use it on this weeks deals, or next weeks.

Visit the Coupon Center first in the store.  This is the big read machine right inside the door of most stores.  Scan your CVS card or enter your phone number and coupons will print out the side of the machine. Most of these are good for two weeks, so if you don’t use them today hold on to them for next week.  These are all store coupons and can be used with manufacturer coupons to save more.

Tip:  If the coupon center gives you next to nothing, it may be time to get a new cvs card.  Sometimes starting over as a “new” shopper brings on tons of coupons as they try to convince you to be loyal.

Know the Coupon Policy.  CVS accepts a number of coupons at the register.  Remember the best part of CVS is that deals are always based on the before coupon purchase.  If you need to by $30 in baby care items to get a $10 ExtraCare Buck, that means you buy $30 in product and then start handing over all the coupons!

You can use:

A general purchase store coupon ($5 off $15 purchase, 25% off etc.)
A specific item store coupon ($4 off cosmetics)
A manufacturer coupon
CVS Extra Care Bucks – they are like currency

You can also use SavingStar, Ibotta, Checkout 51, Snap by Groupon and a number of other apps.  They do not come off at the register but are additional savings like rebates after your purchase.

 Live by the 97% Rule. This is a special secret among CVSers, never feel the need to buy 4 packs of diapers at $9.99 a pack so that you’ve hit the $30 needed for a deal.  If the deal requires buying a certain value, as long as you are within 97% of the requirement your ExtraCare Buck will print!  This will save you a ton by not over buying on deals.  Again, let me emphasize that the purchase requirement is before coupons.

Roll Your Rewards.  You can always pay with ExtraCare Bucks from previous transactions/trips towards deals that are going to print more rewards.  If you have $15 in ECB saved up and you pay for the entire amount due with them, you’ll still get however many rewards you should have with your purchase!!  This is how you will get totals to be super low.  Really this is your way to pay with CVS currency instead of real money!

Saturday Night Is Magical.  If you have a CVS that is not a 24 hour store, then you have a special overlapping window to shop in.  On Saturday evenings, by 6 pm until they close, stores that close at night turn on the Sunday sales early.  They also still have all the Saturday deals running!  This means you can shop two ads at the same time and save yourself a trip.

Tip: When you go shopping on Saturday night one of the ads will not be marked.  They will be in the process of changing all the tags to Sunday’s sales, but you’re not going to be to see both sale ads on the shelf.  Make sure to take your lists from Southern Savers for both ads and just trust me on one of them as you shop.

Never Forget Rain Checks.  CVS rain checks never expire plus they print the ExtraCare Buck, that should print this week, whenever you use them!!  If you head in and a great deal is gone in your store, ask the cashier for a rain check.  You can use this at any time, in any store, to get the deal later.  This makes shopping in CVS a lot less frustrating since great deals can go very fast.  If planned on using coupons with the deal, you cannot use expired coupons.  However you can always hold onto your rain check until you have more coupons.

I’ve done a number of CVS shopping videos, you can watch some of them below:

To make drugstore deals super simple, here's 7 ways that you can up your CVS game and save even more money!
    • sandyc215

      Does anyone know if, on this week’s diaper sale of buy one, get one 50% off, the downloaded discount of 25% off of full price items will apply to the full price packs?

      • pdnr

        No, % off coupons are not good on B1G1 50% sales. They are good on deals that you get ECB’s for though.

    • pdnr

      I believe CVS coupons can be used on rainchecks even if they have expired. I have the clerk staple them to the raincheck. Sadly, manufacturer coupons that have expired cannot be used. I missed out on a great money maker deal a few weeks ago because the item was not restocked until after my coupons expired.

    • Michelle

      if we get rid of our old CVS card to get a new one to see if we get more coupons can you use the same email address for the new card or would you need to use a new email address?

      • DanielleDD

        You can use the same email, just change card # on cvs. com. Also do not forget to write same e-mail on application for new card at store. Usually it take up to 4 weeks yo start to get purchase based coupons like $/$$ or % off. Coupons for specific products will come much later because CVS sends them based on your purchase habits (what you buy).

        • pdnr

          That’s good to know – you may be giving up coupons for specific products in exchange for POSSIBLY getting $/$$ or % off coupons. I got a new card and used my husband’s e-mail. I never got the $/$$ coupons and very little coupons for specific products (even after a year or more). I finally stuck to my old card where I get great coupons for specific products but no $/$$ coupons and don’t bother anymore with the newer card.

    • Jnet

      Cvs is also my favorite store! This weeks deals with my cvs coupons were awesome! 4 toothpastes .08 each, 4 boxes of Cheerios .24 moneymaker, loreal shampoo 3.54 moneymaker, 2 maybeline mascara $1 each, and bread .75. Now you see why she likes them so much??!!!!

    • Mel

      Got a great deal last week, 2 Maybelline mascaras 7.99 ea. 2 Colgate mouthwash 5.99 ea, 3 Orbit gums 2 for 2.50 and had a CVS coupon for buy 2 get one free, after I used all my coupons, 25% off CVS and another 5.00 off ECB and 9.00 ECB it came to 3.34!

    • Toni

      Hmm. . .I’m hopeful. I’ll have to see if my store now begins the next week’s sale at 6 PM Saturday night. In past years, the deals have not always worked for me, and the store has told me that the management chooses the hour erratically, for reasons of convenience. It would be neat if all stores had to automatically change over at the same time now, instead of being able to do it manually as before. Would be pretty cool.

    • amy

      Never knew about the 97% rule, but it’s great to know. Thank you!!!

    • sue

      So if I have a rain check on the huggies for sale price can I also use the buy one g et one 50 off with sale price

      • DanielleDD

        No. You have to choose 1 deal. But I have to tell you when to comes to Huggies sale price or B1 get 1 50% usually is the same deal. Sale price is 8.99 or b1g1 50% 12+6=18, still 9$ per pack. You can’t use rain check and buy like 8.99+4.5$. Need pick 1 deal.

    • Tiffany

      I have noticed at my store on Saturday that whatever ad is ringing up that is what you get. I have gone in many of times with my list of items for the week that is about to end and when i check out the prices are already changed and they will not let me get the ecbs or anything.

    • Debbie Eggers

      I Love CVS..but..although I signed up for emails, the only ones I get are for ordering on-line. I have never gotten a general coupon for like 20% off or anything like that… :(

      • becca

        Try getting a new card, and be sure to go online and create a new online account. Use a new gmail (or whatever kind you choose) account so it doesn’t cross reference your old email account. Right after you create your account, sign it up for beauty club and check off that you want emails in beauty club AND as you register the account.The next time or so you purchase with this account, you should get a 10% off beauty coupon, which will print on your receipt. It takes at least 2-3 weeks to start getting email offers. Once you start using this new account and are getting coupons, you can retire your old card so that you are adhering to their one card policy.

    • Janice

      Our store in N AL does neither the Saturday night double ad. The 97% doesn’t work either- even 2 cents won’t.

    • ctrinkle

      The 97% rule didn’t work for me last time I tried to do a deal. I purchased $14.99 in Maybelline products and did not get the $5 ECB. The cashier overrode it and gave it to me manually. On my receipt it said I needed to buy .01 of product to get the $5 ECB. Maybe they have changed their system since this is the first time I have had this issue.