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Coupon Abbreviations
  • SC = Store Coupon
  • MC = Manufacturer Coupon
  • SS = Smart Source
  • RP = Red Plum
  • PG = Proctor and Gamble
Coupon Terms
  • WYB = When You Buy
  • B1G1 = Buy One Get One Free
  • .75/1 = 75 cents off one item
  • .75/3 = 75 cents off three items
  • EXP = Expiration Date

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Did you know that everything you need in life can be purchased in CVS? Okay that might be a bit strong, but it’s close. The fun part is that if you understand their sales and deals then most of what you purchase can be amazing prices or even FREE using the instore reward system called Extra Care Bucks (ECB).

I get a lot of questions each week on how this works and how to get started so here is a detailed video to help you learn the ropes.

In the end:

Start Small and just try it. You can sit here and watch this over and over again, but it will make a lot more sense once you get in the store and do it.

For even more details, read the CVS getting started guide.

(This is part one…)

    • Sandy565

      I'm so excited to watch this video! Love CVS!!! See you tomorrow night Jenny in Greenwood, SC! Can't wait to meet you!

    • MelRae

      I have not watched the video yet, but I just want to say THANK YOU JENNY for all the hard work you do to help folks save money!

    • Public

      They let you film there? Bonus!

    • NancyMac

      the best part was the comment about no liquor in the south!!!!!
      love you jenny!!!!!!!! thanks for all the help!

    • EBChiles

      Jenny, YOU ARE SO AWESOME! Thank you for all you do!

    • Barbienichols

      THANK YOU!!!

    • Princessfreestuff

      I love this! I have been couponing for a while. But sometimes it is nice to have a refresher. This could also apply to Rite Aid's +UP rewards, since they are so similar.

    • Love the video! Thank you for taking the time!

    • Tiffany

      Thanks so much for this, Jenny! I've been skeptical of the drug store deals, but this helps it make a lot more sense.

    • Bianca

      I have a CVS and Walgreens near my home. Is one store better than the other in way of deals? I have heard it's good to focus on one drug store. What do you think is best? Thanks!

      • Sandy565

        I like CVS better!

      • Sam

        Since I have all three drug stores (CVS, Rite Aid, and Walgreen's), I couldn't handle shopping all three. So I dropped Walgreen's since it is more difficult to keep up with rolling RR, and I believe they expire more quickly than CVS ECB and Rite Aid UPR if I am not mistaken. I think that CVS and Rite Aid are more “user friendly.”

        • Luci

          I like CVS better because I shop over weeks for certain items. The ECBs do last longer than RR (register rewards) with Walgreens. It's like a month versus two weeks.

          When shopping at Walgreens, I plan to spend the RR right away on the next transaction. The fun thing is unlike shopping with a membership card, one could shop at multiple locations if there is a limit of items purchased at the store, because it isn't tracked like with CVS via the ECB card.

          I like Rite Aid, but they are too far away from my home.

      • Jo R

        If I remember correctly at Walgreens, you can't use a RR with a man. q which isn't always good deal. You have to use filler items to use a RR or no Q for that item. I always walked out of there frustrated! I love Rite Aid but am going to CVS for diapers this week.

      • Loyal2disney

        I like CVS the best too. Walgreens is closer to my house, but I only shop there occasionally. I like CVS better because the ECB's last longer than the RR from Walgreens. Plus, with Walgreens you can not stack the RR and man. coupon with item, so you have to get “filler” items which just makes things more confusing!

    • Oh wow! Please do one for walgreens!! That's the only one I have here!

      • Libby

        WOW cvs and walgreens travel in pairs here!!!

    • CTaylor

      LOVE it, Jenny!! Thank you for taking the time to do this! My Mom has worked at CVS for the last 8 years, and it's true – they DO have the best employees!!! =)

    • Gamblesonsfarms

      Great video! Been couponing awhile but still enjoyed it and always ready to learn new things! Thanks!

    • Christina

      Loved the video! It explains so much! I was wondering about the BOGO's

    • Keri

      This is AWESOME!!! I've been trying to teach several friends the CVS game and watching your video actually taught me some things. Thank you!

    • Maryljames31

      Thank you so much for explaining the B1G1!!!!!!

      • Sara

        I agree! I never understood that before but now it makes perfect sense!

    • Kenzbug

      Thank you for sharing that video. I have been so scared to try the CVS deals because I couldn't figure out how they worked. Even went to their website looking for info. This explains things so much, now I'm not so scared to try it out!! I love couponing and saving money!!

    • Cadysexton

      Thank you, thank you, thank you! Great refresher and teaching video! You are awesome!

    • Catrina

      i can only get 1 scan at cvs on the coupon scanner :(

      • Sara

        Same here! I still try to do it a second time because maybe one day it will work for me!

        • Luci

          Scan once, browse through the store, then scan again. Many times I find this works better.

      • Sarah

        It doesn't work every time for me, but I always at least try to scan twice. Once in a blue moon it will print 3 times!

      • Stephaniequinn01

        Me tooo. Just one scan. Bummer

    • Jen

      I'm slightly obsessed with CVS now. I rock the diaper deals and had no idea you could scan your card more than once some days. I LOVE CVS:)

    • Sara

      Thank you so much for this video! I'm still new to this but I'm slowly figuring it out, and your video helped me feel like I'm getting it all together! :)

    • Lisamarieonssi

      Awesome – Jenny – Thanks, I am learning each day !

    • Rebecca

      Thank you Jenny!! I learned to CVS from you about a year ago, and I thought I knew all about it, but I just watched this video for fun and learned 2 new things! You're amazing!

      • Lostinthemusic

        I learned new things from the video today too, like that I should be scanning my card at the coupon center TWICE. :) Thanks, Jenny!

    • This was my first CVS trip after my introduction to SouthernSavers in July 2010.

      Total Price (including ECBs): $1.91
      Out of Pocket Price: $5.91
      Saved: $22.26 ($26.26 including ECBs)
      Worth of Goods: $32.17
      Percent Saved: 69% (w/o ECBs); 82% (w/ ECBs)
      ECBs Earned: $4.00

      -1 Old Spice Body Wash Sale $4.00; got $4.00 in CVS Extra Card Bucks (ECB's) making it essentially FREE!
      -1 Old Spice Deodorant; P&G Coupon: Buy Old Spice Body Wash/Deodorant and get free deodorant. So, that's FREE!
      -4 Right Guard Deodorants, BOGO Free! (Used internet coupons including a $3 off 2 coupon and then two $1 off 1 coupons)
      -$3 off $15 purchase email coupon from CVS

      • Rebecca

        Can you tell me how you figured the percentage? I am not really quick with the math. That is my husband's department–I do the coupon searching and let him know what deals I want or will wait on.

        • Moms-coupons

          The percent you saved is the dollar amount you saved divided by the original retail price. In this case, MACBOY saved $26.26 on $32.17 worth of items.
          $26.26 / $32.17 = 0.8163
          Doesn't look like a percent now…but move the decimal two numbers to the right, and you get 81.63%.
          For those receipts that don't print what you saved all nice and neat for you, just divide what you spent by the original retail price instead.
          $5.91 / $32.17 = 0.1837 Move the decimal two places to the right, and you SPENT 18.37% of the original price. 100% – 18.37% = 81.63% in savings.

    • Mom2Boys

      Thanks so much for the amazing video! Just last night I was trying to explain my new obsession with CVS to a friend. Now, I'm going to have her watch the video!

    • Sarah

      Thanks, this is great! I sent this video post to my mom who I introduced to CVS over the holidays, but I live 5 states away from her and can't always answer all of her questions. My sister-in-law just took her first trip to CVS as well and was overwhelmed. I know this will answer a lot of questions, thanks!

    • Jennifer C.

      Thank you Jenny for all the awesome work you do! I love to coupon now and your site helps me save money and its so easy!!!

    • Meredith

      Great video! I actually shopped CVS today and got a GREAT deal. About a month ago I printed 2 FREE Excedrine Migraine coupons. I can't remember where I got them-probably from your site. This week when you buy two Excedrine Migraine 100 ct. bottles for $6.99 a piece you get $3.00 ECB. I bought two bottles, used my coupons to make both of them FREE and still got the ECB. CVS paid me $3 for the pain relievers!

      • S_CarolinaGirl

        Thanks for sharing. I was wondering if this would work. The coupons I have say “up to $5.99”.

        • Meredith

          Mine did too, but they gave me the full amount off at the register!

        • Ciji

          Mine did too, I asked if I could pay the difference, So it will ring up $2.00 then I had one ECB so I paid $1.00 for 200 pills of Excedrin (100 in each container) then got 3 EBC's back!! I am so Happy!

    • S_CarolinaGirl

      CVS paid me to buy Coke today. I used my “free 12-pack” coupons I got from My Coke Rewards. Got 3 for free, plus my $3 ECB!

    • anneconover

      This is great – thank you for doing this, and I love CVS. My only issue is this: on a deal that says you have to purchase $10 of product to get ECB; if I use coupons and it brings it under $10 they tell me I haven't met the requirement. What is corporate policy on this and why can't they all be consistent!?

      • FreedomSpradley1

        I have found different stores handle that differently. The store I shop most frequently no longer applies clearance purchases toward ECB deals so make sure you aren't counting those. Also make sure you are purchasing the precise items included in the deal. If you get the 9 oz toothpaste instead of the 6 oz, which is the one on sale, you will NOT get the ECB even if you picked up the same brand. Ask the manager about it. Usually the register automatically prints the ECB when you purchase the required items and it does not keep up with how many coupons you used.

    • guest

      thanks for the video however, you had mentioned b1g1 sale in a grocery store is not as good and the products ring up 50% off. I just went to Publix, i purchased an item on the BOGO sale and had a BOGO manf. coupon and it made them both free. So I'm a little confused why this isn't as good?

      • S_CarolinaGirl

        Where are you located? Jenny was correct in her statement that most Southeast grocery stores ring BOGOs at 50% off (i.e. both items are half off). If you use a BOGO with that sale, you are paying for one.

        EXAMPLE (Grocery Store)
        2 products @ $2.00 regular price
        BOGO – each product rings up for $1.00 (owe $1.00 x 2 items or $2.00)
        Use BOGO coupon, deduct $1.00 (sale price)
        Total OOP = $1.00

        EXAMPLE (Drug store)
        2 products @ $2.00 regular price
        BOGO – 1st product rings up for $2.00, 2nd product rings up FREE
        Use BOGO coupon, deduct $2.00 (sale price)
        Total OOP = $0.00

        • julie

          When you purchase a bogo at Publix in Florida the first one rings up full price and the other is free. We don't have the option of buying one for 1/2 price here.

          Great video! Thanks for the tips!

        • guest

          I must live near Julie, south florida and our second item rings up free. I wasn't trying to imply that Jenny was wrong in her statement, I just wanted to understand.

          • Mandy

            Yes, I also live in FL. I believe we are the only state in the SE where items truly ring up B1G1. Therefore, I use alot of my B1G1 coupons at Publix, too.

      • Ajladd

        I am in central Fl. My Publix rings up for free and not 50% off. Because of this, you have to get both items. No problem!

    • Debbie

      I totally agree with you about CVS employees, they get exicited when they see me coming in their line, in fact I have one who might be on the floor tell me to come get her when I am ready to check out. I mostly shop at CVS and I am fortunately to have 3 within 3 miles from my house. My greatest one is only 1/2 mile from my house, the other one, 1.5 miles from my house and the other one that just opened up is 2.5 miles from my house or 4 blocks from where I work. They are always helpful and will give you a raincheck and I always cut out the ad and staple it to the raincheck in case a new employee doesn't understand I can still get the deal and the ECB even though it is off sale. I agree I shop at CVS first, because they rock, and they have the best customer service by far, except for Publix. I refuse to shop at Walgreens. They act if I am trying to steal from them. So even if they have a good deal, I refuse, (except if it is free). Your video of CVS is awesome. Keep up the good work. I have saved hundreds of dollars shopping at CVS and have gotten all my friends hooked on your website. CVS RULES !!

    • Shelleybob10

      You are a great teacher! Thanks for all you do.

    • Adefazio11

      Please do Rite Aid next, I just don't understand it. Thank you so much for this, the b1g1 q's hadn't thought about that. I learn something new from you all the time.

    • Us4campbells

      Awesome thanks for all the help! I am new to all of this and have only shopped at Walgreens so far but now I think I am ready to venture out and try CVS thx to your video. Although I am still learning ALL the in and outs of Walgreens which seems to be a little confusing at times where as from you video it seems like CVS is a little more straight forward.

    • Lostinthemusic

      What a great way to walk new couponers through the CVS puzzle. Thank you, Jenny!

    • Cemberz2112

      Thanks for the informative video. Why do you keep saying 'Pay in US currency' though? Are people trying to pay in pesos? LOL!

      • Fullhouse

        She says that because I am guessing in part 2 she will show you how to pay with CVS currency or ECB's. When you first get started you don't have ecb's to pay with so you will pay oop, but then after you learn the system and get ecb's you are able to pay with cvs currency instead of US

      • FreedomSpradley1

        I was able to purchase 2 toothpaste, 10 pack Dial soap, eyeliner, and fingernail file on Monday for $0.05 total OOP. Yep, that was 5 cents US currency. The store I shop only charges tax on the subtotal after coupons. I had coupons for everything and paid with a $10 ECB from a couple weeks ago. I also got back $7.94 ECB for the toothpaste I purchased.

    • Pamela

      Thanks for the video lesson. I have had a CVS Extra Care Buck card for several years and didn't even know what it was about or shop there very often. I read your info on it and tried it out. You are right about just going there and doing it but the video makes it clearer.

    • Sarah

      Thanks for the great video! CVS employees must be hit or miss, I finally thought I was getting through to one when he joked with me last week about knowing me and my coupons…and then this week he asked if my BOGO Vitamin Water coupon was “xeroxed”. There is this little old lady at the next CVS down the road who has told me twice that they don't take IPs (both times a manger has told her to take them) and has asked about my daughter who is “always grouchy'”. Haha.

      • Missy

        I was thinking the same thing LOL. The CVS near here has the rudest teenage girls. They didn't even give me my application the first time I went in and got my extra care card. So when I went in to do my wisk a month or so ago, I couldn't get it b/c of the card.

      • Jennifer

        I agree, but I think this is true of almost all stores! I go to the same CVS as much as possible because it's almost always the same two very sweet cashiers. They never give me problems with my coupons. A while back when the had the two free photo books the coupon was not scanning. I was kind of worried because it was such a big coupon amount (They had $14.99 photo books bogo and then there was a bogo coupon making both free so a $30 value!) It was my first coupon trip and they made the coupon go through without even batting an eyelash! One was the asst. store manager, but they are always there and always friendly. I went to another CVS for conveinience and the lady was so unfriendly and dispite having my 21 month old and my 6 month old both in the undersized buggy, she had me go back to the formula isle to get my formula from another employee who had to unlock the case. At the other store I always just tell them what I need and they go grab it for me. Needless to say I will be sticking to that store from now on!

    • GA Toni

      Awesome! Thank you!

    • Careycouponer

      Can somebody tell me how the Winter 2011 Spending at the bottom of my receipt works? I know in January I scanned my card and got like $1 in ECBs from my Fall shopping, but that was my first time. Do you get 10% of your total spending? Is the spending your prescriptions only? Thanks!

      • Sarah

        I think it is 2%, and it is all purchases (I believe, I know I get it but I've never filled prescriptions there).

      • FreedomSpradley1

        You get 2% back from store purchases and $1 ECB for every two prescriptions filled.

    • AshATL

      Thanks, Jenny!

      I still have a question for all of the CVS regulars – what are the green tag thingies I've heard about? What do they do?

      • Buy one for a dollar, hook it to any reusable bag. Every 4th (i believe that's it) visit, it will give you a dollar ECB printed out. You can't use it more than once a day though. So, even if you go in the am and the pm, it will only count one time.

      • Sarah

        They are great! They cost $1 to buy, attach to any reusable bag, and when you shop and use the bag they scan the tag and you earn 1 ECB for EVERY 4 times you use it.

      • Mike

        One tip – glue it to the back of your CVS card instead of hanging it on the bag. Then you always have it with you even if you forget or lose “that” bag.

      • ChrissyPunkin

        I bought one of their reusable bags and a bag tag to attach to it. I store my coupon binder in the bag so that I never forget to bring it in the store. :-)

      • Katkerz

        I keep my green bag tag on my keychain with my red CVS card, so that I can grab any bag from home…much easier. Well, one day I forgot all of my bags & told the cashier not to scan the green tag since I will need a bag from her. She said that since I was only getting a few items, I can carry them out in my arms & she can still scan my green tag! Didn't even think of that!

    • guest

      You are awesome!!!! However, I cannot bring myself to shop at CVS. I have had the absolute worst experiences with them. This disappoints me as I live very close to one. I take my business to Rite Aid :)

      • I do the same darn thing. CVS is always out of what I want, they let women shop the sale the night before it starts so the morning of all the sale items are gone. Not worth my time, I drive right past to Rite Aid!

    • Belinda

      Jenny – You are awesome. I always wondered if the deal was too good to be true. I love how you outlined the coupons and CVS bucks. Clear at water for me. Thank you! I'm totally going to use my b1g1 free coupons here.

    • Candi

      I tried to use two different coupons, both for $1 off 2 glade refills though (not printed, they were clipped), and the cashier told me that I couldn't use them in combination because of coupon fraud. I made her call the manager and they said they would allow it because it was only for $1. I have never heard anything so ridiculous! I now will drive out of my way to go to another cvs.

    • Rebecca

      I was a coupon virgin but NOW… I am learning! I made my first trip to CVS today! I purchased 3 Desitin for 2.99 each and added 3 1.00 off coupons= 1.99 a piece and I had a 3.00 extra buck reward from a purchase I had just made! So….in essence, I just got those puppies for .99 a piece! They normally run around 5.00 each! YAY ME! Not to mention my hubby and I went to two grocery stores today, spent 76.08 (including CVS purchases) on 185.79 of groceries! I have to say…not bad for a first timer. I am hooked but as I get better at this and learn policies, I want to get better deals and pay less money! Thanks Southern Savers!

    • Janelleblozy

      Ok I have a question……Does CVS give overages? Like I have a coupon for $3 off hair dye that is only $2.06.

      • Sarah

        It is one of those YMMV things, I have gotten overage at times, but the last two times the register prompted the cashier that it was too high and they reduced it.

        • Mayocoupons

          same thing happened to me with the Excedrin last week–on sale for $1.99, had $2.50 off coupon and got them for free but one coupon was “devalued” to $1.94 and I still had one coupon left to take home so looks like no more overage. booooo

    • Leah

      Love it! I've been shopping at CVS for a while but had no idea about the 2% reward or that you can scan your card twice at the coupon kiosk. Also, I had no idea it tracked your spending towards ECs. So often they are out of the sale items even though I shop the day after the ad comes out. I thought I had to just had to go to a different CVS and hope they had enough stock to meet the amount. This makes it a lot easier.

    • Julie

      I have known how the CVS program works for a while, but am still rarely impressed. The prices are SOOOOO much more expensive than even grocery stores (which are also expensive) for items, that in the end it is cheaper and less of a hassle to buy the same stuff at regular price elsewhere (ie. you don't have to remember and go back and use your ECB before they expire). For example, this week's CVS deal is buy $10 of John Frieda products and get $3 ECB. The price of the items aren't on sale (reg price) at $7.29, but since there is a ECB offer, you can't use the 20% off your order facebook coupon on the items. And you have to buy 2 to get to the $10 requirement. I went to HT across the street and the same item was $5.99. I opted to use my 2 – $1.00 coupons at get them super doubled at HT this week and got two of the exact same items for $7.98 and I got all of my discounts TODAY. The best I could have done at CVS with the $3 ECB would have been $9.58 and would have still had to come back to get the extra $3 benefit. It is rare I find the deal is good enough to drive out of my way to CVS, but I am glad others find it useful.

      • kimana517

        I think if you take the time to look over Jenny's CVS weekly ad posts for a while, you'll see how it is worthwhile for many things. I know in the past the John Frieda Root Awakening line was almost free at CVS. I stocked up then!

        Good luck!

      • Julie-
        I see your dilemma. For me though, if I'm sitting in the CVS parking lot, I can see Targe, Bi-Lo, and Publix. From the Publix parking lot I can see Walgreens and Ingles. Within a 1/2 mile radius I have all that plus a Spinx to use my Fuel Perks from Bi-Lo and a Wal-Mart. If it's within short driving distance, I'm gonna go for it. :) Good luck though in your couponing. :)

      • Yolli

        Julie, I understand your frustration. Other drug stores do the same as CVS, however, I just got a boat-load of stuff at RiteAid and all that I paid was the tax. I took advantage of the sales and the coupons that I had an purchased on additional stuff (non-UP Rewards, similar to ECB but at RiteAid and not on sale) and still saved a bunch (AND got Up Rewards for next time). Another perfect example, is the larger scenario at CVS which includes Loreal mascara. If you use the $5/2 coupon and any ECB from previous purchases (you can use ECB from other purchases made that same day), you can get free (almost free) mascara.

        I thought like you in the beginning of trying out the drug store deals but I am sold. In the past dew weeks, I have gotten so much free stuff my stockpile is overflowing and I am constantly donating.

      • FreedomSpradley1

        Last week when John Frieda deal was running the shampoo and conditioners were on sale for $6. Always keep a sales paper handy because items are often not tagged properly. You can also scan them at redbox to confirm sales price. If you buy two and use two -$1 coupons it would be $10 oop and you get $3 ecb which means you paid $3.50 ea. At HT you spent $4.99 ea after coupon. ECB's usually have at least 2-3 weeks before they expire so you have a couple sales cycles to use them. I think you have to regularly shop CVS to see the benefit. I've gotten tons of free stuff from CVS in the last 8 months since I started couponing including makeup, hair color, shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes, cough medicine, cereal, toilet paper, paper towels, laundry detergent ……..and the list goes on and on. You just have to be patient and realize what's a good deal and what you should pass on and wait for a better deal. Every ECB deal is not good! I usually don't get a deal unless the ECB deal alone makes the product at least 50% off and then coupons bring it down even further. I rarely buy items at CVS that aren't on ECB deal unless I have a coupon that makes it free (or really close to it).

    • JuneSummer96

      I have no clue if this comment belongs here, but this is where it's going.
      My mama, sis-in-law, and I were at the class tonight in Clemson and I
      totally enjoyed myself. Jenny answered my dumb question without making
      me fell dumb for asking it and she is naturally funny.

    • kimana517

      Of course, as you know, Jenny, in Florida, we do have real B1G1 sales in our grocery stores. Mostly I find it frustrating, but it is nice on the rare occasions that there's a BOGO sale and a BOGO coupon.

      Also, I have often gotten coupons to print 3 or 4 times from the CVS coupon center. Is that really just me? Maybe they're trying to make up for the fact that I never get $/$$ coupons emailed to me? LOL.

      • Yolli

        You can scan your card up to 5 times at the CVS Q center. I found that out this week.

    • coupon newbie

      Im just curious, can somebody lose a job because they have accepted a wrong coupon or something to that effect? Is that why most of the cashiers are not coupon friendly? Most of the time I go home and wonder if I did something bad, it feels like Im stealing the items in front of their eyes that basing on the way they treat me at checkout. As soon as you hand them the coupons their demeanor changes. And I always use the coupons in the sunday paper. I had one cashier of CVS asked me one time if I'm making copies of my coupon. I got so upset. I tried not to use printed coupons from the internet as much as possible. I always feel guilty that I might be saving a lot in expense of somebody losing their job or store is losing money. Not that I purchase hundreds of dollars each transaction but I dont know I just feel terrible every time I have to go for a deal. Does anyboy feels the same way too?

      • Ginger

        You should not feel guilty for taking the deals that they put out.
        The manufacturers want you to buy their products, that is why they put out coupons. They hope that if you use their product you will like it enough to develop brand loyalty to their product, so that you will continue buying their product even if you don't have a coupon.
        The stores MAKE money when you use legitimate coupons, which is why they accept them. The manufacturer pays the store the dollar amount on each coupon, plus a small amount more to cover the cost of procesing. The reason the store makes money from coupons is that if you are using coupons, you may be buying an item that you would not otherwise buy, therefore creating higher sales volume for the store.
        The reason some cashiers are so coupon-unfriendly is that coupon transactions can be more difficult, and they take longer. When lines form behind us, the customers in line get cranky, and sometimes they take it out on the cashier. (Some of us deal with that issue by going back to the end of the line after each transaction if we have multiple transactions. If it's not an issue of multiple transactions, and people are still getting cranky about having to wait for my coupons to be processed, I say too bad for them. Don't we wait in line while people in front of us do their returns, or get their prices checked, or get their liquor or cigarettes fetched? We do.)
        If you are using legitimate coupons from the Sunday paper or printed from legitimate coupon sites, no coupon you use is going to get a cashier fired. Depending on the store, some managers might require that a cashier closely inspect each coupon, but if they do so, they should do it politely. Asking you if you're photocopying is tantamount to saying you're committing fraud, which is way beyond rude and unacceptable customer service. There are any number of ways to respond, but there's no reason you should just take it. You can simply say, “Nope, those coupons are printed from the internet.” Or you can ask to speak to a manager, and tell them that making accusations about customers is poor customer service. Or if it seems like the whole store behaves this way about coupons, to the point where it must be coming from store management, you could call corporate.
        Regardless, you shouldn't let some ill-trained employees make you feel bad about yourself. You're doing nothing wrong.

      • Sarah

        If you follow a store's coupon policy and use coupons appropriately, you have NO reason to feel guilty.

    • Jaochagcc1

      thank you very much jenny

    • shuchin

      Thank you-Jenny for the video. You are a great teacher.

    • Save1moredollar

      I really appreciate your vlogs! They really help clear the fog, and you are really good in front of the camera. :-)

    • Jcbecker28

      Great video.

    • Jen

      My CVS ad said there was supposed to be a coupon for Post's Trail Mix Crunch in sunday's paper (2/13). There was supposed to be 3 inserts in that paper but I only got one. Still, when I checked the list of coupons that were supposed to be in there, I still did not see it. ANyone else see it? How can I still get it, online perhaps? thanks for help :)

    • I actually had to explain the BOGO double dipping for the first time the other day. I had done the Orbit gum deal several times a few weeks ago when it was on sale but my CVS ran out so I got a raincheck for the rest of the coupons I had (notice I did NOT clear the shelves the day I went in!) When I went back with the raincheck the cashier rang up the gum BOGO then I handed her my BOGO coupons. She kind of looked confused and asked me didn't I want to save the coupons for when it wasn't already on sale. When I told her using the two together essentially made it free she was very skeptical. She called the manager up and he asked me to explain it to him. I'm not sure he really believed what I was saying but there was a line starting to form behind me and by chance I happened to still have one of the receipts in my coupon box so I showed him that the computer really did accept the deal during the sale. He finally just said forget it and took $5 off my total because he couldn't figure out how to ring it up. I've never had any trouble using a coupon when the items were actually on sale though. The only thing that has happened is a cashier followed me out to ask me how she could learn to coupon the way I do! :D I was so proud because I'm still new to this too!

      Now, I think I've got CVS under control…I'm waiting for a RiteAid and Walgreens guide. I think I understand Walgreens…just haven't ventured in there yet. RiteAid terrifies me because they've got so much going on! Mfgr q's, in-ad q's, video q's, UP, SCR….I really don't even know where to start over there!

      • Mayocoupons

        LOL you should have seen me explaining a coupon situation a few months ago on and OLAY, and SECRET deod. deal. I had a coupon that ifyou bought venus razors, you got the Clinical Secret FREE and then another manu. q that if you bought ANY secret deo. you got $5 off an Olay body wash–HA HA HA The manager understood but I think she was blown away with how you can combine coupons so she just let me hand her the coupons and ECBs in the order I wanted them rung up and all was GREAT!! LOL

    • Dixiesc

      Great Video !

    • Kristen

      I think I am the only one that thinks this is complicated. I'm trying hard though… still get frustrated. I have tons and tons of coupons and can never figure this out! Jenny has helped me alot though!!!

    • H. Lewis

      Very informative ! Thank you.

    • Kris

      I have sevreal coupons for 1.00 off of Progresso Soup and my CVS has a bogo on the soup.limit up to 8. How would this work? Help,,

      • guest

        At CVS, you can use one coupon for each can of soup that shows up on your receipt, even if it rings up free. So, say you buy 4 cans of soup and you have 4 25c off 1 coupons. 2 of those cans will ring up as free, then the coupons will apply to the price of the cans you're paying for and you'll get an extra dollar off on top of the B1G1 deal. The limit 8 just means that you can only buy 8 cans for this deal.

        • Kris

          Thank you! I'm new to couponing so.. it tends to get confusing. Thanks for explaning and the help,

      • Mandy

        You can use a coupon on each can that you buy. Ignore the store deal – that will confuse you. If you buy 8 cans, use 8 coupons. Store deals are separate from manuf deals. You will only be paying for the 4 soup cans, but you can use 8 coupons. You are actually purchasing 8 soups, according to the manuf, so CVS will get reimbursed.

    • Leah

      I have a question about B1G1. If I have a coupon for B1G1 and a coupon for some amount off, can I use both and have the second coupon apply toward the priced item since it is technically regular price or does the store consider that using 2 coupons for the same item?

      • Moms-coupons

        You can use both coupons and “amount off” coupon will apply to the one you are paying for. The trick is to give them the “amount off” coupon first…then the B1G1.

    • Great job Jenny!



      • Moms-coupons

        The ECBs are not loaded on your card. When you purchase an item that gives you ECBs back, they will print on the bottom of your receipt.

        You'll have separate ECBs for each deal you purchased. i.e. $3.00 ECB for purchasing toothpaste and a $1.00 ECB for purchasing gum.

        If there is a limit of 2 on a deal, and you purchase both deals in the same transaction, the amount of ECBs are added together. i.e. you can purchase two toothpastes and two packs of gum, then you will see one $6.00 ECB and one $2.00 ECB on the bottom of you receipt.

        You need to keep those ECBs, you can tear them off the bottom of the receipt, and give them back to the cashier to scan as “money” when you're ready to use them on another purchase.

        • JHOCHSCHILD1


      • Mandy

        The ECBs always print out at the end of your receipt…You have to give the cashier the “physical” extra buck…

        • JHOCHSCHILD1

          THANK YOU

    • Jenni P

      Well done! I'm looking forward to part two!

    • Fgb4jc11

      Okay so i love CVS deals and i get them, but when the cashier is rude and basically tries to hurry me up when there is like 1 person behind me. Come on, please i am trying to save money here!!

      • Kris

        If it kept up.. I would report the cashier to the manger.

      • Mayocoupons

        if you really want to get a result, call CVS corpoate customer care. they LOVE their couponers and if you mention the situation, they will type it while you explain the situation and send it in an email to the District Manager IMMEDIATELY. That DM will contact you to get the details from you and he/she will go into the store to retrain the entire store or call and discuss it with the Manager of that particular store. You aren't getting the cashier in trouble you are just “educating” him/her so that when you return and make your purchases you won't run into the same problem!

    • Landi

      Excellent video!

    • johnella29

      Awesome video, you are an excellent teacher!

    • Monicadws

      Thanks, Jenny! :)

    • Mommy of Many

      Can anyone please tell me why CVS charged me taxes twice today. I brought the diapers and toothpaste.

    • Angie

      I would just like to ask if I did the transaction with the toothpaste 3.79 get 3.79 back use .75 off of the 1st and 2nd one would I still pay taxes even though my total came to 3.04+.23 taxes=3.27…I dont get why I had to pay taxes since I had 3.79 extra bucks.

      • Rhonda

        Extra Care Bucks do not pay taxes. They only pay the subtotal. If you paid a 3.04 subtotal with 3.79 ECB that means you lost 75cents. You will always have to pay the tax.

      • Mayocoupons

        even if your subtotal is ZERO you still have to pay the taxes on the items you “purchased.” In my county taxes are 6% so if I “bought” $10 worth of stuff and had coupons and extra care bucks that “paid” the $10 I would still have to pay out of pocket the 60-cent taxes! If you use your extra care bucks to pay for something make sure you don't “lose” the value of the ECB by purchasing something LESS than the value of the ECB. For example to use the $3.79 ECB on the second toothpaste you would pay with the $3.79 ECB and THEN give them the coupon for 75-cents BUT you can toss something as a “filler” in the purchase for 75-cents or a $1. Hope this makes sense! ALWAYS use the store coupons and ECBs FRIST and THEN use the manufacturer coupons–this helps to keep you from “losing” the value of the ECB!!

    • Thestarkeys

      Great Video!! It gave me the confidence to finally try CVS today. I have been turned off by CVS b/c it bugs me that the adds say on sale for $15 but you get $3 Extra Care bucks so it's LIKE getting it for $12. My thought was – well I'm STILL paying $15. And, it seemed like it would be a while before I'd have enough extra care bucks for it to make sense – and in the mean time I'd be spending quite a bit of money until the extra care bucks piled up enough to actually save me anything.
      Well, I went today and spent $36 – still quite a lot for a first time visit – but, I did some comparisons on the items. First off, the total was around $46 (but I had $10 worth of manufacturers coupons). I compared the prices with Walmart's prices (somehow if it beats Walmart I feel pretty good about it – when in reality I know that Publix beats Walmart all the time – but I had to keep it simple). So, after Coupons (before extra bucks) I spent 5.99 on Excedrin 100 count (Walmart had this for 8.68) – plus I got an extra $3 for every two I bought. I spent 6.99 on a 23 pack of 2T-3T pull-ups (Walmart sells a 58 count for 19.97. So, per diaper CVS was 30 cents and Walmart was 34 cents.) Plus I got $4 extra care bucks. And finally I spent $^ on Loreal Le Kohl Duo Eye Liner/Shadow (Walmart was 7.37) plus I got $3 extra care bucks. So, all in all I feel pretty good about my purchases. Again, who knows how it stacks up to Publix deals when they come through (honestly I've never bought any of these items at publix so I can't compare – Excedrin deals at Publix are usually on 24 or 50 count – not 100 – and the other items I've never bought there. But, comparing it to Walmart and beating there prices without even considering the extra care bucks (which I got $10 total) seems pretty good to me.

    • Jhflora654

      Jenny – Thanks so much! I'm a little behind on watching this video, but I did want to make one comment. You shouldn't just scan your card at the coupon center twice. Keep scanning it until it says no more coupons available today. I've had it work up to 4 times so far, and the better ones seem to always be later on.

    • Tnjcent

      Can anyone tell me why I can't bring this video up? All I see is an X at left hand corner inside a large square of this post. ???

    • dlemaitre

      WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW.. Thank you so much for this clear and easy explanation. I appreciate all of your tips and time that it took to share this information. I can not wait to get started!! Dawn

    • Kelly

      Very Very helpful!

    • Sherryannmartinez

      I'm new to couponing and you have been very, very helpful. Thank you so much!!!

    • Jrtena

      Very helpful I'm new at this and it helped me alot.

    • Jaypillow

      Thank you, I cannot tell the all the times I have seen the ECB print and I tossed it b/c I thought CVS was too expensive to begin with. I will be going there this weekend!

    • Yuniklinder

      so if i hit the limit… can i do another transaction and do the same thing?

    • Mandi

      this is so helpfull…..thanks

    • Kelly

      CVS 3/5- 3/12 deals

      (2)Dove men care – clean comfort deo – $4
      (1) Febreze dual scented refill – $5.49
      (1) Febreze warmer – $3.49
      (1) Revlon nail $4.99
      (1) Schik Hydro razor – $8.49
      (1) chocolates $1

      Total = 27.46

      coupons used

      cvs coupon 5 off 25
      2 off schick razor
      buy febreze dual refill get warmer unit free
      1 off revlon
      (2) $ 2 off on dove men care

      total due 11.97

      paid with 7 + 4 ECB from last week



      5 schick razor
      4 for revlon (my cvs has deal revlon nail price 4.99, ecb – 4)
      + 3.50 in MIR (Febreze)

    • Marlene

      Thanks so much! Been doing CVS for years w/ coupons but still in all I've learned a lot esp about doing the BOGO from CVS Vs Winn-Dixie as that will only ring up at 50% off there vs free Thanks again! Love this site!

    • Chaskw

      If I have a large ECB such as $9.99 and my total is, say only $5.99, will I get the remaining ECB balance printed back to me?

      Ex…. $5.99 due at checkout and I have a $9.99 ECB to use… will the register print me out the remaining $4.00 or do I lose the rest of it since it wasn't used in that particular transaction?

      Thanks for any help with this!

    • Chaskw

      I posted below and just found the answer…. the answer is it WILL NOT PRINT the remainder back… if u dont use full amount u lose it. OK, good to know = )

    • Erin

      I am new to couponing and would like to CVS this weekend for free toothpaste when it says use printable and manufactuer coupon where do you find the manufacture coupon?

    • Erin

      Can someone please explain the breakdown in the weekly ads I am not seeing how they are coming up with the totals and are there several scenarios for each product or do you have to use every scenario posted to get the deal?

    • Jimilee

      Thank you so much for making the beginners video! i have been a CVS customer for years and I didn't know ANY of that info!!! I just recently started couponing so thank you for the pointers

    • Almeters

      Thank you so much Jenny! You are awesome!GREAT VIDEO!!!