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Shopping at CVS

I love shopping at CVS and have been a CVS shopper for years.  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 and you can have 1 per family.  My advice is to never shop at CVS without it.  You can pick one up from the cashier before checking out.

Always, always, 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.  ECBs have an expiration date of a 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 days after the expiration date.  You must have your actual CVS store 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 ECBs to use the following week).

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 ECB.  You are going to select the items that net to be free.  You are actually earning the same amount or sometimes more than what you are paying for the item in ECBs. 

You are going to “roll” your ECB’s earned towards a purchase the following week on additional items that net free after ECB.  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.

CVS/pharmacy does accept manufacturer’s coupons that have been obtained from an approved Web site sponsored by the manufacturer. The coupon should be complete and contain a bar code that can be scanned at the register.

Please feel free to visit and go to the "Save With In-store Coupons" box and click on "start printing now". To print coupons, check the box next to the Clip! icon, (or click "Select All Offers") and then click "Print Now". Please note that these coupons can be redeemed at CVS/pharmacy stores only and all manufacturer requirements must be met.

Our registers are set to allow 1 CVS coupon and 1 manufacturer coupon per item. CVS Extra Buck coupons are earned when you make a qualifying purchase. These print out instantly at the register upon reaching the threshold for the offer. Free coupons or “offers at the register” are unearned and issued to you as a valued member of the CVS/pharmacy ExtraCare program. These coupons take the form of “open ended” coupons such as $3 off $15 or a certain dollar amount off a specific item. In any given transaction our registers will allow only one “open ended” coupon per transaction and more than one Extra Buck coupon provided the purchase threshold has been met for each offer amount on a per-transaction basis.

In the case where a particular item is on sale for “buy one get one free” (BOGO), you are only allowed to use one manufacturer’s coupon. For instance, if Revlon lipstick is on sale for BOGO, you can use one manufacturer’s BOGO coupon. You would get both items free & pay any applicable tax. When an item is on sale for buy one, get one free and the customer has a buy one get one free coupon for that same product, the coupon will be accepted and both items will essentially become free (plus any applicable sales tax).

Also, two manufacturer coupons can be used on a buy one get one free purchase as long as two items are scanned at the register. The system logic sees two items scanned and will allow two coupons. The Store Manager can limit quantities. We also accept coupons on clearance items.

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