CVS 101

 CVS 101

To start off you will want to locate a few local CVS stores (you can do that HERE).  I say a few because some stores are more heavily shopped than others and sale items will be gone quickly.  Next you will want to apply for a CVS Extra Care Card.  You can do that online or in-store.  You must scan your card before making your purchase or you will not get the deals.  Without the card you will not be able to take advantage of ECB deals.  The card also gives you 2% back in the form of ECBs.

What are ECBs?   ECBs or Extra Care Bucks are incentives – a customer loyalty program – you do not receive a discounted price but you receive ECBs at the end of your transaction that can be used like cash on your next order.  They do expire  and they must be used in their entirety or you will lose the unused value.

Upon entering CVS you will always want to scan your card at the coupon kiosk, this will print exclusive coupons just for you and your Extra Care Card.  Scan your card multiple times to take advantage of all the coupons – it will tell you when you have no more offers.

After getting your card it’s time to make your first transaction.  Start out with just a few items, keep it simple.  Couponing at CVS can be a work in progress.  Make sure to check out the latest CVS deals and match-ups.  You are attempting to spend the least amount possible out of pocket (OOP) while getting back the most amount of ECBs  You will likely have to pay something out of pocket on your first ever transaction but you will receive ECB’s for that purchase.  

Rolling your ECBs – This is where it gets fun.  The goal is to spend the least amount of money Out Of Pocket and earn more ECBs by paying for your purchase with older ECBs.  Even better is when you can combine coupons with a deal and actually “make money” on a purchase.
For Example:

Crest or Oral-B pro-health, 3D white vivid, clinical gum protection paste, multi-protection,
Scope outlast rinse or satin floss $3.29 = $3.29 ECB (limit 2)                                                                 
Use the $1/1 from the 2/27 PG
OOP = $2.29
Get back $3.29 ECB
Final Price = FREE + $1 Moneymaker

There is typically a limit on how many items per card you can purchase and earn ECBs on, that info will be stated in the ad.  Weekly deals can be found in the Weekly Ad while month long deals are advertised in the ECB booklet that can be found in-store. 
You will want to keep your eyes open for CVS Store Coupons which can be stacked with Manufacturer’s Coupons.  These will print at the Coupon Kiosk, at the bottom of your check and can also be found HERE.  CVS will also frequently offer B1G1 FREE sales, you can combine these sales with B1G1 FREE manufacturer’s coupons and get 2 free items. 

After a few weeks of carefully selecting some simple ECB deals you can start working on more complicated scenarios and multiple transactions. As your transactions become larger and more complicated you will have to stay very organized.  I like to give them my CVS coupons first, then the manufacturer’s coupon and finally the ECB.  Ultimately you will have to pay very little if nothing at all out of pocket for your purchase.  There have been occasions when I have made a purchase that I do not necessarily need in order to get the ECB, this is fine to do but have a recipient of the item in mind. Add it to your donation pile or give it to a friend or neighbor.

This should get you started, it takes some time to get use to but you can really save BIG money once you get going.
If you have not done so already, go HERE and sign up for CVS email updates and CVS will send you a $4/$20 coupon.

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