How to Shop at CVS



It is the beginning of a new year and time to turn a new leaf.

Are you on a tight budget and looking for ways to stretch your budget?

CVS has the best deals around.

You’ll find unbelievable deals for nonfood items like toothpaste, toothbrushes, paper goods, makeup, and more.

With a combination of the CVS card, ExtraBucks, and coupons, you can really save a lot!

You can even get free stuff.

1. Get a CVS card.

It tracks all of your purchases so you can earn rewards in the form of store credit for your spending, every quarter.

With the card, you also earn ExtraBucks on certain purchases, as listed on the weekly ad.

Your rewards are linked to your card so you need the card to get the deals.

2. Look for special coupons when you subscribe to CVS emails.

I seem to get a different coupon each week from CVS. From the emails, I get the purchase based coupons, like $4 off $20.

3. Scan your CVS card at the in-store kiosk to get the latest CVS coupons.

There were so many times where I got a coupon from the kiosk that was exactly for an item I was buying. I’ve gotten coupons a discount for office supplies, diapers, and one free body wash. It takes a minute to scan and wait for the coupons to print but it’s worth it. The coupons change every week.

how to shop at cvs

4. Use coupons from the Sunday paper or free printable coupons from Coupons.com.

You don’t necessarily need to subscribe to the Sunday paper to find coupons. There are great printable coupons as well.

I don’t subscribe to the Sunday paper anymore because it wasn’t worth the cost to only find a few coupons that I needed. Plus, my family doesn’t eat a lot of processed foods.

This week, I found $1.25 in printable coupons for Charmin toilet paper, Bounty paper towels, and Dawn.

5. Buy products that earn ExtraBucks Rewards.

ExtraBucks is CVS store credit on a future purchase. ExtraBucks will print at the end of your receipt when you earn them.

When you buy products that earn ExtraBucks, it’s like earning free money.

For example, buy $30 of Charmin toilet paper and earn $10 in ExtraBucks Rewards. ExtraBucks can be used on your next purchase at CVS.

6. Use ExtraBucks to buy products that will earn more ExtraBucks Rewards.

You can use that free money to earn even more free money when you use ExtraBucks to buy another product that earns Extrabucks.

This strategy is called “rolling rewards” so that you never pay full price for an item. Each week, you buy products that earn ExtraBucks.

Then use those Extrabucks towards your purchase for next week. And so on.

7. Always wait for a sale.

Things like toothpaste, toothbrushes, diapers, medicine, and beauty products go on sale every week. Wait for a sale or ExtraBucks deal, then buy the item you need.

8. Stack CVS coupons, manufacturer coupons, and ExtraCare Rewards for the best savings.

9. Give the cashier your coupons in this order.

First give them the CVS dollar off transaction coupon, then CVS store coupons and manufacturer coupons, then ExtraCare Rewards. The order matters because you want the purchase based coupon to apply to your order first. If you scan the other coupons first, your purchase may not meet the minimum dollar amount.

Deal Scenario

This week I went to CVS on Thursday and got two 20-pack double rolls of Charmin, 12 pack of Bounty paper towels, and a Dawn Hand Renewal dishwashing liquid. And I only paid $22.87 and earned $10 in ExtraBucks.

On my next purchase, I bought 3 packs of diapers that were buy 2, get 1 free. The regular price for all 3 diaper packs is $31.47.

I used the $10 ExtraCare Rewards and only paid $10.98 for 3 packs of diapers. That’s like $3.66 per pack!

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  1 comment for “How to Shop at CVS

  1. January 7, 2014 at 8:34 am

    I have a CVS card and just go there when I am sick. I don’t really shop there on a regular basics.

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