CVS Pharmacy is the largest pharmacy chain in the United States. In addition to saving on prescriptions, you can easily save 50% or more by stacking CVS coupons with weekly ad sales on everything from photos to groceries to contact lenses, cosmetics, fragrances, hair care, health care, skin care products, and more.
Here at Hip2Save we're always sharing the latest CVS coupons and sales, weekly ad deals, CVS photo coupons, and even free photo print offers!
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Getting started with CVS...
The first step to take before you can even begin shopping at CVS is to either head to the store or go online and fill out the Extra Care membership form. Once you become a member, you’ll get your very own ExtraCare Card that you'll want to take with you every time you shop.
The benefit of going in-store is you'll be able to get the card immediately. If you apply online, you’ll receive a temporary card that you can print right away, but your permanent card will arrive by mail in approximately two weeks.If you don't have your card on you, you can always enter your phone number at checkout, too!
Before starting your shopping trip...
Scan your CVS card (or enter your phone number) at the red ExtraCare Coupon Center (usually found at the front of the store). Then you can see which CVS store coupons there are to print that you can also combine with manufacturer’s coupons!
The Coupon Center prints coupons mentioned in the weekly ad, but it also prints out personalized coupons that are based on what you typically buy at CVS. Be sure to also check your receipt after making a purchase as sometimes you’ll receive other store coupons, too.Forgot your ExtraCare card? No problem! Just enter the 10-digit phone number linked to your card to get your coupons.
Download the CVS mobile app and get rewarded.Text "App" to CVS-APP (287-277) to download the FREE myCVS Mobile App on your smartphone (from iTunes or Google Play) so you can easily scan and save your CVS ExtraCare card at checkout, request a prescription refill, view the myWeekly Ad, access app-only coupons and deals, plus more right from your mobile device.
Also, you'll get an ExtraBucks Rewards when you download the mobile app and link your ExtraCare card the first time! Your ExtraBucks Rewards will appear in the "My Deals & Rewards" section of your app once you link your card. Note that this offer is only available the first time you link your ExtraCare card to the app and does not include updates or re-installs.
The ExtraCare Rewards Program
ExtraBucks Rewards (or EBs) are CVS rewards that give you money back to spend in the store however you want (a few exclusions apply). Always remember to have the cashier scan your Extra Care card first so you never miss out on getting ExtraBucks when making purchases!
By using your ExtraCare Rewards Card at checkout, you'll earn ExtraBucks Rewards that print out on the bottom of your receipt when you make a qualifying purchase (as listed in the weekly ad).
You'll also earn 2% back on your purchases (exclusions apply). These 2% rewards will come on your receipt after every purchase. You can use these rewards on just about anything, and to make it easy, you can load and send them to your card right in the app so you don't need to keep up with all those paper receipts!You'll also earn a $3 ExtraBucks Reward as a birthday treat every year, and you can earn up to $50 ExtraBucks Rewards for filling prescriptions, getting flu shots, and more.
ExtraBuck Rewards offers come with varying limits that will be clearly shown in the weekly ad and on store tags. Some items may have a limit of one reward per card; other items may give you two or more rewards. Sometimes you can even find "FREE after ExtraBuck" items! This means you'll buy an item and get that same amount back in the form of ExtraBucks Rewards after purchasing!
And even sweeter, if you have a manufacturer coupon to use on the free-after-ExtraBuck item, then you'll turn that deal into a moneymaker! That's definitely one way to get a coupon high at CVS!
Plus, you can also earn ExtraBucks Rewards on qualifying purchases made on CVS.com. You will need to sign into your CVS.com account and attach your ExtraCare card in order to earn ExtraBucks Rewards for your online purchases.Use the 98% rule to earn ExtraBucks on a purchase just a few cents shy of the threshold. Although this may vary, you generally only need to reach 98% in order for the ExtraBucks to print. So if you're supposed to spend $20 on select beverages to get a $5 ExtraBucks Reward, you actually only need to spend $19.60 to get the reward. Note that this isn't an official policy so some cashiers may ask you to spend more in order to qualify.
Stacking CVS with Manufacturer's Coupons
One of the best things about shopping at CVS, in my opinion, is that they allow you to stack CVS coupons with manufacturer's coupons on the same item!
According to the official CVS coupon policy, you can stack multiple coupons as such:
- You can use TWO $3 off $15 coupons for purchases that are $30 or higher.
- You can use a $3 off $15 coupon and $5 ExtraBucks Rewards for a purchase of $15.
- You can stack a $1 off toothpaste manufacturer coupon and a $2 off toothpaste Coupon Center coupon for a $3 toothpaste item.
HIP TIP: CVS store coupons often have a barcode starting with the number "4" or "0", state "CVS Pharmacy" at the top. They do not include a remit address on the coupon, which is used to send to the manufacturer. Usually, these store coupons are also limited to one per customer.
Rolling ExtraBucks Rewards
Once you start getting the hang of CVS, you'll be able to "roll" your ExtraBucks! This means that you'll be able to purchase new ExtraBuck offers on a regular basis while using or "rolling" the ExtraBucks earned from previous weeks!
And that means you'll be spending little to NO money out of pocket – OR possibly making money – especially if you stack the deals with coupons.
Here's an example:
CVS has Suave Shampoo on sale for $1, and it will generate a $1 ExtraBuck Reward (EB) after you purchase one. Plus, you have a $0.50/1 manufacturer coupon. You'll end up only paying $0.50 out of pocket, but then you'll get back a $1 ExtraBuck -- netting you a $0.50 profit for purchasing Suave!
CVS is offering Colgate Shampoo for $2 with a $2 ExtraBuck Reward (EB). You have a $1 digital coupon that you can pair with that $1 ExtraBuck from the shampoo you earned to pay $0 out of pocket and get your $2 ExtraBuck!
That means you've paid a total of $0.50 out of pocket for one shampoo and one toothpaste!
Out of stock? Get a raincheck!If the shelves are empty, ask for a raincheck as they never expire! Plus, if you have a CVS store coupon you want to use, the raincheck will extend the CVS store coupon's expiration date! When the raincheck item is back in stock, you must present the applicable CVS store coupon and your raincheck at the time of purchase. Store personnel will attach the CVS coupon. However, please note that manufacturer's coupons cannot be extended past their expiration date.
Sign Up for CVS Emails
If you're signed up to receive CVS emails, they often send exclusive store coupons that can be used before any manufacturer coupons to lower your out-of-pocket expense (these are usually $3 off $15, $4 off $20, $5 off $25 purchase store coupons). Make sure to sign up for email updates when you register for your Extra Care card, and you just may get one of these coupons in your inbox soon!
Once you're ready to check out, put your coupons in this order: $4 off $20 store coupon (or any other money-off store coupon), CVS store product coupons, manufacturer coupons, and finally ExtraBucks.
Join the CVS Advisor Panel
The CVS Advisor Panel is a group of CVS customers who volunteer to take surveys as well as offer their opinions and feedback. In return, they often get rewarded with ExtraBucks Rewards! Usually, if you qualify for the survey, you'll get a higher reward (i.e. $15 EB) than if you don't qualify (i.e. $2-$3 EB).
To sign up, just head here and take the brief registration survey (be sure to click the confirmation link in your email). Once you register, you’ll get future emails with links to online surveys!
Get items shipped for FREE with CVS Care Pass
If you want to shop CVS from the convenience of home, a Care Pass membership offers free shipping with no minimum purchase on TONS of items, 20% off CVS Health Brand items, plus a Free $10 ExtraBuck Reward members receive every single month! Join CarePass for the low price of $5/month OR pay the discounted annual membership fee of $48/year – that works out to just $4/month!
Check out even more info over here!
Other Helpful Information
All CVS/pharmacy Brand products (such as Gold Emblem, Just the Basics, etc.) are 100% satisfaction guaranteed or you'll get your money back. If you're dissatisfied for ANY reason, you can return the product (opened or unopened) along with your receipt or invoice to any CVS/pharmacy store.
Plus, CVS offers a 100% satisfaction guarantee on ANY beauty products! That means if you're dissatisfied for ANY reason, you can return the beauty product (opened or unopened) along with your receipt or invoice to any CVS/pharmacy store to get 100% money back.
Due to health and safety concerns, select Healthcare items, Home Health, and Personal Care products cannot be returned even if they are not opened, and no refunds can be issued for such items.
Finally, if you have an issue with a cashier, ask to speak with the store manager. If you are unable to resolve the issue with the manager, note the manager’s name and the time the incident occurred and then call Customer Service. The phone number is 1-800-SHOP-CVS or 1-800-746-7287 or you can click here to send an email.
More ways to save at CVS...
Save BIG with Curbside Delivery.With CVS Express Curbside, you can place a curbside pickup order on CVS.com/Express or right in the CVS Pharmacy app. Then, CVS will send you a text you when your order is ready for pickup – you just drive to your local CVS, park in the curbside spot, and they'll bring the order right to your car! Easy!
Note that CVS Curbside may only available in select areas at this time. Use the Curbside Pickup store finder in the CVS Pharmacy app to check local availability before making a special trip to your store.
Look for unadvertised ExtraBucks deals.Occasionally, CVS has "hidden" deals that print out unadvertised ExtraBucks Rewards. For instance, this previous Scope Mouthwash was printing a $3 ExtraBuck, making for super cheap mouthwash!
Watch for yellow clearance tags.Be sure to walk the aisles while shopping to look for the yellow 75% off clearance tags as you can pair the low prices with store and manufacturer coupons for possible free deals! (Keep in mind that most clearance items do not print an ExtraBuck Reward after purchasing or qualify for sales like Buy 2 Get 1 Free, even if it is a qualifying item in a sale.) Still, you can use coupons on these items!
In fact, I've been able to use CVS store coupons on the retail value of a product! So if a Beauty 360 product is on clearance for $2.99 (regularly $11.99) and you have a $3 off $12 Beauty 360 CVS coupon, you can buy 2 items and the register should accept the coupon based on the retail amount.
Shop the after-holiday clearance.A great time to head to CVS Pharmacy is after the holidays where you can save 75-90% off. Be sure to follow Hip2Save as we often post reader clearance deals, including Christmas Clearance, Valentine's Day Clearance, Halloween/Fall Decor Clearance, Summer Clearance, School Supply Clearance, and more!
Get the BEST freebies on Black Friday.Seriously – one of the best days to shop at CVS is Black Friday! Each year, they offer TONS of freebies after ExtraBucks Rewards, such as batteries, candy, vegetables, makeup, razors, and more! Plus, you can almost always ask for a rain check if an item is out of stock at your store (exclusions apply).
Take advantage of free photo offers.Several times a year, CVS Photo offers completely FREE 8x10 Photo Prints – and you can choose in-store pickup to bypass any shipping charges! Plus, they've also previously offered 10 FREE 4x6 Photo Prints in the Mobile App. Great time to print your photos!
Fill prescriptions at Target and get rewarded.Because CVS Health acquired Target's Pharmacy back in 2015, you can now fill your CVS/Pharmacy needs at your local Target. The ExtraCare Pharmacy & Health Rewards program gives you the option of a $5 Target merchandise coupon OR a $5 ExtraBucks Reward each time you earn 10 credits.
To choose a $5 Target store coupon, at least one prescription must be filled at the CVS Pharmacy inside Target. Once the reward is available (usually within a week after credits have been earned), you'll need to pick it up in person at your local Target's CVS Pharmacy counter.
Note that the $5 Target coupon is redeemable at Target stores only and excludes all alcohol, gift cards, prepaid cards, LEGO, Vitamix, Weber, Dyson, DSLR cameras and lenses, Google products, Apple, Bose, Sonos, GoPro, CVS Pharmacy items or products (including prescriptions), MinuteClinic, Target Optical, Portrait Studio, Target Mobile purchases, and certain other partner businesses.