Here is the nitty gritty on everything you need to know to shop at CVS with confidence and success…
One of the most important things you can do to ensure you’re a savvy CVS shopper is to familiarize yourself with the CVS Coupon Policy. I recommend that you print a copy of this policy and bring it with you while you shop. If any issues arise, this policy should definitely help clear things up!
The first step to take before you can even begin shopping at CVS is to either head to the store or online and fill out the Extra Care membership form. Once you become a member, you’ll get your very own Extra Care Card that you’ll want to take with you every time you shop. The benefit of going in-store is you will be able to get the card immediately. If you apply online, you’ll receive a temporary card that you can print immediately, but your permanent card will arrive by mail in approximately 2 weeks.
Always before starting your shopping trip, be sure to scan your CVS card or enter your phone number at the red ExtraCare Coupon Center (usually found at the front of the store) to see what CVS store coupons print for out that you can also combine with manufacturer’s coupons!
The Coupon Center will print coupons mentioned in the weekly ad but it also prints out personalized coupons, as it knows which coupons to print based on what you typically buy at CVS. Plus, be sure to check your receipt after making a purchase as sometimes you’ll receive other store coupons, too.
The ExtraCare Rewards Program
ExtraBucks Rewards (or EBs) are CVS rewards that will 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 will 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) that will accumulate quarterly and print out at the bottom of your receipt, at the ExtraCare Coupon Center, OR through CVS.com in the months of January, April, July, and October. You can use these rewards on just about anything!
Note that if you do not spend $50 in qualifying purchases or do not otherwise reach a minimum of $1 in ExtraBucks Rewards by the end of an earning period, you will not receive rewards and will not have your earnings carried over. You must collect your quarterly ExtraBucks Rewards, which will be rounded down to the nearest dollar, during the 45-day period following the earnings period
These ExtraBuck items will come with different limits as stated in the weekly ad. Some items may have a limit of one reward per card; other items may give you two or more rewards. Sometimes there will even be FREE after ExtraBuck items! This means that you will buy an item for a certain amount and then get that same amount back after purchasing the item in the form of ExtraBucks Rewards!
And even sweeter, if you have a manufacturer coupon to use on the free-after-ExtraBuck item, then you’ll turn this deal into a moneymaker! That’s definitely one way to get a coupon high at CVS!
Sign up for the ExtraCare Beauty Club
Whenever you sign up for the CVS Beauty Club, you’ll automatically receive a FREE $5 ExtraBucks Reward for every $50 you spend on qualifying beauty purchases! You’ll also receive a 10% off Beauty Shopping pass after enrollment, a $3 ExtraBuck on your Birthday, exclusive coupons, and more!
Your ExtraBucks Rewards will print on your receipt OR at the ExtraCare Coupon Center two days following your qualifying purchase. Or, if you prefer, sign in to your CVS.com account to print or send your rewards to your card. Note that qualifying Beauty purchases include items from the following categories: Cosmetics, Fragrances, Hair Accessories, Hair Appliances, Hair Care, Hair Color, Healthy Skin Care, and Skin Care (excludes items from Trial & Travel, gift cards, and prescriptions).
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 – and you can print a few CVS store coupons here! 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 that starts with the number “4” or “0”, state “CVS Pharmacy” at the top, and 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 deals on a regular basis while using or “rolling” the ExtraBucks earned from previous weeks to purchase them! 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 purchasing 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!
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.
Also, did you know that you could also print your ExtraBucks online (this will print same ones as in store)? Head on over here and log into CVS.com (or register) to print your EB Rewards.
Check Your myWeekly Ad Online
The CVS myWeekly Ad was created to highlight current sales on the products you purchase frequently, so it will vary from person to person. Your personalized version of myWeekly Ad is based on your purchase history and is organized so you can easily find the things you actually use.
If you prefer, you can also view the full weekly adscan online for the current week OR view a sneak peek of the upcoming week’s ad scan, which is released every Thursday. To see your myWeekly Ad sneak peek, just go here and click the Sneak Peek button at the top (only available Thursday-Saturday for the previous week’s sale). Or go here and click the date drop-down to see the ad scan sneak peek.
NOTE – Select regions are becoming test markets and will only have one ad every two weeks, so your ad scan and deals may look completely different than other regions. ALSO, some stores roll over their ads on Saturday nights, so you could potentially shop two weeks of sales on Saturdays.
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 – and they often get rewarded with ExtraBucks Rewards in return! 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 on over 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!
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.