CVS Coupon Policy
*You are allowed to use (1) manufacturer and (1) CVS coupon per item.
*You may also use ExtraCare Bucks towards your purchase and $ off your order coupons.
*CVS accepts internet printable coupons.
*You can use a B1G1 Free coupon in a B1G1 Free sale.
*CVS will issue rainchecks on ECB items.
The ExtraCare Bucks Program
CVS’s ExtraCare Bucks (ECB) program pays you in ExtraCare Bucks when you purchase certain items. ExtraCare Bucks print at the register after you make a purchase and you can immediately use them to purchase other items at CVS. They do have expiration dates – generally giving you 4 weeks to use them. There are some exclusions such as stamps, gift cards, alcohol, tobacco, lottery, money orders, pre-paid cards, prescriptions, and special order Home Health Care items, including footwear. etc. ExtraCare Bucks are another way for manufacturers to incentivize shoppers to purchase their products.
How Do I Start?
In order to start earning ExtraCare Bucks (ECBs) you need to apply for a CVS rewards card that you can keep in your wallet or your key-chain. You will need to have your card scanned prior to making any purchases.
Look for items that are advertised in the weekly ad as offering ExtraCare Bucks on your purchase. Some will be for buying a very specific product … (Get $3 ExtraCare Bucks WYB Colgate for $3). Others will be when you meet a certain threshold… (Get $3 ExtraCare Bucks WYB $15+ in Revlon Cosmetics).
There are both weekly ExtraCare Bucks deals that you’ll find in the weekly ads and monthly ExtraCare Bucks Deals that you will find in the store.
Limits on Extra Care Bucks
There will be a limit on how many ExtraCare Bucks you can earn on each deal and that limit will be in the ad and tracked by your card. If the limit is (2) you will only earn ExtraCare Bucks on (2) purchases of that item. You can however buy them in one transaction if you choose, however you will earn an ExtraCare Buck that is for 2x the amount you were to earn, not (2) smaller Extra Care Bucks. Lets take a look at an example…
Get $3 ExtraCare Bucks WYB Colgate for $3 (limit 2)
If you do this deal 2x in separate transactions you will earn (2) $3 ExtraCare Bucks
If you do this deal 2x in one transaction you will earn (1) $6 ExtraCare Buck
This may not matter to you but if all you wanted to purchase immediately following that deal was an item for $3.50 you would be better off having a $3 ExtraCare Buck to spend than a $6 Extra Care Buck to spend.
What are Extra Bucks Rewards?
In addition to the regular ExtraCare Bucks you also earn Extra Bucks Rewards for making purchases in the store. You’ll earn 2% back with every purchase in-store and online at CVS/pharmacy and (1) Extra Buck for every 2 prescriptions purchased in-store and online at CVS/pharmacy. These special rewards will print out quarterly on your receipt or at the Coupon Center, located in the store.
What are CRT’s?
CRTs are Coupon Register Tape coupons that print after your receipt or in the Coupon Center located in most stores. These are store coupons and are often based on your past purchases.
Is there an order I should hand in my coupons?
*If you have a $/$$ coupon like $4/$20 always give those FIRST.
*Hand over manufacturer and CVS coupons next.
*Lastly hand over any ExtraCare Bucks you are using to pay.
Can I use ECBs to pay for another item that produces ECBs?
Yes absolutely! In fact the best way to maximize your savings is to use your ECBs to pay for other items that produce ECBs. That strategy in conjunction with coupons will guarantee you spend as little as pocket as possible and help you maximize your savings. You can even use an ECB you earned to buy another of the same deal and earn another identical ECB, as long as the limit for that offer is more than one.
Are ECBs considered coupons? Do I need as many items as I do coupons and ECBs?
Nope! ECBs are not considered manufacturers coupons, consider them more like CVS cash. So you can have 10 items, 10 Manufacturers coupons, 10 CVS coupons and as many ECBs as you’d like to bring your balance down to zero. You will not however, receive cash back from an ECB.
What is a Green Bag Tag?
CVS encourages shoppers to help the environment by bringing in their own bag. To reward you for doing so CVS has the Green Bag Tag program. Just buy a Green Bag Tag for $.99 and attach it to your bag, it could be a plastic bag, a reusable bag, a tote, whatever! Every time you shop, you’ll want to have your Green Bag Tag scanned after your CVS Rewards Card. For every (4) trips you use your reusable bag and scan your tag you’ll get $1 ExtraCare Buck! That’s like saving an extra $.25 on each trip. Shop at CVS twice a week and that’s an extra $26 a year!