Step 1- Obtain your CVS Extra Care Bonus Card (ECB)- Go in store or request online. I personally would go in store where you will get your card on the spot.
Step 2- Download the CVS App to your phone and link your account. This will enable you to clip coupons to your card, look at your rewards, refill prescriptions, see weekly ads, and much more.
Step 3-Know your policy! The first thing into successful couponing is knowing the store coupon policy, Print out a copy of the policy and keep it with you. This can be beneficial in many ways. Especially starting out, if you are unsure you can ask to refer to the policy. Also, if you know that something is allowed, you can pull out your policy, and politely say, “Can you help me out, I am new and it says here that’! THis way, the cashier/manager will know you know the policy, and to be honest, he/she may not know the policy.
Step 4-Take a look at the match ups and ad and look at what items are on sale and giving ECBS etc. Check out your app for CVS Coupons and Manufacturer coupons etc. Your best best is to check out the weekly matchups, make a list and clip your coupons.
Step 5- Be organized and ready! This is one of the BIGGEST pieces of advice I can pass along. When you are ready to go, have your list of items you want to purchase along with your coupons paper clipped to the list. This will insure that you will not make any mistakes.
Step 6- Start small and do not chase every deal. If you are just starting out, you will see that you may make some mistakes, get burned out etc, don't be hard on yourself. It happens. Do not get discouraged. Wipe yourself off, reset and get ready for the next week start of sales. Take it one day and one sale at a time. Follow one breakdown at a time to get the feel of it, then add one more and so on.
Here are all the reasons that you want to shop at CVS
Sales cycles are from Sunday-Sat at midnight. You will see some breakdowns that include earl activation. This is a your mileage may vary (YMMV) Ask your store about what time they start the earl activation etc. This means that some sales will overlap, and coupons that expire can be used.
Go to the CVS Savings Center or RedBox, you can print out coupons and special instant savings that can be used, Majority of the time, the coupons that print will be CVS Store Coupons and can be combined with Manufacturer's coupons
Extra Care Bucks print out immediately so they can be used right away.
Extra Care deals track so that you can keep an eye on your coupon limits.
You can mix and match items in the Extra Care deals that you have to reach a monetary threshold that are in the same deal. IE Spend $30.00 get $10.00 ECB etc.
You can use your ECBs (Extra Care Bucks) on other ECB deals to lower your out of pocket costs. Or “rolling” of ECBS
You earn Extra Beauty Bucks on beauty purchases, Earn $3 ExtraBucks for every $30 you spend on beauty: cosmetics, skincare, facial care, hair care, hair color and fragrances. This is in addition to the ECB beauty deals, so essentially you can “double dip”
You earn FREE Hair Color. CVS has a Hair Color Rewards Program in which when you buy 7 hair colors get 1 hair color free (you are automatically signed up when you buy a hair color). A FREE hair color coupon will print at the bottom of your receipt with a two week expiration date.
You earn quarterly Extra Care Bucks for what you spend at CVS for each quarter, CVS Quarterly Extra Bucks are absolutely the easiest way to earn money at CVS because they're based on shopping that you're already doing anyway! Throughout the year you'll receive 2% of your CVS out of pocket spending back in the form of Extra Bucks. You'll get your Quarterly ExtraBucks Rewards four times throughout year: January 1st, April 1st, July 1st and October 1st.
BOGO Sales and Coupons. If there are BOGO FREE coupons and BOGO Free sales at CVS, you can use both and earn the product FREE. If there is a BOGO Free Sale, You can use a coupon on each item, even the FREE item.
You can use one manufacturer coupon per items stated on coupon and unlimited amount of store coupons, stated on store coupon etc. SO...You have your Almay Coupon that states $2.00 off 1 Almay Eye coupon, then store coupons
Buy 2 Almay Mascaras @ $5.00=$10.00
Use 2 $2/1 Manufacturer coupons
Then a Store coupon for $3.00 off Almay Cosmetic Coupon
And another store coupon of $2.00 off a $10.00 Cosmetic Purchase
All of those coupons can be used, and you earn ECB and Beauty Bucks!
You only have to spend 98% of the threshold amount to get your ECB Reward. This means if the total is $20.00 to receive that reward, you only have to spend $19.60 and so on. The ECB will print after 98% is reached.