CVS offers great Extra Bucks deals, an amazing rain check policy, and even a magic coupon machine. How could you not want to shop here all the time? Read on to learn how to coupon at CVS!

CVS Extracare Card

First, you’ll need to sign up for an ExtraCare card.  It’s easy to sign up for a CVS ExtraCare card either at the store or at You may even be eligible for a $4 off $20 purchase coupon just for signing up online! The card is completely free. With every purchase you make at CVS, your cashier will scan your ExtraCare card, which will qualify you for all the discounted pricing and, most importantly, the ExtraBucks offers! You’ll also earn 2% back on all your CVS and You’ll want to hold on to this card; if you lose it, you won’t be able to get some of the CVS coupons I’ll explain below.


ExtraBucks are very similar to Rite Aid +Up Rewards. ExtraBucks are checkout coupons which print on the bottom of your receipt when you make a qualifying purchase. ExtraBucks promotions are advertised in the CVS weekly ad and, of course, in the deals posted at  Here’s an example of how we’ll write up an ExtraBucks deal:

Vicks NyQuil, 12 oz $6.00
Buy 1, Receive $3.00 ExtraBucks, Limit 2
Use $1.00/1 Vicks Product from PG 10/2
Pay $5.00, Receive $3.00 ExtraBucks
Final Price: $2.00

This particular ExtraBucks deal required that we purchase NyQuil in order to earn a $3.00 ExtraBucks coupon at the bottom of our receipt. To make the deal even better, we use a manufacturer coupon on our purchase. After we pay for the Nyquil, we can look at our receipt and see the $3.00 ExtraBucks which we may use on a future purchase.

Limits: ExtraBucks deals have limits, which are associated with your ExtraCare card. In the above Nyquil example, the limit is two. This means that we can only do two Nyquil ExtraBucks promotions during the entire week’s sale. Even if you shop at multiple stores, you will not be allowed more than two $3.00 Extra Bucks from Nyquil.

CVS often runs ExtraBucks promos such as “Spend $15 on participating candy, Receive $5 ExtraBucks.” It’s important to note that the $15 minimum purchase requirement is the subtotal reached before customer uses any coupons. If you purchase 5 bags of candy at $3.00 each, you may use manufacturer coupons (and even previously received Extra Bucks) to reduce the amount you must pay, and you will still receive your $5.00 ExtraBucks. One cool thing about the ExtraBucks program being tied to your ExtraCare card is that if you purchase $7 of candy on Monday and then $8 of candy on Thursday, you will receive the ExtraBucks at the bottom of Thursday’s receipt. Your card tracks and totals your purchases for you.

Rolling ExtraBucks. You may use ExtraBucks to pay for other items also participating in ExtraBucks promos, and your new ExtraBucks will still print. You can lower your out-of-pocket by rolling your ExtraBucks and doing multiple transactions. Or, since the promo limits aren’t “per transaction,” you may simply purchase all of your items in one transaction, and every ExtraBucks will print, one after the other, at the bottom of your receipt. I like to take my long receipt home, cut it up, put it in my coupon binder, and use it the next week.

When redeeming ExtraBucks, be aware that if you redeem a $2.00 ExtraBucks on a $0.99 order, you will forfeit the additional $1.01 value. (Other drugstores’ registers will reject the reward coupon if its value exceeds the subtotal. CVS computers will accept the coupon and adjust it down, so be careful that you don’t waste those hard-earned bucks!)

Extracare Coupon Center

The ExtraCare Coupon Center, otherwise known as the Magic Coupon Machine, can be found inside your local CVS store. It also doubles as a price-scanner. Locate the machine at your store and make a habit of scanning your ExtraCare card every time you shop! In fact, it’s even a good idea to scan your card more than once!  You will receive coupons from the machine just for doing so! Each week we’ll post about the coupons that have been reported to be printing. Coupons vary by customer, so you may get the coupons we told you about, or you may get something even better!

Rain Checks

CVS has the best rain check system of all the drugstores! If you find that a product which was part of an ExtraBucks promotion is out of stock, simply let your cashier know and he will write you up a rain check.

Irish Spring Body Wash $2.99, sale price
Buy 1, Receive $2.00 ExtraBucks, Limit 1


If you found the above product out of stock, the customer service representative would write your rain check for the $2.99 sale price, and indicate that it is to earn $2.00 ExtraBucks. This means that you can save the rain check, and next time the product is back in stock, you can return to the store to purchase it for only $2.99, and the associate will “force print” your ExtraBucks rewards. CVS rain checks do not have expiration dates, and you can use manufacturer & store coupons in addition to your rain check on the purchase of the item(s). If the product that is out of stock was part of a limited promo (in the case of the Irish Spring, the limit was one), the rain check will be written for the purchase of only one body wash. You will not be able to use the rain check to buy multiple body washes for the promotional price.

CVS Beauty Club

Another great way to earn rewards for things you are already purchasing, is to sign up for the ExtraCare Beauty Club. For every $50.00 you spend on qualifying Beauty items at CVS (pre-coupon), you will earn $5.00 ExtraBucks, which can be applied to future CVS store purchases, just like the ExtraBucks you earn from weekly promotions. You’ll also receive $3.00 ExtraBucks on your birthday (if you add your birthdate to your online profile).

To join for free, simply visit the CVS Beauty Club website and link your registration to your existing ExtraCare account. You can also sign up in-store with an enrollment certificate. Currently, CVS is offering a 10% shopping pass when you enroll. Note that your qualifying purchases may take up to 48 hours to apply to your account, so if you don’t see them reflected in your Beauty Club balance right away, check again in a couple of days. Print your rewards from your online account or scan your ExtraCare card in the store to receive a printout.

Qualifying Beauty purchases include items from the following categories: Cosmetics, Ethnic Hair Care, Fragrances, Hair Accessories, Hair Appliances, Hair Care, Hair Color, Hosiery, Healthy Skin Care and Skin Care. Excludes items from Trial & Travel, gift cards and prescriptions. Some items known to not count include: Razors, shaving cream, deodorant, some men’s body wash, and sunscreen.

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22 thoughts on “CVS Couponing 101: How to Extreme Coupon at CVS”

  1. kat says:

    KCL I usally by ecactly what you say for the deals. We need a coupon expert to help us with a coupon argument? Someone asked if a mfr coupon says Reedem at Walmart can you use it at CVS, or does it have to say Reedem only at Walmart to be not used at CVS. I have been couponing years and I only use coupons that say Redeemable at Walmart at other stores. I am seeing people (not here) saying to try scanning all mfr q and if it scans you can do it. which i disagree. And could there be exceptions for other stores who take competitor coupons?

  2. calicoupner says:

    i went to cvs today and i saw some make up on clearance and i know that some coupons are coming out like cover girls $4 off 2 lips product and when i was leaving cvs i saw i had an email i got a 25% of coupon does anyone know if you will get an extra 25% of the clearance price or not?

    • Missy says:

      Not of clearance and if you read the coupon’s fin print it will say 90 percent of the time, “excludes sale and promotional items.”

  3. Anonymous says:

    I’m new to couponing and in one of my transactions that I’m doing tomorrow at CVS, I’ll receive two different extra bucks for two dollars each. Can I use both extra bucks in the second transaction to bring down my total or do I have to split them up? Also I’m a little confused on their extra care coupon center policy. It says excludes sale items. Does this mean I have to pay full price to use this coupon that the machine prints out? It also says the same thing on the 10% off coupon I got for signing up for the beauty club.

    • rochelle says:

      yes you can use both extra bucks for the second transaction. thats the bad thing about those coupons it doesnt let you use them on sale items

  4. rhousetheirwrld says:

    Thank you, I am new to couponing at CVS and it’s one of the few stores we have in our area to coupon at.  XXOX

  5. Amanda Lints says:

    Thank you for this!! We are getting a CVS in a little over a week and I was clueless on how to coupon there. This was so simple and made it so easy to learn!

  6. Anonymous says:

    Thank you for this!! We are getting a CVS in a little over a week and I was clueless on how to coupon there. This was so simple and made it so easy to learn!

  7. Pitlover says:

    If there is an offer going on at CVS and it says “limit 3″ and I buy three but on seperate transactions, do I get the ECB for all three or just on the first one purchased? I can’t seem to find the answer to this one anywhere :/

    • kat says:

      you can do seperate transactions to get ECB. the bottom of receipt will say the limit and where you are at, too. I do this seperate transactions if the shelves are almost empty. I a CVS deal is buy 3 items get an ECB. then you can also buy 3 items diffrent transactions then last third one the ECB would print. again the receipt will say where you are at for deal.

  8. Karen says:

    What is the difference in Extra bucks and EBC. I keep reading about both. Are there two different things that CVS gives or just one? Could someone please explain?

  9. sarah says:

    I work for CVS. Jen, when handing coupons to the cashier, start with open-ended coupons ($3 off $15, etc.) b/c you don’t want to get your total below the required purchase amount. Then use manufacturer coupons, followed by ECB. Use your highest dollar ECB first so you pay the least. This will be the easiest way for you and the cashier.

    As a side note, CVS does not allow one ExtraCare card per family member, it’s one per household. We will ask you to combine them. You might get mad, but we’re just doing our jobs. We do not allow fake or copied coupons. If they do not scan at our registers, we will not allow them.

  10. Jen says:

    Can someone post the order of handing the coupons and ECB to the cashier? I thought it was posted on here, but I can’t find it now. Thanks! :)

    • kat says:

      I agree with what that cvs worker said about order of coupons but would like to squeeze in the CVS coupons. always give those before the Extra bucks. I like to give the mfc Qs before the store Qs to avoid the cash register Q errors.

  11. Robyn says:

    I keep hearing about the monthly & weekly EB deals, and I’m confused. I know the weekly ones appear in the weekly circular, but where do you find the monthly ones? There’s a “monthly ECB booklet” described above, and I’ve tried to find it everywhere. I even asked an employee about it and they had no idea what I was talking about! I looked online too. I would love to find out where I can come across one of these, because I think it would answer some questions I have about what prints at the bottom of some of my receipts.

    Such as:

    John Freida, Buy 2 get 5 EB
    Qty towards this reward 2
    Qty needed to earn reward 2
    does this mean that this deal can be taken advantage of again because it’s a monthly EB deal?

    as opposed to:

    Paper Mate, Buy 1 get 0.99 EB
    * Offer Limit reached
    I did this once and I now know I can’t do it again, but will it happen again?

    These are the things I want to understand!

    • kat says:

      I usally just by exactly what KCL says, but try looking closer on the tags on the stores to see if monthly or weekly deal.

  12. krystal says:

    I’m a cashier at CVS. One of my customers told me about this website and I LOVE this! As far as the rainchecks on items with extra bucks goes, it is helpful to show the cashier the ad when requesting a raincheck. Most of the Extra Buck offers have a number code printed in the ad, so the cashier can write down that number on the raincheck. Then, when you come in, even if the ad is over, she will be able to print you out extra bucks using the code from the ad after you purchase the item.

  13. siva37 says:

    my cvs prints the ECB's on rainchecks. It doesn not adjust the price down. It works just like any other ECB deal. Is this not the normal case?

  14. Shelbi says:

    One thing to make note of, if you have coupons for your ECB items and receive rainchecks. Check your expiration dates on your coupons. Sometimes you don't have the time to wait on the stock.

  15. Maven of Savin' says:

    I LOVE CVS and I go every week and "make" money!! I donate what I do not need to charity!!