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48 thoughts on “Video: Extreme Couponing at CVS”

  1. I don’t see any video posted here?

  2. SJ says:

    I received a coupon for signing up for CVS emails, the coupon is $4 off a purchase of $20 or more. My question is, can you combine this along with weekly deals that will give you ecbs and/or manufacturers coupons?

  3. Danielle says:

    Thank you soo much for this video! I was intimidated by cvs for a while and now it’s my fav place to find great deals! I will be going there a lot more!

  4. JIa says:

    do you know the cvs coupon policy for the items on clearance, i was told i can not use a coupon if its on clerance with a green tag.

  5. Chuck says:

    Awesome….did not know about the rain checks! Glad I took the time to watch this video!

  6. Angela says:

    Another question for Heather…
    I’m in Idaho and so are you, I think…do we have any CVS here in the Treasure Valley???

    • HeatherF says:

      I was going to ask the same thing. I’ve never seen one other than the CVS pharmacy in Albertson’s.

  7. AJ says:

    Heather, do you know if you can buy a gift card with your ECBs?

    • Paul Levine says:

      I haven’t tried to buy a gift card using an ExtraBuck, but if you read the fine print, the ExtraBuck explicitly states that you cannot use them for gift cards.

      Also, if a promotion has a limit of two, I will try to buy them as two separate transactions (walking in and out of the store each time. Not that it really matters, but as a courtesy to customers behind me in the line.) It’s a bit more flexible when it comes to spending the ExtraBucks. Since ExtraBucks count as gift cards, there’s no downside to having two $1 instead of one $2 (unlike Walgreens where they count as coupons, and you end up buying fillers to balance it out.)

      NB: I think the green bag tag only works once per day. I’ve read that it works once per day per location, so if you go to multiple CVS’s, you may be able to use the same tag more than once per day. I don’t do this myself, but your mileage may vary.

  8. Kim M says:

    Does anyone have an email address for CVS. I would like to get a copy of their coupon policy but I can only seem to find a phone number and mailing address. I guess I could write them but I thought email would be quicker. I had an issue with them not letting me use a $1.00 coupon for something that was .99 and would reaaly like to have an official coupon policy in hand next time I go.

    Thank you.

    • TheKrazyCoupon Lady says:

      I don’t have an email address. But I’ve called the customer service phone number listed on their website 1-888-607-4CVS and I’ve been very satisfied with the service. So you might want to go that route.

  9. Rebecca says:

    When you redeem your ECBs do you have to redeem them for the full amount? For example if you purchased two Crests and it printed as a $5 extra buck, can you use that for a $2 purchase and still have a balance of $3 or would you lose your $3?


    • TheKrazyCoupon Lady says:

      No you have to redeem them for the full amount!

      • jc says:

        Hey KCL.I just began at cvs with the John Frieda money maker deal. Now I have 3 ECBS. It printed at the bottom of my receipt. My question is how do I literally use the ecbs? Need I keep the receipt and scan the barcode at the bottom when paying? Or scan my cvs card when paying and pick a number 3?? I go through the self checkout line because it’s easier with my coupons that’s why I ask about redeeming the ecbs

  10. Renee says:

    Great video! I have one thing to add….check with your local CVS on their raincheck policy when there is an ECB involved. My store actually writes the raincheck for the sale price and then there is a spot for the ECB amount. I have actually redeemed a raincheck like this and it worked fine!

  11. Joy says:

    I have a question about ECB’s at CVS. If an item runs on sale that offers ECB’s with purchase, I realize you can not go over the qty limit during that week of sales, but if it goes on sale again in a future week can you buy it then and get RR’s again?
    Thanks for your help!

    • TheKrazyCoupon Lady says:

      Yes. A lot of tmes they run similar promotions that restart with a new week. Every promotion comes with a #. You’ll notice it printed on the weekly ad in parenthesis next the to the product. If that number is different from the same promotion the was happening the preceeding week then it has reset and is considered new. Then you can get the EB again. Most of the time these promotions are weekly so you can keep getting your EB.

  12. Sara says:

    Thanks for the video. Pre couponing I have always been a Walgreen’s girl (originally from the Pacific NW, no CVS), but moved to Cleveland area a few years ago, and since couponing have always been intimidated by CVS. The video really breaks it down, I appreciate it. Especially since my local Walgreen’s is such a pain for couponing. The RR and filler items etc. make it a hassle and all of the cashiers at my local one swear up and down you can’t use 2 coupons on a Walgreen’s bogo sale (ex. airwick sale this week), so my husband made me promise to start using CVS and this video really helps! Thanks again for all the work and effort you ladies put forth.

    One last question — do you ever get angry customers or cashiers when you try to roll your transactions? That seems to be the case whenever I’m at Walgreen’s or Target–despite the best organization. How do you handle this?

    • TheKrazyCoupon Lady says:

      This is definitely the not-so-fun part of couponing. I’m sure everyone has had those cashiers who could have killed with just one piercing look. It’s not always pleasant but I’ve found that the best way to handle it is with kindness. Often times I throw out a little joke and just try to be as nice and happy as possible. It always helps when you’re super organized and have everything ready to go and know exactly what you’re doing. Then the cashier is much more cooperative. And If you have a line of customers behind you, you might chose to do one transaction and then go to the end of the line to roll your next one…simply out of consideration.

  13. Laura says:

    I tried to use a coupon on a clearance item the other day, but they told me store policy said no

  14. kcoupons says:

    You can not use coupons on items that are marked down on clearance, its CVS policy. I tired the other day they said no so I looked on the web for there coupon policy and it wasnt stated so I called 1800shopcvs and they said they dont accept them on clearance items. Only hope is you have a cashier who has no idea.

  15. Maggie says:

    Thank you for that video! I’m really new to couponing only about 3 weeks and Its awesome to see a video like this it explained alot to me. Thank you!

  16. Barbara says:

    This is awsome! Thanks~!

  17. Suzanne says:

    Thank you! great video!!

  18. Kira says:

    Love these videos! They are so helpful. I have been couponing for almost 2 months and requested rain checks for the first time a couple days ago – and, thanks to the video, I now know that they don’t expire. I am thrilled to get this information, because my local CVS is pretty small and they are often out of stock on sale items. Thank you Krazy Coupon Ladies!

  19. Stephanie says:

    Is CVS like walmart in that you can use an in store coupon and a manufacture coupon?

  20. Eliza says:

    thansk for the video!!! the rain check from wgs came with the RR or not??? thanks

  21. karen says:

    I didnt hear you mention the Green Bag Tag. You have to purchase it for .99 cents but it is worth it. I just got one today at CVS you attach it to your reusale grocery bag and it is scanned with your extra care card and every 4th visit to CVS you get a $1.00 ECB

    • Aoife says:

      Thank you Karen, it’s awesome. Didn’t know about that!
      Where can I find this tag?

      • karen says:

        in my store it was near the vitamin aisle a small rack near the end cap. and they had reusable bags hanging there. you don’t have to buy the bag just the tag

  22. Gina says:

    My CVS said there is a limit of 2 items per rain check. Any truth to that?

    • I was just going to say the same thing. You mention you get 20 Rain Checks but my store will only give me a max of two. Not that I am complaining as I think it’s still generous of them to honor sales with RC’s. But I am curious how you are able to get more than two.

  23. Victoria says:

    SJT – there is a walgreens video. Just do a search for it. You don’t need a walgreens card to earn register rewards.

  24. SJT says:

    very helpful video! question about rainchecks at cvs: if you get a raincheck for say 20 items. when you redeem your raincheck, do you have to get all 20 of those items at one time?

    also a bit off topic, but as for walgreens: do they have a card like cvs extra care card? if so, do you have to be signed up for walgreens’ card in order to receive register rewards? i would love to see a video done on walgreens as well.

  25. EmRat says:

    Thanks for the video! I didn’t know about the rain checks, cool deal! I will be using this information in the future! Do you have to ask a manager or are they posted on the shelf? Thanks again!

  26. lena rotan says:

    upset!!! i can’t watch the video! i’ve tried numerous times to download adobe flash player and it will not download on my laptop!

  27. Sarah says:

    You stated, “Extra Bucks are redeemed like a gift card, not a coupon, so they may be used in addition to a store coupon + a manufacturer coupon.” I just wanted to ad something, because it took me a while to figure this out. Unlike a giftcard, ECB CANNOT be used to pay the tax on your bill. I always ask my cashier for my SUBtotal so I know how many of my ECB I can use.

    • Ahorrando says:

      Actually, ymmv on this. I’ve been successful using them for tax. I also thought they worked like Walgreens (where RR’s cannot be used for tax) but had two cashiers tell me it depends. For example, I owed an even $10 OOP (tax included) and was able to use a $10 ECB’s no problems. Just my own experience.

      • Sarah says:

        Interesting. Did the ECB actually pay for the tax, or did they just reduce the amount of the ECB? I’ve had that happen before.

      • Wayne FoX says:

        The reason why it “depends” is because some of the RRs are “manufactor” and some are “CVS” The Manufactor RRs do not count towards tax whereas the CVS ones do.

        On the topic of Sales Tax, I highly advise you to shop in Missouri if you live close to the state line. Tax if figured AFTER coupons. So if your total before tax is 1,000.00 and your total after coupons is .01 you would only pay tax on .01. This makes my previous statement about the difference between the two types of RRs irrelevant because they both take off from the subtotal, therefore reducing the sales tax, in missouri.

  28. Kim says:

    If you use ECB from Crest, can you use it to buy another Crest item and still receive the ECB from 2nd? Not sure if it was like Walgreens.