Here is the final installment of our CVS series! Make sure you start out by reading the
CVS Coupon Policy
CVS 101: How the Krazy Coupon Lady shops CVS
CVS 102: Different Kinds of CVS Register Coupons

The last thing I want to address about CVS is the all-important Checkout!
In the past, KCL has given you the following order to use during checkout at CVS.

Checkout Order:
1. Scan Extra Care Card
2. CVS Purchase Based coupons (Ex: $4 off $20 minimum purchase)
3. CVS Store Coupons (In-ad coupons or CRTs)
4. Manufacturer Coupons
5. ECB’s

That’s all about to change. The above mentioned order is still a good order and if you prefer to stick with it you may do so. I prefer to switch up the order and save even more money by minimizing my sales tax! I’ll tell you how it works:
We all know that we pay tax on the total purchase, before manufacturer coupons. Manufacturers coupons do not reduce your sales tax, (if you spend $50 and use $35 in manufacturers coupons, you will be taxes on the full $50). But when you use CVS CRTs or ECBs, your taxable amount is reduced.
Also, CVS coupons will not scan through to pay “tax”. If you’re left owing $3.00 and your last coupon is an ECB, it will not scan through, because the $3.00 is all or partly tax. Manufacturer coupons will still scan through and can take your total down as low as zero!
Here is an example:

Example $100 purchase (just for easy math)
You have a $15 off $75 purchase based coupon
$10 worth of CRTs
and $35 in ECBs
$20 in manufacturer coupons
Your total is going to be $20, but let’s examine the sales tax.

Purchase $100
$15 off $75 purchase based coupon
$10 off CRTs
*****You will be taxed on $75*****
$20 off manufacturer coupons
$35 ECBs
Final Price: $20, plus your state sales tax on $75

New Check out Order

Purchase $100
$15 off $75 purchase based coupon
$10 off CRTs
$35 ECBs
*****You will be taxed on $40*****
$20 off manufacturer coupons
Final Price: $20, plus your state sales tax on $40

In a state with 6% sales tax, this would yield additional savings of $2.40.

From now on, KCL will suggest this order when presenting coupons to CVS:
1. Scan Extra Care Card
2. CVS Purchase Based coupons (Ex: $4 off $20 minimum purchase)
3. CVS Store Coupons (In-ad coupons or CRTs)
4. ECBs
5. Manufacturer Coupons

It takes more math skills up front to calculate how many ECBs you’ll want to use. So if you’re a newbie, you may want to stick with the previous order. But for the biggest savings, we have to switch steps 4 and 5 and pay with manufacturer coupons last!!