CVS for a couponer can be either their goldmine or the store they avoid at all costs. I want you to be able to walk into a CVS with full confidence that you’ve gotten every ExtraBucks reward you deserve. CVS has tons of ways to save — both ways you would expect, and options that might be new.
If you’re new to couponing at CVS (or maybe need a refresher), these posts are a great resource:
1. Not enrolling in the CVS Beauty Club.
The CVS Beauty Club offers a special way to get additional savings plus more ExtraBucks rewards! You get 10% back in ExtraBucks multiple times a year, a free beauty gift each month with a $30 qualifying purchase, and $3 ExtraBucks for your birthday.
We have all the expert ways to get the most out of CVS Beauty Club here!
2. Not adding your birth date to your account profile online.
3. Not joining CVS CarePass.
You get $10 back every month just for joining the CVS CarePass program. This is one of the best benefits of CarePass. It costs $5 a month, but then you get $10 ExtraBucks back. Plus, they’re doing a promotion right now — if you sign up, you get the first month free!
We go through all the nitty-gritty of the CVS CarePass over here.
4. Not using the in-store Coupon Center kiosk to save time AND money.
I like to call this the fancy magic coupon machine of CVS. This kiosk is your ticket to couponing at CVS. Using the Coupon Center kiosk is pretty easy too. Just scan your card or enter your account phone number to print off special in-store coupons and any other offers you preloaded to your card. You can also check prices, view and redeem your ExtraBucks rewards, and more.
5. Not checking your receipt for more CVS coupons.
Don’t throw away your receipt or tell the cashier you don’t want it. You could be forfeiting great coupons for future sales. When you check out at CVS, your receipt will print more coupons and your earned ExtraBucks at the bottom.
Your receipt will simply say “$X.00 EXTRABUCKS” with the expiration date printed beneath it — sort of like you just got free store credit!
You can use this receipt like a coupon on your next shopping trip, and it is valid with other offers. Also, even if you stack coupons to further decrease the price of that item before you buy it, the amount of the ExtraBucks offer remains the same at checkout.
Don’t want to stress about losing your ExtraBucks? Scan the barcode into your app and have digital ExtraBucks in your CVS account.
6. Not signing up for CVS ExtraCare emails.
You can get even more deals, coupons, and sales alerts when you sign up for the free CVS ExtraCare email list. Get coupons you won’t find elsewhere, including high-value 20% off coupons, coupons for $4 off a $20 purchase, and more. Plus, you can often stack these with other sales, deals, and manufacturer coupons for even more savings!
7. Not using CVS for your pharmacy needs.
CVS has a Pharmacy Club that the whole family can join in on.
When you fill 10 prescriptions through CVS pharmacy, you earn an automatic $5 ExtraBucks reward. You can add all your family members into your CVS Pharmacy Club account to help you reach the 10 filled prescriptions too. Earn extra rewards by using the pharmacy for immunizations, vaccinations, and other services.
Oh, and if you transfer your prescriptions from another pharmacy to CVS during one of their periodic “prescription transfer promotions,” you can score savings up to $25 in ExtraBucks rewards! CVS will often honor competitor transfer offers as well, but it varies by location.
Your $5 Pharmacy & Health ExtraBucks rewards will be issued approximately one week after every 10 credits have been earned (limit of $50 ExtraBucks).
8. Not using the CVS app.
The CVS app gives you extra exclusive coupons and deals you won’t find in other places. In the app, you can clip all the digital coupons you want and it’s a great place to keep your ExtraBucks.
9. Not stacking coupons, CVS ExtraCare rewards, and rebates on top of sale prices.
So now that we know about the CVS coupon kiosk and digital coupons, it’s time to put it all together. To save the most at CVS, you’re going to stack all the ways to save together. Take a sale item and use a CVS coupon, a manufacturer coupon, and rebate app offers all together to make one super deal!
10. Not understanding how the CVS ExtraCare redemption system works and losing your rewards.
CVS has multiple ways you can earn ExtraBucks — through weekly sales, CVS Beauty Club, CVS CarePass, and your quarterly 2% earnings.
Regardless of how you earn your ExtraBucks, they all expire at some point in time. But one that slips through the cracks more often than not is your quarterly rewards.
You earn 2% back in rewards for your everyday purchases, except for certain items that must be excluded by law, including alcohol, tobacco, gift and phone cards, etc.
Schedule of CVS annual points distribution:
- January 1st
- April 1st
- July 1st
- October 1st
Confirm your email address on your account, because this will generate an automatic reminder when rewards are loaded to your card each quarter. You then have 45 DAYS to use rewards points before they expire! Send the rewards to your card, or print them out at the in-store Coupon Center kiosk for redemption.