Couponing at CVS is tricky at first, but trust us, it’s one of THE best drugstores for couponing. If you know how to get CVS coupon deals then you can score a ton of cheap or even free products.
The thing is, you can’t go in without understanding how the couponing magic works at CVS. We’re going to walk you through the best ways to earn and use all the CVS coupons, manufacturer coupons and rebates.
1. First things first — sign up for an ExtraCare card.
The CVS ExtraCare card is your ticket to qualify for in-store promotions, like buy any two Maybelline products and earn $5 in ExtraBucks.
ExtraBucks will print at the bottom of your receipt at the end of your transaction, and you get to spend them just like cash on anything in the store.
They’re typically valid for about 30 days from the issue date, but pay attention to the expiration date printed on the ExtraBucks.
TIP: You only have to spend 98% of the promotion price to get the deal. For instance, we spent $19.76 during a Spend $20, Get $5 in ExtraBucks promotion. We didn’t quite hit that $20 mark, but we still walked away with our ExtraBucks. Please note that this is only consistent in store. We’ve heard reports that the 98% rule is not working for online purchases.
2. Then sign up for CVS ExtraCare Beauty Club to get 10% back in points, before coupons.
Here’s the thing about the CVS Beauty Club program: you earn ExtraBucks before any coupons are factored in. Earn $3 ExtraBucks for every $30 you spend on beauty: cosmetics, skincare, facial care, hair care, hair color and fragrances.
Let’s say you have a deal that looks like this:
Buy 1 Revlon Photo Ready Candid Concealer with Caffeine $9.99
Spend $10, receive $4 ExtraBucks
Use one $5/1 – Revlon Cosmetics, CVS Coupon
And use one $4/1 – Revlon Face product manufacturer coupon
Pay 99 cents out of pocket, receive $4 ExtraBucks
Final Price: $1.01 moneymaker
But you’ll actually earn Beauty Club rewards on the full value of the items purchased: $9.99, even though after coupons and rewards you earned money.
3. Finally, join ExtraCare Pharmacy and Health Rewards to earn $5 in ExtraBucks for every 10 credits you earn.
Every pharmacy transaction earns you a specific number of credits.
- Fill a prescription = 1 credit
- Fill a 90-day prescription = 3 credits
- Create a CVS.com account & link a prescription = 3 credits
- Sign up for pharmacy text alerts = 1 credit
- Sign up for email reminders = 1 credit
- Get a flu shot at CVS = 1 credit
TIP: Sign up your entire family on one card (including your pets!), and you can each earn up to $50 in ExtraBucks a year.
4. CVS accepts manufacturer coupons, in-app coupons, email coupons and CVS coupon center coupons.
Let’s go over these coupons one-by-one:
CVS accepts manufacturer coupons from the Sunday paper, from print-at-home websites like TheKrazyCouponLady.com, or manufacturer coupons you load to your ExtraCare account in the CVS app. There is a limit of one manufacturer coupon per item purchased.
CVS Coupon Center Coupons
These coupons and offers print directly from the red coupon center kiosk inside every CVS store. To get these offers, scan your card, enter your phone number, or scan the ExtraCare Card upc in the CVS app.
These coupons vary by customer. Some of them are personalized and based on what you already buy, some are manufacturer coupons, and some are store coupons.
TIP: Keep scanning your card until you see a message indicating that you’ve printed all of your coupons for the day.
CVS load-to-card coupons
In addition to manufacturer coupons, you’ll also find CVS store coupons in the CVS app. Once you link your ExtraCare card, click “See Deals & Rewards,” then scroll through the offers and click “Send to Card” for any coupon you want to redeem.
TIP: Most of the store coupons drop on Sundays, and you typically have all week plus the following Sunday to use them.
CVS email coupons
CVS sends bonus CVS coupons through email every Thursday, though not every subscriber gets an offer every week, and the offers themselves vary by customer. In order to receive these offers, you’ll need to subscribe to email notifications once you’re logged in to your CVS account.
When you get an offer, just print the email and give it to the cashier during checkout.
5. Make the red coupon kiosk your first stop inside the store.
Remember, you can either scan your ExtraCare card, scan your CVS app, or enter your phone number at the kiosk. When you do, out will print bonus coupons and offers from CVS.
If you skip this step then you are skipping some serious potential savings, since the coupons are often a surprise.
Be aware that some of these coupons are “funded manufacturer coupons.” This is important if you intend to stack, which we’ll talk about next.
6. Use one manufacturer coupon and unlimited store coupons per item.
Stack manufacturer coupons and CVS store coupons on one item at CVS. Plus, redeem ExtraBucks on that item as well.
You can only use one manufacturer coupon per item, but CVS allows multiple store coupons per transaction as long as none explicitly state otherwise, even more than one of the same type of CVS coupons, including:
- Two $3 off $15 coupons for purchases that are $30 or higher.
- $3 off $15 coupon and $5 ExtraBucks® Rewards for a purchase of $15.
- $1 off toothpaste mfr. coupon and a $2 off toothpaste Coupon Center coupon for a $3 toothpaste item.
7. The Krazy Coupon Lady app shows you where to get the CVS coupons.
Set CVS as one of your favorite stores in the free Krazy Coupon Lady app, and browse dozens of deals each week. Every deal tells you where to find, print or load the coupon so you can save time and money.
And, set deal alerts by brand. Toggle on alerts for your favorite brands — Dove, Huggies, or Tide — and we’ll send you a push notification every time we publish a hot new deal!
8. The order in which you present your coupons does not matter.
Regardless of the order in which you hand over your coupons — spend threshold coupons ($3 off $15 hair care purchase), percent-off CVS or dollar-off manufacturer coupons, or ExtraBucks — the discounts will be calculated in the following order: dollar-off CVS coupons, percent-off CVS coupons, and finally dollar-off manufacturer coupons. And percent-off coupons from the coupon center or CVS emails will only discount regular price products.
9. Every ExtraBucks deal has a published limit: usually one, two or four per week.
ExtraBucks promos are limited to one, two or four per household with card.
10. ExtraBucks accrue over multiple shopping trips within the earning period.
Every time you enter your phone number at checkout, you’ll accrue ExtraBucks whenever you purchase qualifying items.
If the promo is Spend $15 on Participating Items and Receive $3 Extrabucks, you can spend $9 on Monday and $6 on Wednesday, and your ExtraBucks will print after your Wednesday purchase.
11. Once you earn a few ExtraBucks, start rolling to get products for free.
Using ExtraBucks from one transaction to pay for another item that is also generating ExtraBucks is called rolling.
As an example: if the promotion is Buy 2 Softsoap Body Wash, Get a $3 ExtraBucks Reward, Limit 4,
- you can buy 8 Softsoap body washes in one transaction and receive $12 in ExtraBucks OR
- you can buy 2 Softsoap body washes in one transaction, receive $3 ExtraBucks, then buy another 2, redeem the $3 ExtraBucks from the first transaction to pay for the second, and so on.
12. Save your BOGO coupons for a BOGO sale at CVS and get two items for free.
CVS is one of the only national retailers still allowing use of two manufacturer coupons on the purchase of two items in a buy one, get one free sale. CVS Coupon Policy clearly states rules around BOGO Free offers:
- Suave shampoo is on sale for $2, Buy One, Get One Free (BOGO) and the customer purchases two shampoos; the customer may use two coupons for $1 each and pay the applicable tax.
- Suave shampoo is on sale for $2, BOGO and customer has a manufacturer coupon for Suave BOGO. Customer will receive both items for free but will need to pay any applicable tax.
13. Or you can use two dollar-off coupons if they’re running a BOGO sale.
Most retailers only allow one manufacturer coupon as part of a BOGO sale. CVS allows two, even if the sale is Buy One, Get One Free.
14. Manufacturer coupons can be used on clearance items; CVS coupons can’t.
CVS allows you to use coupons on clearance items — and clearance items will even earn you ExtraBucks during an ExtraCare promotion as long as nothing specifically states otherwise. But, CVS Pharmacy coupons generally cannot be used on sale, promotional or clearance items.
15. Scan every receipt with rebate apps like Ibotta, Fetch Rewards, Checkout 51 and SavingsStar.
Let’s break down how each of these apps works:
With Ibotta you will manually add any offers you shopped for at CVS, then take pictures of your receipt from your app within 7 days of the transaction.
You might also have to scan barcodes of specific products. Once Ibotta is satisfied that you made the necessary purchases, your account is credited. Get $20 and cash out.
Fetch Rewards is similar to Ibotta in that you scan receipts, but you don’t have to add offers beforehand or scan specific barcodes.
Fetch will also give you points for every receipt, even if you don’t purchase any of the promotional items, and you’ll have a solid 14 days to scan.
Cash-out with as little as $3 earned in the form of a gift card to various retailers, including CVS!
3. Checkout 51
Checkout 51 will also have you scan your receipt to verify offers. Offers go live on Thursdays and expire the following Wednesday, so make sure to submit your receipts within that time frame.
Once you have $20 you can cash out.
The easiest way to use SavingStar is to link your CVS card to the app itself. This way you don’t have to scan your receipt. You still can, though, if that’s your thing!
Once you’ve accumulated $20 you can cash out via Paypal or have the money put in your bank.
Note: The best part about all of the rebate apps is that you can scan every receipt with each app.
16. When an ExtraBucks promo item is out of stock, lock the price in with a rain check that never expires.
A rain check is a ticket CVS gives that will allow you to get the sale price on an item when it is back in stock. At CVS rain checks don’t expire, which means you can stack it with a better coupon at a later date. Basically, you should hang on to that raincheck until a stackable coupon comes along for an even better deal.
17. CVS doesn’t pay overage when a coupon exceeds an item’s price.
You won’t get money back if you use a coupon that exceeds the item’s value, but you may still use the coupon.
If you use a $2 coupon for an item that is $1.99 then CVS adjusts the coupon value to the $1.99 price, you don’t get the penny back.
18. ExtraBucks must be redeemed all at once.
You’ll forfeit the difference if you buy a $1.29 pack of gum with a $2 ExtraBucks reward.
19. Be prepared to pay sales tax, even if your coupon makes your item free.
As with most retailers, at CVS you’ll be responsible for sales tax on the pre-coupon price of an item when you use manufacturer coupons. But, when you use CVS coupons, you’ll only pay sales tax on the after-coupon price.
Fun fact: sales tax is calculated on the discounted price of the item (after the manufacturer coupon is applied) in the following states: CT, MA, MO, PA, TX.
During a recent transaction, I was able to get Colgate toothpaste free by stacking a manufacturer coupon and a CVS store coupon. I just paid a few cents in sales tax. Worth it.
20. Load ExtraBucks to your loyalty card so you can lose your receipt.
In addition to sending coupons to your ExtraCare card from CVS.com® or the CVS Pharmacy mobile app, you can also send your ExtraBucks to your card as well. In the CVS app, go to “Account,” then “Digital Receipt Preferences,” then toggle on “Digital Receipts.” Next time you shop at CVS, watch the pin pad for the option to send your ExtraBucks to your card instead of printing!