shopping at CVS is your CVS ExtraCare Card. You have got to sign up for one of these babies because they really help you rack in the savings - all you have to do is ask for one at your local CVS. One you have your precious CVS ExtraCare Card make sure you sign up for e-mails from CVS to get valuable CVS coupons in your inbox including a $4 off $20 CVS coupon!
NOTE: you might want to wait to purchase a Greenbagtag because there are occasionally coupons or sales which make them FREE as well!
ExtraCare Card - Check - Greenbagtag - Check - Magic Coupon Machine - Check.... Now what the heck is an ECB??? An ECB is the abbreviation for ExtraCare Buck. These bad boys are almost as good as cold hard cash!
Every week CVS has sales in their ad where you receive ExtraCare Bucks for purchasing certain items. How it works is: you buy said item and the ECB will print out on the end of the receipt. You can then use those ECBs on almost anything else in the store (exclusions are alcohol, tobacco and gift cards) either right then and there or at a later date. ECBs are usually good for several weeks so you can roll them (use your ECBs from this weeks sales on next weeks ECB sales and receive more to use on the next weeks and so on)!
Now here's where the real magic happens - many times the items that are FREE or super cheap after ECBs also have current manufacturer coupons (whether printable or in the Sunday paper) can be used on them. So you can buy an ten which is FREE after ECB use your manufacturer coupon for X dollars off only pay the price minus X and still get back the full ECB value - its like MAKING MONEY to buy the product.
One of my absolute favorite things about CVS is that they will issue a Rain Check for any sale items they don'y have in stock (even the FREE after ECB items)! This way if you rush to the store all excited to get your freebies only to find out that someone has cleared the shelves, all you have to do is ask for a Rain Check and you can get your deals another week when they have the item back in stock!
Six Steps to CVS Success
- Your ExtraCare Card is your best friend
- Think green - Remember your Greenbagtag
- Run to the Magic Coupon Machine
- Stacking Coupons to multiply your savings
- Bring a copy of CVS's Coupon Policy
- If they're out of something always ask for a Rain Check