CVS 101: A BASIC GUIDE
The CVS rewards program is called Extra Care Bucks or ECBs they come in the form of a coupon at the end of your receipt. They are the ‘reward’ for purchasing certain items specified in the weekly ad each week. ECBs are used like cash at CVS and can be used to purchase nearly anything in the store or online (excluding prescriptions, alcohol, Gift Cards, lottery, money orders, postage stamps, pre-paid cards and tobacco products, as printed on the ECB.) They do not apply to tax on the transaction.
ECBs expire 30 days from printing and treat them as carefully as cash.
Earn 2% cash back in the form of Extra Care Bucks on every purchase in-store and online. Every three months these Extra Bucks will print out at the end of your receipt. If you are a really great CVS shopper–which means you spend very little out of pocket–this amount won’t be too much
Earn 1 ECB for every two prescriptions purchased in-store or online.
ECBs are linked to your card.
You can use as many ECBs as you want to get your total down to zero.
Get an Extra Care Bucks Card. Ask a cashier for a card/application, or order HERE online (but expect 2-3 weeks before receiving) This card has to be scanned at each purchase to earn ECBs (or give your phone number attached to the card)
Once you have a card subscribe to their emails for additional discounts. Go HERE
CVS accepts manufacturer’s coupons, including IP (internet printable) coupons. CVS also issues their own store coupons via email and printed out at the end of your receipt (these are referred to as CRT’s – cash register tape)
The required purchase amount to receive the ECB is always calculated before coupons. The goal for extreme couponers is to get the final amount, after all applied discounts and coupons, as low as possible.
A deal looks like this:
Revlon Nail at $4.99, Get $4 ECBs (Limit 6)
Use $2/1 coupon from the 5/8 SS
=Free+ overage after MFQ & ECBs
And it means: You can earn ECBs from Revlon 6 times. The 6 purchases do not have to be in each transaction. I would buy one Revlon Nail at $4.99, use the $2/1 coupon found in Smart Source newspaper insert from 5/8. My cost OOP would be $2.99 and I’d get $4.99 ECBs. Loving referred to as a MM (Money Maker)
This means to purchase new ECB deals and using ECBs to pay for it.
It can be used toward any deal, but for this example we will ‘repeat and rinse’ the transaction above. Do it again in a new transaction, but use the $4.99 ECB that just printed to ‘pay’ for the next transaction. Find a $2 item you need in the store, say bread and add it to the next transaction, to absorb the overage.
It would look like this: Buy Revlon for $4.99 use $2/1 from 5/8 SS; add $2 bread, total is now $4.99. Use the $4.99 ECB from deal #1 to pay for this one AND get another $4.99 ECB!
Revlon for $4.99
-$2/1 5/8 SS
Pay using $4.99 ecb from first transaction. Now, you are rolling.
Use a CVS store coupon with your manufacturer coupon to maximize your savings. Some will print out at the end of your receipt, after your ECBs.
Watch for $3 off $15 purchase coupons in your email. (sometimes they are $4/$20, $5/25 etc) There is a really cool coupon guide located here.
CVS coupon policy allows for the use of one manufacturer and one CVS coupon on each item. ECB are not counted as coupons in this respect, you may use as many of these as you like.
Once you’re ready to checkout, put your coupons in this order: $3 off $15 store coupon (if you have it) then any other money-off store coupon, CVS store product coupons, manufacturer coupons and finally Extra Care Bucks.
Buy One, Get One Free Coupons: Sales tax must be paid for any Buy One, Get One Free coupon offer, if required by applicable state laws. Two coupons may be used on a Buy One, Get One Free promotion as long as it does not exceed the item total
o Ex. Suave Shampoo is on sale for $2.00 Buy One, Get One Free and the customer is purchasing two shampoos; customer may use two coupons for $1.00 each and pay the applicable tax. Buy One, Get One Free promotions may be combined with Buy One, Get One Free Coupons. Customers are responsible for paying applicable tax
o Ex. Suave Shampoo is on sale for $2.00 BOGO and customer has a MFG coupon for Suave BOGO. Customer will receive both items for free but will need to pay any applicable tax.
Read about CVS program on their corporate website HERE.
Official Coupon Policy: Print and keep with you — CVS Coupon Policy updated 2/2012