CVS 101 – Tips & Tricks for Newbies!






If you ask 10 couponers what their favorite drugstore is to coupon at, I bet you 9 out of 10 will say “CVS!” So Here we give you CVS 101. It’s that good! CVS is very coupon-friendly, allowing you to stack manufacturers coupons, their own store coupons, ECB (Extra-Care Bucks), mobile coupons on the same item! PLUS you can also earn rebates from apps like Ibotta and Checkout 51 on your CVS purchases! It’s no wonder CVS is a Couponer’s Paradise!


In this article we’re going to touch on all the basics of shopping at CVS, and how to get the most out of it. Before you know it, you’ll be clipping your coupons, cruising the aisles and rolling those Extra Bucks with ease!


Get a CVS Extra Care Card. You’ll need it to get the sale prices and earn back Extra Bucks. It’s also your partner in crime for getting CVS store coupons via the “Red Coupon Machine”. You can sign up for a card at 


I highly recommend signing up for the weekly emails from CVS! You can easily sign up – just click here and then enter your information.

This store offers CVS Coupons that stack with manufacturer coupons. We recommend that you sign up for the CVS Extra Care Card, as well. This will allow you to earn Extra Care Bucks (special coupons that print at the register and spend like cash on future purchases), as well as give you access to the CVS Coupons. This pharmacy and drugstore offers several ways to save money on not just pharmacy and medicine, but grocery, personal care, baby items, seasonal merchandise and more! Once you have an Extra Care Card and are signed up for emails, you’re ready to learn how to score deals at CVS!



One easy way to earn Extra Bucks to be able to use on your transactions is to have your prescriptions filled at CVS! You earn $5 in Extra Bucks for every 10 prescriptions you have filled. Additionally, you earn rewards for getting your flu shot, vaccinations, and other pharmacy services. Click HERE for more information.

Whenever you go to shop at CVS, here is what you do: 

1. Make a List.

It helps to know what deals you are going for. You can view all of the CVS deals HERE so you can make a list of the deals you want to grab. This also lets you know what coupons you need to clip or print out prior to leaving your house.

2. Scan your CVS Card at the Red Machine.

This will print out any of the CVS coupons that are available that week for you to use with manufacturer coupons to save even more money.


3. Know the CVS Coupon Policy.

At CVS, they do not allow overage, which means if a coupon exceeds the value of an item, you will have to grab another item for a “filler” if you want to use that coupon. They do, however, allow you to spend less and get Extra Bucks back making it a money maker.

For example: 

Buy (2) Covergirl Brow & Eye Makers Eyeliner – $4.79 each
Get $5.00 Extra Bucks wyb 2 select CoverGirl Products, Limit 1
-Use 40% Off One Product CVS Email Coupon
-Use (1) $3/2 – Covergirl Products from SS 1/28
Pay: $4.66 | Get back $5.00 Extra Bucks
Final Price:  FREE + 34¢ MONEY MAKER!!

4. Know the Order to Use Coupons. 

When shopping at CVS, knowing the order in which to use your coupons is HUGE because it will save you more money!

  1. CVS coupons.
  2. CVS mobile app coupons.
  3. Manufacture coupons.
  4. Extra Bucks from a previous transaction.

If you use the order above, you will save a lot more money.

5. Roll Your Transactions.

CVS is a store that actually allows you to earn Extra Bucks in one transaction and turn around to use them in your very next transaction – which can be minutes later! Many couponers use this to their advantage to save even more money.

For example: 

Transaction 1: 

Buy (2) Covergirl Brow & Eye Makers Eyeliner – $4.79 each
Get $5.00 Extra Bucks wyb 2 select CoverGirl Products, Limit 1
-Use 40% Off One Product CVS Email Coupon
-Use (1) $3/2 – Covergirl Products from SS 1/28
Pay: $4.66 | Get back $5.00 Extra Bucks
Final Price:  FREE + 34¢ MONEY MAKER!!

Transaction 2: 

Buy (2) CeraVe Makeup Remover Cleanser Cloths, $9.59, Buy One Get One 50% Off
Get $5.00 Extra Bucks wyb 2 CeraVe Products, Limit 1
-Use (2) $3.00/1 CeraVe Product printable coupon found here
-Use $5.00 Extra Bucks from previous transaction
Pay: $3.39 | Get back $5.00 in Extra Bucks
Final Price: FREE + $1.61 Money Maker! 


Spent $8.05 out of pocket for $28.76 in products, and left with $5.00 Extra Bucks to use on your next transaction!

Just doing one simple transaction where you earn Extra Bucks back can help you “roll” your transactions each week so you spend less money out of pocket.

Please note that the transactions above are used as an example may not be valid currently. It was used to show you how to save money at CVS. 

Now that you know how to save money at CVS, be sure to head out and grab some deals! Don’t forget to make your list first with the current CVS deals. Additionally, you may want to join the CVS Facebook Group here to stay up to date on the latest deals.

Learning how to save money at CVS doesn't have to be hard! Read this guide for easy tips and tricks to get you on the way to saving lots of money!