CVS Store 101 – How to Use CVS Coupons and Ads For Max Savings!

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Shopping at CVS can be very rewarding if you understand how to shop there and use their Shopper Loyalty Card in combination with CVS store coupons, mfg. coupons and sale ads. Since there are a lot of readers asking questions about CVS Stores Policies, I thought it would be a good time to do a refresher on shopping at CVS. I have videos that were made towards the end of last year that should give you a step by step demonstration of how to start with no ECBs and then roll them into a new purchase with coupons, ECBs and your shopper card!

When you enter CVS, the first thing you want to do is head over to the CVS Coupon Center and scan your Shopper Loyalty Card to see what store coupons print out.


It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3:

  1. Scan Your ExtraCare Card: Go to the Coupon Center and scan your ExtraCare Shopper Card.
  2. Print: Coupons print automatically.
  3. Save: You can use the coupons right away with your ExtraCare card and save even more money! You gotta love it!

In this next video, I will show you how to walk in the door without any ECBs and get started with an easy transaction. You will learn how to use your Extra Care card along with coupons and sale prices to get items for FREE at CVS every week. By using the CVS Extra Care program, you can really cut dollars from your budget!


Rolling your ECBs is the #1 way to get stuff for free or really cheap at CVS. We now have ECBs and we want to roll them into another purchase. The goal is to buy more items that will produce ECBs, that way we are always rolling them from one purchase to the next and coming out of pocket less and less money each week. This will, of course, depend on how you decide to split up your purchases, but you can do very well shopping at CVS by using the Rolling Technique.

In this video, I will demonstrate how to take our first ECBs and use them to buy 3 products that produce more ECB’s. We buy approximately $20 worth of merchandise for just $4 out of pocket and then we get back $8 in ECBs for our next purchase!


CVS Coupon Policy:
Please note that CVS does not official coupon policy listed on their website or anywhere online. These are a general collection of questions that have been answered by customer service. This is more like an “Unofficial Coupon Policy” and it is subject to change without notice.

CVS Accepts the Following Coupons:

  • Manufacturer Coupons (this includes coupons from newspapers, magazines and other print sources as well as manufacturer printable coupons found online)
  • Store Coupons (these include CVS store coupons found in their weekly fliers , CRTs and purchase based coupons)
  • Extra Care Bucks (or ECBs that print out on your receipt)
  • Competitor Pharmacy Coupons (they do NOT accept competitor coupon for non-pharmacy purchase)


CVS allows shoppers to use one manufacturer and one store coupon per item. In addition, shoppers can also use Extra Care Bucks (ECBs) because CVS treats them like a gift card.


I have emailed CVS on this coupon policy and they have said that if an item is on sale as a Buy One Get One Free (BOGO), you may use two manufacturer coupons when making the purchase..

Again, CVS does not list their coupon policy on their website. You can contact CVS/Pharmacy Customer Relations at 1-800-SHOP-CVS (1-800-746-7287) or email them at to get written information that you can take to the stores with you.