Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Entering the world of CVS

Being a newbie to the world of couponing and drug store shopping (drug store shopping with all of the perks that is!) I have decided to take my time learning each store.

I have been shopping at Walgreens for about two months and after successfully rolling about $4-$10 Registrer Rewards (RR) each week, I feel comfortable enough to move on and learn something new.  Baby steps people! Hopefully anyone who has used MQ with Walgreens coupons and RR can attest to the fact that it takes a little getting used to matching the right # of coupons and order, etc.!

So today I dragged my littlest one who is now on Summer vacation to CVS to fill out the application to get my Extra Care Card (fear not! this is NOT a credit card!!!!). You can do this online also, but you will need to wait for the card to be mailed to you. After doing a little more research, it seems that this program definitely has some great perks and will be easy to use. 

I started my official CVS shopping by keeping it small and only bought a tube of Colgate toothpaste that was on sale for $2.99, used a $1 off MQ coupon (here or the MQ from the Sunday paper a few weeks ago), paid $2 and received $2 in Extra Care Bucks (ECB) which I have pocketed for future use = FREE toothpaste.

SIDE NOTE:   Funny enough, the thing that really got me hooked on couponing was reading a post where someone wrote that you should never have to pay for toothpaste - it should always be FREE!!!! What a concept!!!! And after successfully creating a stockpile of about 12 FREE tubes of toothpaste, here we are...

There are some definite perks to CVS that I can see already:

  • Earn 2% back with every purchase in-store and online at CVS/pharmacy and every 3 months your Extra Bucks will print on your store register receipt, or visit CVS/pharmacy online to print your Extra Bucks every quarter. That is like FREE money!
  • The ECBs seem to have a 30 day expiration whereas Walgreens is usually only a week. 
  • You can link your Extra Care Card to your Upromise account and take advantage of the Upromise eCoupons! (Think of the savings if you can line up a MQ, CVS store coupon, sale item and a Upromise eCoupon!)
  • Use the red scanner at the front of the store to get CVS coupons (match those with MQ!)
  • Additional special offers print on your store receipt frequently throughout the year. 
  • Receive special savings exclusively at CVS/pharmacy when you sign up for email offers. When you register your card at and sign up for their e-mail list you should get a $4 off $20 coupon (Remember to use this coupon BEFORE any other coupons so you get the $4 off of the subtotal!)
 So there you have it! I am excited to start using CVS and can't wair for to take advantage of all of the great deals out there each week!


Mander said...

Hello...just wanted to put in an thought as well. If you happen to come upon a CVS coupon of $10 off of a $50 purchase, make sure that you don't give any coupons first.

I (pardon me..) got screwed by the lady one day when she scanned an item then my coupon..and did this for each item I had a coupon for. So at the end, my total was less than $50, because of my coupons. I didn't want to argue because I was given a hard time about how many coupons I was using. I had 1 for each item, but they wanted to limit how many of an item I used in one transaction. Needless to say, I contacted CVS corp. and they will be letting the district manager know that the cashier was wrong and they needed more training.

So in you have coupons, hide them until the end! Normally if you have a 10 off 50..4 off 20 those should be given first, then manufacture or CVS coupons then ECB's if you have any.

Preppy Little Dress said...

I can't believe you just got your CVS card! Are you sure you didn't have one before, wow! I am personally shocked and I can say that for obvious reasons! Even I have had mine for years, ha! ha! ...don't worry folks, SMIWM and I go way back!!! ;)

Preppy Little Dress said...

thanks for the colgate scoop, printed my coupon and off i go!

Saving money in West Michigan said...

Thanks for the advice Mander! After my shopping experience today I welcome all such hints for my couponing success!!

And YES PLD, just got my card ;-)