Master Couponing At CVS

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Master Couponing: Smart Savings on Desired Products

Learn how to master couponing for what you really want to buy. I want to show you how I save money couponing. How can one walk out of the store buying $30-80 dollars worth of stuff and only pay a few dollars?

Coupon Mastery

I was curious about it, so I started researching. There was this woman on YouTube showing off her amazing deals and the low prices she got, but she never explained how she managed to pay so little. During my journey to become adept at couponing at CVS, I found that there are plenty of folks out there who are not just willing to share their secrets but also to teach the art of couponing. I aim to empower you with the knowledge to coupon effectively at CVS so you can purchase the items you truly desire!

Strategic Savings

I enjoy watching videos to learn about snagging the best deals, but I’m also keen on coming up with my own strategies. Often, what others are purchasing isn’t something I need or want at the moment.

man happy about saving with cvs carepass

Carepass Benefits

Getting a Carepass membership is like getting extra cash. You can either pay $48 for the whole year or $5 each month, which adds up to $60 annually, so the yearly plan actually saves you $12. With Carepass, you get $10 in store credit every month, a 20% discount on CVS products, and access to a pharmacist for any medication-related questions. For someone like me who takes various medications, this is incredibly helpful. I’ve often used this service for both myself and relatives, and the pharmacists have always been really thorough and informative about our medications.

Let’s circle back to the $10 in Extra Care Bucks you receive each month. Over a year, that’s $120 in store currency, while the plan itself costs just $48 if you opt for the annual payment. I’m not exactly sure why CVS offers this great deal, but it definitely benefits me!

These Extra Care Bucks really make a difference when it comes to couponing.

Setting Up A CVS Account

The next step is using your account either online by computer or the CVS App. The CVS app is easy to download. Go to Google play—>CVS—>Download. You can log in on the CVS App or online.

 On their website go to From here click on the title: Extra Care. This will take you to the section where you can click on the coupons to use at CVS. 

Home page CVS website how to coupon
Coupon Clipping

You’ll find a list of coupons, including those from CVS and manufacturers, that you can easily add to your account. For example, on my site, I display the $6.00 in store credit (ExtraBucks) I got for buying 2 Colgate Toothbrushes. Just remember to check the expiration dates.

Most extra care bucks will last a couple of weeks. The second items shows that I received $10 in Extrabucks on a previous transaction of my purchase of 2 Colgate products. I have the paper coupons, but if I wanted, I could click to load to my CVS card. 

CVS website how to coupon
Sale Rewards

Here is an example of a sale along with the extra care bucks you will receive. The ad for Colgate shows that if you buy 2 which will cost $9.98, you will get back $6 in extra care bucks (store credit). 

Checking the weekly ad at the top of their website helps you spot deals and see which items come with Extra Care Bucks. These Extra Care Bucks are like store cash, which you can use to purchase products just like real money.

CVS sales paper learning how to coupon

Take a look at my recent shopping scenario:

  • 1 Tide for $12.99
  • 1 Cottonelle for $10.49
  • 1 Eye drops for $12.46

Total: $35.94

Here’s a clearer breakdown of the coupons I used and the resulting cost:

Coupons Used:

  • $6 off a $30 purchase
  • $1 off Cottonelle (manufacturer’s coupon)
  • $3 off Tide
  • $3 off an eye care product
  • $10 Extra Care Buck from Carepass
  • $10 Extra Care Buck from a previous visit

Total Value of Coupons and Extra Care Bucks: $33

Original Total Cost: $35.94

Out-of-Pocket Cost After Applying Coupons: $2.94 (before tax)

All these coupons were obtained by visiting the website and selecting them from the Extra Care Bucks section. As you start using coupons, you’ll accumulate Extra Care Bucks from your purchases. Sometimes CVS offers additional savings like $4 off a $20 purchase or $6 off a $30 purchase, which you can combine with other coupons, as demonstrated in this scenario.

Another Transaction

Efficient Coupon Strategy


  • 2 Colgate Toothpaste: $9.98 (Deal: Buy 2 for $9.98, Get $6 in Extra Care Bucks)
  • 4 Colgate Mouthwash: $17.96 (Deal: $4.49 each, Buy 2 get $5 in Extra Care Bucks, Limit 2)
  • Gum: $5.19 (Added to reach over $30 for additional coupon use)

Total price before coupons: $33.13

Coupons Used:

  • $3 off on $15 mouthwash purchase
  • $1 off Colgate toothpaste
  • $1 off Mouthwash
  • $6 off $30 purchase
  • $10 Carepass credit
  • $5 Extra Care Bucks from a previous transaction
  • $0.07 in CVS rewards

Total coupon savings: $26.07

Total paid out of pocket: $7.06 (before tax)

Extra Care Bucks earned: $16

Using this strategy, you leverage the store’s coupons and the Extra Care Bucks to minimize your out-of-pocket expenses, leading to significant savings


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Smart Earnings

So basically they paid me to shop in their store because I got back more than what I paid. I could use the $16 to buy something else or just save it for another week.

Smart Savings

People cut costs by applying digital coupons to their CVS card along with Extra Care Bucks to reduce their payment. This way, the amount you pay yourself is minimal.

I also get coupons in the mail from CVS. Some of the coupons are high valued ones like $6 off $30 purchase and $4 of $20 purchase. This is awesome with coupons, you won’t have to actually pay the cost of the sale. 

I also earn $5 in Extra Care Bucks for every 10 prescriptions filled through their Health Rewards program. Since my insurance only covers CVS, this is a great perk for me.

Just like any skill, mastering this takes a bit of time. The more you practice, the better you’ll become. There are YouTubers who regularly post videos about their weekly coupon strategies.

These resources are incredibly useful when you’re just beginning. Before you know it, you’ll be crafting your own savvy deals and picking up exactly what you need.


Here is is one of my favorite You Tubers to watch on CVS deals. She is very professional and gives weekly updates. I have done many of her deals and saved a lot of money. 

CVS Cost Too Much Money!

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One of my relatives told me that. But that’s not totally true. If you are using coupons and extra care bucks it is cheaper than Walmart. I had purchased 4 Colgate mouthwash and 2 Colgate toothpaste and only paid $7 and got back $16 in store credit.

Let’s compare Walmart with CVS.

Price Breakdown: CVS vs. Walmart

Walmart Prices:

  • 4 Colgate Mouthwash @ $4.39 each = $17.56 total
  • 2 Colgate Toothpaste @ $3.96 each = $7.92 total
  • Walmart Total: $25.48

CVS Deal:

  • Total Paid at CVS: $7.06
  • Extra Care Bucks Received: $16
  • Effective Savings at CVS compared to Walmart: $18.42

With this comparison, it’s clear that shopping at CVS with coupons and Extra Care Bucks is significantly cheaper, costing $7.06 with a return of $16 in rewards, as opposed to Walmart’s total of $25.48. So, the choice is yours: pay $7 at CVS or $25 at Walmart. Even for someone single, the CVS price is an excellent opportunity to stock up and save.​

Trying To Figure Out Deals Is Too Time Consuming.

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This is not true because there are so many social media outlets where people literally post deals. It’s just a matter of clicking coupons that will attach to your CVS card. Nowadays, you really don’t need to get coupons from the newspaper. I just click and use the store coupons along with manufactured coupons they have on their site and I still get a great deal. You can get so good at it that you can come up with your own deals with just a pen, paper and a calculator. 


Overall couponing at CVS is pretty easy. Even if you don’t want to take a little time to come up with deals, just getting $10 per month is better than nothing. 



cvs advisory panel

Earn Extra Care Bucks by Joining CVS Advisory Panel.

CVS has an advisory panel. All you have to do is sign up for it. Once a survey is available, it will be emailed to you. Most surveys that I have completed only take about 5 to 10 minutes. Once completed you will be given a link to get your reward. Your reward will be an extra care buck. You do need a printer to print it out. I have received rewards ranging from $2-$15 in reward bucks. Sometimes if you don’t qualify for a survey, you will still get a reward just for trying.

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