How to Save More Money at CVS

CVS is the perfect store to get free and cheap items, if you know how to play the game. Here are the tips and tricks that you need to add to your arsenal, if you want to maximize your savings.

Get an ExtraCare Card

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Sign up for an ExtraCare card. Then, have a cashier swipe it each time you shop. You'll earn:

  • 2% back on your purchases (a few restrictions apply)
  • $5 in Extra Bucks for every 10 prescriptions that you have filled
  • Special coupons and offers on the bottom of your receipts

Use Extra Bucks to Buy Free-After-Extra-Bucks Products

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Want to walk out of CVS with tons of free stuff? Just buy the items that are being offered free-after-Extra-Bucks this week. Then, use the Extra Bucks that you earn to buy next week's free-after-EB items. After the first week, you won't need any money to shop.

Get the App

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The CVS app, can be linked to your ExtraCare card to get coupons and deals that you can't get anywhere else.

Sign Up for E-mails

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Sign up for ExtraCare e-mail alerts to receive coupons throughout the year. They say you'll save three times as much, if you do.

Become a CVS Advisor

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Enjoy filling out surveys? Become a CVS Advisor member, and you'll earn Extra Bucks each time you participate in one of their surveys.

Note: You'll probably only receive a few survey invitations a year, but it's an easy way to earn an extra $20-$30 in EBs.

Print Out In-Store Coupons

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Before you head to the store. Visit CVS.com to print coupons. You'll find manufacturer coupons, as well as coupons for CVS-branded products.

Use the Coupon Kiosk

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CVS has coupon kiosks in all its stores. Just scan your ExtraCare card, and the machine will spit out coupons for you to use – sometimes for free products.

Buy Discounted Gift Cards

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Save more on every purchase by buying discounted CVS gift cards through Gift Card Granny or another gift card discounter.

Sign up for the ExtraCare Beauty Club

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Snag a 10% off beauty shopping pass, $3 in ECBs for every $30 in qualifying beauty purchases and a special offer on your birthday when you sign up for the ExtraCare Beauty Club. Also be on the lookout for special members-only freebies. They've given away shampoo, sunscreen and more in the past.

Transfer Your Prescriptions

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CVS frequently offers a free gift card for transferring your prescriptions from another pharmacy. Watch for a deal to pop up in the weekly sales circular, or ask a pharmacist for more information.

Look for Free-After-Rebate Products

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Walk the health and beauty aisles each time you shop in search of products with free-after-rebate hang tags. The shampoo aisle is especially hot for this type of promotion.

Follow CVS on Twitter

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Want to save even more? Follow "@CVS_Extra" for special coupons and discounts and to keep up with the latest deals. Each week, they tweet a preview of the best deals from the next ad, and they also run a contest each month to reward followers with prize packs and gift cards.