Day 8 – Secrets to Saving Money at CVS

Day 8 of 31 Days to Super Savings at Centsable Couponing is all about CVS. We’re going to talk about the Big Red Machine, Extra Bucks and divulge some secrets to saving money at CVS.
31 Days of Super Savings Tips at Centsable Couponing, Day 8 Secrets to Saving Money at CVS


I’ve mentioned before that CVS is my favorite drug store to shop for great couponing deals. It was my first store that I concentrated on when I started couponing and it quickly became my first stop for savings. Here are a few definitions that will be helpful for you to start saving money at CVS yourself:
  • ExtraCare Card – This is the FREE card that you get when you sign up for the CVS rewards program. Your entire shopping and savings scenario should revolve around this card and account. Be sure to have it scanned (or phone number input) every time you check out at the register.
  • Big Red Machine aka CVS Coupon Center – This is where you will scan your CVS card or punch in your phone number EVERY time you visit the store. Every week new ExtraCare coupons become available and will print out. You can also do price checks and see what coupons are already sent to your ExtraCare card.
  • Extra Bucks Rewards – Extra Bucks will print out for various items at the time of purchase. Most of these deals will be advertised in the weekly flyer or online. Every once in a while there will be unadvertised Extra Buck deals so keep your eyes open for them.
  • Quarterly Extra Bucks – What I failed to mention above is that you get 2% back for everything you buy with your ExtraCare card. Four times a year – every quarter, you will get an Extra Bucks reward at the Big Red Machine.
  • Beauty Bucks Rewards – $5 in Beauty Bucks will print out at Big Red every time you reach $50 in Beauty Club purchases.
  • ExtraCare Health & Pharmacy Rewards – For every 10 prescriptions you have filled, you will get a $5 Extra Bucks reward.

Keep your Extra Bucks safe as they are basically a store credit or cash to use at the register – they don’t have an actual cash value. To read more about the program, check out the How It Works page.


CVS Big Red Machine, extracare coupon center at Centsable Couponing



In our segment yesterday, we touched on stacking coupons at CVS. Here is a little more in-depth explanation of the stacking possibilities.


Multiple coupons are allowed, as long as the purchase meets the coupon requirements.

  • You have (2) CVS $3 off $15 purchase coupons. As long as you spend a total of $30, you can use both of these store coupons. You can’t stack them unless that $30 threshold is met.
  • You have (1) CVS $3 off $15 purchase coupon and a $5 Extra Bucks reward. As long as you purchase at least $15 worth of product, you can use the coupon and the reward to get $8 in savings. (If you add a MFR coupon for one or more of the products you’re buying, you can save even more.) Gotta love that stacking thing!

B1G1 or BOGO – Buy 1 Get 1 (either free or %off)

This one is a bit trickier, but CVS is one of the few stores that will still do these B1G1/BOGO deals. And now you know why it tends to be my favorite..

Scenario 1

  • Crest toothpaste is on sale – Buy 1 for $2.00, Get 1 Free.
  • You have (2) Crest coupons each for $1.00 off/1 item
  • You can use both $1.00 coupons as you are buying (2) tubes of toothpaste
  • You will get them free and just have to pay taxes

Scenario 2

  • The same Crest toothpaste is on sale – B1G1 or BOGO Free
  • This time, you have a coupon from Crest – Buy 1, Get 1 Free
  • CVS allows you to use the coupon for the two tubes of toothpaste
  • You get them both free and again, just have to pay taxes

There is more information on the CVS coupon policy page. Let us know what you now think about saving money at CVS. Are you off to visit the Big Red Machine any time soon?

31 Days to Super Savings at Centsable Couponing
I hope you’re enjoying our series and will come back tomorrow for another way to save extreme amounts of money in a sensible manner.

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