Dec 182017

I love shopping at CVS. It is one of my favorite places to score so many freebies or practically free items. You can even find some great grocery deals.

CVS Abbreviations

These are also some general couponing abbreviations you may see on sites as you go looking for deals. To see a more in depth Coupon Lingo article, click HERE!

  • ECB (Extra Care Buck) – E earned when you buy certain products throughout the store. They print at the bottom of your receipt and can be used on your next order.
  • CRT – Cash Register Tape
  • MM (Money Maker)
  • MIR (Mail in Rebate)
  • OOP (Out of Pocket) – Cash amount you may have to pay after redeeming coupons and ECB’s
  • P&G (Proctor & Gamble Coupon Insert)
  • Q –  Coupon
  • RC (Rain check) – You can get a rain check on items that are on sale but the store is out stock in.
  • RP (RedPlum Coupon Insert)
  • Roll ECB’s – Using ECB’s on an item that will give you another ECB
  • SS (SmartSource Coupon Insert)
  • WYB (When Your Buy)
  • WYS (When Your Spend)

You Need This – Extra Care Rewards Card

CVS  has a loyalty program called ExtraCare.  You have to have this to earn your ECBs (Extra Care Bucks). This is basically equivalent to CVS money. Click here to sign up for the program online if you don’t already have a card. You can print a temporary card to use for two weeks until your card arrives in the mail. Also, be sure and register your card online as there are often online promotions through them.

Earning Quarterly Rewards

You’ll be earning 2% back from your purchases each quarter. You get this back at the end of each quarter of the year. Here’s how it works.

  • Spend $0 to $24.99 Get 0 ECBs
  • Spend $25.00 to $49.99 Get $0.50 in ECBs
  • Spend $50.00 to $74.99 Get $1.00 in ECBs
  • Spend $75.00 to $99.99 Get $1.50 in ECBs

This is AFTER coupons.

Quarterly Rewards Schedule:

  • January 1st: You’ll receive ECBs for purchases made from October 1 – December 31.
  • April 1st: You’ll receive ECBs for purchases made from January 1st – March 31.
  • July 1st: You’ll receive ECBs for purchases made from April 1st – June 30.
  • October 1st: You’ll receive ECBs for purchases made from July 1st – September 30.

Awesome Rewards Through The Beauty Club

You sign up for the beauty club online and it is super rewarding! Here are the perks:

  • 10% off beauty shopping pass after enrollment
  • $5 ExtraBucks Rewards for every $50 spent on qualifying beauty purchases
  • $3 ExtraBucks rewards on your birthday
  • Exclusive emails with coupons, tips and new product info

Pharmacy Rewards

If you need medication why not earn money for them? At CVS you can earn $5 ECB when you fill 10 prescriptions.

  • You can use the same ExtraCare card. Join Now
  • You must have your ExtraCare card linked to your account to get credit for online activities.
  • Each person who joins can earn up to $50 Pharmacy
    & Health ExtraBucks Rewards each year.
  • Family members sharing an ExtraCare card
    need to sign up individually to earn.
  • Your Pharmacy & Health ExtraBucks Rewards can be used like your other ExtraBucks Rewards on most items
    in the store.
  • Balances reset on January 1 each year.

The Magic Red Machine – Extra Care Coupon Center

The Extracare Coupon Center is located  inside your local CVS store. Find the red machine at your store and scan your card each time you go in. Scan it again – sometimes it will print coupons the second time around as well.   Coupons can be different for each person and is often based on what you buy. This is also a price checker.

Great Deals – CVS In-App Coupons

You can also get some great deals with the CVS app .Simply download the CVS App on your mobile device, create an account or login. Make sure your Extracare account is connected and you will get digital coupons that can be used at checkout. You will receive APP Only coupons and you can also choose to have your other ExtraCare Coupons sent to your card and they will come off automatically when you check out.


These are the basics of what you need to know before you can start saving BIG at CVS. Watch for a post on how to shop there and get the best deals!

**Don’t forget, always print TWO coupons per device to maximize your savings!

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