Have you ever tried to use coupons and the cashier treats you like a major inconvenience? Or they act like the money you save is coming out of their pocket? Me, too! That is one reason why I like shopping at CVS. The store is small and the couponing isn’t overwhelming. If you are new to couponing, I would recommend beginning in a small store, like a CVS, to get the hang of it.
I am going to take you through several LEVELS of saving money at CVS. You can choose how much you want to do. Even doing Level 1 will enable you to save some of your hard-earned money. When I began, I would save around 30%. Now, I generally save between 60-75% off regular prices.
This is how I do it:
LEVEL 1: SHOP THE SALES
Only purchase the items that are on sale. CVS’ normal prices are higher than larger box stores. You can use their weekly flyer and only purchase items that are listed. Sometimes, you won’t realize the savings right away, because they will give you a coupon to use the next time you are in the store.
LEVEL 2: BECOME A CVS REWARDS MEMBER
This has several bonuses besides being a very easy way to save money at CVS. You sign up at the register for the rewards program. From then on, you can go to the CVS Coupon Kiosk and print out coupons for your visit. Many times, they have one almost free item.
LEVEL 3: DOWNLOAD THE CVS APP
Their app is da’ bomb! I use their app so I don’t have to tote around their rewards card. I can link their coupons to my card. You just scroll down to MY DEALS AND REWARDS and send the deals/coupons to your card. (no forgetting to bring your coupons! easy!) Some coupons they make available for app users only, which is an added perk.
LEVEL 4: DOUBLE UP THE SAVINGS BY ADDING COUPONS & Mail-In-Rebates
- Sign up for the Sunday paper. This is the easiest way to get coupons. I now purchase an additional 3 papers at our Dollar Tree for only $1/pc. each week. (note: not every Dollar Tree offers this.)
- Sign up as a member of CouponMom.com – she has the easiest list to follow if you are going to use coupons + sales. Here is an easy explanation of how to read her lists. They are easy to print off or email to yourself so they are with you on your phone. Remember, her prices are estimates. I live in Chicago and our prices are ALWAYS higher than what she has listed.
- Don’t forget to send in your mail-in-rebates for FREE items! Most of the time, you will need to barcode off the package that you purchased, plus a copy of the receipt, and the rebate form. It can take 6-8 weeks to receive the rebate in the mail.
LEVEL 5: GET MORE SAVINGS BY USING OTHER SAVINGS APPS
Each of these savings apps work a little differently.
You think that is the end? Oh, no! There is one more awesome way to save substantially at CVS!
LEVEL 6: SAVE 10-20% MORE BY PURCHASING A DISCOUNTED GIFT CARD ONLINE
I just purchased an electronic CVS gift card for 13% off. That’s an additional savings just by planning ahead! If you don’t know about purchasing discounted gift cards, see this post.
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