CVS 201: The Coupons

by Beth Montgomery on March 30, 2009

in Coupons & Rebates

I’ve been getting a lot of questions recently on CVS coupons. So, where do you get all the different CVS-issued coupons available? Here is a breakdown to help you get more advanced in your CVS Trips.

First, remember, to take full advantage of CVS, you’ll need a Extra Care Card. This triggers many of your coupons to print or be sent to you! If you are new to CVS, check out CVS 101 for some tips and tricks to get you started.

The great thing about the coupons offered by CVS is that they are almost always store coupons, which can be stacked with a manufacturer coupon to save you even more.

CRT or Cash Receipt Tickets are coupons that may print with your receipt. When you purchase a product that results in ECB, they will print with your receipt. You may also receive coupons for various products. Watch for $/$$ coupons here!

In addition, you may receive your quarterly ECB as a CRT. Unlike most stores, CVS only prints store coupons via CRT, so they may be stacked with manufacturer coupons.

Some stores have a kiosk when you enter the store. Typically it’s located near the entrance. In some stores you’ll find it on the end of an aisle, while other times it’s near the advertisements. If you can’t locate a kiosk in your store, ask an associate.

Each time you enter CVS, scan your CVS card at the kiosk before you begin to shop. You may get a $/$$ coupon, store coupon, or your quarterly ECB here to make your shopping trip even better! The kiosk prints CRT coupons.


The Reinventing Beauty Magazine is a CVS magazine that can be found only at CVS for the low price of $0.99. Inside the magazine is a coupon pull-out, also known as the CVS Pharmacy Store Coupon Booklet. Some stores offer the pull-out coupon booklet absolutely FREE. However not all stores offer this, so you may have to pay the $0.99 for the magazine if you want the coupons inside.
The Reinventing Beauty Magazine and CVS Pharmacy Store Coupon Booklet can be found in store. Their location varies by store, but you can typically find them by the cash register or in the beauty section of your store. If you can’t locate either, ask an associate.
Both of these items are typically referred to as “The Beauty Book” by CVS bloggers, since they contain essentially the same coupons. The Reinventing Beauty Magazine does have additional coupons inside that aren’t included in the pull-out though.

Sometimes CVS offers coupons in their advertisement. These coupons may be coupons you need to clip and bring into the store or clip-free coupons, which are simply deducted when you scan your Extra Card card.

To receive coupons via e-mail, you’ll have to register your card online HERE. Often, you receive e-mails that include photo deals and other online deals, but every so often CVS will e-mail you a $/$$ coupon, which when combined with other deals can save you a lot of money on your trip. Watch the expiration date. Often these coupons are only good for the upcoming weekend or a few days.

You may also receive other special deals and coupons via e-mail, including coupons for FREE items.

When you apply for a Extra Care Card, you will be signed up to receive special offers via mail. Watch your mailbox, because sometimes you receive some great coupons that can be stacked with manufacturer coupons. Often these coupons match their sales and are offered as a special addition to their loyal customers.

It’s also important to watch CVS bloggers, because CVS may release a coupon in a digital or online magazine or newspaper, which can be printed and taken in store for an extra discount. Often these coupons are $/$$ coupons or coupons to get a gift card with a new or transferred medicine. Unless you are great at finding hard-to-find coupons, the only way to keep up-to-date on these coupons is to frequent blogs that keep up-to-date with CVS deals.

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