CVS Handout CoverI love shopping at CVS. Although I have had a love hat relationship with it this year, this is still one of the best drug stores to shop at for good savings.

When I first became frugal and started using coupons, CVS was the store that I practiced in. I learned how to combine sales with coupons and how to use manufacturer coupons alongside store coupons.

CVS was also the store that allowed me to build up my stockpile. I don’t have to buy soap, toothpaste, razors, and shampoo for almost a year. Those items alone can be a big chunk of any family’s budget. (Especially a family of 6.)

I have gotten so many emails from people asking me how to shop at CVS. When I moved to it’s own server about a month ago, I didn’t get the chance to format all of my posts. So I just now realized that all of my CVS 101 posts are just floating around.

Don’t worry. I have formatted my CVS 101 tutorials into an easy to read, and free, downloadable mini eBook. Couponing 101: How to Play the CVS Game is available for you to download now.

In this handbook you will find a section on:

  • Understanding the CVS coupon lingo.
  • Before your first purchase.
  • Making your first purchase.
  • Getting a rain check.
  • CVS coupon policy.

So go ahead and download the CVS handbook now.

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  1. I love the fact that you did this. I can’t wait to see if there is something I have been missing!

  2. Thanks for doing this. Now I’ll actually sign up for the card instead of pretending I lost it every time I go there so the cashier can scan theirs and give me the discount 🙂

  3. Thank you so much for this and the entire site. I read your article in Essence this weekend and have visited your site everyday since. You have turned me into a penny pinching diva!!

  4. Thanks so much for all the information you provide to us on saving money. I have viewed other sites regarding “saving with coupons” but I believe that yours is by far one of the best. You explain things which helps a new person like me understand the process.

    I have visited your site almost everyday since reading the Essence article. Even did my first shopping trip at CVS. Will post my savings soon. Thanks Again!!!

  5. I LOVEEE this site! Ive been here everyday since I saw your article in Essence. Kudos to you. I am also a young mom and I am starting my blogger career about fashion (get it for less, celeb-inspired, clothes according to body-type, personal style consultant) and I also sale clothes, vintage fashion, and jewelry on ebay (

    Keep it up and thanks!!!

  6. Thank you for writing this. I have just started using the CVS card and it was a little difficult for me to understand the ins and outs of the program. Great tutorial!

    I love your site…I learned about it from the Essence magazine…I went couponing yesterday and i loved doing it…Keep up the good work

  8. I am so glad that this guide is of use to someone. I wrote it because all of the CVS tutorials I read when I began were so vague and confusing. I broke it down into sections so others could understand what I was missing at first.

    Take care,

  9. Thanks so much for the money saving tips! I thought that I did pretty good with sales & coupons but your site helped me save EXTRA cash and get items for basically FREE. Thanks so much for your site and God Bless. Will be back next week 🙂

  10. Great handout!

  11. aw you were in essence mag, hun!!! sweeet!!!

  12. Shynea,

    One thing I do at CVS is plan ahead for the ECBs so I can spend it all in one trip. If I know I am going to get an ECB, I split my order. I will purchase those ECB items first then use the ECB on the second order right away. That way I have less chance of losing or forgetting about them on my next trip.

  13. I have wanted to get into the couponing game but all other sites just were too overwhelming and I gave up. Your site is so ….easy for a beginner to get started. I am going to begin just as you said – at a CVS store this very evening. I will sign up for the card today. Thank you so much!

  14. Hey Shynea,

    Where do I get an extra care value book? Thanks

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