CVS Pharmacy is the largest pharmacy chain in the United States by number of locations. Their ExtraCare customer loyalty plan has been extremely popular with customers. Joining ExtraCare, and using it with the CVS Pharmacy app, can save customers hundreds of dollars per year.
Signing Up for CVS ExtraCare
If you are a regular CVS customer, you should be a member of their ExtraCare customer loyalty program. You can join for free by asking the sales associate the next time you check out at any CVS store. You’ll get a plastic loyalty card when you sign up. You can use the card or your phone number at checkout to receive ExtraCare member-only discounts.
CVS ExtraCare Coupons
When you shop at CVS, you’ll often see tags on certain products that offer a discounted price when using your ExtraCare card. Most discounts are provided through ExtraCare coupons. CVS became somewhat infamous for these miles-long register receipts with dozens of coupons.
While these paper coupons are great, you had to remember to clip them, save them, and bring them back to the store to redeem. This usually results in lots of wasted paper and forgotten coupons. It was difficult for most customers to take full advantages of the possible savings.
CVS Pharmacy App
This is where the CVS Pharmacy app comes in. Available for iPhone and Android, you can install the app for free on your phone. Once the app is installed, you can enter your ExtraCare card number. Once the app knows your ExtraCare card number, it gives you a barcode that you can use to scan in at checkout.
What’s really cool is that the app remember all of your coupons. Within the app, there is a “Deals & rewards” section that lists all of your available offers. You can tap each coupon to “Send to card”. Once a deal is on your card, any time you check out, the sales associate is automatically shown all deals that can be applied to whatever you are purchasing. No more clipping and carrying around paper. More important, no more trying to remember your coupons!
Here’s a pro tip: just send all of your coupons to the card. You never know what you might need at any time. The app automatically checks all deals on that card against what you’re buying each time you shop. If you automatically add all deals to your card, you don’t need to waste time thinking about it. Any deals that you don’t use simply expire and will disappear.
Really hate paper? When you check out, ask to sign up to receive digital receipts. You’ll need an email address. Once you sign up, all receipts are simply emailed to you. What’s cool here is that any new deals that are available to you will also appear on the emailed receipts. Again, you can just click on each one to add to your card.
Another pro tip: if you click on deals in the emails and add them to your card via the CVS website, you will also see a bunch of manufacturer’s coupons. You can also add these to your card, and they will also be applied automatically when you purchase those items at checkout.
The power of this program is that you can quickly add all of your available deals to your card. When you checkout, the sales associate is given a list of all of the deals that can be applied to your order. Just tell them to do so, and watch the price of your purchase fall!
In addition to regular coupons, CVS also gives customers ExtraBucks when making certain purchases. Sometimes, this may be for simply buying a certain product. You can also earn ExtraBucks for buying a certain amount of some category (say, $50 of beauty supplies) over some period of time.
ExtraBucks are coupons that may be applied to any order. Think of them as good as cash at CVS. You can add them to your ExtraCare card/app like any other coupon. It’s great when you are at the register and can apply $5 or $10 of ExtraBucks simply for scanning your app’s barcode.
Other Perks and Rewards
The CVS ExtraCare programs has other perks and coupons that they send out regularly. Sometimes, they offer 25% coupons that can be taken off an entire order. Or, they may send a coupon for 30% off a single item. Watch for these coupons, and plan big shopping trips around them. Buying a hair dryer or shaver feels a lot better when you can save $25 or $30 off the $100 price.
Finally, when you use your ExtraCare card, CVS rewards you with quarterly ExtraBucks bonuses. These bonuses accrue as you shop and are rewarded automatically.
Shop Often, Save Always
CVS customers who join the ExtraCare loyalty program, and use it every time they shop with their CVS Pharmacy app, can save a lot of money on items they purchase every day. This free program is easy to use, and offers significant rewards without a lot of hassle.