Couponing 101: CVS for Beginners Tutorial & Practical Breakdown 12/18/2016 | Savvy Steph Couponing

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This is a video anyone considering starting couponing or for beginners who have just taken up the hobby and need a little more practical experience putting together coupon breakdowns for your own personal weekly coupon shops at CVS. This is a very simple breakdown of the products from my mother-in-laws second trip to CVS since beginning couponing. Her first trip, as stated in the video, requires an out of pocket spend to build up the initial extracare bucks that can then be used in all subsequent trips and was carried out the week before last. So this is her first trip getting approx $60 retail value worth of products. Her transaction was covered by ECB’s collected in last weeks trip and only $0.63 in real cash! This was an amazing first trip and goes to show that you don’t need to be a seasoned couponer to be able to easily get great deals, freebies and even moneymakers!

As everyone who coupons knows, we have our GREAT weeks and our slow weeks. Don’t become disheartened! Even if you begin to build your stockpile of products slowly, and really pay attention to understanding the basics and becoming educated, thats still money saved in the long-run, you’ll make less mistakes (which otherwise could be costly) and your getting free products that you would otherwise have spent full price on!

I will be uploading another video later this week on how to subscribe to the CVS e-mail communications and also the Beauty Club. We receive personalized coupons from a number of different sources and keeping our options open increases the chance of receiving them every week – especially transaction coupons like your percentage off or $ off a certain spend. I encourage you to always check your In-store Red Box, CVS e-mail communications, CVS In App and any CVS snail mail you may have received. Additionally i explain how its great to open an e-mail account dedicated to couponing so you can keep everything organized and also to avoid cluttering up your personal inbox. You should also think about signing up to certain brands that frequent the CVS weekly ad as you never know when you might receive a great value coupon by surprise that you can use on the fly.


As this video is a tutorial and a tool for learning I have not gone ahead and listed exact coupons here, unlike my personal coupon breakdowns and CVS hauls which I post every week. Instead I will leave general sources here which you can find coupons in, that will be useful to look out for the future:

Red plum, Smartsource and P&G Circular Inserts
Retailer & Brand E-mail Communications,,
Magazine Advertisements
Social Media Brand Pages
Free Sample Sites (


Useful links I mentioned in the video:

Free Stuff Finder Coupon Database –
(search this database for all manufacturer coupons available and in-date. This source will tell you what they are for, where you can find them, their expiry and their value of course. This site is perfect for finding coupons that you had misplaced, forgotten about or never knew existed!)

Krazy Coupon Lady CVS Extracare Coupon Center & In-App Coupons: (Every week the Krazy Coupon Lady lists personalized coupons that will be given to customers based on real data given by their community. They not only list personalized coupons that will be printable for all customers, but also the possible list that will be randomized between customers depending on their shopping habits. Additionally they list CVS In-App only coupons that you will be able to find in the ‘Deals & Rewards’ section of your CVS app!


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Saving with Nikki says:

great video! tfs

Gina Trenholm says:

That's for explaining everything so well.

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