Frequently Asked Questions

I’ve made a list of frequently asked questions regarding coupons on this page. Don’t see a question about coupons you’d like to ask? You can contact me on Instagram, or you can go to my Contact Me page and I may add it on here in the future.

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General Questions
CVS Questions

General Questions

Where can I get paper coupons?
– I personally get my coupons at the Dollar Tree on Sunday mornings. I check to see if my local store carries the newspaper and they are about $1 each. In one newspaper, they will have typically have 2-4 coupon inserts each week. Other stores, such as gas stations, local retailers, and convenience stores may also carry Sunday newspapers for $3-$5 each.

You can also get paper coupons if your apartment or house gets it mailed to you. You can ask your friends, neighbors, or even the leasing office for papers. Sometimes apartments have recycling bins and the leasing office may let you go through it.

Where can I get coupons if I can’t get paper coupons?
– There are many ways to get coupons if you can’t get paper coupons in the mail or in stores. The easiest way to get coupons is by downloading store apps, such as Target, Dollar General, Kroger, CVS, Walgreens, et cetera. These apps have digital coupons on there. Both store-exclusive coupons and digital manufacturer coupons can be found on apps. These apps are free but usually require a membership login to access these coupons.

Another way to get coupons is from my site by clicking on the “Coupons” tab or going to You can also go directly onto the manufacturer’s website and print coupons from their websites.

Where can I get old coupons?
– You can’t, unless you get an old newspaper from friends or family. I save my newspapers from weeks ago and then I wait to use them for a good deal. I would recommend getting one insert and working with deals that you can do.

How do I understand the couponing policy?
– You can check out my guide on understanding general coupon policies found on my how to coupon for beginners page.

There are so many abbreviations and acronyms, what does it all mean?
– You can check out common couponing terms here.

How many coupons can I use in one transaction?
– It depends. You’d have to read the coupon fine print to see how many coupons you can use per transaction, per day, per person, and the list goes on. You can find a comprehensive list here.

The coupon fine print says one per purchase. Why are you using two?
– Typically “per purchase” means one item/offer. If I get one lotion, I am purchasing one lotion. If I get another lotion, I am purchasing another lotion – therefore, two lotions. A transaction means the entirety of your purchase in one go.

CVS Questions

How do I start couponing/get deals at CVS?
– Sign up for the free Extra Rewards membership!

What’s a CRT/ECB?
– A CRT is a cash register tape coupon, which are 5-feet long coupons you can find at the bottom of your receipt. Besides that, you can also scan them at the CVS Red Box up to 3 times or until it says you have no more coupons. An ECB, or ExtraCare Buck, is what CVS uses as a “reward buck”.

What’s Beauty Club?
– Beauty Club is a promo that you can sign up for where every $30 in beauty categories that you spend (categories include: cosmetics, fragrances, haircare, hair color, facial care, hand and body lotion, skincare), you get $3 in ECB or BB (Beauty Bucks). It tracks all purchases you make. The $30 in purchases does not need to all be in one transaction. It’s a way that many deals become money makers!

How do I get good CRTs like you? I have nothing.
– CRTs are personalized coupons sent to your account. If you’ve never made a purchase at CVS, they will not give you lots of coupons. If you buy a lot of makeup at CVS, they will send you a lot of makeup CRTs to get you to shop there more. CRTs can take up to 2 weeks to show up on your account after your first purchase, or for that category of purchases. I recommend building your CRTs by starting small and doing freebie deals.

If I have a $2 off $10 Toothpaste CRT, and a $1 off $5 Toothpaste CRT, can I use them both together?
– For purchase based CRTs, they have to meet the limit of the threshold. You need to meet both the $10 and $5 requirement, meaning you’d have to get $15 worth of Toothpaste.

Can I use two $2 off CRTs on one product?
– Yes, CVS doesn’t limit the CRTs you can use in any transaction, as long as it meets all thresholds.

What’s the 98% rule at CVS?
– Not every store follows this, but most do. I would check by making a small transaction and seeing if that store follows it. You must meet 98% of your CRTs or purchase to be able to use that coupon. For example, I need to spend $10 to get $5 ECB. You’d have to get at least $9.80 worth of product to get that deal to work.

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