Some stores offer their own coupons, in addition to the acceptance of manufacturer’s coupons, either in their ad or through the company’s website. The most notable include CVS ExtraCare Bucks (ECB), Meijer Mealbox and Food Lion Internet Printable (FLIP) coupons. Store coupons can be used in conjunction with brand coupons. They are a great way to increase your savings because they work as a discount rather than a reimbursed coupon. As long as you follow the rules for purchase with each coupon, they can be combined for greater savings.
For example, if you have a coupon for $.75 off 1 item and your store releases its own coupon for $.25 off that same item, you should use both coupons together to save $1 on your purchase. CVS ECB work a little differently, since they have a rebate element to them as well. ECB print at the bottom of your receipt when you purchase required items. You can use ECB along with manufacturer’s coupons, but we will cover those details separately as the Art of Couponing series continues.