CVS Coupon Policy & Frequently Asked Questions

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To a casual shopper, CVS may seem a lot more expensive, but it’s one of the best places to stock up on FREE personal care products like deodorant, toothpaste, razors, and shampoo.  But there is a trick to it – rolling.  Make sure you read Getting Paid to Shop to understand rolling rewards to save at CVS and other pharmacies.

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The CVS Deals & Coupon Matchups on In Good Cents are valid nationwide.  CVS sales start on Sunday and run through Saturday.  In Good Cents releases a preview of the top CVS Deals & Coupon Matchups on Saturday for the following week.

CVS often has ExtraCare Buck Deals.  When you purchase the required item(s) or spend the minimum amount, you’ll be rewarded with ExtraCare  Bucks, which are like money that can only be spent at CVS.  ExtraCare Bucks must be used in one transaction and do expire, so make sure to note the expiration date.

The trick to CVS is to “roll” your ExtraCare Bucks to lower the amount you spend out of pocket.  For example, one week, Garnier hair care products are on sale 2 for $5 and you get $2 ExtraCare Bucks when you purchase two.  With coupons, your transaction may look like this:

(1) Garnier Fructis Shampoo $2.50
(1) Garnier Fructis Conditioner $2.50

You use a (2) $1/1 Garnier Hair Care coupons.
You pay $3 and get back $2 in ExtraCare Bucks

The following week, Gillette Fusion Razors are on sale for $7.99 and you get $5 ExtraCare Buck with purchase.  With coupons, your transaction may look like this:

(1) Gillette Fusion Razor $7.99

You use (1) $5/1 Gillette Fusion Razor coupon.
You use your $2 ExtraCare Bucks from the previous week.
You pay $0.99 and get back $5 ExtraCare Bucks to use on your next purchase.

Keep in mind, there are often limits on how often you can take advantage of an ExtraCare Bucks deal each week.

The goal is to generate ExtraCare Bucks to use on your next transaction to lower your out of pocket costs and help you save money.  Make sure you read Getting Paid to Shop to understand rolling rewards to save at CVS and other pharmacies.

CVS Coupon Policy

There is a nationwide CVS coupon policy available online.  Make sure to print an official copy of the CVS coupon policy to take with you just in case you (or your cashier) need help using coupons at CVS.

CVS/pharmacy Coupon Policy
The use of ExtraBucks®, CVS/pharmacy and third-party manufacturer coupons is
accepted in our retail stores in accordance with the following guidelines.

General guidelines to further understand the application of CVS/pharmacy coupons
(ExtraBucks and ExtraCare® Coupons) and third-party manufacturer coupons:

  • CVS/pharmacy does not accept expired coupons.
  • Coupons and their face value cannot be exchanged for cash or gift cards.
  • Competitor coupons are not accepted at CVS/pharmacy.
  • CVS/pharmacy does not accept coupons for items not carried in our stores.
  • CVS/pharmacy does not currently accept coupon bar code images displayed on a smartphone, iPhone, Droid etc.
  • The total value of the coupons may not exceed the value of the transaction. Sales tax must be paid if required by state law.
  • Certain CVS/pharmacy coupons may be subject to state sales tax rules similar to third-party manufacturer coupons and sales tax may be charged on pre-coupon price
    • Third-party manufacturer coupons are coupons issued by a third party and sales tax may be charged on pre-coupon price.
  • Language at the bottom of CVS/pharmacy coupons provides specific coupon  acceptance rules.
  • Any coupon offer not covered in these guidelines will be accepted at the  discretion of CVS/pharmacy management.

Sale Items

  • CVS/pharmacy will accept manufacturer coupons for an item that is on sale.
  • CVS/pharmacy will not accept percent off coupons for sale and promotional items.
  • In the event that any item’s price is less than the value of the coupon,  CVS/pharmacy will accept the coupon only to the price of the item.  CVS/pharmacy does not provide cash back in exchange for any coupons.

Multiple Coupons

  • CVS/pharmacy accepts one third-party manufacturer coupon and applicable  CVS/pharmacy coupon(s) for the purchase of a single item, unless prohibited by  either coupon offer.
  • The number of third-party manufacturer coupons used in a transaction may not  exceed the number of items in the transaction.
  • The coupon amount will be reduced if it exceeds the value of the item after other  discounts or coupons are applied. (For example, a $5.00 coupon for a $4.99 item  will result in a $4.99 coupon value).
  • CVS/pharmacy accepts multiple identical coupons for multiple qualifying items as  long as there is sufficient stock to satisfy other customers, unless a limit is  specified. Management reserves the right to limit the quantity of items purchased.
  • CVS/pharmacy reserves the right to process coupons in any order.

Internet/Print at Home Coupons

  • CVS/pharmacy accepts valid internet/print at home coupons containing a  barcode.
  • CVS/pharmacy will not accept reproductions or rebates.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Does CVS offer rain checks? How do they work?

A: CVS will issue rain checks on out-of-stock items. You can receive your rain check at customers service. CVS rain checks never expire and are good only on the item stated, unless otherwise noted.

Q: When a sale states “Get $5 ECB wyb $20 Worth” do I have to pay $20 to get the $5? Do I have to do it all in one transaction?

A: First the minimum purchase of $20 is your before coupon total, so you will not have to pay $20 if you have coupons to lower your out-of-pocket. Second, your CVS card will track your purchase, so you do not have to purchase all $20 worth of products in as single transaction unless otherwise stated. You do have to purchase them before the offer expires to get your ExtraCare Bucks.

Q: CVS stresses me out. Should I worry about losing Extra Care Bucks? If I get cheap diapers or formula, but I lose a few Extra Care Bucks, is that bad?

A: When I first started, CVS stressed me out as well! I used to think I always had to get more and more ECB and never lose any, but then suddenly I had over $60 in ECB and couldn’t roll them over each week without losing some. This is when I realized that a good deal is a good deal, even if I lose a few ECB in the process.

For example, if you stack a $5 ECB with a $5 formula coupon to snag some very cheap formula that you had to buy no matter what, then you made a wonderful purchase, even if you didn’t get any ECB back. The goal is to keep the cost of your every day items down and not to become an ECB millionaire. Some weeks you may lose ECB. Some weeks you’ll gain ECB. Just make sure you keep a few, so you can always use them to cut your OOP down!

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1 Rosa Banks August 21, 2011 at 5:59 AM

The manager at the CVS in my area, Riverside county, CA told me that she will match competitors (walgreens and RiteAid) offers/sales. The only thing she requires is that I have the AD in hand so they can verify prices. She even said, “You can save gas by just coming to one store”. She see’s me there a lot and I am loyal to them but if there is a good deal somewhere else I am there! I love CVS the best so I was very happy about that information.

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2 Beth August 21, 2011 at 1:23 PM

That’s unusual. CVS doesn’t price match, so this must be just offered at your store. They do accept competitor coupons in the pharmacy though. I think, as for the gas, it depends where you live and the deals. I wouldn’t drive mile to 10 different stores to get a bunch of different deals. But, our CVS and Walgreens are in the same parking lot, as well as our Meijer, Kroger, and Marsh. They are so close, that I don’t mind visiting 1-3 stores each trip to get great deals.

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3 Terry March 21, 2012 at 2:05 PM

So…if I have a manufacturer’s coupon, issued by Kroger (not a store coupon, a manufacturer’s coupon). I can use this at CVS? One local CVS accepts them, one doesn’t (the CVS that doesn’t also does not understand their BOGO policy as they always argue about it).
I am still confused about what a 3rd party manufacturer coupon is. So my Kroger issued manufacturer’s coupon is not a 3rd party coupon?

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4 Beth March 21, 2012 at 3:38 PM

In theory, Terry. Manufacturer coupons are manufacturer coupons, regardless of if a store puts their logo on it. CVS could accept the coupon and get reimbursed for it, however they have the right to refuse coupons with other stores logos on them. In fact, they have the right to refuse all coupons.

Since some stores don’t know better, they may put manufacturer coupon on a store coupon, because it’s for a manufacturer brand. I know, that’s confusing, but I’ve seen it done many times. For this reason, stores are hesitant to take manufacturer coupons with other stores logos on them, out of fear it really is a mislabeled store coupon. However, they could simply look at the redemption address to know if it’s a store or manufacturer coupon truly. If it goes to the store, it’s a store coupon, and if it goes to the manufacturer, it’s a manufacturer coupon. But many simply decline the coupon.

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5 Ken March 1, 2013 at 10:31 AM

I have an odd predicament. My ExtraBucks didn’t print for sontheimg I bought last week so my cashier had to force print them and she did so by scanning her EB card instead of mine I didn’t realize this until I got home and was counting my EB earned and notice that the force print one has another EB card number displayed on it Do you think this will be a problem if I try to redeem it along with my other EB earned? Does their computer actually notify if the EB presented are not from the EB card you’ve used?

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6 Sandy April 6, 2013 at 11:53 AM

Helppp!! I am having trouble trying to use coupons that states one coupon per purchase at cvs. The cashiers keep claiming that one coupon per purchase means one coupon per transaction and refuse to let me use 4 same coupons on 4 same products. How do I convince them that that is not the case, unless I have been miss informed. I was informed that one coupon per purchase just means that I can’t use more than one coupon on one item in the transaction that’s stated in the coupon. Please clarify to me if I’m wrong.

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7 Beth April 7, 2013 at 2:19 PM

Sandy, you may have to contact headquarters to have them clarify to the cashier, but I typically say, “The coupon says one per purchase, not one per transaction. I am purchasing 4, so I can use 4 coupons.” This typically helps the cashier understand. The coupon verbiage can be confusing and many think “per purchase” means “per transaction”.

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