CVS Coupon Policy Explained

October 10, 2022

In one of my previous posts, I shared with you my first experience couponing at CVS. From that trip, I learned how important it is to know your stores coupon policy. This will help you get the maximum savings on your couponing trips. The CVS Coupon Policy lays out all of the basics of what to expect . The problem is, sometimes you don’t know exactly how they apply to your specific deal. I’m going to help break it down for you with examples. So- get your copy of the CVS Coupon Policy below, and we can get started.

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CVS Coupon Policy

CVS Coupon Guidelines:

  • CVS/pharmacy does not accept expired coupons.
  • CVS/pharmacy will not accept third party manufacturers’ coupons with another retailer’s logo.
  • Coupons cannot be exchanged for cash or gift cards.
  • Third Party Manufacturer coupons are issued by a third party and sales tax may be charged on pre-coupon price.
  • CVS/pharmacy does not accept coupons for items not carried in our stores.
  • CVS/pharmacy only accepts Extra-Bucks Rewards applicable to the Extra-Care card offered at the time-of-purchase.
    • You must scan whatever CVS card earned the ECBs when you use them. So, you can’t go to CVS and try to use ExtraCareBucks that your mom earned from using her CVS card unless you scan her card at the time of use.
  • 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.
  • Language at the bottom of CVS/pharmacy coupons provides specific coupon acceptance rules.
    • Read the fine print of the coupon.
  • Any coupon offer not covered in these guidelines may be accepted at the discretion of CVS management.


CVS Coupon Policy – Sale Items

  • CVS/pharmacy will accept manufacturer coupons for an item that is on sale.
    • You can use a “dollar off” coupon in combination with the sale price. Example: Toothpaste is on sale for $2.00 and the regular price is $3.00. You CAN use a $2.00 off coupon.
  • CVS/pharmacy will not accept percent off coupons for an item that is on sale.
    • If you have a coupon for 25% off, you can not use it if an item is on sale.
  • In the event that any item’s price is less than the value of the coupon, CVS/pharmacy will only accept the coupon only to the price of the item.
    • If the item is on sale or regular price of $3.00, and you have a $4.00 off coupon, your coupon will only be worth $3.00. CVS does NOT give cash for the extra value of the coupon.
    • CVS/pharmacy does NOT provide cash back in exchange for any coupons.
    • Coupons do not have any monetary value on their own. They must be used on purchases to be worth anything. CVS does not allow you to “make money” on purchases.

CVS Coupon Policy – Multiple Coupons

  • CVS/pharmacy accepts one manufacturer coupon and applicable CVS/pharmacy coupon(s) per item, unless prohibited by either coupon offer.
    • You can stack CVS coupons with manufacturer coupons. For example, it you have a CVS coupon for $1 off a case of Coke and you have a Coca-Cola coupon for $2 off any Coke brand product, you save $3 total for that one product. This is the best way to get great deals at CVS.
  • There is no limit to the number of Extra-Bucks Rewards that may be used in a transaction as long as it does not exceed the transaction total.
    • You can use ExtraCareBucks (ECBs) to pay for your entire purchase if you like. But you will not get cash if your ECBs exceed the amount of your purchase.
  • The number of manufacturer coupons used in a transaction may not exceed the number of items in the transaction.
    • You can’t use 5 $1 off coupons for 1 $5 item.
  • 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.

    • If you want to buy 100 of the same product, you can clip 100 of the same coupons and use them. The only limit to this is that there are enough of that product in the store.
  • Management reserves the right to limit the quantity of items purchased.
  • CVS/pharmacy reserves the right to process coupons in any order.
  • CVS/pharmacy accepts multiple Dollar-off Transaction coupons (e.g. $3-off $15) in one transaction if they apply.
    • If you are spending $45 in one transaction, you can use 3 “$3 off $15” coupons in one transaction. This would essentially give you $9 off $45.

CVS Coupon Policy – Buy One, Get One Free Coupons

  • Sales tax must be paid for any Buy-One, Get-One Free coupon offer, if required by applicable state laws.
  • Two coupons may be used on a Buy-One, Get-One Free promotion as long as it does not exceed the item total.
    • If you are buying a buy one, get one free product and the product costs $4, you could use 2- $2 off coupons because you are buying 2 products. You would then just pay the applicable taxes.
  • Buy One, Get One Free promotions may be combined with Buy One, Get One Free Coupons. Customers are responsible for paying
    applicable tax. 

    • If something is on sale as a buy one, get one free deal; you can also use a buy one, get one free coupon. This makes your purchase free and you just pay taxes.

CVS Coupon Policy – Internet/Print at Home Coupons

  • CVS/pharmacy accepts internet/print at home coupons that include a bar-code.
  • CVS/pharmacy will not accept reproductions or rebates.

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