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CVS Coupon Policy

CVS Pharmacy operates nationwide, sometimes under the name Longs Drugs. Find a store near you here.

To print off a copy of your own CVS policy click HERE.

CVS/pharmacy coupons (ExtraBucks® Rewards and ExtraCare® Coupons) and Third Party Manufacturer Coupons are accepted in our retail stores in accordance with the following 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 ExtraBucks Rewards applicable to the ExtraCare card offered at time of purchase.
  • 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.
  • Any coupon offer not covered in these guidelines may be accepted at the discretion of CVS 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 an item that 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. CVS/pharmacy does not provide cash back in exchange for any coupons.

Multiple Coupons

  • CVS/pharmacy accepts one manufacturer coupon and applicable CVS/pharmacy coupon(s) per item, unless prohibited by either coupon offer.
  • There is no limit to the number of ExtraBucks Rewards that may be used in a transaction as long as it does not exceed the transaction total. The number of 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.
  • CVS/pharmacy accepts multiple Dollar off Transaction coupons (e.g. $3 off $15) in one transaction if they apply
    Example: Customer may use two 3 off $15 coupons if they are purchasing over $30.00

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
    Example: Suave Shampoo is on sale for $2.00 Buy One, Get One Free and the customer is purchasing two shampoos; customer may use two coupons for $1.00 each and pay the applicable tax.
  • Buy One, Get One Free promotions may be combined with Buy One, Get One Free Coupons. Customers are responsible for paying applicable tax
    Example: Suave Shampoo is on sale for $2.00 BOGO and customer has a MFG coupon for Suave BOGO. Customer will receive both items for free but will need to pay any applicable tax.
Internet/Print at Home Coupons
  • CVS/pharmacy accepts internet/print at home coupons that include a barcode.
  • CVS/pharmacy will not accept reproductions or rebates.

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13 thoughts on “CVS Coupon Policy”

  1. I have a question. When doing a transaction like buy $30 get 10 gas card is the spend limit counted before the coupons or after. I thought it was before but the CVS cashier and her manager said it was after. Also in the same transaction if there are BOGO items, does the free item before price count toward the spend limit. Again I was told by the cashier and her manager, no, even though at different stores I was told it was. This was my first big CVS deal and I did save a lot, but I wanted to split it up so I could get a gas card for my mom and me, but couldn’t.

  2. Paula Lorenzo says:

    CVS always accepted expired coupons until now. Time to shop at Walart.

  3. If I’m buying $10 worth of oral care and have one $3/$10 CVS Q for oral care and another $2/$8 CVS Q also for oral care, can I use both?

  4. Anonymous says:

    Does cvs accept the coupons the email out for longer than the expiration date?

  5. Mizzhoa says:

    Does anyone know the policy for the rain checks? I went in today @ a local cvs and used one of them and the cashier refuses to give me the EB that was written on the rain checks. I was standing there trying to explain to him but he was so rude and refuse to do until there was a long line!

  6. Jamell says:

    I went back to CVS today because I bought the Pepperidge Farms Milano cookier 2/5$ and forgot to give them the 2 $1 off coupons and they were really nice about it and he just handed me $2 in cash! He said it was really great that I came back for that because $2 is alot and I agree!! So far I love CVS

  7. Kathleen says:

    I was at CVS today and was told I could not use some of my coupons combined with the BOGO coupon. I bought 4 toothbrushes. Had two BOGOs and four $1.00 off coupons. I figured the four $1.00 off was a strech but at least I should be able to use two. The sales associate would not let me use any of them.

    By reading the email posted above, I should have been able to use all four coupons. I just got done emailing CVS myself. Hopefully they will make right on the sales associates mistake.

  8. Sarah says:

    After a number of frustrating encounters, and as many varying versions of their policy on internet/printed coupons I finally contacted corporate. Unfortunately I did not get anything in writing, however was directed to call. She did confirm that they should take them, their training says to always attempt to scan first, or they can manually be typed in, at that point if it doesn’t work they are to politely (haha) hand them back to the customer. She said if there is a problem you can ask THEM to call corporate and verify a coupon, or you can call yourself. She said there are a (small) number of stores who’ve had large volumes of fraud and have stopped taking them. I had the store info, so she is contacted the person in charge of that store. Sigh, just not sure if I want to bother going there again.

  9. Thanks for this information. I am about to head out to CVS with a $2.00 off manufacturer’s internet coupon. This is the first time I’ve tried shopping with an internet coupon from the manufacturer instead of the store.

    I really appreciate that you actually wrote to the company and posted the response. It’s very accurate information.

  10. Alicia says:

    I think it varies store to store. I went to a store in my hometown and they said they accepted expired extra bucks (this was after having a conversation with the cashier about how I always forgot to usee them) So I thought cool and started saving them up til I had quite a few, went to the local store where I live now and wouldn’t you know the cashier said they absolutely do NOT take expired EB. I was rather mad, but I told her what the other store said and she said they are not allowed to do that. Apparently they have to send them in the mail to the office and they will not take them, but I don’t believe that because surely the stores accepting them would get in trouble for it if that was the case. My CVS though is never good about coupons. I am not usre why stores are so mean about coupons, I mean they will recoup the money plus a few extra cents for handling.

    • AH says:

      Hi everyone. I recently was chatting with the CVS Store Manager and she told me that you can call Corporate and tell them that your EB expired a few days ago & you forgot to use them, and she said that they’ll reprint them and send them to you! I was like awesome – because I always forget to use them by their expiration date. Bye, AH.

  11. Dee says:

    I recently went CVS and they stated they received an update regarding their coupon policy and ECBs. They now accept expired CVS coupons and expired ECBs. Have you heard anything from the corporate office and will you be posting the update? I would LOVE to be able to take it with me on my quest for low prices!!!
    Thanks for everything!
    Dee

  12. Lisa says:

    Thank you thank you thank you!! I've printed out the letter from CVS customer relations.

    I always have a problem with using 2 coupons on a bogo item. So happy this is cleared up finally!!

    Thank you thank you thank you again!!