Be sure to check your email for a 20% off coupon from CVS! The coupon is available to print through today, 9/16, and expiration will vary depending when you print. CVS percent-off coupons exclude clearance, sale and promotional items, such as BOGO sales. However, they can be used on items that trigger Extra Bucks, as long as the participating item is regular price. Didn’t get this email? Not everyone gets every email. Be sure to connect your ExtraCare card to an email address at You will receive promotional emails with great coupons like this one, as well as have access to customized coupons!

I’ve found some of the best deals to use it on this week, turning them into Moneymakers! These products are part of Extra Bucks promotions but are priced at regular price and still eligible for your percent-off coupon! Take a look:

DermaSilk Flawless Wrinkle Repair, 1 oz. $29.99, regular price
Buy 1, Receive $10.00 Extra Bucks, Limit 1, through 9/22
Use $10.00/1 Dermasilk Full Size Product, CVS Reinventing Beauty Magazine, Summer 2012 (exp 9/30)
Or $5.00/1 DermaSilk, Full Size from RP 9/16 (exp 10/16)
And use $5.00/1 Dermasilk, Any, CVS Coupon Machine Week of 9/9
And use 20% Off CVS Email Coupon
Pay $8.99, Receive $10.00 Extra Bucks
Final Price: $1.01 Moneymaker

Buy 1 Nexxus Frizz Defy Shampoo, 13.5 oz $9.49, regular price
Buy 1 Nexxus Pro-Mend Split End Binding, 4.8 oz $10.49, regular price
Spend $20.00, Receive $10.00 Extra Bucks, Limit 1, through 9/22
Use two $3.00/1 – Any Nexxus Product, excludes trial/travel size, Limit 2 identical coupons – (
And use 20% Off CVS Email Coupon
Pay $9.98, Receive $10.00 Extra Bucks
Final Price: $0.02 Moneymaker

Physician’s Formula pH Matchmaker Lip Gloss $9.99, regular price
Spend $10.00, Receive $7.00 Extra Bucks, Limit 1, through 9/22
Use $1.00/1 Physicians Formula Cosmetic product, excludes trial sizes, limit 1 coupon per item purchased, not valid with any other offer from SS 6/3 (exp 9/30)
Or $1.00/1 Physicians Formula Product from SS 8/12 (exp 11/30)
And use 20% Off CVS Email Coupon
Pay $6.99, Receive $7.00 Extra Bucks
Final Price: $0.01 Moneymaker


Gillette Custom Plus3 Disposable Razors, 4 ct $7.49, regular price
Buy 1, Receive $3.00 Extra Bucks, Limit 1, through 9/22
Use $3.00/1 Gillette Disposable Razor, excludes trial/travel size, limit of 4 like coupons per household per day from PG 8/26 (exp 9/30)
And use 20% Off CVS Email Coupon
Pay $2.99, Receive $3.00 Extra Bucks
Final Price: $0.01 Moneymaker


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83 thoughts on “Four Great Moneymaking Ways to Use the 20% Off CVS Coupon!”

KCL – Can the coupons inside the CVS Reinventing beauty be used at any store?

Family dollar is becoming a bigger store here in CA and around united states, was wondering if u have considered looking at their deals! I made a killing there yesterday using my coupons. Their shampoo’s and conditioners are really low priced, and laundry detergent as well. They carry a variety of brands and I got wisk laundry detergent for $3. Herbal essences shampoo cond are $3 I believe and I had coupons plus store coupons, and garnier fructis and pantene. I bought a variety. I didn’t use aussie coupons there because deal wasn’t low enough…but I made a killing with the bogo deals on razors and shampoo/conditioners.

I received a 25% off coupon from the register, and a 10% off coupon for signing up for the beauty club. Can both be used in the same transaction?


Does is matter if the cashier applies the 20% off before they scan your Qs? i feel like i should have gotten an addl $2.75 off but oh well CVS has been really good so i cant and shouldnt complain…i still walked out with some good stuff from $109 down to $7.75 plus $5.68 in tax plus since i spent over $100 in beauty so im getting $10 beauty ECB back and its double bucks time…sweet! i love CVS and thanks KCL for all your help…you make it so much easier for us!

it doesn’t matter when the % off coupon is scanned. The coupon is the last coupon the register considers. It will recalculate (reduce) after any coupon that scans as a “cvs coupon”… the ones that do this are the beauty club & green bag tag and certain crt’s. This won’t happen if you only use MQ, ecb’s earned from weekly deals and any coupon that scans as a “cvs mfr coupon”

so say you use a beauty club reward and your subtotal is $20.. the percent will come off of $15 instead of $20.

KCL would it make a difference if the cashier scans your Qs before they apply the 20% off?

I always hand over the percent-off coupon first :)

Although it won’t make a difference, the % off coupon won’t be taken off until the cashier presses total.

What a great deal! i just ran back to CVS to get the Nexxus deal and CVS ended up paying me to take them out of the store!

1-nexxus gel = 9.99
1-nexxus conditioner – 13.79
– (2) $3/1 Nexxus product
– $3.00 extra bucks left over from last trip
-25% off CVS coupon
Total + tax= $9.36 – $10 Extra Bucks = $.64 money maker!!!

I used 20% coupon last week when there was ‘buy 1 Rogaine product and get $10 ECB’. It was $49.99 so I got $10 worth of DC and I used $10 off Coupon and got back $10 ECB. And final step, I’ll submit $20 mail-in-rebate. After rebate, I only paid tax for Rogaine product! Glad that I start couponing and I realized % off coupon is good when you purchase expensive products! (so that you can get the most saving out of it) Thank you KCL !

There is a $7 off 2 5oz or larger Nexxus coupon in this weeks People Magazine along with other great Unilever coupons!

Can someone please tell me where to find the Dermasilk in the store? Searched around quickly today and couldn’t find it. TIA


it is with all the skin care products. Olay, L’oreal, Simple, Neutrogena, etc.

At my store, it is on the same row/shelf as the higher-end skincare products: L’Oreal, Biore, etc. There are not a lot of items to choose from, so it takes up only a small space among those other products. You have to look carefully :)

Finally I think I understand the 20% coupon, it took me some trips.

Hopefully you could help me with my last question. I saw that the big bottles of Pantene and Herbal are on sale for 5.99$. The regular sales price is 6.99$. Will the 20% off coupon take off the 1.40 from the regular price, because it would be better than the sales price?

Would be a good deal:

7 big bottles: 7×6.99= 48.93
-20%= – 9.79
– 3 BOGO= -20.97
– 3 1$/2 = -3

= 15.76$

Receive 15$ monthly ecb deal
Almost 5$ beauty club

Kind of confused by your scenario. How would you get them to scan regular price if they are on sale? If you do not use your Extra Care card, they would scan regular price, but don’t you need to scan your card to use the % coupon? I really do not think there is an option to pay regular price over sales price just because the % coupon makes it cheaper. Maybe I am misunderstanding your post???

Let me try to explain it differently. At Rite Aid I have 20% discount on everything. At checkout I scan my card and the product. The register determines which price is lower(the sales price or the regular price minus 20%) and i have to pay the lower of both.
Example(This week at Rite aid):
2 L’oreal hair color for 16.98 (or 8.49 each)
Regular price: 8.99 each, with 20% discount it is 7,19$ each
I only have to pay the 7.19 even if the product is on sale.

Is CVS doing the same? Or will they always use the sales price, even if the regular price minus 20% (CVS coupon) would be cheaper.

CVS uses the sale price and if it is on sale it will not take a % off coupon on that item.

Unfortunately, CVS does not do that. If it is on sale, it rings the sale price and the 20% Q does not apply, That’s one good thing that Rite Aid does. I think the difference is that at Rite Aid, once you earn a certain amount of points the discount applies, but at CVS it is a specific coupon that you need to use to get the discount.

It is somewhat random. At least as far as I can tell. If there is a science to it, I’ve yet to figure it out. I didn’t get one this week either, but I did get one last week and the one before.

isnt the colgate a sale price? i thought you cant use the % coupon on those

I’m really not sure how I missed that! Thanks!

I have a question if anyone can answer. Yesterday I did the Ph lipgloss deal @ 9.99. I got my $7 EB, everything was fine with that and I know that the lmit is 1 but i was looking at the end of my receipt and by the summary of offers it said the amount needed to earn my physicians formula reward was 1 cent? But I already received my $7 EB? Usually it will say *offer limit reached*? And on the ad the limit is 1 per card. Does anyone have the same thing on their receipt? TIA

The limit is one, and you did reach it :) But, because you technically came short by $0.01, it still shows you’re eligible. However, it will reconcile within a day or two and you’ll see it updated on your next receipt. HTH!

Thanks KCL I have a better understanding now

Can the coupon for BOGO free Gillette disposable razor coupon be used with the above scenario? The coupon is the one that expires 9/30. Was not sure if buying two razors, using $3 off coupon AND BOGO free coupon is allowed????

The PG coupons do not allow it, due to specific wording regarding quantities stated.

If anyone is wondering what other eb deals you can do with the % off coupon… I made a list (most of the deals have MQ available either from inserts or printables) :

jergens natural glow , john frieda frizz-ease 1.69-12 oz , or biore cleanser 5-6.77 oz get $5 eb wyb 2
l’oreal cosmetics (any) get $5 eb wyb $15
sally hansen cosmetics get $3 eb wyb $10
maybelline eye or lip get $3 eb wyb $10
milani cosmetics get $3 eb wyb $10
l’oreal skin care (any) get $5 eb wyb $2
lubriderm (any) get $5 eb wyb 2
healthy skin care get $10 eb wyb $30
schick intuition or quattro for women razor, or cartridges 3-4 ct get $4 eb
crest 3d white paste, rinse, or brushes get $5 eb wyb $10
GE Energy Smart 1pk get $1 eb

Excellent! Thanks for that summary :) We do list anything that is “regular price” in our weekly matchups, to make it a bit easier to see what qualifies each week for the %-off coupons!

is a bogo considered a sale item, like the cvs brand diapers and wipes? b1g1 50%off? also can i use the 20% coupon on more than one regular priced item in a transaction like if i were to do the 4 deals above?

b1g1 50% is considered a sale.. so the % won’t work. And you can do as many deals as you like with the % off coupon. The max. savings of the coupon is $99!

Bogo deals are the “promo items” that the coupon refers to. The percent-off coupon is not applicable to those. And you can use ONE percent-off coupon in a transaction and it will apply to everything that is regular price. So, yes, you could do all of the above in one transaction :)

Since it is tricky, my advice is to never print those coupons but send them to card. That way, the cashier has no say, it is then up to you to use or not. I always send mine to my card and when what I buy does not have a sale price, it automatically pops up a window and the cashier ask you if you want to use your coupon. The truth is those always work on full price items even when they trigger ECBs. It always work that way and no fight. But I need to tell you all that this coupon auto recalculate depending on the cvs coupons you use. Happen to me all the time. But it works!

Ditto! I almost always send CVS coupons to card if I have the choice!

Great tip! Thanks Emma :)

You can make the PF mascara a MM. There are some with a Try me free rebate on them. I found a 2 pack bonus one for $9.99, used my 20% off, and got 7 ecbs, made it around $0.99, but submitting a $9.99 MIR. Makes it $9 MM

I found one with a $3 peelie too.

Love this post! Wish we could get a post like ths for how to use our bonus coupons every week!

Glad to hear!

Really nice addition to KCL.

Does anyone know if the Reinventing Beauty Magazine is still available to purchase? I went in 1 CVS that was close to me tonight to see if I could find it, but no luck. I don’t want to go on a wild goose chase if it was only available for a certain period of time.

Also, I was sooo excited to do the dermasilk deal because I got a 20% coupon but sadly, all the Dermasilk is priced at 39.99 here :( If I could find the Reinventing Beauty Magazine, it still might be worth it since I would be be paying about $17 (would use a $10 ECB to pay for it) = $7oop get back $10 ECB and also get a $5 Beauty ECB in a few days. It just would have been so much sweeter if it was on sale for $30 though.

By the way, I love this post! I hope there is a post every week about the best deals to use your 20% coupon on. Love the extra savings!!!

i got one today. some cvs’s don’t carry it at all. and i think they stop selling it when the coupons inside it expire.. and by that time the next one is coming out..

Thanks for letting me know – I’m about to go do my deals. I have about 5 CVS’s within a 10 minute drive so I think I’ll try and hit 1 or 2 more to see if I can find the magazine. If I find it and do the deals I have worked out I will have $39 ECB’s to roll for next week – That would be awesome! Couponing is so addicting! :)

Same here it’s 39.99 and no Beauty Magazines! I really wanted to try the Dermasilk!!

I have (4) $5.00 off coupon, willing to share

Great! Thanks for the feedback :) The Reinventing Beauty Magazine is sometimes difficult to find. If you’re not finding it, it may either be sold out, or your store doesn’t carry it, which is possible. Some stores just don’t carry it. I always suggest you ask a cashier or manager if they carry it, and where in the store you might find it. And to save gas on a wild goose chase, call the stores ahead of time :)

that 20% off coupon was great this week… I did the 4 deals above (but got the schick eb deal instead of gillette)… plus the biore deal so I got back a total of $36 ecb’s on my receipt (I used $36.67 ecb to pay). My final out of pocket expense was under $20 for over $100 worth of product… Best part I got enough beauty items to get a $10 beauty club reward :)

I got a 25% coupon instead of 20%

Lucky!! : )

That’s exciting!

Here’s question: I’m a member of the beauty club, but how do you get the CVS Reinventing Beauty Magazine? Is it sent to you? In store?

You can buy this magazine, usually by the cosmetics section in the store, for 0.99


why are you mentioning this magazine does this come with coupons

Yes! There is a paper insert inside with CVS store and Manuf. coupons, as well as coupons throughout. Only $0.99 :)

im just wondering what everyone elses exp is with the % off coupons. im NEVER able to use them bc I always pay with ecb. the % will come off the item, then recalculate after ALL coupons. then i will pay with ecb, then it will recalculate ( adding the total back to the purchase price) for instance when i tried using it on the dermasilk before…i bought the $29.99 item, used 20% off, took total down to, $24.00, gave my coupons worth $14.00, then took the total to $12.79. i tried paying with $12.50 in ecbs so I should have only owed $0.29…well it went back up to like a dollar something and no matter what we tried it would just keep going up. does anyone else have this issue as well?

If your true total was $12.79 and you wanted to use the $12.50 the reason it kept adding money back was because you can’t use ECB’s for tax. The amount it was trying to add back was the tax owed.

i asked a manager about this today and he told me the ecb’s count as a coupon so the total would just keep recalculating no matter what…and for some reason i dont EVER pay tax when i coupon at CVS (in PA)…so im not sure but will def keep it in mind. thank you :)

Debbie is right; the tax is being added back into the “purchase price”.

Just curious, but the two Nexxxus items total just under $19. Is this really close enough to trigger the ECBs on $20? I thought it had to be within a few cents…

You are correct. It is the 98% rule. In order for the extra bucks to trigger on the Nexxus it would have to be a total of at least $19.60 in this scenario.

Thanks Erin! Changed the item at the last minute and didn’t rework the math!

KCL… I think the Dermasilk is 8.99, not 18.99

If u only spend $9.99 and the spend amount to get the extra bucks is $10.00, will it still give the extra bucks to u even though u r a penny short?

yes, cvs allos that, even off $9.98!

Yes, you can reach the threshold at 98% of the required amount :)

I used my 20% coupon on the ph lip gloss and razors in the same transaction (also bought my daughter a toy car for $5.99) it took off about $6.00 for the 3 of them .worked perfectly !


I got my 20% coupon….But, it wouldn’t work. The clerk said that I was buying ‘sale’ items. The coupon doesn’t say that it excludes sale or clearance items…however mnager still wouldn’t give it to me. :-(

Theire coupon policy exclude % off coupons on sale items. Doenst matter what the coupons says

the manager gets the final say and has the right to refuse a coupon. try a different cvs

I would encourage them to please scan it and allow it to determine if it will work or not :) I agree with Noodle, try a different CVS or a different day/cashier. HTH!

I just got the 20% when I sign up have not get any after.

it always happens to me. i can’t use it with anything that has the yellow tags…even they are on regular prices but triggers the ECB, they won’t allow me because they say it is still part of the sale and promotional items..sad! i purchased the nexxus and PH thinking that I will be able to use it….but unfortunately not!

I called customer service twice to make sure that I could use my 25% (yay!) off coupon with regular priced items that trigger ECB and they said YES!

Thanks for sharing!

Same thing happened to me. Scanned the coupon and it took nothing off. Cashier said anything that triggers ECB’s is a promotional item and percent off doesn’t apply, even at regular price. Is there a written policy about this? I don’t understand how you are able to get this to work

Sometimes the CVS coupons or Extra Bucks you are using will reduce your percent off. It’s finicky and not always predictable. As a general rule, it SHOULD reduce your “regular price” purchases before coupons. If your cashier is scanning it and it isn’t working, and you can’t identify any other reasons — such as CVS coupons, Beauty club rewards, green bag tag rewards, etc — that may be affecting it, I’m not sure what else you can do :( All that being said, occasionally there are some regular price items that won’t allow the coupon to be applied. But that is an exception.

The 20% off can be a tricky coupon. As a general rule if the ad shows an EB deal but does not show a price or does not say “Sale Price”, the % coupon should work and generate the EB (in my experience)

First off, did she just look at it and refuse it? Or did she scan it? The coupon DOES say it excludes sale items. What were the items you were buying? It might help to scan every item in your basket at the coupon machine to be sure it is regular price. I’ve used a % cpn a long time ago when I was still unfamiliar with them..I handed over my cpns and when the cashier hit total it prompted him to hand back the % coupon. He even showed me the screen. My receipt even showed the 20% with the coupons as unused. I didn’t have anything regularly priced so the register recognized that obviously. I would try again and if they question it let them know you scanned at the MCM and it listed regular priced. Ask them to let the register decide, like KCL said. If you want you could buy a candy bar that’s not on sale and say oh my candy bar isn’t a promo item!! Of course your manager can refuse whatever he wants but the majority I’ve found are willing to learn from us, as we tend to know more about coupons…plus they probably want your business. Or contact corporate as a last resort. Look at a receipt, if it says SAVED $2.01 for example, it’s on sale. If it doesnt say SAVED… next to the price the % will apply. I hope this helps someone! :)

Thanks Kylie :)