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If you’re not getting your photos and photo gifts at the CVS Photo center, then you’re seriously missing out. Many of their gifts can be picked up the same day, making them the perfect last-minute but thoughtful gift idea.

I’m going to break down the best tips to save you the most money at the CVS Photo center and how to use CVS photo coupons to get the biggest savings possible.

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1. CVS photo coupons are available every week.

CVS photo coupon codes pulled up on a phone near picture frames

Every week, there are CVS photo coupons and promo codes available. These coupons can range from free 5×7 photos and discounted canvas photos, to custom gifts like coffee mugs.

You can get the current photo promo code when you follow the KCL CVS Deals page. Typically you can use it once per CVS photo account. If you need more, ask a friend or relative if you can upload a photo to their account to get another freebie.


2. Find CVS photo promo codes right on their website.

woman holding iPhone looking at cvs coupon

CVS is pretty transparent with its photo coupon codes. Their coupons are listed right on the CVS Photo website. They will also email you promo codes, so be sure to check your email too!

CVS offers a lot of online- and app-only coupons, and this goes for photos as well. For instance, I found a sale in October 2021 for 80% off custom canvas photo prints with code: AWESOME80. This deal could be used online or in the CVS app. Deals like this one come around every month, so you should never pay full price for anything from the CVS Photo center.


3. You can only use one promo code per item in the checkout.

CVS photo screen shot of check out

No double-dipping with the CVS photo deals, unfortunately. You’ll only be able to use one photo promo code per item. If you have a few really good coupon codes, break them up into multiple transactions and just do store pickup.


4. Count on a CVS photo promo code for a free 5″x7″ & 8″x10″.

photos ar checkout inside cvs

Every month, CVS puts out a photo coupon for either 5×7 or 8×10 prints. It’s safe to say, you should never pay for a photo print of those sizes if you can wait for the coupon codes. CVS will sometimes up the offer and give you two 5×7 prints for free.


5. Shop around holidays for the best deals on CVS photos.

woman pulling out cvs photo prints

CVS tends to offer great deals on their photo services around holidays. During Labor Day 2021, CVS had a deal on a free 8×10 photo print and 16×20 canvas prints for $20.



6. Take advantage of free same-day pickup and free ship to store.

woman holding up cvs photo prints in front of store

What’s the point in using a coupon if you have to throw the savings out the window on shipping? You can custom make many gifts with CVS Photo center and pick them up right in the store. Some products are even ready the same day.

You don’t know how many times that option has saved me on last-minute gifts! Just look for “Same Day Gifts” when you’re choosing your items.

chart showing which CVS photo products you can pick up in store and which you can have shipped


7. Shop CVS custom calendars for cheaper prices than Walmart or Shutterfly.

woman choosing calendars at cvs

Not gonna lie, photos can be expensive, and the same goes for CVS. Walmart is hard to beat, so it’s best to shop there for typical photo needs like 4×6 prints (Walmart’s go for $0.09/print versus CVS at $0.39/print — no brainer).

But, CVS does excel when it comes to their custom calendars. Their prices undercut both Walmart and Shutterfly (in case you’re wondering, Costco and Walgreens don’t sell custom calendars).

CVS printing price comparison


8. Use a CVS photo coupon to save on school photo prices

CVS app next to Christmas cards and kids school photos

Can we all just be honest here? Those school photo prices for printed pictures are insane. Thankfully, our school offers a digital photo for a reasonable price. Upload your own print and save some serious money. Without a coupon, CVS offers four wallets for just $0.99.


9. Use a CVS photo coupon to send photo gifts to friends and family easily.

This is my favorite way to send a gift to out-of-town friends and family. I will select the CVS Photo Center closest to them, order the photos with a CVS photo promo code, pay for it online, and then let them know when it’s ready. It’s such a nice little surprise for family members and sometimes can be as low as free!



10. Look for coupons on passport photos to avoid paying full price.

passpot photo information on sign

Hello world traveler! If you’re still looking to fly internationally, you can print off 2×2 passport photos at CVS.

The photos will cost you $14.99, but you should always check online for a CVS passport coupon!

To save some cash, take your own passport photo using the U.S. Department of State guidelines. (A 2×2 image isn’t a standard CVS print size, but a 4×4 is.) Here’s what you do:

  1. Upload your picture to a free photo editing site like Pixlr.com.
  2. Center your 2×2 photo on a white background (see pic above).
  3. Upload that image to CVS photo and order a 4×4 print.
  4. Trim it down and you have a super cheap passport photo!


11. Store your photos on your online account for as long as you need.

woman putting in her email to sign in to google photos at cvs

Once you’ve uploaded photos to your CVS account, they’ll stay there unless you delete them. What’s so awesome about this service is that CVS offers unlimited online photo storage as long as you’re an “Active Member.” Basically, just access your account once every 180 days and make one purchase every year to keep Active Member status.


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