CVS Official Coupon Policy Changes (Clear as Mud)

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CVS Shoppers!

As of August 1st, CVS has updated their official coupon policy – BUT… I’m not quite sure it is very helpful. 😕 However, you may want to print a newer copy of their policy and stick it in your coupon binder so you’ll be prepared while shopping or if any issues arise. Most of the policy has just been reworded and much of the wording does not provide clear answers. Here are a few things to make note of…

Coupons must be used on or before the expiration date.

Does this mean that ExtraBucks Rewards are no longer valid after expiration date? In the past, select stores have accepted expired rewards, but this may no longer be the case.

CVS Pharmacy coupons generally cannot be used on sale, promotional or clearance items. Other restrictions may apply. Language at the bottom of coupons may provide additional coupon acceptance rules.

This raises the question of whether ExtraBuck Rewards and store coupons are now no longer valid on Clearance and Sale items, including items mentioned in the weekly ad!? At the bottom of the updated coupon policy, it states…

What is considered an ExtraCare coupon?
Any coupons and ExtraBucks Rewards that print at the ExtraCare Coupon Center; or are featured in your printed or digital receipt, CVS Pharmacy mobile app, or on are considered ExtraCare coupons. Quarterly ExtraBucks Rewards, circular ExtraBucks Rewards, BeautyClub ExtraBucks Rewards, and Pharmacy & Health ExtraBucks Rewards are all types of ExtraCare ExtraBucks Rewards.

You can only use one item-, brand-, or category-specific CVS Pharmacy coupon and one manufacturer’s coupon per qualifying item unless prohibited by either coupon. We honor manufacturer limitations.

Does this mean you cannot use brand-specific (i.e. $2/1 Kellogg’s Cereal) and category-specific ($0.50/1 any box of cereal) CVS store coupons towards the purchase of the same item? However, at the bottom of the coupon policy, it states the following…

Can I use multiple coupons within a transaction?
Yes, as long as all of the coupons meet their qualifications. Examples:
• Two $3 off $15 coupons for purchases that are $30 or higher.
• $3 off $15 coupon and $5 ExtraBucks Rewards for a purchase of $15.
• $1 off toothpaste mfr. coupon and a $2 off toothpaste Coupon Center coupon for a $3 toothpaste item.

Percent-off coupons may be used on non-promotional/non-sale items. Exclusions are displayed on each of the coupons.

Does this mean you can no longer use percent-off coupons on sale items that are mentioned in the weekly ad? And, what about combining these coupons with other dollar-off CVS store coupons?

What are your thoughts on these changes?

(Thanks, Jenn!)

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Comments 129

  1. Carol

    I’ve been having problems with my coupons lately they are picking the newest ecb to redeem instead of the oldest. I went yesterday since it was the last day and the didn’t use the oldest, I explained what I was expecting before I checked out. I didn’t look at my receipt until I got home, They are so nice at my store but I just don’t trust the system any longer. I’m going back to the paper coupons ( instead of on my phone) so I have my control. At times they taken too many ecb then the coupons won’t work since the value is too low, I’ve had them redo the order so the coupons could be used. Checking out is such a pain now.

  2. John X

    An Extra Buck is a coupon. Expired coupons are no longer accepted.

  3. MJS

    I always thought Extra Care bucks were treated like cash and therefore were not coupons

  4. Suzy

    How do I get only the ones saved to my card to print? I’m having to take a screenshot as of now. I’m using this to take as a reminder so I don’t have to write it down.

    • Carol

      Don’t send coupons to card. Instead scan your card at the coupon center (red box)

  5. Carol

    Also. One Extra care card per household when couponing. Multiple cards no longer allowed.

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