Everything you need to know about the CVS Coupon Policy and How Coupons are Applied at CVS!
Using Coupons at CVS
In the CVS Coupon Policy, you will learn that there are a lot of great ways to save money by shopping at CVS.
CVS has a similar program to Walgreens Register Rewards called Extra Care Bucks. These are CVS Store Coupons that print at the register that you can redeem in CVS Stores. These will stack with Manufacturer’s Coupons which the best way to maximize your savings.
Unlike Register Rewards, you can get multiple Extra Care Bucks on one transaction. For example, if an item is priced at $2.49 and you have a $2 Extra Care Bucks offer and a $1 off 2 Coupon, you can buy 2 items and get 2 of the $2 Extra Care Bucks in that Transaction. Your item will be FREE when you buy 2 items after your coupon and Extra Care Bucks. You will need to check the signage in stores for limits, some deals may have a limit of 1 per card and others will have limits up to 6 per card.
Extra Care Bucks will also roll, which means that you can use the Extra Care Bucks you received to purchase the same items. I recommend printing the CVS Coupon Policy and taking it with you to the store in case there is any confusion at the register. Click Here to Print a Copy of the Coupon Policy!
Changes to how CVS Coupons are Processed at the Register!
There have been a few important updates to the Registers at CVS that I wanted to mention this isn’t really a change to the coupon policy just a change to how coupons are applied which affects which coupons you can use and how the final price is calculated.
The Main Change that will affect your transactions is the change to apply Manufacturer Coupons FIRST! Then Dollar Off coupons (Specific brands, then category, then ECBs) and then % off Coupons will be applied last.
I see 2 things that are important changes, 1) Manufacturer Coupons applied first means that if you have a coupon that is $2/6 Mouthwash, you need to reach the $6 AFTER Manufacturer Coupons where as previously it was before. 2) You don’t want to use ECBs on a transaction with a 30% off Loreal Coupon or a total purchase coupon because you won’t get the full value of those coupons, so it would be best to break those into separate transactions.
Here’s a quick example: I had a recent $2/$6 Mouthwash Coupon. Colgate was on sale for $3.99 and I purchased 2 and used 2 $1/1 Manufacturer Coupons. That brought my total to $5.98 after coupons so the $2/6 coupon wouldn’t apply.
I ended up changing to buy one Colgate and one Crest Mouthwash, my total after coupons was $6.98 so the $2/6 coupon will work in that case because after manufacturer coupons the total is above the $6 threshold. There isn’t a 98% rule for CVS Coupons so you have to meet or be above that $6 mark in this instance.
CVS Coupon Policy:
CVS Pharmacy® coupon policy
CVS Pharmacy coupons (ExtraCare® coupons and other store‐issued coupons), ExtraBucks® Rewards and third‐party
manufacturer’s coupons are accepted in our retail stores subject to our CVS Pharmacy coupon policy and as required by state
and local laws. A full copy of the policy is available online. Visit CVS.com/CouponPolicy for more information. CVS Pharmacy
reserves the right to change this policy at any time without advance notice or advertisement. When accepting coupons, we
follow the guidelines below:
- All coupons must be presented during checkout, be legible and have a scannable barcode.
- Coupons are void if copied, scanned, altered, expired, or prohibited by law.
- We reserve the right to process coupons in any order.
- Qualifying ExtraCare card must be presented at checkout to use CVS Pharmacy coupons or ExtraBucks rewards. Valid coupons loaded to your ExtraCare card will be applied at checkout.
- We cannot scan coupon barcodes directly from a mobile device.
- You cannot exchange your coupons or ExtraBucks Rewards for cash or gift card. Neither coupons nor ExtraBucks Rewards can be refunded or re‐issued.
- Sales tax may be charged on pre‐coupon price.
- Your purchase must include qualifying items and items purchased must match the coupon description (brand, size, quantity, color, etc.).
- Individual coupon value cannot exceed the value of the item it is applied to.
- CVS Pharmacy coupons generally cannot be used on sale, promotional or clearance items. Other restrictions may apply.
- You can only use one time‐, brand‐, or category‐specific CVS Pharmacy coupon and one manufacturer’s coupon per qualifying item unless prohibited by either coupon. We honor manufacturer limitations.
- We have the right to refuse or limit the use of any coupon and/or the subsequent return for any reason and at the discretion of CVS Pharmacy management.
Coupon policy FAQ
What happens when I want to use a coupon with a value that is higher than the amount I am purchasing?
You may still use the coupon; however, its value will drop down to the value of the amount you are purchasing.
• A $5 coupon for a $4.99 item will result in a $4.99 coupon value
Can I use multiple coupons on sale items?
Yes, as long as all of the coupons meet their qualifications.
• Two $3 off $15 coupons for purchases that are $30.00 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.
Can I use multiple coupons on sale items?
Yes, for certain coupons and certain sale items.
• Suave shampoo is on sale for $2.00 Buy One, Get One Free (BOGO) and the customer purchases two shampoos; the
customer may use two coupons for $1.00 each and pay the applicable tax.
• Suave shampoo is on sale for $2.00 BOGO and customer has a mfr. coupon for Suave BOGO. Customer will receive both
items for free but will need to pay any applicable tax.
How do I determine the application of sales tax on my purchase that involves the use of a coupon?
Funded manufacturer’s/mfr’s coupons will generally calculate sales tax on the pre‐coupon price of the item, as required by state
law*. If the coupon is issued by CVS Pharmacy® (ExtraBucks Rewards plus ExtraSavings coupons that includes ExtraCare® Coupon
Center and myWeekly Ad circulars), the coupon is generally deemed a retailer coupon and the sales tax is calculated on the
discounted price of the item (after the coupon is applied), as required by state law. However, some CVS Pharmacy issued
coupons are “funded manufacturer’s coupons” and designated as mfr. on the face of the coupon and also on your receipt. Sales
tax is calculated on CVS Pharmacy issued mfr’s coupons on the pre‐coupon price of the item.
*Sales tax is calculated on the discounted price of the item (after the manufacturer’s coupon is applied) in the following states:
CT, MA, MO, PA, TX
Can the processing order of multiple coupons that are applied to an item affect the calculation of sales tax?
Yes. Although CVS Pharmacy reserves the right to determine the processing order of its retailer coupons issued (including
discounts earned via the ExtraSavings Programs and myWeekly Ad circulars), individual state tax laws govern the processing
order of retailer coupons vs. funded manufacturer’s coupons.
Am I limited by how many items I can buy?
There is no set limit however, store managers do reserve the right to set discretionary limits on specific items being purchased in
order to ensure there are enough of those items for other customers.
How am I able to use percent‐off coupons?
Percent‐off coupons may be used on non‐promotional/non‐sale items. Exclusions are displayed on each of the coupons.
How do I use digital ExtraCare coupons or ExtraCare coupons that have been sent to my card?
You are able to send available deals and coupons to your ExtraCare card from CVS.com® , the CVS Pharmacy mobile app, digital
receipts and CVS Pharmacy email. Click on the Send‐to‐Card® icon and view the success indicator on the landing page to ensure
it was loaded properly. To use it, purchase the necessary items the coupon is valid for and ensure your ExtraCare card is
scanned. The colleague will ensure it is applied to that transaction during the checkout process.
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 CVS.com are considered ExtraCare coupons. Quarterly ExtraBucks Rewards, circular
ExtraBucks Rewards, BeautyClub ExtraBucks Rewards, and Pharmacy & Health ExtraBucks Rewards® are all types of ExtraCare