CVS/pharmacy Coupon Policy


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 o Ex. 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
o Ex. 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 o Ex. 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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Jo Ann April 13, 2010 at 1:11 pm


I didn’t see anything in the CVS Coupon policy about using other people’s ECB Coupons.
My dad WILL NOT use his ECB coupons. Even though I have tried to explain to him that they are very much like money, he’s an older man and wasn’t raised to use coupons so he just thinks it’s a waste of time :( . So if I give the cashier my CVS Card then give them a ECB coupon with his name on it, will it be accepted?


Dian April 13, 2010 at 1:15 pm

@Jo Ann: Not unless they push it thru and that’s unlikely. What I do with my brother’s, he’s the same way, is he has the CVS card and I have his key ring tag and I use the ECB’s with his key ring tag.
Good Luck!


Nashon July 20, 2010 at 10:43 am


SO the way that it reads is that you can use two buy one get one free coupons at time of purchase and get both items free. Is that the way that you read that? I attempted to do this at my local CVS and they told me that I was unable to do so. Therefore I contacted customer care and they have told me that I am not able to do that. It complete contradicts itself. Please if you know more information about this let me know.


Dian July 20, 2010 at 10:53 am

@Nashon: You can use 1 Buy One Get One FREE on a Buy One Get One FREE Sale Item and get both items for FREE. You cannot use 2 Buy One Get One FREE coupons and Get 2 Items FREE.

1 – Buy One Get One FREE SALE
1 – Buy One Get One FREE COUPON
2 FREE items

It can definitely be confusing. Does that help? Feel free to ask me about any questions you may have.


Nashon July 20, 2010 at 11:49 am

Thanks it sure does. I also contacted CVS and they explained that I could use a BOGO and another man. Q. So I have a BOGO Head and Sholders and I have a $3 off 2 blinky and will be able to use them together.


Dian July 20, 2010 at 12:25 pm

@Nashon: Great! Glad you got it figured out!


Paige August 2, 2010 at 7:05 pm

Okay, Im new at this and very overwehlmed. I do not understand the way this works on cvs. I never shop there or walgreens. I watched your video, I guess Im a lil slow….. ex: 8/1 3 /5 jiffy peanut butter buy 6 use cpn $1/2 equalls $4/6. when you say the ebs is same as cash, is it for after for the next purchase? How often do you stay on top of this? Soooo many questions for this new stay at home mom of five.


Dian August 2, 2010 at 7:32 pm

@Paige: Welcome!! Feel free to ask me anything, anytime!
The ECB’s are good on your next purchase – Where I live they say they never expire… but I know that some stores do go by the expiration dates on each one.
How often do you stay on top of this? Sorry I don’t know exactly what you’re asking there, just re=phrase it for me – I’m the one that’s slow sometimes! :-)

And did I miss another question?
I’m here feel free to ask me!


Paige August 2, 2010 at 8:04 pm

I live in Pensacola Florida. My husband is in the navy. I shop at the commisary bc there is no Kroger’s. There is no tripple coupon here and off post is too exspensive. I saw a lady in the commissary with a binder of coupons and at check out she had two buggys full and only paid 67.00. I asked her how she did it. She gave me Eastern shore mom site. No one has responded to any of my questions, sooooo after 6 hours of research I found you and you are the most informative! Okay , Im just excited bc I have been so lost. Ok, the question was what is really out of pocket and when do I use the ECB?

Gilette Razors (Select) $9.79
– $4/1 8/1 P&G
+ Earn $5 in extra care bucks
= $.79

Head & Shoulders Shampoo $4.99
– B1G1 7/11 SmartSource
+ Earn $1 in extra care bucks WYB 1 (limit 3 per card)
= $2.99/2

Sobe Life Water B1G1
= FREE (varies by area on if they accept this coupon)

Skippy Peanut Butter 3/$5
– $1/2 8/1 RedPlum

Deal Idea

Buy (6) Skippy Peanut Butter 3/$5
– (3) $1/2 8/1 RedPlum
+ Earn $3 in extra care bucks WYB $10 worth (before coupons)
= $4/6


Dian August 2, 2010 at 8:31 pm

@Paige: For the list you gave me the out of pocket would be as follows:
$5.79 – Gillette Razors
$4.99 – Head & Shoulders
$0.00 – SoBe
$7.00 – Skippy
Total OOP: $17.78

Receive $9 in ECB’s
Saved: $11.99 PLUS whatever the SoBe’s Would Have Cost!

Overall, not a bad deal!

You could buy the Razors alone and use the $5 ECB to pay for the Head & Shoulders making them FREE use the $1 ECB from the Head & Shoulders on the Skippy and Pay $6 OOP for those – Total: $11.79 OOP
Buy the Razors pay $5.79 OOP and get the $5 ECB and use it to pay for the Skippy – then you would pay $2 OOP for the Skippy then use the $3 ECB from the Skippy to pay for the H&S making that $1.99 OOP – Total: $9.78 OOP
Buy the Skippy $7 OOP use the $3 ECB on the Razors and pay $2.79 OOP then use the $5 ECB from the razors to purchase the H&S – making that FREE – Total: $9.79 PLUS $1 ECB to take home

Looks like the third one is the best…do you see a different Scenario? Each item will be purchased in a different transaction to be able to get and use the ECB’s

Make sense?
Let me know!


Paige August 3, 2010 at 11:30 am

Makes sense. Thank you very much!


Dian August 3, 2010 at 11:32 am

@Paige: You’re very welcome – let me know how it goes!


Nashon August 3, 2010 at 11:36 am


You can also try Publix. I know alot of people who do the matchups for them and get tons of groceries for cheap. In fact a girl I met online went there and got a little over 200.00 worth of groceries for less than 1.00. Just research Publix coupon matchups in google.


Dian August 3, 2010 at 11:43 am

Thanks! I have a few contributers who do Publix in The Penny Pinching Bargain Bunch, too! Check it out, Paige!


Lydia Bishop January 28, 2014 at 1:18 pm

Hi Dian,
Does CVS accepts expired ECB’S?


Dian January 28, 2014 at 2:06 pm

Mine do, it depends on the store. Mine always say when I am leaving “Remember, your Extra Bucks never expire, here.” All of my local CVS do the same thing. But, I have heard in different places they don’t.
You just need to ask them.
I hope that helps!


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