Sunday, May 9, 2010


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CVS is a chain of drugstores that operates Nationwide which has some excellent deals on a weekly basis if you are willing to spend a little time learning the CVS coupon and CVS reward system. You can use the CVS Store Locator to see where the nearest CVS store is in your area. While it does take a bit of time to learn, the payoff can be huge in free and nearly free items on a weekly basis. The first thing to learn is the CVS coupon policy.
CVS accepts a number of different types of coupons. CVS stores accept the following types of coupons:
1. Manufacturer Coupons (this includes both coupons from newspapers--magazines--other print sources as well as manufacturer online printable coupons)
2. Store Coupons (this includes CVS store coupons found in their weekly fliers, CRTs and purchase based coupons or those printed at the red kiosk)
3. Competitor Pharmacy Coupons (they do not, however, accept any other type of competitor coupon)
4. Extra Care Bucks (called ECBs for short, they are like a Catalina from the grocery store that is printed out at the cash register)
CVS allows a shopper to use one manufacturer and one store coupon per item. In addition, the shopper may also use Extra Care Bucks (ECBs) since they are treated by CVS like a gift card, not like a coupon. Since a shopper can use three types of discounts on a single item, this makes for some great deals each week!!!
The official CVS coupon policy is that if an item is on sale as a Buy One Get One Free (BOGO), you may use two manufacturer coupons when making the purchase.
CVS does not allow overages. That means that you will not be able to get cash back (although you will be able to earn money with their ECBs). If something $0.95 and you have a $1.00 off coupon, the CVS register will make a nasty beep. When this happens, the cashier simply need to override the coupon and bring the amount down to mach the product price (in this case $0.95). Most cashiers are very familiar with this, but it’s good to know if you happen to get a new cashier and you can prepare yourself for the beep if you know that you will have an overage.
These are the most up to date 2010 CVS coupon policy that we are aware of. This current CVS coupon policy is pretty well established and we assume that it will continue as the 2011 CVS coupon policy as well (we will update if there are any changes in the 2011 CVS coupon policy when that time comes).
The above information has been confirmed by contacting CVS. CVS does not list their coupon policy on their website. If you want a document to take to your local CVS, you can contact CVS/pharmacy Customer Relations at 1-800-SHOP-CVS (1-800-746-7287), email them at (they also have a web based form on their website at the bottom under “Contact Us”) or by snail mail at:
CVS Corporation
Corporate Headquarters
One CVS Drive
Woonsocket, RI 02895
Please let me know if you find that your local CVS store has an alternative coupon policy so that I can write to CVS to get a clear answer.