CVS Coupon Policy 2015

Jul 22 2010
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Learn how to shop at CVS like a pro.  Here is CVS’s coupon policy and how to use the CVS Pharmacy Extra Care Bucks to rock those deals!

UPDATE: Here’s an in-depth posts:

CVS Coupon Policy online : CVS stores accept the following types of coupons:

  1. Manufacturer Coupons (this includes both coupons from newspapers / magazines / other print sources ans well as manufacturer online printable coupons)
  2. Store Coupons (this includes CVS store coupons found in their weekly fliers, in-store coupon booklets, CRTs and purchase based coupons)
  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 on the bottom of your receipt)
  5. NEW: If a coupon is a manufacturer’s coupon, BUT has any other stores logo on it, CVS will not accept it

CVS Lingo:

  • Extra Care Bucks (ECBs): It’s a CVS store coupon for a discount of your next purchase order that prints at check out.  They print at the bottom of your receipt and can be used “like cash” on almost anything else sold at CVS (excludes gift card purchases, alcohol, prescriptions).
  • Extra Care Bucks card: Card that will track your ECB’s and rewards.  You must scan this before your transactions to get your ECB’s.  Apply for the free Extra Care Bucks card online or in-stores.
  • Green Bag Tag:  Scan the extracare card, then an item, then the green tag.  You can use any re-usable shopping bag, re-use a plastic bag from a previous purchase, or simply carry out your items to qualify for the green bag tag rewards. Anytime you decline a one-time use plastic bag, you will receive a green bag tag™ credit. Look at your receipt. The quantity needed to earn reward will show, and it goes down each time you use it. It starts at 4 and counts down to 1 and then you get an extra buck every time after 1. Then it starts again at 4 and continues.  So every 4th visit you can get one free ECB!  They cancelled this
  • Reinventing Beauty Magazine:  This is a is a 99 cent magazine available in the beauty section of most CVS stores.  It sometimes comes with CVS and manufacturer coupons.  Where else can you find the magazine?  by the weekly flyers, with the other magazines, by the cash registers, in the cosmetic aisle.  Not all stores seem to carry this magazine.
  • Clip Free Coupon:  Refers to a month long discount offered that’s deducted automatically at checkout.
  • CRT:  or Cash register tape is a coupon that prints at the bottom of your receipt or at the Price Scanner. Most commonly called ECB’s.
  • Price Scanner (Most commonly called the Magic Coupon Machine): Price scanning machines located at certain stores that serve to check the price of items and also print CVS store coupons when your CVS Extra Care Bucks card is scanned.
  • CVS Store coupons:  These can be stacked with manufacturer coupons for added savings.  Can only use one per transaction.
  • CVS $/$$ coupons:  These coupons provide a discount once your order reaches a certain value before coupons.  For example:  you could save $4 when you buy $20 or more.  This total is always before any other coupons.

How to Shop at CVS:

In each weekly circular you will see a certain number of items that may be FREE after ECB (Extra Care Bucks). For example, notice to the right the pens are priced at .99 (your out-of-pocket cost), but when you buy those they will also generate a .99 ECB…that’s essentially FREE after you get your ECB back.

Make sure to print your “ deal scenarios.” before you go into the store. This will help you by having a plan of attack to maximize savings.

View/print the deal scenarios for CVS each week.

Scan the magic CVS coupon machine when you first arrive at CVS - You’ll want to scan your ExtraCare card at the coupon printing machine inside the store. This machine is about 5? tall and is usually right when you walk in. It will print out coupons and even ECBs every now and then!

Are cvs magic coupon scanner coupons manufacturer coupons? NO they are store coupons, so you can “stack” them with manufacturer’s coupons!

Match a coupon with the ECB Deals to get an even sweeter deal! For example:  Buy 2 Hair Care products ($5 each), Get a $5 ECB back.  Say you have the $3 off coupons that commonly come in the Sunday paper, you will pay $4 out-of-pocket for both products, then you’ll get a $5 ECB. After doing the math, you have just made $1 for your purchase (this is also known as a moneymaker deal)!!

ECB’s: Is the total in the ad before my coupons are calculated or after?  The total is before coupons.  If a ECB says it will print for $20, then if you purchase $20 in product, but after scanning coupons you only have to pay $10, you will still get your EBC’s!  Because EBC’s are calculated before coupons are scanned.

Limits – Make sure to look at the limits of ECB’s –  in the picture above there is a limit of one per household.  If the limit of the offer is more than one you can buy more than one item in the same transaction and get all of the ECBs you would expect from each offer! Warning: you will save more money by breaking off your transactions and using ECBs from the first transaction on the second and so on.  That’s called “rolling”.

Order of handing coupons to the cashier: First hand your ECB card to be scanned, then items to be bought, then CVS dollar off transaction coupons, then CVS store coupons/manufacturer coupons, and finally your ECBs. Last scan your Green Bag Tag (described in the coupon lingo area above).

Use TWO coupons for Buy 1, Get 1 FREE deals - Many items often go on sale for BOGO. CVS will actually let you use two  coupons.

BOGO Free CVS sales with BOGO Free Coupons: You CAN use a BOGO manufacturer’s coupon on a BOGO CVS sale, making both items free!

BOGO Free Manufacturer’s coupon: You CANNOT use a BOGO Free manufacturer’s coupon AND a $xx/1 manufacturer’s coupon together for 2 items.

Roll, Baby Roll - When you use your ECB on other deals that generate more ECB this is called “rolling.” Unlike Walgreens, at CVS you can “roll ECBs” meaning you can spend ECBs you received from one offer to buy more of the same.

Make sure to scan your Extra Care Bucks card - ECBs are tied to your Extra Care Bucks card.  This means that you can only redeem them when using the Extra Care Bucks card used to earn them.

No roll? You don’t have to use your ECB’s right when you get them. ECBs expire four weeks after the date they were first issued.  Make sure to use them before they expire.

Earn more ECB - Earn 2% back with every purchase in-store (get rewards every 3 months) and Earn 1 Extra Buck for every 2 prescriptions purchased in-store.

Rain Checks: Don’t leave the store empty handed if you get there and the item you want is sold out!  Ask for a rain check – At cvs rainchecks never expire AND you’ll receive ECB just like the original sale.

Can you get a rain check on cvs cash card deals?   CVS’s policy is no rainchecks on Cash Card deals.  However, if you ask your manager some may give you a $10 ECB or something other then an actual gift card.  YMMV.

Alright, it sounds confusing.  I admit it! But shopping at CVS is one of the best ways to get free razors, hair care, cheap diapers, and more.   Please leave a comment with any questions!

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  • Mommy B

    Thank you for this!

  • Modesty

    Thanks for the CVS Coupon List!

  • Amy Juhasz

    Gah, I miss CVS. We moved when my daughter was 8 months and no longer have a CVS, but before that we never paid for diapers, wipes, baby wash, tooth paste, tooth brushes, deoderant or face wash. I just rolled my CVS bucks every trip and only paid a few cents here and there. More than 2 years later and we’re just now running out of our tooth paste stash!

  • kristen

    Thanks- I never knew CVS had different regions

  • Tonya James

    You’re so detailed! I love it

  • Nicole

    Really wish I had one!!

  • Shanna Bailes


  • anne conover

    Hi, love this and I have to say CVS is my favorite out of all the drug stores. BUT…you forgot to mention the Green Tag that you purchase for 99 cents. Attach it to your own reusable bag and have them scan it each time you go in – .25 every trip, can only use it once per day! I make $2-3 a month using my own bag!!! The reward comes out on your receipt, just like ECB’s :)

    • deidre


  • Angela S.


  • kristen

    what does it mean when CVS says the dont accept coupons on “front store items”?

  • Sarah

    I may have missed it, but are you able to stack sales and coupons at CVS? Example being a sale for BOGO 50% off, plus a coupon for $3 off.

  • Deborah

    Our CVS now has a tag you put on your own shopping bag you take to the store with you. It looks like a green leaf with a long green flexible stem so you can put it on your shopping bag. It has a UPC label on it so the clerk can scan it every time you come in to the store. It gives you $0.25 cents back on every visit and after every fourth visit, you will get an extra care buck for the four total visits. You will not get anything back for the first three visits, but upon the fourth visit, the register tape for you as long as you also use your person care card will indeed print out a dollar $1.00 extra care buck for you!!!!!

  • Tanya

    Overheard the manager whisper to the cashier this morning that they would not be accepting printed coupons in the near future. Has anyone else had this happen to them? I can’t find the current coupon policy on their website, and was wondering where or whom I contact to get that information. I do shop there quite frequently, and my shopping trips take quite a bit of preparation. I would hate to do all the work, and be turned down when it comes time to check out. That is quite frustrating.

  • keegan

    When it says they will except other ‘pharmacys’ coupons does it mean Rite Aid, Walgreens type places or only the actually pharmacy part of the store . COupons on pharmacy items? I’m slightly confused.

  • Kimberley Smith

    Hey this is great info…funny I’m still learing the lingo….good to hear about the BOGO!!! And yes Walgreens doesn’t do the Roll baby Roll…so better to split the transaction to get your register rewards…..I bought an Airwick automatic freshner this weel and only paid 99. Ya Hoooo….

    Thanks for your help,

    Best Always,
    Kimberley ~ Peace ~

  • Cynthia Syna Cunningham

    So when purchasing a razor that is 8.99 and you get a 4.99 dollar ecb. And i have a 4 dollar off coupon. Can i buy the razor use my coupon and ecb bucks on that one razor to get it free? or do i have to buy the razor at regular price, use my coupon and then use the ecb on my next purchase?

    • deidre

      you buy the razor and use the coupon, and any PREVIOUS ECB’s you may have. If no ECB’s, pay $4.99 out-of-pocket and an ECB’s will print. Even if you use ECB’s to pay for it, another ECB will print. But you may have to pay $4.99 if you have no ECB’s to use

  • beth

    Hi there…im new to couponing…how would a b2g1 coupon work with a b2g1 sale at cvs? And if I have 15 coupons will they make me break up the transaction? Thanks!

    • deidre

      you would buy 3 items, and get 2 free

      • Lytha

        At my cvs you can use the bogo coupon on the met-rx bars and the .75 off coupon all in the same transaction. Right now cvs has Buy 2 get 1 free so You use the bogo and three .75 off coupons so at my store I’m paying .25 cents for three met-rx bars!!! this is the best coupon combo I have done to date.. I bought 90 bars that would have been $225 FOR $7.50…

        • Lytha

          Sorry miss type I got all 90 bars for $22.50 I had leftover extra bucks that was taken off my total so it took it down to $7.50 but you might not have any extra ones.. so if you have the coupons bogo and the .75 off you can get 3 bars for .25!!

  • Emily topper

    today i went to CVS and had a manufactures coupon for .55 off a carefree acti-fresh product and a manufactures coupon for .50 off a carefree acti-fresh product and she said i was not able to use both on one product. i never had a problem using 2 different manufactures coupons when they were 2 different prices. what went wrong?

    • deidre

      you can only use one manufacturer’s coupon per item purchased

      • Emily topper

        even if they r 2 different prices?

        • deidre

          yes even if they are two different prices, you can only use one

  • Yadira Quiroz

    I am new to couponing but I am loving saving $. My husband was recently laid off his job so right now I am the only one making $ so any help you can provided as far as breaking down the the rules of couponing I would really appreciate it. Ok so my question is , what does it mean “per transaction”? Is that per trip? And what does. It mean $1.50/2?? Is that you get 2 products for 1.50? Thank you very much for your help I love your website and have told all my friends!

  • jazzyintexas

    that sounds really awesome

  • jc

    Can I use more than one ECB per transaction? Meaning if I have a $1 and a $3 ECB, can I use them both on one item?

    • deidre


  • Angel

    If there is an ECB deal in the ad which pictures several different items and states limit one does that mean that you can only pick one of the different items to get the deal? If I shop the yellow tags in the aisle I would think I was getting multiple ECBs if I had not looked at the ad. I bought Always Infinity and Tampax Pearl and only got one ECB which said it was for Tampax. Manager said it was really the same deal because they were pictured together in the ad. Is this normal policy? Curious because the manager was very hostile about it and seemed like she was just blowing me off.

    • deidre

      Yes it is one per all items in the ad

  • Tim

    I just need a little clarification…So, if I go to CVS and have 2 Manufacturer’s Coupons for B1G1, can use them on 2 items to get them both for free?

    • Jamie

      No, if CVS is having a sale BOGO free say it is Nivea Body wash and you have a BOGO Free coupon you get it for free then. You cant use 2 of your coupons but you CAN USE THEIR CVS Sale BOGO with one of your BOGO to get it FREE :) Hope this helped :)

  • Valerie

    Went to CVS today. Bought Garnier hair product 50 cents on clearance. Cashier wouldn’t take my 1.00 coupon because it was for more than the item. I said she could adjust it down but wouldn’t. Was she wrong?

  • Meg

    This info is very useful!!! I just started couponing as a neccessity and ur site has brought my understanding to a whole new level! thx again!!!

  • Jamie

    I just found out about CVS from a friend yesterday I went to CVS in Meadville, PA and the manager was a Jerk I turned around went to another store and after 140.00 purchase I walked away with .33 bill and 6.00 in ECB coupons. So much for shopping at walmart or giant eagle anymore! CVS here I come! I’m gonna be the next extreme couponer :)

  • DeAnna

    So new at this and was wondering…axe’s has a coupon for buy one get one free…meanwhile cvs has a buy one get one free special. Could i buy one and get one free on the store deal and the one i bought also count toward the mft coupon for one free as well?

  • wennona

    Thanks for the info about green bags. Also picked up a few more pointers on couponing. CVS is my favorite.

  • nancy wolpert

    I printed $5 off $25 coupon on line on my computer. When I tried to use it I was denied. I was told the coupon was on my daughter Eileen’s extracare card. We compared our card numbers -they are different. How is this possible? We do not live together. What is the solution?

  • Catrina

    CVS is tricky to learn… but i’m getting there ;) .. just a few weeks ago I was behind a women who was using coupons and she had her binder in the cart, by the time she was done she had 4 bags of goodies and only spent $11 bucks… we walked out at the same time and I commented on her great savings and she got all defensive .. lol.. not sure if she was worried i was going to steal her ideals or run off with her coupon book… i guess she just didn’t want to be congratulated.
    I also didn’t not know how the Green Bag Tag worked, i guess i will be picking one up at my next CVS trip :)

  • ashley

    I am just learning how to shop at cvs and I’m confused with the ECBs and rolling. After buying a shaver that had 5 ecbs and shaver blades that also had 5 ecbs… I split up the transaction. First buying the shaver which rolled over 5 ecbs to the blades. I was expecting the same from the blades to a few other things i was buying. The cashier claimed It is only 1 per card. Am I wrong thinking that I should’ve received 5 ecbs from the blades as well?

    • jessdare

      Sometimes it’s only one set of extra care bucks per offer. It will tell you in the ad what the limit is as far ecb’s.

  • Kelly S

    I recieved a 30% off my purchase coupon that printed on the bottom of my receipt, almost like ECB’s. I was given a time limit of 3 days to use it, Could you tell me how a percent off coupon works. Is it before any coupons? After man. coupons? When the total at the end comes up after ECB are used? This would be very helpful! Thanks.

    • Cindy

      In my opinion these coupons are worthless. They do not work on anything that is on sale or you use a coupon on. The ones I have seen in the past are only good on full priced items that you are not using a coupon of any kind on. Not very often that I ever buy anything that is not on sale or have a coupon for. : (

  • Sallie

    Does CVS have a maximum number of identical coupons (both store and manufacturer’s) that can be used in one transaction? Example, could I use 3 of the 2.00 off Huggies store coupons and 3 of the 3.00 off Huggies printables?

    • ivonne

      i have the same question! i have (4) of the CVS $2.00 off coupons and (4) of the manuf. $3.00 off coupons. I wanted to use all at once… can that be done?? i can’t find a rule anywhere that it can’t, so i’m wondering.

      • Crystal

        The limit is written on the coupon specifically, for the CVS 2.00 off coupons for the Huggies I am assuming it states 1 per transaction. The manufactors coupons will also state limits for P&G they typically state limit 4 like coupons per shopping trip. Make sure that your store knows that limit 1 per item purchase implies 1:1 ratio of coupon to item not per transaction and the 1: transaction is limit 1 total per paying transaction. This has been a hang up for me at times explaining to cashiers the difference. If there is any problem contact a manager… they want your business and they don’t lose money when you save, they get the mfc value plus 8cents for many of the coupons so they are actually turning a profit from it.

        • Cindy

          Being told it’s one per purchase is a royal pain in the butt. 50% of the time it’s also a waste of breath to try and explain it also. That is when I just ask for all my coupons back and leave. It seems a lot of stores don’t care if they have your business.
          The .08 cents per coupon is not actually a profit. It is to pay for having the coupons processed. Coupon processing companies do not do it for free. That coupon does a lot of traveling before the store actually gets their money back and sometimes payment is withheld.

  • Jena

    I know that you can not use 2 coupons for the BOGO but if it is BOGO 1/2 off can you use 2 then?

    • Cindy

      Some stores do allow you to use a $off along with a BOGO coupon. The $off is for use on the one that you are actually buying. For a BOGO sale, some stores also allow you to use a coupon for both items, or even a BOGO coupon to get both items free. Even if the store has the rule, I still find it 50/50 on the cashier allowing it or not. As much as we wish all stores in a chain followed the same set of rules, it just does not seem to happen that way. Today they do, tomorrow they may not. You check out and get shot down, friend with same order with different cashier is waiting in car wondering what the holdup is. I find that couponing takes nerves of steel. LOL
      And yes, you SHOULD be able to use 2 coupons on a BOGO 1/2 off.

      • deidre

        Yes I agree, you SHOULD be able to use 2 manufacturers coupon with a BOGO 1/2 off sale

  • Meagan

    Can you use a Online printed CVS coupon with a Manufacture coupon? The Online CVS coupon I printed says CVS Pharmacy and I cannot use it anywhere else.. I don’t believe I say anything about Online CVS coupons.


    • deidre

      yes you could use it at CVS with a manufacturer’s coupon

  • M Stanley

    I purchased some items and scanned my CVS card awhile back. Submitted a rebate for Oil of Olay and the date of the purchase wasn’t on the receipt. Can I bring in the receipt and get a copy with the correct date? I have the transaction number. It’s for a $20.00 rebate so I would really like to be able to do this.

    Thanks so much!

  • Malibu

    Do you know anything about CVS’s coupon policy for clearance items??

    • deidre

      they accept coupons on clearance items

  • mari

    New as of a few months now. CVS is confusing to me. I understand most of it except I have not been able to find the correct answer to this: Limit 1=? Is it Per month? Per week? Per lifetime? I have asked the managers and they can’t seem to be able to give me answer except they tell me to look at receipt. I guess they don’t know either. DOES ANYONE KNOW? The add DOES NOT if rewards are per week or per month. HELP PLEASE

    • Trevor

      It is limit 1 per card per week. It is beneficial to get multiple cards for members of your family (i.e. spouse). However, sometimes they run the same special multiple weeks in a row (i.e. $1 reward for milk), the limit starts over the next week or next time it is offered. Hope this helps.

      • Elise

        Actually, getting multiple cards per household is now illegal. The limits now say “1 per household” in case anyone is still reading this.

        It’s people who get multiple cards per household that clear the shelves every Sunday morning…

        • Elise

          Actually, I take that back. Their official policy is one per PERSON, but they have changed most of their ECB deals to read “one per household” which is in theory to keep people from clearing shelves…but if my stores are any indication they don’t seem to enforce that.

          But bottom line is you’ve just got to do what you think is ethical.

          • Cindy

            In most stores I have been in, it only takes 3 people getting their 1 per card to clear the shelves.
            A lot of people on blogs talk about shelf clearers and their disdain for them. Unless you just happened to see that one person take everything on the shelf, how does that person know that it wasn’t multiple shoppers that cleared the shelf? In a grocery store that has 100 items on the shelf. If each shopper only took 10 (and that’s not a lot) it would only take 10 people to clear that shelf and I am sure it could be done in a matter of minutes.

        • yvonne

          Illegal? so many of us extreme coupon folks will be heading to jail soon!

  • mabini

    Does CVS accept expired coupons or can you please identify which drug store or grocery store who accept expired coupons.

    • Cindy

      I don’t know of any store that intentionally accepts expired manufacture coupons. You may be able to get a store to accept them with a raincheck if you ask. But most still look at you like you have lost your mind. I am sure someone out there has a store that will, on occasion accept them, but I would bet if everyone says “Hey, XXX store accepts expired coupons, lets go there to use up these great coupons that expired”, that offer would end pretty quick.

      • deidre

        Yes no stores accept expired coupons EXCEPT overseas our military can use expired coupons, up to 6 months expired.

        • cassi

          I send my expired coupons to my aunt in florida, the CVS in her town takes them within 30 days of their expiration date

          • mindy

            Wow Cassie: She’s really lucky that they accept her expired manufactuer coupons. My niece, who also lives in FL & just got layed off), just started couponing and would love to be able to pay with expired coupons also. May I ask at what store in FL does your Aunt shop (city/town).
            Thanks and have a nice day.

    • Lydia Filipasic

      I was informed by a friend. If you saved alot and sent them to them address they would reimburse you. But haven’t tried it and don’t know if its true. It would probably cost you more in the long run to save so many.

  • Brittany

    Are you able to stack man. coupons with the cvs coupons? Thats how I understood it but when I tried to today the cashier wouldnt accept it and said the register wouldn’t allow it… ? Maybe I just read something wrong.

    • Angela

      If you are purchasing one product only and have two coupons the register sometimes will not allow more physical pieces of paper (coupons) than products purchased…if you have a great deal in front of you grab a cheap something or other (ie candy) to get your dea.


  • reba

    Can you use a mfg. coupon for a free item @ CVS. that is printed from the internet. Wal Mart would not accept it.

    • Cindy

      A lot of stores have put in their policy they will NOT accept a coupon for a completly free item that has been printed off the internet.

  • Stephanie

    ok so I am new to this so this may sound dumb, but can you buy (in the same transaction) two items that recieve ECBs and get both ECBs on your reciept.. or would i have to split the purchase into two transactions? hopefully that makes sense, I have been looking online and can’t seem to find the answer.
    For example, say you get $2 back for bodywash and $3 back for razors, would i get back $5 on my receipt ?

  • Erika


    Yes you are right. Your receipt will give you the extra bucks for any items within your purchase you are due for. It will list them separately- for example you will have one for 2.00 (body wash) and one for 3.00 (razors). It is nice this way because you can make sure all of your extra bucks printed, and it will tell you what item you earned them for.

    CVS by me has a self checkout, and I have no problems using the buy one get one free and a coupon on both items. Nor do I have any problems using expired coupons. They accept them no problem. If it were a cashier, I don’t know she might stop me but the self checkout does allow it.

    • mindy

      Hi Erika: When you say that you have no problems using expired coupons do you mean manufacturer coupons or CVS coupons? If CVS coupons, which ones?

  • Millie

    If i have a manufacturer coupon for $.50 and it also says limit of 4 like coupons and what I want to buy is $.99 can i purchse more than 1 product and still get the discount for all or do i have to have lets says a coupon for each one I purchase.

  • Jennifer Holder

    How old is this policy? I saw one that was released Sept 2011 and it stated that you can use a $../1 coupon with the “Buy one” part of a B1G1 Free coupon. Just wanted to see which one was correct before I go this week.

  • ksrina

    I work at cvs, and some of the stores can accept expired coupons, but thats the manager decision, it depends on everything

    • Phuong Tran

      I bought two crest at one cvs with the gift card, then I return them all at another cvs, I don’t know why they give me hard time and then keep my receipt? Do they suppose to do that? I didn’t get any extra bucks from the items I bought. What will they do with the receipt?

  • Nancy

    My internet coupons were denied today because the girl said she was told that they were all frauds. I did not fight her on it because she it a good cashier that is always agreeable.

  • Sherley

    Thanks for all the help with the coupons and emails.

  • Tom Seleck’s Ulcer

    Basically, If you are buying items from a CVS, you’re best bet is to:

    1) Bring a bag – get the GREEN BAG credit
    2) Make your purchases one-by-one. Each transaction requires a bag, right? Refusal (green bag credit) earns you 25c toward your eventual ECB dollar.

    So why wouldn’t you divide your purchase (no bag please) per item and earn a 25c [green bag] credit?
    Hell, if you buy 4 items at CVS at any given time, you are pretty much guaranteed to earn $1 ECB before you leave! ~~~”You’ll thank me later.”~~~ [Adrian Monk]

    …Amy Davidson is a wicked hottie redhead!

    Green Bag Tag: Scan the extracare card, then an item, then the green tag. You can use any re-usable shopping bag, re-use a plastic bag from a previous purchase, or simply carry out your items to qualify for the green bag tag rewards. Anytime you decline a one-time use plastic bag, you will receive a green bag tag™ credit. Look at your receipt. The quantity needed to earn reward will show, and it goes down each time you use it. It starts at 4 and counts down to 1 and then you get an extra buck every time after 1. Then it starts again at 4 and continues. So every 4th visit you can get one free ECB!

    • Rebeca

      Green Bag Tag can only be scanned once a day

    • Lauren

      So I was at cvs and to her no and did not get the credit so know what ?

  • Kelly

    My understanding of the Green Bag Tag credit was that you could only use a tag 1x per day per card. And since all tags have the same bar code there’s no need to buy multiple tags if you use multiple ECcards…I learned the hard way.

  • Lydia Filipasic

    Thank you for these tips! They work great for me when the managers at my local CVS see me coming they call me the couponing queen of CVS! Im not that great but learning fast and Im alot more organized. I got in over two days $185.00 worth of product and paid only .24 cents. My son has enough toothpast,brushes,deodrant,shampoos,body wash to last for a few years. Thanks so much and yes Im hooked like a kid in a candy store. Im thinking of seriuosly doing a blog on my setup,how I did it,show my receipts and products only because my friends gave me the idea to do What you think?

    • molina777

      Yes please do I would love to read it

  • Brenda

    Question? If I have more than 1 ECB can I used them to buy just 1 item? In other words, how many ECB’s can I use when purchasing 1 high value item?

    • Tonya

      You can use as many as you want I was in the other day and I purchased alot of thier black friday sales and in my next transaction I got two Sylvania starter kits for thier 7″ tablets (computers) retail was $29.99 each and I got them completely FREE with my ECB! I just recently started couponing but if I would have paid attention to the end of my ECB the very last one a 25% OFF coupon I could still have $6.87 or close to in ECB left over. I was still extremely happy I just know for next time to look at all that print outs first

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  • Tblais

    How do you tell what CVS region your in?

  • Karin

    i’m new on this and i have a question about the Buy $30.00 on select products get a $10 gift card, do i have to buy the $30 dollars worth in products in one transaction ? or can i do 2 or more transactions?

    • Tblais

      No you can make several transactions you just need to do it in the same week that the gift card deal is good for. On your receipt you’ll see the ammount needed before you reach the $30.

  • wypadek drogowy

    Vielen Dank für dieses Blog-es ist toll! Ich mag diese Art von Menschen, die Wissen mit anderen zu teilen.

  • Jess

    If CVS is running a buy one get one 1/2 off and I have a Buy one get one free would I pay 1/2 for 2?
    Razors 6.00 (buy 2)
    RAZOR 1: 3.00
    RAZOR:2 free
    total $3.00

  • Wandaalley

    Deidre I’m just now getting started on deals with coupons and it seems very exciting,some day I hope to be good at it but right now I suck at it. newbe 

  • Smitty0405

    FYI ECBs do not, ever, never ever expire.  As long as you have them, they won’t expire.  They tell me this every time.  Also from corporate, CVS will no longer “preorder” any items.  Some stores do not know about this, and will still preorder.  Guess there has been a bit of an issue with running out. 

    • cvs employee

      Ecbs do expire…du to many ppl abusing coupons CVS is now enforcing coupon policy. -cvs employee

    • Trena Ramirez

      Sorry Smitty but like the cvs employee below says ECB’s DO Expire!!!!

  • Martikeller

    TOO many people are just HOGGISH when it come to coupons NO ONE CAN 
    use 20 bottles of hand/body lotion at one time Leave some for others, oh that’s right we are a nation of ME ME ME  to hell with any body else, tried to buy a bottle of Cruel for my Mother-in-law while it was on sale and each cvs stated the coupon ladies already clean them out what and many of these people put the product out at yard sales or simply resell it . Please coupon responsibly

  • Lisa

    Does ECB and $10 CVS Cash Cards take out before or after tax? 

  • Marucasal2205

    Just tried to use my bogo coupons in Little Falls NY…they refused them…so left and used them at Walmart with no problems…

  • Shakess

    Is there a actual set cents amount to trigger ECB? for example Revlon $15 purchase Recieve $7 ECB, would a $14.79 trigget the rebate? How close do you have to be to the actual amount?

  • Buy Viagra Online

    i’m new on this and i have a question about the Buy $30.00 on select
    products get a $10 gift card, do i have to buy the $30 dollars worth in
    products in one transaction ? or can i do 2 or more transactions?


    I love shopping at cvs it exiting;)

  • Lorinda Broadwater

     My local cvs told me $/$$ deals have to equal the total after manufacturer coupons. :(((. It’s not spelled out on their coupon policy so I can’t argue with them. Someone told me the policy on this is up to the store manager at each store.

  • Nancy

    I recently stared to bu whit coupons and you help me a lat whiht your comments

  • Chaneyamanda220

    Can you stack more than one manufacture coupon on an item

  • Chaneyamanda220

    Can you stack more than one manufacture coupon on an item


    Do you except expired coupons? I was told yes but only cvs coupons not manufactor coupons? Please let me know. I love to shop @ cvs. I bought make up that was 50% off already and it said buy 1 get the 1 50% off but the second 1 wasn’t 50% off of the marked down price. Molina777

    • jj

      No they do not accept expired coupons…

  • Jamie

    I got a great deal today, I got the Schick Hydro Silk Razor with a rain check for 9.49 with 3 ECB back, I then got a money maker with the Schick Hydro 5 Power Select for 9.99 with 3.00 ECB and stacked 2 coupons, a 5.00 CVS one that printed, and a 4.00 coupon from the newspaper. I think the total was 11.94 and got 6.00 ECB, THEN  I got the the Pillow Pets Light Bright  they had just got them in stock and were selling fast for 29.99, I also got a Happy Napper for 9.99, a 3.99 magazine, a 2.99 gallon tea, I used my 6.00 ECB, 4.00 off a 20.00 purchase AND 20% off items not on sale for a total of 19.49 for all. I was super excited to find the Light Bright, and the Happy Napper at 9.99 (they did not have them out but when I asked about them, she went and got several out from “upstairs”.  I had been looking for the Light Bright and there it was, I got a great deal!!

  • confused ?:/

    If CVS has B1G1*50% off sale, can I still use to mfr coupons?

    • confused ?:/

      *Can I still use two mfr coupons?*

    • Deidre

      yes you can use two coupons on BOGO 50% off

      • Coupon Mommy2

        im confused since its a b1g1 50% off sale can i use 2 manufacturer coupons b1g1 free? and if yes will that make it 4 items or 2?

        • Suzette Du Plessis

          You pay for the first in full and get the 2nd at -50%. Then u use 1 coupon on the first and the 2nd coupon on the 2nd item.

          You can do the same on BOGO free. 1 MC on the full price one and 1 MC on the Free one… eg.. Item 1 $5.99 Item 2 FRee LESS Item 1 MC $1.00 + Item 2 MC $1.00 = You will just pay $4.99 for both items
          Hope this makes sense lol

  • Robjan76

    Question I cant print an official CVS coupon policy Does anyone have a copy they can send me?
    Question if you have a rain check and a coupon to go with the rain check and the coupon is expired does the policy say the coupons can be taken due to the fact you have a rain check? I member a while back I had a copy of policy and it stated they had to take the coupon even if expired due to the fact that you have a rain check
    Does anyone know what the policy states?? HELP!!!

  • Vanessa

    I know I can stack 1 store coupon & 1 mfr coupon but can I do TWO store coupons and 1 mfr?? Thanks!

    • Suzette Du Plessis

      Nope, only one of each

  • Ruby

    Hi.. I m new to couponing. I have a question.. Do we have to buy 2 ECB back deals in 2 different transactions? Yesterday, I bought Crest Rinse deal (5$ ECB) and cereal deal ($3 ECB) in the same transaction. But I got only 3$ ECB back. I realized it after coming back home. Can I go back to store and request the 5$ ECB showing the receipt?

  • Heath

    If I buy two items that offer ECBs in the same transaction, will they add together on the CRT or will they be seperate on the same CRT?

    e.g. Transaction 1 – item1 get back $2 ECB, and item2 get back $3 ECB. Will that be one $5 ECB? Or one $2 and one $3 ECB?

  • Angel Card

    Does anyone know when Spending $50 towards beauty items are counted before or after coupons?

    • Elizarae

      It’s before coupons :)

  • bluecastle

    I saw that you have cvs region 1, cvs region 2, etc. How do I know which one I am in? That would explain why I’m not seeing some of the deals in my area. Thanks!

  • Yasmin

    Can I accumulate ECB’s? Then use them all in one transaction?

    • Elizarae

      Yes, you can use as many ECBs in a transaction up to the value of your pre-tax subtotal. The smart way to use them, however, is to roll them. Meaning you use an ECB you earned on one deal to pay for another deal that earns ECBs and keep your out of pocket costs low.

      • Yasmin

        ok, so if I get $15 ECBs today, can I use them the same day? Never really understood that

        • Elizarae

          Yes, you can use your ECBs immediately after you earn them :)

      • Yasmin

        One last question! How many ECB roll overs can you do a day?

        • Elizarae

          There is no published limit.

  • Minnie

    BOGO 50% on Covergirl but, what if I have the BOGO -Buy lashblast mascara, get one 1-kit eye enhancer free? What discounts? Nothing?

    • Elizarae

      Since the 1-Kit Eye Enhancer costs less than the Lashblast Mascara, it would be discounted 50% off by the sale. And when using the BOGO coupon, it would just take off the purchase price of the 1-Kit Eye Enhancer (50% off retail). So, it basically negates the BOGO 50% off sale.

      • Minnie

        Thankyou, I figured all it does is make my total closer to $30 rather than $40 to get $10 ECB from PG&E

  • Yasmin

    So starting on Thursday they are giving 20% off your entire purchase with regularly priced items. I plan to use it on the P&G deal…but, can my total be 30+20%off and still trigger the $10 ECB?

    • Elizarae

      You will not be able to use the 20% off coupon on the P&G deal because all the items are sale price. The 20% off coupon is valid on regular price items only. It will still trigger ECBs though.

  • Mary Derrickson

    Is there a way to print this coupon policy? And or the great instructions for use of the CVS card?

  • Yasmin

    I have a couple questions here…I have a 20% off…will it calculate the original subtotal, the subtotal after coupons, or the subtotal after ecbs and no coupons? And my last question is…can I do a raincheck in one store and redeem it in another stocked store?

    • Elizarae

      The 20% off coupon will apply to regularly-priced items only before coupons. ECBs will not affect the % off coupon with the exception of (Beauty Club ECBs, Green Bag Tag ECBs and force-printed ECBs, like ones you would get when you use a rain check). Rain checks are valid at all CVS locations and they do not expire. Hope that helps!

      • Yasmin

        Awesome! THANKS! BTW, have you gotten your free cvs items? Do you usually get them the day the sale starts?

        • Elizarae

          The best time to go is on Sunday morning when the sales start in order to get the HOT items that everyone will want. I don’t shop on Sundays, but this morning I went in and was surprised to find many of the free items still in stock!

  • Yasmin

    I purchased some items at CVS earlier, and earned Extra Bucks. The problem is that I want to return 2 items that had the promotion attached. Will they take my ECB? or can I keep them?

    • Elizarae

      They will usually let you keep them.

      • Yasmin

        so, they wont void out or anything?

  • Yasmin

    for this sunday’s new ad, there is 2 revlon promos..can i double dip if i get lip and nail that qualifies for both?

    • Elizarae

      You can do both deals and get the ECBs for both. They are both different promotions, with a limit of 6 each. Hope that helps.

      • Yasmin

        One is 1 limit, the others are 6, I meant the buy $10 Revlon get $3 back…can I combine that with the individual limit of 6 promos to get all?

        • Elizarae

          I don’t see a Spend $10 on Revlon get $3 ECB deal. The ad preview I am looking at has a Spend $10 on L’Oreal get $3 ECB deal with a limit 1. It may be regional. CVS never has deals that double dip. Usually, if there are multiple deals for the same brand, one promo will exclude the items in the other promo.

          • Yasmin

            oh yep. You are totally right! This is what happens with my head the week of finals! Sorry!

  • Suzette Du Plessis

    I have a question before going for a trip to CVS…. I want to do the Paper poducts deal where you buy for $30.00 and get ECB$10.00 back. I want to pay for my toilet paper with MC on each and my ECB I have….. Will I be limited to the amount of ECB coupons I can use? And will I still get my ECB$10 since Ive paid with ECB?

    • Elizarae

      You can use as many ECBs up to the value of your purchase after manufacturer coupons and before tax. At CVS, you can roll ECBs and it will not affect whether another ECB prints :)

      • Suzette Du Plessis

        THANK YOU Elizarae :o)))))

  • Mariter

    I have a question regarding the 20 or 25% off CVS email coupon. How many times can we use that in a day or can we only use it once?

  • Rebeca

    do you know if they accepted coupons from the ”Magic Coupon Machine” expired?

    • Elizarae

      It depends on your store. Ask a cashier or the manager.

      • yasmin

        I had the same question, I see people still use them, then the girl at the register lied to me, saying that starting 2013 they weren’t taking them! very mad, because i wanted to do the dixie cup deal…

  • Amanda Tohn

    To get the P&G reward when you spend $30.00 and get $10.00 back, Can you break it up into different transactions or does it have to be one

    • Deidre

      Yes you can at CVS! This deal is also going on at Kmart, but you can not break it into separate transactions at Kmart.

      • Amanda Tohn

        Thank you

  • taysariece

    Oh my gosh I appeciate you breaking that down! I had every single coupon and went to CVS and all the Simple products were gone and I had coupons for the Schick razors and so much more! I was so sad too, and my husband a non-coupon believer, was like I told you that show on tv is fake etc.I didnt even think to ask for a raincheck! Uggghhhhhhhhhh! lol I feel a lil better now and hope the next few sales I can catch and use accordingly. Sigh* the hit and miss of a newbie couponer!

    • Liese

      I asked for a raincheck on the Thermacare for 3.49 and get 3.49 back. I wondered if the computer will still offer me the Freebie. Walgreens opened my eyes to that. The sales/deals are in the registered in the computer for that week only! I cross my fingers to get to CVS. Nasty weather and I have to walk. What I like about couponing is that you can donate items to charity or family members, senior citizens, etc.

  • gonzalez

    if the limit is 1 ecb per household can you buy the item on monday and return tuesday to buy the same item using the same card and get the ecb’s on both days?

    • Elizarae

      No. Once you reach the limit for an ECB deal, you can no longer receive the ECB for that deal, even if you return the item.

    • cashier

      No, thats called coupon fruad

  • Brooke

    My CVS will take the ECB’s anytime, they say they are expired but they’ll accept them forever, they also accept manufacture coupons that have expired for up to 90 days and they will take their coupons for life, even if they are expired. The only thing they will not take after expiration date is the 20% coupons they email out. They even have signs posted at checkout stating this.

    • Sara Fisher

      Where? What store is this?

  • Chris

    I went and used the 2 dollar coupon for the U by kotex 18 count liners today and I also picked up a 2 litter of coke for .99 cents. what I didn’t know was that since the coupon wasn’t used for the full 2 dollars, because the liners were only 1.49 each, they used the rest of the money left over on the total purchase so the 2 litter was only .63 cents

  • Ruby Jadraque Dizon

    i really love shopping at CVS compared to Target! the deals were great plus the great service of the cashiers, supervisors and managers of the store. I had tremendous experience at CVS that every time I shopped I had a great smile when going home. Highly recommended this CVS store!

  • Dorothy

    There is a coupon for 6.00 off a 5 count zyrtec…apparently there was no limit…they were all gone…lol But I did get alcohol prep swabs and a candy bar for free today…LOL Btw does CVS take manufacture along in addition to a EC/coupon?

  • melissa

    I have a question I have a manufacturers coupon for save up to 14.00 off any tens product…I see they are going to be on sale for 10.99… and I have a CVS 2 off a 6 dollar feminine hygiene or sanitary product….can this be done at CVS?

    • melissa


    • LoveBeautyNGlam

      Yes but you won’t receive money back, that money can be applied to other items in your purchase.

  • courtney

    Can you use CRT’s or magic coupon machine coupons that were scanned on someone else’s CVS card? I didnt know if each coupon was linked to one card. I know ECBS are linked to the card but wanted to know about the CVS store coupons. Thanks

    • Elizarae

      Yes. CRTs and coupons from the magic coupon machine are linked to a card. They have the last 4 digits of the card on the coupon.

  • krizza

    How about Military store coupon from Manufacturer’s? Are they going to accept it?

  • maris

    Cashier did not allow me to use q on clearance items; looking for answer here but couldn’t find it.

  • lillaura

    wow i always stayed away from cvs and was loyal to just walgreens. but now, i’m really excited to learn and give cvs a try. However, I’m so overwhelmed w/the lingo, etc. but it’ll be worth it when I’m getting freebies & other great promotions. :)

  • Lilyflower03

    How many times in a month or in a year can i use rain check?

    Do I have to buy the number of items indicated on the rain check? Ex: 6 herbal essence, do I have to buy all six or can buy less than that?

    Can I get more than one rain check?

    Another question is… Can I redeem the rain check at the sale’s when the store is doing extra buck on the item and will get the extra buck?

    Sorry for a long ???… I’ll appreciate ur answers. Thank you in advance:)

    • Elizarae

      Rain checks can only be used once, as you must surrender it when you use it, except if you purchase less than the quantity indicated on the rain check. Although, sometimes, you will have to purchase the entire quantity indicated, for example, if the price is 2/$6 and you indicated a quantity of 2, you would have to buy 2 to get the $3 each price.
      You would have to ask your store if they will allow you to get more than one rain check.
      If you redeem a rain check from a previous week for an item that produces an extrabuck that week, usually the ECB will not print, because it will be cancelled out by the price-change.

      • Lilyflower03

        So only once a year per customer to use the rain check?

        • Elizarae

          No, the rain check can only be used once, period. Just like a coupon. Once you use it, the cashier takes it and you don’t ever get it back.

          • LoveBeautyNGlam

            From my experience, if there is an ECB sale going on and you get a Rain Check all you have to do is make sure the CVS employees know about it and write it down on the Rain Check. There is even a spot on the CVS Rain Checks to write down the current ECB attached to that product as well at that current price. Even though it won’t automatically print when you go to purchase it at a later date, CVS employees can make ECBs print separately from the receipt purchase. (If that makes sense.)

  • Lilyflower03

    Okay, but in the future if the item is out of stock, I could get a new rain check to use right? It’s not limited to one rain check per customer per store per year right?

    Sorry if it sounds confusing.

    • Elizarae

      Yes, you can get rain checks for different sales for the same product. But, each rain check itself can only be used once.

  • Lizzi Long

    What is the CVS policy on BOGO manufacturer’s coupons? I have shopped a few and I usually receive the retail price off thus making the second item even less.
    Ex: CVS sale 2/$ 6 shampoo on sale but regular shelf(retail) price is $5.99. They scan coupon (BOGO) and it takes off $5.99 making that total price $.01. Is this ok? I hope I asked this right?

    • Elizarae

      BOGO coupons usually have a “maximum value” that they are worth. And when the CVS registers, when scanning BOGO coupons, usually take off that maximum amount. The cashier should correct it, by manually entering the purchase price for the item, but if they don’t, I have been told that they are still reimbursed for the value that the coupon is scanned for. HTH!

  • Anna Ceecy

    First I must say thank you for taking your time to do all this for us! I love coupons! I have 2 quick questions and hope you can help.
    ———I have a coupon for pantenee shampoo. Buy 1, get 1 free. up too a 4.99 value. but I want to buy a big pantanee shampoo that is on sale for 6$ can I pay the difference? (since I get back 5 ECB’s on that specific size if I buy 12.00 worth of shampoo) and last question to make my head clear CVS DOES OR DOES NOT accept EXPIRED manfu. coupons? THANKSSSSSSSS!

    • Elizarae

      You should be able to use the BOGO coupon on the $6 bottle and pay the $1.01 difference on your Buy 1 item. There are NO STORES that accept expired coupons. Using expired coupons is technically considered coupon fraud. CVS may accept expired CVS coupons from the Magic Coupon Machine or ECBs, but you’ll have to verify that with your individual store. HTH!

      • Rhonda

        Bed, Bath, & Beyond accepts only their expired coupons.

  • sara

    Mabe i didnt read right because ive just started out couponing slowly but how many cvs store coupons can you use in one transaction and can you use two of the same coupons (ive got two of 4 off 20 and two 3 off 10 oral care. And more coupons) at a time?

    • Elizarae

      You can use as many CVS coupons as allowed by your purchase and the wording on the coupon. Some of those $ off $$ coupons state one per transaction. If they don’t, you can use more than one in the same transaction. If you use more than one, most stores will require that you satisfy the purchase requirement for each coupon separately. For example, if you wanted to use 1 $4 off $20 and 1 $3 off $10 oral care, you would need to purchase $30 in merchandise, $10 of which is oral care. Some stores, however, will allow you to count the $10 toward the $20 you are purchasing, so it may vary for everyone.

  • hellooo

    So i have 2 $5 off cvs redbox q can i use both for 1 razor?

    • Elizarae

      Are they the same coupon? What does the coupon say? usually, you can only use one CVS coupon per item, unless one is purchase-based and one is a $ off coupon.

  • Joque Toahbear

    CVS has had milk on sale for 3 weeks now, limit 2. $1 ECB. I bought 2 the first week. Can I do this again and get the ECB because it is a new week/ad or have I reached my limit? thanks

    • LoveBeautyNGlam

      Any current limits you have purchased 1 or all of are usually at the bottom of your receipt, have you purchased anything recently? If not maybe buy something super cheap to check, they have 25 cent caramels in buckets at registers at my CVS.

  • Fia941

    Does cvs double a mfg coupon?

    • Deidre


  • Michxx314

    I got a coupon for $10 off $30 professional salon—how do I know where I can use it?

  • Cyndi Solis

    Will they give you credit if you have a coupon for more than the sale price of an item? Perhaps put it toward the remainder of your purchase?

    • LoveBeautyNGlam

      From my experience, yes they do. They will not give you money back but they will apply it to the rest of your purchase like you asked.

  • Amador

    CVS is advertising Bogo Digiorno pizza. I have a coupon save $2 on any 2 digorno pizza. can I use that coupon?

    • Elizarae


  • LoveBeautyNGlam

    Love the CVS Tutorial! It should probably be updated a little bit to take out the green bag tag and the reinventing beauty magazine that are both no longer existing. Also doesn’t CVS call the coupon machine the “Red Coupon Machine?”

    • Deidre

      Yes I do need to make a new one

      • LoveBeautyNGlam

        I’m sad to see the green bag tag program and the Reinventing Beauty Magazine go!!

  • Mia

    How many ECB’s can be used in one transaction? I have about 10 of them right now!

    • Sara Fisher

      No limit. You can use them all or use a few. Whatever you need.

  • Kevin

    I was given a coupon from a person at the store that I don’t know which was printed from the red machine (25% off) am I allowed to use it?
    Thanks for your time.

    • Elizarae

      It will be linked to their card so it will beep if you try to use it.

  • Kevin

    OK, thank you still learning.

  • Josh

    I am a beginner coupon shopper at CVS, today I bought Tide for $5.94 with a mfg. coupon of $2.00. I also had an mfg. coupon for 40 cents, but it beeped when she scanned. Is this because one mfg. coupon is allowed per item? I have been trying to find the answer somewhere. On the bright side, the cashier manually entered it, but I want to do things the right way.

    • HelperJen

      Yes you can only use one MFR coupon per item.

  • Rhonda

    Just beginning with CVS shopping. If you have an overage but are not buying any other items, what is CVS’s policy?

    • Elizarae

      CVS doesn’t allow overage. So they will adjust the coupon down.

      • Kevin

        actually it depends on the cashier. some really don’t focus on it so the overage goes towards other items.

  • Aliisha

    If you have a MQ for BOGO Free and get 4.. could you use a $XX.xx off MQ??

    • Elizarae

      No, the BOGO coupon attaches to both items.

  • Than Luangsiyotha

    Do I have to be at exactly $30 before coupons to get back 10 ecb? I was 3 cents short and only 5 ecb printed.

    • Elizarae

      If it’s a deal where you spend $A and get $B ECB OR spend $C and get $D ECB, you MUST spend $A or $C to get the corresponding ECB. In your case, because you only spend $29.97, the register recognized that as you spending $20, not $30, so you only got $5 ECB. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to get a $10 ECB if you spend $30, since you already received a $5 ECB. You’ll need to spend at least $10.03 in order to get another $5 ECB.

      • Than Luangsiyotha

        Oh. Ok. Thanx for the quick reply! :)

        • Kevin

          some stores modify it and on the receipt it says you only need to spend 28.xx this is called the 98% rule

  • Jose

    does cvs accept “free” coupons? i have a P&G manufacturer coupon for a free item, will cvs accept it?

    • Elizarae

      As long as it is a valid mfg coupon, CVS should accept it.

  • ProudMommaofTwins

    I just got an email for a $6 off of $30 beauty purchase and an email for a $5 off $25 purchase… Am I able to use them both at the same time?!

  • DEE


    • Deidre

      Did it have Ralphs Logo on it? CVS won’t accept it if it has another stores logo on it

    • DEE


      • DEE


    • Elizarae

      They are not making up their own rules. The 5th bullet point in this post says that CVS (all stores) will not accept coupons with another store’s logo on it, even if it is a manufacturer’s coupon. That’s why you couldn’t use it.

  • Sonia

    If I use a manufacture coupon to purchase something & I decide to return it do I get my money back plus the value of the coupon or just my money?

  • Maribel

    Elizarae, can you explain me the 98% rule? Also, tell me if that rule applies to the red machine coupons. I bought a $9.99 razor and I have a CVs coupons from the red machine buy $10 on razors and get $4 off & the cashier didn’t want to scan it because I only expended $9.99 & not $10. She was rude with me too.

    • Elizarae

      The 98% rule applies to spending requirements to earn ECBs, not coupons. If a deal says Spend $X to earn $Y ECB, you only have to spend 98% of $X to earn the ECB. Some stores will allow you to be cents off to use a CVS coupon, but this is not a corporate policy.

  • Maria

    Can you use ECBs earned with one card to pay for other items purchasd with another card?

    • Elizarae

      No. ECBs are attached to the card it was earned with. It even specifies which card it belongs to on the ECB itself and will beep and prompt the cashier if you try to use it with another card.

  • Evelyn

    If your purchasing different offers which will each give you ECB will you still get each ECB by purchasing them in one transaction? Will they add up?

    • Elizarae

      You can earn ECBs from multiple promotions in the same transaction. If they are separate promos, the ECBs will be separate. If you make multiple qualifying purchases for a promo (if the limit is more than 1), the ECB will add up.

  • FeelingJipped

    On this week’s ALL detergent deal, it is B1G2 free. I gave the cashier 3 MQ’s which were $2/2. She told me she could only take 2 MQ’s and gave me back 1 MQ. Now total value of the 3 MQ’s were only $6. My OOP total was over $10 – I did not see it anywhere in the corporate policy and this was not allowed? Can someone help me? The reason why I ask is because I know there is another CVS store which does except them all.

    • Deidre

      How many All detergents did you buy? If you bought 3, then you could use 1 $2/2 coupon.

  • Family 1st

    I have a couple of questions. CVS had a deal if you spend $14 dollars you get $4 ECB. I mistakenly only spent $12. On my receipt it says $2 needed for reward. Can I purchase my $2 now and still get those ECB’s? Also, If they run the same deal more than one week but limit the deal to 1 per household…Can I purchase the same deal in the 2nd week?

    • Elizarae

      Yes, CVS tracks your spending, so once you meet the threshold the ECB will print on that transaction. If a deal is a monthly deal and the limit is 1, you can only do the deal once that month. Although, usually monthly deals have a limit of more than 1, despite what the signage says. To know for sure, once you do the deal once, if the receipt says Offer Limit Reached under the deal, then you can’t do the deal again and get another ECB. If the receipt shows money being tracked toward the deal after you’ve already done the deal, then the limit is more than 1.

  • Erica

    Wisk was buy 1 get 3 free so I had three 1.50 off one wisk coupons. at first they told me they cannot use coupons on “free” items which i know is not true according to their coupon policy. they ended up letting me use it but made a big deal about it and will only “allow one time” it retailed at 8.99 each so i got 3 for 4.50

    • Erica

      buy 1 get 2 free**** sorry

    • Erica

      buy 1 get 2 free**** sorry

    • Elizarae

      It’s so frustrating when stores don’t know their own policies. It’s helpful to keep a copy of the policy with you

    • Elizarae

      It’s so frustrating when stores don’t know their own policies. It’s helpful to keep a copy of the policy with you

  • Erica

    Wisk was buy 1 get 3 free so I had three 1.50 off one wisk coupons. at first they told me they cannot use coupons on “free” items which i know is not true according to their coupon policy. they ended up letting me use it but made a big deal about it and will only “allow one time” it retailed at 8.99 each so i got 3 for 4.50

  • ebonie

    Hello, can I use a b1g2 rc on b1g1 sale? If so how does it work? Help please?

    • Elizarae

      Not sure what RC means? If it’s a manufacturer coupon, you should buy 6 items # B1G1 Free and use the B1G2 coupon. You should only end up paying for 1 item.

      • Paula Valentine

        RC means rain check :-)

  • kristy

    This information was very helpful I just started couponing and never understood how CVS worked.

  • Fran

    I’ve always wanted to start couponing and am do happy that you ate actually helping us understand what and how to do it and that you encourage it.

  • Kari

    I just recently did a deal on the ALL detergent and I had a rain check for b1g2 free and in this weeks at it’s buy 2 for 7$. Plus if you spend $20 dollars toward this product you get $5ecb back .. So I used 3 2/2 MF coupons . But I never received the ecb what do i do?

    • guest

      You will not receive the ECB because you did not pay for the $20.00 worth. Technically and what the computer realizes is that you paid $7.00 worth.

  • Prncss2274

    What do you do if you lost your extra care bucks card and don’t have the ability to scan the red machine?

    • Brian K Weegan

      You can print out your offers at home.

  • Angela Soledad

    of u loose ur card put in ur phone number and by the way this info is just wat i needed

  • kellyls30

    Can you use ECBs the same day you receive them or do you have to wait until the next day as in other stores?

    • Deidre

      You can use them the same day

  • Mee-Hyea Kim

    I bought 2 items of L’Oreal makeup last night, if I purchase a third to total $15 will it print my $5ECB? (this was for the buy 15 in L’Oreal make up and received $5ECB)

    • Elizarae

      Yes. Look at the bottom of your receipt. The L’Oréal deal should be tracking your spending

      • Mee-Hyea Kim

        I went on 5/10/14 and the cash in told me 5/11/14 deals were in affect that night, I received my $1 ECB for the speed stick deodorant but nothing on my receipt about L’Oréal also, I didn’t get my $4 ECB for the Edys. Will they force print the Edys and allow me to add another L’Oréal for the makeup deal even if it’s not on the bottom of my receipt? TIA for your help!

        • Elizarae

          Since you went in early that’s probably why it didn’t work. You can ask if they will do that. Otherwise, just return and re – purchase the items to get the ECB to print automatically

  • Carmen

    I went today to cvs with a coupon of .99 deal of purified water and the cashier said that I can only used that coupon one time only that if I get another coupon the next day I can not used it!…the coupon said that it will expired on May/31/2014 and per costumer…is it TRUE? I can’t used a coupon the next day?

  • jackie

    What products qualify in beauty club? A cashier told me that toothpaste is part of beauty club. Is that true?

    • Brian K Weegan

      No, if you go online to scan the weekly ad, you will see that toothpaste is listed under personal.

  • Katricia Rosado

    i can ask for a raincheck for ítem that are in clearance?

    • Deidre


  • Coupon Newbie

    Can I use two extra bucks rewards in the same transaction?

    • Elizarae


  • maria

    can i use a 25% with a raincheck

    • Elizarae

      No, the cashier will have to manually adjust the price, which will make the 25% off coupon invalid on that item.

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  • Sherrian Smith

    If I have 3 manufacturer’s coupons for the same item, but different amounts will CVS honor all 3 or is there a set amount of coupons I can use. The coupon states that I can use up to 4 like coupons.

    • Deidre

      you can use them, but you would have to buy 3 items (1 item per coupon) if the coupon is say, $1 off 1. If it is $1 off 2, then you’d have to buy 2 items to use one coupon.

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  • nessa

    for the b1g1 free. I have a mfc thats b1g1 free with the limit of one coupon perchase and it says not more than 4 coupons for the same product in the transaction. i also have another mfc that says 2.00 off and it also says the same limitations. Can i use my 2.00 off with my b1g1 free

    • cait

      If the $2 off is for the b1g1 free items, then no. But if it’s for another item that you’re purchasing, then yes. You can use 2 manufacture coupons on the items you’re using the b1g1 free.

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  • bree

    can you use mfc when buying on

    • cait

      unfortunately no :/

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  • mark

    so does cvs double coupons?

    • Deidre


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  • roz

    hi, sorry but there seem to be no answer i could find to my question about stacking q’s at cvs, quick question pls, if i use a cvs purchase based coupon, can i stack it with another $$ off specific item CVS q and a manu q as well?thanks for the response.

    • Deidre


      • roz

        thank you so much, you rock!!

  • Amy

    I have two CVS coupons for $5 of $15 purchase. Can they be used in the same transaction if I spend over $30?

    • cait


      • Amy


  • nina

    Just curious if i had a $4 off $20 and a $1.20 off of 2 items and a $2.00/1 cvs coupon for one of those 2 item, could i use all of the coupons? Thanks in advance!

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  • tt

    cvs mailed me a 2.00off coupon and I have a 1.00 off coupon on the same product can I use ,stack them together

    • Elizarae

      As long as the $1 off coupon is a manufacturer coupon, yes.

  • Melanie White

    Does anyone know… on this week’s Huggies deal, can I use (2) $2/$10 Huggies product CVS Q’s if they are in separate transactions? And if so, will my purchases accumulate to earn the $5ECB? I’d like to buy a $9 pack of diapers & $3 wipes using $4.50 in Q’s, doing the transaction twice to earn the ECB, essentially getting 2 pks of diapers & 2 bxs of wipes for $10. Thanks for any input!

  • Melanie White

    One more thing, I was told by a CVS employee that “all CVS’ start their weekly sales on Saturday at 5pm. Basically from 5 to closing, there are 2 sales going on and the customer will receive the better deal of the 2 if products are included for both weeks” (that’s why there isn’t any yellow sticky sale prices up at that time!) … just thought I’d share. I’m in MD, not sure if that makes a difference or not.

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  • Rhonda

    Where it says the order to use when handing coupons to the cashier,,,could you please tell me what exactly you mean by the “CVS dollar off transaction coupons?”

  • Rhonda

    Thank you for all this information. Yes it does sound confusing. You’re a lot of help. Now for a dumb question…what is a cash card deal? and are these questions answered here or sent to our email?

    • Elizarae

      Occasionally, CVS will do a promotion like an ECB promotion, but instead of offering an ECB back, you get a CVS cash card, which is a CVS gift card.

      • Rhonda


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  • Susie S.

    Just thought I’d clear a few things up:
    The “Extra Care Bucks” or “ECBs” you mention are actually called ExtraBucks Rewards by CVS. And the card is just called your ExtraCare card, not an “Extra Care Bucks card”.
    Lastly, the “Price Scanner” is actually called the ExtraCare Coupon Center.
    Just thought it would be helpful for everyone to have the proper names of the tools we use to save with, so there’s no confusion once you get in the store/look at your weekly circular, and so everyone is on the same page! :)

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  • mark

    what if a coupon says only 4 like coupons per day?

    • Elizarae

      Then you can only use 4 like coupons per day.

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  • Cindy

    Hi I have a question regarding rain checks. I got a rain check for buy2 L’Oreal butterfly mascara and get 5ecb. Can I use my rain check while they have a spend $15 on L’Oreal get back 5ecb deal, and get back 10ecb?

    • Elizarae

      The rain check will override the current deal, so you can’t double dip. You will just get the $5 ECB from your rain check.

  • Cindy

    How does the double dip work?

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  • Lisa

    Hi im new here to couponing and just started this last week shopping. i love going to this site for help.
    Anyways i have 2 questions about CVS ecbs… i have a $10 ecb i got from doing a deal on Pantene a few days ago..
    1) if i use it to buy something less than $10 do i get the refund in cash or another ecb ?
    2) since i already used the $10 ecb when you spend $30 on proctor & gamble does that mean i cant do that deal on the Pantene or other P&G again?
    ..or can i do it on Tide or other proctor & gamble products ?

    • Elizarae

      ECBs can only be used for their full value or up to your pre-tax total. So if you use a $10 ECB to buy something less than $10, you will not get anything back. The cashier will adjust the value of the ECB down to your pre-tax total.

      If you’ve reached the limit for the P&G ECB deal for the week, you cannot do the same deal on ANY participating products for that deal again in that same week. Hope that helps!

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  • Nydia

    There’s a new policy in place, Apparently you can’t return if you paid with coupons. I bought a beauty item, it didn’t go with my coloring, and I tried to return it, instead of the $19.99 I paid, they tried giving me back $17.99.

    • HelperJen

      When you pay with coupons they only give you back the actual value you paid. Did you have $2 off on it?

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  • Hal

    I just went to CVS and was told I cannot use printable coupons. This is the first I’ve heard of this, is it true, I used printed coupons last week!!

    • Elizarae

      Try another store. Your store may have implemented a new policy.

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  • Danielle Elise ? 1/9

    To clarify, if an ECB has a limitation of one per household like your image shows, will they still allow you to do multiple transactions and give you an ECB for each one?

    • Elizarae

      No. If the limit is one, it means one per card, no matter how many transactions you do.

      • Danielle Elise ? 1/9

        ok, so you cannot roll ECBs when there is a limit of one per household

        • Elizarae

          You can roll ECBs if there is a limit of one onto another deal, but not the same deal.

          • Danielle Elise ? 1/9

            Ok thanks!

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  • Janel Bradway

    okay this week I want to buy the physicians formula mascara(spend 10 get 7ecb) and elf cosmetics (spend 10 get 3ecb) I have a 30% of beauty coupon loaded to my account as well as $7 ecbs will I still qualify for the ecb using the 30%? how will the math work? I’m sorry I haven’t figured the order of what works where when coupons are preloaded

    • HelperJen

      The 30% off coupon will apply as long as the items are regular price. The $7 ECB will count as payment, not a coupon.

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  • Marlee Diller Asulin

    will cvs let me use online coupons in the store?

    • Elizarae

      No, a coupon must have a barcode on it in order for it to be scanned in the store.

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  • Kimmie

    I have a question. When is the cashier supposed to take off the 20% (for example) Coupons that they send you in the email? before manufacturers? Before CVS? or after all coupons?

    • HelperJen

      It’s not up to them, the register should apply the % off before coupons no matter when it is scanned. I’ve heard some stores apply after coupons though so YMMV

  • Tonya Austin-Peartree

    does cvs double coupons? if so, how much?

    • Deidre

      they don’t double

      • Tonya Austin-Peartree

        thank you

  • bbgirl

    Hi had a question last week I did the maybelline deal 3 times which gave me back 15ECB’s. On my receipt it says if I buy 2 products more I can get another 5ECB, my question is, wll that truly be the limit 1 more time or can I do it 3 times again this week. Thank you, just planning my trip and wanted to mae sure, thanx again

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