RETIRED: CVS Coupon DISCUSSION: questions, scenarios, & chat for ALL coupons (including Manufacturers) that can be used at CVS
I decided to make a new thread for DISCUSSION of CVS Coupons and how they should be used.
As you know, there has been too much discussion of CVS Coupons in the old coupon thread, preventing people from actually finding the CVS Coupons they were looking for.
PLEASE USE THIS FORUM FOR THE DISCUSSION OF CVS COUPONS OR OTHER (I.E. MANUFACTURER'S) COUPONS THAT CAN BE USED AT CVS -- PLEASE KEEP THE OTHER COUPON THREAD LOCATED HERE FREE OF DISCUSSION AND ONLY FOR THE POSTING OF ACTUAL CVS COUPONS.
Credit goes to hawaiiandawn here
Also credit to The Raddish for allowing us to have this thread and see how it will work out.
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EMAILED CVS COUPONS
If the barcode has 13 digits, it is a one-time use. 12 digits coupons are not one-time use and can be used many times.
All numbers in the code count including the zeros.
Example barcode: 4 74500 00000 3 = 12 digits
Before starting a discussion about coupons , PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING:
As a general rule, stores should accept your coupons because they got you in the door and build sales. The official corporate policy is that CVS will accept one Manufacturer's coupon and one CVS coupon per item. Extra Care Bucks do not count as a coupon for purposes of this rule.
When you get into the fringe scenarios, however, it will vary by district, store, and even by cashier. Some stores have been instructed to "take all the coupons a customer has", some limit you in various ways. Some stores allow multiple "Save $X on $YY purchase" coupons, some don't. Some stores allow the use of coupons past their printed expiration date, some do not. Please note that the newer Save $x on $yy purchase coupons limit you to 1 per transaction.
USAGE OF EXPIRED COUPONS
Historically speaking, CVS coupons do not beep* until 2 weeks after the expiration date printed on the coupon. Some stores take the coupons until they beep, even if it is past the expiration date. Other stores have a policy to NOT take coupons once they have expired.
So, until something changes in their system, a $/$$ coupon that is expired will NOT beep until it is 2 weeks past the expiration date. Given that, please calculate what 2 weeks past the expiration date is and don't ask this question in the thread. [thanks schnauzermomma]
Since some stores have a 'no expired' coupon policy, and we do not want to abuse their kindness in giving us these coupons, please don't be upset if your store won't take the expireds. It happens. Key here is that once a CVS coupon expires, it is even more YMMV than before.
* "beep" : When the CVS register system alerts the cashier that the coupon was not accepted, we refer to this as a coupon that "beeps".
USAGE OF "Save $X on $YY purchase" COUPONS - STACKING AND SUPERSTACKING
The official corporate policy is that you may use as many of these coupons as you like, as long as your total purchased meets the total of the coupons. In other words, if you purchased $30.00, you may use both a "$4 off $20" and a "$2 off $10" in the same transaction. You may not use a "$4 off $20", a "$3 off $15" and a "$2 off $10" together in this scenario because those coupons would require a $45 total purchase. This is good for the coupons that don't specifically say that only one $x/$xx coupon per transaction is allowed.
Many people have discovered that the CVS register system will allow you to go beyond the rule stated above. This is referred to as "stacking". Some folks have successfully used several $/$$ coupons in the same transaction and received $25 or more off of their purchase, and this has become known as "super-stacking". Not every store/cashier allows this. Please read on. This cannot be done with the newer set of $x/$xx coupons as they specifically mention that only one $x/$xx coupon per transaction can be used.
IS IT "WRONG" TO USE COUPONS X,Y,Z IN THIS MANNER?
Some stores will allow you to "stack" coupons beyond the rule stated above. Some stores allow you to use expired coupons. Many posters on this board consider this to be abuse. Many do not. Did CVS intend for these coupons to be used like this? Did CVS really intend for folks to walk out with $100 worth of merch having paid only $0.46 for it? Isn't that just wrong??
Since none of us work for CVS marketing, none of us could ever know CVS's intentions with respect to these coupons. Therefore, we can never know whether we are right or wrong. Whether you choose to do this is up to your store and your conscience.
In any case, please do not discuss the process or the morality of "stacking" or "superstacking", or any other "iffy" couponing scenarios on SlickDeals. Such discussions will generate pages and pages of differing opinion that ultimately goes nowhere. It just gets people upset and no one ever wins the argument.
SlickDeals does not condone fraud, the discussion of fraud, or anything resembling fraud. Any scenario where you try to cheat CVS by inappropriate purchasing & returning, using coupons to buy gift cards, or any other fraudulent usage will be modalerted and removed.
WHAT TO DO WHEN YOUR COUPON BEEPS
Please do not call the CVS customer care line to complain because a store didn't allow you to stack multiple $X off $YY purchase coupons, or because they wouldn't let you use an expired coupon, or because they wouldn't let you use a coupon for a 6.0 oz colgate on the 4.2 oz package (that coincidentally is generating ECB), etc. DO NOT EVER CALL ABOUT STACKING $x/$xx COUPONS!
The following is an example of starting a discussion about stacking $x/$xx coupons and should be avoided, instead one should please read the above about coupon acceptance instead.
Quote :Not that it would be wise to attempt it and attract unwanted attention, but as an example to facilitate understanding here : On a $35 purchase transaction of at least 9 items, a register could accept all the following unique coupons ?
$5 off $30 #1, 4-1583, 1-13-08
$5 off $30 #2, 4-1817 , 1-13-08
$4 off $20, 4-1584, 1-13-08
$4 off $20, 4-3037, 1-21
$5 off $15, Times Union 1-13
$3 off $15, 4-1585, 1-13-08
$3 off $15, 4-1587, 1-27
$2 off $10 4-1575, CVS Brand, 1-13-08
$2 off $10, 4-9924, 1/31/08
OFFICIAL POLICY REGARDING THE POSTING OF COUPONS ON SD AND ALSO ANY FUTURE COUPONS THAT HAVE NOT OFFICIALLY RELEASED.
The official policy on coupons as far as SD goes is that we allow all coupons to be posted with the following exceptions:[INDENT]