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RETIRED: CVS Coupon DISCUSSION: questions, scenarios, & chat for ALL coupons (including Manufacturers) that can be used at CVS

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This is the CVS Coupon Discussion thread for questions, scenarios & chat for all coupons (including Manufacturers) that can be used at CVS.

This is the only thread due to the fact another thread that had CVS coupons only turned into a begging thread and was full of abuse.

"PLEASE READ THE WIKI FOR RULES ABOUT THIS COUPON THREAD"

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CURRENT COUPONS:





CVS COUPON BEGGING POSTS WILL BE DELETED!

Very FAQ:

Q: Will (insert coupon) BEEP?

A: There are two types of e-mailed coupons. Product-specific coupons and $ off coupons. In most cases, product specific coupons will NOT beep at the register, regardless of whether you rec'd them in your email or not. On the other hand, $ off coupons WILL likely beep if you did not get them directly in your email. The cashier's screen will pop up with a message along the lines of "Coupon not valid for card scanned"

Q: Will my cashier push a beeping coupon through?

A: YMMV....that is up to the cashier/manager. Some users have reported that even if they have received a coupon directly from CVS, it still beeps, so CVS will probably push your coupon through as a courtesy to you. There is no official policy to push through beeping coupons, so DO NOT EXPECT THEM TO PUSH THEM THROUGH for you.

Q: What are 12-digit and 13-digit coupons? What's the difference?

A: A coupon barcode that has 13 digits is one-time-use. Once it has been used, it cannot be used again. If you try to use it again, the coupon will beep and the cashier's screen will say "Coupon already redeemed on [date]" 12 digit coupon are multiple-use coupons, and can be used many times.
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Disclaimer: The following information is based on what the CVS register system will allow. Individual store policy is still YMMV.

CVS Coupon Guide

13-digit CVS q's
-expire promptly on expiration date given; some have reported being able to use it 1 day expired, but no later than that
-SOME 13-digit CVS q's limit all q's/ecbs scanned after it to the amount of that 13-digit q; for example, if your 13-digit $5 q is scanned, and then the cashier tries to scan your $8 ecb, the register will beep and tell the cashier that only a max value of $5 is allowed
-to prevent, use 13-digit q last
-to prevent, use all q's/ecbs valued greater than the 13-digit q BEFORE it is scanned
-to prevent, only use q's/ecbs valued less than the 13-digit q AFTER it is scanned
-to resolve, have cashier rescan your EC Card after the 13-digit q before proceding with other q's/ecbs
-one-time use only: once scanned, that particular 13-digit q can never be used again, even if you void the order & start afresh; on the 2nd attempt, register will say already redeemed on mm-dd-yyyy
-$/$$ limited to one purchased-based coupon per transaction

12-digit CVS q's found in-store or in newspapers, magazines, and other publications
-expire 15 days from expiration date given
-limited to one coupon of the same barcode per transaction

12-digit CVS $/$$ q's emailed periodically (usually near holidays & quarterly rewards)
-always beep as "not valid for card scanned" if you did not directly receive the email
-often beep anyway even if you did directly receive the email
-sometimes work without beeps if you directly received the email
-AND, in some areas, this 12-digit q is one-time use only, as reported by the following users:
shotcaller88 -West Palm Beach, FL
xIncognito -Northern VA
hb5of10 -Houston, TX
jamama -Northern NJ
-expire 15 days from expiration date given
-limited to one coupon of the same barcode per transaction in certain areas; one-time use only in other areas as already noted
-limited to one purchased-based coupon per transaction

12-digit CVS product-specific q's emailed
-work without beeps even if you did not directly receive the email
-expire 15 days from expiration date given
-limited to one coupon of the same barcode per transaction

9-digit CVS q's from register receipt
-work only on EC Card for which they were issued
-expire promptly on expiration date given, and in some cases, at the exact hour/minute issued
-limited to one coupon of the same first 5 digits (of the 9-digit code) per transaction
-if used in a transaction that is then voided (so you get CRT back), next time you use it will beep "not valid for card scanned" even though it is for the right EC card.
-if expired & beeps "expired" and you get it back, next time you use it will beep "not valid for card scanned" even though it is for the right EC card.

9-digit CVS daily recurring q's from price checker/coupon printer
-examples: $2/$10 CVS Brand, $1/2 Gold Emblem Candy, $2 Gold Emblem Water 6pk or larger
-work only on EC Card for which they were issued
-CVS Brand $/$$ expire 30 days from expiration date given or expire when a new CVS Brand $/$$ code (as defined by the first 5 digits) begins issuing, whichever occurs first
-CVS Brand product-specific q's expire at least 21 days from expiration date given or expire when a new code (as defined by the first 5 digits) for the same product type begins issuing, whichever occurs first
-limited to one coupon of the same first 5 digits (of the 9-digit code) per transaction
-if used in a transaction that is then voided (so you get CRT back), next time you use it will beep "not valid for card scanned" even though it is for the right EC card.
-if expired & beeps "expired" and you get it back, next time you use it will beep "not valid for card scanned" even though it is for the right EC card.

9-digit CVS $/$$ or product-specific q's from price checker/coupon printer
-examples: $5/$25, $1 Almay, $4/$20 Playskool, $2 Colgate Toothpaste
-work only on EC Card for which they were issued
-expire promptly on expiration date given
-limited to one coupon of the same first 5 digits (of the 9-digit code) per transaction
-if used in a transaction that is then voided (so you get CRT back), next time you use it will beep "not valid for card scanned" even though it is for the right EC card.
-if expired & beeps "expired" and you get it back, next time you use it will beep "not valid for card scanned" even though it is for the right EC card.

Notes:
-actual CVS q's begin with 4
-9-digit CVS q's from your receipt or the price checker/coupon printer are called CRT's
-using expired CVS q's is YMMV, even if they work without beeps; some stores take them, some don't
-exceptions may occur due to store-specific programming of their registers
-exceptions may occur due to glitches in the system, especially on Wednesdays, but usually revert back by the following day
-exceptions may occur due to cashier error
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Before starting a discussion about coupons , PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING:

COUPON ACCEPTANCE
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.

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!

CURRENT KNOWN PROBLEMS WITH PARTICULAR CVS COUPONS
*will be updated as issues are reported*
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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:
• Altered coupons - warnable offense
• Posting a scanned version of a coupon that was printed out at Coupons.com - warnable offense
(note: providing a link to where to print out the coupon at Coupons.com is OK)
• Scanned manufacturer's coupons - warnable offense
• One-time use coupons (useless anyway)
• Coupons asked to be removed by the source (for example, Lowe's and Target have both asked us to pull coupons off SD
• Please note that CVS has asked us to not allow attachments, this includes *.JPG, *.PDF, and *.DOC to be posted here. Direct links to CVS coupons will still be allowed.
As for the coupons posted early, as long as they are hosted by the retailer on the retailer's server, we'll allow them. As a compromise, we'll hide the posts until they are 'officially released', but we will allow them to be posted.



This is an email I recived from Corp regarding coupon use - NeedNewShoes

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Dear Ms. Jen :

Thank you for taking the time to contact CVS/pharmacy with your inquiry regarding CVS/pharmacy coupon policies and proceedures. I hope that the following information will help to clarify things for your group.

We value our savvy coupon shoppers at CVS/pharmacy. As of June 2007 however, we are no longer accepting expired coupons.

Like many companies, we cheerfully reset expired coupons for many years to accommodate our wonderful customers. The recent change in proceedure can only be attributed to loss prevention.

CVS/pharmacy will accept coupons printed from the Internet.

They must have a legible barcode that scans at the register.

If the coupon does not scan at the register, the cashier should politely inform you that we are unable to accept your coupon. We do not allow manual overrides at the register for coupons printed from the Internet.

Our registers are set to allow 1 CVS coupon and 1 manufacturer coupon per item. However, the staff should be allowing customers to use Extra Bucks in combination with other CVS coupons since these are coupons you have “earned.”

In addition, similarly they should be allowing the use of “offer at the register” coupons which would be an open offer of $3 off of $15 or a certain dollar amount off of a specific item.

Since our registers are programmed to only accept 2 coupons (1 CVS, 1 manufacturer) per item if the number of coupons exceed the items purchased a member of management will need to assist the cashier in processing the coupons.

I apologize in advance for any inconvenience.

But once again, I thank you for contacting us. If you have any further questions, please don't hesitate to contact us again.
Sincerely,
























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Slayers,
Is this only for discussion of CVS printable coupons or any coupons that we may use at CVS?
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Has anybody tried using the new $3/10 Lumene coupon that was emailed out this week with exp. date of 1/13 ?
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Quote from MyFeetHurt View Post :
Slayers,
Is this only for discussion of CVS printable coupons or any couponsthat we may use at CVS?
That is a good question. For right now, I think it would be OK to talk about any coupons that can be used at CVS -- and if the mods think otherwise, then they are free to revise it to make it for CVS coupons only.

I will for right now revise the title.
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Quote from JolieB View Post :
I just used the $2/2 CRT for nuts yesterday, got two .99 snack packs of cashews, went
through without a beep.
I received that CRT and it beeped for me when I used it. Only other CVS coupon I had was the $4/$20 (exp 4/19) which did not beep. First time I tried using an expired. I was really nervous about getting the third degree for trying to use it but no worries. Big Grin
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Quote from justjeff View Post :
I received that CRT and it beeped for me when I used it. Only other CVS coupon I had was the $4/$20 (exp 4/19) which did not beep. First time I tried using an expired. I was really nervous about getting the third degree for trying to use it but no worries. Big Grin
If I am not wrong most CVS has updated their register & that is why the NUT CRT is beeping when used with any other CVS $off$$. What I have noticed is if you give those $2 NUT before $off$, then it will not beep.

If you give the $2 NUT After $off$$ it will BEEP. This is what I have seen last week, so plan accordingly. They made it difficult for us to lower OOP.
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When I scanned my card today, all I got was the 2 cvs generic crts ($2 off $10 cvs brand and $2 off nuts). BTW, I used the $10 off $50 crt today from exactly a week ago. It wouldn't work for me at all even though my total was > $70.
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Quote from Danyellelynn09 View Post :
Ok , i have been CVSing for over a year , and I just thought to ask this, for example my grocery store goes on PSP to earn cats ect. Does CVS use PSP or sale price to earn ecb during deal s??

Thank you !
Wave Hi Danyellelynn!

shake head CVS ECB promos are based on the sale prices.
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The small bags of nuts went up in price from $.79 to $.99. Still want the free nuts though.

Also, don't know if this has been mentioned. There were some hangtag coupons on Pepsi, Sierra Mist 2 Liters for like $1 off. I don't drink soda so I don't pay much attention.
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Quote from Danyellelynn09 View Post :
Ok , i have been CVSing for over a year , and I just thought to ask this, for example my grocery store goes on PSP to earn cats ect. Does CVS use PSP or sale price to earn ecb during deal s??

Thank you !
What's PSP for us slow people. laugh out loud


Quote from zguru View Post :
If I am not wrong most CVS has updated their register & that is why the NUT CRT is beeping when used with any other CVS $off$$. What I have noticed is if you give those $2 NUT before $off$, then it will not beep.

If you give the $2 NUT After $off$$ it will BEEP. This is what I have seen last week, so plan accordingly. They made it difficult for us to lower OOP.
Yep that's why, I gave them the $/$$ coupon and then the nut coupon.
Thanks for the info. I'll remember to do it the other way around in the future.
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Has anyone been successful using 2 coupons on BOGO items?

Didn't have any issues in the past, but since a month or two ago, I haven't been able to do it at all.
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Quote from AMDGD View Post :
I've found that it is $30 before tax. Maybe it works different where you are.
We are saying the same thing...you just did not read my post carefully enough to realize it Smilie
Quote from zguru View Post :
If I am not wrong most CVS has updated their register & that is why the NUT CRT is beeping when used with any other CVS $off$$. What I have noticed is if you give those $2 NUT before $off$, then it will not beep.

If you give the $2 NUT After $off$$ it will BEEP. This is what I have seen last week, so plan accordingly. They made it difficult for us to lower OOP.
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What's PSP for us slow people. laugh out loud



Yep that's why, I gave them the $/$$ coupon and then the nut coupon.
Thanks for the info. I'll remember to do it the other way around in the future.
This would not explain why I was able to use a $2nut crt(just off of the scanner)after a 5off30 crt without a beep last night(as well as multiple other times in the last few days).I think the reason,as I explained here( http://forums.slickdeals.net/showpost.php?p=19119063&postcount=2113 ),is that an error in the $2 nut crts was fixed midweek so the older ones are beeping on anything(including after a $/$$ crt) while the newer are scanning on anything even after $/$$crt(as the CVS brand product specific crts normally do).HTH
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Quote from smythecvs123 View Post :
We are saying the same thing...you just did not read my post carefully enough to realize it Smilie


This would not explain why I was able to use a $2nut crt(just off of the scanner)after a 5off30 crt without a beep last night(as well as multiple other times in the last few days).I think the reason,as I explained here( http://forums.slickdeals.net/showpost.php?p=19119063&postcount=2113 ),is that an error in the $2 nut crts was fixed midweek so the older ones are beeping on anything(including after a $/$$ crt) while the newer are scanning on anything even after $/$$crt(as the CVS brand product specific crts normally do).HTH
Don't think that was the case. My $2/2 nut CRT was printed out on my Sunday (4/26) trip to my CVS store.
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Quote from justjeff View Post :
What's PSP for us slow people. laugh out loud
Its our little abbreviation for "Pre Sale Price". Smilie
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