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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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Last Edited by smythecvs123 March 20, 2010 at 07:37 AM
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Current CVS Email Coupons:
CVS Email Coupons x3-21
CVS Email 5off20 x3-17
CVS Email Coupons x3-14 Plus Save $6 Prevacid 24HR x3-14


Current CVS 5off20 No.CA/NV Only Coupons:
4-3883 x3-20 Reno Stores Only(direct link from ShopLocal /CVS Ad)



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
-some expire promptly on expiration date given
-certain 13-digit CVS q's are lasting past the expiration date given, like the $5/$25 flu shot printable or certain product-specific purchase-based q's from the readyfill booklet (excluding the readyfill booklet generic $4/$20).
-one-time use only: once scanned, that particular 13-digit q can never be used again, even if you void the order & start afresh; on the 2nd attempt, register will say already redeemed on mm-dd-yyyy
-$/$$ 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 (needs more current confirmation)
-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 (needs more current confirmation)
-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.

An item that is FREE as part of a B1G1 by CVS cannot be counted towards your minimum purchase required to meet the $xx.

This is to keep consistent with how CVS would officially count how much you spent when there is an ECB deal that requires buy $xx and get $yy ECB. (See below for example):

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When CVS has their "Buy x of product, and earn $xx ECB" promo, and the items are on sale B1G1 Free, do both of them count toward the promo?

If the ECB deal is buy a specific amount of $$ in order to obtain the ECB, then only the one you pay for counts. The free one will NOT count.

If the ECB deal is buy a specific number of ITEMS in order to obtain the ECB, then both items will count.

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In other words, we need to have the minimum threshold for the $xx be calculated in the same exact manner as how CVS would do it when they (CVS) offer a B1G1 sale.

Any deal scenario or discussion that talks about using these type of coupons without the total being greater than the minimum threshold of each $x/$xx coupon and/or counts the free item towards the $xx minimum threshold for a CVS B1G1 sale will be deleted.


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 removed and you will be subject to warnings for illegal activity.


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

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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


Quote :
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 bdkorn View Post :
I agree...

I know that they are 13 number long Q's and should stop working promptly after expiring but has any one tried any of the blue ready fill Q's on 9/13 (4 off 20, 2 off 10, etc) ?

I seem to have several books left over and could not get out to use them.

Thanx!
The 4 off 20 (any purchase) and the 2 off 10 (oral care) worked for me at 2am.
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4/20 from readyfill beeped as expired around 6:30am this morning for me. cashier pushed it thru though nod
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Quote from coocoocoo View Post :
With about 80% of my purchases, I get a 4/20 CRT. Is this normal? Can I always expect to get them?

For example, I stopped there to get a bag of skittles for my DD. A 4/20 Q printed on my receipt. Later in the day, I had to go to CVS again to get a card (0.99) and another 4/20 Q printed. Does it usually happen this often? Can I expect to get this all of the time?
Big Grin
Count your blessings one 4/20 at a time! drool Once you really start to save, they usually stop. I haven't gotten a 4/20 for a looooooong while. Could be because my receipt shows year-to-date savings of about $3,000, summer spending about $20! Wink Hmmmmmm! wonder why I don't get 4/20 anymore! Big Grin
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Oh man, that was rude. If she was never going to come back out, I'd rather she tell you then give you the assumption that she might. So sorry this happened to you! I would call corporate on this. Not cause of the coupons but for the treatment really.

I think the real problem is how CVS set this promotion up, and did you notice in the preview of next week's ad it says "ask the pharmacy for a prescription review and get the $100 book"?

I've never been to the Minute Clinic until I wanted the book, so I didn't realize there isn't a receptionist or anything, just the nurse. So, if the nurse is with someone you have to wait. Then the nurse gets irritated when you "attack" her when she finally opens the door, further she gets more irritated when you tell her you don't need the flu shot! shake head So really, that just wasn't the smartest way to go about giving out the books.
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Mgr at my store said they received an email telling them to give out the books to the people that get a flu shot first and then if any are left over, they can just give those out
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Quote from longhorn11 View Post :
4/20 from readyfill beeped as expired around 6:30am this morning for me. cashier pushed it thru though nod

Anyone else have the Ready Fill Q's beep?
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yes, beeped for me twice. I just pulled out a 5/25.

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Anyone else have the Ready Fill Q's beep?
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I think the real problem is how CVS set this promotion up, and did you notice in the preview of next week's ad it says "ask the pharmacy for a prescription review and get the $100 book"?

I've never been to the Minute Clinic until I wanted the book, so I didn't realize there isn't a receptionist or anything, just the nurse. So, if the nurse is with someone you have to wait. Then the nurse gets irritated when you "attack" her when she finally opens the door, further she gets more irritated when you tell her you don't need the flu shot! shake head So really, that just wasn't the smartest way to go about giving out the books.
Oh no, I totally understand. Just that if the nurse didn't want to come back out with the book really I'd appreciate if she told me even if it was something like, "I'm sorry but you will wait forever." At least this way I can move on. And I totally agree, CVS set this up in a way where you can get the book in different scenarios depending on how you read/take it.
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Quote from schnauzermomma View Post :
I agree this woman was unnecessarily rude!



I agree, you should call corporate to complain about her actions. I would think they would have a means to get you a copy of the coupon book as 'compensation' for her actions.



Maybe you don't really intend it, but do you realize that almost ALL of your posts about CVS are negative?

I don't agree that CVS trains all their employees to be rude. I do think that rude behavior begets rude behavior, and negative attitudes beget negative attitudes. Perhaps that is why you see all the employees at CVS as rude. Personally, I like almost all the employees at the CVS stores I frequent.

When you can't say something nice, I'd just rather not hear from you. Maybe you could only post when you have good news? Oh yeah, that would mean you would likely never post in a CVS thread, huh?

Ok, and this post is proof that negative behavior begets negative behavior. My apologies to the rest of you reading this that I have stooped down to this level in responding on this issue.

Now back to our regular CVS coupon discussions!


I meant everything I said and in fact restrained myself-

"My apologies to the rest of you reading this that I have stooped down to this level in responding on this issue."

in your case you did not have to do any "stooping"

I do think this is a forum equally available for both positive and negative comments

if you were to look, you would see that all my negative comments are in response to other negative postings and never initiated by "AVANDARLAY"

by the way-haven't you read all the posts -one after another by people who were mistreated by cvs????
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So, ever since CVS implemented new tax rules, I've been using an extra $1 ECB to help cover the tax and then I hand over my MQs. This usually results in me having a negative subtotal (about $1) and then tax brings me back to the positive. Recently, some of the cashiers at one store have refused to scan my last MQ saying that that would put me in the negative (even though I would still be in the positive after tax) and no amount of talking will change their minds.

What do you guys usually say? I guess I could just all together avoid this store but it's just down the street so it's a pain to have to avoid it.
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