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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.

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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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4/20 Diet/Nutrition coupon from ReadyFill book did not beep today
4/20 any product did beep

And since someone pointed out that they respond negatively only to negative posts, because everybody always mentions their bad experiences with coupons at CVS, I must report that ALL of the cashiers and managers I dealt with today at CVS were most helpful, friendly and particularly nice. Smilie

Thanks, CVS, for all the great coupons. Wink
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Free is good Smilie Pay me? Even better! Smilie
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Quote from schnauzermomma View Post :
And since someone pointed out that they respond negatively only to negative posts, because everybody always mentions their bad experiences with coupons at CVS, I must report that ALL of the cashiers and managers I dealt with today at CVS were most helpful, friendly and particularly nice. Smilie

Thanks, CVS, for all the great coupons. Wink
HOW ABOUT THIS......

heart hug hug heart I love all my cvs cashiers,managers and even the landlord....heart hug hug heart
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I was able to use my expired $10 ecb last night. I asked and they said yes. Smilie

Also, my latest $4 off $20 coupon has 13 digit coupon code and it's valid thru 9/21/09...does anyone know if it would beep if I try to use it more than once? Didn't try it last night cos I still have a bunch of $5/$25 readyfill coupons to use up before expiration on 9/15.
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I was able to use my expired $10 ecb last night. I asked and they said yes. Smilie

Also, my latest $4 off $20 coupon has 13 digit coupon code and it's valid thru 9/21/09...does anyone know if it would beep if I try to use it more than once? Didn't try it last night cos I still have a bunch of $5/$25 readyfill coupons to use up before expiration on 9/15.
13 digit means one time use...so, yes, it would beep
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<-- Puppy is running for the deals Smilie
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4/20 Diet/Nutrition coupon from ReadyFill book did not beep today
4/20 any product did beep

And since someone pointed out that they respond negatively only to negative posts, because everybody always mentions their bad experiences with coupons at CVS, I must report that ALL of the cashiers and managers I dealt with today at CVS were most helpful, friendly and particularly nice. Smilie

Thanks, CVS, for all the great coupons. Wink
I once started a thread about nice things about cvs employees- as i recall there were some positive posts and even on that thread some felt compelled to write negative things. The thread was soon buried and disappeared. I've had a few run ins, but for the most part the cvs employees I deal with are awesome!
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I once started a thread about nice things about cvs employees- as i recall there were some positive posts and even on that thread some felt compelled to write negative things. The thread was soon buried and disappeared. I've had a few run ins, but for the most part the cvs employees I deal with are awesome!
Yes, me too, except at stores in horrible neighborhoods where they have so much vandalism and shoplifting to worry about I don't blame them for being cranky. The other day a nice old lady cashier got all excited about showing me how many ECB I had earned and circled them all in red for me so I wouldn't miss any - I guess she didn't realize that me paying less than a dollar for $25 of stuff meant I probably knew what I was doing. But it was a nice thought, anyway.
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13 digit means one time use...so, yes, it would beep
Thanks for your reply. Is that something new though? 13 digit $/$$ coupon? If so, I guess they only want us to use it once...
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Quote from Armadillo View Post :
The other day a nice old lady cashier got all excited about showing me how many ECB I had earned and circled them all in red for me so I wouldn't miss any - I guess she didn't realize that me paying less than a dollar for $25 of stuff meant I probably knew what I was doing. But it was a nice thought, anyway.
LOL that's cute. bounce I wonder what she would have thought if you had broken a big order down into multiple transactions.

The cashiers at the store I normally go to are used to me paying a little change for $25 or $30 worth of stuff. Sometimes when I get some especially good deals they cheer me on. Big Grin
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Can I do this?

2 Glucerna Shakes @ $6.49ea = $12.98
2 Glucerna Cereal @ $4.59ea = $9.18
2 CVS Diapers = $12.99
Total 35.15
- $5/25 Printable Readyfill
-$4/20 Diet/Nutrition Readyfill Book
-$3/10 CVS Brand CRT
- $9.18 Free Cereal
- $10.50 Glucerna ($3 Glucerna IP x3, $1.50 Glucerna Q)
=$3.47 OOP

Posted this in another thread but haven't received an answer yet. Hoping somewhere here could help?
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Quote from MrsStunner View Post :
Can I do this?

2 Glucerna Shakes @ $6.49ea = $12.98
2 Glucerna Cereal @ $4.59ea = $9.18
2 CVS Diapers = $12.99
Total 35.15
- $5/25 Printable Readyfill
-$4/20 Diet/Nutrition Readyfill Book
-$3/10 CVS Brand CRT
- $9.18 Free Cereal
- $10.50 Glucerna ($3 Glucerna IP x3, $1.50 Glucerna Q)
=$3.47 OOP

Posted this in another thread but haven't received an answer yet. Hoping somewhere here could help?
Looks good to me. Smilie
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Looks good to me. Smilie
Thanks, I wasn't sure I could use all those $/$$ in one transaction. I'm obviously looking to buy some cheap diapers. Wish my PC didn't mess up printing the last $3 Glucerna or it would have been much cheaper.
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Thank you

But there was an email with one for a new or transferred prescription

I need it for a new one
Have you found coupon for the new prescription? I'm looking for one also.
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Have you found coupon for the new prescription? I'm looking for one also.
I've got 2 printed out when I scanned my cards recently...not sure one on each card or 2 on the same card since I used one already.
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Lots of CRTS todaySmilie

Buy 1 Coppertone suncare get 1 free (up to $12.99)

$1 off any Centrum or Caltrate vitamins

$4.00 off Debrox Ear Wax removal kit (This is the 2nd time I've gotten this?!?!?)

$5 off any Lumene skin care heart

$1.50 off AquaFresh Isoactive, Extreme Clean, or Advanced 4.3-6oz

$1 off ant ThermaCare heat wraps

$1 off any Aspercreme

$1.50 off any Veet

$1 off Hershey's or Reese's 6 packs

Buy 1 Milani lipstick get 1 free (up to $4.49)

$2 off any full size Christophe hair care
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$1.50 off AquaFresh Isoactive, Extreme Clean, or Advanced 4.3-6oz
Isn't there an Aquafresh ISOactive going on this week or the following 2 weeks? This would work well with it along with the IP.
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