Thursday, May 6, 2010

Coupons Are A Vital Part of Saving Big at CVS

CVS shopping success depends on having coupons to use with the sales and extra buck deals.  Here is Lesson four of  CVS 101:  Simple Steps to Super Savings outlining the definition and location of different coupons.

     FINDING AND USING COUPONS
There are basically two types of coupons to use at CVS:
#1 Manufacturer Coupons
#2 CVS coupons





Manufacturer coupons are found in various places.  The Sunday edition of the local newspaper usually has  inserts  of coupons. There are three companies which publish Sunday coupon inserts:  SmartSource, RedPlum and Proctor and Gamble.
Some coupons are sent via snail mail.  In some areas the RedPlum inserts are mailed to residents and customers who contact companies in regard to a compliment or complaint about their product will often receive complimentary coupons.
Grocery and drug stores are great places to find coupons.  The most common are:
Tear Pads--found on displays or on the shelf near the product
Peelies--a coupon stuck to the product that can be peeled off when purchased
Blinkies--little red machines with blinking lights that are on shelves near products;  A small shiny coupon "pops" out, when taken another one will pop out within a couple of seconds, then a minute or two later another one will pop out.  These are changed out every month or so and new products offer the coupon.
Coupon pulls--small boxes or larger "flat window" displays holding coupons you can pull out; These are often in the dairy section.
There are sites online where you can  print  coupons and often manufacturers' websites have coupons to print or you can sign up to receive them periodically via email. Manufacturer coupons can often be found  inside packages  of products.  Also, some manufacturers will have  mailing lists  and send out coupons from time to time.
CVS coupons are sometimes found in tear pads or brochures in the store, in direct mailings to your home, at the bottom of store receipts just like their Extra Bucks coupons, on packages, and in magazines. There is a magazine sold at CVS called "Reinventing Beauty" which always has a couple dozen great coupons that often go along with deals available before they expire.  The magazine sells for $.99.  At times there are stacks of the coupon inserts from these magazines available without purchasing the magazine.
Some CVS coupons say "one per customer" and apparently mean "one per transaction," because they allow you to use more than one, but the register will only allow one per transaction.  Most CVS stores now have self scanner machines which allow a customer to scan their card and receive CVS coupons printed especially for use with their card--just like the ones on the bottom of the receipt.
Here is the great thing about couponing at CVS: CVS policy states a customer may use ONE manufacturer and ONE CVS coupon per item.  So if you have a Colgate coupon put out by the manufacturer and a Colgate coupon good only at CVS you can use both on the one tube of toothpaste.  AND if there is an Extra Buck deal on the product you receive that, too.
All coupons have a UPC symbol. Manufacturer coupons will have a UPC beginning with a 9 or a 5, CVS coupons begin with a 4.  This is a good test to use to check which it is if you are confused.
Happy CVSing!

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

according to the CVS Extra Care Customer Relations dept... Internet coupons are not to be accepted at CVS unless they are from CVS.com

Cheryl said...

I have never read this or heard this and use printables from all sources at CVS with no problems. The coupons at CVS.com are actually coupons.com coupons, so they are the same as from coupons.com.

Cheryl said...

Okay, I was answering a comment by anonymous and now it has disappeared. LOL Anyways, I go thinking CVS coupons can not be printed at any other site than CVS.com, but manufacturer coupons can be.

Anonymous said...

Well I am new to this drugstore game, this is like my third week, but I have used several printables from various sources at my CVS no problem. As a matter of fact the manager has rung me up twice and didnt say a word. :)

Anonymous said...

Yes the store can take them... but their policy is to only accept CVS.com coupons... because most other sites have coupons that look like they are photocopied. So they do have the right to refuse those manufacturer coupons that are not from the magazines and newspapers. For customer service they will probably take them. There are rings of people out there that abuse the system and which makers some CVS stores need to crack down more on their coupon acceptance policy. They do not receive credit from the manufacturer from the internet coupons so when you bring them in... the store loses money.

Cheryl said...

Okay, I decided I had to call CVS customer service and check on this--definitely don't want CVS losing money. I had understood this was only for CVS coupons that had been copied and posted on the internet in PDF form. The printable coupons I am talking about are from reputable coupon companies: SmartSource, RedPlum, Coupons.com, Brick. I called and talked to a customer service rep and had her double check with her supervisors so I could let readers know. I am going to post her reply and will come back to this post and leave the url to that post in a comment field.

And you are definitely correct--there are people who abuse the system.

Cheryl said...

Here is the post:
http://cvssimply.blogspot.com/2010/05/cvs-accepts-manufacturer-internet.html

The basic answer is, yes, they do accept them--this post has the details.