Monday, December 13, 2010

Ask A Question About CVS Shopping

Here at Simply CVS I try to post lessons and tips on shopping at CVS to help readers get the most out of their shopping experiences.  But often something that I take for granted and would never think to post about a reader may not know.   I am by no means an expert, but I would love to share what I do know from my own shopping experience

I am putting up this post so whenever you think of a question you can come and leave a comment including the question.  Some I will just answer in the comment field, some I will include in
this post and others I will write a post about.  You can find this post anytime by clicking on the "Ask A Question" link under the "CVS Lessons" heading in the far right sidebar.  Posts I put up with the answers in will be found in the "Q&A" link under the same heading.

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188 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'm new to couponing so I would appreciate the help. I see that CVS has a buy one get one deal on Orbit gum next week. I also have the b1g1 coupon from Walmart and I see some blogs saying that this means that there will be free gum, but I am rather confused. How does this work? Do I need 2 b1g1 coupons or just 1?

Anonymous said...

Can I get a raincheck for an item even if they have SOME of it in stock but not all (4) items that I need?

Cheryl said...

Welcome, Anon. CVS accepts B1G1 coupons on B1G1 sales. You "buy" two gums. One is paid for by CVS's sale and one is paid for by the coupon. You can see the post I wrote about their policy here:

http://www.simplycvsshopping.com/2010/07/cvs-coupon-policy-for-buy-one-get-one.html

Some shoppers still run into problems at some stores, but if you ever have a problem with something you understand to be acceptable at CVS you can call 800shopcvs to double check and then you will have the information to share with a cashier who wants to refuse something that is standard CVS policy.

Cheryl said...

Great question, Anon. I am not sure I have the answer. If the extra buck deals requires 4 items and is advertised that way then they do not have the stock needed for the advertised deal so they should issue a rain check since rain checks can be issued for extra buck deals.

I have never run into this that I can remember so I am not real comfortable saying YES out right. If I were you I would go ahead and ask for a rain check or call 800shopcvs to be sure.

Sorry I couldn't give a definitive answer.

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for your answer on the b1g1, now this makes sense!

Cheryl said...

Great, Anon. Some couponing things can be so hard to comprehend. I have missed out on a lot of savings because I didn't feel comfortable doing some of the combinations if I couldn't comprehend them.

Anonymous said...

Hello! I have noticed that pretty often I get a 3 off 15 health purchase, I was wondering was exactly counts as health purchase? Toothpaste, Toilet Paper, Shampoo?? Thank you! Marisol:)

Cheryl said...

Great question, Marisol. I believe Taika (a reader who works at CVS) said it would include anything in the pharmacy side of the store. But I am not absolutely sure. I personally would ask the manager. They have separate sections of the store and I believe like the toothpaste is considered in the beauty, they toilet paper in the grocery, so they should be able to tell you what is health. Sorry I don't have an exact answer. Nice coupon, though.

Anonymous said...

I'm probably going today, and will ask, I let you know what they say!:) Marisol

NP said...

I have a question regarding ECB deals where you have a selection of items and have to meet a minimum requirement. For example, this week I did the startbucks and izze drink deal. My total came up to 20.45, and my 10 ECBs printed. However, when I looked at my receipt, it says under the offers met, "amount toward this reward 19.95, amount needed to earn reward 19.95". It doesn't say offer limit reached.

Does this mean I can do the deal again? Is there a reason it doesn't say that I have reached the limit, when the ECbs printed?

Cheryl said...

NP, actually this week there are two different Pepsi deals and apparently you can do both (or from the looks of your receipt two of the same one). The $19.95 must be that it will generate the ecb at that price, not the full $20.

But this is the way to check to see if they have increased the limit over that advertised limit. They used to do this a lot, not so much the last several months, but if it does not show "limit reached" then the ecb will print for the second purchase, too.

I hope that is clear.

Julie said...

I have a question about rain checks. I went to my usual CVS yesterday and they had a new supervisor. I asked for a rain check on the finish spend $20 get $10 ECB and she refused to give me one saying they can't give rain check for those type of ECB deals. I pushed a little and found out she was saying she couldn't guarantee any ECB would print after the fact. I was really upset because I bought coupons online and they didn't have any stock and none came in on their truck or on any truck in the entire city. She did give me the rain check but said it probably wouldn't print the ECB. Do you know anything about this? I have never had any issues in the past with ECB's printing but I have also only done them on one item deals.
Thanks

Cheryl said...

Hi, Julie. Look over your rain check and see if it has an event code written on it some place near the bottom by the extra buck part(I don't have one to look at right now). What is to happen with a rain check is they ring up the order and afterwards they scan the receipt and enter the code and extra buck amount and it prints. And they are good on these types of deals also.

I would suggest clipping the deal out of the ad and taping it to the rain check for clarification. Also, they may have a supply issue at the CVS warehouse. If you have a CVS or a manager at one that you are very comfortable at, I would ask if they can order them for you so your coupons don't expire. My store gets trucks on Mondays so they order the Wednesday before--so they would just need to know the week before, but you don't want those coupons expiring, so I'd try right away.

Hope you get them fine.

Julie said...

I tried telling her about the code and that you can enter it after the fact but she looked at me like I had 2 heads. I am glad to hear it works on these deals also. I will wait for the the usual manager to be there. They know me and will be more willing to help me out.

Cheryl said...

I am amazed, Julie, that this gal is a supervisor, though cashiers do usually understand the extra bucks and coupons better because of dealing with them, I thought supervisors were promoted to that position not hired into it at CVS, but perhaps she was and just doesn't know about the extra buck rain checks yet. Glad to hear they know you and it should all work fine.

I thought of you at CVS just now--our store had plenty of the Finish.

Anonymous said...

I am new to CVS shopping and really need some guidance. I see all of the deals that people get from CVS. I did a huge trip on Friday but I am not sure I did things correctly. Is there anyone who can look at what I purchased and give me some guidance? I have been using Southern Savers for the ad/coupon match up and for the most part I savea bunch of money but even doing that I seem to be missing out on deals because I seem to spend more than others.

Anonymous said...

Hi... What's the order I should give my coupons ($/$$, ECB, MC and CVS) to the cashier to get the best of them?
Beatriz

Cheryl said...

Welcome, Anon. First question is do you check out more than once? At the top of this page under the Simply CVS banner is a tally of my savings and the "My CVS Savings" is a link to my shopping posts. Go there and read the last couple of posts as I did three transactions each. I used the extra bucks from one on the next so I had less out of pocket. This is how many of us have less out of pocket.

Also look over this post ( http://www.simplycvsshopping.com/2011/01/scenarios-for-cvs-shopping-with-little.html ) to see some rolling scenarios for this week and read thru the info at the bottom, there are links for other lessons. After you read these come back and let me know if that helped--perhaps that is what is missing.

Also, it takes a little of investment at first to build up your extra bucks--then when you have $15 or $20 in extra bucks you can keep spending them over and over again by using them on new extra buck deals--that is how you save the most.

Cheryl said...

Hi, Beatriz! The easiest way is coupons first and then extra bucks. But if you want to figure really close the manufacturer coupons can actually pay down the tax if given at the end. Check out this post:

http://www.simplycvsshopping.com/2010/05/coupon-order-affects-out-of-pocket-cost.html

Lindsay said...

I'm just wondering if you've ever had a problem using the green tag for a reusable bag.
I bought one today and put it on my reusable bag and filled it with all the small items. The cashier then told me that I couldn't have a plastic bag for the 2 bigger items because I was using my green tag. It seemed really odd to be denied a plastic bag, especially since my other bag was already full. Just wondering if you've ever run into that.

Cheryl said...

Lindsay, I am surprised they were so exacting about the use of it. No, I never ran into this as I carry extra ones with me. But that being said if I get a refrigerated item they put it in a bag because of it sweating and I have had cashiers put dish soap or something they are afraid may leak in a plastic bag. Here is what it says on their website:

"Can I use Green Bag Tag" only with a CVS/pharmacy reusable shopping bag?
You can use any re-usable shopping bag, re-use a plastic bag from a previous purchase, or simply carry out your items. Anytime you decline a one-time use plastic bag, you will receive a Green Bag Tag™ credit."

So technically you could read this two ways--you must use another bag that you brought with you OR in your case, you did "decline a one-time use plastic bag (or more)" by using your own for those items that would have also taken a bag.

I really don't have a direct answer, but this is what I know and have experienced.

Nicole said...

Hi there,
Are there any monthly deals for January? I checked under mothly deals but December is the most recent. Am I just not seeing it? PS, love simply cvs!

Cheryl said...

Hi, Nicole. No, you aren't missing it--I haven't seen any reported yet. Thanks for letting me know you love Simply CVS!!

Julie said...

Hi! My question is are you allowed to have a green bag tag on each bag you bring in? I have just been using one, but the other day I needed a few extra bags, and so I wondered if I could have a tag on each bag.
Thank you!

Cheryl said...

Hi, Julie. The green bag tag can only be scanned once a day--no matter how many times you check out or how many bags you use of your own. And all the bag tags have the same UPC code on them--they aren't different like CVS cards. I hope that answers your question.

Julie said...

Thank you Cheryl!! That answers it! :)

Anne said...

I went to CVS last night to get the Scott papertowels and bath tissue and laundry soap. I bought 3 packages of the papertowels, 3 packages of the bath tissue and 4 xtra laundry soap. I gave her 10 coupons. She scanned the coupons for the papertowels and bath tissue and then 2 of laundry soap. She then scanned the 3rd coupon for the laundry soap and the register beeped that coupon limit had been reached. She said she had never seen that. She called the manager and he said he never seen that happen. He had the cashier manually enter the final two coupons.

So my question is Do you know if they have a limit of coupons a customer can use at one time?

Cheryl said...

Anne, no, there is no limit. One CVS and one manufacturer coupon per item is allowed. Once in a while I have had that happen with a CVS coupon, but never a manufacturer coupon. I am so glad they did an over ride for you.

CVS has seemed to be making little changes here and there lately, perhaps this is some thing new.

Anonymous said...

When CVS has an item limit, such as the limit of 4 on Xtra detergent this week, does that mean per card and that is it, or per day?

Cheryl said...

Great question, Anon! The limit on NON extra buck items is per transaction, actually. The register rings the limit up as the sale price and the rest full price. BUT, managers may limit per customer or day, too. At my store they just limit per transaction unless their stock is very low.

Kelly B said...

I have a question about ECB's. If I go in and my transaction comes to $5 and i pay with a $10 ECB will the computer print out the $5 that I should get back? I haven't tried this yet in fear I may lose money.

Cheryl said...

No, Kelly, you will loose it. That is one reason CVS shoppers don't like to check out more than one of each like extra buck deal together--if the limit is two and you buy both together it will print a combined extra buck. Larger extra bucks are hard to roll into other extra bucks.

Anonymous said...

Hi Cheryl:
Love your site!

I was wondering if you or your readers have tried to return a make-up item that was had a clearance sticker. I bought it in a hurry and without even testing it on myself, I realized after taking it out of the package that it's not right for me.

I am quite certain that CVS has a 100% money-back guarantee, but not quite sure on sale/clearance items.

Thanks!

Jane

Devin said...

If im doing several different scenarios do i have to do different transactions or are the different transactions just if im going to use my ecbs to pay for the next one, cant i just pay for all of it together or will the scenarios not work out that way, help im a newbie :)

Cheryl said...

hi, Jane, good question and I can't remember if I ever returned a clearance item. But if you have your receipt I do not think it would be a problem,but I can't say for absolute certain. I'd love to hear how you make out with it.

Cheryl said...

Devin, welcome to CVSing! Yes, you can check out all the extra buck deals together and you will get all the extra bucks (up to the limit of each of course). Many people like less out of pocket cash and that is why they do different transactions.

One other difference is if there is a limit of two on an extra buck deal and you do the two in one transaction it will print a combined extra buck instead of two individual ones.

Oh, and sometimes the monthly deals are coded to only work in separate transactions--this is a new thing.

Be sure to ask any more questions you have, it can be confusing at first.

Andrea said...

I have been using coupons for years at Publix and wanted to start another store and felt CVS was the place. I think I get the majority I just had one question. On the Extra Bucks if a deal is spend $15 and get $5 back does the $15 total need to be after they take off the manufacturer coupons or before? Thanks Andrea

Cheryl said...

Andrea, CVS is one of the easiest to do, once you get the hang of it. The total is before coupons. As long as the sub-total is $15 you can then pay with coupons and/or cash and get the $5 extra bucks.

Andrea said...

Thanks Cheryl. I am excited to get started I have been going through the website for weeks just getting the hang of it all. This will be my first week buying so I can't wait.

Cheryl said...

I have to smile, Andrea, you sound like me. I do not just jump right in and swim, I have to study, then go in wading and finally plunge in. Have fun and let me know if you need any help on anything.

Anonymous said...

Cheryl:
I returned it without any questions. I also read the policy and there is nothing about exclusions on clearance items. So I guess if somebody is having trouble returning makeup, then just refer to the store policy. Can't argue with that, right?

Jane

Cheryl said...

Great, Jane, thanks for letting us know.

Anonymous said...

It has been a while that I haven't received any coupons 4$ off 15$purcharse. What should I do to receive those coupons?

Thank you!!!

Cheryl said...

Unfortunately, Anon, there is nothing any of us knows to do to make those coupons come our way. I haven't gotten one in months. I see some people still getting them, but many, many are not getting them.

Anonymous said...

Love this site and Thanks for all the tips.
How will this work? If a product is on sale Buy one Get one Half off and I have a coupon Buy one get one free.

Cheryl said...

Almost ALWAYS they will take the lesser price off--which means it makes no difference that it is on sale. But once in a while a cashier will take the higher price off since the coupon has an up to amount (though it usually says lesser of the two items).

A said...

Does CVS take the Register rewards from Wag's? Looking for someplace other than Wag's to roll these reward buck?

Cheryl said...

A, most do not take competitors' coupons, but in some high competition areas they do. You would have to ask the manager of your store.

Jennie said...

Does anyone know if you can use someone else's $x of $xx coupon that CVS gives out? My mom got one but she won't use it. I was just wondering if I could use it on my card? Any ideas? Thanks!

Cheryl said...

Jennie, coupons that print at the store are card specific. If they are sent in emails I am not totally sure. I think they state they are for the recipient of the coupon only?? I haven't gotten on in so long I can't remember :-).

Anyone else know?

Jennie said...

Thanks for answering my questions. I have one more...
Do you know if there's an ECB deal that requires a certain purchase amount, say it's buy $15 get $5 ECB back for shampoo, can this be a few cents off? Lots of products are $x.99 and I always come up a few cents short but don't want to have to pay another few dollars when the products aren't cheap enough to add one more as a filler. Any ideas? Has anyone ever been able to buy say $14.94 of items and still get the ECB to print out for that deal? Thanks! I hope my question wasn't too confusing.

Cheryl said...

Great question, Jennie, wish I had a great answer :-). Yes, OFTEN this happens, but not always. It is often the topic on the couponing boards--which deals are working at how much. Years ago this always seemed to work, and it looks like maybe it is coming back around to working, but I can't say it always does. If you ever have a certain deal you are interested in stop by the post that has that deal listed and ask and I'll check around the couponing boards and see if there is any chatter about it and maybe I can give you an answer for that deal.

Sunny simple life said...

Where do we submit our CVS trips and pics to?

Cheryl said...

Hi, Sunny, Each week the picture of my trip is in the right hand sidebar and underneath is a link for the link up posts. If you blog you can link it up there or if not you can share your trip, but there is no way for you to share your pictures.

Cheryl

Anonymous said...

Hi I have a question about the 20% coupon I got from the love to save facebook add. It has so many rules. Can I use coupons on my items as well?? Also do they take that first or do I need to give that first??
I was not sure of the rule.

Cheryl said...

Those do have a lot of exceptions, Anon. I have never used one, my daughter has though and she says it doesn't take it off until it is totaled out at the end so the order in which you give it does not seem to matter. You can use coupons, too. I actually only had one of these once but my daughter gets them often and she just uses them each time she checked out and had them--sometimes they didn't take anything off but she tried because it can be confusing what is included in the exceptions.

Mama said...

I started CVSing last week...and I am planning next weeks trip...I am confused...on the spend $30 get $10 ECBs type deals this week...does that mean $30 of those P & G products? Or can I get some of those and say diaper so my total is $30 before my coupons and such...thanks for the help...I put your button on my blog...this site has been a great help.

Cheryl said...

Welcome to CVSing, Mama. Great question. No, it is ONLY the P&G items listed on that page. On the front page of the ad you can see it says:

Spend $30 get $10 Extra bucks [and then in smaller print] when you buy any of these P&G products.

Thanks for adding my button! Glad you find Simply CVS helpful.

Candice said...

I know I've read somewhere that you can actually start getting the next week's sales on Saturday evening at CVS. Is this correct? If so, is there a particular time or should I just ask the manager?

Cheryl said...

Candice, here is the link to the post I wrote about it: http://www.simplycvsshopping.com/2011/01/cvs-shopping-quick-tip-sundays-ads.html .

It varies by store, so you need to ask. It is my understanding, from a manager, that they are to start at 6:00 but I would not count on that.

Candice said...

Wow! Thanks so much for the lightning fast response!

Kim C. said...

Hi...I am new to Simply CVS. I have shopped CVS for several years but have just recently started using coupons. My question.....I have a $10/$50 coupon and I am trying to figure out the best way to use it this week. Does the amount of $50 refer to the subtotal before I use coupons and ECB's? And can i use ECB's for a transaction like this? Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Cheryl said...

Hi, Kim, welcome to CVSing!! Yes, the $50 is the sub-total. You give the $10 off $50 and then any other coupons or extra bucks you want to use!

Lynda said...

Wow! What did I do wrong with my transaction...
Here's what I TRIED TO BUY-
4 Reeses Minis
2 Swiffer Refills
2 Dawn
1 Cascade
1 Floss

Q's used
5/25
BOGO SWiffer
$1 cascade
.50 dawn
.20 dawn
(2) $2 off reeses
(2) ECB magic red coupon machine coupons
$1 floss q

Everything was going great until we got to the $2 off ecb q's they would not scan.

So I cancelled the order. Did I need to give the coupons in a different order? The manager made acomment under her breath after I said ok never mind I won't take any of the items right now. I needed to regroup! LOL
Thanks for your site and awesome deals!

Cheryl said...

Lynda, I really don't see a problem with it. Exactly which coupons beeped? The $2 in extra bucks or $2 in another CVS scanner machine coupon?

If your subtotal was under $2 and it was an extra buck the cash register would tell the cashier what to change it down to and they enter it and your total is then $0.

I totally understand the need to regroup.

Sara K. said...

Hi Cheryl,
I went to CVS to pick up a prescription today. I had a coupon for a $20 gift card with new prescription (from a competitor). The pharmacist told me that they no longer accept competitor coupons. Do you know if this is right? I had one a coupons months ago that they accepted. Thought about calling customer service, but wondered what you knew about this?
Thanks!

Cheryl said...

Sara, I had not heard this. You will definitely need to call Customer Service--you don't want to miss out on that $20. I have not even seen any of those coupons from anyplace for ever so haven't had any experience lately at CVS. But I have not heard anything either on the couponing sites. Let me know what you find out and I am sorry I couldn't help you out.

Sara K. said...

I called customer service and they said that their policy is to accept these coupons as long as all the requirements on the coupon are met. She called my store to inquire, and said the the district manager for this area decided not to allow the stores in this district to accept those coupons. The customer service rep said that individual stores and districts can decide not to accept them if they think people are abusing them or if the stores are losing money. So atleast I know for sure now. Too bad about the $20 though! Mine expires on 3/5/11, if it was later I would offer to mail it to you so you could use it! If I come across any more that you might be able to use I'll let you know. Thanks!

Cheryl said...

Thanks, Sara, for letting me know and the great offer. I'll try to get up a post in the next few days with this info they gave you for other readers. thanks.

Sara K. said...

Oddly enought, the pharmacist called me back and said that her district manager just called her and said that they were misinformed and they are able to accept competitor coupons. She told me to bring my coupon back and they would honor it. Yay! So apparently there is a little miscommunication at my store, but the information from customer service should still be accurate - that is a store/district decision. Thanks!

Cheryl said...

Fantastic, Sara!!!! There is often miscommunication in couponing among store employees and managers/district managers. So glad to hear it for you--enjoy.

Holly said...

Hi, Cheryl.

I went to CVS yesterday and today and on both days the red price reader/coupon dispenser (does this machine have an official name?) printed out the same coupons. In the past, I thought I read on your blog that at least 48 hours had to pass before more coupons would print out, but I could totally be imagining things. My shopping excursions took place less than 24 hours apart, but at two different CVS locations; perhaps that has something to do with it. Do you know of any official info on when these machines dispense new coupons?

Cheryl said...

Hi, CVS keeps us hopping on some of these things. Yes, a while back it was taking 48 hours, but it usually is just the next day (I believe calendar days). I call it a scanner. Many call it a coupon kiosk. I have also seen it referred to as "Rosie."

Holly said...

Thanks! And "scanner" seems like the most sensible name by far; it's either scanning your card or scanning merchandise.

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jen in RI said...

Hi there...I was just wondering when CVS actually changes the prices from week to week. I often go there on a Saturday afternoon and all of the little signs reflect the following weeks pricing. If the signs are up, can I purchase sale items on Saturday, even if the sale "officially" starts on Sunday? And will I get the xtra bucks? Just curious! Thanks!

Cheryl said...

Hi, Jen. Yes, they start the Saturday before--but it varies from store to store. You can do one of two things to be sure--ask if they have been changed, or take on of the products on sale in Sunday's ad and scan it to see if it comes up as the sale price. My store does it whenever they get the signs up which varies from week to week so I always ask. Now there is the possibility not all staff is privy to when it starts.

Anonymous said...

How do you find out about the deals so far in advance? For instance, you just posted a GUM flosser deal for 4/3, but today is only 3/22. Is there a way I can get the ad scans that far in advance too?

Cheryl said...

Anon, I search the web for deals and bring them all together so readers can find all things CVS in one place. When I find the ad scan I post them here and the links for each week are on the top of each page under the Simply CVS banner. Each link will include the ad scan and any posts I put up pertaining to that ad.

Jennifer said...

Thanks for the great site! If there is an ECB deal, say the Suave deal this week (buy $12, get $3 ECB), do you have to purchase all $12 at the same time? I wanted to get 6 of the body wash and use 2 B2G1 coupons, but I don't want to be greedy and get all 6 at once. If I do this on 2 separate days, or even 2 stores, but still get $12 total, will the $3 ECB still print? Thanks.

Cheryl said...

Yes, Jennifer, it will tally up at the bottom of your receipt, too so you can check the total. This does not work for the deals where you get a free product--say free toilet paper when you buy $25 of P&G items that they do once in a while.

Tracy said...

Hi! Thank you so much for your site it has been so much fun learning how to shop at CVS.

My question was in regards to the 10 for $10 deals. Do you have to buy all 10 items to get them at a dollar each or can you buy 3 for $3?

Thanks!
Tracy

Cheryl said...

Hi, Tracy, and welcome! No, each one is $1. A few months ago there were a few items advertised that stated you must buy that quantity to get that price, but that was a rarity.

But, do take note in the store that are signs for some items regularly priced (I think they are blue) and they will say something like 1 @ $5.99 two at $5 each. This is new this year, too.

Anonymous said...

Hi! Where can I find the post about in which order to present my coupons and ECB's? I think that you wrote about this back in 2010. Thank you.

Cheryl said...

Hi, here is the url:

http://cvssimply.blogspot.com/2010/05/coupon-order-affects-out-of-pocket-cost.html

For future reference I link to it in each weekly shopping trip post and also it is listed in the "index of Lessons" post which link is in the side bar near the top:

http://www.simplycvsshopping.com/2011/02/index-of-cvs-lessons-tips-posted-on.html

Just in case you have future interest in reviewing it.

Rebecca said...

If the magic coupon machine prints me out the same coupon on two different occasions, am I able to use both of them, or does the newer one cause the older one to "expire"?

Cheryl said...

Rebecca, from the coupon machine they are all good for your card, no mater how many you have, until the expiration date on the coupon. Often there are two coupons that will print each day of the week.

Anonymous said...

I just found your site and I LOVE it! But I do have a question...I printed the $5/40 coupon from facebook and I was wondering how it would work with a BOGO sale (such as the colgate toothpaste). Would the price of 2 toothpastes count towards my $40, or just the price of one, since the second is free? Thanks!

Cheryl said...

Welcome to Simply CVS, Anon, glad to have you aboard. Good question, this is a tricky one. I believe the intent of CVS is AFTER the free one is taken off, but I was told by a manager once since the b1g1 are most often taken off as CVS coupons after it is totaled that is before. I always just treat it like it is after, but I suppose you could try and if it beeped just add something else into your order to cover the amount. Sorry I do not have a direct answer. And many of these odd things are often one of those things that it depends on your own store, what they allow.

Rebecca said...

Hi, I was wondering if you know the answer to this one. My kids had a horrible winter and we've filled over a dozen prescriptions in the past three months but I've gotten only $2 in monthly ECB's. I know that CVS changed their policy but I thought it was changed to $1/2 scripts? Is there a policy about the type of prescription or something? Thanks for the site- it's very helpful!

Anonymous said...

I have a question regarding ECB's and returns. I know that CVS is very accommodating with accepting returns of products. If I return a lotion that I recently purchased (which gave me a rash), do I have to "give back" the ECB's associated with that purchase?

Cheryl said...

Hi, Rebecca, I went looking for an answer since I do not have prescriptions to fill. From their website it is $1 per 2 filled with these stipulations listed:

"** Excludes pharmacy items paid for in whole or in part by state and/or federal health care programs and prescriptions purchased in-store in NJ and NY, and controlled substances in Louisiana. CVS/pharmacy's ExtraCare program limits ExtraBuck® rewards on prescriptions to $40 per year per card. This cap on Rx rewards was adopted for all customers to ensure that CVS/pharmacy is complying with all federal and state laws and regulations regarding prescription drug purchases."

If that does not fit your situation you can 800shopcvs and ask about it. You should be able to get a print out at the pharamacy to have the number of prescriptions exactly when you call.

Cheryl said...

As far as I know there is no way for them to know if you got extra bucks or not on a product. You may just want to ask when you return it or call 800shopcvs and ask about that. Sorry I am not much help here.

Anonymous said...

1. I have already used my winter rewards coupon that printed out at the CVS coupon machine in-store. When I log on at CVS.com, I see that I have the ability to print a winter rewards coupon. I've already redeemed, so why does it still show up?

2. How does the green tag CVS program work. I went in on 4 separate days this past week, but my receipts only show that I received 2 green tag scans. Is there a limit to 2 green tag scans per week or do they limit you to one scan per 24 hours?

Cheryl said...

Anon,

1. I believe they show up until they expire--not sure why. you could still print it but it wouldn't scan since you already spent them.

2. Yes, it is once per day. If they scanned it and you didn't get credit (and hadn't shopped before on that day) you can call 800shopcvs and give them the receipt numbers and they should be able to give you credit. I know once in awhile I have seen reports of there being a glitch in the system, but I haven't seen any reports lately.

Anonymous said...

Hi Cheryl,

Just returned from a small CVS trip. Wondering if you know if the prices listed on cvs.com are or should be the same price as in store? If so, how would I go about getting the shelf price changed to match? Had several things on my list that I did not get, because of that.

Thanks!! LOVE YOUR SITE!! :)

Cheryl said...

No, the online regular prices are not the same. Even stores differ. Our store prices are higher than a lot.

Now if you are looking at an online CVS ad for your zip code the sale prices should be the same.

If this does not answer your question let me know.

Glad you enjoy Simply CVS--thanks for letting me know!

lindsey said...

Hi, I'm new to CVS'ing and extra care bucks. I just got my card and made my first purchase today.
I was looking through the 5/8 add and I have a question about it...
it says scan your card to get an instant coupon for $3 if you spend $10 (in cosmetics). Then, it says spend $15 in revlon cosmetics and get $7 in ecbs. Okay, so theoretically if I get $15 (or more) worth of revlon cosmetics, then as part of my payment I use the $3 instant coupon, $5 in ecbs, and a couple of manufacturers coupons and this brings my cost below $15, will I still get $7 in ecbs?
I've done some research and I guess i'm most confused about the instant coupons just because I haven't heard anything about them yet.
Any feedback would be greatly appreciated! Thanks :)

Cheryl said...

Hi, Lindsey. The instant coupons would be considered CVS coupons. And yes, all you need is the sub-total to be $15 before any coupons or cash is paid.

Becky said...

Hello. Thank you so much for all of the information. I have enjoyed seriously shopping CVS for about 2 weeks now. We have several close to us and with that in mind I have a few questions.

1. If I go to more than one CVS in a day, will I get coupons printed at each kiosk or do the kiosks keep track of a daily limit ?

2. If a ECB deal says limit one, is that limit one per card (per week of sale) or one per transaction allowing me to go back later in the week to shop for the same deal again?

3. Can you ever use more than one kiosk printed coupon for $ off at a time. Example 3$ off 10$ healthcare and 5$ off 20$ purchase.

4. Also (and lastly) I've been doing it all wrong I guess. I've always bought the item which gives me the most ECBs first and then rolled them over to purchase lesser priced items. I must be bad at math :) Has that been a horrible approach?

Cheryl said...

Hi, Becky, welcome to CVSing!

1. Kiosks keep of daily limit.

2. Per card/per weekly ad.

3. Good question. Read each one carefully--some say not to be combined with other $ off $$ deals.

4. Actually, there are sooooo many ways to shop at CVS--I don't think any are horrible :-)--that each shopper needs to find what works for them in terms of time/money spent.

The approach I usually promote is least of out pocket--that can be those that give the most ECBs back or the least, depending on the deals and coupons available each week.

I would suggest taking time for a few weeks and figuring the deals you want in different orders of transactions and see how much difference it makes in your out of pocket. If lowest out of pocket cash is your goal. Then you can get really familiar with the concept of rolling the extra bucks for least oop and mixing up the most and least ECBs back to the greatest advantage will become natural.

I hope that makes sense. :-)

Rebecca said...

This morning I logged on to my CVS account (to check my Beauty Club balance) and noticed that it has a new set-up. It has a link that is allowing me to print my ECB's. The ECB's it is letting me print are ECB's that were printed on my receipt BUT they have different barcodes than the ones from my receipt. Can I print them and use the printed ones AND the ones from my receipt?
I know you may not know the answer, so I am willing to experiment if necessary ;)

Cheryl said...

Hi, Rebecca, I haven't been on my account forever! It used to be that the quarterly or special (not weekly) ones could be printed--but they would beep if they had been used when printed on the receipt as having been already used. Even if the barcodes look different, I imagine they are somehow still attached in the same manner to your card since they are virtually the same extra bucks. It surely would be unwise for CVS to offer them twice to us :-). So I guess the real answer is I don't know. lol

Jennifer said...

Hi,
Just started CVS-ing and it is now my fave store!!! I was wondering about the $ off $20. Do you need to spend $20 oop or can you use manf. coups and have $20 worth of product? Specifically I recieved a $5 of $20 CVS coupon for receiving Extra Care e-mails. I want to do the Aveeno deal next week and I have $6 in manuf. coups. Thanks SOOOO much. I love the blog and I apreciate your dedication though this difficult personal time.

Cheryl said...

Hi, Jennifer, and welcome to CVSing!! The $20 is the sub-total. To be sure the cashier knows you have $20 give that coupon first then your other ones. so glad you like Simply CVS and thank you for the kind words.

Mudgod said...

I couldn't find a better way to contact you, Cheryl ;)

Next week's (6/5 - 6/11) ECB deal on John Frieda products, appears to be a monthly deal. And because of that, the ECB's are printing already:

5/29/11 Curel, Spend 10 Get 3 ECB. Expires 7/02/2011.

The important thing for THIS week (5/29 - 6/4), is that there is a coupon for $3 off any John Frieda Root Awakening product in the 5/1 SS. BUT it expires 6/4. Since the sale is already active, it gives us a week to do this deal.

So, with the $5 sales price on shampoo or conditioner (see next weeks ad for all the prices) already in effect, you can use the coupons to get Root Awakening shampoo or conditioner for only $2 each. And when you buy 2, it triggers the buy 10, get 3 ECB deal. In other words, 50 cents a piece for John Frieda Root Awakening shampoo or conditioner.

And the REAL beauty of this deal? The limit is actually more than 1. But you must purchase them in separate transactions. I had to purchase an extra JF product today in order to fully use up a $10 extra buck I had, and so this is what printed on my receipt:

Amount toward this Reward: 16.47
Amount needed to Earn Reward: 10.00

It was also nice that the John Frieda Root Awakening items at my CVS all had 30% more for free in them. Not bad for something that costs 50 cents after ECBs.

asay715 said...

Argh. OK, I did my first CVS trip, and I don't think I did very well. I ended up spending about $60 over 3 transactions, and that was with $20 in ecb's!

Also, I didn't get any coupons at the register. Do I need to go to the scanner after each transaction for coupons? I keep reading that shoppers are getting a coupon with almost everything they buy. What am I doing wrong?

asay715 said...

After looking over my first CVS trip, I see that part of the reason I spent so much oop is because they charged me tax on the pre-ecb and pre-coupon subtotals! Is that right?

Cheryl said...

Asay, I will try to answer. Unfortunately you do pay tax on the pre-coupon price. Once in a while an extra buck will reduce the tax if it is one they manually print out.

No, you don't scan your card between transactions. Scan it as soon as you arrive--do it more than once until it says you have no more coupons.

You only get coupons at the register if you don't scan your card at all. But there are coupons at the scanner that you can't get at the register.

Extra bucks will only print for the deals that have the extra bucks listed for them. And they each have limits--usually one or two per deal--and after you reach your limit you will not get an ecb.

I work to earn free CVS gift cards online so I can pay for my tax with them and that helps out.

If you have any more questions, just ask.

Chrissy said...

Hi Cheryl, I am new to couponing and have a question about CVS. My question is about the sale flyer. I am seeing limits on items you purchase. For instance, ban deodorant is on Sale this week and says ecb limit one per household with card. Does that mean even If I do a separate transaction for another ban, I can't get the ebb again? Or it will say limit of 2 per household with card? Confused. Thank you.

Cheryl said...

Welcome to CVSing, Chrissy. Yes, the limits are per card and once you have done that deal the number of times it says that is it--no more extra bucks. The limits have mostly been one for a while now, but they seem to be creeping back up there.

Once in a while by the time the week gets here for the ad (which is printed weeks ahead) the limits will be increased. If I know of it I will let readers know. But just so you can be aware of this after you shop look at the bottom of your receipt and it will show the deals you did and it will either say "limit reached" beside it or it will have how much is needed to be purchased for another extra buck to print.

Happy CVSing and glad to have you aboard.

Anonymous said...

Hi, just a small correction on taxes. Whether you pay tax on the pre-coupon or post-coupon amount varies by state. I live in Massachusetts, and we only pay tax on the actual cash layout, so if you buy something here that's taxable and it's free after coupons, you don't pay tax on it.

Cheryl said...

Thanks, Anon, for the input. It used to be that way where I live but it changed here and in many states at the same time, and I often forget it is still that way in some places.

Anonymous said...

I recently went to CVS to use the B1G1 free Gillette body wash and combined it with a $2.00. The sale price was 3.99. The clerk told me I couldn't use both and didn't even try to scan it to see if it would go through. She made a big deal trying to explain I only bought two products that went with the B1G1 free coupon. She finally got the manager who allowed me to use it. I thought we could do this if the coupons didn't say otherwise. The cashier says it depends on which managers are working whether you could do it or not. Is this a CVS policy or what? She completely embarrased me. I was so mad because I could have went to walmart used it with out a problem and there sale price was $3.47. Making it 1.47 for two!!

Cheryl said...

I feel for you, Anon, it can be very embarrassing--they treat you like a criminal. Almost always you can use two--one on the one you are buying one on the the one you are getting free. Once in awhile they are coded for two on the B1G1 but rarely. CVS does not have a written policy so that makes it hard. You can call 800shopcvs and ask--but even then you can sometimes get two different answers. couponing can be sooo frustrating and with cashiers not really trained on coupon use it makes it even harder.

momma conn said...

Hi, quick question -

The total tally you have ontop of your site... is the amount you spent, based on the items where cvs extra bucks are earned on? or it is total spent on items, regardless they were on sale or not? i've just been introduced to your website and i decided to do a running tally on how much i spent/saved/earned, but i find myself buying other things i need at the moment, that don't have any special discount or coupon applicable to them. it seems that by adding those "non-discountable" items into my total, it "skews" the big picture of how much this process of using EBs/Qs work.

thanks! just wanted to know your opinion on that.

Cheryl said...

Momma, my total is my spending at CVS, which has always been really low, but now the deals aren't so prevalent and money making deals--which helped with the kind of necessary purchases you are talking about--are fewer between so that figure will probably start going up.

Since I have done this so long I had built up my extra bucks and could include an item or two like you are talking each week with no issues, but not any longer.

CVS is my competition shopping--so I avoid those other purchases and do those someplace else :-). As for your figuring I would keep two tallies-- one for your extra buck/sales and one for your need spending. Check them out separately (unless you have like a $5 off $30 coupon which you can use to help offset some of those other purchases). By doing it separately all the figures will be on your receipts that you need (savings/spending).

The reason I would do them both is you need to keep an eye on if you are picking up too many non-sale items at CVS that it actually steals the saving from your budget. Maybe some of those things need to be picked up someplace less expensive.

I hope all of that makes sense :-).

momma conn said...

thanks! makes sense! ;D

Anonymous said...

Hi Cheryl,

I LOVE your site! I have a question on the Extra Care cards. I have both a red Extra Care card and a white CVS Caremark extra care health card. When I picked the white one up from the store they said I'd get an additional % off OTC drug items. Do you know anything about the white Extra Care Health cards? I've noticed at the bottom of my reciept when I use that vs. my red extra care card that the white one does not have a Beauty Club count or my spending toward my quarterly reward.

Cheryl said...

I am not familiar with the white ones, but I think they have a different number than your red one, so the balances would be different for when you used the two different ones. I would call 800shopcvs and have your two cards handy and ask if they could combine the balances of the two--can they actually delete the red one and you keep using the white one. I am not familiar with the card, like I said, but I have read of others using just the white one.

So sorry to be so long in answering, I have been out of town since the 17th.

Anonymous said...

Can we use % off coupon that is recieved in our email on a B1G1 and ECB items?

Cheryl said...

Anon, here is something I have typed to answer questions about the %off coupons as I get asked all the time:

My thoughts on the % off CVS coupons is that for the couponing CVSer they are near useless. Sometimes on extra buck deals that do not have a sale price they will give a discount, other times not. In theory they are not supposed to. I think they could be handy to make your “own sale” on an item you need that never goes on sale—especially if you have some extra extra bucks you can use or if you have some that will expire soon. Or another idea is if you have high value or free coupons on a non-sale product use it on those products.

I just advise people to do their regular shopping if there is nothing else they want to use it on and hand it over anyways, not expecting anything, but sometimes there is a discount from it.

Since b1g1 free deals are "sales" it probably would not take off anything on the one full price, but like I said, don't expect it but try it anyways.

Amanda said...

I LOVE CVS!! I have a question and not sure if it has been asked. This week is a deal of buy 1 get 1 free on the Wisk Laundry Detergent, can I use x2 of $2/1 coupon for this deal?

Cheryl said...

Yes, Amanda, CVS accepts one coupon per item on B1G1 sales--once in a while a cashier does not want to take them, but they will scan and it is their "unwritten" policy.

Marva said...

I am having a hard time finding the Reinventing Beauty CVS magazine. I have looked in 5 different stores, some have never heard of it and others are willing to request it. Is it still being published?

Cheryl said...

Marva, I have heard a lot of stores never get it. I have read on couponing sites that they have found a July issue and that some shoppers whose store does not carry them have called 800shopcvs and they have sent one to them. I also have read that some have talked to managers and requested they carry them and now they do. My store has them sometimes and sometimes not. Hope this helps.

Layla said...

Im not sure if you've answered this one, i'm sorry if you've had to answer it a million times. If i purchase 2 items can i use both a $1/1 and a $1/2 mfc. I tried yesterday to buy 3 covergirl items using 2 $1/1 and the $2.50/2, but the cashier said no and then some random manager type person literally popped his head up from behind the counter (which was hilarious) and said then they wouldnt get reimbursed. I thought you could use one mfc per item, but in this case does the coupon split to cover two? I mean, as far as reimbursement, wouldn't they still get get the 4.50 i saved back from the manufacturer?

Cheryl said...

Layla, it can be very confusing. Yes, they take one coupon per item--BUT the $1/2 is actually attached to two items the way it is coded, you must buy two items for that one coupon. Then if you have a $1/1 you would have to buy a third item to cover it. So you would have had to buy 4 items in the example you give. I would have loved to see the manager's head pop up--sounds hilarious.

Never worry about asking a question if you haven't been able to find the answer--it is the only way to really learn.

Anne said...

I was reading on another blog that cvs is no longer allowing us to use a coupon on the free item on bogo sales. Have you heard anything?

Cheryl said...

Anne, I keep seeing reports of that off and on for months, but each time I or others on couponing sites call and ask they still say yes. I haven't called in a while though. I"ll keep my eyes open and when I get a chance call and if I learn anything different I'll post it.

Anne said...

Thank you,

Anonymous said...

hi - i am new to cvs and i just love the way you explain in detail - its sooo easy to follow.
i had a question - can u purchase the same item twice with the ecb that u earned from that item with mfg Qs - making the deal free again?

Cheryl said...

Anon, glad it is easy to follow--I often wonder, I can get quite wordy when not necessary or leave out details that are obvious to me. :-).

Extra buck deals have limits--so you can only get the extra bucks back on the deal how ever many times it says in the ad.

The sale price is good, though, without the extra bucks so you can buy more than the limit at that price.

You can use extra bucks earned on a product on the same product in another purchase. So you could combine with manufacturer coupons, too, like you said (but if you have met the limit on extra bucks for that deal you will not get another one as stated above).

I hope that covers it, if not ask for clarification.

Anonymous said...

Hi, new to CVS but think I'm getting the hang of it. One question: With the Beauty Club, is that total separate from the quarterly spending total? As in, if I buy a mascara, that would count toward the $50 Beauty total, but would it also count toward the 2% quarterly thing? Or is it just one or the other?
Thanks so much for your site! :)

Cheryl said...

Yes and no. Your quarterly 2% is only out of pocket cost--after coupons. But if you go in and buy a mascara for full price then that price would go towards both programs. If you buy one and pay with coupons and have only a partial cost out of pocket the full price goes toward the Beauty Club and the out of pocket cash price goes towards your 2%.

Anonymous said...

cheryl you are a gem!
please help me below transaction.
1.i have 2 MFQ to fill value upto $4.99 of pantene(limit 4like Q)- totals -9.98
2. i buy revlon 4.99
3. i buy 1 stride .99
4.i have $3off $15 purchse
5.i have $1 off stride-cvs redbox
purchase totals - 15.96
thanks for all your help!

Cheryl said...

Anon, looks correct as long as your Pantene is priced high enough to keep you over the $15 (since your coupons are $4.99 each the products may be lower, as long as they are at least $4.51 each)--your out of pocket will be quite low. Ask if this does not answer your question.

Margaret said...

I was looking on the site because someone told me the sales usually start on Saturday if its not a 24hr store. Do you know anything about that, and if its true or not? I do notice sometimes when i get up early on Sunday and I'm the only car in the parking lot that when they open the are already out of the free items for the week.

Cheryl said...

Hi, Margaret, that varies by store. But most start at about 6:00 on Saturday--you will need to check with your store. Also ask what day the truck comes in as they usually get more of the weekly deals in stock that day. The nice thing about CVS is they will issue rainchecks for the ECB deals and they never expire, so at least you can get them in the future.

gbart186 said...

Hi Cheryl,

I am learning thanks to your site! I love it! I do have a question about sales, for example:

9/11 Ad - Bounty 12 pk. $12.99 ea. - In order to get the $10 ECBs, I can purchase 2 for a total of $25.98 before taxes.

Now, I have a $5/$25 purchase on my reward card and I have $13 ECBs, which would save $18 on this order. If I use these for this transaction, will I lose the $10 ECBs?

Thanks for your help,
Gayle

Cheryl said...

Hi, Gayle. No you will be fine. As long as the sub-total before coupons and extra bucks is the amount needed for an extra buck deal you will get the extra bucks. Happy CVSing and glad you are learning lots here at Simply CVS.

Anonymous said...

Hi,went to CVS yesterday and bought several items that generated extra bucks, four separate ones that total $11.

Tonight I tried to go online and order something, and use the extra bucks. My card is registered to my online account. But although the site seems to say you can use extra bucks in store or online, the site wouldn't accept the number under the bar code in the coupon code field in the cart. Tried searching to no avail.

Am I just missing something or am I not able to use them online once printed on the receipt?

Thanks,

Paula

Anonymous said...

I have question.. I did the schick deal last week and the extra buck didn't print out so the cashier manually printed it out for me. When I review my receipt in the parking lot I realized that I had purchased the wrong item and that is why the ecb didn't print so I went back in and let them know so I could get the correct item and when they rerang it the ecb printed again. The cashier let me keep both ecb's my question is will they both work if they are for the same item?

Cheryl said...

Anon, the extra bucks the cashier has to "force" to print are not attached to any deal after printing. They will ring up as CVS coupons.

Julie said...

I received a coupon from CVS's Diabetes program, and I don't understand the wording. It says: $6 off $30 health care purchase. It has the typical fine print, then says "excludes alcohol, gift cards, lottery, money orders, prescriptions, postage stamps, pre-paid and tobacco products."

My question is, what does "health care purchase" include and exclude? I want to include this in my black friday scenario, but I don't know what will work for it. Have you seen this "health care" category used before?

Cheryl said...

Yes, Julie, and these types of coupons always cause confusion and different stores seem to allow different things. Basically the store is divided into sections: Beauty, food, seasonal, candy, etc. Health Care should be anything by the pharmacy: pain meds, allergy, those aisles. It may be best to ask at your store--even on black Friday have your items you think count in a basket and show a manager and ask if they all are covered under the coupon. CVSing is certainly not always simple, is it?

Liz said...

Ok, I tried to do a deal this morning that didn't work. Can you help me figure out where I went wrong?

I had a kiosk coupon for $5 off $15 of Garnier. Then this morning, the kiosk printed $5 off $20 of facial care products (which Garnier is).....SO, shouldn't I have been able to use both on a $20 purchase of Garnier facial products? There were no $ off exclusions on the coupons....
Thanks!

Cheryl said...

Liz, if there were no exclusions I believe you should have been able to. They usually have exclusions. Since one was for a specific brand I think I would have done just what you did. You can call 800shopcvs and talk with them about it--ask if it should have worked and if it has no exclusions why didn't it. They are usually fantastic and really aim to please.

What happened when you tried to use it? Did one beep or did the cashier just refuse one?

Jean L said...

I was reading another blog that stated that ECBs are like coupons and you have to buy an item for every one you wish to use. I thought they worked like cash and you could use as many as you wanted to bring down your total.

For instance; I'm looking at the TV that is advertised for $94.99 starting 11/24. I was planning on taking advantage of most of the free and MMs for the Thanksgiving sale and then using the ECBs to cover most of the cost of the TV. Can I not do this?

Cheryl said...

You sure can, Jean! At CVS you can use as many as you would like. I have read at Walgreens you cannot. I plan to do that with the razor that is $26.99.

Anonymous said...

Hello, Mis Cheryl, I've been follow your blog for a while now and I love it!! Thank you for the wonderful tips...Now I have a question(not a cvs one) I received an email from a women named Linda and she says she got ma email from my simplycvs..profile and that she has something important to tell me..Please let me know if this is really from your site otherwise is probably scam.. Thank you very much and of course you dont have to publish this comment:) Marisol A

Cheryl said...

I have no idea, Marisol. I have had a lot of spam comments posted lately. Did you enter the giveaway? Perhaps it is someone who took email addresses from the comments. It is NOT from any of us! Thanks for letting me know--I will make a post about it and warn people.

Anonymous said...

hi cheryl, last week i wanted to do the gift card deal ,but they were out of the oral-b toothbrushes. so i got a raincheck and since i didnt want to risk the giftcard not printing after the sale has ended. I went ahead and purchased a covergirl shadow that i dont need. My q is can i return it? I already have my giftcard and YES I will buy the toothbrush. I was only $3.46 short.

Cheryl said...

Hi, Anon, technically CVS takes returns on items that give rewards so they would not ask you to give back the gift card if you return an item that generated it.

Anonymous said...

Thank you Cheryl. That made me feel better. I had disappointed when they were out of the toothb, on top of that i grabbed the wrong item that was MORE expensive, so i lost the coupon on it and used my 5beauty bucks and got an eyeshadow color that i didnt want. so THANKS again.

Anonymous said...

hi Cheryl - pls tell me if i can use 1 cvs/pharmacy printed on MF coupon acquired from the cvs instore Q site - but its am MF coupon. and 1 cvs Coupon from the red machine - can i combine the two in the same transaction? e.g.
American greeting cards 3x.99= 2.97
$2off any 3 cards cvs written on top of MFQ and $1off with purchase of 2 American greeting cards (red machine)- now can i combine both together for a better deal?

Cheryl said...

Some of the coupons from cvs.com are cvs coupons and some manu. Some say CVS, but work like a manu. so confusing. Check the UPCs--if it starts with a 4 it is a CVS coupon, if it starts with a 5 or 9 it is a manu. And read the fine print, many of them are now printing "saying cannot be used with any other coupon." But if it is truly a manu. coupon then yes, you can use it with the scanner coupon.

Adria said...

Hello, Do you know if CVS keeps a running total for the total amount of money spent for purchases made to earn the $10 gift card? For instance, I spent $28 in one transaction, the next day I spent another $20, I received my $10 gift card but at the bottom of my receipt it showed $30 needed for my next gift card, instead of just $12.

Cheryl said...

Adria, here is the answer I left on your other comment (btw--I see EVERY comment as they come in my inbox, so you can ask it just once on any post and I will answer it. I answer daily except Sundays. I'm usually on here periodically from 6 am to 6 pm and sometimes after).

Yes it does, Nicole. I noticed one week I did several that my receipt said the same thing. Then I checked out again--without buying anything for the gift card--and the total needed had update and showed the exact amount I still needed. Strange, but it worked fine when I got gift card things. And if you have any problem--have your receipts in hand and call 800shopcvs and go over it with them. They will help take care of it.

Adria said...

Thank you so much Cheryl. That is good to know.

Anonymous said...

hi Cheryl
i have a John Freida MFQ- 12.99 off (free item)- can i use it with my CVS Q $3off $15?
also will the CVS Q apply even when the total value of transaction is above $15? TIA

Cheryl said...

Hi, Anon. As long as your sub-total is at LEAST $15 you can use it. And then you can pay with the $3/15 and then all your other coupons and extra bucks--even free product coupons. So, yes, you sure can use the John Freida with it. Nice deal.

Anonymous said...

Cheryl, I have a question regarding ECB's. This week there was a "Tom's of Maine" sale - buy 1 for $3.99, get $3.00 ECB's back. The ad says "Limit 2"...I did buy 2 of them and got ONE $3.00 ECB back. Is that right or should I have gotten 1 $3.00 ECB back on each? I also bought the Pantene Pro-V shampoo for 2/$6.97 with a $1.00 ECB, but that didn't show up on my receipt. Should I just take the receipt back up and show them? Thanks for you help Cheryl!
- Tammy

Cheryl said...

Tammy, yes when it is limit two and buy them in the same transaction you will get ONE extra buck, but it will be for a TOTAL of the two deals--in this case a $6 extra buck. I have read of others saying the Pantene didn't print.

You can take them back and show them, but you may want to call 800shopcvs first and go over it with them--they can fix it from there and they will print out after 48 hours when you scan your card in the store. I have learned to check my receipt before I step away from the counter to be sure they printed--but I don't always remember.

Anonymous said...

Thank you Cheryl - I'm going back to CVS tonight for something so I'll ask about this then if I can't reach CVS on the phone 1st.
Usually the cashier at my CVS "reads" the ECB's back (how much you are getting and what it's for), but this last time it was a different girl & she seemed a little flustered with my coupons and all, so I just took my receipt & didn't check it until I got home. I should have since my totals (that I had figured)were much higher than expected.
Thank you for all your help!!
- Tammy

Anonymous said...

Just wondering when the new deals are effective one of the managers at my local CVS in north Florida said at 4:30 on Saturday afternoon and another managers said at midnight do you know exactly when?

Cheryl said...

It does vary by store. And at my store the Saturday activation varies each week--the manager told me it was when they had all the new signs up they would put it in the system. so there is no exact time.

Anonymous said...

Question: Do we always get 10 off 50 every time we buy items with more than $50 total? I have been getting it recently 4x on different trips to cvs and its so tempting to plan for a $50 transaction. Im loving it though.....

Cheryl said...

Nice that you have been getting them, Anon. This is the question for the ages--what generates $/$$ coupons at CVS. No one seems to know--every one seems to speculate. Perhaps your theory is correct on the $10/$50's.

Anonymous said...

Hi Cheryl,
Can we use multiple 4 off 20 in one transaction even if it says limit one per customer?

Cheryl said...

They can be combined if the total of the purchase is the combined total of the purchase amount on the coupon: like 3 $4/$20's can be used if you buy $60 of products. This is what I have read, but I have always just divided my transactions up.

Anonymous said...

Hi cheryl, do you know if we can stack a manufacturers coupon and a coupon check when buying formula milk at cvs ?thanks in advance

Cheryl said...

I really don't know, but have seen it discussed and some say the checks are actually manufacturer coupons. But I really can't say.

Anonymous said...

Hi Cheryl! First of all, I LOVE your site! Thanks for all you do! My question is about which coupons I can use in a transaction. I have a $4/20 beauty club, $5/10 Glaxosmith (from RIB), and I wanted to pair those with my 20% off coupon. Do you know if I can use those two money off coupons with the 20% off? I know you can't use the % off with money off coupons from CVS. I guess I was hoping since these aren't actual money off coupons from CVS, can they be used in the same transaction? I usually get either a money off coupon or the % off coupon every week. -b

Cheryl said...

These can get so confusing. Some seem to be allowed together and some not. Just read the fine print on all of the ones you have and see if there are any restrictions. If not then they should be fine. Glad to hear your find Simply CVS helpful, thanks for letting me know.

Rebecca O said...

Hello. I am new to shopping at CVS. I have a couple questions and while they could probably be answered if I read through all the other questions, I decided it might be quicker to just ask!

Say I go in and want to buy one tube of toothpaste for $3. I have a $.50 coupon off of the toothpaste. And I have a #2 ECB. Do I need a filler item if I plan to use both the coupon and ECB on just the one item? Basically, do I need the same amount of items as I have coupons.

My other question. The deal where you get $5 for every $50 spent on beauty products (the extra care beauty club). Can I do multiple transactions over a couple weeks so add up to the $50? Or do all the beauty products need to be purchased in one transaction?

Thanks so much in advance for your help! Rebecca

Cheryl said...

Rebecca, CVS accepts one manufacturer coupon and one CVS coupon per item. Then you can use as many extra buck "coupons" as you want to. You can also use $/$$ total order coupons on top of those. Yes, the beauty club will track all year long--each $50 you will receive the $5 extra bucks 48 hours later when you shop.

Anonymous said...

cvs has a buy 2 get 1 free deal of schick razors. would i be able to use 3 manufacturer's coupons or only 2?

Cheryl said...

Anon, we were moving and I just now am back on the site and seeing your question--I am sorry I didn't get back last week during the sale. You would be able to use 3.

Anonymous said...

Hello Cheryl,
I am new to cvsing. I have an interesting question. I was curious if you have a 2/$6 deal and you have a coupon buy 2 get $1 off. Can I use two of those coupons? 1 for each item? I did it last week with no problem but this week they told me no. I'm a little confused. I also tried to buy 3 boxes of Cinnamon Toast Crunch on sale for 1.97 and I had a buy 3 get $1.00 off coupon. Can I use 3 of them? One per item? Thank you!

Cheryl said...

Hi, & Welcome to CVSing! No you could only use one coupon per how ever many items the coupon says. For example:
$1 off 1 -- buy one, use one coupon.
$1 off 2 -- buy two, use one coupon.
$1 off 3 -- buy three, use one coupon.
Otherwise, you are right, it is one coupon per item, but when a coupon states a savings off of more than one item you must buy that many items and use just the one coupon.

Anonymous said...

Hi CVS shoppers,
I'm new to couponing, and feeling a bit overwhelmed!
Can I use coupons to earn ECBs? For example, right now they have the buy $30 of specified products and get $10 ECBs. Say I buy $30 of the qualifying items, but I have $5 in coupons I want to use, so my total ends up being $25 after coupons. Can I still get the $10 ECBs to use for my next purchase?
Thanks!

Cheryl said...

Sorry for the delay in answering, I am just now seeing this. YES! That is the beauty of CVSing. Even if you have "free product" coupon and use it you will get the extra bucks. As long as your subtotal before paying with coupons or cash is the right amount for the deal you will get the ECB. happy CVSing!

JASMINE LE'COLE said...

Hello I have a question as well for redbox coupons such as $4/12 COSMETICS $3/10 NUANCE BEAUTY AND $5/25 PURCHASE. Would I be able to use all of these with a total of $30 as long as ten is from the nuance and 12 is from cosmetics? Thanks In advance!

Sarah said...

Hi Jasmine!

Normally the answer is no, normally at least one of the coupons will say something along the lines of "cannot be combined with any other $/$$ coupon" So say it was a $2 of any 2 Nuance it would be fine, but the 4/12 & 5/25 still could not be combined, you'd have to pick

If, however, you check/read all the fine print, and there is no exclusion for this I'd try it, just first give the Q you want to use if you can only use one, then the others, and if the machine or clerk rejects them, you'll know, but if it doesn't say you can't, I never see the harm in trying.

Hope this helps,

Sarah for Simply CVS

Calamity Jane said...

Hi! I have a Question. I have an Extracare Manufacturer Coupon which says simply "$4 Off Revlon Cosmetics". When I click the coupon no details are given on exactly what 'cosmetics' covers. My Question: In this case, is nail polish included in cosmetics?

Sarah said...

Hi Calamity Jane! I believe it would! They are displayed by the other makeup and I've seen things say "any Cosmetics except nail polish" So, if it doesn't exclude it, it should work. Of course one never knows if it's coded correctly in the system or if the clerk will agree, but I think it should. ~Sarah for Simply CVS