CVS Coupon Policy Updates and Walmart Internal Coupon Policy Changes


There has been some buzz about Coupon policy updates and changes at Walmart and CVS.  You may want to review these updates so you don’t have more trouble at the registers.

There have been an addition to the CVS coupon policy regarding manufacterer’s coupons with another stores logo:

  • CVS/pharmacy will not accept third party manufacturers’ coupons with another retailer’s logo  note: a manufacturer coupon that states “available at” with no logo WILL be accepted

So just to clarify, a manufacturer coupon with the CVS logo on it WILL be accepted.  A manufacturer coupon with NO logo that states “available at” will be accepted, however a manufacturer coupon with another retailer’s logo (ie, target, walmart, winco, etc) will NOT be accepted.

It seems that Walmart did not update their current official coupon policy but there was an update done internally.

1. All Walmart Register systems were updated to accept the GS1 Date bar Codes that most coupons have switched to and all eventually will go to.

2. All coupons must be scanned on the flatbed scanners, the handheld scanners are not supposed to be used any longer.

3. The coupon must scan (not a new change) . Cashiers/CSM’s or Managers are not allowed to override or manually enter coupons.

4. If a coupon does not scan they are instructed to return the coupon to you. This applies to Printable Coupons and newspaper insert coupons.

Just as a side note, To ensure that your printable coupons will scan I suggest make sure you print at the highest quality.

Thanks Southern Cali Saver, Moola Saving Mom and I heart the mart

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  • Krista

    Thanks for all this great info. I do have one question. My Walmart won’t give overage anymore, and they said that each store manager has the right to decide that policy for their own store, but I’ve never seen that wordage on the policy. I actually thought that is what you would be updating us on here when I saw this post. Any idea if that is some sort of internal policy?

    • Hi Krista,
      Yes, I believe it is somewhat of an internal policy. Walmart does leave room for store managers to adapt policies. I do not believe it is at their whim but more to fit their regional needs. If some stores experience a lot of coupon fraud they may become tougher as far as coupon acceptance is concernned.


  • Laura

    I really appreciate all the information. Just recently my Wal-mart will not accept any coupon that the printing is fuzzy in any way. I had a coupon that was perfect in all barcodes, pictures, main verbage, but the small print was partially fuzzy on some lines ( you culd still read it) but the cashier said they were no longer allowed to accept it. Also they only will let you redeem 1 coupon for a free item. She stated they are not allowed to let you have more then 1 free item.
    Wal-mart is not very competative and they don’t have the low prices that alot of other areas show. for getting deals.