EEK! There’s a New CVS Coupon Policy! Will it Effect the Way You Shop?

I’ve been tossing around the idea of whether or not to write a post concerning the recent CVS coupon policy changes. Although they’ve officially updated their coupon policy, it doesn’t really seem like they made any major or notable changes. For the most part, it looks like some parts of the policy have just been reworded to be a little clearer.

No matter—a coupon policy change is a coupon policy change, right? You can take a look at the new official CVS coupon policy HERE, but I’m also going to highlight some of the changes for you…

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Rephrased Policies

As stated before, several policies were simply rephrased. Here are some of the rephrased sections of the CVS coupon policy…

Old Policy: Coupons cannot be exchanged for cash or gift cards. 
New Policy: 
Extrabucks or coupons cannot be used on cash or gift cards.

Old Policy: CVS does not accept expired coupons.
New Policy: Coupons must be used on or before the expiration date (including CVS coupons).

Old Policy: CVS will not accept third party manufacturers’ coupons with another retailer’s logo.
New Policy:
 No mention of this restriction in the new CVS coupon policy.

Old Policy: The total value of the coupons may not exceed the value of the transaction.
New Policy: Coupons greater than the value of a product will be adjusted down. (For instance, if you use a $5.00 coupon on an item priced at $4.99, the value of the coupon will be adjusted to $4.99.)

Old Policy: CVS accepts one manufacturer coupon and applicable CVS coupon(s) per item, unless prohibited by either coupon offer.
New Policy:
 CVS accepts one item-, brand-, or category-specific CVS Pharmacy coupon and one manufacturer’s coupon per qualifying item unless prohibited by either coupon. 

As you can see, there’s really nothing earth shattering about the new CVS coupon policy update. Many of the changes are simply clarifications of things that were generally known or accepted before the change.

The only changes that I see that may effect how we shop at CVS is the last one. Before, we used to be able to use more than one CVS coupon and one manufacturer coupon on an item. For instance, if the red coupon machine printed a coupon for $1.00 off a certain brand toothbrush, we could also use an oral care threshold CVS coupon and a manufacturer with this. With the clarification in the new policy, I doubt we’ll be able to do this anymore. However, I haven’t been to CVS in a little while, and I have yet to test this theory.

I’d love to hear your opinions and experiences with the new CVS coupon policy update. Be sure to leave a comment below!


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