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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

CVS Coupon Policy Updates August 2016

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FYI we have a new CVS coupon policy available for shoppers as of August 2016!

I strongly recommend you go here and either save the link to your phone, or print a new copy for your coupon binders.

I also really recommend that you go through and read the attached Coupon Policy FAQ sheet on pages 2 and 3 of that above link, as it covers a lot of basic questions I see couponers having.

There are a couple of items I personally found interesting in the new policy changes:
  • "Sales tax is calculated on the discounted price of the item (after the manufacturer’s coupon is applied) in the following states: CT, MA, MO, PA, TX."  That's a great bit of info for Texas shoppers -- we will only be paying tax on the actual cost of the item to us, not the original shelf price of the item.
  • "We reserve the right to process coupons in any order."  This one is a little more troubling.  It means that store managers can choose how to train cashiers in accepting coupons.  So if you have received a $3 off $15 CVS coupon from the Coupon Center, one store could accept that coupon first, and then any manufacturer coupons secondly -- but their sister store down the street could make you spend $15 AFTER all other coupons before you can use that coupon.  I think this could be super messy, so I am interested in seeing how it actually plays out in stores.
  • "CVS Pharmacy coupons generally cannot be used on sale, promotional or clearance items." I'm not loving this update either -- obviously we receive a fair amount of CVS coupons that in the past were meant to be paired with items on sale in that week's ad.  So again, it will be interesting to see how this plays out in stores.
What other changes do you see in the new CVS coupon policy?  Will this make you more likely or less likely to shop at CVS?  I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments!

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