Coupon Policies – CVS, Walgreens, Rite-Aid, Wal-Mart, Target, Safeway

CVS / Longs

– 1 CVS coupon & 1 manufacturer coupon per item
– Free coupons or “offers at the register” (OAR’s)  do not earn Extra Care Bucks
– You can use more than one Extra Buck coupon provided the purchase threshold has been met for each offer amount on a per-transaction basis. This means if you have one $5.oo off $25 purchase and one $2 off $10 purchase, you must spend a total of $35.
– With BOGO sales (buy one, get one free), you are allowed to use 1 manufacterer’s BOGO coupon. This would make both items free, but you would still be required by pay applicable tax.
– CVS does not accept coupons that come from unauthorized website. Coupons should have a barcode on them, like the coupons that come from
– CVS does not match competitors prices
– CVS will not accept expired coupons (there are some reports that some stores will accept expired Extra Care Bucks)
– CVS will not double or triple coupons


  • Rite-Aid accpts  manufacturer’s coupons found in Rite Aid circulars and in the newspaper, Rite Aid store coupons, also known as “valuable coupons,” that also are found in Rite Aid circulars and Internet coupons (as long as they have a barcode and will scan)
  • 1 Internet coupon can be used per item with a maximum of $5.00 off
  • You can use 1 Internet coupon and 1 manufacturer’s or Rite Aid circular coupon per item
  • For a BOGO sale, up to two coupons can be used against the items being purchased, as long as the net
    price does not go below zero for the item being purchased. You will still have to pay applicable sales tax.
  • Coupons are to have a valid expiration date, those that are expired or ineligible will be returned to the customer


* Walgreens seems to be known for having an inconsistent coupon policy, so heed with caution.

  • You can use 1 manufacturer’s coupon 1 Walgreens coupon, per item
  • You can use an in-ad coupon or Easy Saver coupon with a regular manufacturer’s coupon
  • Some stores will not accept BOGO coupons with a BOGO sale, some will
  • You will not receive cash back for coupon overages, where the coupon is greater than the amount of the product. Some Walgreens will lower the price of the item so you can use the coupon, others will not accept the coupon period.


  • Target accepts two kinds of coupons: Target-issued and manufacturer-issued
  • You can use 1 Target coupon and 1 manufacturer coupon for the same item, unless specifically prohibited in either coupon
  • You won’t receive cash back if the value of the coupon is greater than the price – it will simply be free.
  • Target does not accept coupons from other retailers, or coupons for products not carried in our stores.


Wal-Mart accepts the following types of coupons (see guidelines below):

  • Manufacturer coupons (Cents Off)
  • Free merchandise (or manufacturer’s Buy-One-Get-One-Free) coupons
  • Store coupons
  • Pharmacy (Advertising and Promotional) coupons
  • Internet coupons
  • Soft drink container caps

The following are guidelines and limits:

  • Wal-Mart only accepts coupons for merchandise we sell and only when presented at the time of purchase.
  • Coupons should have an expiration date and be presented within the valid dates. Wal-Mart will not accept expired coupons.
  • Internet coupons should be legible and say “Manufacturer Coupon.” There should be a valid remit address for the manufacturer and a scannable bar code.
  • Only one coupon per item is permitted.
  • Use of 40 or more coupons per transaction will require approval by Customer Service Manager.

Safeway / Vons / Pack ‘n Save / Tom Thumb

  • Safeway accepts manufacturer’s coupons, in-ad coupons, and Internet coupons as long as they scan 
  • You can also use Cellfire, Shortcuts, and Proctor and Gamble e-coupons at Safeway. These can be used in combination with manufacturer’s coupons
  • Safeway accepts Internet coupons if they scan properly at the register. Printable Coupons are delivered using special software, designed to print a properly rendered barcode and limit the number printed.
  • Safeway will not accept a printable coupons for “FREE product” (i.e., no purchase required). Buy-one-get-one-free coupons and other varieties that have a purchase requirement are acceptable.
  • Safeway will not accept an Internet coupon for more than 50% of a product’s value or more than $5.00. For example, a $2 off coupon will be acceptable for a product that sells for $5 or more, but a $2 off Printable Coupon for a product that sells for $2.25 will not be accepted.

Couponing Glossary:

BOGO – Buy one, get one free

ECB – Extra Care Bucks (this is a rewards program offered by CVS)

eCoupon – automatically loaded to your store rewards card. Cellfire, Shortcuts, andProctor and Gamble all offer eCoupons.

Printable coupon – coupon that  you print from your computer

Internet coupon – used interchangably with printable coupon. Most stores only take coupons that will scan, such as Internet coupons from

Overage: some stores allow you to get cash back if your coupon exceeds the price of the product. This amount is called an overage.

Manufacturer’s coupon – these are usually found in the Sunday paper, but sometimes stores include them in their weekly circular as well.