How To Get CVS Cash Back

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Next time you’re running errands, you can cross off going to the ATM if you are already heading to CVS — you can get up to $35 cash back from the register during your transaction at CVS. 

See: How To Get Free Gift Cards From Your Everyday Purchases

Steps To Get Cash Back at CVS

Getting cash back at CVS is easy. Shop and select items to purchase and scan them like normal, then follow these steps.

How To Get Cash Back at CVS

  1. Insert, swipe or tap your debit card with the card reader.
  2. Follow the on-screen prompts until the machine asks about cash back.
  3. Select the amount you want to receive in cash and confirm. You can choose from amounts up to $35.
  4. Finish the transaction, and the cashier will give you the cash.

Advantages and Limits of Cash Back at CVS

Not only is it convenient to get cash back from retail stores like CVS, but it can also help you avoid ATM fees. CVS does not charge for this service. Any purchase will qualify you to be eligible for this service, whether that is a pack of gum or a whole week’s worth of groceries. If you don’t want to talk to someone, you can even get cash back from the self-checkout.

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Unfortunately, you cannot get cash back from gift cards or credit cards. You must use a debit card for this service, and it has to be the actual card, not Google Wallet or Apple Pay. 

Different Kinds of Cash Back at CVS

Cash back isn’t a reward or something you earn. Cash back is a service where you can withdraw cash from your regular bank account during a transaction. The amount you select is added to the total of your transaction as if you were purchasing something for that amount, and then the cash is handed to you like change. For instance, if your purchase is $8.73 and you select $10 on the cash back screen, your total will be $18.73, and the cashier will hand you $10 in cash.

However, you can also earn different rewards by shopping at CVS.


CVS offers ExtraBucks as well as cash back. ExtraBucks is a store credit you can earn by being an ExtraCare member and scanning your ExtraCare card during your purchase. You can earn 2% ExtraBucks on most purchases, even through InstaCart and Shipt. There are special offers that let you earn an even higher rate of ExtraBucks.

Cash Back From Credit Cards

You can get cash-back rewards from many credit cards. You won’t receive these rewards instantly, like cash back from retail stores like CVS. Instead, credit card cash-back rewards show up on your bill, and you can choose to redeem them for things like statement credits, purchases from online retailers like Amazon, gift cards or charity donations.

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Final Take

If you need cash from your bank account, using your debit card to take advantage of the cash back service at CVS is an easy and fee-free way to get it.


Here are some quick answers to common questions about cash back at CVS.
  • Can you get cash back at CVS self checkout?
    • Yes, you can get cash back at CVS self checkout registers, according to a CVS customer service representative.
  • How much does CVS charge for cash back?
    • CVS does not charge a fee for cash back – the amount you choose to get back is added to your total, and you receive the full amount.
  • Can you get $10 cash back at CVS?
    • Yes, you can select $10 on the cash back screen.

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Diane Fogle is the owner and sole freelance writer at The Little Green Bird. She received her Masters of Library and Information Science from the University of Denver.  The research skills gained through that program, combined with a love of learning and intellectual freedom, have led her to a passion for helping businesses communicate with their customers. She lives in Colorado where she hikes with her husband, two young daughters and an old greyhound.
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